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Christopher Porter

Vancouver, BC



Technical Lead at Clir Renewables from April 2017 - Present

  • Team lead for 3 software developers creating a wind farm analysis tool with a Python backend and React frontend.
  • Responsible for architecting the system, mentoring junior developers, and writing code.
  • Setup infrastructure including a build server, user tracking, and secret management.
  • Restructured the AWS deployment, defining security groups, IAM roles, and VPC subnets.
  • Migrated time-series data from Elasticsearch into Redshift for reliability and speed.

Principal Software Engineer at Pulse Energy (Acquired by EnerNOC then Yardi) from September 2008 - April 2017

  • Created a time-series database in Java using Cassandra to store terabytes of smart meter data.
  • Designed a tariff engine in node.js for modeling energy costs.
  • Handled technical recruiting for new developers, including managing the coding challenge.
  • Wrote Chef recipes to provision our cloud infrastructure in EC2.
  • Setup a monitoring stack using Logstash, Kibana, Graphite, Statsd, and a custom Graphiti-fork.
  • Patented an algorithm for forecasting energy use based on historical conditions and current weather.
  • Mentored junior developers on our team, teaching them fundamentals in code design and software life-cycles.
  • Optimized code for other teams (in Java, Python, Ruby, and R) to reduce memory footprints and speed up execution.

Software Developer at Business Objects (Acquired by SAP) from July 2006 - September 2008

  • Developed server-side components in C++ and Java.
  • Feature owner of licensing technology and Java container server.
  • Quickly learned new codebases and helped with features that were behind schedule.

Programmer Analyst (Co-op) at Morgan Stanley from August - December 2005

  • Worked for the Credit Derivative Swap (CDS) team.
  • Created C# GUI component to view historical data.
  • Integrated a third-party distributed cache to store real-time market data.

Software Design Engineer in Test (Co-op) at Microsoft from January - April 2005

  • Created quality measurement tool for MSN Newsbot that revealed several weaknesses.
  • Improved Newsbot’s algorithm to return more relevant content for Canadian users.


Bachelor of Software Engineering at University of Waterloo from September 2001 - June 2006

  • Dean's Honours List
  • Engineering Valedictorian