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Dr. Christopher Wynder

Director, Product Marketing
OpenText
Christopher Wynder
Christopher Wynder
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Dr. Christopher Wynder is the Director of Product Marketing for OpenText

About me

I was born/grew up in: London, ON

I now live in: London, ON

I completed my training/education at:  This is my second career. My first was as a scientist. I have my Ph.D from Rockefeller University in Molecular Biology. I did my training in multiple places in the US. I came back to Canada as a Professor then started a biotechnology company. I then changed careers into IT consulting. I took an entry level position and worked my way up. Eventually I moved on to OpenText, a global software company.

What I do at work

In my first career as a scientist, I created several protocols that were instrumental in starting a new field. This field is called epigenetics. We used a variety of techniques including stem cells, spectrometry and genetic manipulation. In my second career, I help bring new software to market. I work with developers and do analysis using the skills I developed as a scientist.

My career path is

This is not where I thought I would be. I had good success as a scientist but was politically naive which essentially cost me my career. Computers and software were always interesting and a true passion. This started off as something between academic opportunities but then it seemed that I was enjoying it. It gave me a way to have a career where my unique talents were very much a positive and I had more control of my fate.

I am motivated by

My current career allows me the creative freedom to design content and strategies that get used across the globe. I provide a data driven and analytical approach. This has been great to help create something that makes my coworkers see an easier way to get their job done.

How I affect peoples’ lives

We are developing programs designed to increase career opportunities for minorities.

Outside of work I

I play Rugby, coach rugby. I have taken up the banjo and do some minimal woodworking. I have in the past volunteered with the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.

My advice to others

Take chances, follow your interests. The money will come.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Computer Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Liked reading
  • Always knew what I wanted to do
  • Liked to design or build things
  • Learned Best by Doing

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