I have been an active amateur astronomer since the early 1980s, am a life member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), and am a past-president of the Halifax Chapter and of the national Society. Since 1992, I have been employed as the Astronomy Technician (now Observatory Director) and Systems Administrator at the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) where I am responsible for the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and the department's computing infrastructure. I'm also the High-Performance Computing administrator for the Institute for Computational Astrophysics and a founding technical architect for ACEnet. Prior to working at SMU, I developed instrumentation systems for oceanography and meteorology and led the "hardware group" at Seimac Limited (later Cobham Tracking & Locating - no longer in business).
My primary astronomical interests are observatory automation, public outreach, contributing to amateur astronomical science projects (such as variable star observing), deep sky observing, and astrocomputing.
I also operate the very-part-time business, Nova Astronomics, whose primary work involves the development and distribution of The Earth Centered Universe (ECU), a Planetarium and Telescope Control Program for Microsoft Windows.
I also hold the distinction, along with Paul Gray of being the first and second Canadians to discover any supernovae (1995F in NGC 2726 and 2005B in UGC11066) from within Canada.
Outside of work and astronomy, I am a sailor that races and cruises a 29-foot C&C 29-2 sailboat. I also volunteer in several capacities at the St Margaret Sailing Club.