My name is Andree Toonk I'm 29 years old and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I was
born and raised in The Netherlands in a city called Zevenaar near the German border.
In my spare time I love to ride on
, unfortunately not as much as I used
to, but I'm still enjoying it as much as I can! Sometimes I bike with friends sometimes with my
co-workers. In the photo section you will find some nice
photos of a biking trip in the Alps in
which I went on with my coworkers in the summer of 2005.
Of course I like to hang out with my friends. I have a very nice group of
friends, who I see on a regular basis. This group of friends exists for over 15
years already. Most of us know each other since primary school. When we were
teenagers we used to go on holiday with the whole group every year, mostly to
Spain and Greece. Nowadays we still have our annual friends weekend. We also
have our own website, please check http://www.zoneggeposse.nl to learn more
about my friends and lots of photos of our holidays, birthday parties and lots
For my work I have the opportunity to travel a quite a lot, primarily to visit
conferences. I always bring my camera and try to see something of the places I
visit. I also like to go on holidays and city trips. In the photo section you will find the photos of this.
Utrecht is the city where I used to study. Four years ago already I received my
Bachelor degree at the "Hoge school van
Utrecht" in Communication Technology.
After that I decided to do a new study: "System
and Network Engineering" at the
"University of Amsterdam". Amsterdam is not far away from Utrecht, so everyday
a traveled by train to the university. In July 2004 I completed my study and
received Master's Degree (Cum Laude).
Currently I am employed at "BCNet" as a
network Analyst. BCNet is the regional Research network of British
Until summer 2007 I was employed at "SARA" as a senior networkspecialist. There I
was primarily involved with the SURFnet6 network. SURFnet6 is the Dutch National Research and
Education. Network (NREN) and is a state of the art hybrid network meaning that
in addition to IPv4 and IPv6 unicast and multicast connectivity SURFnet6 also
offers lightpath services. These lightpaths can be either static or configured
dynamically by users. The lightpaths are configured over the optical DWDM / SDH
Nowadays I also spent a lot of my time on innovation project as a member of
the "SARA Network Research Group". Subjects that I am working on are: the
Perl TL1 toolkit, Lightpath monitoring, (Optical) control plane technologies and on
demand network provisioning. As part of this I visit and give presentations at
conferences such as the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), Intenet2 joint
techs and GLIF (Global Lambda Integrated Facility). One of my favorite things
to do is working on tooling, to automate daily management tasks.