Get to Know Arcurvians: Cole

Cole A
September 26, 2022

1. How long have you been in the city you live in and what brought you there?

23 years! I was born and raised in Calgary. I love the city and am happy to call it home.

2. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the north west and recently moved to the Beltline to be closer to the office and to experience life downtown.

3. What field of study/practice did you pursue?

I took my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics at the University of Calgary. I graduated just last year in the Fall 2021 semester.

4. What are your hobbies/interests?

Most notably, I am a competitive curler. I skip a team, Team Adams, on the World Curling Tour, and we play many events across the province.

Another interest since COVID started is watching movies. My friends and I started a movie club where we watch and discuss a weekly film.

Outside of work, I like working on my own programming side projects to play around with new technologies. I also enjoy combining this with my other interests. Recent projects include a management website for our movie club and Curldle, a Wordle-inspired game for guessing the arrangement of a curling scoreboard.

5. Tell us something fun/interesting not many people at work know about you!

My first job in the field was as a graduate research assistant at the University of Alberta, helping with research on natural language processing.

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to visit Switzerland. I always love learning about the history of different parts of Europe, and the scenery is stunning. In the Swiss alps, they have several open-air curling facilities. It is definitely on my bucket list to play at one of those.

7. If you could have dinner with one person living or dead who would it be?

I would love to sit down with the late Queen Elizabeth II. I'm sure she would have many stories and experiences to share with all the people she's met in the last century.

8. If you had to eat one thing and one thing only for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I think pasta is an obvious choice. There are so many ways to prepare it; I don't think I could ever get tired of it.

9. What are you passionate about?

I have to say curling is my passion. I have spent countless hours working to improve, and this game has brought me many opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have gotten. I truly feel it helps me in all aspects of my life. It has taught me about working in a team and how to stick to tasks in good times and in hard times.

10. What are some things you’ve accomplished/are proud of?

Finishing my degree at university was an exciting accomplishment. I am also proud of recently cracking the top 100 teams worldwide in curling.

11. If you could achieve one thing in the next five years (big goal) what would it be?

I want to continue improving in my role as a developer, and I aim to take on more responsibilities as I continue toward my larger goal of becoming a senior developer.

12. What brought you to Arcurve?

I first heard about Arcurve through their involvement with the Competitive Programming Club (CPC) at the University of Calgary. In my first year, I was lucky to finish high enough on the standings that I won the opportunity to go for lunch with our CTO, Mike Bauer. I learned a lot about Arcurve and their role in the Calgary tech scene. In my final year, I applied to Arcurve and received an offer!

13. What about Arcurve makes you want to stay?  

I think working at Arcurve is a great opportunity, especially for young developers, to build their skill set. Working at a contracting company allows for exposure to various technologies and projects that widen my repertoire. Not only that, but Arcurve offers certification programs that further improve our knowledge of the different technologies we work with. On top of that, everyone I’ve worked with at Arcurve has been so supportive and welcoming; I truly enjoy working with everyone.


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