Denise Young- Senior Product Manager


Denise Young, Senior Product Manager


Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, Class of 2003


Career – Quick Facts

Career Path: e.g. post-secondary
Annual (Gross) Salary:
Canadian Schools:
Common Job Fields:

Social Interaction
Problem Solving
Physical Requirement

1. What year did you graduate secondary school?
– 2003

2. What is your current job title?
– Sr. Product Manager / Products & Services Team Manager

3. Where and for whom do you currently work for now?

4. What inspired you to pursue your career?
– First, I have to admit that this was not the career path I had imagined for myself when I was younger. However, during my university years, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in technology. I also wanted a job where I would always keep learning & product development was a great opportunity for both.

5. What do you love about your career?
– I like knowing that there are lots of opportunities for growth in this area and that I get to develop skills that could be beneficial for others jobs if I decide to change my career path.

6. Any negatives about your job to share?

7. What characteristics are ideal for someone pursuing your career?
– A product manager must have good communication skills and willingness to learn on the job.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your career?
– Being able to build products and see people use them!

9. What courses would you recommend to take during highschool to help in your career path?
– Info Tech, Finance, Marketing & English

10.Describe your academic and non-academic path to your profession (the more detail the better!)
– I graduated from UBC in 2007 with a B.Sc. Majoring in Computer Science & Mathematics. Right after graduating, I tried Test Software Development at Business Objects (now SAP). Then I moved on to join the TELUS Leadership development program. That program gave me a chance to try different jobs at TELUS and eventually I discovered Product Management.

11. What do you like to do for fun?

12. Favourite hockey team or proudest Canadian thing?
– I married a Swiss and turned him Canadian!

13. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger highschool self?

14. If you are okay to be contacted by students, what contact would you be okay to leave to communicate with you? (ie. email, work number, etc.)

May I contact you with questions?
-Sure! Shoot an e-mail to with the subject line “Contact: (full name)” and your question.
(Responses may take some time.)
-Sorry, not at this time.

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