Becoming a Canadian

When I relocated to Canada from Japan for work (in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic), I immediately fell in love with the country, especially for its beautiful nature and rich craft beer culture. Thus, I have seriously built my life and career here for the last couple of years, by changing an employer to one having a greater presence in town, getting a permanent residency, becoming a self-employed business owner, and serving as a Canadian international volunteer. At the same time, as an immigrant, there are a lot of things I have learned from the country's complex history and diverse population. This series tracks my journey to establish life in Canada as a software developer and demonstrates what being a resident of Canada means to us, both culturally and professionally.

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Articles in this series

  1. Moving to Canada: Adding Randomness to My Life
  2. Next "Dot" in Journey: Curiosity-Driven Job Change in Canada (Aug 2021)
  3. Voting for 2021 #BCAleTrail Best Brewery Experience Award
  4. Learning Canada's History
  5. Starting with Empathy to #GetReal, Beat Loneliness, and Be Ethical. #MentalHealthWeek
  6. Becoming Permanent Resident of Canada
  7. Indigenous Canada: Storytelling, Community, and Sustainability
  8. Paddling in the Life, and Currently I'm a Freelance Software Developer
  9. Reviewing Things I Do Not Know About the Indian Act #NDTR
  10. My First Month as Self-Employed
  11. Connecting the Dots in Complexity
  12. Starting Field Study on How Information Flows in Malawi
  13. I'm Not "China"—Connecting HERE and THERE in Systems

  Author: Takuya Kitazawa

Takuya Kitazawa is a freelance software developer, previously working at a Big Tech and Silicon Valley-based start-up company where he wore multiple hats as a full-stack software developer, machine learning engineer, data scientist, and product manager. At the intersection of technological and social aspects of data-driven applications, he is passionate about promoting the ethical use of information technologies through his mentoring, business consultation, and public engagement activities. See CV for more information, or contact at [email protected].