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About Me

I'm a web designer + developer based out of Toronto, ON. My formal education is in Computer Science and Math, and I have the added passion for user-centered design. Currently, I enjoy building with the Symfony framework on the backend, paired with Sass + Foundation on the frontend.

Over the course of my career, I've worked at a variety of companies, from startups in the medical field, to enterprise firms, to mobile game studios. This breadth of experience has provided me the opportunity to learn a large variety of technologies and to work with a bunch of fantastic people.

My Work

Currently I work at BiblioCommons, where I lead the development of a multi-site WordPress application used by public libraries in over twenty cities including Chicago, Boston, and Calgary.

Below you'll see examples of side projects and work done for past employers.


Hackworks is a startup based in Toronto that organizes hackathons. The website features an online hackathon management system, which handles accounts, registration, waitlists, teams, and submissions.


ShopFiller is a tool I wrote to help people get free shipping on Amazon. It uses Amazon's Product Advertising API to automatically search for items that qualify for free shipping. It also has a Chrome Extension and a FireFox Add-On.

Gradient Animator

Gradient Animator is a CSS generator used to create animated backgrounds, with the option to export as a GitHub gist. It was inspired by MailChimp's Email Design Guide.

Hackathons Near Me

Hackathons Near Me is a tool I built with AngularJS that, as you'd expect, helps people find hackathons near them. The data is also visualized in a nifty little map.


  • PHP 7.x
  • HTML5
  • Sass + CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Web Accessibility
  • Test-driven Development
  • Docker
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • MongoDB
  • Symfony
  • WordPress
  • Laravel
  • Ruby on Rails

More About Me

I was born in Calgary, grew up in PEI, and am now living in Toronto. Outside of work, my interests include playing fantasy sports, watching old movies, and drinking anything hoppy from Bellwoods Brewery. I also enjoy watching hockey, but the Leafs are too damn expensive.

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