Originally from Port Orchard, WA, Sam studied Economics and Political Science at The University of British Columbia; and is currently living the good life up in Vancouver, BC.
When he is not working or at Whistler shredding up 7th Heaven or powder hunting near Kyber’s, then you can find him in Gastown at the Invoke office helping make the future happen today.
…or biking to the beach.
product development and rollout, social media deployment, IT services, leadership and team building
May 2010 – December 2011
The Learning Commons Website is a collaborative project between students, the library and a variety of campus partners to provide students with a tool to learn better. During the summer of 2011, I worked on a massive redesign of the site. As we moved away from website development and into the day-to-day operations, my role transitioned into content editor and social media wizard to increase student interest and engagement.
In addition to this project, this position entails maintaining the Chapman Learning Commons as a conducive learning environment and helping guide students to proper resources throughout UBC.
Our team worked intensely with supervisors, co-workers and a multitude of campus stakeholders to completely redesign the learningcommons.ubc.ca website. This involved ripping apart the previous architectures and re-envisioning a new, more intuitive framework backed up by user testing and analytics in an effort to help students learn better. The rollout phase entailed working closely with campus partners to ensure their needs were fulfilled within this new design and generating a buzz on the various campus social networks.
“Working with student-staff at a major institution of higher education can sometimes be challenging…and then you meet young individuals like Sam Wempe who restore your faith. Being able to choose only three attributes from the list is frustrating because all are applicable to this young man. Sam has been an exemplary member of our Classroom Support and Help Desk staff through a very difficult transition period due to construction and personnel changes. He has worked on some very high-profile projects for me (including one involving CIO’s from across Canada) and his work was outstanding. If you are looking to put a bum in a seat, don’t hire Sam; if you are looking to do something special that involves both high-risk and high-reward with a good dose of the unknown, then Sam is for you.”
Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative
September 2011 – Present
My economic thesis project for this semester is on the open source movement and free software’s effect on innovation. It involves examining data from the World Bank, World Intellectual Property Organization, US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the user data from the world’s biggest open source repositories (such as SourceForge.net) to investigate, among other things, if intellectual property rights stimulate innovation.
successfully pitched OurArtHere.com, a social business venture to the University’s Industry Liaison Office and was inducted into a program that supports start-ups in the early planning stages.
“Sam was able to operate with very little supervision, problem solving on his feet and making very good decisions. He was able to remain calm and clear headed even when dealing with aggressive and unsympathetic patrons. When faced with very complex issues, Sam had a knack for finding exactly the right person, or group of people to help him solve the issue.
Sam has a great understanding of cultural, technological and economic systems. He has the rare skill of being able to apply his understanding from those areas to others, allowing him to come up with and implement unique and valuable ideas. Sam’s performance played a critical role in the Learning Commons rolling out the most technically advanced and user-centered website at UBC.
Working with Sam was also incredibly enjoyable. He has a great sense of humor, which allowed him to cheer up the team no matter what setbacks we encountered. He was liked by all the other peer assistants and was the one person that they would all often turn to for help.
Sam is a truly exceptional person to work with, if given the opportunity I would work with him again in a heartbeat.”
“Sam is a quick thinker and understands a client’s needs. He is very comfortable with technology and always willing to learn more and expand his knowledge. Working in a fast and demanding environment, sometimes filled with intense customer interactions, he has the organizational and listening skills required to provide top notch customer services.”
August 2010 – February 2012
At the Sauder School of Business’s Learning Technology Services department, I delegated technicians, solved technology related issues, utilizing a centralized ticket system for faculty, staff and students in everything from classroom AV systems to VIP conferences.
Representing Sauder LTS at the CIO Peer Forum in April 2011, I successfully implemented a live polling system for keynote speakers; generating more participation through the implementation of dynamic technologies.
received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science at the end of 2011.
“Sam is an outstanding staff member, who consistently exceeds expectations. His strong technical skills, creativity, sound judgment and professionalism are just a few of the strengths he brings to a team.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
May 2010 – August 2011
Locust or Bumblebee is a semi-regular blog started by Anthony Stal and myself to document issues of social justice, sustainability and other items of interest to 20-something UBC students. We were honored by our peers at UBC who voted to grant us funding during the 2011 student government elections.
In addition to contributing and editing the website, I was in charge of the backend issues on our WordPress site and its’ social media presence.
September 2009 – December 2009
Quetzaltenango & Antigua, Guatemala
A program of a lifetime. I was able to work with and research the effects of Habitat for Humanity and other NGOs while thoroughly examining the role for the individual in a continually shrinking and interconnected world; all while working on my Spanish and continually having my mind blown.
June 2009 – September 2009
This position required constant multitasking and I juggled assisting lease specialists with day-to-day activities, scouting for profitable leads and handling customer service.
photo by PiscesDreamer @ Flickr.com
September 2008 – June 2009
You know the Greek place on Davie St with the absurd lineup at all hours? That’s Stephos. My responsibilities there included dealing directly with customers, resolving spur of the moment conflicts, as well as handing the restaurant’s closing cash out.
It also served as a great introduction to chaos theory.
May 2008 – August 2008
It was my job gain rapport with door-to-door cold leads in a way that would lead to a window replacement sale. My best month resulted in $60,000 in sales, more than six times the monthly average that summer.
April 2006 – August 2007
Gig Harbor, WA
My responsibilities included opening, closing as well as working directly with customers.
September 2003 – June 2007
Port Orchard, WA
Was elected to represent my class all four years, including my senior year as student body president of the biggest high school in the state. I was also enrolled in AP courses throughout my time at South Kitsap High School.