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Abhishek Khurana, BENG '13

(Mechatronics Eng)

A leap of faith leads to Voyager Buildings

Safety? Or a leap of faith? That’s the decision that always faces us at the fork in the road – that evident turning point where we opt for one path or another.

For Abhishek Khurana, the decision was to take a leap of faith.

In 2018, he walked away from a job he’d held for four years, a job he liked and believed in, and a job that promised a solid career and a good future.

“Extended travelling was something I had wanted to do for a long time,” says the 2013 mechatronics engineering grad. “So I gave my two weeks notice and booked a one-way ticket to Costa Rica.

“I took a year to travel. Had crazy experiences and saw unreal places. Explored the world and had time to think about my next career move.”

That next career move turned out to be starting his own business – Voyager Buildings – in the field of Building Automation Systems (BAS).

“I wanted the name of the business to resonate with my love and passion for exploring the uncharted,” says Khurana.

The Toronto-based BAS contractor uses artificial intelligence to optimize HVAC systems and reduce costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions in both new and existing commercial and high-rise buildings.

As an entrepreneur, he has had to learn every task, from administrative to financial to project management. 

“Running my own business has been rewarding in so more ways than I could ever articulate,” he says. “I am always learning at an overwhelming pace.”

This year will also see him move into a top leadership role with the Toronto chapter of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an organization he has been involved with since joining the industry after graduation.

Serving as president elect this year, Khurana will take over as president in July 2021 for a one-year term.

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