Jeff Hannah spoke at Mohawk College in Hamilton about his work as an entrepreneur. His company, Next Era Building Inc., is working towards creating a better quality of life by designing innovative buildings.

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I design homes and other small buildings like offices or stores. There is a lot of creative thinking, planning, researching, and problem solving in what I do.

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I conduct on-site inspection and testing for construction projects.

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In this job I am doing a lot of steel form work. This is not typical carpentry as it involves assembling prefabricated forms which will eventually be filled with concrete.

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Toronto Hydro is building its first transformer station since the 1950s! The station will be tucked beneath one of the city's busiest tourist locations next to the CN Tower, will add enough electrical capacity to power the equivalent of 70 skyscrapers.

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A private company has a huge 3-D printer and they use it to print houses out of recycled materials.

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In vertical farms, food is grown indoors in multi-story buildings in the same cities where it will be eaten.

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Artist M.C. Escher's mind-bending images have long been favourite posters in math and science classrooms and student dorms. A professor in Israel has used CAD and 3-D printing to bring some of Escher's "impossible" structures to the real world.

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How do you solve the problem of affordable housing and the build up of non-biodegradable plastic bottles all in one go?

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