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Steve Northover

Steve Northover

STSM (Senior Technical Staff Member) at IBM

Ottawa, Ontario

Steve Northover has almost 30 years of experience in software development with a focus on leadership, architecture, API design, implementation, optimization, testing and maintenance. Steve is a recognized expert in open source development, widget toolkits and the principal architect of SWT (The Standard Widget Toolkit) which is the user-interface component for the Eclipse open source project.

In 2011, Steve was a recipient of the prestigious ACM System Software Award. As a well-respected leader at IBM, in 2007 he was awarded the designation of STSM (Senior Technical Staff Member). He is a frequent presenter at conferences, published author (“Inside SWT”) and long-time advocate of agile development.


I am a hands-on leader involved in all levels of the software process, from team management, to architecture, to day to day development. My strong technical background, extensive experience and interpersonal skills allow me to produce more with less.

Concepts/Environments/Languages: Open source, Agile development, API’s, object orientation, functional programming, widgets, graphics, debugging, virtual machines, garbage collection, build systems, Eclipse, SWT, Java, Smalltalk, C/C++, JavaScript, Objective-C, KDB/Q, Lisp, Prolog, APL, JavaFX, AWT/Swing


  • Technical Lead and Architect (Object Technology International, A Division of IBM Canada)
  • Distinguished Engineer (Bedarra Research Labs)
  • Senior Director / Client Architect (Oracle)
  • STSM (Senior Technical Staff Member) (IBM)
  • Eclipse PMC, STSM, SWT Team Lead (IBM)


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