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Insights Why working in engineering checks all the boxes for Even

As part of our #PeopleDriveResults campaign, this week we have caught up with Even from our Power, Grid and Industrial Solutions team.

Can you tell us a bit about your career path?

I graduated in 2018 from McGill University in Montreal with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, specializing in power engineering. I started my career as an application engineer at Vizimax, where I had the opportunity to work alongside a few pioneers of Controlled Switching Device technology. I was also fortunate to gain some commissioning experience in the United States early on in my career. Then, in early 2019 I joined AtkinsRéalis as a Protection and Control Engineer. I have since been involved on several multi-disciplinary projects, including New York Power Authority’s sensor deployment program, the Lower Churchill Project and the ongoing Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project. It’s been very interesting and I’m excited for what’s to come.

What inspired you to become an electrical engineer?

My interest in problem-solving prompted me to become an engineer. People who know me would say I’m restless, always looking for something to solve and that I’m driven by my own curiosity. I also get satisfaction from helping others. Working in engineering checks-all-the-boxes. I would say my younger self made the right choice by studying engineering.

What is the coolest thing you are working on?

It is definitely the REM project. Being born and raised in Montreal, I feel very proud and fortunate to be involved in this massive transportation network electrification project. Witnessing and taking part in the behind-the-scenes action has been a one-of-a-kind experience.

What do you think has had the biggest impact on your career development so far?

I owe much of my professional growth to all the people I’ve met throughout my career, whether it was my teachers, co-workers, managers and even the clients I work with. Without them, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today. They shaped me as an engineer and as a human being.

What is the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

“Every day, before you come to work, make sure you check your ego at the door.” 

Engineers are known to have big egos and this can sometimes undermine collaboration across the team and lead to an unpleasant environment. Everyone can and should make mistakes. It’s part of the learning process and people shouldn’t be afraid to admit their failures. A colleague gave me that sound advice. He’s someone that I respect greatly and I appreciate everything he’s taught me.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Carpe diem.” I first heard the quote in the film Dead Poets Society. It’s a Latin phrase meaning “seize the day”. It encourages us to break free from the norm and live every day with no regrets. We should remind ourselves the future isn’t set and to enjoy life while we can. Bottom line being that life is short, be yourself and live as you please.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

 I collect coins and bills. I just about have the complete collection of the Canadian commemorative 25-cent coins!