David Laing


I grew up in Ontario. It was a wonderful and fortunate childhood, filled with fantasy novels, James Taylor albums, canoe trips, and chlorine.

I studied everything and nothing in McMaster University’s interdisciplinary Arts & Science program, where I found my people.

After graduating I wanted to be employed, and needed some skills, so I moved out West to study in the first cohort of the Master of Data Science program at the University of British Columbia.

I now teach a course in that program once a year, and otherwise work full-time as a senior data scientist at Imbellus.

I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

Here are some posts that I think you might like:

On data science

Communication in data science: more than just the final report

Reflections on a course I taught in the Master of Data Science program in 2017.

How to get a job in data science

It is said that when you give the same advice three times, you should write it down in a blog post. I’m often approached for advice by job seekers in data science, so this is that blog post.

On productivity

Book review: Atomic Habits

A review of James Clear’s thorough and practical book on habit formation.

Embracers and equalizers

Two schools of thought on how best to address the asymmetry between present and future desires.

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