Enrolled in the Computer Information Technology Program at Lethbridge College.
Founded Navii, a web design, hosting and software development company.
The entrepreneurial spirit known in his family started to kick in as he completed his first semester. Ivan believed he had the knowledge and skills to start a business, something he saw as a great way to practice what he was learning. He started making websites for free for individuals and small businesses to build his portfolio, until he got his first cheque of $1000 to build a website for a local non-for-profit.
Back to class in the second semester, some of his classmates joined him as part of a school program where they had to represent a company. Using Navii, a one-person idea then became an effective small business.
Started a Summer Internship position with Palliser Regional Schools as a Computer Technician.
To get real-world experience, Ivan knew his own business wouldn’t be enough, or at least not at first. Ivan accepted a job offer from Palliser Regional Schools as a Computer Technician over the summer break, his first corporate job where he will develop his skills and gain professional experience in his field.
Graduated college and joined one of the most reputable IT companies in North America the following week.
A long journey came to its end, on May 15th, Ivan finally has on his hands an important document, his diploma from Lethbridge College. As he’s driving back to Calgary the same day for an Interview, he doesn’t know he will have on his hands the next day another important document, a job offer from Long View Systems to join the company as a Systems Consultant.
Founded Bomarket.ca, an online marketplace he calls as Amazon for black-owned businesses.
While Ivan has a successful career for himself, he also thinks about helping others around him. At the start of the pandemic when he saw many businesses from his community struggle, with some that were forced to close, Ivan created BOmarket, an online platform he describes as the Amazon for Black-owned businesses, where he helps them showcase and sell their products online. Unlike Amazon, Ivan made the bomarket.ca platform completely free, with the slogan “A marketplace not to compete with others, but to bring people together“. This earns him a TV Interview with Global News to talk about his platform.
His passion for learning and growth leads him to obtain 4 Professional Certifications in Cloud Computing within 2 years, a technology he’s fascinated about, which then owned him a promotion.
Continuous learning has always been a priority in Ivan’s career. Developing a big interest in Cloud Computing, Ivan went on his way and obtained professional certifications with the Biggest Cloud Providers. He started with the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification with Amazon, then the Azure Fundamentals with Microsoft, and the most recent is the Associate Cloud Engineer certification with Google. To boost his managerial skills, he also obtained the ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management with Axelos, all this within 2 years.
After Interviewing with Google and Amazon (AWS), Ivan then accepts to join BMO Financial Group as a Cloud Engineer.
His achievements are seen online by the biggest companies. Ivan is reached out by a recruiter at Google to do an Interview for a Technical Solution Engineer role, then it’s Amazon’s turn to request an Interview with him for an Associate Solution Architect Role. Unfortunately, at the last stage of the Interviews, both opportunities don’t lead to an offer, due to the lack of experience in Cloud Computing. It’s then the first bank in Canada, BMO Financial Group that will take a chance on Ivan and extend him an offer as a Junior Cloud Engineer, where they will then move him up to the DevOps Automation team, 2 months after his start date.
Ivan reaches a new milestone with his company Navii, now providing Cloud Hosting solutions, and Domain Names sale.
While working for others with great dedication, Ivan has also been working on growing his own company Navii. This year he makes a huge upgrade to his company, moving all websites he hosts to the Cloud, and also registers as a Domain Name Reseller. Today, Navii shows a great success rate and still emerging, with many small and medium businesses relying on his services every day.