Jonathan M. Hartney
Jonathan Hartney has always been an entrepreneur with a passion for technology. As a result, he has opened several of his own companies in the technology space, ranging from project management to software development and high tech. Among the many titles he has held throughout his industrious career are blockchain innovator, enterprise project manager, SharePoint expert, business analyst, and bitcoin and crypto currency consultant. Today, Jonathan serves as an independent management consultant and as the founder, chief executive officer, and vice president of project development for YYC Tech Consulting headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. The company is a part of his family business, Hartney Enterprises.
An innovative thinker with a head for business, Jonathan hails from a long line of entrepreneurial minds. His great-grandfather, JD (John), started a horse-drawn laundry cart in Vancouver in the early 1900s and was one of the early conductors of the BC Street Cars. His grandfather, Ronald, began his career climbing telephone poles for the phone company in Vancouver and went on to assist with many business and charitable initiatives in the area, including the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Junior Achievement, and Telephone Pioneers. Jonathan’s father, Michael, worked for many years with CP Rail, helping to develop innovations in the field of signals & communications and to establish one of the largest fiber optics infrastructures in Canada.
YYC Tech Consulting specializes in project and program delivery, organizational change management, business intelligence and analytics as well as operational excellence with a focus on value benefits and realization. “In other words, the firm works with enterprise businesses to roll out big software projects,” says Jonathan. They also help startups get set up with web applications and other innovative technologies. Team members work with clients to solve their business problems and to discover what is needed to help grow their business. They also offer services in project management, custom software development, applications, blockchain, and business process engineering. “The cornerstone of our success is working together with our clients to understand their needs and to bring a fit for purpose approach that will achieve the desired business outcomes,” Jonathan explains.
Prior to founding YYC Tech Consulting, Jonathan studied psychology in Calgary and started his career in youth work. Although he was passionate about the field, he discovered that he most enjoyed the technology industry. In fact, Jon and his wife continue to support and to be involved with youth programs through their initiative called shelterfrom.org. He obtained a diploma in information technology from Lethbridge College and his degree in management information systems from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.
After graduation, he started out managing technology projects for several large companies. In 2007, he ventured out on his own as a consultant, which he loved because he was able to work with many different companies as well as on a variety of projects. Jonathan began to grow his own team from there while remaining focused on technology with the goal of helping businesses make their processes more efficient. He has now worked as a technology consultant for over 13 years.
Jonathan also holds a master’s certificate in business analysis from Villanova University in Pennsylvania as well as a blockchain certificate from the University of Oxford. He also holds a certificate from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he participated in the MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, in which his team made it to the final round of presentations as a top viable business.
Presently, Jonathan is also involved with the Canadian Blockchain Consortium (CBC) where he serves as a director of the board. The organization was founded to unite Canada’s diverse community of blockchain business owners, developers, and those interested in exploring technology’s transformative potential. Through their inclusive ecosystem, members work to advocate for technology space, educate the public, and ultimately bring more prosperity to the nation.
Jonathan M. Hartney
Founder, CEO, and Vice President of Project Development
YYC Tech Consulting
MacLeod Place II, Suite, 500
5940 MacLeod Tr. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2H 2G4 Canada
Some of his upcoming projects and initiatives can be found at either https://yyc-tech.com or https://hartneyenterprises.com :
ProjectEngineer.net: an initiative established to share project management experience with upcoming project managers and early PMP students.
Nebulome.com: the cloud beyond the clouds. A software platform dedicated to building better cloud software tools for businesses and industries
Propentos.com: this is an initiative for founders with no technology background. We bring our technology team alongside you and fulfill a CTO role for you and your start up
Intelliphants.com: this is an automated newsfeed that has been established to harness the power of automation technology and give you the information you need. Recently, we’ve re-focused this site to collect and provide information about COVID-19 and also provide some entertainment relief.
Jonathan's favorite quotes:
“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” – George Bernard Shaw
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” -George Bernard Shaw
“Do not accept the roles that society foists on you” – Robert Greene
“Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas” – Kevin O’Leary
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