The Importance of Teamwork

In early 2006, I was sitting in a computer science class at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) listening to (now Gevity Managing Partner Emeritus) Tracy Forbes talk about the British Columbia Ministry of Justice (BC Corrections) primary care information system.

I don’t remember much about Tracy’s talk (sorry Tracy), but what I do recall was how what Tracy was saying drove my interest to experience the real world of eHealth for myself. I sent a cold email to Tracy following the class, and a few months later, I started my first co-op work term alongside Tracy and her Victoria-based team.

Four years later, I have transitioned from co-op student to employee, and I am helping clients across Canada and internationally. Gevity provided me with the opportunity to gain experience fresh out of university; something I truly appreciate.

As a consultant, you move from project to project, continuously gathering knowledge along the way, and in turn applying lessons learned from past engagements as you go. I see it as American statesmen and founding father, Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” In this line of work (with a good company) you will always have plenty of help and people ready and willing to teach you best practices along the way.

The chance to confront a challenging learning curve was presented to me in early 2013 when my manager asked if I would consider working on a project in Saudi Arabia. Within a matter of weeks my bags were packed and I was on a flight bound for the Middle East.

Without having any past experience with Middle Eastern culture, my biggest challenge wasn’t the work, but rather becoming accustomed to the different expectations and approaches. In learning how to adapt to my new reality and its cultural expectations, I was also challenged with the never ending line-ups and forms related to visas and residency associated with living in in Saudi Arabia, a topic for a future blog post, perhaps. What I did find important to remember, throughout the whole experience, was that even when living in what feels like a world away, I was still only an email or phone call away from someone ready and willing to help.

Gevity has a great team comprising experts from all fields, who are always ready to answer your questions and teach you new things. If you’re interested in joining our team, reach out. Gevity has a large presence at eHealth conferences and networking events across Canada. Who knows, maybe you can teach us a thing or two!


Kyle Schembri is a business analysis and project management consultant. He has spent the last four years working for Gevity in the field of Health Informatics. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria and is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner.