Playmakers and dealmakers: Queen’s Engineering alumni are on top of their game

Posted on February 06, 2020

Two Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science alumni were recently featured in national publications for their contributions in fields that may not be seen as typical engineering professions. Their national and international presence are a recognition of their exceptional leadership skills and the value of an engineering degree.

Rick McCreary at podium, FEAS 125 Anniversary Awards event

Rick McCreary (BSc’85, MSc’90), deputy chair of investment banking at TD Securities, was featured in a story in the Financial Post about his role in brokering a ground breaking mining deal. McCreary has combined his education in geological engineering and an MBA to become one of the leaders in investment banking for the Canadian mining sector. He began his career as a geophysicist and is now the deputy chair of investment banking at TD Securities. He has been the principal financial advisor during some of the world’s largest mining transactions.

McCreary was recently profiled for his advising Vancouver’s Goldcorp Inc. on its US$10-billion acquisition by Colorado-based Newmont Mining Inc. His strategic approach to the negotiations, according to the Financial Post, helped rejuvenate the precious metals sector and attracted new investment in the industry.

Maryann Turcke (BSc’88, MBA’97), the Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League, was recently profiled in The Globe and Mail for her use of big data to garner new fans for the NFL and continue to build the NFL’s fan base and viewership.

Turcke has had an illustrious career that began as a civil engineer working at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to build highways. Following a number of increasingly high level positions at Bell Canada, the NFL recruited her to run its NFL network, and promoted her to Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Her success is measurable – according to The Globe and Mail, NFL games are 47 of the 50 most watched television shows on U.S. television. Almost a third of the U.S. population was expected to watch the NFL’s 2020 Superbowl.

Maryann Turke at podium, FEAS 125 Anniversary Awards event

McCreary and Turcke were recognized at the Faculty’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations last year. Each were winners of an Engineering Excellence Award, and spoke together at the ceremony about the value of their Queen’s Engineering degree.

Both have inspired students over the years, sharing wisdom and career advice at numerous student events. When asked recently what advice would she give to engineering students, Turcke said, “Engineering is a phenomenal undergraduate degree for quantitative people; you can do so many things with it. It just gives you the confidence to sit back and be thoughtful about your arguments, what you are doing with your analysis, and to be confident in the business decisions you make.”