Hurricane Ridge 2015
About Me

I have a passion for learning and strive towards any  challenge. Whether it’s a new discipline, a new culture, a country, or even a new programming language, I focus all my energy on learning and exploring every detail that I can absorb.

I believe anything can be accomplished if enough study, dedication, time, and practice have been put into it.

But more importantly, I enjoy taking what I’ve learned so that I can  apply it  to new and exciting projects or  to teach those that  have been less fortunate than I.

Education & Experience

A lot has happened since High School. From learning to fly, living in Japan, working in large Biotech companies, to setting up an international consulting business and getting a doctorate in Experimental Medicine… life has been busy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ph.D. Medicine
Diabetes Research - McGill University

This was exciting work where I developed novel methods in molecular biochemistry to isolate and study cell strains resistance to insulin.

B.Sc. Honours Biology
With Distinction - Concordia Univ.

Years of study paid off with a 4.0 GPA, a  couple of NSERC scholarships, and  an  independent study into Alzheimers & neurology  research.

Health Sciences
John Abbott College

After St. Thomas HS I when into Pure & Applied Sciences, but switch to  Health Sciences in my last year because I loved Biology & Organic Chemistry.

The best way to go is up
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Business Development
MerchantAnywhere, LanguageForce

As a  cofounder or president of startups, I’ve  pitched for funding, hired 100’s of people, and have  generated millions in revenue.

Hardware & Security
Mobile Payments - CTGA Auditor

I have setup Key injection facilities in Tokyo, developed complete mobile payment solutions, and  worked with China, Korea, and Turkey.

Health & Medical
Hardware, Apps, & Autism

More recently I’m developing apps for running  and analyzing EEG synaptic responses to treat patients with ASD and ADHD via neuronal feedback.

Education

Ph.D. Medicine
Diabetes Research - McGill University

This was exciting work where I developed novel methods in molecular biochemistry to isolate and study cell strains resistance to insulin.

B.Sc. Honours Biology
With Distinction - Concordia University

Years of study paid off with a 4.0 GPA, a  couple of NSERC scholarships, and  an  independent study into Alzheimers & neurology  research.

Health Sciences
John Abbott College

After St. Thomas HS I when into Pure & Applied Sciences, but switch to  Health Sciences in my last year because I loved Biology & Organic Chemistry.

Experience

Leadership & Profits
MerchantAnywhere, LanguageForce

As a  cofounder or president of startups, I’ve  pitched for funding, hired 100’s of people, and have  generated millions in revenue.

Hardware & Security
Mobile Payments - CTGA Auditor

I have setup Key injections facilities in Tokyo, developed complete mobile payment solutions, and  worked with China, Korea, and Turkey.

Medical & Health
Hardware, Apps, & Autism

More recently I’m developing apps for running  and analyzing EEG synaptic responses to treat patients with ASD and ADHD  via neuronal feedback.

My Resume

It’s quite a challenge to put one’s total life achievements into a one page resume. But if you would like to see a brief chronological outline  of where I’ve been and what I’ve accomplished, take a look.

For a more detailed  curriculum vitae please  contact me.

Courses and Learning

I’m always attending a special event, seminar or conference to keep updated on the latest PCI/HIPA regulations or technology trends. Plus, Lynda.com, Coursera, and edX.org have a number of great instructor-led courses that are perfect for a topic review or help broaden my knowledge in an entirely new area.

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Training and Special Events

Current Courses

In Progress

  • Swift 4 Essential Training – Scott Gardner
  • Embedded Systems: Multi-Threaded Interfacing
     University of Texas at Austin
  • Medicine in the Digital Age
    Rice University, Houston TX.

In Queue

  • November – Real-Time Bluetooth Networks
     University of Texas at Austin
  • December – Robotics Specialization (Capstone Project)
    University of Pennsylvania

Courses recently completed

Business & Software Development

  • Mobile Application Experiences – MIT
  • iOS App Development with Swift (Capstone Project) – University of Toronto, Canada
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities – University of Adelaide, Australia
  • How to Launch a Technology Company in 6 Steps – MIT

Medical

  • Principles of Electronic Biosensors – Purdue University, Poland
  • Biomedical Engineering – Basic Concepts – Bruce C. Wheeler, University of California, San Diego CA
  • Nanotechnology: The Fundamentals of Nanotransistors – Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery – Davidson College, Charlotte NC
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience Parts I and II – Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Other Interests

  • Game development and Design (Capstone Project) – Michigan State University
  • Introduction to 3D  –  George Maestri, Lynda.com
  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing – DR Radev, University of Michigan
Achievements and Interests

Just a little more history about the positions I’ve held, the awards I’ve received, and what my current interests are.

CEOBee Smart, Inc. (founder) A hardware and software development company that works with international clients in the areas of education, sports, and medical technologies.

CTO – HIT (Human Interface Technology)  A Japanese based company that provides innovative  payment technology for large corporations and government entities.

CTOAdvanced Merchant Solutions, Inc.  (cofounder) A  California based  company  that introduced mobile payments in 2001 along with cutting edge  mobile credit card readers and receipt printers.

President – LanguageForce, Inc. A technology  company that developed proprietary machine transaction and natural language processing known as Universal Translator. The company also created  GotoWorld.com and realtime language translation for Multilingual Messaging.

Head R&DQuantaVision CANADA (cofounder) A Montréal based technology company that developed a  Gel Imaging hardware/software solution  to locate and  quantitate DNA/protein bands using  PAGE methods. Distribution was through BioCan Scientific.

President – ComCul International (founder) A software consulting and technology company that worked with the Japan External Trade Organization and Canadian/Japanese governments to promote and assist Québec businesses in Japan.

Leadership

  • President, JET Alumni Association  for Quebec and Canadian Eastern Provinces
  • President, Canadian Association of JET (AJET)  for  Chogoku/Shikoku, Japan
  • Vice-President, Computer Support Information Group  for  Japan
  • Vice-President, Shimane AJET prefectural representative  for  Japan
  • President, Biology Students’ Association  for  Concordia University

Teaching/Mentoring

  • Unity Game Design & Development at Michigan State Univeristy
  • Cellular Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry at  Concordia University
  • Meteorology and Introductory Biology for various private institutions

Current Certifications

  • IBITGQ ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Auditor (CIS LA) – issued by IT Governance
  • Certified TR-39 Auditor (CTGA) – issued by the Pulse, Star, and NYCE networks
  • Foundations of Project Management for the IT Professional –  PMI Certification
  • Advanced Coastal Cruising, Nav, etc. ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 106 – American Sailing  Association
  • Scuba Certification (logged 150+ dives) – NAUI  
  • NHCPS CPR Certification – issued by National Health Care USA

Awards

  • MRC Doctoral Scholarship – Medical Research Council of Canada
  • NSERC  Undergraduate Student Research Award (2 times) –  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Frederick Banting Award for outstanding achievements in Biology and Life Sciences

 

Languages

English, French, and Japanese

Skill Set

I keep up-to-date with the latest tools and have extensive hands-on experience with all modern development and productivity suites  with an emphasis on mobile development and IoT. Specifically Android, Eclipse, iOS, Xcode (Objective C and Swift), MS  Office products, Adobe products, and Visual Studio (Visual Basic and C#).

Ongoing

  • Mentor (Unity Game Design and Development) – Michigan State University
  • Teacher (Biology, Math, Programming) – Local Community, Online, and University
  • General assistance at local running events and marathons

Previous

  • Motor Pool Driver for VIPs and Delegates –  Special Olympic World Games, ReachUp LA 2015
  • Interview committee, JET Selection  –  Consulate of Japan
  • Endocrinology/AIDS Research –  Jewish General Hospital, QC Canada

It’s important to have a clear mind and healthy body when learning new topics. Thus, I try to keep as active as possible in order to balance my mind, body, and spirit. Some things I like to do are…

  • Going for an early morning walk or run before sunrise
  • Swimming ~ 2  kilometers at least two to three times a week
  • Kayaking on a misty lake or in the calm ocean
  • Underwater photography and videography or sailing overnight with friends
  • Traveling to somewhere I can enjoy  alpine skiing or snowshoeing
  • Going on an adventure by car or by plane and …
    … simply explore the lay of the land, its people, and its culture

By the way…
For my 50th birthday I decided to challenge myself and run a marathon with no previous experience. Since then, I’ve done a few back-to-back challenges and 1/2 marathons. You can find out more about it at my running blog 101marathoners.com