Principal, 2005 - present
Consulting in things that move the story forward. Engage with technology to make your life better. Managing content, including creation and destruction. Optimizing process. Understanding complexity. Organization, value and realistically sustainable growth. Knowledge and compassion need to balance each other.
E-Cubed Media Synthesis Inc.
Conceptualize things, 2010 - 2011
Content Management Systems are essential to organizational effectiveness. I’m not so sure that people need to spend 5-figure sums and more to license software to do so, but let’s experiment and see.
Director of Relationship Managent, 2002 - 2003
There was once a bright and shining vision of a recreation and vacation property corporation, that should have succeeded in optimizing the flow of information and streamlined the technology infrastructure across the far-flung realms. Alas, when ten different units think that each of their various ways of doing things are the best and only way, and no imposition of logic or power can impose another view upon those petty satraps, dissolution ensues. But thanks for getting me back to Canada!
Senior Manager, 1996 - 2001
Technology Consulting Group FTW. What feels better than being the guy everyone comes to for the answers? Being in a group of 60+ guys who either know the answers, or know the people who know the answers. This collection of people worked more Clarkean magic, with less resources, and bigger results, than any army in history could ever have done. It was a pleasure to serve with you all, and we did an awful lot to change the world. Hopefully for the better.
CapGemini Business Development Liaison, 1999 - 2000
When Cisco wants to do something big, they make it happen. When Big-5 IT wants to influence those big things, they parachute somebody in to watch what’s happening, and hopefully help steer the ship. I was that guy. It was awesome. But then the Dot Bomb loomed. Technology, outstripping the economy’s ability to adapt, and fearful of it’s very survival, the Economy killed Internet 1.0. That’s OK. Phoenix metaphors are awesome too.
Times-Mirror International Publishers
Manager, IT Systems, 1991 - 1996
Taking the 19th Century processes for creating information artifacts and moving them directly into the 21st Century. Introducing the Gentlemen’s industry to the Internet. Safely. Yes. You will be able to e-mail the person sitting next to you. As well as the author you’ve been avoiding. And that author will now be e-mailing you. Get used to it.
Alberta Department of Transportation
Survey Systems Technologist, 1981 - 1986
Say what you will about Government, at least there used to be room for evolution & experimentation, if the right people were in the right places. No, we are no longer going to type up training manuals on IBM Selectrics, covering up the mistakes with white out. No, we are not going to fill in inventory records on Index Cards. Yes, we will be computerizing the collection of survey data, so that computers can do really quickly what people with calculators were spending tons of hours doing.
Prairie West Gasline Inspection Services
Survey Crew Chief, 1980 - 1981
Getting domestic gas distribution systems into the ground, with the cooperation of land owners, and liaising with the construction companies doing the installations. It’s way harder than it sounds.
Surveyor, 1978 - 1980
Learning the ropes about the gas pipeline industry. Plastic pipelines are hard to find once they’re buried, unless you also bury a wire in the same trench. Many, many miles of plastic and aluminum pipeline later, I can proudly say that you have a gas furnace south of the Cypress Hills in southern Alberta, I’m probably the guy who figured out how to get the gas to you.
WD Usher and Associates
Chainman, 1977 - 1978
Fresh out of high school—yes, people used to do that, back then—I discovered WHY trigonometry was important, that lasers and microwaves make great measurement tools, as well as light shows and popcorn, and that a chainsaw is a mighty tool of vision, as well as an annoying buzzing that rings in a person’s ears for hours after it’s switched off. Oh, and I perfected my truck-stuck-in-mud techniques too.