What is your background? Did you have a “Julie”?
Eclectic! Industrial Engineering. Everything from Assembly to Yachts. And, no. There was no Julie.
I spent most of my career working as an industrial engineer. I help people re-think their operations so they run smoother, faster and easier. I hope people see their work in a new way after I’ve worked with them.
My schooling was eclectic: Systems Design Engineering at University of Waterloo, a Master of Science in resource economics from Cornell, and a Master of Divinity at Vancouver School of Theology. (Yes, I thought I had a calling to ordination, but I didn’t.)
And, no. I didn’t have a “Julie.” I wish I had. I might have learned things much earlier in my career. But I’ve heard it said that “When the learner is ready, the teacher will appear,” so maybe I wasn’t ready. From what I’ve seen, very few people have good bosses, so there are very few people with good models to learn from or copy. That, said, I’ve had some awesome people in my life that I’ve learned a lot from.
I’ve been very fortunate to have been exposed to an incredible range of industries. Agricultural equipment. Algae. Appliance assembly. Banking. Buildings. Construction products. Distance Learning. Electrical contracting. Electronics assembly. Engineering. Furniture. Government regulation. Health care HR. Heavy steel. High-precision machining. Industrial pumps. Insurance. Liquor distribution. Mining. Parcel distribution. Permitting. Plastic injection. Post-secondary education. Reverse engineering. Secondary wood. Sewing supplies. Yacht design. It’s been a lot of fun!
Engineers’ and steamship inspectors’ tools, from Hugh’s collection