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David Charron, BEng '85

(Electrical Engineering) | Making life-changing connections

Earning engineering and MBA degrees at McMaster launched David Charron into a career that has taken him from Nortel to Redknee Solutions and into the CFO position at TeraGo Networks.

But the impressive resume doesn’t represent the biggest impact McMaster had on his life.

During the Shinerama fundraiser in frosh week in 1981, Charron was randomly teamed up with Kathy Connor. That chance pairing resulted in the two of them dating, and then eventually marrying in 1986. Now married for 33 years, they have three children, with two daughters currently studying at McMaster.

“We are both so very grateful for everything that Mac has given us in terms of great memories, personal relationships and successful careers,” says Charron.

On the professional front, Charron transitioned into finance and accounting after completing his Electrical Engineering degree in 1985. He earned a McMaster MBA in 1995, followed by his CMA (now CPA) accounting designation.

He worked in finance at Nortel for over eight years, then spent about 10 years with Redknee Solutions Inc. as CFO.  Since 2017, he has served as CFO of TeraGo Networks (ticker symbol TGO on the Toronto Stock Exchange), a mid-sized, publicly-traded telecom company based in Thornhill with operations across Canada.

“I'm responsible for all financial and investor matters, but my expertise is in raising money in the capital markets and growth through mergers and acquisitions,” explains Charron. “TGO stock has increased from $4.30 when I started, to a high of $13.13 earlier this year.”

“My engineering education and background has helped me tremendously in the transition to finance leadership in a telecom and IT setting, where the business context can be quite technical,” he says. “Being able to add value by speaking the language and explaining the business model to investors has given me instant credibility both internally and externally.”

For today’s students:  “The best advice I can give is to work hard, never stop learning, maintain your personal integrity at all times and keep your ego in check.”