David Harris

Superintendent Special Projects: HR
Iron Ore Company of Canada
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Outside of work I

I enjoy time with family and friends. I like to eat, entertain, play music, and make and drink lots of coffee. I enjoy mountain biking and cross-country skiing. I volunteer with several nonprofit organizations.  I am the current Vice-Chair of the Encore Community Arts Association Board of Directors. I also instruct guitar classes through the Encore Arts Academy Program. I am member of the Board of Directors of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador

Outside of work I
My career path is

I was lucky to find employment with the Iron Ore Company of Canada immediately out of high school. At the time, I had no post-secondary education. While I enjoyed my job, I did not find my role to be fulfilling. After 4 years, I decided to go to University. I always enjoyed music so I completed a Music Education degree.  After five years, I returned to IOC. My degree and my teaching experience opened many new doors for me. It led to several business improvement and support type roles. It also led me to opportunities in leadership roles with the company. These new roles were often challenging but rewarding and always a valuable learning experience.

My career path is
My advice to others

Always be willing to learn and open to new ideas. Don't sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you. Take the necessary steps and be willing to come out of your comfort zone.

My advice to others

About me

I was born/grew up in: Labrador City, NL

I now live in: Labrador City, NL

I completed my training/education at: I have a B.A. in Music Education from St. Francis Xavier University. I have a Bachelors of Education from Queen's University.

About me

I am motivated by

I enjoy learning new skills. I also enjoy connecting with a wide range of people both inside and outside of the organization. Seeing programs come together and technology advancements implemented in the field is exciting. I love the opportunity to use my voice and play a role in the advancement of the company.

I am motivated by
How I affect people's livesI assist in the development of training programs. These provide necessary skills for employees working in more technically advanced workplaces. I play a role in ensuring that the business remains on the cutting edge of the mining industry.
How I affect people's lives
What I do at work

I work with subject matter experts to identify future skills requirements and technology advancements for our company. I network with colleges and governments on skills development needs. I work to make sure that supports are in place for program and skills development. This includes working with other departments. Depending on the project, I might be working with the Human Resources department, members from Information Services, or operations. At other times, I engage with colleagues from our Operations, Maintenance, Training or Finance departments. 

I use software tools and applications to build interactive on-line training programs. I engage with external subject matter experts and vendors. I work with them to find software solutions related to training as well as time and pay management. Much of my job involves having good communication skills.

What I do at work
When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Music
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Liked helping people
  • Played on a sports team
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Was really creative
  • Didn't really care about grades
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
  • Liked to design or build things
  • Learned best “by doing”
  • Played guitar in bands


Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador

Let's Talk Science would like to thank Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador for connecting us with the individual profiled above.

Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit organization that encourages youth to explore the growing opportunities in skilled trades and technology careers. This is achieved by offering an immersive approach to learning that includes annual skills competitions, in-school presentations, as well as through the Skilled Futures and Enter:Preneur programs.

Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador


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