EP #40: Roy Ratnavel – From Mail Clerk To Executive Vice-President at CI Financial

After being forced to leave war-torn Sri Lanka and immigrating to Canada, Roy Ratnavel (@roy_ratnavel) started as a mail clerk at CI Global Asset Management and over the span of 30 years, has made the leap to Executive Vice-President at CI Financial as well as the Head of Distribution for CI Global Asset Management. He joins Ara on this week’s episode of The Tamil Creator to discuss his upcoming book, the importance of hard work and (calculated) risk-taking, people’s inability to amicably disagree in today’s social media era, climbing Machu Picchu and much more.

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Roy Ratnavel
01:44 – Vadamarachchi Operation (Operation Liberation)
06:30 – Losing his father days after landing in Canada, working three jobs at once
10:14 – Traits which are in short supply in this day and age – but are required for success
14:44 – Roy’s career trajectory from mail clerk to meeting Bill Holland to becoming Executive VP at CI Financial
21:54 – Roy’s view on networking and how you should approach going about it
26:42 – What you should know if you’re trying to get into a career in finance (or any career at all)
30:50 – The next chapter in Roy’s life; his book on war, work and the political climate
35:20 – People’s inability to amicably disagree in today’s social media era
41:58 – Being pigeonholed, based on who someone once knew you to be
52:34 – Interests outside of work; mountain climbing, writing and raising his son
55:04 – Having a chip on each shoulder to fight his insecurity
57:36 – Roy’s perception of money, and his investing strategy
01:01:51 – Creator Confessions
01:04:00 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan