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Monique Baril
Senior Technical Developer

About Monique

I'm happiest when I'm learning something new, yet I find myself always turning back to the first language I was exposed to in University: Java. Part of what I like about Java is that it has evolved a lot since I first started using it, allowing me to keep learning and keep discovering new ways of solving problems. My passion for software development was ignited when I was about 15 years old, in a high school computer class. Our teacher had challenged us to come up with a Turing computer program and my friends and I decided to make it a game-building competition. I remember that moment when I was the first person in the class to figure out how to use the mouse in a Turing application – that was literally a game changer! I do my best work when I'm surrounded by people who take pride in their craft, and I feel fortunate to have found this at Jonah Group. I also appreciate that we are given opportunities to learn and explore new approaches to problems. In terms of problem-solving, I love the challenge of looking into (and resolving) obscure problems that require a lot of digging. This sometimes comes with a lot of frustration, but then once I've figured out the solution, it feels great. Along with development, I also have a passion for music. In university, I did a double-major in Computer Science and Music, and currently hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts. My taste in music is pretty eclectic and I enjoy discovering new music I've never heard before. While working, I find myself either listening to electronic music or minimalist and post-minimalist classical music. These help keep my mind focused. Most interesting place you've ever travelled to: I enjoy traveling and have visited a number of interesting places. One of the most memorable places I've travelled to would be Kagoshima, Japan. It is well off the tourist-beaten track. Most people there do not speak English, which can make communication challenging when you have limited Japanese. I rode around the nearby volcano, Sakurajima, on a rented bike (in the pouring rain!), ate some really amazing food, and met a number of really friendly locals. Favorite keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + F, it helps keep me sane. Favorite go-to lunch spot: There are so many great lunch spots near the office. My go-tos are CJ Lunchbox for some quick sushi, and pretty much any burrito joint around (and there are many)!