• Big Data: Hadoop
  • Build / Configuration Management: Ansible, Maven, Capistrano/Webistrano, Ant
  • Middleware: Apache httpd, Apache Tomcat, Apache Geronimo, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • Languages: Bash, Python, Java, PHP, SQL, HTML, CSS
  • Source Control: Git, Subversion
  • Operating Systems: Linux, Solaris, Windows
  • Identity Management: Kerberos, LDAP, Active Directory, OpenSSO
  • Monitoring / Metrics: Nagios, Sensu


Lead Platform Engineer, Data & Analytics (DNA)

June 2018 to Present
Royal Bank of Canada
  • Providing technical leadership to DNA’s Platform Engineering team
  • Containerizing operational support tools to allow for easy maintenance and deployment
  • Developing CI/CD pipelines for conatinerized tools, and Ansible roles and playbooks

Senior Platform Engineer, Data & Analytics (DNA)

January 2016 to June 2018
Royal Bank of Canada
  • Designed and built RBC’s new Enterprise multi-tenant Hadoop (Hortonworks) clusters (test and production) with roughly 350 data nodes in production
  • Enabled Kerberos security for all Hadoop services
  • Integrated Ambari & Ranger with Microsoft Active Directory
  • Defined standards for creating security policies in Ranger
  • Enabled high availability (HA) for all supporting Hadoop components including HDFS, YARN, HiveServer2, Hive Metastore, Storm, Kafka and Knox
  • Scripted HDFS directory, Hive database, Kafka topic and Ranger policy creation for more simplified on-boarding of users
  • Setup YARN Resource Manager queues to ensure proper tenant separation and ensure SLAs are met
  • Deployed clusters using Ambari blueprints
  • Configured Red Hat Linux to integrate with Microsoft Active Directory using SSSD
  • Automated system setup of all services and tools using Ansible roles & playbooks
  • Wrote knowledgebase articles to simplify support and user interactions with our systems
  • Provided technical leadership for Platform Engineering team
  • Provided 24/7 level 3 support for the production support team

Implementation Analyst, Delivery and Support Services

July 2008 to January 2016
  • Provide expertise to projects for implementing middleware systems across all development, test, and production systems, working with developers, testers, project managers, and internal and external clients
  • Sought after by project managers for ability to solve hard problems and explain technical details in plain language
  • Extensive experience managing middleware systems/application servers, including writing command line scripts and manipulating configuration files
  • Build solutions that are simple to set up and maintain, to ensure consistent deployment and configuration
  • Effective at navigating change processes, coordinating multiple stakeholders to ensure rapid progression from initiation through to completion and avoiding unnecessary delays
  • Automate and manage build and deployment processes, allowing greatly reduced deployment time requirements and consistent deployment procedures
  • Investigate and remediate security issues, addressing newly-discovered vulnerabilities via configuration changes or upgrades
  • Lead creation of best practice processes and procedures to ensure system implementations are consistent, reliable, and scalable
  • Standardise Apache httpd configuration across the company to simplify configuration management, ensure proper security levels, and allow for easier problem investigation
  • Standardise Apache Tomcat setup of our applications to allow for easy updates and consistent configuration
  • Spin up proof of concept setups to evaluate new products, ensuring they integrate effectively with existing systems and meet business requirements
  • Implement and manage client facing single sign-on (SSO) solutions based on SAML 2.0
  • Develop and manage internal monitoring and system management tools
  • Provide 24/7 support for middleware systems including WebSphere MQ, Apache httpd, Apache Tomcat, Apache Geronimo, WebSphere AS and IBM Sterling Connect:Direct

Interactive Media Developer

May 2008 to June 2008
Metroland Media Group
  • Developed Mississauga community web sites using ASP.Net, PHP, JavaScript and MySQL.

Automation Specialist

March 2006 to April 2008
Metroland Media Group
  • Developed and maintained workflows and scripts for the MKS Integrity based C-198 compliance ticket system
  • Developed applications and scripts to simplify maintenance of Active Directory user accounts, desktop systems, and server systems
  • Developed SharePoint WebParts to add increased Active Directory functionality
  • Administrated the MKS Integrity system, including ticket management, application maintenance and server maintenance
  • Developed processes to synchronize data between various systems including Active Directory, a third party email system, Lawson, BMC Service Desk Express, and MKS Integrity
  • Maintained and re-developed KiXtart based login scripts
  • Provided backup support for desktop and server support team
  • Used BMC Service Desk Express to track and maintain support tickets for all incidents

Active Directory Roll Out Technician

May 2005 to February 2006
Metroland Media Group
  • Migrated Windows 2000 workstations and user profiles from an existing Windows NT 4.0 domain to a new Windows 2003 Active Directory domain for over 1,000 users
  • Updated existing KiXtart login scripts to simplify maintenance
  • Created VBS tools to aid in Active Directory user account management

Information Systems Technician

May 2002 to December 2004
Diageo Canada Inc.
  • Provided second level technical support to 500 employees; including 1 national office, 7 regional offices, and 4 production plants
  • Used Remedy’s Action Request System to track and maintain support tickets for all incidents
  • Investigated and fixed lost or incorrect customer order data caused by errors in interfaces between various sites & ERP systems
  • Created test cases for user testing of a new web-based expense system and walked users through testing procedures
  • Reorganized telecommunication services by identifying and canceling duplicate and unused services; recommended the most cost effective provider, and simplified future budget tracking, saving the company over $50,000 per annum

Projects of Interest

hadoop-utils scripts - Collection of scripts for managing Hadoop clusters

Education & Training

Hadoop Platform and Application Framework

May 2016
Coursera - UC San Diego Statement of Accomplishment

Cryptography I

March 2014
Coursera - Stanford University

BBQ-style Cooking

February 2014
George Brown College

Culinary Arts I

December 2013
George Brown College

ITIL v3 Foundations Certification

November 2008
Loyalist Certification Services

Bachelor of Computing (BCMP) in Computing and Information Science

April 2003
Queen’s University