Today we meet Anthony Roggeveen, Elentra’s recently appointed Director, Solution Integration.
Q: Welcome, Anthony. While you are new to the company, you have a long history with Elentra. Tell us about that.
A: I began meeting people from Elentra at conferences as far back as 2010. I was working at the Faculty of Medicine at UBC at the time, and in 2015 we began to implement Competency-Based Education for the Undergraduate Medical Education program. We were struggling to find a solution that best supported the new curriculum reporting and management requirements. In 2016 we joined the Elentra Consortium and implemented the platform to meet our needs, and I have been intimately involved with it ever since.
Q: What made you decide to make the move to join Elentra as a staff member?
A: Well, first of all, this is an exciting time for the company. We are a stand-alone corporation, and we are poised for a period of rapid growth. I am excited by the potential our platform has to serve a wide variety of health science education institutions. From a career perspective, it allows me to move from academia to the tech industry. It will enable me to be challenged, develop new skills, and grow alongside the company. I also really enjoyed collaborating with the people on the Elentra team I had met through Elentra Consortium and enjoyed the culture at the company. Kingston is a great city that is really on the rise, and my family (he has a wife, four kids, and a dog) and I are looking forward to the move. It will also bring us closer to our family on the east coast.
Q: What are the critical skills you bring to your new role?
A: My key strength is building collaborative relationships internally with my team and externally with customers. I am a strong systems thinker, and I like to design solutions. I bring the skills and expertise to help the team modernize our software delivery process and ramp-up to meet the increasing demand for our platform.
Q: You have worked in technology for over 20 years. What advice do you have for people just starting out on their careers?
A: I have learned over the years that while the details are essential, having the big picture of where you want your career to take you is the key.