Software

I have been passionate toward software development since early high school. After being the first tenth grade student to be awarded in the Algonquin College Computer Programming Olympics, I learned the C programming language independently and ever since have been applying it in many areas. I have been employed at QNX Software Systems, where I contributed to the Adobe Max and CES 2012 Best in Car Tech award winning QNX CAR platform, and later after its acquisition by Research in Motion (RIM), contributed to the BlackBerry® Tablet OS (now PlayBook OS 2.0, moving toward BlackBerry® 10) in many areas. I now consult through Code Edge. More information on my software development, in both a professional and personal context can be found in the work section of this website.

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Alpha stage QNX CAR Digital Instrument Cluster running off live car diagnostic data. Click the image to learn more.

Aviation

Being born into a family with deep roots in aviation, it may be no surprise that I am a fourth generation biplane pilot. I am related to aviation pioneer Sir George Cayley, my great-great uncle was shot down by Richtofen (The Red Baron) in WW1, my grandfather served as a CF-104 test pilot and instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and my father holds both Canadian and American Airline Transport Pilots Licenses, and is a Class One Flight Instructor and Class One Aerobatic Instructor. My first solo (flying an airplane as sole occupant) occurred when I was 14 years old on the family owned tailwheel Maule aircraft. I then started flying Pitts's (high performance aerobatic biplanes), often in (aerobatic) formations with my father and/or grandfather and in air shows, and have been flying with multiple warbird (WW2 era aircraft) associations, namely Classic Wings (in Smiths Falls) and The Tiger Boys (Guelph). My grandfather, father and I are the only known three-generation set of people to have ever performed formation aerobatics together, and I believe I hold the record for the youngest pilot to solo the Pitts (at 16), and perform formation aerobatics (17). More information on my endeavours in aviation can be found under the hobbies section of this website.