Resume and experience of Zoltan Andrew Simon

Resume and Experience of Z.A. Simon

Zoltan Andrew Simon, C.E.T.                                               Email: zasimon@hotmail.com

6 Rutherford Drive – Red Deer, Alberta, Canada T4P 3G9

Telephone: 1 (403) 392-9189

CAREER OBJECTIVE: To obtain employment in any country in any field (including engineering, design, drafting, editing, government, security officer, Internet researcher, etc.)

SUMMARY of ORIGINAL QUALIFICATIONS

20 years experience within the Canadian engineering/design industry

Knowledge of AutoCAD2000, 3D, Solidworks, Land Development Desktop

Local/international engineering surveying experience, knowledge of land development;

 Ability to work with a diverse client base. Fluent in English, Spanish, Hungarian; some Portuguese,  German, Russian & Italian

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Security Guard                                          Jackpot Casino, Red Deer, Alberta                                       2008-2010

English Teacher                                        Jinwutong Schools, Han Dan City, China                            2008
Baker                                                        Tim Hortons Restaurant, Arnprior, ON                           2007-2008

Machine Operator & Material Handler      Nylene Canada, Arnprior, ON                                              2005-2007

Maintenance Worker & Janitor                 Arnprior Golf Club, Arnprior, ON                                         2004

Self-employed                                           Writer/Bible Researcher/Publisher of books, Brazil               2002-03

Courier Driver Contractor                        Reliable Courier Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC                      1999-01

Courier Driver Contractor                        Dwarf Couriers Ltd., Surrey and Vancouver, BC              1998-99

Senior Civil Engineering Technologist     Zoltan Kuun & Parker Kuun Associates, N. Vancouver, BC       1989-97

Prior to 1989: Design Draftsman            August Apon Associates, Brampton, ON

                                                               Reinforced Earth Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON
                                                               Inducon Design/Build Associates, Willowdale, ON
                                                               Wright Engineers Ltd. (now Daniel Flour), Vancouver, BC

                                                              Swan Wooster Engineering Co. Ltd. (now Sandwell), Vancouver, BC

                        Assistant Land Surveyor  Helmut Mitsche OLS, Toronto, ON                                       1985-86  

                                                                United Contractors, Vancouver, BC, Canada                        1976

                                                                Concrete Highway Paving Co., Budapest, Hungary               1970-72

                   

EDUCATION

 

British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC          AutoCad 11 (1993) and AutoCAD 2000       2001

College Superior of Surveying, Szekesfehervar, Hungary      Land Surveyor Technologist Diploma          1970

Technical College of Geology, Budapest, Hungary                 Geologist Technician Diploma                      1967

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia, 2001

Society of Engineering Technologists of British Columbia, 1982-1984 

Academic Publications:   “Absolute Dates for Ancient China by Astronomy” (Berlin, 2007), a book

Origin and Remnants of the Dialects in England” (New York, 2003), a paper

 

Samples for Z. A. Simon’s experience in engineering design drafting

                Civil: Highway design, optimum parking layout (with maximum number of parking stalls) for several shopping centers in B.C. (Guildford in Surrey, etc.); Subdivision layouts in West Vancouver’s mountainside, complete with roads and services (storm, sanitary, water main, street lighting) using federal, provincial and municipal standards, water detention basins and creek management; Pattullo Bridge traffic study (before and after the Cassiar Tunnel’s construction); One-fifth of the final design stage of the Coquihalla Highway (the Merritt section) of B.C.: supervision of the works of other design draftspersons and by checking the “Tender” and “For Construction” sets of drawings.

            Detailed design of the Coal Harbour at Point Roberts – Tsawwassen (British Columbia); Complete railway yard design at Joffre (Alberta) for Fluor Canada (plans, profiles, sections and details).

            Several mining projects for B.C., Alberta and Sask.: Coal and copper mines, ore body quantity estimates, haul road network for open pits, tailings pipelines, conveyors, etc. 

 

Samples for Z. Simon’s ability to resolve complex, including political, problems

Work Safety: In 1976 (September-December) an old friend (the late Mr. Zoltan Martonffy who had owned a furniture factory in Chile before Allende took it) found me a job ad and recommended me for United Contractors in Vancouver. I was hired as an assistant surveyor because the surveyor, Archie Gal, spoke Hungarian. The project engineer was Dan Bohac. Our task was to construct a huge storm culvert with a sanitary sewer along Boundary Road, between Vancouver and Burnaby. The backhoe started the excavation almost at the shore of the Fraser River. When the rectangular pit was about 6 or 7 metres deep, I noticed tiny but long crescent-shaped cracks in the slimy, silty soil from corner to corner around the pit on the surface. The cracks kept increasing and became several millimeters wide. I kept warning the workers – it was a crew of seven Canadian Italians – but nobody seemed to care. Using chainsaws, they were cutting the many tree trunks buried at the bottom of the pit, because the bucket of the backhoe was unable to grab those. Then the foreman ordered me to go down on the ladder but I told him, “Luigi I do not go down. I do not want to die. The whole mass of earth will slide down in a few minutes.” Finally, he took my warning seriously. He sent up the crew and held the leveling rod himself by trembling hands, then climbed the ladder in panic. Two minutes the whole excavation caved in, burying the pit. The crew did not work on the next day. On the following day they got a steel cage and worked inside that safely. Being a coward, I’ve saved the lives of seven men, and funds of the firm and the ministry that otherwise would have been paid off to the families of the victims.      

 

Organizational: This case was political and coincidental, due to the fact that I had been an avid map collector. Canada was in the wake of the 30 October 1995 Quebec Referendum. I was fed up with the chaos and the artificially created end-of-the-world panic, a Canada possibly falling in three pieces, and a confused mental war between the Anglophone and Francophone camp (due to attitude of the previous years, that Canadians are equal but some Canadians are more equal or more distinct, etc.). I wished to help concluding that never-ending nightmare. I found a daily newspaper in November 1995 and photocopied its large table showing the results of the Referendum riding by riding. Then I calculated the ratio of the “yes” (separate) votes and the total votes in each riding. Thus, I got figures in percentages for the separatist areas. Then I put the figures on the map and darkened the areas by black felt pen (the colour of mourning) where the separatist vote was 67% or higher. The result made me glad, because it still showed an ocean-to-ocean Canada, and Quebec as a sovereign state. Thus, Canada would not lose the Maritimes. They would be still connected by a bottleneck corridor.

Besides this, I found a loose-leaf “National Atlas of Canada.” Two of the sheets revealed that the northern areas of Quebec used to be part of Dominion Canada. I made many photocopies of the map, some of them in colour, spending my last pennies. Also, I copied the relevant page from a German “Andrees Handatlas” (1907), proving that those areas were originally Canadian, and the Dominion only gave their administration to Quebec – not the land – when Quebec was already part of Canada, and not a sovereign state. Consequently I wrote a cover letter by computer, suggesting that Quebec could become a sovereign state if its separation would happen under Canadian control, by partition, based on the results by ridings. I recommended setting the cut-off margin to the nearest percentage to two-thirds for the next referendum (that is unlikely to come). Also, I mentioned that if Quebec would separate, the rest of Canada would not remain bilingual, so tens of thousands of qualified Francophone servants of the Crown would lose their lucrative jobs. Part of my suggestions was to consider giving more autonomy for the First Nations of Canada.

I typed his letter and mailed the thick envelopes with the maps to 60 key persons (one was returned by Canada Post). The letters were sent to the leaders of each major political party, all Premiers, (then) Finance Minister Paul Martin, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Ron Irwin, several other ministers, Ovide Mercredi of the First Nations (he has not responded), general managers of the largest media, including the Southam Inc. Group that was passed to Conrad Black.

   Several Premiers and Paul Martin (the most open-eyed and caring politician of Canada) sent me positive responses, appreciating the information. The others were silent, and a Francophone one upset. A few weeks later Mr. Ron Irwin stood up and published an announcement using some of my suggestions: the separatist leaders promptly called him “stupid.” Then former press baron Conrad Black wrote and published a long watershed article in Canadian history, based on my suggestions. [Although I have never used the exact wording, “If a country is divisible, a province is divisible as well.”] Soon many federal ministers (Justice, Immigration, etc.) joined the choir. Without my map collecting hobby and my initial step – every long journey starts by the first step as the old Chinese proverb says – Canadians may be still sitting on the verge of uncertainty. Or, in three separate countries. Who knows? The conclusion is that one does not need to be a minister, lawyer, or rocket scientist to do something good or important for his or her country. It took only two months for the feds to put my step-by-step suggestions (including the Nunavut capital plebiscite in December 1995) in practice.

   In 2007 I found a good summary of the historical events in “The Militant” Vol. 60/ No. 6, February 12, 1996, written by Roger Annis, a leftist columnist. Its Internet web site is http://www.themilitant.com/1996/606/606_5.html). Its digest is shown as follows, without corrections:

MONTREAL - Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien has raised to a new level the stakes in the drive by Canada's rulers to deny the Quebecois nation the right to self- determination and eventual independence. Speaking in Vancouver on January 29, Chrétien confirmed that his government would no longer consider the borders of Quebec inviolate should a majority vote for independence at some future date. "If Canada is divisible, then Quebec is divisible," he told reporters who asked him to explain a similar statement by his newly-appointed Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Stéphane Dion, four days earlier. Government officials were in Vancouver for a strategy session on how to defeat the Quebec sovereignty movement. Canadian immigration minister Lucienne Robillard added, "I think that if one day Quebec is an independent country, [Quebec premier Lucien] Bouchard must understand that perhaps he will have a separatist movement in his country." … …

   The threat of partition of Quebec, unprecedented in modern Canadian history, is part of a series of measures that Ottawa and the biggest Canadian corporations have launched to try and retake the political initiative following their near defeat in the Oct. 30, 1995, referendum. At a press conference on January 22, Justice Minister Alan Rock said the government would be introducing new laws to challenge the legality of a future sovereignty vote. CBC Radio reported on January 30 that one such measure will be to require a vote higher than 50 per cent plus, perhaps as high as two-thirds, in order to be considered legal. (See “The Militant” Vol.60/No.6, February 12, 1996.) One may be able to find my original letters and maps in the ex-offices of Lucienne Robillard or Alan Rock.

   The threat to partition Quebec was aimed at the very heart of the Quebec indépendentiste project, since it targeted Quebec's north, which has a sparse, majority aboriginal population but produces most of Quebec's abundant hydro-electrical power, and western Quebec, where anglophones and immigrants constitute large minorities, and where Montreal, Quebec's metropolis, is situated.

   Another source (http://www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs/keywords.php?keyword=43) of those days wrote, “…reinforced by other arguments, such as the claim that northern areas ceded to Quebec by the federal government in 1898 and 1912 would legally revert to Canada, or even the alleged requirement of a ‘corridor’ between Ontario and New Brunswick.” Another possible further effect is the Nunavut capital plebiscite on December 11, 1995. It was held in the area of the Northwest Territories. The results were to be taken by Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Mr. Ron Irwin.

Through my little action I played a humble role in keeping Canada a united country from sea to sea while maintaining the French as an official language in one of the greatest countries of the world. (It was the greatest mistake in my life because today a free and democratic sovereign Quebec may accept my Chinese family and me – the latter as a political refugee from a totalitarian fascist regime of Canada.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TEXT ABOVE WAS WRITTEN SEVERAL YEARS AGO, IN THE DARKEST DAYS OF MR. HARPER'S DICTOTORSHIP. OF COURSE, SINCE THE VICTORY OF THE LIBERAL PARTY IN 2015, I AM A PROUD CANADIAN AGAIN.

 

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