ROBERT T. CHISHOLM B.Sc. Honours (Mechanical Engineering) – Univ. of Bath, U.K., 1970
Visual Software Developer (Willis College of Business and Technology, Ottawa, 1998)
Education / Training - Security
Education / Training - Software Development
Education / Training - Mechanical Engineering
Outside Interests (not employment or voluntary work-related)
Employment History - Brief Summary
Place of birth: U.K.
Citizenship: dual (British and Canadian)
Completed 3-day Premier Security Guard Training in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday, June 11th 2003.
Willis College of Business & Technology, Ottawa, Ontario, 1997-98 - Visual Software Developer Diploma Program
1. Visual Basic 5
2. Oracle: Oracle 8 PL/SQL, Oracle Developer 2000, Forms 4.5,
Oracle Graphics, Oracle Reports, SQL * Plus 3.3, Database Design.
3. Visual C++: MFC, Database access, File I/O, DLL’s
Operating Systems: MS-DOS 6.22, Windows 95
Applications: MS Office 95 - Word, Access, Excel (have since converted
to MS Office 2000)
Concepts: Computer concepts, Algorithm design
Workshops: Visual Basic 5 workshop - design of a video store
EDUCATION / TRAINING - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
University of Bath, Bath, U.K., 1970 - B.Sc.Honours. - Mechanical Engineering
Rolls-Royce Ltd., Bristol, U.K., 1970 - Completion of Undergraduate Apprenticeship (Aircraft gas turbines).
I dont discuss these. In Canada this is liable to earn you a reputation for being a spoiled brat, or some such, if you are out of work, so it is not appropriate. So far as I am concerned, all Canadians are both ignorant and un-trustworthy until proven otherwise.
From my standpoint, there are far too many people in business, politics, government and the legal system in Canada who are ignorant, weak-kneed, complacent, ornery, bigoted, mis-informed, narrow-minded and concerned only with looking good or looking tough within their own little social and professional cliques. These same mentally and morally-deficient people seem also to think of lying and deceit simply as a convenient means to an end – namely, dismissing and fobbing-off those who don t happen to belong to their little cliques
Against this, I have a family and a number of personal contacts which include a few in business, mostly through family.
In particular I have to thank A.J. Fisher, former Service Officer of 306 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association, in Montreal, Quebec for assisting me in various ways – notably, by directing me to William I. Miller, Q.C., at a time when another lawyer was not doing the job properly. In fact I owe thanks to the members and Executive of 306 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association, in general, for their moral support over a very difficult period.
The law firm Miller, Adel and Associates in Montreal, Quebec was assisting me up to 1991 and in particular William I. Miller, Q.C., and his partner Allan Adel.
Also, I do have support from some people in a discussion group, even though they are not in a position to assist me directly.
Certain other people have been and are supporting me – notably, my family, to whom I owe special thanks. They are not involved directly with assisting me in dealing with the subject matter and the people mentioned elsewhere on this site, but have been and are supporting me in other equally important ways.
In particular I also have to thank Peggy who - from early 2004 onwards - helped me re-craft my C.V. , introduced me to several very good business contacts and gave me renewed energy and motivation to go on looking for work in a mainly indifferent, oafish, corrupt and ignorant society. She has since left Ottawa.
Finally, I have also to say that Pre-Paid Legal Care of Canada are assisting me in certain areas.
So DON T run away with the idea that nobody is supporting what I am doing.
I never had any significant unemployment problems between starting my engineering career in the U.K. after graduating from the University of Bath in 1970, up to the time I left the U.K. in 1982 to work for SNC in Montreal (now known as SNC-Lavalin Inc.)
I have now been in Canada for 24.5 years (as at December 2006). Of this, almost 14 years (add up the figures in blue, shown in the next section) with no work at all that produced significant income.
Out of the other 10 years, I had about:-
0.3 years working as a professional engineer with SNC in Montreal, Quebec, before being laid off in July 1982
7.5 years of insecure work as a freelance house painter and decorator in Montreal
0.3 years as a bricklayer with De Marinis Inc. in Ottawa, before being laid off
0.5 years as a painter at the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa, until the fixed-term contract ended
0.34 years as a painter with Dean’s Professional Painting in Ottawa, before they went bankrupt
0.8 years as an Assembler at JDS Uniphase before being laid off in April 2001
0.03 years as a Security Guard: special assignment to Central Canada Exhibition, in 2003
0.18 years in 2006 as a Maintenance Management Coordinator with the City of Ottawa
(Total of the above: 9.95 years)
Based on the following:-
I HAVE TO CONCULDE THAT CANADA IS AN UN-SAFE PLACE TO WORK AND LIVE, MORE PARTICULARLY FOR PROFESSIONALLY-QUALIFIED PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, SUCH AS THE U.K.
- BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE OVERALL PROBLEM: CORRUPTION IN PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS, THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND GOVERNMENT - PARTLY COMPOSED OF OUTRIGHT LYING AND UN-PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT, NOTABLY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION.
■ WORK SEARCH OCT 2006 DEC 2006 (3 MONTHS)
■ City of Ottawa - AUG. AND SEPT. 2006 - Maintenance Management Coordinator – fixed term temporary assignment.
■ WORK SEARCH SEPT 2003 TO JULY 2006 (34 MONTHS)
During the above period without regular employment, as part of my efforts to improve my prospects, I did the following work connected with an Internet-based real estate advertising service:-
1. Built an information system, working on a laptop, to help manage the service. Purpose: to schedule and manage tasks, track status of clients, track distribution of “For Sale” and “Open House” signs.
For this same business, phoned prospective clients to inform them about the service.
2. For an online discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OttawaHiTech , I performed voluntary work as follows:-
▪ Collecting and analyzing information pertaining to Ottawa’s high tech unemployment problem.
▪ Made and continue to make recommendations relative to solving the problems, which include (among other things) properly informing government, the business community and the public concerning the size of the problem, because lack of correct information – in particular, under-stating the size of the problem – constitutes a direct threat to the tax base, by hiding a large number of prospective taxpayers.
▪ Several articles for newspapers.
■ Amloda Security AUG 14TH TO AUG 24TH 2003 - SECURITY GUARD, at the Central Canada Exhibition, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa (worked off 12-hour shifts plus 1 off 8-hour shift).
■ WORK SEARCH MAY 2001 TO AUG 2003 (28 MONTHS)
During the above period without regular employment, as part of my efforts to improve my prospects, I did the following:-
PREMIER SECURITY – 3 day Security Guard course (see above)
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND DATABASE - Developed a prototype business information system, using the Oracle 7.3 relational database management system and programming language, on my home computer. This entailed a combination of database design and writing / de-bugging programme units. It is available for demonstration at any time on a laptop computer. It concerns the simulation of a video rental store operation.
Web site: http://www.storm.ca/~chisholm/ORACLE/DESCRIPT.htm
This web site contains information about how it works and sample code.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND DATABASE - Using Visual Basic 5 in conjunction with MS Access database. Development, at home, of a demonstrator application involving a combination of contact management, document management and project scheduling. When complete, this will be installed and working on a laptop computer and will be used by myself for all my own work management.
MATHEMATICS TUTORING – FREELANCE. High school-level mathematics up to and including Ontario Grade 12. A certain demand for this has arisen on account of major additions / changes to the Ontario high school mathematics curriculum, commencing in 2001, combined with the simultaneous cancellation of Grade 13 by the Ontario government as a cost-saving measure, meaning more mathematics to be covered in high school and in less time than before. Business for me personally, however, is slow at present on account of the need to spend time on curriculum familiarization. Additionally, it now appears that future prospects will be limited to part-time work.
■ JDS UNIPHASE - JULY 2000 TO APRIL 2001 - Quality control inspection and time study. I was employed there as an “Assembler” until being laid off at the start of the high tech industry slump. For the time study, most of the work was computer analysis of job times which I did in my spare time, using my own computer for the regression analysis and statistical analysis.
■ WORK SEARCH JULY 1998 TO JUNE 2000 (24 MONTHS)
■ WILLIS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY - JULY 1997 TO JUNE 1998 –
Visual Software Developer computer programming course (details – see EDUCATION / TRAINING - SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT above) (12 MONTHS with no “work” in the usual sense, in this case because I was on a full-time course which I had to finance mainly with a student loan)
■ WORK SEARCH JANUARY 1995 TO JUNE 1997 (31 MONTHS)
■ DEAN’S PROFESSIONAL PAINTING LTD – AUG 1994 TO DEC 1994. Most of this period was spent painting on the 3rd floor of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, as part of the renovation project going on then..
■ WORK SEARCH JULY 1992 TO JULY 1994 (25 MONTHS)
During the above period without regular employment, as part of my efforts to improve my prospects, I did the following:-
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT TO R.M.O.C., OTTAWA - JANUARY 1994 TO MAY 1994 (un-paid).
I worked on the analysis of operational problems and submitted recommendations for solution relating to a 1000 H.P. mains water distribution pump located in the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton’s Britannia Water Purification Plant. The actual problem was "alternate-vane cavitation" in the main pump impeller and this had resulted in holes being eaten through three of the impeller's six vanes within about 5 months' continuous operation; furthermore, this was a unique situation in that it had happened even when the pump was continuously operating at or near its best-efficiency point - whereas all previous instances of it, as reported in the available engineering literature, had occurred as a result of pump operation far away from the best-efficiency point.
ENGINEERING LITERATURE SEARCH and review paper concerning “cavitation erosion” in large centrifugal pumps
HOUSE OF COMMONS, OTTAWA - English editing work for the Committee Reporting Services department. Occasional evenings, on-call.
■ NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDICAL CENTRE , OTTAWA – JAN 1992 TO JUNE 1992 – Painter - 6 month less one day term position, daytime.
■ HOUSE OF COMMONS, OTTAWA – JAN 1992 TO JUNE 1992 – English editing work for the Committee Reporting Services department. Evenings, on-call, average about 2 evenings per week.
■ DE MARINIS INC, OTTAWA - SEPT 1991 TO NOV 1991 – bricklayer
MOVED TO OTTAWA AUGUST 1991 TO BE WITH WIFE AND FAMILY (MARRIED IN 1989)
■ FREELANCE - JAN 1984 TO AUGUST 1991 - Painter and decorator - Montreal, Quebec. Applied to many more companies for engineering jobs during this period – again, on several occasions to many of them. Since July 1982, up to August 1991, applied to a total of over 500 companies.
■ WORK SEARCH JULY 1982 TO DECEMBER 1983 (18 MONTHS)
Applied to several hundred companies for engineering across Canada, many of them on several occasions
■ THE SNC GROUP, MONTREAL, QUEBEC - APRIL 1982 TO JUNE 1982.
As Equipment Engineer, I was involved in the specification, bid evaluation and supplier selection for an induced-draught cooling tower installation at the Suncor Hydrocracker Complex located at Sarnia, Ontario.
IMMIGRATED TO CANADA MARCH 31, 1982 HAVING BEEN RECRUITED BY SNC IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC
■ WHITBREAD & CO. LTD., LONDON E.C.1., ENGLAND – JANUARY 1980 TO MARCH 1982.
As Design Engineer (Mechanical), I was involved in the design of mechanical services systems for several breweries and soft drinks plants. This meant boilers and steam and hot water distribution for process heating, refrigeration and compressed air plant, carbon dioxide production and distribution.
■ I.M.E.G. LTD., LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 1978 TO DECEMBER 1979.
In my role as Mechanical Engineer (Rotating Equipment), the major part of my work was preparing specifications, bid evaluations and supplier selections for pumping and compressor plants for long-distance pipeline projects.
There were two other distinct parts to my work with this company, which were:-
▪ Thermodynamic cycle study ("combined cycle") for a gas-turbine powered pipeline compressor, with gas turbine exhaust waste heat recovery boiler - to produce steam, to power a turbo-expander and hence increase overall thermal efficiency and total shaft horse-power.
▪ I also participated in an information-gathering visit to Bangladesh in 1979 concerning the expansion of natural gas production in that region. This involved, among other things, surveying the existing natural gas gathering and processing facilities from the standpoint of capacity and mechanical condition.
■ KUWAIT OIL COMPANY, KUWAIT - AUGUST 1976 TO JUNE 1978.
As a Project Design Engineer (oil field facilities), my duties related to mechanical design and the coordination of other specialists (electrical, civil, instrumentation and control) involved on projects assigned to me. My major project was the installation design for a mobile crude oil de-salting plant. There was also some trouble-shooting work and surveying of existing facilities, which was necessary prior to carrying out any project.
■ CONSTRUCTORS JOHN BROWN LTD., PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 1974 TO JULY 1976.
As a machinery Engineer, my duties concerned the specifications, bid evaluations and supplier selections for a pumping and compressor plant (among other things) for petrochemical plant projects. My major project involved a 200,000 tonne/year high-density polyethylene plant for a USSR client (Techmashimport); among other things, I helped my department head with evaluating the bids for the main centrifugal gas circulator used in the ethylene gas polymerisation loop. The process used was a Union Carbide proprietary process.
■ ROLLS ROYCE LTD., BRISTOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 1970 TO SEPTEMBER 1972.
I was employed as a Performance Development Engineer (Olympus 593 - "Concorde") conducting performance test analyses with Fortran IV programming to assist this. My work and training as an engineer with this company was all concerned with aircraft gas turbines.
This includes, among other things, advice to the federal Standing Committee on Human Resources Development along with City of Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli and members of his team, (former) federal Minister of Industry Allan Rock (in 2002) and other people, concerning solution of Canada's unemployment problem. I have this all documented.
Currently there is still an extremely serious problem in which persistent mis-reporting in the media, based on incomplete information at source, is causing all-pervasive mis-understanding of the problem - except in the case of a few people - and covering up a potentially large source of tax revenue for government. This problem involves the categorization of most real-term unemployed people (about 3 million as at September 2001) as "Not in the Labour Force"; such people are not included in the figures routinely quoted in traditional media reports, which refer only to the "official" unemployed (1.17 million as at September 2001). In addition, as September 2001, there were nearly another 1 million persons categorised as "employed" but who were in fact under-employed (example - engineers working as dish washers). I have all this documented. This in turn is causing all-pervasive non-recognition of the real numbers of jobs needed in order to optimize tax revenues for government, and is a major factor in limiting the funding available for essentials such as health care, education, the armed forces and security services.