After his shift at the bakery ended, he sorted mail at Canada Post until 2 p.m.
“That gave me a couple of hours to relax at Concordia before classes started in the afternoon,” recalls Haddad, from his home in Atlanta. “In that precious block of free time, my ambition took shape. Concordia was where my dreams turned into plans.”
Haddad’s plans came to fruition — and some. He began his professional career as an electrical engineer and became a successful entrepreneur, culminating in a recent shift to investing and executive advising of companies in communications, data analytics and advertising technologies.
Haddad is now giving back by supporting students at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Thanks to a $100,000 gift to the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now, the Paul Haddad Bursary in Electrical and Computer Engineering will provide two bursaries of $5,000 each year to undergraduate students.
The Haddad Family Scholarship will fund five scholarships of $2,000 each year to top students in the undergraduate Computer Science program.
“Electrical engineering and computer science are difficult subjects that require dedication,” says Haddad, who speaks five languages. “If I can alleviate some financial burden for students worrying about making their rent and paying tuition, that’s something I’m going to do.”
In addition to financial support, Haddad will offer mentorship to help guide students and open doors for their employment.
“I’ve coached over 150 professionals during my career and none of them had early mentorship when it mattered the most,” he explains. “You need to adopt a career development mindset, learn emotional management and know how to navigate your ambitions as early as possible in order to increase your chances of success.”