''For as long as I can remember, when I look at something, my first instinct is to figure out what it does and how it works. This led me to study mechanical engineering at McGill University where I was taught basic engineering problem solving and the sciences that support it.
In 1988, I joined Bombardier as a junior systems engineer on the clean-sheet CRJ aircraft development program. It was a perfect fit for me. The work was demanding, challenging and fun. I couldn’t get enough of it. Surrounded by super smart characters I was coached and mentored, and allowed to run with the ball. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to learn.
Since then, my role in the company has evolved. Over the years, I’ve broadened my technical expertise, worked on a wide variety of aircraft platforms and explored exciting innovative technologies. In 2012, I became one of 15 Fellows, a position of technical authority providing oversight and guidance to critical strategic decisions across all Bombardier aircraft programs.
The work I do is as interesting, as are the people I work with. My most memorable projects at Bombardier have involved collaborating with teams of bright people on difficult, complex problems with sometimes challenging timelines. These taskforces unite team members with a common goal, and build lasting bonds that strengthen our company. I’m very proud of our work at Bombardier.
Over the years I’ve developed a few operating rules that help me make choices:
- You have to like what you do each day
- If it’s easy, it’s probably not as much fun
- The best ideas come from listening
- Don’t work in isolation - seek the knowledge and talent of others, and help them be heard
- Work-life balance is critical - find the things that make you happy, then find a way to make it work.”