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Sidjae RobinsonSidjae Robinson-Walia

Sidjae Robinson-Walia is a dynamic leader with an unparalleled passion for the holistic development of people. She is the founder of the personal and professional development training company “Unlimited Possibilities” and the charity “Unzip Potential”. Sidjae not only ‘talks the talk’ but ‘walks the walk’. She spends countless hours working with persons from various backgrounds to manifest positive changes in their lives.

Her programmes are not simply about learning techniques, they are about being passionate about what you do … living and working with passion … being excited about every minute of your day. Sidjae promises techniques, but also delivers passion, high energy, and she drives you to take action now! She is determined to bring out “your best you”. Her high energy, no-nonsense style keeps the participants focused. There are no observers in her programme! Her style of high involvement allows participants to learn faster and remember more.

For over two years Sidjae Robinson-Walia worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica as the protégé to the then Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Madge J. Barrett, CD. She was instrumental in the planning and execution of several State/Official events including:

  • The visit of HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
  • The visit of HRH the Prince of Wales
  • CARICOM/Canada
  • G-15

In her capacity at the Foreign Ministry, Sidjae also lead training sessions and was a point of reference on matters relating to protocol, etiquette and Privileges and Immunities in Jamaica.

Sidjae later joined Dehring Bunting and Golding Ltd. as an Investment Advisor in the Private Banking unit. In three years, she climbed the corporate ladder to Senior Manager and Unit Head of Private Banking, leading a team of seven persons who managed the portfolio of high net worth clients. During her five-year tenure, she made several appearances on television and radio, giving advice on financial planning and budgeting. She has also been involved in many speaking engagements and training seminars on wealth creation, accumulation, preservation, and management.

In 2008 Sidjae served as the Technical Advisor to the Hon. Audley Shaw, MP, Minister of Finance and the Public Service. In that capacity she served as the Alternate Director for Jamaica on the Board of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and was one of the initial members of the Board of Directors of the CARICOM Development Fund. Sidjae has represented Jamaica at several regional and international meetings including the Annual Meetings of the CDB, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting.

Sidjae joined Digicel Group in 2009 as the Head of Learning and Development, and was responsible for co-ordinating the company’s management development training programme. She designed the programme “Leadership Essentials” aimed at improving career development conversations between management personnel and their direct reports.

In 2010, Sidjae got married, migrated to Canada and now resides in the Greater Toronto Area. She was recently selected as one of 120 participants across Canada and the Caribbean in the inaugural Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD) 2011. She was the Caribbean co-chair for her group which visited Nova Scotia and Grenada. This programme exposed the participants to leadership thought and practice in a variety of sectors including government, business, civil society and labour unions. The President of the CCELD, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, also actively engaged the participants of the Dialogue.

Sidjae Robinson-Walia holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Economics (Major) and International Relations (Major). She is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which may be used in team-building and leadership development. Currently, Sidjae is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. Her interests include sports, religion, philanthropy, music, history and politics.

The driving passion of Sidjae Robinson-Walia is to positively affect the life of each individual she encounters.