B.Sc. (Honours) Life Sciences, Queen’s University
AIT Diploma, Information Technology Institute
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
Personal Trainer, Canfitpro
I have spent over twenty years developing my training skills while working in a variety of sports and also Information Technology. During this time I conducted many “Train the Trainer” Courses for the Canadian Yachting Association.
I hold an Applied Information Technology Diploma from the Information Technology Institute and I’m a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform. I have experience with all MS Office Applications, ASP Programming, Server Side Java Programming and Web Technologies (HTML, Java Script, VB Script, MS FrontPage, FTP, etc.). Initial webmaster for the ATU Local 508 web site utilizing “Wordpress” software. I have a keen interest in image processing and photography using Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS5. I am comfortable working on both PC and Mac platforms.
Group Dynamics/ Interpersonal:
As a live-aboard sailing instructor I was responsible for taking a group of five adults on board a 40-50 foot sailing vessel for a week of instruction. These five adults had to work, eat, sleep and pursue recreational activities in extremely close proximity to one another. During these trips it was my responsibility to ensure efficient group dynamics. I have conducted over 60 of these types of courses in the Great Lakes and the British Virgin Islands.
My time as a trainer has allowed me to develop superb presentation skills. A quote from a former student: “Awesome facilitator. Presents the material well. Even though Java is hard to learn, he presents the material very well. Presentation of the material is awesome”.
Ability, and Passion, To Quickly Master New Skills:
I hold a B.Sc. (Honours) Degree, instructor ratings (now expired) in three sports (Sailing, Skydiving and Scuba Diving) and professional level IT skills. The quote stated above was an evaluation of my ability after only one year of Java (or any programming) experience.
My experience with skydiving, scuba diving, sailing and the operation of public transit vehicles has given me a highly developed sense of risk management and an appreciation for quality safety standards.
Personal Health and Fitness:
I am passionate and dedicated to my personal fitness program. I believe this is vitally important to my ability to function in the work place with vigor and enthusiasm while reducing sick days.
April 2003 to Present
Transit Operator, Halifax Regional Metro Transit
November 2016 to Present
Weight Room Supervisor/Personal Trainer, Cole Harbour Place
February 2002 to October 2002
Director of Sailing, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron
As the Director of Sailing I was responsible for all racing and training activities at the Yacht Squadron. This would include overseeing the Junior Program of 60+ students and 9 instructors.
August 2001 to February 2002
Senior Trainer, Convergys Inc.
Responsible for training of call center staff. This position involved technical (Windows XP) and customer service training. I was the Senior Trainer, with significant managerial duties, responsible for a group of five trainers.
November 2000 to June 2001
Java Trainer, Perficient Inc.
Responsible for the delivery of IBM’s OB78 Server Side Java Course. This course is meant for experienced Java developers who wish to work with server side Java. This position required the ability to interact and communicate with people of greatly varying skill levels. Teaching locations were at various US sites.
March 2000 to November 2000
Java Facilitator, Information Technology Institute
Responsible for student training, in both classroom and team settings, utilizing Java and Visual Age for Java. Students were required to work in teams and in many cases I was required to mediate within the group to ensure appropriate group dynamics.
1998 to February 1999:
Sales Representative, Royal Bank of Canada Insurance
1995 to 1998:
Scuba Diving Instructor (1100 + dives) and Retail Sales, G&S WaterSports
1993 to 1994:
Director of Sailing School, Sunsail Yacht Charters, British Virgin Islands
1991 to 1993 (winters):
Cruising Instructor, Humber College Sailing School, British Virgin Islands
1990 to 1993 (summers):
Scuba Diving Instructor/ Sailing Instructor, Self Employed
Skydiving Instructor (644 jumps), Gananoque Sport Parachuting Centre