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meet Raland Kinley, developer

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Raland Kinley is many things: a father, professional web/software developer, music label owner and the former frontman of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s death metal demons Dichotic.

Raland graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1996 with Bachelor’s degrees in arts (honours economics) and commerce (finance). He worked for a junior mineral resource company as an administrative assistant in his first year after university before landing a market researcher position at Brooklyn North Software Works in the early part of 1997. Eventually, Raland took on the role of webmaster for the company and this is where his interest in web development and programming took hold. He stayed on with Brooklyn North until 1999.

Raland Kinley is many things: a father, professional web/software developer, music label owner and the former frontman of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s death metal demons Dichotic.

In the meantime, Raland had been handling vocal duties for local death metal masters Dichotic and he managed his own music label (Discorporate Music) to promote Dichotic and other local metal acts including Cephalectomy, Fear Absolute and Civil Carnage. Dichotic released two full-length CDs for Discorporate Music. In all, Discorporate Music has eight releases under its belt. Although it is now a less intensive hobby than before.

In 2000, Raland found employment at Photopoint.com – one of the first site’s for sharing digital photos. Photopoint was a truly inspiring place to work. Raland got more involved in programming, and met the future mother of his child.

In 2004, Raland joined TransActive Ecommerce Solutions as lead developer. He remains there today where he is primarily a Microsoft .NET developer and an expert technical integration resource for the Skipjack Financial Network.

On January 4, 2005, Raland and Rhonda (Miller) welcomed Nicholas Miller Kinley into the family. Nicholas has definitely inherited some of his father’s energy and passion for life and he is well-versed in his father’s past work with Dichotic. Raland, Rhonda and Nicholas live in their new home in Halifax. Raland’s current obsession is finding ways to improve the energy efficiency of the house and playing Civilization IV. Of course, that Nicholas character keeps him occupied as well.