“Running a business or being entrepreneurial means taking some risks but it allows you to mold your career into exactly what you want it to be and allows you to approach it as a path of limitless potential.”
Occupation: Masonory, Heritage Restoration
I tried economics in university only to realize I did not want to work behind a desk. I went through college for paramedics to ultimately understand that it did not bring me joy. I always loved building things and the art of stone masonry seemed like such a mystery, so I found a job working as a heritage restoration mason. I had finally found a career where I did not wake up dreading to go to work but looked forward to it. I want young people to know that there are many exciting careers in the trades and that the skills they offer open doors to many possibilities.”
Taylor MacDonald is the owner and operator of Solid Masonry, a company that specializes in heritage masonry restoration (essentially, repairing old stone and brick buildings). Taylor has had the privilege of working on many notable buildings over his masonry career including the Parliament buildings, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Rideau Cottage and many churches.
“On a daily basis I am challenged to learn and improve my skills and knowledge and not just in masonry. In running a small business I get to be artistic and creative. I manage staff and communicate with clients and trades. I work on marketing, PR, accounting and finances all in the same day.
Running a business or being entrepreneurial means taking some risks but it allows you to mold your career into exactly what you want it to be and allows you to approach it as a path of limitless potential.”