Victoria’s Up and Comers, Part 2

29 Mar

This is the second in a series of 6 posts that hopes to bring some promising local grads and current students to the attention of the larger business community.

MICHELA BYL: A fashion fast-forward kinda gal.

EDUCATION:  4th Year BComm at U Vic

ASPIRATION: “Marketing Director at Holt Renfrew has a nice ring to it.”

CURRENTLY: Co-op at Chamco in Calgary


Meet Michela Byl. She knows what she wants. Check out her blog and you’ll see her interests are well-formed and acted upon. She has her sights set on a career that mixes her passion for fashion and style with her training in business and entrepreneurship.

This Calgary girl – which is where she is currently doing her 4th year co-op term – describes herself as a business chameleon. She can handle whatever you throw at her and keep her head screwed on.

Here are my own observations: Michela brings it. She is respectful, engaged and interested, and has an outlook that makes her stand out straight away.

“She is such an optimistic person,” says Andrew Hall, a cohort at U Vic. “She knows where to keep the energy focused.”

Focus. Not every student coming out of a business school has that. Advantage to those, like Michela Byl, who do.



6 Responses to “Victoria’s Up and Comers, Part 2”

  1. Eden Dearing March 29, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I’m lucky enough to count Ms Byl as one of my best friends. In addition to being wildly intelligent, creative and hardworking, she’s a top notch human being.

    Congrats on the post, Michela! 🙂

  2. dougbrowncreative March 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Always good to have my take confirmed by someone who knows her better. Thanks Eden.

  3. andmerson March 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I met Michela on Twitter a while back without knowing she had already made such a great impression on the folk here at Copeland.

    I thought she was an incredibly kind person and i have thoroughly enjoyed reading all her tweets. Interesting, funny, and engaging. No doubt that she is one of the great up and comers

  4. michelabyl March 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Eden and Andrea: Thank you for the incredibly kind words ladies. Means a lot coming from each of you.

    Doug: Of course a big thanks to you for considering me for this series. I cannot wait to see who else you and the Copeland team bestow with this honour!

  5. dougbrowncreative March 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    > U Vic BComm students are such great supporters of each other too. Thanks for the extra info Andrea.

    > Michela, I don’t see this as an honour at all – just a nod at the smart people Victoria businesses should be looking to scoop up. If it wasn’t for people like you and Dan, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. So thank you!


  1. Progress « Muse & Base - April 2, 2011

    […] work in to beat this weeks numbers. Earlier this week I had the honour of being featured as one of Victoria’s Up and Comers as chosen by Copeland Communications on their blog We Make it All Better. Not surprisingly, my page […]

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