I grew up watching and playing sports obsessively, playing video games, and dabbling in creative projects on the family computer growing up. As a teenager I learned to appreciate the power and reach of the internet. I learned to design and build my own websites for fun. Towards the end of high school, my dad would enroll me for a C++ programming course. I got just enough of a taste of how fun it is to tell a machine to follow my instructions. That eventually led me to study Software Engineering in university. I graduated from my hometown school, the University of Calgary, in 2010. Since then, I've explored my professional career in Vancouver, San Francisco, and Toronto at a string of different startup tech businesses.
While developing my own skills and craft is one goal, I also like to inspire and encourage others. There are two areas where I believe I contribute: 1) Inspiring the next generation of creators & thinkers and 2) Helping make my profession (or any STEM profession) more inclusive. This scholarship fund and its founder, Yin, truly embody those values and is why I decided to become a mentor.