Paul Armstrong is a two-time graduate of Mohawk College with credentials in Radiological Technology ’88, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound ’89. Paul went on to further education, acquiring a Masters of Business Administration from Queens University. With this training, Paul began his career as an Ultrasound Technologist and joined Mohawk College in 1991 as a clinical instructor. This would chart the path to a rewarding career at Mohawk College that would ultimately see him become the first Chief Operating Officer in Mohawk College history. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Paul has held a number of positions at Mohawk including Professor - Medical Imaging, Chair - Human Services, Director - Human Resources, Dean - Health Sciences and Community Services and Vice President Academic.
As Chief Operating Officer Paul is responsible for all the operational areas at Mohawk College including Academics, Student Services and Corporate Services. With three primary campus locations and many learning hubs in the community Paul supports the teams that deliver on all aspects of Mohawk’s strategic priorities, putting students at the “heart of all we do”.
Paul has been involved with and held a number of volunteer leadership roles for organizations including Brain Injury Services of Hamilton, Grand River Community Centre, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre and Local Health Integration Network. Paul is currently a Board Member for Skills Ontario and Hamilton Industry Education Council. Paul has previously coached hockey for a variety of extramural and charity teams. And he has previously received Sport Hamilton Volunteer Recognition Award as well as a Mohawk Students' Association teaching award.
If you could go back in time, what 1 piece of advice would you give to yourself on the first day of College?
Follow your interests and enjoy the experience. People are very nervous that first day, worried about not only the next step in their education, but in many cases worried about the ability to get by on their own. It will all work out!
What are you most passionate about professionally?
Community Development – In both my professional and personal life, volunteerism and contributing to my community in order to make it a better place for everyone is something that gives me great reward.
If you could give advice to a new student thinking of entering your program, or a similar program, what would it be?
I would let them know that they have made a great choice. The opportunities to find employment and excel in your career are very strong and they will be happy they made the decision to become a health professional. It is also important for them to understand that as a health care professional, empathy and compassion for the people we serve is just as important as understanding the technical components of the role.
How has your education at Mohawk prepared and supported you throughout your career?
My Mohawk education developed not only my abilities to be effective as a professional, but gave me the confidence to try new things and take risks. Over my career that confidence has prepared me well to take reasonable risks and opportunities that have paid off so far.