Craig Blakney

Craig Blakney

Having been in the IT industry for over 25 years, I have most recently been following my passion for training, tutoring and mentoring, spending much of my time developing instructional materials and facilitating adult learning events. I am thrilled to be part of Electra’s incredible team of learning professionals who share my passion.

I’m a technophile who typically can’t wait to demonstrate the wonderous new innovations I have recently discovered or acquired. But I also understand how intimidating and potentially frustrating technology can be, in the absence of proper instruction and training. Therefore, I find great joy in helping to demystify and humanize computing concepts, features, functions and tools.

I‘m also an audiophile. A large portion of my spare time is spent performing, producing and listening to music. I love how deceptively diverse, and vibrant Canada’s music scene is.

I started my career as an IT Professional, working in various disciplines within IT. In 2010, I was laid off from a Solutions Engineer position and I realized I enjoyed educating end users the most so I decided to focus on that. I became an Apple-certified Trainer, teaching their music production software. I went to California for the training, it was very intimidating, you are required to have to train their software in front of Apple staff members. Then I began teaching local musicians how to produce their own music. I ended up in a position with a large oil and gas company helping with their Office 2010 roll-out, and after contracting for a while doing Microsoft-based training, Neil contacted me about working with Electra.
It’s a dream job for me because I get to do a little bit of everything. Content development, eLearning course development and in person training. Such a variety, it allows me to stay fresh and enthusiastic. I find it rewarding to teach people how to use technology in their own jobs to be more productive and efficient.
I taught myself how to play the piano when I was around 20, then joined some classic rock cover bands. I play music by ear and most nights play the piano to help me relax. Contemporary jazz is my go-to, and my usual music tastes are more on the left of center. I produce music in my home, and until Covid hit I played drums with a band at the Stampede every year. I like to volunteer at the folk music clubs around Calgary, it’s a chance to hear some great music, hang out with other musicians and have a little fun.
I went to Montreal with my daughter last year. It was an incredible trip; Montreal feels diverse and European but Canadian at the same time. We saw great music; the arts are alive there with lots of culture and some great food too.