2007 Humber College graduate Kaylyn Belcourt McCabe started her career as an industrial designer after being inspired by her high school art teacher.
Fast-forward to 2014 and she’s on her way to becoming a CEO. McCabe is going to lead Copernicus Educational Products, a company that designs and manufactures products for classrooms worldwide. She’s scheduled to take the reins of the company in 2015.
Copernicus’ educational product lines include five categories: teaching easels, storage solutions, technology, arts and crafts and early childhood.
The classroom products are designed for students ranging from daycare to Grade 8 with two of the more popular products being the Tech Tub and iRover.
The Tech Tub is a compact device made to support mobile devices for students to use in the classroom and features five iPad holder slots, an extension cord block and other parts to support easy accessibility. The iRover is a flexible and interactive unit made to be compatible with different projectors in classroom.
The company’s motto is “making teaching a little easier,” but McCabe’s work at Copernicus wasn’t easy. She joined the company based in Arthur, Ont., about 120 km northwest of Toronto, in 2007 and seven years later she’s poised to take over the top job.
“Work hard and put in those extra hours of work and soak up as much information as possible,’’ she said. “Focus on the work and remember that you’re making this for a person and not a bubble.”
McCabe, originally from Newmarket, Ont., was the second industrial designer hired by the company
“The adjustment from Newmarket to Arthur was difficult at first, but Arthur feels like home now,” she said.
McCabe was promoted to new product development manager and she currently works with a team of six experienced engineers to design and create new products.
“The full transition will take up to one year to complete because I am learning a whole new role and what comes with it,” McCabe said.