Not pictured: many, many monkeys.
I am a front-end developer transitioning into a full-stack mentality.
But really, it's more than that. My Computer Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo taught me the importance of a solid base and good practice, but it's my passion that sets me apart. I write code with the phrase "quality matters" always in the back of my mind, and I build sites that follow what I'm calling the three "R"s: Responsive, Readable, and REALLY easy to use.
During school, co-op allowed me to continually hone my skills in new and exciting environments -- from my introduction to app development and administrative tools at BSM Wireless; to my deep-dive into web accessibility at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre; to my adventures in the start-up world as I freelanced through the Velocity Garage, doing work for companies like Togethr and Charity Republic.
After graduating, I was hired by Local Line Inc. As the sole front-end developer at the company, I was charged with the impossible task of building an enterprise-level toolset for the food industry from practically nothing. When we started all we had was a dream and the dedication to make it a reality. Now, Local Line is establishing itself as a forerunner in the agtech space with a rapidly-growing catalogue of high-profile suppliers and purchasers who swear by what we built.
It was there that I discovered what it meant to be a modern developer. Every day was a new challenge, and as I built out new features and managed an increasingly complex codebase almost alone my talent for solving interesting technical problems in creative and sustainable ways was nurtured into a robust and mature programming style that is able to adapt to ever-changing industry standards. I often fund myself pushing the limits of the technologies I'm working with as I strive for new heights in performance and user experience. I have a keen eye for finding problems with function or flow and the drive and dedication to resolve them without compromising the integrity of the system.
In 2017 the paradigm shifted again as I followed my wife to Ottawa, leaving Local Line behind and starting a new endeavour with Shopliftr. Here I joined a small team of experienced developers with a big vision, and over the course of my time with the company I have continued to push myself to exceed expectations and develop an ever-expanding arsenal of tools of the trade, and where once I was restricted to a subset of front-end technologies, I now find myself rounding out a cadre of full-stack and design proficiencies.
When I'm not working, I'm probably showing off how big of a nerd I am. Whether it's playing video games, slaying monsters in Dungeons and Dragons, or expanding my mind with some creative writing, the world of imagination has always fascinated me. I love fantasy and science fiction, and the amazing escape they provide from the mundane of every day life. The works of Terry Goodkind, J. R. R. Tolkien, R. A. Salvatore, and Isaac Asimov shaped my childhood and made me want to always strive for something greater than myself. It was these lofty aspirations that caused me to get involved with Sigma Chi, a values-based fraternity boasting a long history of illustrious alumni and numerous growth opportunities in both leadership and personal development; and the Kitchener branch of Food Not Bombs, a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the community together through good foods and a message of non-violence and low waste. While I have left KW behind, these groups helped to build me into the man I am today, and I will always respect that journey.