February 27, 2019
Beyond the senses
Biting into a rich meat pie sent Megan Tong (MAcc ’09) on a journey that would change her life.
Biting into a rich meat pie sent Megan Tong (MAcc ’09) on a journey that would change her life.By Dana Ciak Office of Advancement
Megan Tong (MAcc ’09) is co-founder of Kanga, Toronto’s first Australian-style meat pie shop offering ready-to-go, hand-made flakey all-butter pastries with gravy fillings that Chatelaine magazine calls “comfort to go.”
Megan came up with the idea for Kanga during a KPMG work secondment to Australia, where she fell in love with the savoury delights. What started as an idea for a pop-up quickly grew into a successful chain of restaurants.
Prior to founding Kanga, she worked at the MasterCard Foundation, managing partnerships with NGOs at the front lines of education and financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Alumni Relations caught up with Megan to ask her about life after Waterloo.
Name: Megan Tong
The first thing I look at when I wake up is: My phone
The last thing I Googled was: Personal finance blogs
If I were to change professions, I would: Be a motivational speaker or a comedian!
The most challenging aspect of my career is: Persevering through uncertainty. When I’m doing something that hasn’t been done before, I don’t know for sure that the work I’m doing at any given moment is going to lead me to my endgame. I have to have some amount of faith that I’ll eventually get there.
The thing I remember most about my time at Waterloo is: Late nights working on group projects with my friends.
One piece of advice I'd give young alumni is: Take matters into your own hands. If you want that promotion, or you want to start something, ask yourself: what are the real-life actions I can take to get there? (Thinking about things doesn’t count). Sometimes I imagine I have a boss I have to report to, and I’m going to have to tell her on Monday morning what I actually did that week to move my goals forward.
If I could have dinner with anyone in the world deceased or alive it would be: Tony Robbins
The last book I read was: Principles by Ray Dalio
The best part of my career is: Making an idea come to life.
My favourite books are: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree (I really recommend this book for anyone starting a business!).
My first job after graduation was: A consultant in Advisory at KPMG.
What I hope to be doing when I retire is: Working in some capacity to make the world a more equitable place.