About Us

Invest in your future with a professional designation

About Foundational Technologies Institute (FTI)

In this rapidly evolving world, new technologies are in constant development; a standard for understanding needed to be established.

Foundational Technologies Institute working in conjunction with industry experts, researchers and educational providers have established a process to measure students’ level of understanding through our comprehensive examination process. Upon successful completion of the exam, graduates will receive a professional designation in the technologies of tomorrow.

FTI is designed to examine the progression of current curriculum & courseware to ensure it meets a global standard. We will then provide an independent certificate examination that generates an unbiased barometer of your skills in the field of technology.

FTI’s international team of advisors ensures we stay at the forefront of technology innovation and development to offer the most cutting edge & comprehensive designation exam available for emerging technologies. 

Upon successfully passing an exam, graduates will receive a professional designation in their chosen technology.

The Team

Lil Sawyer

President

Lil Sawyer BScN is a former Registered Nurse and Clinical Informatics Specialist holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A large portion of her previous experience was devoted to teaching nurses and physicians in the healthcare environment.  She has a strong belief in the value of ongoing education.

Dave Lee

Managing Director

Dave Lee is currently a Marketing Consultant in International Education. His work has taken him around the world including extensive time in China and Latin America. Dave has worked in the education system in schools,  technology and online education, international education and with the Ministry of Education.

The Advisors

Wayne Van Damme

Advisor

As an executive with over forty years of progressive experience in information management and systems. Wayne has proven skills in leadership along with strategic and operational planning, customer service, timely delivery of large complex projects, team building and staff development. He retired in 2007 but came out of retirement in 2014 to create courses for the Project Management Certificate program at Okanagan College where he stills teaches. It was during this time that Wayne first conceived the idea of Education-as-a-Service (EaaS). Wayne is committed to providing real world education solutions in a manner that provide long-term sustainability and global value.

Evan Freeman

Head of Blockchain Course Review

Evan is an experienced blockchain professional. Evan has served as an advocate for the State of Hawaii Digital Currency Group and consultant for Bitcoin payment platform company Wampei Inc. along with LATOKEN exchange (founder of the Blockchain Economic Forum).

Tom Loewen

Advisor

Tom Loewen is an advisor for blocksEDU. After retiring, he set up Loewen Business Consulting and provides various services to the waste and recycling industry. Prior to establishing LBC in 2016, Tom was Area Manager for BC, providing regional leadership and direction for BFI Canada Inc, which rebranded into Progressive Waste Solutions, one of the largest non-hazardous solid waste management companies in North America. Over his 36 years in the industry, Tom has been involved in sales, marketing, operations and general management. Tom holds a B.R.E. (Bachelor of Religious Education) Degree, a Certificate in Blockchain from Okanagan College and has been granted the global credential, Blockchain Professional – Generalist (BPG). Tom is an ongoing student of leadership and has recently worked as an event manager in Kelowna for the Global Leadership Summit.

Jason Smolensky

Advisor

Jason Smolensky is an engineer, educator and technology enthusiast.  Jason’s thirty-year career has spanned a number of roles and industries including developing the North American business of a European Fuel Cell company, Energy Trading Risk Management, Engineering and Management Consulting and teaching.  Jason currently manages The Simulation and Business Intelligence Group of a large global engineering company and is an Adjunct Professor in The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Applied Science.

Bryce Jones

Advisor

Bryce is the founder and CEO of Flash Forest, a drone reforestation company that offers rapid, affordable and scalable solutions to deforestation and climate change. Bryce has a degree in Biology, a background in forestry and is a specialist in both mechatronics and UAV technology.

Gabriel John

Advisor

Gabriel John is a professional agrologist and holds a Master’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of Alberta. He also holds a certificate in Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantification (GHG-IQ). Gabriel has over 15 years of diverse experience working in academia, as well as in both private and public sector policy and program development.

Gabriel has worked in academia as an agricultural economics lecturer and researcher for five years and also in the development of ethics and values legislation and standards for a developing country.

Gabriel’s government and scholarly work in the past decade has focused on developing strategic policies and innovative programs in the complex energy-environment nexus. He has been engaged in systemic design and strategic foresight for policy and program development in the areas of climate change, emissions management, clean energy, and emerging technologies.

Gabriel currently works on strategic environmental and sustainable energy policies and programs, including policies relating to renewable development and the de-carbonization of the electricity sector.

Courseware Evaluation Team

Joe Holbrook

Blockchain Courseware Evaluator

Currently Joe is the owner of MyBlockChainExperts and is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. He has been in the IT field since 1993 where he migrated from the UNIX networking world to data storage and then onto Enterprise Cloud/Virtualization and Blockchain Architectures.

Joe has worked for numerous IT vendors and integrators such as HDS, 3PAR Data, Brocade Communications, Dimension Data, EMC, Northrup Grumman, ViON, SAIC and Siemens Nixdorf.

He has also been a contract technical trainer for HPE (3PAR), Hitachi Data Systems, Training Associates, ITPrenuers and Global Knowledge.

Joe is a widely published course author and his current book “Architecting Enterprise Blockchain Solutions” was published by Wiley in January of 2020.

Joe is also a Certified Blockchain Professional (CBCP), Certified Blockchain Solutions Architect (CBSA) and Certified Blockchain Developer- Hyperledger Fabric- (CBDH). He holds a BS in Info Systems from UMASS. as well as industry leading certifications from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, VMWare, CompTIA, HP, Cloud Credential Council, Palo Alto Networks and numerous other organizations.

Joe is a leading expert in enterprise blockchain and associated real world applications, such as FinTech, Supply Chain and many more.

 

Dr. Stephane J. Savanah

Courseware Evaluation Team

Dr. Savanah is a highly qualified technologist with multiple degrees including Computer Science and Higher Education. He has taught at high school and university levels and is an experienced courseware developer. In addition to academia, Dr. Savanah has had a long career in Information Technology at Fortune 500 companies in a variety of sectors including capital markets, publishing, manufacturing, health, government and consultancy. Dr. Savanah is an acknowledged expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency and is a sought-after conference speaker, panel moderator, and blockchain instructor. In his role as Director of Research at nChain he guided a team of 10+ PhDs conducting deep research and development into blockchain technology, leading to over 260 international patent applications to his name.