After working 7 years in the robotic automation and manufacturing industry in Montreal, I decided to move to Japan in order to take advantage of the McGill MBA remote campus in Tokyo. I became the first McGill MBA student from the main campus to complete all my courses abroad.
My career as a robotics engineer did not skip a beat in the overseas transition. I worked for Kyoto Robotics developing robot logistics applications for warehouse automation. And then, transitioned my skills into robotics consulting at Innovatech Studio, where I performed evaluations and project conceptualizations for warehouse logistics automation. Now, I am the head of engineering at Telexistence, where I am leading the development team to design, build, and implement humanoid robots as remote avatars for our “augmented workforce” concept.
I also mentor a high school robotics program called FIRST robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). My Canadian team, The Northern Knights, team 296, are the longest running Canadian team, and the 1st ever Canadian World champion of the competition. One of my former students created her own team in Tokyo, and the program is now starting to pick up in Japan! I am involved with the FIRST Japan organization in creating demonstrations to promote the program.
In my spare time, I also practice Aikido and play ice hockey. I’ve travelled across all of Japan by shinkansen, and once hiked Mt. Fuji twice in the same week. I am currently on the board of the McGill Alumni Association in Japan, and hold the role of treasurer. I look forward to finding ways to help others advance in their endeavors, and to contribute to the Canadian community in Japan.