Dominic Champagne, The Metronome

Life @ Kinova

Working for Kinova® Robotics since September 2016, production supervisor Dominic Champagne is very pleased with this high-tech environment. The 38-year-old father is a hard worker who does his job at a steady pace like a metronome. Here are 10 questions to Dominic Champagne.

1- Tell us about your journey?

I studied electro mechanics, I had a two-year course. After that I had been hired by a company that was preparing salad, I was taking care of all the machines that were used to produce salad for grocery stores. I oversaw the maintenance, the preparation and the modification of the machines. I worked there for a year, then I was hired by Technicolor in Mirabel, a great company where I learned a lot. I started there as an electro-mechanic, but after 3 months I became a team leader and then supervisor planner for 6 years, but the company closed in 2011. Subsequently, I went to work for an SME, Popco (Packaging of coin collections), where I worked for 5 years. I was a factory manager, but since it was a small company I was wearing multiple hats and I always oversaw the maintenance and modification of the machines.

2- How did you hear about Kinova?

I had a job search application on my phone and I saw this opportunity at Kinova. The position corresponded to my skills. I applied, this is the only place I applied for, I had an interview and here I am.

3- What part of the job meets your values?

All the procedures that Kinova wanted to introduce. Employee training, workplace health and safety system and planning were familiar to me and I knew I would be performing well in this environment. The company is expanding so it’s exciting. And let’s say it, robotics is awesome (laugh).

4- If you were to describe your work in one sentence what would you say?

I would say that my job is to make sure that everyone has the right tools to do a good job. It is to make sure that all goes as planned and that everything works smoothly.

5- What do you like about your job?

I would say that I like to find the strengths of every team members and to highlight them. I also like to train people and make them better. I love planning and trying to forecast the long-term costs of our projects.

6- What would you call an ideal colleague?

That would be somebody who is a great communicator and respectful. These two qualities together can lead us far. I’m not really that demanding.

7- What would you say to someone who would like to work at Kinova?

I would say that it is a company that is rewarding the people who work hard. I would also say that the work environment is exceptional, there is a lot of thoughtful gestures toward employees and it is greatly appreciated. In all projects, the communication is put up front. Lastly, I would add that the team is great.

8- What qualities are needed to work at Kinova?

Constancy, perseverance and being available.

9- What do you think the future of Kinova holds?

Sky is the limit. In the Kinova niche there is no limit. I see Kinova growing greatly. I also see myself evolving in the company. I learn a lot, I like what I do, and doing it on another level would be a nice opportunity.

10- Do you have hobbies? 

I’m a musician, I’ve been playing drums since the age of 15. In the winter, I like skiing and I play hockey once a week. But my passion is my family. I have two children, an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. The family is the most important thing.

Would you like to work with Dominic and the Kinovians? Click here

You might also like these articles

Industry insights

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Outlining the Difference Between Good and Bad Science

Ask anyone who works at Kinova — or any other robotics company focused on developing technology to increase human capability, for that matter — and they’ll tell you how rewarding their work can be.

Read more
News & Events

Robotics in Ontario’s Health Care System: A Decision That Could Have Disastrous Consequences

On August 8th, we learned that a committee of experts advised the Ontario government not to invest in new medical robotics technology to be used in radical prostatectomy (prostate ablation). This news may seem commonplace—however, it is the first step towards the “third-worldization” of our health care system.

Read more

Charles Deguire to Chair an Economic Strategy Table to Identify Innovation Opportunities

Charles Deguire, president, CEO and co-founder of Kinova®, will chair one of the six Economic Strategy Tables being launched by the federal government.



Read more