Who am I?

Self portrait

I’m a Unix guy — and former project lead, systems architect, and designer — with experience contributing to, leading, and supporting all kinds of technology projects. Through my career, I’ve participated in nearly every aspect of conventional IT operations from research and development, to software tools and build maintenance, to capital planning, to on-call support, as well as a few stops in-between!

Those who don’t understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.

— Henry Spencer

My professional life revolves around systems software and core infrastructure services, but that’s not all I do. My main escape is amateur photography — a small sample of which can be found here.

Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures.

— Elliott Erwitt

Things I Know

Unix systems administration advanced
Bourne shell programming and configuration advanced
Storage system planning and design advanced
x86 virtualization technology: VMware, Xen, KVM, RHEV, jail advanced
Amazon Web Services intermediate
Google Cloud Platform basic
Network file services advanced
BlueArc/Hitachi storage system administration intermediate
System automation and deployment: Puppet, Chef, Kickstart, Red Hat Satellite advanced
Regular expressions advanced
Python intermediate
Perl intermediate
HTML / CSS / PHP intermediate
C intermediate
OpenLDAP intermediate
MariaDB (MySQL) configuration and administration intermediate
Domain name services, BIND, DHCP advanced
Network Time Protocol intermediate
IP networking, routing, Ethernet, switching intermediate
Open source software licensing and integration advanced
Unix and network security, firewalls advanced
Software configuration management and revision control advanced
GCC toolchain, GNU autotools, make varaints, build automation intermediate
Unix software packaging, documentation, and distribtion intermediate
Helpdesk and support best practices (ITIL certification) advanced
Web publishing and automation intermediate
SNMP and systems monitoring intermediate

My Career

I’m currently employed by CBC/Radio-Canada, over the years I’ve held many roles both as an employee, and as a consultant.

2019 — present

In my current role, I am a team lead and Unix administrator on the CBC/Radio-Canada data centres team, based in Toronto, Canada. On an operational basis, we manage a range of corporate services including DNS, DHCP, directory services, authentication/identity management, databases, storage, and monitoring.

2013 — 2018

For five years, I was employed as a systems designer and project lead in media engineering. My primary area of repsonsibility was to plan, design, and manage projects selecting and integrating enterprise storage systems. As a capital planning and procurement lead, this role allowed me to develop expertise relating to enterprise procurement and the RFP process as it is executed in the Canadian public sector.

During this time I also led and contributed to many other initiaitves involving media archive digitization, studio and control room systems implementation, systems virtualization, and media asset management.

2011 — 2013

Member of the back-end development team for CBC.ca holding the position of senior systems architect.

In this role I worked closely with management, solutions architects, and back-end developers on a range of platform improvement and integration initiatives. This team was awarded a CBC/Radio-Canada President’s Award for Technological Innovation in recognition of our efforts to improve and automate sports data feeds for the Internet.

2006 — 2011

In the summer of 2006 I started a job as a Unix administrator, supporting and maintaining systems on behalf of the corporate infrastructure team for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. My primary area of responsibility was supporting various Linux, HP-UX, and FreeBSD systems for the English Services websites.

This job was a incredible opportunity to tackle the challenges of serving a large scale, popular, international news and entertainment website during a period of rapid technological growth and change.

2005 — 2006

After Nortel Networks, I spent most of the next two years working as a freelance IT consultant, infecting my clients’ environments with FreeBSD. In 2006, I moved to the GTA to work for a logistics and shipping software company. In this role I was a project leader implementing software development tools and processes for the internal development team.

1998 — 2005

For the first 7 years of my career I worked for, the now sadly defunct, Nortel Networks R&D arm, Bell-Northern Research based in Ottawa.

At Nortel I was first a junior member of the Norstar development support helpdesk and later worked as a Windows, Solaris, and Linux systems administrator. Eventually, as my career advanced, I specialized in software development tools and build automation for the Enterprise Networks division.

During my time at Nortel, I acted as the open source software lead during the port of Business Communicatons Manager from embedded Windows to Nortel Carrier Grade Linux (NCGL).

Much of what I know today can be traced to what I learned on the job at Nortel.



If you are intersted in discussing a project that you think I might be able to help you with, you can contact me here.

The Internet is a surprisingly small place, hopefully our paths will cross!