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Principal, Technologist

After graduating from Concordia University, Montreal in 1991 Simmons moved to the west coast and began working as a technologist.

By 1993, when CERN (Conseil Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire) first made web technology available outside the physics community, Simmons worked as a webmaster. At the time, coding HTML was considered to be something of a black art and the select few developers who had mastered the language also played the role of information architect, designer and content provider. Simmons's pioneering work provided a solid understanding of the many aspects of web development and, more importantly, how to integrate each of the ingredients so they work in symphony.

Between 1994 and 1996 Simmons worked with numerous organizations and government agencies as part of a group of trailblazers unveiling the mysteries of the Internet to the public and promoting its use to the corporate sector. Simmons was routinely contracted for speaking engagements from coast to coast including as keynote speaker at Telecommunities 95.

Simmons helped establish British Columbia's Electronic Highway Accord and was appointed to the BC Government's Advisory Council on Information Technology. Much of the work (and the work of others) during this time formed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) policies on information technology.

Once the web became more established, Simmons decided to take a position managing web services for a medium sized Internet firm. It was during this tenure that Simmons spearheaded the development of the company's franchise web-based-software, an .asp driven application, known today as a .net project.

In 1998 Simmons established Stay Sane Communications and continues to develop and participate in innovative technology projects. Over the years, Simmons's work has been featured on Global TV, CTV, and CityTV and in Internet News, the Computer Paper, Office@Home Magazine, Teacher Magazine, the Times Columnist, Monday Magazine, the Vancouver Province among other publications.

Most recently Simmons was contracted to work as part of an international team on the world's first VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) finger-touch screen phone.

When she is not working on technology projects, Susan can be found kayaking to scenic islands within British Columbia's coastal waterways.

Author of:
- Passport to the Internet
- Quick Reference Guide to the Internet
- Guide to the Internet
- On FTP
- Women, Democracy and the Internet
- World Wide Web - World Without Women
- The Freedom of FreeNet

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