Calen Henry



  • Recent Masters graduate with proven experience designing, customizing, and maintaining Web Content Management (CMS) driven websites and planning, implementing, and evaluating web communications.
  • Experience working in teams and project working groups, as well as with senior staff, to meet organizational web-based needs.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication with advanced French and conversational Japanese language skills.

Technical Competencies

Web Languages

  • PHP
  • MySQL


  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Premiere)
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Microsoft Office

Content Management

  • WordPress
  • Custom PHP driven
  • LyrisHQ/Hot Banana
  • Streetprint


Master of Arts in Humanities Computing                                                                           2011

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia/Japanese Studies (Combined Honours)                         2008

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Work Experience

Research Assistant

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

September 2010 – April 2011

Led a team of research assistants, working with Fort Edmonton Park staff, to develop a prototype web-based smartphone game designed to increase customer engagement with the facility.

Administered and maintained a CMS driven site documenting human computer interaction research, leading to the creation of a multidisciplinary research group on interactive technology.

Worked with a large and geographically diverse research team to write a report to the Social Science Humanities Research Council Knowledge Synthesis Grants group on Canadaʼs Digital Economy.

Communications Assistant

Northwestel, Yellowknife, NT

May 2010 – August 2010

Consulted with external firm to update Northwestel’s website design to increase usability and aesthetics.

Worked with Marketing and Communications team to write a website manual, allowing for more efficient and unified content updates.

Worked with Brand and Marketing Communications Manager to develop a staff social media manual and company-wide social media policy, enabling unified and timely communication with customers over Facebook and Twitter.

Increased functionality of Northwestel Facebook page by adding custom tabs showing complete company and career information.

Worked with senior staff to research and report on Northwestel web needs, leading the company to move to a better tailored, more cost effective CMS.

Maintained Northwestel’s CMS driven external website and added HTML/CSS custom designs as needed.

Worked with senior staff to increase exposure and public knowledge of Northwestel’s Video On Demand service by implementing a custom external site.

Research Assistant

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

September 2009 – April 2010

Custom coded and designed frontend webpages to display previously un-viewable content from a SQL database.

Worked with previous web developer to create site manual to allow smooth transition between research assistants.


Assistant ACT International, Geneva, CH

August 2008 – August 2009

Administered and maintained ACT International website.

Collaborated with previous webmaster/communications assistant to design and roll-out custom CMS to replace outdated website, allowing more efficient updates and better member access.

Worked with Communications department to write a website manual for current and future Communications staff.

Improved organizational relationship with external IT group, leading to better service and faster updates.

Worked with Communications Working Group to plan new branding and website for merging of ACT International and ACT Development into ACT Alliance.

Presentations and Publications

“Bygone Pursuits & fAR-Play.” Serious Games Round Table, SDH-SEMI Conference 2011. Fredericton, NB.

“Augmented Reality @ UofA.” Serious Games Round Table, SDH-SEMI Conference 2011. Fredericton, NB.

“Survival of the Bittest: Genre Evolution in Video Games.” HuCon 2011: Current Graduate Research in Humanities Computing. Edmonton, AB.

“Managing Difficulty: Enhancing player experience through game interfaces.” HuCon 2010: Current Graduate Research in Humanities Computing. Edmonton, AB.

“Physics in Mass Market Games.” 2008. Game Career Guide.



Proficient (French Immersion Certificate)



Awards and Honours

Advanced Education and Technology Graduate Scholarship, 2010

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2009

The University Prize for Special Achievement, 2008

The A.G. Alexander Travel Scholarship, 2006

The Bank of Montreal Humanities Multimedia Scholarship, 2006

Japan Student Services Organization’s Short-Term Students Exchange Promotion Program Scholarship, 2006

McMaster Honours Award Level 3, 2004

Certificate Courses

Technical Communication 101 (STC Certificate course) – September-October 2011


Society for Technical Communication (STC)

Society for Digital Humanities – SEMI