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Nov 2015-Present Research Associate at xMR Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University in London, Ontario.

2014-Oct 2015 Research Assistant at xMR Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University in London, Ontario.

2009-2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of Western Ontario, Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario.

2004-2009 Applied Mathematics (Theoretical Physics) Doctoral Student at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

2001-2004 Applied Mathematics Master of Science Student at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

1996-2001 Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Undergraduate Student at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

June 94 - July 94: Project Coordinator, Realspace Management, Markham -Coordinating renovations to IBM Headquarters in Markham, Ontario.

April 92 - November 93: Cost Estimator and Project Coordinator, Tactix Construction, Toronto -Compiling project costs and preparing detailed quantity takeoffs and cost estimates for bidding projects out for tender. -Coordinating, reviewing and processing shop drawings, change notices and change orders, expediting quotations and purchase orders for commercial and residential projects.

May 89 - March 92: Project Coordinator of $64.5 Million construction: -Caisson foundations, structural steel, reinforced concrete, architectural finishes, curtainwall, skylights, roofing, conveyors, mechanical and electrical installations. EllisDon, Air Canada Terminal 2 Redevelopment, Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, Ontario. -Preparing tender packages along with assistant project manager, resolving design discrepancies well ahead of construction (e.g. informing architect that a column that the architect thought existed was non-existent in gate 80, designing steel support platform along with structural steel foreman from Norak Steel to support mechanical equipment, designing louvre steel lintel/masonry opening in Module P, ordering mechanical louvres from E.H. Price, proving to toilet partition contractor Aikenhead that he provided the wrong colour of toilet partions by keeping a filed copy of approved shop drawing at a meeting with Bobrick representative and Aikenhead, informing project manager John D. Barrie that skylight glass needs resizing due to structural change in roof opening, designing sattelite dish structural support), drafting on site construction details, reviewing and providing dimensions on shop drawings, providing construction drawings and details to subtrades along with change notices, site instructions, contemplated change orders and change orders, drafting asbuilt drawings incorporating all construction details on mylar architectural and structural drawings, expediting mechanical and electrical asbuilt drawings from Sutherland-Schultz subtrades, expediting materials and warranties and maintenance instructions and arranging for cleaning demonstrations of glass screens to Air Canada staff, communicating with manager of Air Canada baggage handling department to obtain asbuilt baggage conveyor drawings to provide to BAE conveyor contractor from Texas, tendering and ordering weigh scale for construction manager Paul Cooper of Air Canada (contractor forgot to put taxes on his quote so struck a deal to have the contractor pay half the taxes), keeping drawings and specifications up-to-date (taping NORR sketches onto drawings and updating specification text in specifications binder) on site and at Air Canada construction manager Paul Cooper's and Air Canada project manager George Mendes' Air Canada office, retrieving airport asbuilt drawings from Transport Canada, keeping a detailed written record of phone conversations and following up with writing letters clarifying details and dimensions to subtrades. The assistant project manager Peter Green would provide his signature on my letters on my behalf (this was a legal reason to have the assistant project manager to sign my letters). I signed my letters prior to arrival of assistant project manager. The assistant project manager wrote the contracts and scopes of work, and I would look after dimensions and construction detail coordination with the subtrades. Preparing finish and colour schedule for Air Canada, preparing maintenance and warranties manuals in binders with plastic protector sheets, keeping up to date construction drawing filing system, ordering reinforcing rebar steel and sending rebar drawings and details to Ennis-Paiken subcontractor, coordinating washroom accessories dimensions and ordering appropriate stainless steel skirts to account for wall thicknesses and washroom accessory recesses, coordinating floor finish heights with tempered glass/stainless steel concessions and writing letter with my signature confirming dimensions to StructoGlass contractor and providing copy of letter to superintendent Luc Theberge, coordinating undercuts of wooden doors with floor finish heights with carpenter foreman Kurt Krupka, ordering door finish hardware (mortise locksets) with appropriate handedness of doors, doing detailed quantity take-offs for estimating concrete and rebars for caissons on apron, and revisions to cladding design on jetway bridge (required an extra structural steel girt when revising the orientation of steel cladding and increased gauge thickness of the cladding skin), informing superintendents Richard Shirley and Kieron Bayley of errors on site such as a wrong granite flooring detail, preparing coffee for foremen and sometimes bringing donuts at the beginning of the day at 6 am to get the day off to a good start for everyone. Our contruction team worked so well that we finished the project 7 months ahead of schedule. I thoroughly enjoyed working with John Barrie, Peter Green, Richard Shirley, Luc Theberge, Kieron Bayley, and administrative assistant Dianne Madden. All these people were very professional and nice to me. Unfortunately, due to a recession I was laid off and moved on to find employment elsewhere. I consider Ellis-Don my favourite construction company. It is truly a dynamic environment at Ellis Don. -Click here for my performance appraisal.

May 88 - August 88: Site Clerk and Assistant Field Engineer, EllisDon, Freeport Hospital Project, Kitchener, Ontario.

1985-1989 Architectural Science (Project Management) Undergraduate Student at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.

May 83 - August 85: Co-op Student Mechanical Engineer, Millwright Apprentice and Shift Operator, Syncrude Canada Ltd. , Fort McMurray, Alberta.

1982-1985 Mechanical Engineering Coop Undergraduate Student at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. (2 of 4 years completed)

Volunteer work:

February 26, 2011 volunteer judge at 2011 Western Research Forum (judging oral and poster presentations).

January 2012-present Serve the role of Financial Secretary on our Knights of Columbus Council 10561 St. Pius X (Holy Family Parish) Executive Committee.

July 2010-December 2011 Serve the role of recorder on our Knights of Columbus Council 10561 St. Pius X (Holy Family Parish) Executive Committee, recording, preparing and distributing minutes of executive and general meetings.

2002-present volunteer for Knights of Columbus (sell car raffle tickets for arthritis society, buy and deliver toys and food hampers to needy families during Christmas, usher at church, porter senior citizens in wheelchairs from their residence to Sunday mass at Mount Hope)

2002-June 2010 Serve the role of lecturer on our Knights of Columbus Council 10561 St. Pius X (Holy Family Parish) Executive Committee, organizing guest speakers of various charities to give talks to our council to which Knights of Columbus funds donations. Past speakers have been from Hospice of London, the Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan (CASS), L'Arche London, Mount Hope, London Abused Women's Centre, London Area Right To Life, Family Life and Youth Ministry at my church Holy Family Parish, Down Syndrome Research Institute, upcoming Special Olympics Ontario / London , Bethanys Hope Foundation, and members of Holy Family Parish who quilt sleeping mats from plastic milk bags. These plastic quilts get sent to Haiti and Africa so children can sleep on the plastic milk bag matts on the ground to avoid being bitten by parasites.

1994, volunteered as dunk tank dunkie to raise funds for community swimming pool.

1994, volunteered for Oxfam International.

1994, volunteered for S.A.R.I. Special Ability Riding Institute, grooming horses and leading handicapped children on horses.


Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.

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