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Work experience

Mar 2003Present

Social Media Consultant, Technology Trainer, Business Owner

Founded consulting organization focused on promoting effective usage of leading-edge software, mobile, and Internet technologies. Projects included: • Video & Podcasting for Bloggers. Northern Voice 2006 . Robson Media Centre, Vancouver, BC. Feb 2006. • Blogging for Insurance Brokers. IBABC. Vancouver, BC. Jan 2006. • Blogging, Podcasting & Videocasting for Realtors. Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver, BC. Sep 2005. • Marketing With Technology for Brokers. Insurance Brokers Association of BC. Vancouver, BC. Feb 2003. • Successful Contracting & Consulting. Presenter and consultant. Canadian Government Human Resources program for those wanting to be consultants. Additionally assisted in the development and distribution of the company newsletter (pdf and web). Vancouver, BC. 2003-Present. • Introduction to the Internet, E-mail & Web Pages. Millennium Bridge Cybercafe. Vancouver, BC. Mar 1996. (The FIRST to provide Internet courses in public venues in Vancouver at the time)
Nov 2008May 2009

Technology writer and blogger

Japan Inc Communications
Articles: I Want My 1seg TV (Nov. 4, 2008) Cat and Mouse Technology, ATM Fraud on Seniors Blog posts: No diddling around with Diddlefinger (Mar. 18, 2009)
Aug 2007Dec 2007

Japan blogger and editor

Oct 2006Sep 2007

Jun 1999Jun 2003

Regional Technology Training Specialist

London Life / Freedom 55 Financial
Responsible for over 400 financial advisors & their workstations in the province of British Columbia, Canada. � Required to travel to one or more different offices in the province EVERY DAY. This required extensive planning & travel by both vehicle & ferry (between Vancouver & Vancouver Island). � Evaluated & created training programs for each office covering both the latest technologies as well as proprietary systems distributed by the Head office in Eastern Canada. � Submitted weekly reports to supervisor in Ontario; contributed to monthly tele-meetings and initiatives w/ cross-country colleagues to improve the quality of software & hardware implementation to advisors & their offices. � Assisted individual advisors w/ personal marketing & strategies using computer, web & PDA technologies. � Initiated successful online program of educating advisors located in remote geographic locations. � Successfully migrated 100% of the advisors from a paper system to online submissions.
Feb 1998Mar 1999

Technology School Director

Bodwell Internet School
� Brought into the school as an instructor for Internet Classes (including Introduction to the Internet, Marketing with the Internet, Basic HTML and Web Design). Promoted to Dean of Curriculum within 3 months. � Developed and taught special curriculum accommodating the International Students attending the school. � Responsible for the marketing and liaison responsibilities between Japanese students and agencies and Canada. � Required to make numerous trips to Japan to establish new relationships with the school. � Increased overseas enrollment in the school by over 60%
Sep 1997May 1998

Computer & Software Trainer

New Horizons Learning Centre
� Certified through the Train-the-Trainer program as a software educator. � Trained individuals and companies on numerous software modules including all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook), Maximizer, Act, and Lotus. � Developed unique program to educate beginners and advanced users on all Microsoft operating systems (OS) including Windows NT and Windows 2000. � Created very successful �Introduction to New and Free Internet Services� seminar series.
Apr 1991Sep 1997

ESL Teacher

Royal Canadian College, West Coast Language School
� Created, developed, and implemented course evaluation and curriculum structure to international students studying English and business in Canada. � Students ranged in age from 17 to 30 and came from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Mexico.
Oct 1995Jan 1997

Importer / Exporter

JCE Import & Export
� Implemented localization of logistics system by integrating Japanese operating system into a Windows operating system. � Responsible for the sourcing of Canadian products for Japanese wholesalers. Products included salmon, beverages, house frames, housing material, doors, windows and the transportation of containers filled with Home Depot merchandise. � Required to frequently travel to Japan to meet with wholesalers. � Administered the office and assisted the communication with both Canada and Japan Customs and Duty.
Apr 1990Apr 1991

Language & Culture Consultant

International Education Research & Analysis Corporation (INTERAC)
� Lived and worked in Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan as an English teacher and business consultant for companies wishing to do business with North America. � Clients included Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Bridgestone and many other multinational corporations.



Instructor Training Certificate (Microsoft Qualified)

New Horizons Training Centre

Instructor Certificate

Vancouver School Board


The University of British Columbia

Diploma in Canadian Studies

Langara (Vancouver Career College)