Andrew Burton

Open Data Administrator


Passionate and effective advocate of Open Data. Full stack web developer with 20 years of industry experience.


Skill Keywords
Open Data Policy Outreach Advocacy Implementation Facilitator
Web LAMP JavaScript Vue HTML 5 MVC PHP Laravel MySQL


Open Data Administrator, City of Winnipeg

2016-06 — Present

Open Data advocacy, outreach and development. Working with all the departments to build the Open Data program. Additional duties taken on to supervise and lead the Corporate Web team.

  • Expanded and developed the Winnipeg Open Data program by convincing department leaders to release high value datasets, for example assessment parcels
  • Efforts led to Winnipeg now declared second most Open City in Canada on the Open Cities Index, up from tenth in 2016
  • Worked with many external organizations including the Province of Manitoba, TechMB (formerly ICTAM), the University of Manitoba and Winnipeg, and various incubators like North Forge and Decision Works
  • Developed several Open Data backed web applications, and designed processes to expand this work
  • Took over as supervisor of the corporate web team to provide guidance and experience on web best practices, and led the web transformation project
  • Led project to build a web Design Standard, for all new websites and web applications for the City of Winnipeg
Open Data Public Service Data Science Leadership Outreach Education Policy Development Performance Management

Senior Programmer Analyst, Winnipeg Free Press

2009-12 — 2016-06

Internal and external product development, from content management systems and employee productivity suites to high traffic front end websites.

  • Built a modular, moustache based website engine that manages multiple streams of data to produce unique content for visitors to the
  • Rapid development of user management and customer management systems
  • Worked with multiple third party vendors for system integration
  • Created unique visualizations for data driven journalism
  • Key member of internal group dedicated to transitioning the newspaper into the digital age
  • Researched and developed CASL email policy
  • Implemented automation and cost reduction processes
PHP MySQL Javascript Laravel 3rd Party Integration Payment Systems Data Mining and Analytics Policy Development

Senior Web Developer, Rainy Day Software Corp

2006-12 — 2009-12

PHP/ASP/Perl/.NET website contract development, database administrator

  • Implemented maintainable and extendible web projects using Code Igniter development framework
  • Developed full feature content management systems for small to medium sized business

Web Developer / Project Manager, Nutech Digital Corp

2002-09 — 2005-05

PHP/ASP/Perl/.NET website contract development, database administrator

  • Developed full featured content management systems for small to medium businesses
  • Windows 2000 / Linux / SunOS Server administration

Web Developer, Self Employed

2001-09 — 2002-09

Contract web development


Jr. System Architect, OzNetwork Pty Ltd

2000-11 — 2001-05

Yahoo-like web portal for Australians



Cofounder, Open Democracy Manitoba

2010-05 — Present

Policy contributor, occasional web development, worked with government organizations to improve transparency

Open Data Open Government

Cofounder, QRb

2012-02 — 2016-01

Custom mobile landing pages for directions to a specific location

LAMP Ruby On Rails Javascript

Cofounder, Babylolly

2008-01 — 2016-01

A complete, private social networking site marketed towards new families. Capture moments that parents of newborns would want to share with their families and friends, but might not feel comfortable sharing on more public social networking sites.

LAMP Social networking JavaScript


Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

1995-09 — 2000-05

Graduated Deans Honour List


Council Ward Data


Open Data backed Vue application, displaying council ward using a Google Map

Winnipeg Nuisance Mosquito Trap Counts


Novel javascript visualization of Winnipeg mosquito trap counts

Winnipeg Free Press


Moustache based widget templates, drawing from multiple data sources and combined on the fly.

Shared Canvas Drawing


Playing around with javascript and canvas, a shared drawing website that was built in a weekend.


Silver Medalist, Canadian Online Publishing Awards


References available on request