Meagan Poulin shares knowledge of her vast experience at Morbern, the excitement of new product development, Morbern’s philanthropy, and her career aspirations.
How long have you been with Morbern and in what roles?
I joined Morbern in 2014. I began as the R&D Coordinator where I was responsible for tracking experimental runs from cradle to gate. My role grew over the years as I became responsible for Morbern’s regulatory compliance and certifications, providing product specification updates and liaising with International Kitting Mills on fabric trials and requests. In 2022, I was promoted to Senior Technical Service Coordinator, where I maintained my existing responsibilities and gained the SR&ED tax responsibilities. As of February, I am the New Product Coordinator. I support the Business Development Manager in keeping our sample production team on task, coordinating product trials and maintaining new product development information across our internal departments, sales team and suppliers.
Are you from the Cornwall area? If not, where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Cornwall. I really enjoy the small city atmosphere.
Why work for Morbern? What makes them stand out?
I was first introduced to Morbern during my Environmental studies, through a cooperative placement with the Health & Safety Officer. Morbern has always been one of the top employers in the SD&G&A area. Company management encourages growth and provides many professional opportunities.
One of the things I admire most about Morbern is its philanthropic values. The organization contributes to many charities and even hosts their own annual Christmas Baskets, for which employees and the company provide provisions for families in need within our community. Last year, Morbern also began the MorKind campaign and successfully raised over $11,000 for charities within the SD&G&A communities.
What is the most exciting thing about new product development? It must be fun to watch something go from concept to reality, especially something that’s physical. Something you can hold in your hand and say, “I had a part in making this.”
It is amazing to witness and participate in Morbern’s growth. I really enjoy working with our team of scientists, engineers, and specialists on new and existing developments. To learn from their extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the products and machines is so fascinating.
Tell us about your previous work in R&D.
I began my career in R&D at Morbern. Prior to that, I was a pharmacy manager.
If my research is correct, you studied Environmental Science. What drew you to that?
I have a background in environmental as well as pharmaceuticals. I’ve always had a passion for the sciences. My interest in environmental studies was piqued during my secondary school co-operative placement at the River Institute, where I worked in a biosafety laboratory, performing testing on a variety of environmental samples. It was enlightening to learn about ecosystems, what impacts them, and the importance of being “green” conscious.
How are Morbern’s vinyls superior to other products in the marketplace?
Morbern is a global leader, and it’s easy to see why. Quality is of utmost importance and paramount to Morbern’s success.
Who has been your greatest mentor?
I have the pleasure of working with many amazing, kind, and brilliant people. My greatest mentor is Jean-Claude Chabot, VP of Existing Production & Manufacturing Process Improvements. Jean-Claude has been an integral part of my professional growth, providing unwavering support, guidance, and opportunity. His knowledge of Morbern’s products and processes is astounding and I hope to be valued at Morbern, as he is.
What are you currently reading (this could be something for business or for personal enjoyment)?
Legislation updates for regulatory compliance purposes; I am also taking courses to master Excel, along with some basic programming courses.
Do you have any quotes that guide you in business or in life?
I have inspirational quotes displayed in many places around my office. My favorite is a very simple quote: “Happy mind. Happy life.” I strongly believe that it’s important to find joy in all you do. This guides me in both my professional and personal life.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
In my free time, I run a small business out of my home, creating customized seasonal and home decor. I love creating beautiful pieces for others to enjoy.
What can we find you doing when you’re not at work?
I am a proud mom to two beautiful kids. In my free time, I’m usually at the pool or the soccer field cheering. I also love to find some spare time to craft, paint or be creative in some facet.
Do you have a favorite Morbern product? Tell us what it is and why you like it.
The up-and-coming Evohide is at the top of my list. It’s a “green” vinyl product, with a reduced carbon footprint. I also really like the Koolfab line, as it brings a whole new technology to the market.
What will we find you doing 10 years from now?
At Morbern, continuing to grow in my career.