“It was completely by accident,” says Nick, who is responsible for delivering all projects at TTT Studios, talking about his foray into project management as a career path.
While studying Mechanical Engineering at UBC, he once saw a documentary featuring scientist Dr. Darlene Lim in the Arctic. That job seemed so inspiring that Nick realized he wanted to do something similar. So he applied for a Master’s degree, participated in conferences, met Dr. Lim in person, and ended up managing the same site in the Arctic that he saw in the documentary!
“When I got the job, it totally blew my mind.” The station was on Devon Island, the world’s largest uninhabited island, located between two northernmost communities — Revolute Bay and Grise Fiord. NASA, Canadian Space Agency and other organizations such as militaries and universities worldwide came there to do research. Nick was responsible for managing the logistics: how people get to the island, how they get off of it, and most importantly how to keep everyone safe.
“When I was hired, the first thing I did was buy a bunch of books about what it means to be a project manager. I quickly figured out that it was really about taking care of people.” From there on, Nick applied the same approach to all projects and companies he worked for, including NASA, tech startups, and nonprofits.