Welcome to Neil's page.

Last Update: April 23, 2009

I've found a permanent job with a very interesting company (Maplesoft) doing the sort of work that I love. I am still interested in doing some minor contract work for museums so if you would like to hold a special event or learn how to apply project management methodologies to your next exhibit or project please have a look at my museum resume and drop me a line.

They say a man is known by the company he keeps and by his actions. Perhaps that explains why I appear to be so many different people. I've set up a few links below to take you to various pages that define my various hobbies and personas. Go ahead and have a look.

Who am I?
Now there is an interesting question. In addition to being Karen's husband (pretty much a full time job) below are links to the most common faces I show the world.

No picture yet
Software Development Project Manager
Museum Project Manager
Ragnarr from DARC Ragnarr Thorbergsson from the SCA Baron Ragnarr Peterson
My professional life
I recently earned my PMP!
A look at the most authentic of my viking other sides. The SCA isn't as authentic but I've been in it for a while and it did get me started in a variety of areas. This side of me has come in response to the needs of the schools. A true medieval persona for those groups not interested in the Vikings.

Then of course there is the part of me that is none of those things. Here are a few of things I do to fill up my spare time.

Scuba diving Underwater Hockey/Rugby FITP Research
I dive when I can spare the time. Most of my dives are in Ontario, but I've gone to other locations as well. The picture above is from Iceland. A couple of sports I use to try and stay in shape. This is a conference I've run each year for the past 15 years. I'm very proud of it. My research on various topics (mostly viking).

And beyond that you find the odds and ends. :

Comics / Funnies: Re-enactor Resources ClipArt
Clip art on this site comes from various sources including

Darrell Markowitz and I produced this version of Hnefatafl for sale. Go here and here to have a look.
I'm a big fan of travel. Below are lists of the Provinces, States, and Countries I've made it to so far. I'll add a picture or two and I hope to write up something about them soon.
With any luck I'll be adding some more countries soon.
  • BC
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland
  • Prince Edward Island
  • California
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Mass.
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Kentucky
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Fiji

Things I used to do
Over the years I've given up quite a few things for one reason or another. For the most part, my knees just won't take it anymore.

This one I think I'll always miss. Many a good summer weekend were spent at SWOOP (which wasn't there the last time I stopped by to visit). My highest jump? 12,500 ft. Almost 10000 feet of freefall. There is simply nothing comparable to this sport in my experience. I often think of going back for just one more jump....
Rugby This one I don't miss as much as I used to since I've started playing it under water.
Squash I used to play this every week day for 40 minutes. Great exercise but it just reached a point where my knees were hurting too much. A fun sport though and one I highly recommend.