Checking in with alumni: Shawn Cable
Your name, program & year of graduation at MRU
Shawn Cable, took courses towards Sport and Recreation Diploma from '03 - '05, Supply Chain Management Extension Certificate '14
Your career path in 140 character or less
MRU Sport & Rec '03 - '05, played for @NLLRoughnecks six years, completed MRU Supply Chain Management certificate in 2014, started my mattress recycling business @rematt_inc in the same year.
What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
What was the most important course you took at MRU & why?
Warehouse and Inventory Management. During this course, our class took a trip to the Sears Distribution Warehouse. On the tour, I realized there were no facilities available in Alberta for companies and individuals to dispose of used mattresses. After discussions with operators from the warehouse, it became clear that the only options were to ship mattresses out of province, take to local landfill/transfer sites or to dump illegally. Afterwards, I spent the next several months researching the business of mattress recycling leading to the birth of my mattress recycling company Re-Matt. If I didn’t take this course, the idea of Re-Matt may have never come about.
How have you invested in your community after MRU?
When I started Re-Matt, I decided to use community programs such as Prospect Human Services to hire my warehouse employees. Prospect helps people who face barriers to employment overcome those obstacles by supporting individual skill development and creating workplace capacity. Prospect created an employment initiative called Empact: designed to help people connect to the workforce and stay there. Empact has been devised to help identify gaps in candidates’ skills, strengthen their abilities, find them jobs, and then help them succeed.
In addition, Re-Matt benefits the City of Calgary and surrounding municipalities by diverting thousands of pounds of materials from local landfills and finding new lives for old mattresses. We also support Alberta local businesses by sending Re-Matt’s raw materials to local manufacturers.
What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
“The only thing that you have is your reputation.”
What is your claim to fame?
I would say that playing Lacrosse has definitely been my ‘claim to fame’. I spent my entire adolescent and a large chunk of my adult life playing Lacrosse — it’s a part of who I am.
What do you miss most about being a student?
I miss the people and relationships that I made. It’s hard to keep in contact with everyone once you all graduate and move on to new chapters in your lives.