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EdgePointer of the Month – Olivia Kao

September 22, 2023

The latest EdgePointer of the Month features Olivia Kao.

After meeting Olivia it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that her original dream career was becoming a journalist. Luckily for us, she chose to study business after a stint as the City Desk intern at The Toronto Sun. Olivia still has the curiosity that first pushed her towards media and nurtures it by researching hobbies old and new. Whether it’s looking at chess strategies, finding new ways to live a long and healthy life or just looking into the latest gadget/outfit/accessory, she’s happy to dig deep into finding the best option available. Although it might seem like a broad range of interests to keep track of, Olivia’s other superpower is her incredible organizational skills that keep the rest of us in awe.

Before joining EdgePoint, Olivia worked as a regional sales manager at Invesco Trimark and an account manager at TD Canada Trust. She earned both her B.Comm and MBA from the University of Toronto. Among her many designations, Olivia is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and an Associate Diploma (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

For her list, Olivia decided to share her top-5 things she can’t live without:

  • Leuchtturn1917 weekly planner and notebook (A5)

    I need to plan and organize my life, and I’m a bit old fashioned and prefer using pen and paper. One side allows you to jot the appointments, and the other side allows you to include detailed notes.

  • Kindle

    This is where I am not old fashioned and prefer an eReader over a book. Having moved too many times, I like to be able to carry large quantities of books in a tiny device, and to be able to read late into the night under a pile of blankets.

  • Oura ring

    I wear it more than my wedding ring. This tracks my sleep patterns, my temperature and all my vitals to ensure my body is getting the rest and activity I need.

  • Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo Smoothie Bowl Maker

    I’ve been drinking some form of a green smoothie for the past 15 years and I rarely go a day without it. Right now, I am loving this Ninja blender.

  • Aesop Geranium Leaf hand wash

    If I’m going to kill germs, I might as well splurge and have one that smells nice!