An outdoorsy kid from Prince George, Alain built tree forts, rode dirt bikes, and enjoyed mountain biking. When UNBC opened their doors in 1994, he was the first student to register. From there, he moved on to take engineering at Carleton University, and finally graduating in 2005 from UVic with a BSc in Software Engineering.
In 1998, Alain formed his first software company. It built websites and provided web hosting. He also worked for 10 years in the FinTech industry for companies like, Prophet.net, Investools, ThinkorSwim, and TD Ameritrade.
In 2014, he joined Sparkgeo—in part drawn to the exciting new technology he gets to work with. Here, he manages all operations around Maptiks. In working on this product, he reduced its infrastructure costs by 75% and increased throughput 100x. He gets excited about improving efficiency and automation of dev ops.
Alain works remotely. He finds this particularly beneficial, as he has a new baby. This set-up affords him the flexibility to work variable hours, while also helping out at home. That said, he does miss the opportunity for “water cooler talk” at the office.
Of all the places he’s visited, Alain remembers Buenos Aires most fondly. If he could choose any travel destination, at this moment, it’d be Australia.
In his spare time, Alain is getting to know his baby. He also rides mountain bikes, drinks wine, and makes a mean brisket on the barbecue.