In this installment of the Employee Spotlight, we’re moving out of our HQ to FormaShape, one of our subsidiaries. Located in Kelowna, BC, FormaShape manufactures the fibreglass that go into our water slides. Mohammad Hossain, who hails from Bangladesh, is one of the brainiacs who works behind the scenes to invent new techniques and processes that make our slides retain their lustre and last longer.
Quite the accomplished individual, Mohammad might hold the record for credentials and the longest signature at WhiteWater, among them are: P. Eng., CCT-I (Certified Composites Technician Instructor), CMQ/OE (Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence), CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and most exciting of all, CSSBB (Certified Six Sigma Black Belt).
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in a small city in Bangladesh. Most of my family is still living in Bangladesh, so I try to visit as often as I can. My family and I made the big decision to relocate to Canada in 2001 and this is where we call home now. This is especially true for my young daughter who was born here in Kelowna. We love the Okanagan and enjoy the four beautiful seasons every year. As a lifelong learner, I’m continually fascinated by innovations in all the fields of science, although my background is in Chemical Engineering. I was initially hired at FormaShape as a Chemical Engineer back in 2006.
What do you do at WhiteWater?
Back when I was a Chemical Engineer, my main task was troubleshooting current processes while looking for innovative ways to simplify procedures. I found this role fulfilling as it was rewarding to see new processes helping to streamline tasks and workloads. My current position at the company is Process and Product Development Manager. My focus is on the raw materials that are used in our products and on the improvement of products and processes. I also ensure that we are compliant with environmental regulations.
What do you love about working at WhiteWater?
New materials and new product development are very exciting to me. They combine my passion with my education, allowing for the hands-on opportunity to invent something new. The diversity of chemistry-related opportunities at WhiteWater is a major reason why I love my job.
What is your favourite WhiteWater product?
One of my fondest memories is working on the team which was tasked to develop the new translucent fibreglass. Working on this from the beginning and then seeing the final product installed in a slide was extremely fulfilling and rewarding. Innovative opportunities like these make coming to work exciting.
What’s on your bucket list?
I am driven by the challenge of finding a solution to a problem. Something that is on my bucket list is to have multiple inventions behind my name, inventions that benefit people and the environment. I also like cricket very much, but I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy watching it live at a stadium. So, I hope to attend the 2023 cricket world cup final in India.
Do you have a hidden talent? Tell us about it!
I would say teaching is my hidden talent. I love to teach and share knowledge with others. I’m also very good at debate. I was on the debate team in university and have great memories of being part of it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I may be thinking about retirement, but life changes so quickly that it’s difficult to know. I hope that I will have traveled with my family and made great memories with my daughter. I have a lot of ideas related to inventing something new in chemistry and hope to spend time discovering new solutions. I’d also like to help WhiteWater stand out from the competition.
What do you do outside of work? What is your favorite past time?
I enjoy sports, especially cricket and soccer. I love spending time with my close friends and family. I like being outdoors in the spring and summer, picking fruit and enjoying the warm Okanagan weather. I also enjoy learning and research. I am a lifelong learner, I’ve never felt like I have learned enough.
What is the most interesting place you have visited and why?
I found Singapore to be very fascinating. It is a beautiful country and they take great pride in cleanliness. I found the transportation system there very efficient and innovative. I hope to visit Singapore again with my family one day.