Data Analyst

Featured Candidate: Meet Rob

Meet Rob, a Computer Programmer for the Digital Revolution. A determined leader who is fascinated with technology, he brings both passion and creativity to each of his projects.

“You’re never too old to try something new. You finish with your education and you think you’re done and your metaphorical house is built but no, than comes  renovation after renovation – that’s how I look at life as a whole personally and professionally,” said Rob.

Adept in computer programming, Rob has always gravitated to opportunities that meld the human experience with technology. The knowledge he has gained has helped him with everything from being a champion Italian track star, to being a Web Developer with Ganz.

His accomplishments don’t stop there. He was a team lead at Ganz during the Webkinz craze, is a father of two, and just completed his first gig as a DJ.

Given all this, it’s obvious that Rob has a real passion and zest for life, and where technology can take him.

“My career has been quite an accomplishment. I’ve worked for some really cool companies and my resume is strong and speaks for itself. In the companies I’ve worked with I’ve done a lot of good work and everyone has been happy about that,” said Rob.

His academics are nothing to ignore either. He is a graduate with honours from the prestigious Bachelor of Math and Computer Sciences Program at Waterloo University. He didn’t stop there, and went on place second in a fourth year CG course for C++ and OpenGL in a 3D Brick Breaker Game, spending more time in the computer labs than back in his room, but he said it was all worth it in the end.

“I think my degree is pretty respectable, and being a Waterloo graduate is something I am very proud of. I went through their computer science program within the Math Department, and it definitely wasn’t for the faint of heart.”

Rob is also a very proud father. He has managed to develop a robust skill set while raising two children.

“I was once told being a dad is probably the only thing worth doing in life; that everything else is subjective to a degree. But objectively being a father yields many rewards. I love and respect my kids and the challenges of raising them – the challenges of modern day parenting are like no other in time. Technology is changing so quickly, as are our social dynamics with each other and with our kids. When in history has a parent texted his daughter to tell her to come home for dinner? My wife and I are doing the best we can, and so far the kids are growing up to be pretty great little people.”

His work experience has allowed him to develop a skill set that combines technical computer programming skills with effective human communication.

As for the future, he is fascinated and excited by the challenges it may bring – especially in business.

“We’re still trying to figure out how to incorporate all this technology into what’s fundamentally important. Technology is wonderful and we’re moving in the right direction. I’m very excited about everything that’s coming and how we can incorporate the human experience into that.”

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Featured Candidate: Meet Cumhur

Meet Cumhur, a expert in data and customer analytics for the Digital Revolution. A worldly self-starter who is continuously bettering himself, he brings both ingenuity and problem solving to each of his projects.

“I like to think my ingenuity, problem solving and process improvement are my biggest strengths,” said Cumhur.
Adept in economics with experience in business growth, Cumhur has always gravitated to challenging roles in his career. That drive has helped him with everything from immigrating to Canada, to graduating 3rd of his class among 300 plus students.

His accomplishments don’t stop there. He is a talented artist, with two of his pieces published in Existere Magazine by York University. Generous as well, he participated in a Data Marathon organized by Data for Good and UNICEF.

Given all this, it’s obvious that Cumhur is always willing to push himself to be better.

“I enjoyed a relatively comfortable life in Istanbul, so immigrating to Canada and leaving my parents behind was a remarkably tough decision. But it’s one that I am proud of today,” said Cumhur.

His academics are nothing to ignore though. His undergraduate degree was in Economics from the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Economics. He went on to get a major in finance and a minor in consulting from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He didn’t stop there, and went on to be one of 20 selected out of 3000 to work for Turkey Is Bank, the largest commercial bank in Turkey.

“I made several suggestions for opportunities with regard to process improvement and new products and services. In return, I was offered a six month assignment in their IT department before my first year was over. I was one of the first ever offered this position so quickly.”

Cumhur is also an entrepreneur. He managed to save a private college in distress in Northern Ontario by getting it break even. Then he sold the school to a local with several other businesses.

“I have no other entrepreneurs in my family, so I was proud to have the courage to take the plunge and save a business from closing. More importantly, I stopped four employees from losing their jobs.”

His work experience has allowed him to develop a skill set that combines both financial and data analytics.

As for the future, he is fascinated and excited by the challenges it may bring – especially in business.

“Thanks to recent advancements in digital technologies, today we are more interconnected to each other than ever in human history. What we eat, where we travel or shop, what we buy, and our hobbies; now it’s possible to track and size everything we do in our daily lives. On one hand it means less and less privacy, but on the other hand it constitutes a treasure trove for customer and predictive analytics for individuals and companies who strive to turn that data into actionable information for their business.”

Cumhur

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