About Me

me2010I was born in Québec, Canada, studied Applied Science and then joined the Canadian Air Forces in 1983. I spent 12 years as a transport pilot in the Air Force and travelled all over the world.

I started a new career from scratch in 1995 as a software developer and IT consultant and ended this second career as a Senior Director at Avanade (a subsidiary of Accenture) 13 years later.

I then decided to leave the rat race and the cold weather behind. I quit my job, sold everything I had and moved to Panama where I built a very unusual tropical home in the rainforest and started a business called Grupo Palmadera.

But I couldn’t stay from programming and Information Technology very long, so I kept building websites and programming for fun. In 2016 I decided to get back into programming more seriously and started updating my skills and knowledge to include Python, JavaScript, Django, Node.js, MongoDB and Machine Learning. 

I’m an avid fan of music, especially jazz and blues but I’m also learning much about Latin Music. I am a Secular Humanist and a true lover of science and the natural world.

Monica HepburnI have been practising photography as an advanced amateur/semi-pro for the last 40 years. I speak English, French and Spanish.

I’m currently living in Playa Gorgona, Panama with the love of my life, Monica.

(see my programming blog: coding.duford.com)