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Northwood Staff Profile: Monica Gray

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Brad Jesson

What do you do at Northwood?

I am the Principal, Marketing and Communications at Northwood. My job is to tell our Northwood story through marketing and communications by developing and executing strategic marketing and communications plan. A large portion of my first year was dedicated to our rebrand and new website, which has been an amazing and fulfilling project.

What surprised you the most since you've been at Northwood?

I’ve worked in finance for a while (don’t look up my age), both on the operational/business and the marketing areas. I can say with confidence that the differentiating factor is how well the Northwood team knows not only the leader parents of a family but also every generation of that family. The team knows our clients so well including news of new grandchildren, university choices and wedding plans. The concept of legacy is apparent in how we operate, both in terms of transferring wealth through generations (and all the important next steps) and helping everyone thrive together as a family.  We offer a truly comprehensive perspective and paint a clear picture and connect all the dots for our families.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

My favorite movie/tv shows were the Craft and Bewitched, so originally I wanted to be a witch, but that seemed unachievable. I then wanted to be a veterinarian since I love animals, but my dream was crushed when I realized I didn’t have the heart to constantly see sick animals.

What is a fun fact about you?

I danced with the Canadian Ballet Theatre, and went to a school for the arts in Toronto growing up.

What are your favourite things to do outside of work?

I have a hard time sitting still so anything active. I really like tennis, skiing, volleyball, and cooking, I fly my partner's plane from time to time.

What’s one of your favorite travel destinations?

I recently travelled to the south of France, and loved it. Here are some of my favorites culinary stops along the way.

Aix-en-Provence:

https://chateaudelagaude.com/restaurant

A Michelin star restaurant surrounded by art installations in a 18th century chateau.  

Chateau de la Gaude

https://www.gaodina.com/

A beautiful off-the-beaten-path restaurant.

https://en.hotelpigonnet.com/restaurant-and-bar

It looked like a scene from The Secret Garden.

Hotel Pigionnet Jardin

Nice:

https://edenplagemala.com/en

Off the beaten path but 100% worth it. I loved dining in the tropical paradise setting.

Eden Plage Mala

St. Tropez:

http://www.lequaisaint-tropez.com/fr/home

A view of the superyachts while live performers recite poetry, dance, sing.

Cannes:

https://lamomecannes.com/en/home/

A must-try! The restaurant takes over the whole street and with performances, amazing food and service.

These are just a few out of the restaurants we went to, if you're reading this and want more recommendations feel free to reach out.

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Brad Jesson

Brad is a member of Northwood’s family office advisory group, working with families in the areas of goals based financial planning, investment management, tax planning, and next-generation education. In addition to his work with families, Brad is actively involved with Northwood next generation education and regularly contributes to Northwood's Thought Leadership Newsletter.

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