Meet Chadwick… or is it Chad?
- How long have you been in the city you live in and what brought you there?
I was born and raised in Calgary my entire life. I have thought about leaving but for me, Calgary will always be home. It became even harder to leave Calgary when the tech scene started growing more and more.
- Do you prefer being called Chad or Chadwick?
This is an interesting question. My whole life I usually went by Chad because Chadwick is much longer to say than Chad. However, one day when I was meeting with my career counselor during my MBA, she told me I should go by Chadwick because the name is more memorable. So, in my corporate professional world I go by Chadwick and with my friends and family I go by Chad. If someone calls me Chad at work, I usually will not correct them. Instead, I reference squares and rectangles: All Chadwick’s can be Chad’s but not all Chad’s are Chadwick’s.
- What field of study/practice did you pursue?
I started at Mount Royal in the days before they became a university. After 2 years, I transferred to the University of Calgary where I received my Bachelor of Commerce in Management Information Technology (now called Business Technology) in 2012. In 2019, I started my MBA at Queen’s University and graduated in 2020 where I received an Excellence Award.
- What are your hobbies/interests?
I am a big sports person, so I love to play volleyball and have recently gotten into pickleball. I also try to golf (key word try) but I am still learning. My goal is that as I get too old for volleyball, I will have become an all-star at golf and pickleball in my old age.
- Tell us something fun/interesting not many people at work know about you!
There is a bit of a backstory here, so I am half Goan, which is a state in Western India that was colonized by the Portuguese in 1510. I thought for most of my life that I was Portuguese. I even cheered for the Team Portugal in every world cup and everything. One day I decided to try one of those 23andMe tests and it turns out I have no Portuguese genes which means I am half Goan. The other half is not as exciting, it is a mixture of British and Irish.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
Japan hands down. I spent some time there in 2012 but I feel like I did not see enough of Japan so I would like to go back for an extended stay.
- If you could have dinner with one person living or dead who would it be?
Steve Jobs because I have so many questions on how he thinks and about his journey which was full of ups and downs.
- If you had to eat one thing and one thing only for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This may be a cheat but Sushi. There are so many variations and combinations, how could you get bored?
- What are you passionate about?
To be honest I’m passionate about anything that makes me excited. Could be work, sports, extra curriculars, or meeting up with a friend. My passions usually grow from my engagements in different activities.
- What are some things you’ve accomplished/are proud of?
Earning my MBA over 2019 while also working at a digital start up bank and playing volleyball 1 – 2 times a week. My sanity was definitely tested but somehow, I survived and managed to earn my MBA, contributed to launching a digital bank while staying active.
- If you could achieve one thing in the next five years (big goal) what would it be?
Be a part of something that helps change or shape the way people interact with something. I am currently engaged with something I cannot quite talk about yet.
- What brought you to Arcurve?
Someone in my network connected me with one of the co-founders at Arcurve. After a couple coffees, he (easily) convinced me to pass my resume to him. After a few interviews, I started with Arcurve on January 24, 2022.
- What about Arcurve makes you want to stay? (Does it challenge you, help you grow in your role?)
All the things. The people are fun to work with, we all help and feed off each other. I have great clients; my current main client is amazing to work with and is challenging me to think about things that have never occurred to me before. The work is interesting, and I find the company to be very flexible with work schedules.
I am also given plenty of opportunities to get involved, in addition to mentoring an intern, I have helped with recruitment events, participated in technology panels at the University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business, and given guest presentations for a Business Technology class at Haskayne.
The office is also quite nice (when I do not want to work from home). There is some great perks and snacks in the office as well as some games. I feel confident in saying this but I’m looking forward to being the table tennis champ at Arcurve.