Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Jason Davenport started his career as an equities broker. He excelled and moved through the ranks of some of North America’s largest financial institutions, but something was missing from his life: the water.
That’s why Jason made the tough decision to re-focus and come to Georgian to study Marine Technology –Navigation at the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre.
His first co-op involved navigating a 23,000 tonne merchant vessel named the Algoma Olympic – a ship the length of two football fields – through the Great Lakes system.
Jason found the whole experience both rewarding and necessary. “Co-op is truly the bread and butter of this program,” he explains. “It brings the knowledge we learn in class practical meaning – and gives us the experience and skills necessary to successfully do our jobs as ship officers.”
For Jason’s second co-op, he travelled from Germany, through the Arctic and back home on the Hanse Explorer – an expedition cruise ship that spends its summer in the Arctic and winters in the Antarctic. Through his blog, he shared his experience with cadets, staff and faculty at the Owen Sound Campus as well as his family at home.
Jason was highly recommended for this award by Co-op Consultant Lise Mollon. “Since he set foot on campus, Jason has been a leader and an inspiration,” says Lise. “He’s excelled in everything he has set his mind to, including academics, co-op work terms and extra-curricular activities.”