Co-op grad pursues his two loves: basketball and software development
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Co-op grad Brandon Ellis loves basketball. Newly out of high school Ellis followed his dream and received a scholarship to play basketball and study at UBC. Despite his long-time interest in computer software, Ellis chose to pursue a BA in economics because the workload was more compatible with his heavy basketball schedule.
Two years later Ellis was hit by a bus and sustained a serious ankle injury, putting his basketball career on hold. Soon after, he picked up a sport scholarship with UVic and there he completed his BA in economics and, after graduation, he got to spend a season playing professional basketball with the Duesseldorf Magics in Germany.
When Ellis returned to Canada, he played basketball for an American league and then for the Vancouver Titans. Soon after, he decided to finally pursue his interest in software engineering and sign up for the Computer Systems Technology (CST) program at Camosun. Once enrolled, Ellis chose the co-operative education option which helped him discover the technical and programming skills required in the technology workforce. “Co-op provided me with a unique opportunity to assess my strengths and weaknesses as well as allow me to explore what areas of work best suit my personality and interests,” he says.
A great fit…
Ellis certainly found his niche when he self-developed a co-op position as a programmer with Editnew Inc. (ENS), an up-and-coming new media company. Although the position he applied for had already been filled, Project Manager Mike MacLean was interested in what Ellis had to offer: software skills combined with an outgoing personality and sport background. MacLean’s interest was well-placed.
“Brandon has become an essential team member at ENS – his ability to assist in the development of market-ready products is second to none,” explains MacLean. “His dedication, hard work and intellectual contributions have facilitated a great many successes at ENS.”
At ENS, Ellis’s work-term responsibilities included research and development of new software programs, the re-engineering of a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform for the market, and troubleshooting existing product lines. Ellis worked from an open-source platform, completed more than 100 fixes, and rebranded the CRM program which is now available as Rocket CRM . This CRM system is available free of charge, and training is provided by ENS.
A hard worker, Ellis continued to work at least 35 hours a week with ENS when he returned to his studies at Camosun. For their final assignment, Ellis and two classmates decided to complete their project with ENS, whose main business is digital signage. They created a user-friendly web application that allows real time content management within the web browser. This exciting project uses brand new technology, available only in recent months.
Now a Camosun graduate, Ellis is a shareholder in ENS and working 50 hours a week. He strongly recommends co-op to other students and urges them not to dismiss a co-op work term in the private sector. “Although the remuneration may be higher in the public sector, the private sector offers broader experience and more freedom to think outside the box and use personal creativity,” he adds. “The start-up experience at ENS is invaluable. After five years in business, we are still moving uphill but nearing the top!”
And as for basketball?
Nowadays Ellis satisfies his love of basketball as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization called i-ball ”Own Your Game” which supports young athletes. He also volunteers as a coach for the Oak Bay Secondary Junior Girl’s team, which he finds very rewarding and allows him the opportunity to give back to the community in an area that provided him with so many learning platforms.
Last updated: April 16, 2019 12:40 pm