I am presently the owner of Rick Ewen Consulting Services Ltd (www.recservices.weebly.com) and have undertake contracts with Parklands College SATCC and presently with Prairie Arctic Trades Training Centre Ltd (PATTC). I'm very happy to have my own company, it is quite an interesting experience.
I left government in May of 2013 as Executive Director of Apprenticeship for the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission. I am headquartered in Saskatoon and Regina. Previous jobs with the Commission included assistant director, program development; program development officer; field consultant; and with the Department of Labour a million years ago, apprenticeship and labour standards inspector. A really long time ago, I was a journeyman industrial mechanic with APM Operators Ltd, a company majority owned by U.S. Borax, and which was to become PCS Mining, Allan Division. Linda is a teller at TCU Financial, and has been there since 1991 - a lifer! She enjoys family, painting, reading and vacationing.
My devotion and passion at apprenticeship was working on the redevelopment of the Interprovincial Computerized Examination Management System. I had been the Working Group chair of this project since the mid-1990s and have seen the project go from a few lines on a piece of paper to software development and implementation. We were completely redeveloping the software to meet new business needs and updated IT standards. Sadly, and unnecessarily, I had to leave that project behind. It was a very fulfilling experience, and I thank the many very goo people who worked with me on it over the 16 years.
It's been a few years since I completed the requirements for my CACE certificate (Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education; longer since receiving my B.A.; and reaally long time since I received my Interprovincial (Red Seal) Journeyman Certificate, Industrial Mechanic. Just to make sure I'm not enjoying too much free time, I have now (2013) completed the Canadian Institute of Management's "Certificate in Management" program.
Boat operating license - well, I put it off as long as I could, but finally got it. Also have just completed the firearms PAL and RPAL certifications, so the house is now armed! I started taking German lessons too, better get back to those some day soon.