Updated: Jan 7, 2020

In 1986, I had just graduated from engineering school with my newly-minted diploma, $30,000 in debt (1986 dollars), with no immediate prospects for employment. Two years previously, I had driven across the country from Vancouver sleeping in a car I had purchased for $55, as the result of placing 30 simultaneous stink bids on surplus auction vehicles, and blew a piston only 50 km from the school forcing me to hitchhike the rest of the way to start my studies.

As a new graduate, I made my way to Toronto, determined to kick-start my career. After only two weeks, I was fortunate to land a job with the Ford Motor Company (Electronics Division) as a Midnight Shift Production Supervisor, at their 1,400 person advanced automotive electronics manufacturing facility in Markham, Ontario. When I arrived at 11:00 pm