About me

Experience & Education

"Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade."

— MAXI FOREMAN

Professional

Experience

  • April 2018 - Present

    Director Of Business Development

    ThirdRock Systems



    ThirdRock Systems (a Division of AllOffice.Space inc) is a Veteran Owned Small Business offering custom software solutions for government Agencies in Canada and the United States of America.

  • Feb 2013 - Present

    Director of Sales & Marketing

    AllOffice.Space



    Getting businesses all-inclusive Office Space for up to 30% LESS than they can find anywhere else!

    Whether you're a solopreneur, entrepreneur, or enterprise client AllOffice.Space wants to empower you and your workforce to do their best work from beautiful places. We work directly with landlords to offer you everything from permanent and touchdown spaces as well as satellite offices and custom build to suit headquarters.

  • Jul 2014 - Jan 2017

    Sr. Committee Member

    Toronto Regional Real Estate Board: Government Relations Committee



    Government Relations closely monitors residential and commercial real estate issues that affect Member Realtors and the clients they serve. TREB maintains communication with all levels of government, providing input into important decisions that have consequences for homeowners, renters and investors. TREB also works with OREA and CREA to consistently reinforce our position with government on issues that affect the real estate industry.

  • Jul 2012 - Jul 2014

    Sr. Committee Member

    Toronto Regional Real Estate Board: Government Relations Committee



    Young Professional Network (YPN) are a group of young real estate professionals, who hope to assimilate the largest network of young REALTORS® to share best practices and innovative ideas while serving the community and each other. Through meet and greet sessions, educations seminars, learning from experienced industry professionals the YPN hopes to educate the community about the real estate profession and encourage high school and post secondary graduates to consider a future in the real estate industry.

  • Oct 2011 - Jan 2017

    Author & Salesperson

    Slavens & Associates Real Estate Inc., Brokerage



    After an accomplished military career including international assignments and similar success with investment real estate in western Canada, Chris Allen joined Slavens & Associates to extend the very same performance-driven attitude to clients in the Toronto area with a focus on commercial real estate. With years of service, Chris knows firsthand a great deal about integrity, discipline, determination, and loyalty - qualities which he exhibits to all of his clientèle as a full-time Real Estate Agent. Real estate is at the core of almost every business, and it's certainly at the core of most people's wealth.

    Chris Allen is also the award-winning author of The Book on Toronto Real Estate available on Amazon.com and www.TheBookOnTorontoRealEstate.com

  • May 2011 - May 2014

    President & CEO

    Conservative Party of Canada: Scarborough-Guildwood



    As a President and Chief Executive Officer of the Scarborough Guildwood Electoral District Association and the Communications Committee Chair my responsibilities include (but not limited to) preside over all meetings of the EDA, report to all members of the EDA at AGMs, give notice to EDA members as required, all advertising and publicity directed to the general public in order to increase awareness of the Party, encouraging the public to become members of the party and to vote for the CPoC. Additionally monitoring media for EDA and liaising with the Regional Organizer to develop and implement branded communication materials for the riding and/or MP/Candidate.

  • Sep 2010 - Dec 2011

    Private Security Contractor

    Private Security Firm



    Private security contractor employed in dangerous areas to perform a variety of specialized jobs including provided security for truck convoys carrying supplies between locations and responsible for the security of gold export shipments and close protection of Canadian investors and assets.

  • Oct 2000 - Aug 2009

    Military Logistics

    Canadian Forces



    Responsible for ensuring that all of the supplies and services necessary for Canadian Forces operations are available when and where they are required. Supply Chain management including but not limited to purchasing, warehousing, shipping, receiving, stock control and disposal of obsolete stock, equipment and hazardous material.

knowledge

Certifications

  1. Google Project Management

    Google

    This program provides the skills needed to build a successful career in project management, gain an understanding of what it's like to be a project manager and learn about the project lifecycle and common project management approaches.

    Estimating time and budgets

    Running effective meetings and managing stakeholders

    Identifying and managing risks

    Applying Agile and Scrum frameworks

    Leadership skills and navigating team dynamics

  2. Agile Fundamentals

    Pluralsight

    Agile Fundamentals explores how working on an Agile project has benefits for your development team, your end users, and your organization as a whole.  

    This course also explains the differences between the Agile and Waterfall methodologies and covers why the Agile approach may be a good idea.

    Blockchain Technology

    University of California

    Developed by Blockchain at Berkeley and faculty from UC Berkeley's premier Computer Science department, this course provides a wide overview of many of the topics relating to and building upon the foundation of Bitcoin and blockchain technology.

    The course covers many key topics in the blockchain space from distributed systems and alternative consensus mechanisms, as well as cryptoeconomic and proof-of-stake. Then moving on to fundamental applications of bitcoin and blockchain technology, including exploring enterprise blockchain implementations (JP Morgan’s Quorum, Ripple, Tendermint, and HyperLedger), the challenges and solutions around scaling blockchain adoption, and the measures that the government is taking to regulate and control blockchain technology. We wrap up the course by also taking a look at the various blockchain ventures today and conclude with a blockchain-based future thought experiment. 

  3. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

    University of California

    Developed by Blockchain at Berkeley and faculty from UC Berkeley's premier Computer Science department, this course presents Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as the motivation for blockchain technologies, and provides a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the fundamental concepts of the crypto space with a particular emphasis on Bitcoin. 

    The course covers basic properties of bitcoin, the mechanics behind it (e.g. including cryptographic hash functions, Bitcoin Script, privacy, and hash commitment schemes) and its roots in the Cypherpunk movement and Libertarian ideals. You'll learn about practical applications of Bitcoin such as wallets and mining, as well as how to destroy bitcoins, including network attacks and malicious mining strategies. We will also take a brief look at Ethereum and how blockchain can be used outside of cryptocurrencies. 

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Management and Analytics

    Lighthouse Labs

    The program provides an understanding of how to look at data and identify insights, improve the ability to make long-term predictions, and prescribe future actions to help make better business decisions. Completion provides a better understanding of the data ecosystem and the fundamentals of data analysis, such as data gathering or data mining. Also learning the soft skills that are required to effectively communicate data to stakeholders, and how mastering these skills can open the option to become a data driven decision maker.

  4. Microsoft Professional Program in Front-End Web Development

    Lighthouse Labs

    The course provides the ability to build and style websites and landing pages using HTML, CSS & JavaScript. The course of the program also includes designing and developing a new website from scratch, learning the core principles of responsive design, and leverage JavaScript to make the site both dynamic and interactive. This program provides a great foundation in front-end web development to manage a website, to build individual websites, or work with dev teams building web applications.

  5. Coding for Veterans: Front-End Web Development

    Durham College

    The course provides the ability to build and style websites and landing pages using HTML, CSS & JavaScript. The course of the program also includes designing and developing a new website from scratch, learning the core principles of responsive design, and leverage JavaScript to make the site both dynamic and interactive. This program provides a great foundation in front-end web development to manage a website, to build individual websites, or work with dev teams building web applications.z

  6. Legal Studies: Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security

    University of Adelaide

    Once heralded as the ultimate vehicle for open communication and self-expression, the internet is rapidly becoming a globally networked surveillance device. Serious threats to national security, combined with the seemingly endless capacity of digital processing and storage, have led to levels of data capture and 24/7 monitoring of individuals’ activity that were unimaginable even a decade ago. 

    With resistance to such practices rising, this course equips individuals to take an active part in the debate. You will gain a broad understanding of the competing tensions of the laws related to national security and personal and commercial privacy in the post-Snowden online environment. You will also grasp the looming consequences of this battle for peace, sovereignty, human rights and the internet itself.

  7. Business & Management: Introduction to Project Management

    University of Adelaide

    Project management is an essential skill-set for many careers and in many contexts in our lives.

    To deliver a project successfully, it’s important to start by clearly identifying what the project is, and what its outcomes will be. This course demonstrates practical ways to explore and understand goals from the outset of a project, and to consider all the factors that may affect its execution. Learning how to plan, scope, schedule, cost and manage your project from beginning to end. Since every project relies on the people who are delivering it, the course also enables you to explore how you can effectively communicate, manage people and employ leadership skills to successfully deliver your own project. Additionally you will learn practical ways to use project management skills, whether the project is large or small.

    Legal Studies: Contract Law

    Harvard University

    This contract law course, with new materials and updated case examples, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise when entering and enforcing contracts. It will demonstrate to what a contract is and also analyze the purpose and significance of contracts. Then, it will discuss the intent to create legal relations, legality and morality, and the distinction between gifts and bargains. The course also investigates common pitfalls: one-sided promises, mistake, fraud, and frustration.

  8. Epidemiology: Lessons from Ebola - Preventing the Next Pandemic

    Harvard University

    Like no other event in recent history, the 2014 Ebola outbreak has made clear the fragility of existing health systems. While responding to the current epidemic is critical, we also have an opportunity to learn lessons to prevent the next global health catastrophe, forge partnerships across borders and disciplines, and demonstrate our commitment to value all human lives.

    This course provides the context in which to understand the Ebola outbreak — why now, and why did so many people suffer and die? The course lays out the global governance structure — what was the global response supposed to look like, and where did it fail? 

    The course features practitioners, experts, and scholars who will focus on cultivating a better understanding of the Ebola epidemic and implications for future health systems to ensure that the world is more effective in preventing the next pandemic.

  9. Astrobiology: Super-Earths and Life

    Harvard University

    Super-Earths and Life is a course about alien life, how we search for it, and what this teaches us about our place in the universe.

    In the past decade astronomers have made incredible advances in the discovery of planets outside our solar system. Thirty years ago, we knew only of the planets in our own solar system. Now we know of thousands circling nearby stars.

    Meanwhile, biologists have gained a strong understanding of how life evolved on our own planet, all the way back to the earliest cells. We can describe how simple molecules can assemble themselves into the building blocks of life, and how those building blocks might have become the cells that make up our bodies today.

    Super-Earths and Life is all about how these two fields together - astronomy and biology

  10. Lifesciences: Dog Emotion and Cognition

    Duke University

    Dog Emotion and Cognition is an introduction to the exciting new study of dog psychology, what the latest discoveries tell us about how dogs think and feel about us, and how we can use this new knowledge to further strengthen our relationship with our best friends.

Places

WHERE I’VE WORKED

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"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."

— LIN YUTANG

Schools

MY EDUCATION

"The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions."

— NOAM CHOMSKY

Portfolio

My take on formal education...

I've never made big money with what I learned in school. In our information based society it is more useful to learn how to find facts rather than memorize them, how to make sales, build wealth, and how to react creatively to change. In my experience, schooling does little more than obliging people to accept the grading system as a measure of their inner excellence.
We are no longer living in the Industrial Era and need not continue churning out obedient workers and consumers

Harvard

Legal Studies: Contract Law

Astrobiology: Super-Earths and Life

Epidemiology: Lessons from Ebola-Preventing the Next Pandemic

Duke

Lifesciences: Dog Emotion and Cognition

Adelaide

Business & Management: Project Management.

Legal Studies: Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security.

Grant Cardone

Business Training & Sales Systems

(the only Uni on this list which has 10x my money)

UNI-Prep

TESOL/TEFL/TESL

"Schools are designed on the assumption that there is a secret to everything in life; that the quality of life depends upon knowing that secret; that secrets can only be known in orderly successions; and that only teachers can properly reveal these secrets. An individual with a schooled mind conceives of the world as a pyramid of classified packages accessible only to those who carry the proper tags."

— IVAN ILLICH