Instructional Team Lead
George is a user experience (UX) focused programmer who has been teaching open source web technologies for over 20 years. In addition to his role as instructional team lead at Make A Change Canada, George also teaches second year undergraduate courses at Emily Carr University (ECU) in Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds the position of faculty lead of the Interaction Design Essentials Certificate Program, also at ECU. George's students have gone on to win design awards and work for companies such as Yahoo!, Electronic Arts (FIFA Project), Microsoft, and Amazon. Always looking to stay relevant in the ever-evolving field of web technologies, George runs his own UX design practice, Opto Media & Web Technologies, a company specializing in building intuitive web interfaces. Students at Make A Change Canada benefit from George’s professional experience in the technology sector, along with his focus on providing quality instruction and guidance. George has travelled far and wide to many corners of the world where he has enjoyed sipping a coffee in Lviv, Ukraine, delivering coding workshops in Yerevan, Armenia, and finding his way out of a labyrinth of heat soaked ruins in Pafos, Cyprus. Closer to home, George can be found partaking in the odd anthropological observation on the humans of Vancouver or riding his bike from point A to point B.
Colin is the newest member of our educational team, joining Make A Change Canada as an instructor in 2017. Prior to this, Colin worked with us as a programmer and peer tutor. Colin resides in Surrey, British Columbia, and has worked in the tech sector for over 25 years. His educational credentials include several certificates and diplomas spanning the following areas: computer programming, information technology and management, and web design and optimization. Colin also owns Keane Computing Solutions, a tech firm specializing in web development and web programming and is known for building “massive” websites. Students appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience Colin brings to his role and his focus on the success of students needing assistance and support. Colin exemplifies our guiding principles through the dedicated service he provides to students in our programs. When he isn’t deep into problem solving or teaching students new skills, Colin enjoys travelling and especially going on cruises. With his great sense of humour, don’t be surprised if you hear Colin crack a joke or two.
Steve is a seasoned IT professional with over 40 years of experience in the tech sector. He has worked in a wide variety of industries from meteorological to manufacturing to web development. Steve has over 20 years’ experience as a facilitator, curriculum developer, and instructor for several accredited post-secondary colleges. In his spare time Steve enjoys spending time relaxing with his family and their two dogs, Mable, a Portuguese Water Dog, and Claudette, a rescue Shih Tzu. He also enjoys cooking and exploring new “tech” trends as they become available. Steve is originally from Ontario and now resides in “Friendly Manitoba.”