My current role is Director of Branch Operations at JMP Engineering. Over the years I have had the privilege of being involved in many projects that have improved the quality of life for others. Most noticeable of those was a filter-making machine that produced the filter elements used in providing clean drinking water as part of the 2004 tsunami relief effort. Although a small part, knowing that what I was working on at the time had such an important, timely impact was a feeling that I still thrive on today. Most recently I was part of the Rogers Centre Roof modernization project that breathed new life into the control system for a major Toronto landmark. In addition to real-world impact, I have had the pleasure of being involved in many initiatives that have really changed the way we do business. I am a member of the Control System Integrators Association’s (CSIA) Best Practice Committee, which is responsible for setting benchmarks for the system integrator industry. Being part of this group has helped JMP achieve Control Engineering’s coveted award of Control System Integrator of the Year (2009), and has taken our Project Management methodologies, training capabilities, and certifications to new levels. I have really enjoyed being able to change the internal landscape of our company.
My parents taught me to work hard at a very young age. This kept me active and hands-on in many service industries. I always loved getting my hands dirty. When it came time for selecting my first co-op term in my engineering program, I looked for a hands-on environment where I could interface with people. I landed in a paper mill. What an awe-inspiring process for someone in their first year of school. From that point on, I was hooked! I graduated from the University of Waterloo with my Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. I am also a licensed Professional Engineer.
Anyone who knows me can attest to my love for tinkering. As a kid I was always taking things apart and putting them back together. As such, I have a lot of projects on the go. I also have an older car that I take to a few local race tracks throughout the summer months. I really enjoy doing all the work on the car myself. Most recently, I helped design and build a custom trailer for the grassroots motorsport racer. It is designed to store in a standard garage and light enough to be towed with a typical SUV. Although my calling as a professional race driver may have passed, I still have a lot of fun at the track.