The Resume of Arley McBlain

I'm Arley McBlain. I'm a designer, developer, & dreamer. A more traditional style of resume is available as a PDF here.

I've been extremely fortunate in my career: I've had the opportunity to work on a great product at, and in the agency-world with great clients of all sizes, including some highly recognizable national and international brands like BlackBerry, Tim Hortons, Suncor, Petro Canada, Pet Valu, Manulife, and many others. I've had the opportunity to work in many sectors, and on projects of every scale. I've taken sites from concept to launch, collaborating effectively while focussing my attention in particular on problem solving. I've worked solo, as a part of a team, and even worked with multiple agencies at once.

I've played many roles in many projects. My favourite role is on the front-end, in UI design and development; where I combine my background in design with my love of code to create truly creative and detail oriented pieces.

I am prayerfully seeking full-time employment in a ministry capacity to use my skills for the great commission, in the spirit of the greatest commandment.

Overview & Personal

  1. I love creative problem solving.
  2. I have taken part in every step of web creation. I have jack-of-all-tradesy experience in strategy, UX, design, development, QA, accessibility - but my forté is in graphic design and front-end UI design and development.
  3. I've spoken at a number of conferences on topics ranging from WordPress, Scalable object oriented Sass frameworks, SEO, Accessibility, and taught the basics of CSS for layouts
  4. I am currently a front-end developer at four days a week, where I lead the team developing websites for hundreds of dealer clients
  5. One day a week I serve on the Growth Team at Crossroads Media
  6. For one year I volunteered one day per week for my local church, and other non-profit organizations regionally, provincially, nationally, and globally
  7. I am fueled by a passion to learn, experiment, and create unique and polished browser experiences
  8. My wife and I currently lead a weekly church small group out of our home
  9. For fun I speed-listen to books/podcasts, speed-watch videos, customize mechanical keyboards, and optimize automation tooling to make life more efficient
  10. I build my own bible study tools, and have coded the bible four times. I love to equip church leaders with tools that allow them to do bible study and writing more efficiently
  11. When I'm not online I'm with my amazing wife, and two children in Burlington. They're my favourite nouns in the whole world


  • 2017–Present - One day weekly volunteering as Build Faith Ministries
  • 2014–Present - Lead front-end developer / Team Lead for dealership websites at
  • 2010–2014 - Designer then Lead front-end developer at Thrillworks Inc.
  • 2006–2010 - Contractor/Freelancer and sole proprieter of Debut Creative
  • 2005–2006 (and then until 2010 by contract) - New Media Developer at Benjamin James Marketing Communications
  • 2003–2005 - In House designer at a UPS Store
  • 2000–2003 - Canadore College student, and employed as lab monitor/tutor, begin freelancing. GPA 3.99
  • 1981 - born!

The Work

Over the years I have done a lot of work with various teams and clients; web development, graphic design, and written articles and documentation. I would love the opportunity to present this in person. Email me at [email protected].


Anyone can make themselves sound good! So don't just take my word for it. Here are some testimonials from people I've learned with, grown with, worked with, and worked for.

Amazing designer! Arley has an eye for design and crafts simple clean user interfaces. His work is beautiful! Even with a limited amount of design assets to build off of, he is able to create a wide range of stunning design options. I love working with Arley! He always welcomes feedback and provides great insight in improving the user experience. His work on our client's app is having a tremendous impact for the kingdom. Believers around the world are daily being encouraged to pray more for the least reached, people groups with limited to no access to the Gospel. Looking forward to our next project!”

Johnathan Pulos, Project Director

I have worked with Arley on web related projects through our church for nearly four years. From the first time we met his warm, helpful, kind demenor put me at ease instantly, and his enthusiasm for what God is doing in our church was contagious. He truly believes that web is a platform usable to reach people with the gospel and his dedication to the task at hand is evidence of that.

He has always made time to help me trouble shoot, build new sites, or just answer questions that I have with unfamiliar plugins or processes - and when he doesn't know the answer Arley takes the time to go through his personal resources or research to figure out the problem.

As a team we've prioritized projects, worked on design, opened and closed new sites, explored alternative options when something isn't working and so much more. I would highly recommend him for any web project and look forward to continue to work together in the future.

Shannon Stark, Communications Manager

Arley is a great front end developer. He's also a good writer and designer full of creative ideas and a heck of a sense of humor, which makes him a guy you want to have around.

Chris Coyier, web craftsman, blogger, author, speaker

The Future

I plan to continue to use my skills and connections to maximize the voice, and reach of great teachers and organizations in the decades to come. If you have a project in mind that I may be a good fit for, please contact me:

[email protected]