Leader and Software Engineer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Four things about me:
My work has taken me half way around the world and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of it. Day-to-day, I live between Toronto and Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
The thread that connects my career is technology and specifically, building distributed systems and software to innovate on the Internet. Referring to myself as "a creative developer with years of experience”, I have been a technical consultant, a teacher that helped pioneer the first accredited online high school in North America, an entrepreneur trying to make my mark on the world, the Director Of Technology for one of Canada’s largest eCommerce companies, an Engineering Manager responsible for the systems enabling over 60M monthly active people (> 2B transactions), and have grown to become part of the technical leadership team representing Amazon Web Services in Canada.
I'm pretty sure that my house will be featured as HAL in a prequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. What started out as an experimentation in IoT turned in to a data and analytics project that has been described as “overkill” and “creepy”. It uses things like ML to learn sleep patterns to adjust temperature and lighting routines, sends email directions to guests included on calendar invites, and has other features that clearly jump over an uncanny valley.
I have a really great family. Not only does my wife Brandy put up with all of the crazy stuff I do, but she supports and sometimes even encourages it. My kids give me a lot more than I give them. I try to even the score every day.