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Haapamaki, Eric (37)

Haapamaki, Eric (37)

Born and raised in Espanola, Eric studied computer engineering and business at the University of Manitoba. He heads up the applications engineering team at Ionic Engineering and is a shareholder in the company. His interests include hockey, chess and dragon boat racing.

Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: It makes me happy that I am able to do what I love in a place that I want to be. Often those two things don’t intersect and as a result a compromise must be made. I didn’t have to compromise, and I consider myself fortunate for that.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Professionally, I’m most proud that I was (and still continue to be) part of building a business that offers locals some of the best and most interesting engineering work out there. Personally, I’m most proud of my family, my great kids and wife.

Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: That hard work and a good attitude are just as important as intelligence to be successful. I was lucky to have had several of these types of people around throughout my life to show me this, and it eventually rubbed off.

Q: What is your personal motto?
A: If you always try your best, then you should have no regrets when you turn out the light at the end of the day. Worrying about things does not help, nor change the situation at hand. So get a good sleep, and hit it hard the next day!

Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Figure out what you love to do and then do it. Even if it takes you a little longer to figure out exactly what that is. Passion begets enthusiasm, and enthusiasm begets success. Next thing you know you’ll be at the top wondering how the time flew by.