I’m a software developer living in Toronto, Canada. I’ve been lucky enough to travel for work, speak at conferences, and even write a book.

Employment

I’m a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) and Engineering Manager at IBM, where I’m focused on delivering developer advocacy content related to artificial intelligence and data science. Prior to my current role I worked on upstream OpenStack features (see below); internal tools for generating compatability reports across all IBM products; and developing WebSphere Application Server’s configuration tools. Aside from whipping up features and fixing bugs I tend to find myself in leadership roles whereby my knack for organization can be used for good, rather than annoy my family.

Open Source

I help maintain the IBM Github Organization for my employer, an organization spanning hundreds of repos and thousands of users.

From 2013 to 2017 my focus was to contribute to the OpenStack project. In 2015, I served as the Project Team Lead (PTL) on OpenStack’s Identity, Authentication and Authorization service, code named Keystone, an elected position that was maintained for 18 months (three terms). I mostly focused on enabling Keystone to better integrate into enterprise environments. Namely, I was also responsible for helping to add Federated Identity support and OAuth support to Keystone.

In 2016 I served a 12 month term on OpenStack’s Technical Committee, which provides technical leadership for OpenStack as a whole, an ultimate appeals board for technical decisions and general oversight. I was also a frequent contributor to the OpenStackClient project, a command-line client for OpenStack that brings OpenStack APIs together into a single CLI. I am still an active maintainer of this project to date.

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Education

B.ASc. in Computer Engineering from York University in Toronto, Ontario