What is your job title?
- Business Analyst, IT Services and Infrastructure
How do you see your role going forward?
- Since I’m the first Business Analyst for this group, a good part of my role will be in helping to establish how best to integrate the role within the dynamics of ITSI.
Where did you complete your studies?
- I studied at the University of Ottawa in Biology. However I developed a business in IT over the last 25 years. It specialized in identifying and finding solutions for businesses in the private and public sector covering a wide range of disciplines.
What countries you’ve lived in/visited?
- I’ve travelled extensively for both personal and business reasons in Canada (still have to visit Nunavut), US, Mexico, UK, Ireland, most of Western Europe, Australia and Fiji.
Why did you get into your field of work?
- Back in the late 1980s, I found that computers could be a very useful tool to help me with my studies. People noticed that I had a facility with them and asked for help. In the 90s, it evolved into a formal business opportunity. I found that identifying and developing solutions for clients were surprisingly similar to the scientific process and could be just as rewarding.
What’s your favourite pastime?
- I’ve just started to enjoy woodworking. My current project is an outdoor harvest table with folding leaves using live edge lumber from a local 125-year-old ash tree. It’s a natural progression from my house renovations that included building a large deck with a pergola and BBQ gazebo.
What’s your favourite sport?
- My wife and I started scuba diving when we got married. We love to go to explore reefs in the South Pacific. I’m also getting back into playing squash after initiating my eldest child a few years back and now the youngest wants to join.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
- Most people are genuinely surprised to learn that I studied biology.