Alumni profile: Robert Pockar

Photo of Robert Pockar After graduating from Waterloo, Robert Pockar (MSc ’00) returned to the work force and hit the ground running. “Six months after graduation, I was the project manager on a number of complex projects,” he says. “I think it’s a combination of opportunity and hard work that has led to my success.”

Robert has been very successful indeed, which is one of the reasons why he is the 2010 Young Alumni Award Recipient.

It’s quite humbling to receive this award,” Robert says. “It’s a great opportunity to re-engage with the university and I’m very proud to be a Waterloo grad.”

In 1993, Robert joined Matrix Solutions Inc., a Canadian and employee-owned environmental and engineering consulting firm.

Matrix Solutions’ largest market is the oil and gas industry,” he says.  “Our integrated teams of scientists, engineers and technologists provide our clients with solutions to meet their environmental stewardship goals.”

Since joining the company, Robert has moved up the ranks with a series of promotions. In 2008, he was named president and CEO of the company. Under his leadership, the company has achieved sustainable and profitable growth and has remained focused on earning customer loyalty and supporting Matrix's employees' career development.

Robert also finds time to share his passion for science by mentoring young engineers and scientists, and serves as a director for Science Alberta Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to increasing science literacy and awareness.

The Foundation encourages young Albertans to enter careers in science, engineering and technology,” he says.

Robert believes an education in science and engineering is critically important.

I truly believe that Canada’s economic future is increasingly dependent on our ability to have talented science, engineering and technology workers and an informed citizenry that is knowledgeable about the science-based issues of the day.”

Robert also shares some words of wisdom for undergraduate students at Waterloo.

Take full advantage of the Waterloo experience,” he says. “Study hard, play hard and broaden your understanding of the institution by getting involved and contributing to the life of the university.”