Christopher Lambacher
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
chris at kateandchris.net


  • Operating Systems: Linux, Windows
  • Web Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript (jQuery, jQueryUI, Knockout, Dojo, MochiKit libraries), Pyramid, Django, TurboGears, Mako Templates, Classic ASP (VBScript), XML, ASP.NET MVC (C#), PHP
  • Programming Languages: Python, JavaScript, C/C++, Bourne Shell, C#
  • Databases: Relational database design and SQL, specializing in Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL development
  • Other Tools and Skills: Git, Subversion, Vim, Chef, make, LaTeX, embedded systems development, web server and other systems administration on Windows and Linux, standard UNIX utilities like Sed and Awk

Employment History

Software Consultant & Developer, KCL Custom Software

January 2008 - present

Self-employed, in partnership with Katherine Lambacher. Responsible for all phases of software development for both small and large-scale projects, including requirements gathering/assessment, proposal, design, implementation, testing and long term support and system/server administration.

Tasks and projects included:

  • Designed, developed, maintained and deployed CIOC Software, a multilingual web-based database application with over 400,000 lines of code. This application handled over 100 million dynamic page requests in 2012.
  • Full stack web development for Django, PostgreSQL, AWS, Stripe and PayPal based e-commerce site Tindie
  • Web application design and development, including user interface and back-end implementation
  • Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access database development and consulting
  • Embedded System development using cross-compiled Python
  • Led end-user training sessions for various software applications
  • Led technical training sessions covering software development techniques and programming languages and libraries
  • Customer-facing technical support and requirements gathering activities

KCL Custom Software's main client is Community Information Online Consortium (CIOC) and its membership. CIOC is a non-profit consortium providing information and referral software for community information providers, volunteer centres, and various local and provincial government agencies. KCL Custom Software has provided all technical planning, development and support for CIOC's software products and ancillary tools since 2008 (services were provided by Katherine Lambacher of KCL between 2003-2008).

Although CIOC software is not an open source project, planning for the project is open and community-based. From 2008-2012, KCL developed hundreds of features and applications on CIOC's behalf, including:

In addition to software development, other services included:

  • System administration of application servers, including the creation of supportive tools
  • Active failure-monitoring system that pro-actively logs and sends notifications when errors occur
  • Implementation of a Plone-based community site, including message board and resource content, as well as the main CIOC website
  • Creation of user guides and technical software documentation
  • Set up and provided content for the CIOC Youtube training channel

From February 2013 to July 2014 most of my time was contracted to Tindie an online marketplace for maker-made products. I worked on back-end and front-end tasks including:

  • Django and PostgreSQL based full stack web development
  • PayPal and Stripe payment integration
  • AWS Deployment and provisioning using Chef
  • Embeddable Web widgets using Sqwidget
  • Dynamic shopping cart/checkout UI using Knockout front end framework
  • Automation of CSS inlining for HTML emails using a modified version of inlinestyler

Software Specialist, Nortel Networks

July 2006 - January 2008

Research group position, investigating software methods and frameworks:

  • Developed and provided consultation for proof-of-concept web applications
  • Explored techniques for high reliability and availability of service-oriented architectures, including the use of the Spread Toolkit
  • Explored the use of AJAX techniques for advanced responsiveness in web applications
  • Explored the use of Python as an alternative to Java on embedded Linux systems, to provide a high productivity programming environment with lower resource requirements

Embedded Software Developer, Evertz Microsystems

September 2004 - June 2006

  • Developed Firmware for large video system
  • Implemented several audio/video auxiliary data specs (including Dolby meta-data encoding and decoding)
  • Modified in-house developed RTOS kernel
  • Designed and implemented software for a full card hot-swap system, including state transfer
  • Assisted in creating in-house build and release management system based on buildbot

Embedded Software Developer (Student), Evertz Microsystems

May 2002 - September 2002

  • Redesigned and implemented changes to control system on video monitoring card to use new on-screen menu display and SMTP libraries
  • Implemented AVL Tree algorithm for embedded software that had no underlying OS or dynamic memory management

Embedded Software Developer (Intern), Nortel Networks

May 2000 - September 2001

  • 16-month industrial internship as part of B.Sc. program
  • Embedded System development targeting VxWorks, ENEA OSE and Linux on MIPS, PPC, and x86 respectively
  • Linux system administration tasks, including setup and maintenance of 20 servers, administration of the network between the servers and to the corporate intranet and the Internet. Services managed include CVS, WWW, SSH and FTP
  • Tools development, including scripts for the synchronization of two isolated CVS repositories (limited distributed version control) and Makefile-based build systems for embedded projects

Microsoft Access Developer (Student), BASF Canada

May 1998 - September 1998, May 1999 - September 1999

  • Creation of databases, SQL queries and VBA scripts to facilitate data conversion from several proprietary systems to SAP R/3
  • Creation of databases to facilitate operations in the purchasing department
  • Extensive use of VBA, and SQL, including connections to Oracle databases
  • Conversion of several legacy Access 2 databases for use with Access 97


M.Sc. Computer Science, McMaster University

2002 - 2005

B.Sc. Honours Computer Science, McMaster University

1997 - 2002

  • Dean's list in final year of study
  • Member of winning team for the inaugural Computer Society International Design Competition(CSIDC) in 2000

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