A bitter-sweet event for Prism Engineering: Senior Mechanical Engineer Duane Mattson, who has helped make Prism a driving force in our industry, has decided to start to enjoy life at a more leisurely pace.

Duane decided to join Prism after retiring at the age of 65 from his work in government. No one would have guessed that Duane would have a whole second career of 17 years with us.

Over the course of his time at Prism, Duane worked on all kinds of mechanical projects that helped shape our company. One of his biggest projects at Prism was leading a $4.5 million retrofit over the tight 5-month construction period of the Air Canada Operations Centre. Duane stepped up to coordinate and determine ways of addressing site conditions, which included both asbestos and lead removal, adding complexity to the project.

With decades of experience in mechanical engineering, and a remarkable work ethic, Duane was an incredible resource for the company. When we sat down in December, Duane reflected back on being in a mentorship role, “(In the past) people helped me out, now it’s my turn to pass that information on to new employees so that they can have the same good life I’ve had and enjoy working.”

Duane plans to embark on new adventures in traveling, lawn bowling and hobbies, along with his wife. We wish him all the best and thank him for his invaluable contributions to our culture and expertise.

Best wishes from all of us!

Photos: Top – Duane and the mechanical team reviewing drawings, Bottom – Tribute and celebration for Duane with all Prism staff