This is my informal CV.

If you are in a hurry, read a point-form recent biography here.

John Platenius

Recent Professional Experience

Tofino Internet Services Ltd., Tofino, BC, Canada.
I am a 50% shareholder of a corporation specializing in online advertising with equal partner, Sarah Platenius. My responsibilities in this endeavor are varied, but often involve serving our approximately 125 active clients in the field of online advertising and website marketing.

When I'm not serving clients, I manage and promote a network of established revenue-generating websites and market a book that I compiled and published called Tofino Guide.

This company went by the name VirtuallyCertain.com Web Works before it was incorporated in January, 2007.

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Tofino, BC, Canada.
I began working with the TBG Foundation on a long-term contract beginning in October, 2005. My responsibilities during that contract were to enliven the Foundation's dream to build and market a dormitory-classroom facility in the gardens. Somewhere during the process of dreaming and marketing I woke up to find myself with an office in the new building and I had become an salaried employee of the foundation. My responsibilities with the foundation were primarily marketing and program development, but I wound up doing all sorts of fun things relating to small business, non-profits, and west coast gardening. In September 2008 I decided to end my salaried position with the foundation, simply because it was holding back my business's growth. The TBG Foundation continues to be an active client.

North Island College, Ucluelet, BC, Canada.
The administrator of North Island College's Ucluelet branch approached me back in 2003 with what was then a very novel idea: teaching website design classes to every-day computer users. This was a fun project, especially given the fact that the college couldn't afford to purchase any software. In the absence of web design software the students actually built hand coded web sites from scratch using Windows Notepad. We called the class "Introduction to HTML & Web Design" and it ran successfully until May, 2006 when I finally realized that my schedule couldn't afford to keep it going anymore.

Boat Basin Foundation, Boat Basin, BC, Canada.
Sarah and I used to work at a remote 117-acre homestead located about 2 hours by boat, north of Tofino. We started there as volunteers in the summer of 1999, and continued in various capacities until we conceived our first child, Reed in 2003 and decided that he would be better off living somewhere with a population greater than 5. My role with the foundation was hard to define, but included designing and implementing an infrastructure for the newly formed non-profit organization, focusing on education and preservation in Clayoquot Sound’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. I also dug a lot of ditches and fixed water lines weekly.

Recent Volunteer Work

Wickaninnish Elementary Parent Advisory Council, Tofino, BC, Canada
Our community is fortunate to have a thriving elementary school. I'm currently the chair of our school's Parent Advisory Council.

Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society, Tofino, BC, Canada
In 2010, my eyes perked up when I saw a line-item for a new website on the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust's annual budget. After talks with the organizations managing director, I built this site (launched March, 2011) on the condition that the $2,800 budgeted for the project go to a local non-profit. The Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society does a fantastic job on a shoestring budget, frantically enhancing wild salmon stocks and habitat in Clayoquot Sound. I was pleased to contribute to their endeavours.

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Tofino, BC, Canada
I'm an active board member with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. The CBT manages a $12,000,000 endowment to fund research, education and training initiatives in the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region that promote conservation and sustainable development.

Pacific Rim Foundation, Ucluelet, BC, Canada
Every year the Pacific Rim Foundation grants a $40,000 scholarship to a graduating Ucluelet Secondary School student. In 2011, I had the privilege of being on the selection committee for this award. In 2010 the president of the Pacific Rim Foundation approached me to see if I could help the organization with a new website. In two weeks we had this up an running. I donated all of my time and continue to donate my services as well as the recurring hosting and domain costs.

Education & Certification

Macromedia University, Online
Even though I'm largely a self-taught geek, I thought it would be helpful to take some formal training in website programming and design. I completed the collection of courses in December, 2003 -- two years before Adobe bought Macromedia for $3.4 billion.

Prescott College, Prescott, AZ.
I was a late academic bloomer. I entered this small Liberal Arts university when I was 24 years old and completed my Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Creative Writing in under 3 years.

Highlights completing my Bachelor of Arts:

St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON, Canada.
In 1999 I completed a nine month apprenticeship program focusing on residential construction.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Tucson, AZ.
In 1995 I completed a really fun and intensive three-month program concentrating on the technical aspects of rock climbing, white-water canoeing, caving, and backpacking.

Not-so-Recent Professional Experience

Biline Aquaculture, Tofino, BC, Canada.
I had a brief stint as an Oyster Farmer from May 2002 – January 2003. The second-best part about this job was my solo half-hour commute on the waters of Clayoquot Sound in a 24-foot aluminum "skiff." The best part about the job is that I continue to be a part of the "Clayoquot Oyster Shuckers Union," a rag-tag band of ne'er-do-wells that get together twice a year to laugh and drink beer (oh, and we shuck oysters at the annual Clayoquot Oyster Festival too).

Prescott College, Prescott, AZ, USA.
I had the privilege of being an Adjunct Faculty at my Alma Mater, Prescott College. I was asked to teach an undergraduate Environmental Studies course, "Populations, Resources and Solutions" over a semester beginning in February, 2002. I loved teaching at the undergraduate level and was asked to continue in this line of work. Unfortunately, the pay was better at the local coffee shop so I moved on. I loved academia but I have yet to head back into that world. Perhaps when I graduate from my business?

Prescott College, Prescott, AZ, USA.
I was a Computer Lab Technician for two years in university. The job was fairly boring, but it is where I met my wife, Sarah, so it was all worth it.

Even Older Professional Experience

Mark Peabody: Licensed Carpenter, Kingston, ON, Canada.
I was a budding carpenter until I hit my thumb.

The Boiler Room Climbing Gym, Kingston, ON, Canada.
I taught folks how to belay and listened to a lot of techno music that I never really cared for.

High Adventures, Kingston, ON, Canada.
Despite the fact that I have a fear of heights, I thought it would be fun to be a rock climbing instructor. I gave away most of my climbing gear in 2001, but my son is beginning to get hooked so who knows...

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