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 people’s 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.