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Biography of Fred Sawka

Work Phone: 413-8197

E-mail: sawkaf@sawka.com

Website: www.sawka.com

 

PERSONAL DATA:

Fred was born in Chicago, and after three years of service with the military where he was stationed in Germany, he re-located to Edmonton. Fred has been in Edmonton since 1970.

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

 Fred is a member of the Canadian Information Processing Society's Training SIG (Special Interest Group). He also founded, and was a member of Grant MacEwan Community College's Train the Trainer Association. In addition, Fred created, and was a member of, the Canadian Web Developer's Association.

 

SPEAKER/TRAINER/FACILITATOR:

Fred has been training since 1966. He received  his instructor training certificate with honors, as well as an "Instructor of the month award" while with the military. Since then Fred has trained hundreds of students at his own and other private training centers. Fred was also the Manager of the Computer Learning Centre for fifteen years at Grant MacEwan College . Fred managed the department, trained instructors, designed courses, and instructed.

 

Fred has spoken to groups as large as 500 people. He has facilitated round table discussions, and has also served as a negotiator for the MacEwan Staff Association at Grant MacEwan College. The groups he has spoken to include AAFRE, Alberta Nurses' Association, Internal Auditors' Association, InfoCity, as well as seminars he has independently presented to the general public through his entrepreneurial activities. Fred is an entertaining and educational speaker.

 

ENTREPRENEUR:

Although Fred fits in well with large corporate organizations, he is an entrepreneur at heart. He has owned and managed several businesses in Edmonton. His most recent company is Sawka.com, an Internet Presence Provider, which he founded in 1996 in response to the increased demand from businesses for website design.

 

His other entrepreneurial activities have included: FORCE ONE INSTITUTE, a school for instructing students in the use and programming of computers; F.S. & SAWKA ELECTRONICS LTD., which repaired and serviced Radio Shack electronics equipment for 30+ dealers; and a RADIO SHACK, where he achieved the highest sales in Western Canada during Christmas in 1973.

 

TV AND RADIO APPEARANCES:

Fred has appeared on the Barbara Walters Show, CBC morning show and ACCESS TV, to name a few. He was the host of Tech Talk: The Computer Revolution, a weekly radio show on AM 1260, CFRN. He currently speaks on computer related topics for  CBC radio.