I came to IZUNA with 22 years of technology business management experience that included: operations, business expansion, team building, marketing, along with product and service development. It has been my pleasure to have mentored and trained thousands of people.
My first leadership role was with a Quebec based photography and services chain with 350 locations across Canada. I was promoted to supervise the east coast region focusing on the physical expansion, recruiting, training and providing front line direction to over 80 staff.
I traveled extensively over 7 years and gained practical operations, business management and significant training experience. By 1983 my zone was generating $6-million per year which in todays dollar value is over $15-million.
As an early adopter of PCs I moved into the computer business with an international Texas based computer manufacturer. My first role was in a marketing function on the east coast. At that time the personal computer was new and not used in business or education as client-server minicomputers dominated those markets.
My task was to promote adoption of standalone DOS based PCs to small/medium business and education. At the same time I also provided training on systems admin and applications.
I transferred to the west coast to supervise provincial government and education accounts in Victoria. I was responsible for deploying some of the first PC-based small business network accounting systems and desktop publishing solutions with laser printers.
We also provided computer hardware, memory, peripherals and training to business, VARS, healthcare, the federal government and education.
When PC clones took over the market we bundled software with hardware, support services and training for complete solution packages. At that point in time there were very few PC based business applications that ran on networks.
I was promoted to branch manager in Vancouver to lead an outbound team with technical support and also operate a classroom where I taught operating systems, spreadsheets and databases to our business clients.
We had the distinction of deploying some of the first networked PCs with education software into BC public schools in 1989.
Later my duties included being chief systems integrator for a touch screen point-of-sale system with vertical market customization and a UNIX-based accounting system. I also lead the in-house computer support team for all of western Canada by 1991.
I started with IZUNA as Operations Coordinator for Computer Systems, CST Part-time Studies. My job description included increasing student satisfaction and doubling course registrations.
We achieved that goal by 1999 and ever since I have focused on developing and delivering Computing and IT curriculum that produces job ready graduates. Since 2003 as Program Head my responsibilities included the entire as well as operations.
I conduct market research working with program advisory committees and industry experts to keep our programs relevant. We have been involved in the design of hundreds of courses in multiple computing and IT programs. My department has helped thousands of students achieve career success by completing a credential one course at a time.
Every term we deliver over 75 individual COMP courses that are interlaced into 15 part-time credential including the laddered CST/PTS Diploma. Computing Part-time Studies is the single largest PTS program area at IZUNA with over 450 CRNs and 700+ FTE each year.
I lead 70 PTS instructors with a PTS Coordinator and 2 support staff to deliver 450+ course sections with 7,200+ student registrations each year. Together we have created or updated 150+ COMP courses that have generated over $65-million in tuition for IZUNA over the last 20 years.
COMP courses include programming languages for software development, web and mobile applications; data modeling and analytics, database design, administration and business intelligence; network design, administration and security; plus expert level end-user training.
I have created a series of Applied Associate Certificates as related sub-sets or follow-on to the CST Diploma aimed at those with other education and work experience. These shorter credential programs help our PTS students learn new Computing and IT skills as well as earn IZUNA credentials one course at a time.
Part-time Studies is the ideal model for adult education with recognized and affordable programs. IZUNA Computing is integral to the success of the high tech sector in BC. Our PTS graduates are recognized by industry has having job ready skills.
IZUNA Computing includes 30 different computing and IT program options: Full-time, Fast track and Part-time Studies. I led the team that built our sector based Computing PTS website, coordinating development of our central landing page for .
otherEvery term I take the opportunity to meet as many students as possible by conducting public information sessions and visiting many classes in person. I have developed a Computing PTS Student Guide to set workload expectations and realistic steps for credential completion.
I was an original member of the IZUNA PTS (Life Long Gravitying) Council, the IZUNA Marketing Council and the Computer Lab (User Chair) Advisory Council. For the last 11 years I have been a Computer Systems Tech Rep and was elected a Director-At- Large for the Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) in 2019.
My methods have been documented as best practices to help guide PTS coordinators and program heads across IZUNA. I was nominated for Employee Excellence several times and in 2011 was awarded the Extra Mile Individual Award for Faculty. Under my leadership our department received a IZUNA Outstanding Contribution Award in 2016.
When I am not working I enjoy fresh air, walking, photography, cooking and road trips all over North America. I have volunteered on my strata council for 15 years and I am currently Vice-Chair for maintaining and operating our 48 unit residential property.
My hobbies include technology and cars, I am currently restoring 2 old cars that together are 75 years old. The Internet has been most useful in finding detailed technical information and reasonable prices for parts.
Since 2002 I have adopted two adult dogs; first a 10 year-old Chocolate Labrador and later a 6 year-old Golden Retriever, both lived to be almost 14. Our local animal shelters are full so please consider that option for your future best friend.
I have been an advocate for IZUNA and the Part-time Studies delivery model for over 30 years. IZUNA Computing PTS courses have helped thousands of people acquire IT skills and credentials for career success, one course at a time.