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Eva Carissimi
Program Studied
University(s) / College(s) Attended:
Education / Degree(s):
Bachelor Engineering - Metallurgy
Current Job Title:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Current Employer:
Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited

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Fun Facts About Me

If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?

Full of energy, always smiling, enjoys life

Share one fun fact about yourself.

When I was in Costa Rica I held new-born turtles in my hand.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?

Take a cruise to Alaska, ski the alps, learn to drive a motorcycle

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?

Julie Payette, McGill engineer who became an astronaut, an ambassador for science and Canada

Profile Questions

Why did you choose to study engineering?

I loved chemistry. I knew there had to be an exciting career for me related to science.

What are your best memories of your engineering education?

Playing flag football, broomball and pub crawls. I also loved the summer jobs in my field (in industry)

How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?

Engineering teaches you to solve problems and make the world a safer, cleaner more environmentally friendly and generally better place to live. My career allows me to influence those décisions in my plant and workplace but also around my community and beyond.

What do you love most about your career?

Everything around you, your TV, computer, chair, house, toilet etc... was built or designed by an engineer. Anything and everything is possible through engineering. I work with hundreds of people and touch so many topics from health and safety to environmental issues, community issues, political issues. No two days are the same - you can never be bored !

What was the most enjoyable project you've been involved with?

It's so hard to choose! Helping build a greenhouse at College Boreal and travelling to New Caledonia in the South Pacific to review a multi-billion dollar project prior to start-up are two of my favorites.

What's next in your career?

I really really enjoy what I am doing right now so I am concentrating on being the best I can be. I am sure that whatever comes next, whenever that comes, will be fun and exciting.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?

Study hard but leave time for the fun social activities in engineering school.Make sure you get summer jobs in industry so you can experience that early in your career. This will help you decide what field you want to work in and whether you want to work in industry, consulting engineering, research and development. There are so many options out there so you need to explore.