Benson Tsang: Balancing a busy life abroad
Growth is often fostered by challenges and expanding one’s horizon. That’s what Benson Tsang, the current CFO and Chief Accounting Officer at ATA Inc., and an MBA Alumni of the DeGroote School of Business believed when he decided to pursue a career abroad as opposed to staying home in Canada.
As he graduated from the MBA program in 1991, Tsang wanted a challenge, so he decided to capitalize on his company’s three year international transfer program and headed to China. This three year term eventually turned into 5 years, and then 3 more years until Tsang eventually discovered that a career abroad was what was most natural for him: “To me, moving to different places is natural”, says Tsang. “Like when I moved back to Canada—after 20 years of living abroad, my wife wanted to come back to spend more time with her parents [in Canada]. When she wanted to come back, I said, ‘No problem, let’s move’.”
For Tsang, these decisions to move from one place to next have always been natural for him because they revolve around his family. “Wherever I go, my wife and kids moves with me.” Even when his family cannot accompany to the various locations that he visits, Tsang is still in constant communication with them. 20 years ago, when there was no social media and smartphones, Tsang would exchange pictures with his children every night via a fax machine. Now, technology makes things a lot easier as it takes him just seconds to communicate with his family via text messages or smartphone apps. more…