Meet Govinda “G” Jagdeo. G is the newest member of the Welaptega Team and was hired on to fulfill the role of project engineer. He has been with us for just over two months and his outgoing, optimistic and “can-do” attitude makes him a great addition to our team.
Govinda is now offshore Australia working on one of our projects, but before he left we sat down with him to learn a bit more about who is really behind the man we call “G”.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
“I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago, but Nova Scotia has been home for the last 6 years. I am somewhat vertically challenged, but I make up for that with my outgoing personality. I am a goal-oriented person who always sees the silver lining in every scenario. “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
When I’m not at work or working on a handyman project, I love to take walks on trails and seize any opportunity I can to bury my toes in the sand at a beach (weather permitting).”
How did you first learn about Welaptega?
“I first heard about Welpatega at my last workplace (Fugro GeoSurveys).”
Before working at Welaptega, what was the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
“I don’t know if working at Welaptega is unusual as I’m no stranger to working in an offshore environment. Prior to Welaptega, I worked at Fugro as a senior survey technologist where my role focused on the real time positioning of ships/rigs via satellite tracking, subsea tracking of divers/ROVs through underwater acoustic technology, and the inspection of pipelines and sea floor mapping using scanning sonar technologies.”
What are three words to describe Welaptega?
“Innovation, Exciting, and Fun.”
What are your hopes for our industry?
“Expansion, development of new technologies and projects to keep the industry alive – especially with lower oil prices and a diminishing market for oil in general.”
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I am quite the handy man. Always taking on a project whether it’s a renovation or just the manifestation of a crazy idea.”
What is your hidden talent?
“I love to cook and try new recipes in the kitchen. Cooking is a form of relaxation and you get to eat when you’re done cooking, so it’s a win-win situation.”
What advice would you give to potential new hires?
“Work hard, play hard”
What are 3 career lessons that you have learned thus far?
- The workplace can also be a fun place.
- Respect is a two-way street. In order to gain respect, you first have to give it.
- It is OK to take risks; however, these need to be calculated risks. Taking risks without weighing your options is just foolish and reckless, but calculated risks tend to lead to the biggest rewards.