Abi Coman-Walker: Navigating Change From Finance to Biotech Innovation

portrait of Abi Coman-Walker
Abi Coman-Walker is a pro at navigating change throughout her career, transitioning from the financial sector to the forefront of biotechnology. This episode delves into Abi's remarkable career path, which spans from being an executive at HSBC, one of the world's leading international banks, to becoming the Chief Operating Officer at one of Canada's pioneering therapeutics companies, Acuitas Therapeutics, named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2024. Abi shares her insights on building flexibility in one's career as interests evolve over time, reflecting on her own experiences and the pivotal role she played in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. Learn about the importance of adaptability, the value of diverse experiences, and how embracing change can lead to unexpected and rewarding career trajectories. Whether you're navigating your own career path or interested in the intersection of finance and biotechnology, this episode offers valuable lessons on growth, resilience, and the impact of embracing new opportunities.

5 Key Takeaways:

  1. Embrace Change: Adaptability is crucial for career progression, especially as your interests and the job market evolve.
  2. Leverage Your Background: Your unique experiences and upbringing can be a source of strength and differentiation.
  3. Find Mentors: Learning from those you admire or who have guided you can shape your professional journey positively.
  4. Value Relationships: Building strong relationships and being kind is essential.
  5. Pursue Purpose: Aligning your career with your values and seeking meaningful work can lead to greater satisfaction and impact. 

Show Notes 

[00:00:00] Introduction to Abi Coman-Walker and today’s topic on career flexibility.

[00:00:47] Abi discusses her extensive career journey, highlighting the leap from HSBC to the biotech sector.

[00:05:10] Insights into the role of childhood experiences and upbringing in shaping career adaptability.

[00:07:09] The influence of a global upbringing on personal and professional life.

[00:10:53] Lessons learned from her mother’s resilience and career.

[00:15:34] The importance of flexibility and adaptability in one’s career path.

[00:17:05] Reflections on nearly two decades at HSBC and key takeaways.

[00:31:34] Transitioning to Acuitas Therapeutics and aligning career with personal values.