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Canada is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world in terms of land mass. It's population ranks 25th in comparison to other countries globally.

My family originates from the Province of Manitoba which is located right in the center of Canada and also lays in the middle of North America. Manitoba is often referred to as the Keystone Province because of those facts. 'Manitoba' is a Cree name that means "the place where the spirit speaks."

The first people to live in Manitoba were the Cree, Ojibwa, Chepewyan, Assiniboine and Saulteaux. Manitoba has about 1.16 million people, with 59% living within the capital city of Winnipeg. In 1870, Manitoba became the fifth province to join Canada.

Little Known Facts:
One quarter of Manitoba's land mass is covered with Forest.
The Royal Canadian Mint is in Winnipeg.
Churchill in Northern Manitoba is "The Polar Bear capital      of the world."
Manitoba is known as "The Land of 100,000 lakes."

Before I was born, the entire Kingma clan of eight siblings had determined within their hearts and minds that it was time to move out west. Jacob and Alice Kingma, the parents (my grandparents) of these siblings were the main contributors to the idea that it was best for all concerned that this move be made. They believed that there were many more opportunities for their children and their descendants.

Grandpa was ultimately the leading force behind this move to British Columbia, which he considered the 'Promised Land.' More must be said of this man before I continue onwards with my own story. Jacob Kingma (Grandpa) was born in Oosternijkerk, Friesland, a northern Province of the Netherlands on February 9, 1916. His father, having served in the trenches of WWI returned home with pneumonia, only to die a short time later. Six months after his death, my grandfather was born. At the age of twelve, his mother sent him to Dokkum, Friesland to apprentice as a barber so he could help support his family. My grandmother, Alice (nee Bosch) was born in Ternaard, Friesland on February 19, 1916.

My grandfather served in the Dutch Underground during the early 1940's, actively being involved in hiding Jews, establishing communication and human traffic routes and helping house and feed orphaned children. Eventually, my grandfather had to be hid himself towards the end of the war due to his activities in the Underground. One of the children they helped, Vera Boot, became a lifelong friend and would often visit them when not on the mission fields. They met and married in the Netherlands and they soon found themselves longing to emigrate after WWII. Six years after the war, in the spring of 1951, they immigrated to Manitoba, Canada.

Grandpa decided upon immigrating to Canada, that he wanted to try a different occupation. He accepted a job as a painter to work on the Hudson's Bay building which was being newly renovated. Having found himself teetering on scaffolding upwards of nine-stories, my Grandfather quickly decided that being a barber was not so bad after all. But before he had a chance to pick up the clippers, he found himself extremely ill with a liver disease that was considered by many professionals to be terminal. My grandfather, realizing that he had nine mouths to feed, searched high and low for a solution to the disease that was threatening his life. Eventually, he came upon a group of fervent faith healers who prayed over him. He quickly recovered and soon picked up the clippers to never again sway from being a barber. From that moment forward he always served as an Elder in the various churches he would attend throughout his life. In many ways, he was a very inspirational person in my life.

The move to British Columbia was seen by everyone as the right move based upon on the conviction of my grandfather. By this time, a number of the older siblings had already been married in Manitoba. It became the united dream of everyone to pack up their families and all of their possessions onto six vehicles to make their way to set up new homesteads in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Upon reaching Abbotsford, every family member had personal destinies that would dramatically unfold, making their own personal contributions in this area of the world. My grandfather once again established a barber shop, called Jake's Barber Shop on Montrose Avenue in downtown Abbotsford that still bares his name and is operated by his son-in-law, Matt Peters.

My dad and his brothers all became seriously involved directly and indirectly in the housing and real estate markets. Two of his brother's, Sid and Peter eventually joined forces in the 1980s and started up Kingma Brothers Developments Ltd. in Chilliwack, British Columbia. My father and his brother Haike also joined forces around the same time and formed Kingma West Developments, specializing in the restoration of homes and apartment buildings in Vancouver, British Columbia. My father would also become directly involved in the production and manufacturing sectors contributing to the Abbotsford and Victoria economies. Each of these business partnerships proved successful over the years due to the differing attributes and strengths shared visions of each partner.


I was to be the first born to my parents, Jake and Magda Kingma. As time inevitably continued onwards, three brothers were added t o the household. In order of birth came Wayne, Bryan and then Matthew. A little over eight years separates me in age from my youngest brother.

We were fortunate enough to grow up on five acres with a vast wilderness spreading out beyond our familiar territory. In this deep forest were creeks, valleys and hills that seemed to go on forever. We would often venture out into this wilderness, exploring new areas, building and expanding forts which lay well-hidden in the earth and trees. It was not uncommon for us as children to play 'war games' or 'spies and robbers'. On the weekends, we would often have friends come over making these adventures all the more exciting as we would split up into groups and play capture the flag.

As a child it was an early morning Saturday ritual for Wayne and myself to plant ourselves in front of the television and watch cartoons. Well, during one of those mornings we were watching the Road Runner Show and saw how Wiley Coyote had built a go-cart to try and capture the roadrunner. Well that was all the inspiration we needed to start making our own go-carts and racing tracks. In our hunt for the perfect parts, we were able to find what we needed from the auto wrecker down the street as well as using plywood for the track from my father's shop. For quite a number of years this became an additional way we would enjoy our weekends racing our carts against each other.

I remember as a child, always looking forward to the change in seasons. With this change would come new adventures. The summer always brought with it the excitement of camping, fishing and baseball. The winter would bring with it new opportunities for us to enjoy ourselves. We had a pond down the road from where we lived and you would often find us there after a day at school, skating and playing hockey. Sometimes Mill Lake in downtown Abbotsford would freeze over and as a family we would go there because there was so much more surface area for us to skate.

Every summer our family would usually take two to three weeks and travel throughout the western and southern states. One of my favorite places as a child, was San Diego. While camping, we would often meet other kids from all over the USA and share many good times sailing and playing volleyball. When the night would eventually slip itself upon the day, we would meet others at the fire pits near the boardwalk. There we would share stories and experiences from our places of origin. Most often the people we met there we would never see again, but that time of our lives will always live on in warm memories.

Our summer vacation would generally occur every August and upon returning home we would have to prepare for school which would begin in the first few days of September. That would often bring excitement as well as some nervous tension. It would mean ten months of studying with less time left over to build forts and go-carts, as well as less time working in my father's shop. But it also meant being among peers, learning new ideas, methodologies and ways to prepare me for the world. It also meant floor hockey and baseball at lunch hour.


My education began as it does for most people with both elementary and high school instruction. I attended the Abbotsford Christian Elementary and Secondary Schools from grades one through twelve. In elementary school, I thoroughly enjoyed all the facets of the educational process inclusive of reading, writing and arithmetic. My grade three teacher in particular, Mrs. Schurman was pivotal in my life.

     Mrs. Schurman inspired me with the following idiology:
'Life is more than simply an educational process. Life is an ongoing education and that we as people have the choice to either draw in new experiences to replace or enhance what we already know and believe. Our other choice is to choose to live in a bubble, to stagnate and live a life with self-induced borders.'
I believe that everyone at one time or another in elementary or high school eventually comes across a teacher that induces an idea or a direction or is simply inspirational in a person's life. In high school, some of the more memorable teachers I had were Mr. Koning (Band), Mr. Contant (History) and Mr. Huizinga (English).

Towards the end of elementary school I had decided on three possible courses of action regarding my future in contributing to society. I had become seriously interested in becoming a mechancial engineering, a corporate lawyer or becoming a businessperson. With this wide variety of choices, I realized I was interested in paths that would require post-high school education. Therefore, in grade eight I set out to take college preparatory courses in all fields of study.

The gym teacher asked me to join the Track and Field Team in the latter part of elementary school and I stayed with the Track and Field Team till grade eleven. I activeley participated in shotput, discus, javelin as well as the 400M distance race. We would generally begin preparing in the Fall for the Bear Creek Park Meet that occurred every Spring. This would involve countless hours of both group and personal training to prepare for this event. Schools from all over Southern British Columbia would be bringing out there best athletes and as a result the competition was always fierce.

In grade eight I enrolled in band as an elective course. Some of my fondest memories of high school would occur as a result of this choice. In late Winter or early Fall we would have a tour that would take us to schools throughout Northern California, Vancouver Island, Edmonton, and the interior of British Columbia. At the beginning of grade eight, the band teacher introduced all of the potential members to the wide assortment of instruments. He would see which instruments drew our attention and then determine if we were adept at being able to play the instrument. Not everyone would be capable of playing a Tuba or Trumpet due to the significance of lip size and lung capacity. There was also the fact that the band would need to be balanced instrumentally. My first choice for an instrument was the Tenor Saxophone and that ended up being the instrument I would play for five years.

During the last few years of elementary school and onwards into the first few years of high school I had a paper route. I would deliver papers three times a week for The Abbotsford News before or after school, depending upon the edition. I began working part time after school and during the summer months beginning at the age of thirteen for Pre-Con Products Ltd. I was placed under the supervision of Willy Daniels, the Shop Manager. Initially, he had me tack welding various sizes of rebar and wire mesh which could vary greatly depending upon the concrete product needing reinforcement. Eventually, as time went on he had me assist him in various other capacities in fabrication, on-site repair work and as an Assistant Mechanic. On the weekends I would also assist in sales of the wide assortment of products to the general public. Eventually, my title, involvement and activities would change as time progressed.

Upon graduation from high school I attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Dordt College is a private college located in Northwestern Iowa, approximately a half hour north of Sioux City. In 1993, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with minor studies in both History and Communications.

I attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2001. I received a Certificate (Internally ranked #2 in GPA in a class of approximately 32 students) for the successful completion of the Information Technology Professional program. I was a member of the Millennium Corporation, Vancouver MC2101 division. The Millennium Corporation used a team approach to meet and exceed the expectations of clients by incorporating reliable state-of-the-art technologies.

The ITP program offered by BCIT was a one year program integrating strategic management and project management with technical skills, offering me substantial personal growth and development. The Millennium Corporation consisted of a team of IT consultants specializing in research and the implementation of measurable improvements within external organizations. Our IT re-engineering approach was to provide a holistic solution, integrating people, learned processes and new-found technologies for 'perfect company-wide integration'.

The ITP program gave me an opportunity to gain experience and try new ideas in a unique environment. Being part of the ITP program also meant group effort. How I performed, reflected not only on myself, but also on my colleagues. It was essential that all students conduct themselves responsibly and professionally in classes that occurred Mondays to Fridays from 8:30AM till 4:30PM. We were also responsible for running our division of the Millennium Corporation in responding to potential client RFP requirements. The running of this company would generally take an additional 20 hours per week in preparing detailed proposals and presentations.

The ITP program was the major program of study offered as part of the High-Tech Professional Programs at BCIT's Downtown Campus. The following areas of study and development in IT project management and consulting greatly enhanced my knowledge:

Develop, administer and install networks
Support network analysis and troubleshooting
Configure, administer and install technical solutions
Provide hardware and software assistance
Develop and actualize databases
Design and administer websites
Conduct market analysis and identify trends
Provide education and training
Implement project management

Major componants of the ITP curriculum involved courses that would enhance and broaden my management skills. The following business courses were offered throughout the year to establish a crucial balance with technical skills:

Project Management
Presentation Skills
Organizational Development
Team Building
Conflict Resolution
Meeting Skills
Risk Management
Time Management

I graduated from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia in 2004, receiving a Master of Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Digital Technology.

The unprecedented pace of change and the critical need to leverage the full value of information and information systems is a driving reality in the electronics based economy.

recognize the need to link specialist technical expertise with strategic business skills.

Strategic Implementation for Digital Technologies Management
Managing High Tech Projects
Decision Support Systems
Managing the Digital Organization

The expected outcomes of the MBA program offered at Royal Roads Univeristy were the following:

Writing skills
Speaking and presentation skills
Computer and internet communication skills
Make judgements and draw logical conclusions
Utilize research methodologies and conceptual models
Use quantitative tools to make deductions
Identify potential solutions, goals and actions
Consideration of the needs and expectations of stakeholders
Working as a member of a team
Multicultural sensitivity and adaptability
Awareness of global issues and opportunities
Awareness of sustainability
Commitment to lifelong learning to achive professional goals




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