Stephen has been System Architect since the 80's. With a broad scope of business development Medical, Financial, Industrial , Interactive TV .
Stephen acquired his first programming job with Data-General Eclipse just a few months after starting college where he programmed a system that managed all the beer delivery to the entire province for Brewers Retail of Ontario.
Writing code for a living soon accelerated Stephen past anything that college could have taught him about programming. So it wasn’t long before Stephen was teaching programming classes, and instructing his professors on coding techniques.
For Stephen, excitement isn’t so much in the code, but in its applications. For Stephen, the real challenge is not just copying a business process and developing an application, but completely analyzing a process to improve it and deliver greater value.
Stephen worked for Cognos Inc. - a Pioneer in object-oriented coding and then Sybase, the leader in multi-threaded relational databases, where prototyped applications for customers to prove how the software would work in their own environment.
In 1985, Stephen formed Ward Consulting,which later became NetWard Consulting. Stephen's clients were the who’s who of Canadian business, including The Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, The Montreal Stock Exchange, The Toronto Stock Exchange, The Ontario Ministry of Social Services, The Ontario Ministry of Health, Westbury Life insurance, Coopers and Lybrand . These projects ranged in $5 - $20 million scope. Stephen was the system architect on all of these projects and much of his staff were the lead developers.
Stephen was asked to speak at Comdex in 1993,1994 and 1995. It was at the 1995 Comdex that Stephen gave a presentation of Commerce and the Internet where he predicted the convergence of the Internet and Media, and more specifically, interactive TV.
In 1999 Stephen fulfilled his prophecy by inventing interactive TV. By using a standard TV remote you could click on elements displayed on the screen, get information and buy products without leaving the couch. Stephen's technology is called EmpacTV, which he continues to develop.
Strephen was the President of the TSUG (Toronto Sybase User Group) from 1995 to 2000, a speaker at the Ann Arbor LIS Symposium in 1994 and 1995, the Developer of the OLIS (Open Lab Information System), and the Developer of Safety Officer II (MSDS) www.safetyofficer.com.