COMING SOON TO A SCHOOL NEAR YOU...
Yeah for me! I'm pleased to announce that I've accepted a new position with the University of Calgary. My new position is Coordinator, Recruitment and Community Relations for the Computer Science Department and Faculty of Science.
Although I am no longer seeking employment you can still view a somewhat updated resume by clicking on the link to the left or below.
They call me "sneeks"...
I guess I'll start at the beginning.
Some 29 years ago I was born in the bustling metropolis of Kitchener in southwestern Ontario. After 21 years of living in Kitchener, I decided that I needed to see and experience more than Oktoberfest and Mennonites. My first adventure was to choose a university that was (a) out of province, but not too far (b) reputable and (c) provide me with a lot of fun and an education to boot. So I found Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec. I have a lot of great and foggy memories from Bishop's, but it offered me everything I needed and everything I wanted plus more.
After graduation I returned to Kitchener for a couple years, during the Ontario recession days of the 90's, but could not find a career that stimulated me. Like most pioneers I was told to, "...go west young man..." and go west is what I did. In the spring of 1996, I was planning to try my luck in British Columbia, however, in January of that same year I was given an opportunity to live and work in Edmonton, Alberta. West was west to me so with a little bit of thought off I went. I stayed in Edmonton for 4 1/2 years where I discovered the mountains, real skiing, amazing golf courses, a little known phenomena called ice fog, back country hiking/camping, the Fringe Festival, the Edmonton Oilers and during this time I also got married (she will go nameless at her request, internet paranoia I guess). All in all, Edmonton was great to us, but there was always the desire to head south to Calgary.
For those of you who have been to both Edmonton and Calgary, you know that they are two completely different cities in all respects. The best comparison that I've heard to date is the one of Hamilton and Toronto. Both situated on Lake Ontario a mere one hour apart, Hamilton is a blue collar city with a skyline of steel mills and smokestacks while Toronto has a multicultural image of professional sports teams, office towers and famous landmarks (not to say that Stelco isn't famous but...). The same can be said of Edmonton and Calgary where Edmonton is similar to Hamilton and Calgary similar to Toronto. Each is unique but for me Calgary offers a palette that suits my lifestyle.
So that's where I am now, Cowtown, the hub of the west and gateway to the Rockies. Everything is going well but imagine how much better it will be once I can secure the career of my dreams. Thank you to U of C as this is now accomplished!! :)