For Stephen Manley, technology is not only a much- loved career, but also a passion of his. As an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada and the Industrial Research Assistance Program, Manley is a self-starting, problem solver.
In his position, which he calls his dream job; Manley plays a pivotal role in assisting start-up companies to further their businesses. It is not, “just writing cheques for funding,” says Manley; rather he is always seeking to optimize successful outcomes and he becomes incredibly involved with the projects taken on by the National Research Council.
Growing up in North-side East Bay, Manley admired the beauty of Cape Breton and was an avid visitor at Ski Ben Eoin. Post-secondary education drew him away from the island, but with the conviction that he would someday return, Stephen freely explored the world as an engineer.
A risk- taker in nature, Manley feels that his work with the National Research Council is a perfect fit. His role allows him to take part in the experimental and developmental stages of new entrepreneurial businesses. “I help others take risks with their new business ideas,” Manley explains. His position also enables him to be in the easy living atmosphere of Cape Breton.
In his line of work, intelligence in technology is crucial, but so is the ability to engage with potential partners, foster relationships and communicate fully with aspiring entrepreneurs. Manley is a firm believer that small businesses start-ups in Cape Breton could keep young people here; making Cape Breton home needs to be at the top of the list. Manley feels that employment is what you make it, adding, “the only truly sustainable job is one that you create yourself.”
Since starting his position with the National Research Council in April, Manley has been enjoyed an array of opportunities, including providing funding for new projects, advising and consulting potential clients, as well as networking and connecting related firms and youth employment programs.
From personal experience, Manley advises, “you don’t have to be in a big city to create great things. In Cape Breton we need to be more entrepreneurial in our nature.”
For more information about starting your own business and for other opportunities, please contact the National Research Council at (902) 270 3549.
*Originally published in the NextGen Connect.