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MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

MIT Sloan Analytics Conference

March 1 – 2, 2019.  Boston, Massachusetts.

Conference Mission:

The conference goal is to provide a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry. MIT Sloan is dedicated to fostering growth and innovation in this arena, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world.

Read my conference recap.

Datathon at Brock


About the Datathon:

The amount of data our world produces has exploded! Some estimates put the total amount of data generated each day at 2.5 quintillion bytes.​

Organizations have been eagerly adopting big data analytics for their ambitious goals. We’re only just starting to see how revolutionary big data can be, and we can expect even more changes on the horizon.​​

The DATATHON Educational Conference provides students with the opportunities to learn about the increasingly important field of data analytics.

Canadian Open Data Summit

canadian open data summit

About the conference:

CODS18 is the latest in a long series of annual conferences held across Canada to convene and bolster the Open Data movement.  Taking place this year from November 7th to 9th at the Fallsview Casino Resort and Hilton Hotel in scenic Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, CODS18 convenes upwards of 300 registrants.

Read more about the conference agenda.

Business Analytics – Harvard Business School Online

harvard business online

About the course:

Business Analytics will help demystify data and equip you with concrete skills you can apply in your everyday decision-making. Beginning with basic descriptive statistics and progressing to regression analysis, you’ll learn business analytics through real-world examples, from performing A/B testing on a website to using sampling to check warehouse inventory.

Length: Approximately 40 hours of content over an eight week period.
Completed: June 2018

  • Interpret data to inform business decisions
  • Recognize trends, detect outliers, and summarize data sets
  • Analyze relationships between variables
  • Develop and test hypotheses
  • Craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from population samples
  • Implement regression analysis and other analytical techniques in Excel

Big Data Toronto

big data toronto

About the conference:

Big Data Toronto is Canada’s #1 Big Data and Analytics Conference & Expo. Join the Canadian data industry on June 12-13, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto for two days full of education, networking and product demos to help take your data and analysis to the next level. The conference will focus on technical and practical verticals including use cases around predictive analytics, advanced machine learning, data governance, privacy, cybersecurity, Smart Home & IoT, digital transformation, Hadoop, cloud analytics and cloud computing.

2018 is the year of intelligence and Big Data continues to be a driving force in innovative Canadian businesses. This year, Big Data Toronto is co-located with the AI Toronto Conference to provide you with a unique 2-in-1 learning experience that is engineered to meet your data needs and challenges.

With more than 4000 participants, 100 speakers, and 60 exhibiting brands, Big Data x AI Toronto provides you with the tools, skills, and networking opportunities that you need to guide your company to a new dimension!

Read more about my conference recap.

Book Ledges

I wanted some space to store books that would show off the covers. Here is the process of building some!

They came together pretty quickly and I am happy with the outcome. Construction was pretty simple here – pine and crown moulding with some pocket hole screws holding the back together. The pictures tell the story…




I ripped a groove with the table saw (double pass) to hold a small piece of 1/4 poplar that keeps the books from sliding off the shelf.



Once you get your mind around mitring crown moulding (upside-down & backwards) it comes together pretty quickly.



Pocket holes to keep everything together.


I used a keyhole bit on the router to cut the hangers.


A brad nailer makes this job much quicker.


Before priming and painting I tested them on the wall.




Living Room Before/After

Take a look at some before and after shots of the living room.

Although I do love the framed paintings of wolves, I must admit they are not mine. The “before” photos were from the home inspection when the previous owner was still living there.

In the living room we put new hardwood floors down, painted, and built new railings and stairs. I built the newel posts from scratch and they were a really enjoyable project. The staircase on the other hand was torture! I used oak treads all the way through the house and it just happened to be the hottest weekend of the year when I chose to do it. Definitely worth it though.

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Student Government & Social Media

The College Student Alliance asked me to speak to new student leaders about how to effectively use social media within a student government context.

For more about CSA, visit

Spark Plugs Presentation

For a newly created speaker series, I have been asked to speak about student engagement and social media.  Take a look through the presentation below!

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Facebook Cover Image Contest

In my role as Community Manager for the Humber Students’ Federation, my main focus is to encourage interaction among our students using digital media.  (it is more than just playing on Facebook all day – honest!) Continue Reading →