What will the world be like in 5, 10 , 15 years? Today we look back at the last 15-20 years with amazement at the changes we are witnessing. Time marches on and brings changes some foreseen while others aren't. In university I took a "Future Studies" course. It was intriguing and enlightening. Did you know you can be a "futurist"? Simply join the World Future Society. Knowing about the future involves both an understanding of the past and the integration of the present. Everyone should study the future, after all it is we will be living the rest of our lives there. Flying cars, and trips to space were all promises of the future when I was a teenager. It did happen or at least not yet. We have seen a great deal of other developments, the internet, global communication networks are just a few. I also recall as a child thinking about having a computer companion. A know-it-all machine that I could ask anything and get an answer. Some may say its not quite there yet, but I believe we are very close to it. Imagining the future is the first step to creating a better one.
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 a