entrepreneur, Software Engineer, and Writer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
My mission is to change the world through code and prose. I have focused on the power of software ever since I became interested in computer technology as a kid, and have built software-based solutions for education, journalism, open government, and other industries. I also have a passion for storytelling, and have covered technology, urban affairs, and many other topics as a blogger and journalist. My skills as a leader, software developer, and writer combine to set me apart.
For ten years, I was the Product Development Manager at Questionmark Computing Ltd., where I led a distributed team of more than 40 software engineers and quality assurance testers in the development of a highly scalable, secure, SaaS-based assessment solution trusted by some of the biggest companies in the world.
In late 2016, I started Taproot Publishing Inc., a digital publishing company based in Edmonton to apply innovative software and new business models to local journalism. Fueled by the curiosity of our members, we're working to ensure that important, quality stories about our community will continue to be told well into the future.
I am a dedicated community builder, and have given back to Edmonton through thousands of hours of board, committee, and other volunteer work for more than a dozen different organizations. For instance, I combined my love of code and prose to advocate for open data at both the municipal and provincial levels of government, was a member of the Edmonton Journal's Community Advisory Board, and was a founding board member of Startup Edmonton.
I've received numerous awards and distinctions over the years, including being named a "Top 40 Under 40" by Avenue Edmonton Magazine and one of "Alberta's Next 10 Most Influential People" by Alberta Venture Magazine.