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Eerik Aljas
Project Manager

About Eerik

I am fortunate that technology has been passively present through most of my school years, from ICON computers to an introductory high school computing course in Turing. When I was young, my mom was a school teacher and had the opportunity to bring home a PET computer during the summer break. Ours was one of the original ones with a cassette recorder drive. I was hooked as soon as I got my hands on it. All my spare time was spent on the computer that had taken over much of our dining room. A few summers later, we moved on to the Commodore 64, and we even had a 5-inch floppy drive. I loved every minute of it, and when a Vic-20 became available at a garage sale a few years later, I took my first tentative steps towards programming. Line numbers and GoTo statements fascinated me as I copied the sample code line by line from the instruction manual. Suddenly I had the power to make my devices do my bidding, and it was exhilarating! I think the point of no return for me was when my grade 12 computing teacher (Mr. Novak) gave me the push I needed to go from simple consumer of technology to participant in the use and advancement of technology. Right now I really enjoy working with Jenkins and other Continuous Integration tools. When used right, it can make inaccessible things easily accessible, especially for those who might not have otherwise benefitted from an unautomated process. It's rewarding to take complex and tedious practices and make them easily repeatable. I also really like databases and being able to manipulate and draw relational data to validate and verify application functionality. You get to understand the underlying complexity of an application when you get to experience the data structure that supports it. In terms of challenges, I really enjoy doing escape rooms with my friends and family. Working to find a solution to a fun challenge is a great way to learn to appreciate one another. Though some of the daily challenges in a working environment aren't as fun, solving them as a team and listening to one another is still a great way to see that everyone has a skill worth appreciating. I've had the good fortune to work in businesses of all sizes and to appreciate that big and small companies come with their own sets of challenges/benefits for employees. I'm happy to see that while Jonah Group is growing rapidly, it has found a way to maintain the culture and feel of a small company. The founders are warm, friendly and engaging, and they're genuinely interested in knowing what is going on. This is a place that's open to hearing from anyone who has something to share. Outside of Jonah, I am a big volleyball fan and love the outdoors. I volunteer at my childhood summer camp (Seedrioru) teaching skills like knot-tying, safe knife-handling, and fire safety. Most interesting place you’ve ever travelled to: Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. Though it was certainly a different culture, it was so diverse and cosmopolitan that I felt very welcomed and included. Favourite go-to lunch spot: I will eat anywhere, but I really like to cook. If given the choice, my favorite place to eat is where I am cooking! Notable accomplishment: The company I worked for transitioned its operations to a team in Abu Dhabi, and I was selected to be part of the transition team. After a year of periodic travel to pass along team knowledge, the onsite team was able to successfully carry on the growth and maintenance of the application.