Where and when were you born?
Born in Corner Brook but grew up in Deer Lake, NL.
What is your current job and list some things you like about it?
Part owner and General Manager at ADC Engineering (Aguathuna Drafting and Consulting).
How does it relate to your diploma or certificate?
After graduating from CNA in 1991, I worked for engineering companies as a civil engineering technologist, and engineer throughout North America. I currently have a limit engineering license and permit to practice engineering here in Newfoundland.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your lifetime?
After graduating from CNA (Western Community College), I attended universities and colleges in Canada and the United States, while I was working and raising a family to advance my education and acquire an engineering degree and other certifications.
What’s your favourite place in the world?
Western Newfoundland. There’s no place like home! After living in other areas of North America (California, Las Vegas, Oklahoma, Toronto, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Alberta) nothing compares to what we have here. We are truly fortunate to live here.
Can you describe an experience that changed your life?
While living, working, and attending University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 9/11 occurred. I worked for an oil and gas engineering company that specialized in military installations, with engineers from across the Southern USA. I was listening to a local radio station that began to broadcast the events of that day live. My wife and our daughter we at home in Tulsa watching it live on TV. I will never forget the panic of everyone around the office calling their family members to leave the cities and go to the country to stay with relatives because the country was at war. Before 9/11 it was easy to travel and work between the USA and Canada, and the USA considered Canada as family. After 9/11 it was very different. It was during this time that I realized that Newfoundland and Labrador was the best place in the world.
What’s your favourite movie or book?
A Bridge Too Far.
Is your current career path as you originally intended?
Yes and no. I always intended on continuing my education and practicing engineering, I never anticipated owning my own engineering firm.
What challenges did you face in launching your career?
Gaining experience. Newfoundland and Labrador offers limited opportunities for new graduates to find work in their field.
What advice would you give to your CNA first-year self?
Be patient, work hard, take constructive criticism, never burn bridges, and always improve; you are never too old to learn.