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.
Take chances, follow your interests. The money will come.
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.
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.
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.
- Computer Science
- 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