Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Community Builder
This is the company I am building. The why of this company (our vision statement) is to build community, fight loneliness, and to help build authentic relationships. Initially this will start with community websites, and the first community website will be one for the LGBTQ community in Toronto (www.queertoronto.com).
I suffered from anxiety and depression most of my adult life. Conventional treatments from Western medicine were not helpful to me. I was told by a psychiatrist I had an incurable anxiety disorder and would need weekly therapy and daily pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life. After becoming dissatisfied with conventional medicine, I sought out alternative treatments. One of these, an alternative shamanic treatment from the Amazon jungle, was so helpful it cured 95% of my anxiety and depression. I now perceive anxiety and depression to be healthy reactions to a sick society. Our society is fundamentally sick and broken. My mission in life is to help heal our society. Ashroh Enterprises is the first step in doing this. This company will rebuild our lost communities and combat the loneliness epidemic in our society.
I have completed the Entrepreneurship 101 course at MaRS, during which I interviewed half a dozen potential customers, and created a lean business model canvas. Also, I am currently building the MVP (minimum viable product) which will be a community web portal for the LGBTQ community in Toronto. This will initially just list organizations and a calendar of events for Queer Toronto, as well as a 'pink book', a list of health care professionals knowledgeable about and sensitive to LGBTQ issues. In my research I discovered that there are other websites that list some organizations and events for Queer Toronto, but there isn't a single website that conveniently lists all of them.
I am building the Queer Toronto web portal with vue.js, SCSS, ES2017, webpack, node.js, express, boostrap 4, and a PostgreSQL 11 database. I have taked or am currently taking courses on Udemy about all these technologies.
In this job I first launched the SharePoint site I had been building for the Labour Relations division and debugged problems that arose with it. I currently maintain this site, a case management system. It is actively used on a daily basis by around 70 people. Also, I wrote the Labour Relation's division's business requirements proposal for an integrated HR case management system that will eventually replace SharePoint and other systems. I have conducted many presentations of the SharePoint site, gathered feedback from end-users, and implemented this feedback when appropriate. Additionally, I have trained and coached a new business analyst to build an addition to this site. I was designated as a temporary acting team leader, during which time I delegated tasks on a daily basis to an administrative support team. Furthermore, with Excel functions including vlookup, and VBA macros, I have analyzed data from PeopleSoft and SharePoint. Based on this analysis, I created PowerPoint presentations for senior management summarizing the nature of cases handled by the division. This job has involved establishing and maintaining relationships with staff in IT and other stakeholders in the branch for building the case management system. I provide expert guidance to staff in other divisions on SharePoint sites. I relocated this job from Gatineau, near Ottawa, to Toronto in November, 2017.
My main task was to build a SharePoint site that primarily handles case management for an HR division. A large part of this was writing scripts to transfer the data from a previous SharePoint site. These were done with PowerShell and macros in Excel VBA. I also acted as the liaison internally between the HR division and IT branch. Building the SharePoint site and transferring the data from the previous site involved negotiating and liaising with the IT branch. Furthermore, I analyzed data on grievances from PeopleSoft with Excel pivot tables and VBA macros. Also, there was a problem with grievance data in PeopleSoft - it did not contain any information about which part of the organization the grievor was in. On my initiative I led a project to determine this information for around 2,900 grievances. This enabled the organization to more quickly and easily generate reports on the grievances.
This was a full-time student position for three months in the summer and then part-time as a student for eight months. I was doing IT support for an HR division. At this job I learned PeopleSoft and SharePoint. Also, I created an Excel macro to transition to the new structure on a network drive. I compared different data sources and generated reports on grievances using macros and pivot tables in Excel. With SharePoint I created workflows to automate tasks. Using PeopleSoft I entered accident and injury reports, and generated summary data reports.
I developed MATLAB programs to model electromagnetic response of chaff particles using Van Vleck and Method of Moments approximations. Also, I examined mathematical equations and how to model them in computer programs. Finally, I wrote a research paper using LaTeX with comparing the Van Vleck and Method of Moments approximations.
Here I contacted clients of the company to update their information in an Excel spreadsheet. I also created a VBA macro in Excel to automatically email clients a newsletter.
I assisted a professor who was investigating the feasibility of different particle physics models beyond the standard model of particle physics. In this job I learned the ROOT package in C++ and used it to plot graphs related to particle physics parameters. I produced mathematical expressions in a LaTeX document. Also, I wrote a C program to generate data and a MATLAB program to produce 2D and 3D graphs of data.
This was a part-time job as an teaching assistant for a first year physics lab. During weekly lab/tutorial sessions I provided assistance and answered questions from students. Between sessions I graded student labs and tests.
I worked for the Microsimulation Modeling and Data Analysis Division which provides internal analysis to Health Canada related using economics, statistics, and computer science. Here I developed models using SAS to analyze the relationship between health status and deliveries of food through the Food Mail Program to remote communities in Canada. During this work I made two presentations to the food mail interdepartmental review committee. Also, I created a survey on the balance between short-term and long-term work within the branch. Finally, I updated the tax parameters for a computer model that is designed to simulate the cost of proposed Pharmacare plans.
In this job I worked for the cultural industries branch of Canadian Heritage which provides funding to books, magazines, music, and movies in Canada. Specifically I worked for a division with the mandate of measuring the success of these programs at achieving their stated goals. Partly this involved developing phone surveys for Canadians. To this end I liaised with a private sector contractor to develop the surveys for music, books, and magazines and co-ordinated edits internally on these surveys. I also represented the branch in the selection of a contractor for a supply chain research project. A large part of the job involved analyzing data on Canadian cultural industries. For this I created macros in Excel VBA, and used pivot tables, statistics and SPSS to analyze data from grant applications. Additionally, I forecasted the Canadian magazine industry using time series analysis in SPSS.
In this job I worked for the part of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada that funds Child and Family Services on First Nations reserves. Here, I analyzed this funding policy. This involved producing a document describing and critiquing the recommendations of a contractor, with explanations of their mathematical terms and analysis. I also evaluated the cost-benefit analysis of proposed new program funding formulae.
Here I worked for the knowledge management portion of the OAG. This involved creating and maintaining Intranet pages using Dreamweaver, analyzing shared disk usage in Excel, and creating a utility in Perl to assist in the conversion of data from Lotus Notes to Oracle.
This company was developing a method to analyze the acoustic data from probes sent down boreholes with the hopes of being able to identify which location might contain oil. The work involved developing a MATLAB program to find the quality factor (amount of loss of acoustic energy due to absorption from ground) from borehole acoustic waveform logs. The MATLAB programs I developed were used to analyze 700 MB files containing millions of lines of data. I also helped interview and train two new employees.
I have a strong interest in spirituality. This provides meaning to my life and helps me understand the universe. I battled with anxiety and depression for about 15 years. Spiritual healing ceremonies healed me from these mental illnesses. I find it interesting to mix spirituality with what I learned in physics. My spiritual interests partly involve meditation, attending spiritual ceremonies, and reading books related to spirituality and religion. In Ottawa I founded and led a spiritual diversity meet-up group for a few months.
Engaging in regular exercise helps to keep me fit and healthy. This involves some strength training I perform in my apartment and jogging outside. I have participated in a number of runs, including the marathon at the Ottawa race weekend and the commander's challenge at the Army Run.
For eleven years I took piano lessons. This culminated in winning the grade 10 Kiwanis competition. I still play as a hobby in my free time.
I enjoy learning more about web development. Also, I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I have completed the Entrepreneurship 101 (E101) course at MaRS. Currently I am working on a side project to build a company that will combat loneliness and social isolation with community and other types of websites.