Get to Know Arcurvians: Owen

Owen W
October 24, 2022

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

My family moved here from New Brunswick back in ’89. They’ve all since moved away but I’m still here. I got married and started my own family and since everyone seems to like it here, we’ve stayed.

2. Where did you grow up?

I grew up along the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border but most of my teenage years were here in Calgary.

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

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in History and Psychology. After working a dead-end job for a couple years after university I went to SAIT and completed an IT program.

4. What are your hobbies/interests?

When I’m not broken, I enjoy running. I took up cycling this summer hoping it would reduce my injury rate but so far it’s had the opposite effect. I love reading history books and tech articles. Lastly, I spend far too much time playing computer games.

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

I am a play tester for Fantasy Flight’s Arkham Horror Living Card game with my wife. I spend a lot of time looking for broken card combinations, testing game mechanics, and being killed/going insane.

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

I did a lot of traveling in my single days. Bucket list items that I never managed to cross off include Peru and an African safari. The safari probably sits at the top of the list.

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

How about Betty White? She’s hilarious and could probably tell an endless number of fascinating stories.

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

Pizza.

9. What are you passionate about?

Sleep. When I am in training mode, sleep becomes especially important.

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

I managed to find someone willing to marry me. I was a public speaking champion as a kid. In 3 races I have finished in the top 10. I have managed to not screw up my kids too much - so far.

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

I will continue my quest to finally qualify for the Boston Marathon.

12. What brought you to Arcurve?

Long story, but here’s the sanitized version: The start-up where I was working imploded, and a mutual associate handed my resume to Jay. He had me come in for a chat and eventually I was offered the IT Manager role.

13. What about Arcurve makes you want to stay? (Does it challenge you, help you grow in your role?)

I love solving problems and at Arcurve, I’m always receiving interesting new ones. Arcurve is rather unique in that it’s a company with a very high base level of technical skill. In terms of support requests, I tend to get few problems for a company this size but those that do come up tend to be complicated or difficult to solve.

There are so many smart people here, I always enjoy tapping other peoples’ experience and knowledge. Mike Bauer is especially great at providing help and feedback.

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