How I find balance – September 2017

Dan McGrath balances his professional and personal lives by making time for family and travel.

Dan McGrath, 55, COO, Cineplex Entertainment, Toronto

During the week, I'm really focused on work. The volume of work keeps you focused, not that you have much choice.

I have one or two events a week, whether it’s a charity board meeting, work dinner or some other sort of function. I also travel for work probably a third of the time, mostly within Canada.

While most of my week is devoted to work, I have a rule with my wife — I finish work at 5 p.m. on Friday, and I do my best to be home by 6 p.m. Our Friday-night tradition is to have a Manhattan and share a cheese board. I very rarely work on a Saturday; Saturday is my sacred day. It’s the one day that I will just try to keep clear for family time and relaxation.

I generally work every Sunday — at least three out of four weeks — but not the whole day. I usually end up working for a few hours either in the morning or in the evening.

My getaway time is spent at the cottage. I go there every weekend in the summer and probably every other weekend in the winter. In the summer, I spend a lot of time with the family boating, water-skiing and taking my kids wakeboarding and wake surfing. In the winter, I’m a snowmobiler.

I try to get in a couple of trips in the year. Usually, it’s two — one warm trip with the family during the winter and then usually my wife and I try to get to Europe once in the fall.

The other leisure activity I try to do is golf, but I don’t get out nearly as much as I’d like to.