Women across Canada are kicking butt in the workforce, all while maintaining their cool and doing the things in life they enjoy. “Monday Motivation: How she does it” is a news series where we profile notable women working in various fields to find out how they juggle work-life, balance. For this installment, we chatted with Chantal Lévesque - founder of Canadian luxury swimwear line Shan.
In a nutshell, can you tell me what you do?
I’m an entrepreneur and founder of Shan swimwear, which I founded 32 years ago. We design and manufacture bathing suits, as well as read-to-wear swimwear. I currently have a team of 125 people and our aim is to develop internationally. We’re proud and very happy about what we do.
So what does a typical day look like for you starting from the moment you wake up?
First off, you should know that I’m not a morning person. I like to wake up without any pressure or stress. I wake up slowly and gently, but as soon as I take my coffee, I find my energy. Then, I always have very long work days, as well as evening events.
What are some of the challenges you face as a business woman?
Managing the company’s perpetual growth is challenging. It’s also a great challenge to find the right people to surround yourself and to train the next generation.
How do you overcome these challenges?
I never take anything for granted, and I’m always looking to grow and to improve.
How do you juggle work-life balance?
My business was born at the same time as my first child and the fusion between my work life and personal life quickly became a necessity. I live through my business.
How do you like to unwind?
I have a house in the countryside by the lake and it really is the place where I can let go and recuperate my energy.
Choose one: wine or cocktails?
Wine! I love to taste and discover the different characteristics of good wine.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Someone once told me that we to do what we have to and not worry about what other people have to say.
How would you define success?
Success for me is an accumulation of various successes. It’s also to remain present in our area and to continuously grow in it.
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This article has been edited and condensed for clarity.