Pilon School of Business
Degree: Marketing Management
Year of graduation: 2004
Re-inventing the future
With ongoing global concern about minimizing waste, the remanufacturing industry in which materials are reused and returned to supply chains continues to grow.
Since 2013, Scott MacKenzie has been VP, Sales Operations, Canada for Clover Technologies Group, a remanufacturing company that collects used a variety of electronic assets, rebuilds them, and then markets them through resellers and distributors. Based in the U.S. with over 34 facilities in 14 countries, Clover is the largest empty cartridge collector in the industry (over 6 million empties per month).
“What we do every day makes a positive impact on the environment, diverting significant amounts of waste from landfill, while also giving consumers a choice between the manufacturer's brand or an aftermarket/private labelled product.”
A 2004 Marketing Management grad, Scott credits Sheridan with directing him to his current industry. The experience Scott gained during his co-op placement at Mississauga-based MKG Cartridge Systems led to a role at West Point Products, a company that was acquired in 2010 by Clover.
Scott grew up in Mississauga, obtaining a degree in English, Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2003. Looking to add some practical components to his communication and critical thinking skills, Scott turned to Sheridan. Not only was the college’s co-op placement opportunity attractive, but Scott’s younger brother, Jason, was a Sheridan student at the time, which made the decision that much easier, says Scott. Now Senior Team Leader, Administrative Operations at RBC, Jason is a 2005 graduate of the Human Resources Management program.
One of the best lessons Scott learned at Sheridan is a deceptively simple one, he says. “Businesses need to make money. Simply having a ‘cool idea’ is not enough. It’s something that people overlook when they're getting started. Having a great idea is an important step, but it's just as important to ensure that you can execute on that idea in a profitable way.”
Scott has continued to learn both inside and outside the classroom since leaving Sheridan. While balancing his work commitments at Clover, Scott earned an MBA in 2012 from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, receiving the Rotman Citizenship Award in his graduating year.
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