Featured Alumni

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About the Campaign

The Featured Alumni Campaign aims to better represent our engineering alumni and integrate them into student life. This will be done through a series of interviews that provide insight about our alumni’s experience at Queen’s and where they are now.

Interviews

Paul Shore AlumniInterviewPaul

What was your discipline at Queen’s? Why did you choose it?
Electrical – Computer Option (1990). I chose it at the time because I wanted to work in the aerospace industry and a veteran engineer in that industry explained to me that aerospace work was quickly becoming dominated by electrical engineering, rather than mechanical like it had been a generation earlier.

What are you doing now?
I currently run a healthcare related startup, www.tractivityonline.com, and also do some consulting work for startups, and enjoy a nice lifestyle in Whistler, BC with my young family.

What would you call your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment was being part of VoIP startup HotHaus Technologies that was acquired by Broadcom Corporation in ’99, and staying on to help Broadcom to become a dominate player in the VoIP semiconductor market.  Though arguably the career accomplishment that I am most proud of was having the nerve to take a break from tech and pursue a role with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Is there any advice that you would like to give to Engineering students?
Don’t take “no”, or “that’s impossible”, or “that’s too risky” as an answer.  And put yourself in the right places for great things to happen, and usually they will.

What is your favourite memory from your time at Queen’s?
Being a part of the Grease Pole Climb and making life long friends beginning that week.

Remi Ojo

What was your discipline at Queen’s? Why did you choose it?Remi
My discipline was in Chemical, with the Biochemical/Biomedical stream and the Pharmaceutical Technology option.
I was originally planning on going into Mechanical to pursue my interest in Robotics but down the stretch I grew an interest in Chemical because I figured it would lead to more options in the Pharmaceutical Industry. My parents are also pharmacists and thought it would be interesting to kind of follow alongside their steps from an engineering standpoint.

What are you doing now?
Upon graduation from engineering I returned to the Queen’s School of Business (now Smith School of Business I suppose) to begin my MBA and changed career paths. Now set for Telecommunications with Bell Canada as a Field Specialist which will be starting in May of this year. Until then I’m working as a Field Coordinator for I Love Travel (www.ilovetravel.com) while playing Ultimate Frisbee both professionally for Toronto and for Team Canada who are set to compete at the World Games in June.

What would you call your greatest accomplishment?
I think my greatest accomplishment is making Team Canada’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.
After playing Soccer for Queen’s for two years and getting cut in my third year, I still wanted to be a part of something. I wanted to be involved. I tried out for the Ultimate team and was fortunate enough to make it. In a seemingly short amount of time I was able to learn a new sport and train to develop to a level that allowed me to be selected for the U23 team. More years of hard work and development lead to me being a current member of the senior team.

Is there any advice that you would like to give to Engineering students?
I think the best advice I could give engineering students is to get involved. There’s so many amazing clubs, teams and opportunities that allow you to fully take advantage of your time at Queen’s. Look into all the Design teams, the Conferences, the Robotics teams.

What is your favourite memory from your time at Queen’s?
I think my favorite memory(ies) from Queen’s came from being a part of the EngFloor in Morris hall. EngFloor was a very unique place. One of the few buildings (at least when I was there) that had 60 people on one floor. Because of the amount of people on the floor, we had two separate Residence orientations divided by which side of the hall you were on, where odd numbers were on one side and even numbers on the other. The interesting thing is that because of this divide, no one from the opposites sides interacted for about the first couple months of residence life. This seemed like a very unique occurrence. But after that, both sides came together to create an unbelievable experience. I had so much fun being a part of the Engineering floor often working together, partying together with much of whom have become lifelong friends. Many of the floor events included countless hours spent playing Mario Kart, a number of themed parties, and the occasional study session.