The gist:

I’m Paul Vilchez, a software engineer based in Hamilton, Ontario. I love to work at the intersection of business, design, and software.

The long story:

Development is absolutely a passion of mine – if I had a different career I would be hacking away on side projects in my spare time.

I’ve been very fortunate to call this my profession; I’ve been even luckier to work on great teams with great clients. Since graduating from the University of Guelph’s Systems & Computing Engineering program, I’ve worked on projects of all sizes for Canada’s premiere sports brands.

I’ve also witnessed the breakneck pace of web development evolution firsthand over the years; having worked on everything from legacy PHP backends to modern React.JS frontends, there’s always something new to learn and that keeps me going.

When I’m not creating websites, APIs or services, there’s a good chance you’ll find me at the gym. I am an NCCP Certified Weightlifting coach and I started Hamilton Barbell to share my love of the sport with as many people as I can. The formula for success in weightlifting is not unlike development: set a goal; devise a strategy; and execute. It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of athletes’ successes.

In whatever free time I have left, I try to collect experiences – in the last year I ran a marathon, raced a triathlon, competed at Canadian Ultimate Championships, went dogsledding, travelled to South America, among others.

Work to live, as they say.