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Steve Sakamoto
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Look who I saw downtown Vancouver! HERBIE!
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Gotta love advance voting! 
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I gather that Alberta's oil and gas sector is slowly starting to right itself, but the instability and drastic ups and downs are wearing thin on some IT leaders there. The trouble is, in many cases, skills aren't directly transferable across industries; particularly for those folks managing production systems.

There's a silver lining here: one of my clients in Prince George is looking for someone to manage their various manufacturing systems, which keep their pulp & paper and lumber divisions running smoothly. Forestry experience would be great, but industries like oil & gas are being considered as on-par. If you have experience managing the operations of the MRO systems that run these industries (i.e. Maximo, SAP PM/MM, or Oracle OUM), we definitely have something to talk about.

If you're not familiar with Prince George, it's a city nestled in the mountains North of Vancouver, and it's an outdoor adventurer's dream location. If your 'happy place' includes camping, canoeing, hiking, or otherwise enjoying 2000 annual sunlight hours, then this could well be a dream come true (less so if you prefer to spend your time rubbing shoulders with the who's-who on Rodeo Drive).

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THIS. IS. AWESOME.
'nuff said.

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Question for my #Toronto friends!

In your travels, have you come across a stand-out IT recruiter? I mean, someone that:

• Understands the GTA's IT community?
• Actually listens to what exactly you're looking for, asks smart questions to clarify/qualify your needs even further, and then goes out and finds you the right person (or job)?
• Keeps the lines of communication open, and provides meaningful feedback?
• Doesn't immediately forget you exist once a placement is made?
• Works with integrity, intelligence, and a sense of purpose?
• Can build and lead a team of similar superstar recruiters?
• Can outrun a speeding locomotive and leap tall buildings in a single bound?

If you have encountered one of these fantastic recruiters - people that take a genuine interest in you and your goals - I'm hoping you can facilitate an introduction. And if you wouldn't mind sharing this post with your other Toronto friends, I'd certainly appreciate it!

Ok, the last one is considered a strong asset, not an absolute must-have.

#YYZ #GTA #BigSmoke #Idgobackbuttrafficonthe401andDVPandQEWisTERRIFYING
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The cost of living alone makes relocating to Prince George seem like a pretty smart idea, but only if you have a job to relocate to - but if you're familiar with managing applications in the forestry (or manufacturing) sector, I may have a solution to that problem!

I'm looking for someone that is up for the challenge of integrating two disparate business units, while making sure that all of their systems, tools and processes continue to meet everybody's needs effectively. The balancing act between finding efficiency gains and keeping the teams happy isn't going to be an easy challenge, but for 2,000 hours of annual sunlight? I'm ready to pack MY bags.

Please check out the summary at https://lnkd.in/g8Basjk, and feel free to reach out to me for specific details!

#YXS #PuttingDownRootsInForestry #FullyDetachedHomesForLessThanTwoHundredK

https://lnkd.in/gPakjdq

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Consolidating NINE different payroll systems within a geographically dispersed organization isn't the sort of challenge that would excite everybody, but I'll bet someone's heartbeat just picked up thinking about taking on that David-vs-Goliath challenge. And think of how good that sort of success would look on your resume or LinkedIn profile!

For those ambitious IT leaders that are equally capable of managing executive-level stakeholders as they are coordinating the efforts of multiple teams that will inevitably lose their familiar systems and processes...we should talk.

Check out the position brief at https://lnkd.in/gGSQETb, or reach out to me directly to discuss the details!

Oh, and the image is meant to represent the new system absorbing the old ones. Our client actually has a very friendly and engaging workplace; not at all predatory!
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It's not often that an opportunity to build the Information Security practice for an organization that recognizes billions of dollars in revenue through their website, yet here we are! This is an interesting hybrid opportunity for someone that's capable of reporting to top-level executives, but is also a techie at heart, and is equally capable of 'getting their hands dirty' to put the theories to practice.

This is a rare opportunity to put your fingerprints all over what could very likely grow into a very significant part of the IT organization. If you're a hands-on Information Security leader, I think we could have something interesting to talk about.

Please feel free to check out the position brief at https://lnkd.in/gee86aq, or reach out to me directly to discuss the details!

#NoneShallPass #l33thax0rz
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Ooooh, interesting! Staying tuned...kinda glad I held off now!
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Four years ago today, I was smiling. Why? Because I hadn't been drowning throughout six straight months of precipitation.

#WhereTheHellIsSummer #GettingMightyFedUpWithRain #moist
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