Rashid Timbilla

Name: Rashid Timbilla
Education: University of Ottawa (Bachelor of Social Sciences ’16 & Juris Doctor ’20)
Profession: Lawyer
Years of Experience: 0-1

When you were a child, did you envision becoming what you are now?

No, I knew I wanted to help people and apply myself to be great, but I never knew I would have the good fortune of doing everything that I have done. I attest a lot of my success to my parents, sister and network.

Can you please tell us about your journey? When did you first think to yourself, “I made it”?

I still do not think that I have made it. My parents immigrated from Ghana and relocated to Ottawa thanks to the help and kindness of Canadian diplomats. I was diagnosed with a learning disability in school and put on an IEP. It wasn’t until my father told me to dismiss the concerns of my teachers (who wanted me to become a mechanic) and really apply myself that I learned I could do whatever I put my mind to. From there I excelled in University and sports, and was accepted into the University of Ottawa law school.

Did you face any challenges on your journey to get where you are? Do you currently face any challenges?

I did. We all face challenges, but the most important thing is assessing these challenges with people you can trust that are much smarter than you. Law is a great profession because it allows you to hone your analytical abilities to try and solve issues as best as possible.

What skills do you believe a person needs to succeed in your profession?

No ego. A lot of humility and a continuous drive to succeed and remain organized.

What advice would you give to others who aspire to be where you are?

Reach out. Do the work. Make sure you are not trying to do everything yourself but ask others for their thoughts and ideas on hard situations about entering the profession.

Can you please share one goal you achieved that you are extremely proud of?

Continuously trying to make my parents proud.