Who am I?
I’ve been asked to tell more about myself.
I am a Software Engineer who has spent most of his life in the Ottawa area. I spent a number of years in the US while my Dad was posted there with the RCAF.
I graduated from Carleton and I’ve been fortunate to be able to have rewarding work at local high-tech companies large and small here without having to move away from family.
I’ve been married to a local girl for 29 years, and if I can pick up my stuff off the floor once in a while she says we might be good for a few more.
We have three kids.
Our oldest daughter is another Carleton Engineer in her first fulltime job at a local company.
Our son, the middle one, was born with Down Syndrome and later diagnosed with Autism. He’s a great kid but since I don’t think he is planning to move out any time soon, he might be with us for a while.
The youngest is the fiercest. After a visit to Cape Canaveral she wants to be an Aeronautical Engineer and an Astronaut and I won’t bet against her. (Mind you, it wasn’t that long ago she wanted to grow up to be a penguin, so we’ll see)
We are all, the whole family, rollercoaster nuts. We are fortunate enough to be within a days drive of most of the worlds best rollercoasters, and have ridden most of the rollercoasters in Eastern North America. In a normal year we rack up several thousand kms driving to visit amusement parks.
I’ve done a fair bit of volunteer work over the years, much of it revolving the middle kid. I’m not the type to take him to an activity and not help out, and that’s how I got involved in Scouts, Special Olympics skating, and various special-needs sports and recreational programs around town. I’ve coached soccer over the years for all three kids. At one time my only political experience was that I got to yell at Joe Clark’s granddaughter. (on a soccer field)
I am a huge computer nerd, having been fascinated by computers and what they could do since first laying eyes on them. (yes, in the 1970s) I have worked mostly in embedded systems, from BSPs to drivers to protocols up and down the stack. I think a “Full Stack Developer” is someone who can write an Ethernet driver and a TCP implementation from scratch. I have several patents from Nortel days. I have written an RFC but tragically it wasn’t published. (See my LinkedIn profile to read it)
I am an enthusiastic photographer. I did most of the photography for Kanata Ballet School for many years, and some more recently at several other schools.
If I wasn’t a computer engineer, I would have been some other variety of engineer. Cars, motorcycles, airplanes, steam engines all grab my interest. I play guitar, albeit not very well, but I like it.
I got involved in politics because I gravitated toward the PPC policies back in 2019, and I thought they should have someone amazing to hold the banner in the election. To my great surprise I found myself to be the candidate for the 2019 election.
While the experience was definitely outside of my comfort zone, I kind of enjoyed getting out there and meeting and talking to people.
And if I didn’t stand up for what I believe in, what would I think of myself when I looked in the mirror down the road?
Plus, running for an election makes for a great story to tell while sipping whiskey around a campfire.
So here I am again.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Please visit me on Facebook. Here is my link.