About the Authors
Get to the Point is a division of Orchid Systems Inc. Orchid Systems came into being in June of 1999, and is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
As the author of the Get to the Point instructional training manuals, Ken McKee draws on his many years of college instruction for each training manual. His passion is to simplify complex information and make it easily accessible to all. His writings are strongly influenced by his 10 years of post-secondary education including work towards a Masters degree in Educational Psychology, B. Ed, B.Sc. (Zool) and a professional teaching certificate.
Ken has presented papers on: 'Minimalism and it's necessity in Education', 'Minimalism and Distance Education', and 'Learning e-materials for Distance Delivery that Enhance Learning Rather than Obscure it' at the following conferences:
- Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) Symposium 2008
- Alberta Colleges & Institutes Faculties Association (ACIFA)
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
- Polytechnic Canada Technical Showcase in conjunction with the Annual Conference for the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR), 2006
- Alberta Distance Education and Training Association (ADETA)
2004, 2005, 2006
- Learning Innovations Forum PanAmerican Conference (LIF)
Feel welcome to download one of Ken's presentations:
Ken has taken early retirement from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he taught computer software, statistics, business math, and mathematics. Also, Ken is providing software training for Alberta Water and Waste Water Operators Association (AWWOA).
Wayne M. Hope
Wayne Hope started his electronics career teaching at the University of Alberta, then joined the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology shortly after that, and remained at that position for many years while simultaneously exploring many interests, such as photography and boatbuilding.
After 11 years at NAIT, and following an interest in financial mathematics and programming, he executed a take-over of Federal Mortgage Corporation Ltd., and jointly owned the business for several years before returning to teaching electronics at NAIT with renewed vigor and interest.
After having several books published by West Publishing in the USA, he started his own publishing company, Formulations Media Inc., which remains in operation after more than 20 years. With his company he has published a DC text manual, an AC text manual, four lab manuals and four problem manuals, as well as a
mortgage text. His company has also provided an outlet for several pieces of software he has developed and newspaper puzzles which have been used in many places.
Under the subject of electronics, Hopeís books thoroughly cover DC, AC,
electronic devices and op amps. He has also used this material to make customized books for over 40 colleges and universities throughout North America.
Having become tired of lifting heavy boxes of books, Hope has recently signed an agreement with Orchid Systems Inc. to take over the orders, printing and distribution of the many publications of Formulations Media, however Hope will remain active in creating new custom manuals as required and may also pen two new text manuals for the areas of devices and op amps.
Most of Hopeís time is now spent doing many forms of photography and he is presently building a new photography studio and has published eight new photography books through Blurb in the USA, several of which are selling very well. He is also designing a new boat to build, but he really needs to get out and cut the grass.
Hugh D. Read
Hugh D. Read has been involved in the field of communications as a teacher, writer, and editor since 1976. After completing a BA and PDAD at the University of Alberta, he worked with Edmonton Public Schools for nine years, including five years as a teacher and administrator in English as a Second Language programs for adults.
In 1985, Hugh joined the faculty at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to teach technical writing courses in a number of programs. In 2000, he transferred from the English Department to NAIT's School of Business, where he currently teaches daytime (and occasionally evening and weekend) courses in business communications.
Hugh's first textbook, PLAIN ENGLISH: A Guide to Standard Usage and Clear Writing (written with co-author C. Edward Collins) was published by Prentice-Hall Canada in 1989. This was followed in 1991 by ENGLISH AT WORK: Communicating in Business and Industry (also with C.E. Collins) and then by his first solo work, LOOK IT UP: An Alphabetical Reference for Writers, published in 1993.
In 1998, Hugh's fourth book, CLEAR AND CONCISE: Plain English for the Workplace, was published by Westbridge. A second edition of this title came out in 2000, and the modular version,
CLEAR & CONCISE: Communication Skills made its first appearance in 2001. This version is now in its fourth edition.
As a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Hugh has long been active in this international association of writers, editors, publishers, and illustrators, both as a participant and as a presenter at many training sessions and conferences. He has served as chair of the Edmonton STC group and as an international competition judge. Two of his books have earned STC Awards of Excellence in publication competitions.
Besides writing and teaching, Hugh does freelance editing and consulting. His other interests include music (guitar), foreign travel, martial arts (Aikido), yoga, carpentry, and working with computers.
Jack D. Waller
Jack D. Waller has a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta. For many years, he has taught digital circuit concepts at a college level and presently devotes most of his spare time to the to the topic of programmable devices, which he sees as the future of electronics.
Jack is very much a "hands on" individual with many varied hobby interests including auto restoration, mechanics, welding, and machining, to mention just a few. Acreage life provides a connection to God's creation, which he loves very much.