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RICHARD R. RIVARD
White Rock, B.C.
www.threshold.ca

I am a goal and results oriented professional, experienced in Personal Development training, Information Technology management, application development, strategic planning, interpersonal skills, and staff development. I facilitate personal and group solutions using my skills in environment enhancement techniques, behavioural and co-operative management, as well as interpersonal communication.

EXPERIENCE

REIKI TRAINING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, International
1994 to 2017

Provide training, consultation and support to individual clients in the area of personal development and stress management. This is internationally based, and uses my web site as part of the education and support mechanism. Also organise and participate in international conferences with past experience in Vancouver and Toronto (organised) and Madrid and Kyoto (as a presenter).  
 

IT DESIGN CONSULTANT
2012

Design and develop MS Access application for Multi Strata Emergency Response on-line system.

INTERNET WEB PAGE DESIGN CONSULTANT
1996 to 2000

Design and develop internet web pages for small businesses, non-profit societies and my own business.
Assisted owners to to be able to maintain their own sites.
 
INDEPENDANT CONSULTANT
1990 to 1994

Provided services in system design, programming, training, hardware and software selection, and general trouble shooting.
 
ALCO OFFICE PRODUCTS, Vancouver, B.C.
1989 to 1990

An international group of 30 office equipment dealers with total sales in excess of $600 million.  The Systems Development and Support Division for the group was located at Benndorf Verster Ltd. (now Ikon) in Vancouver;  used IBM AS/400 and PC workstations for system design and development

Manager, Computer Systems Product Development (IT)
  • Reported to the General Manager of the Division
Responsibilities
  • manage of team of analysts and programmers to research, consolidate and re-design of the Alco group's existing software using 4th GL tool SYNON, to improve the development process. Interface with division mangers and senior management

YORKSHIRE TRUST COMPANY, Vancouver, B.C. 
1982 to 1988

A western based financial institution with assets in excess of $560 million (purchased in 1988 by Central Guaranty Trust). The data centre (IBM System 38) served head office and 10 branch locations.

General Manager, Information Services

  • Reporting to the Vice-President Controller
Responsibilities <>Member of the Senior Management Information Services Planning Committee and parent company Laurentian Group Information Services Technology Committee 
  • Direct the activities of system development and operations, plan and budget department activities; negotiated outside sales of our software; provide input to Yorkshire marketing and product
     
  • MCDONALD SUPPLY LTD., Vancouver, B.C. 
    1979 to 1982

    Western-based appliance distributor and retailer of kitchen appliances, lighting, and carpeting, with sales over $50 million. The data centre (IBM System 34) served head office and 3 regional offices.

    Data Processing Manager

    • Reported to the Vice-President Finance
    Responsibilities
  • Member of Senior Management Information Services Steering Committee
  • Managed development and maintenance of systems, computer operations, and data entry
     
  • THOMAS J. LIPTON, Toronto, Ontario
    1973 to 1979

    Food manufacturing and distribution company supplying both the retail and food service markets across Canada. The data centre (IBM 370) served the head office, plant, and branches across Canada

    Programmer/Analyst

    • Reported to the Data Processing Manager

    Responsibilities
  • Designed, programmed, and implemented new systems; maintained existing systems
     
  • EDUCATION
     
    Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Computer Science), University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
     
    1968 to 1972
    Various university and I.B.M. courses and seminars in Management, Systems Design, Professional and Personal Development 
     
    1972 to 1990
    Personal development training in Japanese Reiki process, intuitive skills, stress management, meditation and enhanced states of consciousness (received 11 certificates in various Reiki methodologies.)
    1992 to 2009

    INTERESTS

    Reading, Reiki History, Conscious Channeling, Tai Chi, Qi Gong. science fiction/fanatasy, gardening, yoga, personal computers, personal development, my 3 daughters and their activities
     

    If you have comments or suggestions, CONTACT ME.  I will try to answer them all.

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