So I’ve gone and got myself one of those “Real Jobs”

After 13 years of self-employment, start-up & small business living I’ve gone and got myself a good old-fashioned job.

I’m excited to announce that as of Monday I’ll be joining the Bank of Montreal (BMO) as a member of their new Applied Innovation Team. My Official Title(s) will be Senior Technical Specialist / Applied Innovation Specialist and I’ll technically be part of the Enterprise Desktop , Messaging & Directory Services group but the role is dedicated to the Innovation Team which will be made up of a handful of people from different parts of the organization.

It should be an exciting challenge and it was one of those opportunities I just couldn’t turn down. Truth be told, the banking industry never even crossed my mind but a chance encounter at the Innovation Parkour workshop a few months ago turned me onto the position and it seemed like a perfect fit. Right now, I’ve got no idea what my day-to-day routine is going to look like as it’s a brand new position on a brand new team but I think that was part of the attraction.

I’m also really looking forward to being back downtown on a regular basis, since working from home I’ve felt a lot more out of touch with the community, despite all the so-called ‘social media’ tools out there – I’ll be splitting my time between a few offices, two downtown & one out in Scarborough.

What About VizThink?

VizThink will continue to thrive and isn’t going anywhere – with Michael Dila on board as the new CEO there’s great plans afoot for the community and I’m looking forward to seeing what emerges. I’m also not quitting VizThink cold turkey. While I won’t be working there I’m still a huge supporter of the community and will be contributing content to the site and helping out however I can. I’m also still more than happy to chat with anyone out there who wants to get a local community going in their neck of the woods.

Photo: David Sherret