SPOTLIGHT: JOSEPH KONNEY, P.ENG.

Engineers Without Borders Canada & National Engineering Month Feature Company Director, Joseph Konney on his unique career path. This week, we shine the spotlight on Joseph Konney. He is a P.Eng., mechanical engineer and Company Director at Element Project Services. Here is what we asked him:

Tell us about a time when you felt proud of what you accomplished in your job.
I’ve worked all over the world on various types of resource and infrastructure projects. The project I am most proud of helps shape the every day, ordinary world around us. It was the rebuild of the very first Tim Horton’s in Hamilton. Although it was one of the smaller jobs I have worked on, it had a sentimental meaning to me and other Canadians. Coming from Ghana in my teens, that Tim Hortons was one of the first social settings I spent time in as a new immigrant and later as an engineering student at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. To be the engineering support for a major Canadian company that gives so much back to Canadians, new and old, was a great feeling.

What’s the coolest project you ever worked on and what was the result?
Tim Hortons Restaurant One is Hamilton. The main objective was for the store to open in 2014, as part of the company’s 50th anniversary, so we had six months to go from the design conception stage to serving coffee again. We didn’t want to open the 50th anniversary store in the 51st year. To me, the legacy will be having the store stand here for the next 50 years and knowing I was able to contribute to making it happen.

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