Interview with David Morgantini

by Denis Fernández Gridchin

David Morgantini is a Canada native living in London, a lover of rock climbing, and an engineer who is truly passionate about helping his team find growth and motivation. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, and found his love for rock climbing during his second year at university. Since then, the longest he’s gone without rock climbing has been a month. As well as rock climbing, he likes to spend time with his wife, and his two-year-old son Lucas. He has been programming since he was six years old (on an Apple II E printing his name in an infinite loop) but the last few years he has focussed on growing the engineering team, and managing their professional growth. His philosophy is quite simple: if you hire people with the right skills and motivate them, they can achieve amazing results.​

Photo of David with his son

What was your very first job?

My first job was at IBM working for the DB2 product.

Tell us about your career at Tes.

I started with Tes as a contractor, then changed to permanent employment as a System Engineer. In 2016, as the team started to grow, I started doing more management of all the engineers, and eventually became VP of engineering. One of the things I did in that role was develop a Skills Matrix to help guide engineers in their career development, along with a user interface to make it easy for engineers and their mentors to work with it. That project was so successful that I founded a startup to bring it to other companies to help them grow their talent. I’ll be taking a more limited role here as that gets going.

What do you love about working here?

I love the ability to see people grow in their professional careers, feel better, and able to achieve their goals. Now I am managing close to 50 engineers.

Do you have any hobbies outside work?

Climbing​ (indoor and outdoor).

David Morgantini rock climbing

What two things do you consider yourself to be very good at?

Coaching, discovering people’s talents and guiding them. Also memorizing complex system architecture in my head.

What two things do you consider yourself to be very bad at?

Design work, and any type of creative work.​

Which three words would you use to describe yourself?

I would say committed, hard worker, and caring… but you should really ask other colleagues.

What was the happiest moment in your life?

First time holding my son.

What TV series are you currently watching?

Paw Patrol 😀

What is the most interesting place you have traveled?

Norway, Arctic Circle.

Photo of Norway taken by David Morgantini

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  • Climb a 7c+
  • Climb Grand Wall Squamish
  • Climb the nose in Yosemite

We asked two colleagues to describe him in 3 words:

Generous, consistent, tall​.

and the other one said:

Vision, focused, detail.

oh and also: Cookie, coffee, about​ 😂