My career began as a co-op student at the University of Waterloo. My first professional job was with Algoma Steel, an illustrious company in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The job started in January 1980, working for the MIS department in their Database Administration group. Winter in the Sault are legendary, for those of you who don't know where Sault Ste. Marie I welcome you to look it up and see the winter temperatures. The company, the people and the job experience was great, and I was pleased and happy to be asked to return for a second work-term the following year, this time in the fall a glorious time to be in Algoma and experience the fall colours of Agawa Canyon.
Following this wonderful experience my next company job was with Canada Trust in their IT Headquarters in London, Ontario. Further south, and again a great company, exceptional professionals and fulfilling job roles for a student yet to complete his degree. I worked with the credit card processing, mortgages and corporate loans systems. I also was exposed to ATM processing. For three consecutive work-terms my software development skills improved and business acumen increased.