Alumnus prepared to cement new program

Posted on November 27, 2014


David Yokom

Managing a quarry and launching an academic program seem worlds apart, but David Yokom doesn’t see it that way.

“My project management background underlies nearly everything I have done during my career. In my different roles at Lafarge, I dealt with people and budgets, with curveballs coming at me on a daily basis,” says Mr. Yokom (Sc’03, MSc’05). “Since graduating from Queen’s I have been developing a toolkit that was applicable to this job.”

Mr. Yokom’s new job involves overseeing a major new collaboration between Queen’s University and the Northern College Haileybury School of Mines (NCHSM), which is located 140 km north of North Bay. The two institutions have partnered to create a new Bachelor of Technology degree. The program will admit college graduates with either a civil or mechanical technology diploma, or graduates with a NCHSM mining engineering technician diploma. After taking a customized bridging curriculum, they will then complete years three and four of the program to earn a university degree.

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