Technical Officer

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Poly enables local, community-led plastic recycling by manufacturing systems that allow individuals to recycle plastic without the need for municipal infrastructure. Our systems consist of a shredder machine that shreds down plastic into small pieces and an injection moulder that takes those pieces, melts them down and shapes them into new products using interchangeable moulds. We work with operators to create a social enterprise around their Poly system, creating products that are relevant to their community, designing job opportunities and helping build partnerships to make their Poly system successful.

Poly’s goals for 2018-2019 include:

  • Shipping up to 5 pilot systems to communities where there is no formal recycling program
  • Implementing upwards of 5 special projects in Ottawa and the surrounding community to serve as an R&D platform for further Poly activities and a way for us to build brand awareness
  • Gathering feedback to improving our offering in preparation for transition out of the pilot phase


  • Have the desire to bring ideas to life
  • Enjoys "hands-on" work such as building and testing prototypes
  • Possess the willingness to learn about innovative solutions
  • Be self-motivated
  • Collaborate with other team members to develop new ideas
  • Be interested in technologies and innovations


  • Experience or a background from a scientific field, particularly mechanical or electrical engineering
  • Passion in technology and innovations
  • have "hands-on" experience (i.e. personal projects, class assignments, etc.)


  • Constructing prototypes using power tools
  • Testing and optimizing designs
  • Working with various partners across the city to design prototypes when outsourcing is necessary

Machines/Items you will be working with include a shredder, injection moulder and various kinds of injection moulds.

Enactus uOttawa

Enactus uOttawa, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5