Developmental Services Worker
Mike was the first non-engineer to be hired at Google’s Waterloo office, eventually moving to California where he manages Google Maps and Developer Marketing teams, as well as Google I/O, the company’s largest technology event accessible to people around the world.
What he originally sought at Georgian was a way to use technology to help those with disabilities communicate efficiently and effectively. He’s kept in touch with those roots, using Google’s 20 per cent time policy – which allows employees to spend 20 per cent of their time on projects that are of personal interest to them – to focus on issues of accessibility and develop tools that impact Canada.
At Georgian, he served on the Students’ Administrative Council and represented students on the Educational Technology Committee. He was eventually hired by Georgian’s internet provider, paving the way toward his current role.
As the lead Google Maps product marketer at Google, he collaborated with the Rick Hansen Foundation to develop an access rating tool for map-based restaurants and tourist attractions. He has also helped to bring Google Street View to remote corners of Canada, a service unparalleled in other countries. One of Mike’s highlights was riding the Google Street View trike through Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where he showcased the technology for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen.