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One-to-One with Jim Slomka

Mohamed Ibrahim, Vice President Merchandising – Discount, Sobeys Inc.

Where did you grow up? A small town in eastern Ethiopia.

First job in the biz? Working at the Ontario Food Terminal.

Who or what has inspired you? Working after school hours at my uncle’s grocery store as a shopkeeper.

What is your greatest achievement? Working alongside teammates, particularly my mentor Rob Adams, to transform the old Price Chopper banner to the FreshCo and Chalo! FreshCo brands. Equally, for the last 33 years, being part of the evolution and growth of the hard discount business in Ontario and Western Canada.

Best advice you’ve ever gained? “Take responsibility for change” is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gained after listening to and reading W. Mitchell’s It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It.

What was your favourite subject in school? Math.

How do you define success? Reaching your purpose and aim in life.

Favourite meal? I love seafood, specifically Mediterranean seabass (branzino).

Favourite sport and team? Soccer and AC Milan.

Favourite business book? Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

Where did you grow up? A small town in eastern Ethiopia.

First job in the biz? Working at the Ontario Food Terminal.

Who or what has inspired you? Working after school hours at my uncle’s grocery store as a shopkeeper.

What is your greatest achievement? Working alongside teammates, particularly my mentor Rob Adams, to transform the old Price Chopper banner to the FreshCo and Chalo! FreshCo brands. Equally, for the last 33 years, being part of the evolution and growth of the hard discount business in Ontario and Western Canada.

Best advice you’ve ever gained? “Take responsibility for change” is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gained after listening to and reading W. Mitchell’s It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It.

What was your favourite subject in school? Math.

How do you define success? Reaching your purpose and aim in life.

Favourite meal? I love seafood, specifically Mediterranean seabass (branzino).

Favourite sport and team? Soccer and AC Milan.

Favourite business book? Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

Who or what has inspired you? Working after school hours at my uncle’s grocery store as a shopkeeper.

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