Joomla! Open-Source CMS

The Challenge

In the early years of web content management, software packages like Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Contribute seemed the ideal solution for deploying a website without the cost of professional designers and programmers. Indeed I specialised in turnkey deployments based on those products, pioneering commercial work in FrontPage.

But the later versions of FrontPage degenerated into "bloatware", with niche features that frustrated non-experts. And standalone WYSIWYG web editors in general lacked capacity for content management. As sites grew quickly beyond a few pages maintained by one person, those off-the-shelf solutions could not keep up.

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CompTIA A+ in Nunavut

The Challenge

Government of NunavutNunavut was created in 1999 as Canada's newest territory, spanning the eastern Arctic from north and west of Hudson's Bay to the North Pole. While the territory is making rapid advances in economic development, technical challenges remain such as providing ready local informatics support. With the recent introduction of broadband internet access, maintaining PC's is a critical factor in commerce and communications.

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The Object People Ltd.

The Challenge

objectpeople logoThe Object People was a market-leading producer of programming tools that aided developers in linking relational databases to object-oriented applications. Customer support was provided by many of the same developers who created the products, ensuring a high standard of expertise in helping users. But as the company grew, the increasing demand upon customer support meant that conventional channels like email and phone support would be taxed.

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Election 1997: Debut of the Political Web

The Challenge

In early 1997 I was asked to create a website for the Progressive Conservative candidate in my riding of Ottawa Centre.  The general election expected in that summer would be the first where websites would play a role.  Despite the meteoric rise in the Web's popularity, political parties were still coming to grips with web technology.  Technical thinkers in the various parties had to contend with limited resources and resistance from traditional communications strategists.  I decided it was time to break through those boundaries.

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Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC

The Challenge

In 1995 trade promotion staff at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC could see the potential of the Internet for promoting Canadian business and national interests in the United States.

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Canadian International Debates Council

The Background

In 1987 I and other university graduates who had been active in intercollegiate debating saw the need for a program to keep debating alumni active in issues and able to maintain their skills.  We believed this could be solved by combining the traditional format of the policy exchange forum, typified by the Atlantic Association for Young Political Leaders, with that of competitive parliamentary debate. Thus I co-founded the Canadian International Debates Council (CIDC), serving as its Managing Director.

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