The founders of fortéwebservices.com have a combined background of
over 40 years in the computer industry, and 15 years designing web sites
and developing web
Meet the people who can work with you!
Claudia's early love of mathematics and fascination with digital
technology led her to pursue a degree in computer science (B.Sc., U.of
Toronto; M.Sc., Simon Fraser U.). She also grew up in a musical
family, and developed the skill (piano and flute) and appreciation for
music and the arts.
To balance the yin and yang of her two passions, Claudia has
continually looked for ways to apply her technological skills to
creative applications accessible to non-technological audiences.
After obtaining her Master's degree in computer graphics, she
developed visual software for medical courseware, surface evaluation
for the auto industry, weather mapping, and ultimately
in character animation at Alias Research Inc. (later Alias|Wavefront),
where she worked for ten years. Claudia programmed various 3-D animation
features, and later led the animation
team for the V1.0 release of the Oscar-winning (2002) animation
software Maya™ (Beauty and
The Beast, The Mask, Terminator, The Lord of The Rings).
During this time, the explosion of the Internet defined a new medium
for combining creative content with ever-increasingly sophisticated
technology. Claudia plunged into web development, first for internal
sites at Alias|Wavefront, and then independent projects, where she has
been self-taught from basic web creation, forms, CGI scripts to
databases driven by PHP coding and wordpress. All the while, Claudia
continues her involvement in the arts and has produced several large-scale
music-related web sites.
Claudia has found her niche, combining her people skills working with
clients, creative talent communicating in a graphical medium, and the
challenges of continually learning new web technologies.
Kevin's interests abound from social studies, digital technology to
pure science. After settling on the field of computer science (B.Sc.,
U.of Saskatchewan; M.Sc. Simon Fraser U.), Kevin has worked in the computer industry for over 20 years, with varied
experience as a developer, product director, and strategist. In all of his
positions, he has ensured there is a strong focus on usability and
At SCO, his team provided custom development software for clients, and
won a quality award for their excellent and timely work. This
experience formed the basis of his interest in iterative high-quality
development methods, crucial in providing rapid turnaround for
customers. After introducing these agile practises to his teams in two
separate companies, he wrote about this methodology and its success in
Software Development: An Agile Perspective (Addison-Wesley, 2005).
Alias|Wavefront, Kevin guided his team to produce StudioPaint3D™
state-of-the-art user interface. Around this time, the field of
usability was burgeoning, and Kevin recognized the huge importance and
benefits of rapid development of user-focused software. He led the
initiative for Showcase™, a visualization and evaluation tool for the
design market, and wrote a Flash web interface to drive the software.
Auto-manufacturer Mercedes selected Showcase™ over its competitors,
primarily based on the user interface.
During a 2-year hiatus as an "independent", Kevin developed his own
software product, SeedPlanner™, which won 5-star recognition from
Zdnet, an on-line business review site. His accompanying web site for
the product contained sales information, as well as a complete on-line
tutorial for the product.
Kevin is currently the product manager and development director of Electronic
Arts' central animation team. He has introduced agile development methods to
his team, resulting in a complete turnaround in quality, speed of software,
productivity of developers and renewed confidence by the users. He is
currently tackling the issue of usability for the product.
Kevin is always looking for new opportunities to learn and apply his beliefs
in iterative development, simplicity, and usability.