Anik M. Rahman
Anik is a young engineering professional with experience in electricity generation, transmission and distribution. He is passionate about the role of renewable energy in the transformation of the global energy supply. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he also served two terms as an elected member of the board of directors for the Students’ Union. Aspiring to broaden his expertise in the energy industry and to contribute in promoting clean renewable energy, Anik joined Ontario Power Generation in 2017, where he currently works as an Assistant Plant Officer within the Renewable Generation business unit. He is involved in planning and execution of a wide range of projects and initiatives ranging from regulatory affairs, renewable energy infrastructure projects, asset management programs and stakeholder relationship initiatives.
Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. Could you please share your experience as an international student in Canada?
My experience as an international student was very positive from day one. Memorial University community were incredibly welcoming and helpful. This facilitated my onboarding process to the Canadian society.
How did you get connected with PBSCU/CAAB?
As I was preparing for my Canadian study permit application, I was looking for specific information with respect to financial and education requirements. At first, I came across the Canada Visa Forum and then someone within the forum referred me to PBSCU!
I currently serve as an Advisor to PBSCU and an Admin to Canadian Alumni Association of Bangladesh (CAAB) which serves as a professional group that connects students with alumni and working professionals.
You have done your undergraduate degree in Canada. Do you have any advice to prospective students interested in undergraduate studies in Canada?
Did you do any co-op during your studies? What are the benefits of doing co-op during undergrad studies?
Yes, I went through a co-operating Bachelor of Engineering program. I would strongly advice prospective students to opt in for co-operative educational programs. It prepares you well for post-graduation journey. Moreover, you get to apply classroom knowledge into real life scenarios.
You have a good record of extracurricular activities (ECAs). Do you recommend international students to be involved in ECAs? Any tips?
YES!! It’s the only way you can develop your soft skills and grow as an individual.
What’s the current job prospects in your field? Do you have any career tips for current students in your field?
I am a renewable energy professional and I think growth potential for the clean energy sector is enormous. I would advise current students to take courses and projects that challenges them and equip them with skills necessary to solve the pressing issues forecasted by the industry in both short and long terms.
What are the benefits of P.Eng. designation in your filed?
In Canada, the title “professional engineer” is restricted by law. When you hold a P.Eng., you are licensed to practice engineering in the province or territory where it was granted. It is considered the highest standard of competence for the engineering profession, Professional Engineering certification not only raises one's stature in the field, but also shows that the individual has higher levels of authority and responsibility.
You travelled all over the world. Is there any place that is near and dear to you?
This is a tough one! However, being an avid mountaineer, I have always enjoyed going to the Swiss Alps!