MEET THE TEAM

Meet the team

Senior Leadership

Gord Snell

President and CEO

Wes Wong

CFO

Scott Buchanan

Vice President, Operations

Michelle Tse

Vice President, Human Resources

Dean Peters

Manager, Business Development

Michael Gjernes

Director, Information Technology

Fisheries Monitoring

Jennifer Toole

Senior Manager, Fisheries Programs

Katie Archer

Manager, Fisheries Programs

Ian Hamilton

Operations Manager, Monitoring Technologies

Sarah Harris

Supervisor, Fisheries Programs, Vancouver

Gord Perkins

Manager, Fisheries Programs

Jesse Jonas

Supervisor, Fisheries Programs, Ucluelet

Alan Armbrust

Supervisor, Fisheries Programs, Port Hardy

Kelsey Cullen

Regional Supervisor, Port Operations

Marine Environmental Services

David Hogarth

Marine Biologist

Jamie-Leigh Smyth

Biologist

Jeff Skinner

Biologist

Arman Ospan

Senior Biologist, Project Manager

Wesley Dukes

Biologist

Monitoring Technologies

Mike Orcutt

Manager, Electronic Monitoring Programs

Jason Bryan

Senior Project Manager

Maria Jose Pria

Project Manager, EM Programs

Stefanie Dukes

Project Manager

Matt Swaile

Junior Biologist/Equipment Coordinator

Andrew Conger

Supervisor, Electronic Monitoring Programs, US

Chantal Levesque

Fisheries Data Supervisor, Monitoring Technologies

Jarrod Yelton

Program Coordinator, Alaska

Australia Asia Pacific

Andrew Fedoruk

General Manager, Archipelago Asia-Pacific

Bryan Bates

Manager, Field Services

Matt Piasente

Manager, Data Services

Development Team

Frank Wang

Senior Software Developer

Lawrence Poeckert

Lead Software Developer

Mark Sudul

Product Manager

Vanessa Diaz

Senior Software Engineer

Ben Wilkinson

Software Developer

Justin Underhay

Junior Software Developer

Eric Gao

Junior Software Developer

Josh Williams

Junior Software Developer

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Gord Snell

Gord Snell

President and CEO

Gord joined the Archipelago team in 2014 and oversees all aspects of Archipelago’s domestic and international operations. He also leads the Monitoring Technologies division. He works closely with NGO’s, industry and Archipelago’s partners on all aspects of the business with the focus to deliver sustainable solutions within all our project work. Prior to joining Archipelago, Gord spent nearly 20 years on the product, operations and sales side of the telecom industry here in Canada. He has self-proclaimed addictions to online shopping, McFlurries, most fast food, TV shows about Gold Mining and he has seen every episode of Seinfeld at least once.

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Wes Wong

CFO

Wes joined Archipelago in the fall of 2014 and oversees Finance and Administration. He is a CPA, CA and prior to Archipelago, Wes worked at the accounting firm Grant Thornton in their assurance department. He was born and raised in Victoria and is married with two kids. In his spare time, Wes enjoys hiking with his family and playing tennis. Fun fact: prior to becoming an accountant, Wes spent 16 years in the hotel industry.

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Scott Buchanan

Vice President, Operations

Scott received an honours B.Sc. in marine biology from the University of British Columbia in 1995 and has been with Archipelago since 1996. Scott has worked in fisheries monitoring programs and marine environmental services during his career with Archipelago. He is experienced in the design, implementation and management of large fishery monitoring and research survey programs. Scott’s in-depth knowledge of BC’s fisheries, fish and invertebrate zoology and ecology make him an important senior advisor to the Archipelago team. During his time at Archipelago he has built strong working relationships with environmental professionals, members of industry and government employees involved in BC’s fisheries as well as individuals in international fisheries management and the fisheries monitoring community.

Scott is a dedicated family man and proud father of two children. He devotes his time away from work volunteering as an ice hockey and ball hockey coach throughout most of the year. He enjoys camping trips with family and friends and keeping busy with DIY projects around the house.

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Michelle Tse

Vice President, Human Resources

For almost 20 years, Michelle has worked in Human Resources in Alberta and BC across different industries and organizations with experience that spans across Canada, US, Australia, and the UK. For the past 13 years, Michelle has been working with Archipelago to advance the overall culture and capabilities of the company and team members. She works closely with the executive team and staff to cultivate a creative and productive working environment. Michelle is a member of the CPHR in BC and a past steering committee member of the HR Tech Group. Michelle also oversees committees at Archipelago that focus on social and environmental aspects. Outside of work Michelle enjoys hiking and travels as much as she can.

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Dean Peters

Dean Peters

Manager, Business Development

Originally from South Africa, Dean immigrated to Canada 3 years ago and is proud to Call Victoria home. He joined Archipelago in 2020. His love for fishing and marine life brought him to Archipelago where he is in the newly created position of Business Development Manager. He has over 12 years experience in business development which he brings to Archipelago.

Outside of work and in his spare time, Dean is a keen sports fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, you are bound to find him and his wife on a trail or fishing a local lake.

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Michael Gjernes

Director, Information Technology

Michael Gjernes (B.Sc.) started working for Archipelago in 1991 as a certified At-Sea Fisheries Observer for a summer job, eventually accruing nearly 250 days at sea. He actually submitted his 2nd year registration to the University of British Columbia from sea via radio telephone! He started working for Archipelago full-time after completing his Bachelor of Science at UBC. He continued working in the At-Sea Observer Program as a data technician, observer, fish sampler, trainer, database/application developer and manager before he shifted full-time to Information Technology in 2001. He has been managing Archipelago’s IT team since 2014. Born and raised in British Columbia’s south coast, Michael enjoys fishing, hiking, target shooting, cooking and reading (multiple genres).

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Jennifer Toole

Senior Manager, Fisheries Programs

Jennifer has been with Archipelago since 2006 and currently manages several fisheries programs including: the Geoduck Fishery Co-ordination and Dockside Program, Pacific Salmon Catch Reporting Program, Shrimp Trawl Catch Reporting Program, and the Tuna Hail Program. Her experience prior to working with Archipelago included work for DFO in the resource management, data management, licencing and policy branches. Jennifer graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Science and spends her free time outside with her horses and dogs enjoying everything that Vancouver Island has to offer.

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Katie Archer

Katie Archer

Manager, Fisheries Programs

Katie’s background was in the tourism industry before she joined Archipelago in 2014 as an At-Sea Fisheries Observer. Her passion for communication, teamwork, and service has shaped her career here ever since. Born and raised in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, Katie came to Victoria to complete a bachelor of science in biology and environmental studies and has since settled in Saanich with her husband and their puppy. In Katie’s spare time she can be found exploring the outdoors, gardening, surfing, and teaching her puppy new tricks.

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Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

Operations Manager, Monitoring Technologies

From his background education in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Ian joined Archipelago in 2011 and spent his first two years at sea as a fisheries observer. He transitioned into the office in 2013 and has since expanded his role into the management of Archipelago’s domestic At-Sea Fisheries Monitoring Programs. On his spare time he is an avid cyclist, backcountry camper and ultimate frisbee player.

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Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Supervisor, Fisheries Programs, Vancouver

Sarah started working for Archipelago in July of 2020 as the Vancouver Port Supervisor. She studied Biology at Concordia University while working for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the Sea Lamprey Control Centre during the summers. While in school, Sarah also gained experience as a supervisor at restaurants in Montreal. Originally from Montreal, she spends her free time exploring beautiful British Columbia with her dog. Sarah speaks fluently in English and French, she also has been continuously learning Spanish!

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Gord Perkins

Manager, Fisheries Programs

Gord Perkins (BSc in Microbiology) began working for Archipelago in 1990 as an At-Sea Fisheries Observer on Foreign and Domestic fishing vessels. In 1995 he came into the office from at sea and started training At-Sea Observers for the start of the 100% Observer coverage requirement for the groundfish trawl fleet. By 2006, Gord became the Regional Coordinator for Archipelago’s Fisheries Monitoring Programs working in the field with the At-Sea, Dockside and Electronic Monitoring Programs. Gord continues in this role supervising, mentoring and working with Archipelago’s staff in all the major ports. When not in the field, Gord can usually be found camping with his children and their families including 3 grandsons.

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Jesse Jonas

Jesse Jonas

Supervisor, Fisheries Programs, Ucluelet

Jesse has been employed with Archipelago in Ucluelet since 2014 and has been in his most current role as Supervisor since 2015. Jesse completed his Natural Resources Diploma at Nova Scotia Community College in 2012 and then further pursued a degree in Environmental Engineering at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Jesse left the East Coast to join his future wife as she began her career in Ucluelet. Jesse enjoys all the outdoor activities that Vancouver Island has to offer and is also and avid surfer. Fun fact about Jesse, he shares his passion for the ocean by teaching surf lessons to children aged 4-10.

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Alan Armbrust

Supervisor, Fisheries Programs, Port Hardy

Alan joined Archipelago in 2008 as an Electronic Monitoring technician in Port Hardy, BC, and within a few months had already Cross-trained in DMP. Alan worked as a deployment coordinator and then moved up to the role of Assistant Port Supervisor. Alan travels periodically to both Prince Rupert and Ucluelet to assist both ports. He is currently the Port Supervisor in Port Hardy.

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Kelsey Cullen

Regional Supervisor, Port Operations

When Kelsey first came to Victoria, to complete her Bachelor of Science with a marine concentration at the University of Victoria, her family back in the Okanagan knew that as soon as she reached the coast she would not be coming back. Kelsey joined the Archipelago team in 2018 and continues to work within both the At-Sea and Dockside Fisheries Monitoring Programs. She possesses a passion for working with people and strives to sustain the positive, collaborative, team-oriented working environment that exists at Archipelago. When she is not glued to her work phone you can find Kelsey with a camera in her hands, off taking photos while backpacking, birding, or constantly scanning the horizon for whales.

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David Hogarth

Marine Biologist

David is a registered professional biologist with over 8 years of experience in biological research and consulting. He joined the Archipelago team in 2018 and has become a key member of the Marine Environmental Services division working with government, industry, and NGO’s. Driven by his love of nature and sustainable solutions, he takes pride in providing the best advice possible. Prior to joining Archipelago, David worked across western Canada including time in all provinces and territories west of Ontario.

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Jamie-Leigh Smyth

Biologist

Jamie joined Archipelago back in December 2020 as a biologist with their Marine Environmental Services team. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Geomatics from Carleton University, and a Master’s in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. Jamie has learned how to combine her love of the environment with a deep passion for data visualization, using geographic information systems as a tool for exploring spatial relationships. When she isn’t creating maps, Jamie loves to spend her time reading, hiking, and running with her dog Atlas

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Jeff Skinner

Biologist

Jeff joined Archipelago as a Biologist in early 2021 after contracting on several of Archipelago’s marine monitoring projects. With a background in environmental technology, Jeff has been working as a commercial diver and environmental field technician in conservation and natural areas restoration since 2014. He has worked on environmental projects across the West Coast including wetland restoration, fisheries surveys, underwater debris cleanups, and eelgrass transplants. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys kayaking, hiking, underwater and aerial photography, and spending time in the garden.

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Arman Ospan

Senior Biologist, Project Manager

Dr. Arman Ospan joined Archipelago in 2021 and brought over 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, baseline surveys, effects monitoring, and environmental management for offshore and onshore oil and gas, mining, port and infrastructure development, fisheries management and conservation projects around the world. The geography of his work experience encompasses the BC Coast, Canadian and Russian Arctic, USA, Middle East, Africa, former Soviet Union countries and the Caribbean. Arman’s main expertise is in bio inventory and assessment of quality and diversity of marine habitats and communities. As an experienced SCUBA-diver, he is a member of the Archipelago research dive team. In his free time, he likes reading, boating, fishing, hiking and spending time with his family and friends.

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Wesley Dukes

Biologist

Wes joined Archipelago’s Marine Environmental Services after moving to Canada in summer 2021. He has spent over ten years conducting marine and upland habitat restoration and monitoring work throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the northeastern United States. Prior to his work in habitat restoration and monitoring, he gained experience in hydrographic surveying as well as commercial fisheries and data management. Wes is a Scorpio and enjoys long walks on the beach. Sorry folks, he’s taken!

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Mike Orcutt

Mike Orcutt

Manager, Electronic Monitoring Programs

Mike came onboard with Archipelago in 1998 when he was hired as a trawl fishery observer with Archipelago’s at-sea observer program. He spent several years working both as an observer, and as the Operational Manager with Archipelago’s at-sea observer program. In 2012, Mike brought his expertise in operational logistics and training to the Monitoring Technologies division. His current roles include overseeing the implementation of Electronic Monitoring field programs around the globe, and he works closely with Archipelago’s development team to design innovative hardware and software solutions built to meet the planet’s future fisheries monitoring needs. Outside of work, Mike enjoys backpacking the planet and spending time at home pulling weeds and planting seeds in his garden.

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Jason Bryan

Senior Project Manager

Jason has been with Archipelago for over 10 years as a Project Manager. Before that he completed an university degree in Natural Resource Management and a MSc in fisheries Biology which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in science. He has 25 years of fisheries experience, mostly in research and monitoring and has a commercial fishing licence in Norway. For the past 6 years he has lived there and operates our European office, serving customers internationally. The son of a fisherman, his greatest joy is assisting the future of fishing, for everyone’s benefit. In his spare time Jason enjoys a cold mojito at his mountain cabin and swims in the coldest water he can find available.

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Maria Jose Pria

Project Manager, EM Programs

Maria Jose (M.J.) has 15 years working at Archipelago on EM. She specializes in requirements gathering and implementation of monitoring programs. Maria Jose has been involved in the operationalization of the hook and line integrated monitoring program in British Columbia as well as in Electronic Monitoring programs in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. When not at work you can probably find her at the soccer field or at any of the beautiful hiking trails around Victoria.

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Stefanie Dukes

Project Manager

Stef joined the Archipelago team as a project manager for the Monitoring Technologies Division after moving home to Canada in summer 2021. Prior to joining Archipelago, she spent most of her career in fisheries management working for state agencies and NOAA in the Northeastern US and Pacific Islands. During her almost 12 years with NOAA the projects she led involved modernizing data collection programs and electronic technologies. When she isn’t working, she loves cooking and getting creative in the kitchen with local, seasonal ingredients, as well as spending time by the ocean with her family.

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Matt Swaile

Junior Biologist/Equipment Coordinator

Matt joined Archipelago in 2013 originally as an At-Sea Fisheries Observer directly after graduating from the university of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science. After spending a year on the high seas he transitioned into the world of remote monitoring and marine technologies. His current roles include managing the hardware of all past, current and future fisheries monitoring and environmental monitoring programs. Outside of work he is often found having adventures on sailboats big and small.

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Andrew Conger

Andrew Conger

Supervisor, Electronic Monitoring Programs, US

Andrew was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota. He remembers fondly the time he spent growing up at his parents’ lake cabin and working the summers as a local youth camp counselor and lifeguard.  Andrew attended college at St Johns University in Collegeville, MN where he received a degree in Biology. From there he ventured to the Pacific Northwest to become a fisheries observer in Newport, OR which would lead him to his current role with Archipelago. Even though Andrew now lives on the Pacific Ocean he still considers himself a Minnesota Laker at heart.

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Chantal Levesque

Fisheries Data Supervisor, Monitoring Technologies

Chantal leads Archipelago’s Electronic Monitoring (EM) Data Services for the Monitoring Technologies Team. As an expert in using and developing Archipelago’s EM Interpret data review software Chantal provides data support, analyses, and software training services to clients throughout the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. Chantal earned a BSc in biology from the University of Victoria in 2008 and joined Archipelago in 2011 working in fisheries data services including observer, dockside, and EM data. When Chantal is not reviewing data, you can find her at the beach with her family.

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Jarrod Yelton

Jarrod Yelton

Program Coordinator, Alaska

Jarrod grew up in central Wyoming where he gained an appreciation for the outdoors and wildlife. He attended the University of Wyoming where he received his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Fisheries Biology. He spent the next four years working in and around hatcheries in Southeast Alaska and soaking up as much knowledge of the fishing industry as possible. Eager to learn more about the role that EM plays in fishing, he jumped at the chance to join the Archipelago Team and has been with them for three years now. He spends his free time hunting and fishing the terrain around his home in Sitka, Alaska.

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Andrew Fedoruk

Andrew Fedoruk

General Manager, Archipelago Asia-Pacific

Andrew has over 20 years of experience in commercial fisheries monitoring and analysis including at sea, dockside, and electronic monitoring programs. He has played a key role in the development of programs and data systems in support of monitoring programs such as those currently in use by DFO in Canada and AFMA in Australia. Andrew is currently the General Manager of AAP and is responsible for the Australian operations.

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Bryan Bates

Manager, Field Services

Bryan Bates has been working with Archipelago since 2015. His background includes a B.Sc. in Marine Science and Management and a M.Sc. in Living Marine Resources. Bryan has experience in research and development of fish tagging methodologies and previously worked with Seafood Watch Australia assessing the sustainability of Australia’s wild harvest fisheries. He is the Field Services Manager for AAP and is responsible for the installation and maintenance of new and existing EM systems on vessels and ongoing customer support.

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Matt Piasente

Manager, Data Services

Matt Piasente BSc, M.Sc., has 20 years’ experience in fisheries research and management and been working with AAP as the Data Services Manager for the Commonwealth EM Program since 2016. Prior to joining AAP, Matt was at the Australian Fishing Management Authority (AFMA) assisting with the day-to-day management of several Commonwealth fisheries. Whilst at AFMA he also coordinated EM trials in the tuna and prawn trawl fisheries. His background also includes working as a field scientist at the Australian Maritime College focusing on understanding fish behaviour, gear development and bycatch reduction the South-East Trawl Fishery.

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Frank Wang

Senior Software Developer

Frank Wang joined Archipelago in 2014 as a senior software developer focusing on EM Interpret and EM Record. He has over 15 years of experience in software development. He loves exploring the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and gardening.

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Lawrence Poeckert

Lead Software Developer

Lawrence was born, raised, and is now raising his own family in Victoria. He joined the Archipelago family in 2008 as a Junior Software Developer, and over the years took on more responsibilities including becoming the Database Administrator and finally the Lead Software Developer in 2019. While not working at Archipelago, he is the proud father of two great kids, an avid computer gamer, and amateur astronomer with a passion for all things astronomic.

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Mark Sudul

Product Manager

Mark joined Archipelago in early 2021 to help manage our software projects. As a professional software engineer, with a passion for problem solving, he brings his software product development experience in health IT, industrial controls, and the telecom industries to the team. Prior to Archipelago, Mark worked for 18 years in his family’s software business serving doctors across BC. Mark suffers from a wind sport addiction that frequently draws him to the waters around the Victoria waterfront. When it’s not windy he might be on the soccer field eating Twizzlers at half time.

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Vanessa Diaz

Senior Software Engineer

Originally from Spain, Vanessa moved to Canada in 2017 for her MSc in Computer Sciences at University of Victoria and she joined Archipelago in March 2021. With an extensive background in the Tourism and Telecommunications industry her career made a turn when she arrived in Canada moving towards Health Informatics, User Experience and Artificial Intelligence. She is passionate about animals, nature, and wildlife and when she is not working you can find her enjoying parks and trails with her husband and toddler or curling up with her cats and a good book.

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Ben Wilkinson

Software Developer

Ben has been with Archipelago since 2012 and in that time has created a suite of tablet applications to collect data in remote ports and at sea as well as other software tools to assist in the day to day jobs of our staff and clients. He is happy to have found an engaging career in his home city. Outside of the office he enjoys highlining, rock climbing, and hiking out in nature.

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Justin Underhay

Junior Software Developer

Justin joined Archipelago in March 2021, half a year after graduating with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Victoria. Born in South Africa, his family immigrated to Canada in 2000 and lived in Vancouver and Ontario before settling in Victoria. He has worked internships at real estate management and tech companies and develops software on the side. In his free time Justin is an avid reader, drawer, baker, golfer, and plays piano. He also plays alto saxophone and toured five countries in Europe performing with his high school concert band.

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Eric Gao

Junior Software Developer

After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science, he joined Archipelago in March 2021. Originally from Toronto, He came to the west coast in 2015 and has been enamored ever since. You can find him after work typically out on hikes, playing games of the board or video variety, or cooking up something delicious.

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Josh Williams

Junior Software Developer

Josh started at Archipelago in 2020 after graduating from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Originally from the Cowichan Valley Josh spent a lot of time on the ocean helping his family with their business in oyster farming. Outside of work, Josh enjoys running, backpacking, and working on various coding projects.

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