Tom had a successful decade-long career in software development and engineering management at Research In Motion (BlackBerry) before shifting gears to pursue a second degree in Music at Toronto’s Humber College, studying with Rich Brown, Pat LaBarbera, Ian Terry and many other luminaries of the Canadian jazz and music production fields.
Subsequently, he built a name for himself in music performance and production, performing internationally with blues-rock masters The Gary Cain Band, Genesis tribute The Genesis Experience, Dan Beacock’s Local Heroes and his own Mahavishnu Orchestra tribute Vital Transformation, in addition to his annual Christmas jazz show and many Canadian jazz and rock ensembles. Tom also has numerous composition credits to his name, including recording national television commercial music and composing a full score for a regional production of The Merchant of Venice. On the production side, Tom was the founding technical director of the Jazz Room in Waterloo, and has worked as a professional and volunteer recording and production engineer in many contexts.
As a leader in local volunteer organizations (serving Board roles at the Grand River Jazz Society, CAFKA and the DaCapo Chamber Choir, and founding Little Libraries of KW), founder/director of boutique intellectual property agency proVisionIP, and startup IP mentor at Innovation Guelph, Tom brings artistry, engineering background and can-do attitude to everything he does.