“I guess you could say I’ve had three careers.”

Rene Dansereau is unquestionably a talented man and a jack of all trades. “I started as a stockbroker. I was trained in all financial instruments except for insurance. I traded bonds, mutual funds, stocks, everything! I did that for eleven years. Then, I was out in the bush as a geophysics surveyor; I did that for five years or so. Then, I wanted to be in the city to be near my daughter, so I took a job doing concrete forming. I did that for five years.” Rene has had his share of experience in many different areas of expertise but has not yet found one to where he feels he belongs. In pursuit of the perfect fit and an urge to move forward, Rene was drawn to a career that had interested him for many years; The electrical trade.

“I have always been fascinated with electricity.”

Rene began his search surfing the web when he stumbled upon the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC). He had been looking for a unionized company and felt that the EJTC was a perfect fit. “The union is great, I appreciate everything they’ve done, and I appreciate the support that they provide.” Rene is continuously working hard and is now moving forward to his second year of training. “They’ve given me a whole bunch of suites in an apartment building that I get to wire in under the supervision of a journeyman.” Rene goes into work eager to learn and ready to give it his all each day.

“I feel like I’m doing society a great service by bringing light to the people.”

Rene is a man who looks toward the future and likes to find ways to improve. He is passionate about renewable energy and is interested in eventually specializing in solar power. “The transition is upon us; fossil fuels are no more. I am working as hard as I can and as fast as I can to hasten and try to make the world a better place.”

“I feel good about it.”

In the meantime, Rene continues to bring his passion into the workplace each day. He is proud of his hard work and his many accomplishments throughout his apprenticeship at the EJTC. “I feel and recognize that this is where I belong.”

Written by: Savannah Davis, ClearWater Communications Co.