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Farah Halsaad

Industrial Chemist
Farah Halsaad | Chimiste industrielle
Farah Halsaad | Chimiste industrielle
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Farah Halsaad is an Industrial Chemist, located in Ontario.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Lebanon

I now live in: London, ON

I completed my training/education at: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry 

What I do at work

As a technical director, I used my chemistry knowledge to test paint quality and to develop new paints. I would design tests to check how our paints reacted in different situations. I would also work with colleagues in our research and development department to test out formulas to prepare new paints. Most people don’t give paint much thought but the development and use of paint involves a lot of chemistry. In this role, I made use of my knowledge of chemistry but also mathematics. We would develop new paint formulas and then have to scale it up to quantities produced in industrial production. We would use the same processes you might be familiar with from doing stoichiometry calculations. We had to make sure that the right amounts were added at the right time. We also had to make sure that the chemicals being used were done so in a safe manner.

My career path is

I enjoyed science and chemistry when I was in school. When I graduated, I entered university and studied chemistry. After I finished my Bachelors, I got a job working in the paint manufacturing industry. I worked at this for 5 years. After this, I moved to Canada as a refugee and now I am a new resident. So at this time I’m not employed. Now I’m working at improving my English language skills and looking for employment. I love working in a career that involves science because it allows you to be creative and to keep learning new things. My ultimate dream to to work with the Canadian Space Agency.

I am motivated by

I like learning new things and the complicated processes involved in an industrial workplace keep me excited about my work. I enjoy working in a place where there is a lot of teamwork involved. When I appreciated for the work I do, I feel motivated more and that helps me to give more.

How I affect people’s lives

It’s a great feeling to produce a product that works the way it is supposed to and that people are happy to use. 

Outside of work I

I like drawing and do exercise to feel better. I volunteer with a community group to prepare and serve meals for people who need them. 

My advice to others

Be motivated and never give up!

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Art
  • Math
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Science
  • Technology
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Liked reading
  • Was really creative
  • Liked to design or build things

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