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My ICOM Experience: Eric Matthews

I wanted to start with a quote from Matt Smith. For all you Sci-Fi nerds like me out there you’ll know him as “The Doctor” on my favorite TV series; Doctor Who. As a character with no plan, no certainty and a constant fear of making the wrong decision, the Doctor once told one of his companions “Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” Not only is this one of the many life lessons I’ve learnt from the series, such as never touch a sleeping Dalek, and never turn the right flange on the Tardis, but is now my motto for life. The world constantly changes, and as individuals, we need to change with it. Although we may not know where we might be in a month, a year, or in 10 years, rolling with the punches, and ‘pretending it’s all part of the plan’ has allowed me to grow as an individual and become who I am today.

Doctor Who aside, although I could talk about the series for hours, I wanted to introduce you to someone very important in my life, 13 year old me. He stands at a whopping 5 feet tall, likes to wear clothing most suited for rappers like Eminem and 50 Cent and thinks that he’ll be the next Michael Jackson. He Moon Walk’s at every chance he can get, and will drop into the splits for any friend, family, and let’s face it, stranger who asks, and he most certainly never sits still. With all his energy, he is a very “busy” guy, from volleyball and hockey, karate and snowboarding, to building his very own American Gladiators obstacle courses out of fridge boxes and his parents couch cushions.

Now let’s fast forward a few years to teenage me. The energy…is definitely still there, but now the word “focus” actually exists in his vocabulary. With this new found focus, he has his life planned out to a T. He will graduate high school with honors having breezed through sciences; apply to the toughest university program he can, go on to medical school, and work as a Plastic Surgeon, in the words of his mother  “for all of the women in his life who with age need a little lift now and again.”

Now one last fast forward…I promise…meet 21 year old Eric. He is who I like to refer to as “Master Matthews”, as he is now the master of his own future. For those Doctor Who nerds, Master Matthews is John Hurt if my life were a TV series. Although I may not have had to decide between destroying Gallifrey or not, I did have to make several life decisions, that to many, did not seem favorable. 21 year old me put his university career on hold, and left bio-medical sciences behind. He moved into Business and Marketing and started to find his niche.

And then there’s the now me. The me who is in charge of his own destiny. Have I changed? Am I still the same person? Have I become ‘The Doctor’ of my own life? The answers to all the above are yes. I have evolved. I am no longer the young naïve boy who thinks that Michael Jackson is a career title. I am no longer that unrealistic teenager who thinks every woman in the world will want me to give them a new look. I am no longer that lost young adult without a plan. I am me, adult me, responsible me, me who is proud to call ICOM home and me who is thrilled to call himself an ICOMER. Why? Because of the places I’ve been? Sure. Because of the things I’ve experienced? Of course. But more than anything because of the people I have met.

Some of the greatest influences in “the new me’s” life have been individuals who I would have never met if not for “the younger me’s” decisions. They are the family members who taught me to never stop moon walking. They are friends who taught me that perseverance is the best remedy when faced with challenges. They are the co-workers who showed me the key to unlocking my true potential, and they are the ICOMers who have undertaken each one of the roles above. Many individuals have gone into the building of ‘the new me’ but many don’t know just how grateful I am.

Since being at ICOM, I have seen myself become my own “Doctor from Gallifrey.” I have been welcomed with open arms to a new family filled with some of the most creative minds I have met. I have had the honor and privilege to meet and work with some of the brightest minds that I have ever met, and most importantly, I have been able to evolve as an individual to become someone that others might one day call “The Doctor”, or at the very least; an amazing companion. Although I may not become the next Michael Jackson or celebrity ‘nip tuck specialist’, I will continue to be me. A me that still loves to dance (office parties included). A me that still loves running obstacle courses of death (everyday ICOM stuff). A me that knows how lucky I am to be surrounded by individuals who want nothing more than to help you succeed. At ICOM I am not afraid to work hard, and push myself to emotional and physical limits. I love a challenge, especially creative ones of any kind. ICOM opens the door to this, and guides you to reach you own personal best. All you need is a little confidence…

Eric Matthews is a Junior Account Manager at ICOM Productions and is based in Calgary, AB.


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My ICOM Experience: Dan Mannix

When I applied to work at ICOM in 2012, I didn’t fully appreciate what a great fit ICOM could be for me. Like most people, who walk into our office for the first time, I was drawn to the buzz of the culture on the development floor. After all, who wouldn’t be with a wide variety of Nerf guns, brightly colored walls, ping-pong tables, and videos of kittens playing on the projector? In some ways the company was not so different from the middle school classroom I initially envisioned myself teaching in post graduation.

When interviewing for the Instructional Designer/Project Manager (IDPM) position I learned more about ICOM’s unique culture – flexible working hours and the beer cart on Friday afternoons… I was sold! Although these perks and aspects of the culture have become a cherished part of my ICOM experience, I soon realized that there was much more to my development at ICOM that would reflect the changes I have seen within myself from the day I started as an IDPM that have made this company a great fit for me.

The most significant part of my ICOM experience lies within the projects I work on and the teams of talented individuals and subject matter experts I collaborate with on a daily basis to create our products. Each project comes with challenging objectives that require a lot of coordination, planning and knowledge sharing. I never imagined I would be designing courses for Medical Staff, Mine Processing Workers, Teachers, or the Canadian public. With each project I have learned to embrace new challenges with a sense of optimism and care; think outside of the box, share ideas with my peers, and to consistently look for ways to improve my approach to my role.

One of the biggest changes I have seen reflected in me stems from our 2013 theme: Be a Leader. ICOM has taught me the value of sharing ideas and taking ownership of them. So when I approached our President, Greg Surbey with an idea of giving back to our community by developing e-learning courses for smaller organizations that may not have the funding to build them, Greg loved it, and within a few weeks we created the Inspire Change initiative at ICOM. The Inspire Change initiative is currently working with some incredible partners across the country to create awareness of the challenges and provide support to the 40% of youth in the shelter system that identify as LGBTQ.

I continue to grow and embrace new challenges with optimism; and at the end of every week I get to celebrate our successes with an ice-cold beer.

Cheers!

Dan Mannix is an Instructional Design and Project Lead with ICOM Productions and is based in Calgary, AB.

 


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My ICOM Experience: Ann Given

You think about a lot of stuff when you have insomnia—things you did in the past, what’s on your agenda for the next day, how loud dog snoring really is. Sometimes I think about the project I’m currently working on, like how I can spice up language to make it less corporate or how to take a really complicated topic and make it easier to digest. And sometimes I just think about pants or how delicious cheese sauce is. I think about a lot of things at 3:00 a.m., waiting for the world to get black and velvety.

It wasn’t always like this. I haven’t always had insomnia.

I’ve spent the better part of the past 20 odd years as a professional writer. I’ve been an employee, a consultant, a pen for hire, a writer, a producer, even a director. I’ve been around the block a few times. I came to ICOM indirectly. I was working with a technology not-for-profit, as the communications manager. We lost our funding. My boss told me I belonged at ICOM and set up a meeting. I put on a skirt, because I was a professional, and I went to that meeting. I’m sure ICOM thought I was trying to sell them something. My old boss clearly misunderstood ICOM’s dress code but totally understood me. He was perfectly right. I belong at ICOM.

Back in those days, ICOM was relatively small. Ninety-five percent of the whole company sat in one room. I was shown around and saw some kids doing stuff and thought, “What the hell? This looks fun!” That was 6 years ago. And what the hell? This IS fun!

When you tell people you’re a professional writer, the first thing they ask is if they have seen something you wrote. Now, heaven knows, I’ve written for some pretty big International companies in my day, but unless you are picking up an English version of a German Hansgrohe brochure (I really made you want to buy that faucet), the chances are slim. You’d be amazed how many times I tell someone what I write and they say, “Hey, I work for that company – I took that training!” Naturally, at that point, they feel we are best friends and that can get a little uncomfortable when I ask to borrow money, but I suppose that’s a different blog update.

It’s easy to be cynical in this business. I’ve had to write how a large self-defense product manufacturer is a great stock to invest in and why you should move your business to places like Tucson, Arizona. You get a job, you get a cheque—it’s how the communications world works. But at ICOM, I’m invested.

I actually care about the miners who need to drive that big haul truck—I want them to know they need their seatbelt on when they receive a load because the truck will bounce, and they could get hurt. I care that benzene can be dangerous, and people need to take precautions. I care that people need to know how to act around bears to stay safe. I love taking corporate-speak and translating it into English and then writing a scenario where Gupta asks Warren about fall protection.

I know you’re thinking, “This all sounds so glamorous!” And you’re right. It is! Every day is a new challenge, a new topic, and a new way of saying something your audience has heard 100 times before. Heck, I’ve probably written it 100 different ways before, too, but I don’t care about that. I care that people know some…something they may not have known before. I care that at the end of the course they thought, “That wasn’t so bad, it was almost fun.“ I care that I’m encouraging people to do their very best every day on the job. I care. I care about all that. And I care about the relationships I’ve developed – with co-workers and clients. I care that I can support my colleagues and they support me.  We’re accountable to our clients but you know, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like being pushed in directions I haven’t been. Except learning how to touch type, obviously.

I don’t know now if I could ever go back to writing slogans and brochure copy. I guess mostly because I don’t care that a certain hotel has award-winning cuisine or the fact that network security is a billion dollar industry. I do care that if you’re driving on an ice road, you better be careful. Now sit back, because I’m going to tell you why.

Ann Given is our most experienced (read: oldest) writer with ICOM. She’s been with the company for six years. She has a penchant for baking and making people laff. 


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My ICOM Experience: Julian Dorscht

Before ICOM, I spent 5 years at technical school, designing curriculum for adult learners. I worked closely with subject matter experts, designed job aids and eLearning courses, and worked with vendors to create meaningful learning that made a difference. On the surface, this doesn’t seem all that different from what I do now as a Peer Support Coordinator and Project Lead. Then, I became a client of ICOM, and right away I knew something was different. Who were these “creative types” that laughed and joked with each other and with us, their clients? Who, in remote meetings would tell each other “miss you!”? They seemed to really care about these courses were needed, and wanted to see the best possible product created for us.

As a client, my experience felt like Christmas morning. You work collaboratively with the team for a few weeks to create an important piece of learning, and then you’re delivered a package (tied up in ribbons and bows) and the product is unveiled! Throughout the process you’re treated as part of the team, working together to create something and I loved the feeling of being part of ICOM.

The first time I came into the office I immediately felt the uniqueness of the space. People were talking to each other, laughing, working quietly, playing foosball, and reviewing an animation together. There was a distinct energy in the air. As soon as I walked in, I knew I wanted to work there.

So what are the things that create this distinct energy at ICOM? I believe there are five traits that are encouraged, and reflected in the work that I do every day that creates this feeling.

Adaptable

Since starting at ICOM, not one day has been the same. Each project is vastly different from the next; each client has unique learner and business needs; and ICOMers themselves have their own perfectly suited quirks. We flex, bend, and move according to current needs.

Empathetic

We understand the various stresses on people in everyday life and it’s important that we manage that. We genuinely care about our people, and that includes our clients. If someone is having a bad day, struggling with something in their life, experiencing some growth pains, has a hard deadline, needs to see a big change in their learners, or is under a lot of pressure; we empathize with them, provide support, and give the best possible solution.

Change Making

We believe in making real change in the world. We do that through building courses that create real change in our learners, but also through supporting community initiatives that assist marginalized people in our communities. Our work with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Habitat for Humanity, and Eva’s Initiative means we believe in giving back to the community that nourishes us, and that understanding and action is part of making sustainable change.

Ownership

We understand when something has gone awry. We’re human, and sometimes things don’t always go as planned. When these things happen, we’re the first to step up to the plate and own it, define the impact, and resolve it immediately.

Team Work

Each product we work on touches at least 25 hands before completion. From account managers, to instructional designers, to subject matter experts, to graphic designers, to deployment technicians; each of us plays an integral role in making our products meaningful. To foster creativity, collaboration is the key. We have fun together and genuinely like each other. Just the other day my team mates took down some cubicle walls to create a more open space that allowed for conversation. We set up our spaces to encourage interaction, and without that encouragement our products would not be possible, or nearly as impactful.

I believe these five things are what make up the unique energy of ICOM. These are the things that set us apart from anywhere else, they are what make the ICOM experience a real, and tangible thing, not unlike a holiday morning spent with the ones you love.

Julian Dorscht is a Peer Support Coordinator & Project Manager at ICOM Productions


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My ICOM Experience : Rob Sanderson

My Grandma used to tell a story about how when I was a young she would take me for a walks to help learn about the world; meet new people, see new things. We never made it past the end of the block, as she would lovingly retell “it took us three hours just to get that far because you touched and tasted every damn thing you passed until you knew exactly what it was”. But she didn’t stop me because I was learning, and a method of understanding I notoriously had throughout my younger years. However, it was technique I had to lose as I entered public school and not everyone cared for their stuff being tasted.

In a way it’s a shame that I wasn’t allowed to keep experiencing school through my taste buds. I mean, it’s probably healthier this habit was squashed so early on, but I like to wonder what I could have learned if I hadn’t been forced to fit in that box from the start. The lights that could have been flicked on, the discoveries I could have experienced if I had not been forced to stop doing things my way and be ‘more normal’.

Which is, unfortunately, what so much of education has become – pushing people into categories and boxes. It’s a system premised on giving you a quantified measure of how you stack up against your peers. Throw in hormones and finding out what second-base is and it’s no wonder the stress of school leaves so many individuals sour.

As a student I was lucky, because I fit within the perimeters of the system — I was smart enough, laughed enough, stayed out of the way of the right people, and came out relatively unscathed (despite not being able to taste most things). And I’m lucky when it comes to education as I have a twice-baked opinion, having the opportunity to do it all again as a teacher. But getting to go through a second time with a different perspective opened my eyes in a way that they can’t be closed again.

While school worked for me as a student, I get why some people’s experience is not as awesome; everything about being a teacher has shown me that there cannot be a prescriptive ‘right way’ to learn in any setting, no boxes will ever work. That having a collection of individuals put in one room necessitates diversity in lessons and ideas, and how they are communicated. It should be an institution of working together and innovation, but unfortunately, these are the ideas traditional education doesn’t have time to deal with.

In University you’re taught these amazing innovations of education, these new ways to engage students, to help them access materials, to make each learners day special and important and not just feel like they’re trying to get the right boxes checked off. What they don’t teach you is that schools are not ready for these sorts of changes, and most of your innovations will be met with ‘no’ and ‘stop’ before they’re even out of your mouth. And as a recent graduate, it is extremely disenchanting that the educational profession was, once again, not letting me work my way, to my potential.

Enter ICOM. The lens of education may be shifted, but here is a place that has let me spread my wings as not only as a teacher, but as a learner. As a learner I’m challenged daily on the best way to think about and execute my ideas – collaborating to make positive change rather than finding ways to make old solutions fit new problems. As a teacher, my ideas are welcomed and embraced as I’m privileged to work with our whole team who have education as their focus – not grades, not pass/fail ratios, not worrying about whether this is ‘how it’s been done before’, but education. Authentic education.

With ICOM, I’m able to truly teach and to truly learn, like I’ve been once again invited to keep touching and licking every damn thing I pass until I understand it – it might not be conventional, but hell, that’s ICOM.

Rob Sanderson is an Instructional Designer and Project Manager and is based in Calgary, 


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My ICOM Experience: Laura Gosselin

From the time I was young, I have always loved learning. I had a curious heart, which was inevitably kept beating by the mysteries of the world and the intrigue of my father’s physics lectures and experiments. “Why is the sky blue?” I’d say, “What are those big dots in the sky? What happened to the dinosaurs – where are they now?” So full of wonder and excitement I’d endlessly ask my father anything that came to mind. There was never a question or a problem he couldn’t solve. I didn’t always feel at home, but I did when I was exploring.

I desired knowledge, solutions, and learning from everyday things – not just school, and not just from my father. Of course I loved school, minus the math, with all its endless provision of knowledge for that little, artsy-nerd-brain of mine. School was the cat’s pajamas, but I soon found most of my education came from something else very special in my life.

I gained strength and growth from my friends, and my family. As a child I climbed trees, rode my bike in the “mountains”, and tried to catch jack rabbits with my bare hands (failing horribly, mind you). But my mom, my dad, my brother, my best friends, everyone I met through sports, school… they were the ones who left a lasting impression; Ahmar at the convenient store, Carol the hair dresser, and Mr. Evans, my English teacher. Without moments like these in life, I wouldn’t have such a passion for learning, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  Ahmar taught me to smile and laugh, even when I’m just out to buy the paper.  Carol showed me the intelligence in everyone, no matter whose hair they cut. Mr. Evans showed me that I have a voice, and I should express it with quiet confidence, not just in writing but in everything I do.

Sometimes I stray from my best self, and I’m not the person I always want to be, but it is the people that bring me back. They bring me back to learning something new about myself, to continue to live passionately, with love and a silly spirit.  And now, at this stage in my life, I have found my new home, a source of endless provision of knowledge – ICOM.

Oh my gosh, did I just say ICOM? I had no idea that’s where this post was going…

ICOM…yes, this is where I learn from the people I meet every day. Enthusiasm bursts in every conversation, and there is so much unique sharing, whether it’s in online chat or in a meeting. It’s hard not to get excited about your day.

I am a fairly new fish thrown into a fairly wacky pond, and I couldn’t be happier. Here, I will both fail and succeed, as long as I keep moving to the beats of a curious heart. ICOM, thank you – let the exploring begin!

Laura Gosselin is a Videographer and Motion Graphics Designer and is based in Calgary, AB


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My ICOM Experience: Justin St. Cyr

Ever heard of the Ebner Effect?  In 1992 Swiss pharmaceutical group Ciba (now Novartis) commissioned two research scientists, Dr. Guido Ebner and Heinz Schurch to conduct experiments.  Together they exposed cereal seeds and fish eggs while they were growing to an “electrostatic field” – basically a high voltage field with no current.  The results were astonishing.  They grew a fern that no botanist was able to identify; a primeval corn that had up to twelve ears per stalk; wheat that was ready to be harvested in just four to six weeks.  Oh, and a giant trout that went extinct in Europe 130 years ago complete with “trout hooks”.  The implications!

Ok, how ‘bout this one.  1952 at the Luke Airforce base in Arizona, when test pilots were first testing new powerful jet prototypes.  Nine pilots died in eight weeks.  The tower would lose contact with the pilot followed by a devastating crash.  One pilot reported that he felt immense pressure followed by blackness and suddenly he was on the wing of the airplane looking around the clouds, when he looked in the cockpit he was surprised to see himself in the cockpit flying.  Apparently nine pilots down; coupled with the out of body experience was the threshold at which they decided an investigation was warranted.  The US Air Force built a centrifuge to test the test pilots. Turns out, they were blacking out due to the number of G’s they were pulling.  The force pushes all the blood from the brain and forces it to the abdomen and legs.  When this happens the brain loses contact with the body.  Our brains are constantly helping us draw our environment and keeping us grounded in our 3D space.  This is called body schema.  When the brain can’t find the body and body schema kicks in, strange things occur.  The most common experience is out of body vision; such as a pilot seeing himself in third person stumbling through a hallway.

Alright, last one.  I promise!  It’s the late 90′s and Nathan Cohen is in a fight with his landlord.  Being a ham radio operator is a hobby of his but his landlord won’t let him put his antenna out the window of his apartment.  This is frustrating and Nathan thinks he’s going to have to move after he gets back from his trip to Hungary for an astronomy conference.  At the conference he hears a talk by a man named Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractals.  Mr. Mandelbrot explains that fractals are a great general way of explaining the way things move, work and look in the universe.  Nathan then wonders “Hey, what happens if I apply a fractal pattern to my antenna?”.  So when he gets home he bends some wire into “the snowflake of Helge Von Koch” which is a fractal shape.  He then attaches the wire to his radio INSIDE his apartment. Whammy!  It works first shot, and wonderfully!  He then makes smaller and smaller antenna’s with more and more self similar geometry until he ended up with a perfect cell phone antenna.  They’re small, they can receive many frequencies and they’re energy efficient.  Without Nathan’s discovery our cell phones would be sporting separate antenna’s for wifi, phone, 4G, LTE, Bluetooth etc.

Every day I get to learn new things from amazing and interesting people that surround me at ICOM.  Those three stories are just a tiny sample of information and discoveries that others have introduced me to.  This environment changes you constantly.  When you’re surrounded by people with a thirst for knowledge and passion to share that knowledge, you turn into a sponge.  There are no secret development techniques here, helping someone else is helping yourself. While we do  garner a lot of information from the courses we build (and I meant a lot), the diversity, talent and energy of this company is where the treasure lays.  Every day that ICOM Experience changes me.

Justin St. Cyr is a Content Design Team Lead at ICOM Productions


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My ICOM Experience: TJ Waltho

Right now, somewhere on a range road in Southern Alberta, a badly-shaven ghost of post-pubescent Me is cruising around in the ghost of a red civic hatchback. He is smoking a ghost cigarette strictly for vanity, whipping his ghost hair back and forth to some ghost music (probably Spirit of the West). He is certain being an adult is as simple as smoking Export A Golds and getting drunk off mixing a 40 with Redbull. He is, in all sense of the word, a dumb-ass. He is floating through his fine arts degree, wandering through his life aimlessly.

Why, you ask is he such a dumb-ass? Welp, besides the obvious, he just lacks direction & motivation like most dumb-asses. He grew up in a very… let’s say… white-collar family. It’s not that he lacked support or love, they just didn’t understand the “Fine Arts” grey area in their black & white world. I doubt his parents even know what his current job entails, let alone what the whole company does (I still shudder every time I see my mom type the individual letters to google.com in the IE address bar, only to then search for Hotmail to check her email). Bottom line, he didn’t have a mentor. Someone to slap him on the back of the wrist and say “kaa-kaa” then take his hand and pull him away from the shiny objects of meaninglessness, like a little toddler inching towards dog doody just ‘cause he doesn’t know any better.

But now, after he’s been on this waterslide that is the ICOM Experience for the better part of a decade, having whizzed past his fair share of next game wins’s and that’s what she said’s around the pool table, out came “Current Me” on the other end, wading in a pool of experience & knowledge, warm with the glow of leadership & mentorship. And in that waterslide, unbeknownst to me, I picked up a little something–no not a public-pool-contracted foot fungus–just…something.

I believe it was an interest. An interest in where ICOM was going; I caught a taste and I needed more. I became invested in the company’s well-being. And [shameless cliché alert], realized it was the people here that made this career path so inviting. I made friends with my co-workers, and not just awkward-watercooler-talk friends, but real let’s-go-out-tonight friends (without 40’s and Redbull this time). My time at ICOM has taught me to value these relationships, to maintain and foster them (you can check the goals on my annual performance review for proof), same way my mentors did when they started out around a pizza box. My mentors challenge me, and respect me. They are my confidants, my sparring partners, my personal Deepak Chopras. But above all else, they care about me. Ghost me finally had footsteps to follow. Likeminded individuals who were invested in my future—no, in our shared future–and I wasn’t about to let them down. This was the new, Current Me.

I’ve come to quickly learn at ICOM that once you’re in, you’re in for keeps, like immediately gaining a pack of 100+ older siblings willing to stick up for you. But it doesn’t come without its price though; you’ve got to raise the bar, work hard, but above all, you will be held accountable for fostering ICOMs beloved culture. You don’t just get to come in and stick your nose in your computer. We want you to look your colleagues in the eye, laugh with them, lean on them, be honest with them, support them, because–not to get all Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday on you–but because when it comes down to it, they’re going to do the same for you. And while we are looking for ways for technology to keep us all moving faster and more efficiently, we can’t forget how important smiles, kind words, games of crud, and walks to the coffee shop are.

Sometimes, I think back to that dumb-ass – and what he is now, am now, and it makes me wonder if I’ve ever helped anyone along their path, smoking their own ghost cigarettes. Maybe I’m showing someone the way now, giving them footsteps to follow in. Heck, I had a guy call me his mentor (I heard you Sam, I know you said it, no take-backsies).

But anyways, you can see I owe much of my personal development into adulthood (if you can even call it that) to ICOM . I have worked hard here, and ICOM has worked hard for me. ICOM took a risk on Ghost Me 7 years ago after I showed them my movie trailer for Brokeback Biped, a mockumentary movie idea I had about a boy who falls in love with a 3D character rig, think Her meets Brokeback Mountain (still waiting on a royalty cheque Spike Jonze)

*shakes head*… getting off track here…

Point is, ICOM took a chance on me. I couldn’t help but respond to their belief in me. For every extra hour I’ve worked, every instruction I’ve debated, idea I’ve promoted, ICOMs leaders have been there, willing to meet me half way. And yes, I’m in my current wading pool at the end of a long waterslide, but I have many more waterslides to go down (I just love waterslides), building and maintaining new relationships on the way down; learning new things from my leaders and mentors at each dip and turn. I will continue to do my best for them, to progress at ICOM. ICOM is home for me. That is my ICOM experience…although Current Me is still badly shaven.

TJ Waltho is a Senior Content Design Team Lead at ICOM Productions and a neophyte Harley Davidson motorcycle rider.


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My ICOM Experience

We asked several different ICOMers from various roles and departments to reflect and answer the following question, “what learning or change do you see reflected in yourself as a result of YOUR ICOM experience?” Over the next several weeks we will be sharing their answers and responses as part of our next blog series “My ICOM Experience”.


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ICOM Experience: Back to School

It is that time of year; the time when leaves begin to change colour, when you feel that slight chill in the morning air, and when students everywhere go back to school.

For most of us at ICOM, those school days are all but a distant memory, replaced with the realities of real life commitments, work, families and bills. But as we look forward to fall, we thought, “what better way to pay homage to the forgotten routines of our days in school, than by re-living school picture day?”

We submit for your viewing enjoyment our updated team photo gallery, inspired by our former high school yearbook photos. Upon viewing, you may realize as we did, some things never change!

Enjoy!

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