Data and Analytics is one of our fastest-growing teams, and Sabina, our Lead Data Scientist, has definitely gotten her hands dirty in her 8 months at Points. Her day-to-day involves taking massive amounts of data, cleaning it up, and weaving the insights together to create compelling stories that influence our biggest marketing decisions. With all that experience digging to find data gold, it comes as no surprise that she’s also a whiz at getting most out of her own loyalty miles.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Points?
My favorite thing about working at Points is the feeling of doing work that can make a difference every day.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a project that spans across multiple loyalty program Partners to be able to provide their members with more personalized offers.
What’s one thing people probably don’t know about your job?
The most fun part of my job is making statistical models — but people may not know I spend anywhere from 60% to 80% of the time preparing the data for modeling.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done with your loyalty miles?
I recently used my Aeroplan miles to redeem $500 worth of AMEX gift cards. I was able to rack up miles by flying with Air Canada and using my Aeroplan credit card for all flights and business expenses. I was also able to get such a great reward by waiting for a rewards sale, and spending less miles to get it!
What’s your favorite place to eat near the Toronto office?
I have recently become obsessed with Burger’s Priest. Their patties are amazingly delicious and they also have a gluten-free bun!
What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?
I travelled to Romania last year, and spent a part of that vacation in the Carpathian Mountains. I stayed in a small mountain town, and the best part of that trip was waking up with a view of mountain peaks and the sound of monks from a nearby monastery chanting their morning prayers.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without nature. I recharge by hiking the Bruce Trails or soaking up the sun on the shores of Lake Erie.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three movies would you bring?
Princess Mononoke, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and Wall-E.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Books are my greatest weakness. I can’t seem to pass by Indigo or BMV without purchasing a bagful of books!
What’s your favorite way to spend a Friday night?
Friday nights are best spent having all-you-can-eat sushi in the Annex, followed by walking on Bloor with bubble tea in hand.
What makes Points different from other companies you’ve worked at?
I have found that compared to other companies, Points provides an excellent support system. This system includes both peers and leaders, so I feel like I’m always set up for success.
And finally, describe your favorite pair of shoes.
My favorite shoes are my Birkenstock sandals. I can’t seem to wear anything else in the summer!
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