Please join us in congratulating this year’s Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority scholarship recipient at McMaster University, Owen Angus-Yamada. Now in his fourth and final year, Owen is finishing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.

HOPA Ports was proud to attend the DeGroote School of Business Undergraduate Awards Recognition Reception last month and award Owen in person. He was selected based on his stellar academic performance and level of community involvement.

What are some of Owen’s future aspirations? In addition to travelling once he’s finished his undergrad, he “would like to get into project management, marketing and business consulting, and maybe someday conduct research in those areas and eventually teach at a university level.” What does he know about Hamilton’s port? “It is the largest port in Ontario so there is great economic and logistic importance placed onto the organization.”

Owen’s mother, Heather, also lives in the North End, close to the port authority’s head office at 605 James St N. Her favourite part about living in the North End is the “diversity and variety of the neighbourhood.” She also enjoys walking her English sheepdog up Hughson and along the waterfront every day.

Heather believes Owen’s inclination towards business has combined his innate aptitude for numbers (he was originally accepted for engineering), with his love of people, psychology and the humanities. She hasn’t the faintest idea where her two children get their abundant intelligence and work ethic from, but she admits Owen has a “huge heart and is natural leader who will change the world.”

We (at the port) believe she’s right. Congratulations, Owen!