Co-founder & Director, Standards & Compliance
I co-founded the current iteration of Myplanet. I've held various roles throughout my tenure as a web application developer, senior developer, project manager, client manager, Digital Strategist, Scrummaster, Head of Special Projects, Head of IT Operations, Director of IT and most recently Director of Standards & Compliance at Myplanet. Myplanet is an integrated team of designers and developers who implement leading software platforms. As a partner of Acquia, IBM and Salesforce we are fortunate to help the world's most influential companies. With each deployment, our Q virtual analyst helps you unlock and act on your data. We make each interface more intelligent, empowering you and helping to engage your customers. Serving a global customer base from our four studios, our team continues to grow. Committed to an engaging and inclusive workplace, we have been named to the B Corporation - Best for Workers list for several years running. We're hiring! http://glassdoor.myplanet.com/
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Dec 2019 - Present
Director, Standards & Compliance
Reporting to the CEO directly, I directly assess and holistically manage all aspects of risk brought to bear on the enterprise and mitigate through compliance measures and operational standards.
Oct 2018 - Present
Accountable and responsible for the Information Technology portfolio, reporting to the CTO. Facilitating, setting and advancing methods and standards for company-wide project delivery in related areas including IT systems governance, application and infrastructure security, data and information privacy, site performance and scalability, accessibility, marketing readiness and launch preparation.
Jan 2014 - Oct 2018
Head of IT Operations
Responsible for planning/executing on the 2014-2018 roadmap for Information Technology and establishing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the team. Report to the CTO. At request of the CFO, ongoing management and ownership of the IT Responsibility Center and Budget of ~4% of gross revenue. Initiatives such as network infrastructure build outs, automated hardware deployment, anti-theft and enterprise security mechanisms and productivity application roll outs; spanning our offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and Ukraine, and all other remote workers. Working with all company verticals (business development, administrative, operations, marketing, product, etc) to ensure that IT is not only an effective enabler, but also helps move business units forward faster.
Sep 2011 - Jan 2014
Head of Special Projects
Architected, executed on and facilitated high level research for activities that improved the efficiency and productivity of the entire organization. At the intersection of technology and operations, I worked closely with the Director team on matters such as IT procurement, infrastructure and server management, information access and organization, remote worker engagement and security. Served as Technical Lead for our newly created Strategy & Support team: providing guidance, growth support and helping build the collective technical intelligence of the team. Alongside our developers and engineers, I would assess and resolve reported critical issues for our enterprise client projects. Working with engineers, architects and technical consultants, I coordinated all technical aspects of our new office move from Markham to Toronto, such as testing and installation of telecommunications systems, data/power line installation, network infrastructure setup and telepresence implementation over a 9 month period.
May 2009 - Sep 2011
Scrum Master & Technical Lead
Technical Lead & Agile Development lead of large-scale web development projects, working with enterprises in various industries, non-profit organizations, and startups. Project management of remote project team in Hyderabad, India for a period of 18 months. Active pursuit and acquisition of new business opportunities to grow the company through proposal writing and client meetings. Conducted training sessions for our clients and their technical and non-technical teams.
Sep 2007 - May 2009
Lead Web Developer & Project Manager
At this time, Myplanet was known as "Myplanet Network" and was an early iteration of what evolved into Myplanet. Client manager and lead developer on mid-scale web development projects. Management of local office operations – actively coordinating office improvements, employee benefits, recruiting, setting of best practices and standards, contributing to project and employee scheduling, etc.
Aug 2006 - Sep 2008
Owner, Systems Development
Co-owner of a boutique web application development company focused on database solutions for mid-sized companies.
Sep 2005 - May 2007
University of Western Ontario
- Student Staff liaison and mentor for undergraduate students on Engineering Faculty Based Floor. - Responsible for coordinating developmental/academic/social programs and for cultivating and maintaining a community of mutual respect and being on-call for emergency situations. - Underwent intensive two-week training program each year to improve my skills in handling extreme circumstances such as suicide, eating disorders, sexuality, medical emergencies, etc.
May 2006 - Aug 2006
Developed and implemented a sophisticated database tracking system to track Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) applications/releases affiliated with the Bank. Redesigned, developed and implemented a custom Departmental Document Intranet Portal; eliminating previous design’s shortcomings.
May 2005 - Aug 2005
Junior Change & Security Coordinator
Responsible for weekly monitoring of server hardening activities on the bank's remote computing systems. Converted the manual monitoring task into an automated process that takes 10% of the time to complete.