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 and mentor, 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. I am extremely creative, have created many new products, and have two software patents.


Selected Achievements

After joining my first employer out of University, Centennial Community College in Toronto, I revolutionized the entire information technology infrastructure of the College, doubling the productivity of the entire student records administration. As a result at the age of 25 I was in charge of all Information Technology for the College including the consolidated catalogue of all Ontario Community College libraries.

Created tools which facilitated the management of the first shared network for financial services in the world provided by the largest computer service company in Canada at the time, Datacrown.

Created a GUI wrapper around the communication services provided by Datacrown. This GUI wrapper implemented much of the functionality incorporated a decade later into the World Wide Web, including using text files to organize content and connecting those pages by links.

Led major communications software product development projects for Nortel Networks. Products delivered on time and within budget while designed for easy evolution. These products generated $10 billion in revenue. The forethought in my designs meant that the products were frequently in advance of customer expectations. For example one time I was asked to create external and internal design documents to be presented to a customer the very next day for a requested feature. I replied that in fact I had already considered that and the functionality the customer wanted was part of the existing product. I spent a half hour modifying the customer documentation to describe the functionality and Nortel billed the customer $250K.

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

Developed Web services, including financial services, for a multi-level marketing service focussed on SMS messaging.


BSc in Mathematics from University of Toronto

Creative Writing, Seneca College

Electronic Design, Seneca College

Advanced Java Programming, Algonquin College


C++, Java, J2SE, J2EE, JSP, Eclipse, Tomcat, Apache, C#, .NET, Javascript, XML, HTML, DHTML, Linux, Windows, OS/X, z/OS


Language Skills

Fluently bilingual in English and French, both spoken and written. Functional in Italian, Spanish, Greek, Russian, and German. 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 30 years I have sung with various choirs including the Ottawa Choral Society, the Ottawa-Carleton Male Chorus, the Ottawa Valley Theatrical Seniors, and the Canadian Celtic Choir.

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

I taught advanced word processing techniques to disabled young people.


Genealogy, archaeology, history of engineering, modern and classical languages, travel, history, and theology.