Outside of work, I like to travel, work on home automation, cast formed concrete (counter tops, tables, bowls) as a hobby. I have sat on volunteer boards, been involved with a number of charitable activities. I develop/operate online auction sites for a number of United Way auctions in Ontario and Alberta.
I became interested in computers and computer programming when my older brother brought home a TRS-80 - I was seven. In high school, with a fellow student, I started an internet service company. I was 17 when we incorporated in 1994 and we were providing commercial internet service by January of 1995. I ran this business for 21 years. My enrichment teacher in elementary school probably had the greatest influence in my career and my fascination with/love of mathematics.
Focus on learning how to think and not what to think. Don't always look for the easy answers. Learning why something works is just as important as learning why something doesn't!
Solving complex problems is what gets me most excited at work. I love that I get to work with business experts, visionaries and dreamers. These are the people who actually drive for something better or something more. This results in the most interesting work as I actually am given the opportunity to find out what the problem is that they're trying to solve. What makes the job personally rewarding, and such a great fit, is that the problems are never the same. This means I’m learning new stuff all the time and challenging myself.
During the day, I'm either researching new technologies, analyzing problems, developing strategies or actually writing code. Critical thinking, mathematics and logical problem solving are the main skills that are required in my work. Logical problem solving and logical solution design are the biggest parts of my work. I use these when I’m looking at long term strategy, individual problems, project planning or solving critical issues. I am often involved in teamwork with project managers and other analysts and developers. I have many opportunities to take on the discovery, design and implementation of major initiatives.
- Computer Science
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Liked helping people
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Didn't really care about grades
- Always knew what I wanted to do
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
- Liked to design or build things
- Learned Best by Doing