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Ashley Mackinnon following her very first time bungee jumping in Whistler, BC.

Meet Ashley Mackinnon, the executive assistant at our HQ located in Mission, BC, one of our longest tenured staff members at i-Open Technologies.

What is your role at i-Open Technologies?

I’m the executive assistant at i-Open!

How long have you been with the i-Open Group?

I’ve been with the i-Open Group for 5 years now!

What is the most challenging part of your role?

The challenging part of my role has got to be at the pace some of my tasks unfold. Keeping up with a fast pace environment and staying on top of the day-to-day tasks and the project tasks is always a juggling act for any executive assistant (EA).

What is the most rewarding part of your role?

All facets of my job are rewarding. I enjoy the people I work with, the community initiatives we work on, and the general work I do at the i-Open Group of companies. It is hard to single out one rewarding part of my role, however, I do feel a sense of peace knowing that we help our local community.

Where are you from and how long have you lived in the Fraser Valley?

I’m from Lake Errock, and have lived in the Fraser Valley for 24 years.

How did you hear about i-Open Technologies?

I had met the CEO while working a summer job at a local golf resort when I was 14. A couple years later I was searching for a practicum for a Business course I was completing and did my practicum with i-Open. They later hired me on when I completed my course!

What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Outside of work you can usually find me on a local forest service road – I recently brough a jeep wrangler 4×4 and I am hoping to get into overland camping in the near future. Stave Lake and Harrison Lake are the two FSR’s that I frequent the most.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?

I don’t know…. I’ve spent so much time thinking of something but haven’t decided!

Where do you volunteer or give back to the community?

In the past I have participated in Habitat for Humanity, I have also helped out with local backpack programs that support youth in our community.

Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.

At the age of seven I was determined to be a marine biologist when I grew up… this was really because I fell in love with the Orca that used to be at the Vancouver Aquarium. Nonetheless, as I grew older I had no interest in the sciences and actually enjoyed math the most.

Give someone you work with a shout out and explain why.

Reuben: I have had a chance to work with you over the last three months on various projects, things have been extremely busy and on tight timelines, but through it all you still have a great attitude and provide some good laughs along the way.