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.
This was the limited company that housed my website advertising and consulting business from 2007 to 2020 (for the six years before 2007, the business was unicorporated under the name VirtuallyCertain.com Web Works. My responsibilities in this endeavor were varied, but often involved serving our approximately 125 clients in the field of online advertising and website marketing. I also compiled and published a book called Tofino Guide during this time.

WildSafe BC (British Columbia Conservation Foundation)
Yearning to spend more time as an educator, I worked two consecutive six month seasons (2014 and 2015) with WildSafeBC, a program designed to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation. My responsibilities included teaching elementary school students about carnivore natural history and safety; working with the region's Conservation Officers to help understand habituated wildlife patterns and reduce human-wildlife conflict; and various public education efforts aimed at reducing wildlife attractants and human-wildlife conflict.

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Tofino, BC, Canada.
My responsibilities with the foundation were wide ranging. I was primarily responsible for program development and marketing, but I wound up doing all sorts of fun things including leading natural history walks and working with universities and businesses to spawn an education economy in Tofino. The highlight of this work for me was conceptualizing and instituting a Sustainability Camp for elementary and secondary school students – the first of its kind in Canada.

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 web development 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. During these years I also taught MS Word and MS Windows courses.

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.

Volunteer Work

Boat Basin Foundation, Boat Basin, BC, Canada
I am the Chair of the small volunteer board of directors that governs the non-profit foundation that owns and manages the remote 117-acre homestead where Cougar Annie landed in 1915 and remained for over 60 years. The objectives of the Foundation are to preserve the garden for future generations and to encourage interest and education in natural history. Read more about Cougar Annie and Boat Basin here.

Pacific Rim Foundation, Ucluelet, BC, Canada
I was the Vice President of the the Pacific Rim Foundation between roughly 2013 and 2019. 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 and that led to a transition to serving as a board member.

Tofino Enrichment Society
I was an active board member of this society that works to raise money for recreation programs and the development of recreation facilities for residents of and visitors to Tofino, British Columbia.

Tofino Recreation Commission
The Rec Commission is an arm of Tofino's municipality that sets broad polilcy and visions for Tofino's recreation opportunities. The commission works with the Parks and Recreation staff to help make Tofino a lively and safe place for the municipality's residents and visitors.

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Tofino, BC, Canada
I'm was an active board member with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust for four years in the mid-2000s. 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.

Wickaninnish Elementary Parent Advisory Council, Tofino, BC, Canada
Our community is fortunate to have a thriving elementary school. I was the chair of our school's Parent Advisory Council for three years in from 2010 through 2012.

Wickaninnish Community School Society
Our local elementary school is a Community School, a designation in BC which comes with some added benefits. Our local Community School Society governs this designation and oversees the Community School Coordinator who runs programs for community members of all ages. I was the co-chair of this society for two years around 2010.

Education & Certification

Vancouver Island University (Bachelor of Education)
In September, 2018 I began VIU's Bachelor of Education (Post Baccalaureate Degree). That's right, at 44 years old I started studying to become an elementary school teacher... It's never to late to start something new and adventurous, right?! I graduated in December, 2019.

Prescott College, Prescott, AZ. (Bachelor of Arts)
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. (General Carpentry)
In 1999 I completed a nine month apprenticeship program focusing on residential construction.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Tucson, AZ. ("Semester in the Southwest")
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 and continue my passion for ropework and knot tieing at sea on our 17' Boston Whaler.

© 2021, John Platenius.