David Bruce McCowan, P.Eng.
Home ] Up ]



Studies: Publications

Educational Resources

Historic Sites in Scarborough Heights

Links for Toronto Links


Scarboro Heights Record

The Lowland Clearances

Table of Contents




19 Monarchwood Crescent
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3A 1H3

Profile as of Aug. 2005: On-Line

Professional Engineer
Lesson Plans
Community Projects
Information Processing Program
The Meaning of New Technology


I am very pleased to be teaching Technological Design at SATEC@W.A. Porter (The Scarborough Academy for Technological, Environmental and Computer Education). 

Note: This page reflects only some of my "Pre-Faculty of Education" experiences as of August 2005.


Community Builder

  • Trustee, Robert McCowan Memorial Scholarship, R.H. King Academy
  • Received five nominations for a City of Scarborough Bicentennial Award of Merit
  • Coordinated fundraising initiative for the Children of Dunblane Memorial Fund
  • Organizer: Scarboro Fare Fair 1994, A celebration and exploration of the past, present and future nutritional needs and expectations of the family

Lessons That I Have Taught in Toronto Schools (Pre-Faculty of Education)

Educational Resource Development

Problem Solving, Systems Analysis and Application Development 

  • Architected and implemented new processes, tools, workflow and structures to improve register and firmware data control and distribution (custom XML single-source approach)
  • Analysis / design for new intranet system including data model and reports on document status
  • Developed and partly implemented "Integrated Techwriting Model" (covering data integrity, structure, processing, continuous improvement and single-source concepts)
  • Analysis / development for placement agency, securities, task management and other databases
  • Analysis for accounting cycles, safety-related incident reporting and other systems
  • Solution Testimonial

Other Technical Analysis, Research and Methodology Development

  • Developed a methodology for the preparation of system documentation for VB / Access applications including visual inter-related summaries of the data layer, visual layer (GUI) and business rule layer
  • Developed a methodology for systems analysis including logical structure and abstraction of workflow
  • Created a visual of a software development model, later adapted for use in a corporate brochure
  • Testimonial -- Passionate Scholar

Product and Other Documentation

  • Responsible for planning, structuring and releasing technical product data both internally and externally
  • Created / edited numerous firmware, software, chip and board documents
  • Edited and tested instruction manuals for consumer appliances
  • Performed technical review of staff reports
  • Created business plan for an information technology initiative
  • TechWriting Testimonial

Other Technical Communication and Papers

  • Paper, Bringing Innovative Products to Market Through Third Party Engineering Assessment on the Basis of Design Goals for Safety, published in the Proceedings of the 1997 World Gas Conference
  • Paper: A critical summary of the International Conference On Thermal Storage In Buildings: Published in "Canadian Renewable Energy News"
  • Paper: Learning from the Past: Engineers & the Heritage Learning Resources: Published in "Engineering Dimensions", Journal of Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Paper: Engineering Principles and The Object Oriented Methodology

Quality Assurance, Certification, Testing and Configuration Management

  • ISO 9000 Internal Audit Team Lead
  • Created various templates, procedures and policies respecting incremental improvements to the documentation system and other processes
  • Coordinated firmware and software tool releases including special-case workflow
  • Often looked upon to provide value-added comments on workflow and inter-departmental interfaces
  • Contributed to work-flow design for state-driven ClearQuest bug tracking implementation
  • Year 2000 testing and remediation of a time-docketing database application
  • Quality / fitness for purpose audit of a web-based learning application
  • Evaluated, tested and certified gas appliances and accessories to safety standards, where the public safety is of paramount importance, always calling on engineering judgement
  • Originated and developed design certification and testing requirements for unique appliance types for which there were no known standards and only limited understanding of potential user interactivity
  • Certification Testimonial

Project Management and Trainer

  • Supervised and mentored staff of four technical writers
  • Trained staff in other departments on source version control of documents
  • Member of Health and Safety Committee
  • Leader of corrective action information sessions
  • Speaker at and organizer of Natural Gas Vehicle Industry Conference
  • Supervised technical staff on matters relating to technical accuracy and completeness of test and certification reports

Consensus Builder, Team Leader and Management / Supervisory

  • Increased production by 30% within two years
  • Nurtured and developed the natural gas vehicle component Certification Department
  • Invited by senior management to spearhead an alternative standards development process
  • As Standards Engineer, ensured that the Standards needs of consumers, regulatory authorities and manufacturers are responsibly balanced
  • Chaired industry ad-hoc meetings to resolve significant problems in technological design
  • Hands-on approach: from testing appliances to trouble-shooting compressors
  • Alternate Team Captain, two consecutive years (hockey)
  • Most Valuable Player Award, three consecutive years (hockey)
  • Leadership Testimonial
  • Consensus Testimonial

Computer Programming / Tools

Structured Programming Using C  *  Object-Oriented Programming Using C++   *  Data Modeling  *  Microsoft Visual Basic  *  Relational Database Development Using SQL  *  AutoDesk Inventor  *  Visio  *   Perl  *  XML  *  WebWorks Publisher  *  Microsoft Office  *  Microsoft Project  *  ClearQuest

Publications: Socio-Economic Evolution (Reviews)

  • When the Ground Fails -- An Economic Watershed, A Scarborough Bi-Centennial Project
  • Fairs and Frolics -- Scottish Communities at Work and Play, A Toronto 200 Project
  • To Sustene the Personis -- The Agricultural Revolution
  • Co-Author of The Scots Kirk -- An Oral History of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Scarborough
  • Neigh the Front -- Exploring Scarboro Heights
  • Author of numerous papers about Scarborough history and Scottish history
  • Past Editor: Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments
  • Managing Editor: The Scarboro Heights Record

Public Speaking / Oral Communication

  • Speaker: Queen's University CIRQUE+ '97 Conference on Industry and Resources, Engineers and Standards in the Innovative Product Implementation Cycle
  • Speaker: Scarborough Board of Education, English as A Second Language Program: The Scottish Immigrant Experience
  • Speaker: "In Search of Learning", Owen Sound, Evolution of Values with Respect to Relief from Stresses in the World of Work
  • Speaker: Scottish Studies Conference, University of Guelph, Lowland Emigration to Scarborough, 1797-1850
  • Speaker: Sky Garden Seniors, Two Hundreds Years of Scots in Scarborough
  • Speaker: Agincourt Community Services Association, Volunteer Recognition Evening: The Scots as Volunteers
  • Speaker: Etobicoke Genealogy Group, The Value of Genealogy in the Context of Scottish Economic History
  • Speaker: Toronto Public Library, Toronto: One Family's Story
  • And many other speaking engagements on local history in Toronto as well as Scottish history, including: Scarborough Public Library Board; United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada; Ontario Genealogical Society Hamilton Branch; East York Board of Education Community Services; Scarborough Historical Society; Audley Community Club; Lesmahagow Parish Historical Association (Lanarkshire, Scotland)

Media Relations

  • Interviewed by Trillium Cable Communications, regarding the publication of Fairs and Frolics: Scottish Communities at Work and Play
  • Occasional contributor to "Bluffs Monitor", Scarborough, and "Toronto Star"
  • Interviewed by BBC-Radio Scotland for their acclaimed series, "The Lowland Clearances"
  • Coordinated Media Reception to Announce Scottish Heritage Days



  • Bachelor of Education: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2006
  • Computer Programming & Systems Analysis Diploma: The Institute for Computer Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science: Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo



SATEC@W.A. Porter (Scarborough Academy for Technological, Environmental and Computer Education) (September 2006 - Present)

  • Technological Design Teacher

Map Fusion Inc.: Thornhill (Feb. 2005 - August 2005)

  • Information Architect
  • Senior Technical Writer

Genesis Microchip Inc.: Toronto (March 2000 - Nov 2004)

  • Senior Technical Writer
  • Data Architecture Analyst
  • Internal Audit Team Lead

Great Dane Consultants: Toronto (April 1997- March 2000)

  • Programmer / Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Tester

Canadian Gas Association / International Approval Services: Don Mills, Ontario (1981-1996)

  • Product Design Certification Engineer
  • Standards Engineer
  • Internal Auditor for Quality Systems Registration Department



  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
  • Ontario College of Teachers

David Bruce McCowan, P.Eng., August 2005