Nick MacGregor wasn’t always sure he wanted to join the MacGregors Industrial Group, the industrial products and services company his grandparents started in 1976.
“I was interested in the trades,” the now-Head of Business Development confesses. “Cars were my passion, so I had toyed with the idea of being a mechanic.”
Yet the lure of the family legacy proved impossible for Nick to resist. By high school, he was working part time at the Pictou County-based company and saw first-hand the economic impact it had on the region. He also saw opportunities for growth and wanted to be part of it. That led him to the Business Administration program at NSCC’s Pictou Campus and the International Business program at the Truro Campus.
“We were doing business in the Caribbean and I thought, with the right education, I could help the company expand into other international markets,” explains Nick. ”I had been exposed to the International Business program in high school and knew it would give me the skills to do it. The Business Administration program was the prerequisite, so I started there.”
Nick appreciated the real-world experience and hands-on learning he received from NSCC's instructors. “Formal business training in our industry is pretty rare. The skills and confidence I gained from them give our company a significant competitive advantage.”
Derek Gray, who handles estimation and project management at the MacGregors Industrial Group, agrees.
“Through NSCC, Nick learned what companies are looking for and how to speak their language when it comes to negotiations. He’s well prepared to keep the business successful and pass it on to future generations.”
Speaking of the future, Nick has identified new markets across Canada for growth, and he is looking to NSCC to help him transform these opportunities into new business.
“The College has been very supportive of the local business community, working with us to fill skills gaps and keep programs current with our requirements. The more they help us grow, the more jobs there are for young people like me, so they don’t have to leave home to find work. And that means more economic benefits for Pictou County.”