Quick Introduction

I am a practical developer. Rapid functional prototyping with constant refinement and testing are my priorities. Designing will always begin with user research to understand the foundations of a solution.

Developer

Critical Mass

My experience at this digital agency has provided many opportunities including spearheading a prototype for a voice app using Google Home and Google Voice Assistant. I was also responsible for leading the demo to the clients.

During my time at the agency, I was also fortunate enough to lead a small group of developers to build a hybrid mobile app using React Native for Android. As I led the development team, we worked with other disciplines to roll out our functional prototype in 2 weeks, using GIT for version management.

Lastly, my ongoing role was to maintain and update a long-term project using a combination of HTML5, CSS3, CSS pre-processors, GULP as the task runner, Groovy, Java, .JSP, and AEM as the CMS. I streamlined my workflow using JIRA for task management and Bitbucket.

Technology User Engagement Research

Sheridan Centre for Elder Research

At the Research Centre, I extensively researched a target user demographic to create comprehensive user personas. As I learned how to dig deep within just short of 100 scholarly articles and research studies, I was able to extract solid user insights.

With the insights, I designed, planned, and executed my own grassroots research study to learn about the target user personas firsthand. I conducted several dozens of user interviews independently where I strengthened my skills in communication, interview techniques, data gathering and analyizing the data.

Alongside industry leaders and key stakeholders, I designed effective customer engagement strategies based on the research results. Lastly, I prepared recommendation reports and shared the findings with all parties involved.

Web Developer and Designer

DOTCA Marketing

Acting on my entrepreneurial mindset, I started my own digital agency business. My main responsibilities included sales, client acquisition, account management, web design, graphic design, mockups and prototyping, developing new websites, social media marketing, content marketing, marketing science analytics, and SEO optimization.

My experience with running a business taught me so much and I was able to successfully create and execute a completely renewed brand for a local small business. I also performed research and analysis on market trends to grow audience in specific markets. Learning about the voice of a brand, I engaged with customers to generate leads and increase brand loyalty.

I thoroughly analyzed consumer behaviour within niche markets to create relevant content around the client's brand. Lastly, I collaborated with digital influencers to increase brand awareness and largely grow customer base while continuing to manage all relevant social platforms and created a strong online presence.

Web Designer

Archdiocese of Toronto

Under a short-term contract I was given an opportunity to completely redesign the company's website using Wordpress CMS.

Also, I was able to design and create promotional event ads in both print and digital mediums. Lastly, I designed various media projects and drafted project proposals that successfully led to the achievement of key business goals.

Art Fundamentals

Sheridan College Institute of Technology

I began my post-secondary journey with aspirations to launch a career in computer animation. Realizing I was not as passionate as I thought, I decided to switch careers into programming. Fortunately, I was able to gain creative skills that I continue to use today as a UX/UI Designer. I spent 1 year improving my creative abilities in painting, life sketching, 2D design, 3D design, and sculpting.

Computer Programmer

Sheridan College Institute of Technology

Beginning my career development in programming, I invested 2 years in developing technical skillsets in object oriented programming using Java, C#, .NET, and PHP. I was also introduced to front end web development with HTML and CSS fundamentals. I learned basic fundamentals in software, networking, security, and project manangement. Also, I developed skills in database management using SQL.

Bachelor of Philosopy

St. Philip's Seminary

For personal reasons I decided to pursue a lifelong passion and jumped head first into philosophy. During this 2 year intensive philosophy program, I immersed myself in the main eras of Philosophical development, including the Ancient Philosophical thinkers to the Modern Philosophical thinkers. Although this discipline was completely different from my current career in development, the opportunity dramatically improved my soft skills and thought processes that greatly benefit my career today. I strengthened my critical thinking abilities including skills in logic, communication, abstract thinking, problem solving, empathy, and human behaviour.

Interactive Media

Sheridan College Institute of Technology

After satisfying my personal educational endeavours, I craved to get back to my passion for technology. In a 1 year post-graduate program, I was able to learn fundamental UX principles and applied them to multiple interactive projects. Some of my experiences include building a full stack social network, a 2D interactive storytelling app for children, an educational cooking assistant app for youth, a general data visualization tool, a 3D interactive data visualization using REST APIs, and a consumer product reviewer application using REACT.

Projects

Interactive Media

Sheridan College

Art Fundamentals

Sheridan College

Technology User Engagement Research

Sheridan Centre for Elder Research

At the Research Centre, I extensively researched a target user demographic to create comprehensive user personas. As I learned how to dig deep within just short of 100 scholarly articles and research studies, I was able to extract solid user insights.

With the insights, I designed, planned, and executed my own grassroots research study to learn about the target user personas firsthand. I conducted several dozens of user interviews independently where I strengthened my skills in communication, interview techniques, data gathering and analyizing the data.

Alongside industry leaders and key stakeholders, I designed effective customer engagement strategies based on the research results. Lastly, I prepared recommendation reports and shared the findings with all parties involved.

Volunteer

St. Vincent De Paul Residential Housing

St. Vincent De Paul's Residential Housing is community housing for adults with developmental disabilities. Their goal is to provide permanent homes with 24 hour care for people with developmental and physical challenges. Also, to provide an environment that supports the residents with their spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

Volunteer

Good Shepherd Ministries

Good Shepherd's vision is to alleviate the effects of poverty while striving to eliminate chronic homelessness within the local community. It's a place to get a hot meal, clean clothes, and a safe, clean bed for the night.

Student Advisory Personnel

Northmount Private Elementary School

Northmount School is a Catholic independent boys preparatory school (JK–8). Northmount’s supportive environment helps boys achieve their greatest potential, emphasizing academic excellence, character development, values and service, which lead to a meaningful, balanced and fulfilling life.

During my time at Northmount, I spent most of my time mentoring youth one to one, substitute teaching classrooms, and acting as a community role model to the kids.

Volunteer

Virtual Reality Toronto Conference 2018

VRTO is a conference that aims to empower people to share their world, culture, knowledge and dreams with the assistance of emergent immersive technologies.

Recognized internationally for its high caliber, high-quality discussions, in-depth training, world-class presentations and top level speakers, VRTO brings together compelling discourse and bleeding-edge prototypes, demonstrations and innovative companies in carefully crafted schedules and environments.

Volunteer

FITC Conference 2018

FITC is the intersection between Creative Technologists, Designers, Developers and all-around awesome thinkers from various innovative industries across the globe. They converge every year in Toronto to connect, challenge, inspire and to experience the cutting edge in design and technology.

This conference had 75 amazing presenters from around the world covering design, creativity, and technology in over 80 presentations and panels with over 1200 attendees from around the world.

Active Groups

TechTO

TechToronto is a mission driven organization, working to grow and diversify Canada’s technology ecosystems. Through best-in-class events, insightful research and meaningful advocacy, TechToronto is helping to support the growth and development of the Canadian tech community. TechToronto is a non-partisan advocate on behalf of the tech community, a tireless champion of local entrepreneurs and their companies.