911-500 Springbank Dr.

London, Ontario

N6J 4G6

Tel.: +1-226-504-7603

E-Mail: webmaster@jamescobban.net

Career Objective

I am looking for an opportunity in software or application development, particularly as a project leader, although I am willing to start as a team member. My unique talents are for the rapid collection of relevant information leading to analysis and design of complex systems and products.


Selected Achievements

Led major communications software product development projects for Nortel. Products delivered on time and within budget while designed for easy evolution.

Led project to define management and service delivery architecture for new product line for Nortel. This product line became the basis for all new data communications products.

Created and oversaw implementation of documentation standards for major application system at Centennial College. Clear documentation avoided costly duplication of effort and facilitated a major product migration.

Developed operational support tools for complex data communications networks at Datacrown

Security cleared at Enhanced # 95-26-4648


Lead and participate in projects to create Internet content, and on-line help. Mostly server side Java & DHTML (Javascript).

Senior Architect, Nortel

Programming (mostly C++), Technical Writing Standards development, Product architecture, technical training

Project Leader, Nortel

Programming (Pascal, Intel assembler), Technical Writing, Project Management, technical training

Developer, Nortel

Hired by Nortel to provide technical expertise in IBM financial networking

Developer, Datacrown

Project management, documentation, system programming (S/390 Assembler), Network administration

Application programmer, Centennial Community College

Programming (PL/I and S/370 Assembler), Project management, Standards development



Creative Writing, Seneca College

Electronic Design, Seneca College

Advanced Java Programming, Algonquin College


C++, Java, J2SE, J2EE, Eclipse, Javascript, JSP, XML, HTML, DHTML, Windows, Apache, Tomcat


Language Skills

Fluently bilingual in English and French, both spoken and written. Can read most European languages.


I was editor/publisher of the newsletter of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) for 6 years. For some time I contributed book reviews to the Journal of the RASC.

For over 20 years I have been singing with various choirs including the Ottawa Choral Society, the Ottawa-Carleton Male Chorus, and the Ottawa Valley Theatrical Seniors.

For 14 years I have been participating in prison ministry, visiting federal institutions several times a year.

I am teaching advanced word processing techniques to disabled young people.


Genealogy, archaeology, modern and classical languages, history, and theology.