Speakers

Frode Aarebrot, Solvera

Frode Aarebrot, Solvera
Regina, SK


Frode is a developer at Solvera Solutions in, splitting his time between traditional .NET enterprise software and SharePoint applications. He spent his early twenties repairing avionics in Norway, before moving to Canada and making a career change to software development.

Frode has delivered numerous successful enterprise solutions both with and without SharePoint, including intranet redesigns, custom applications, re-platforming legacy applications, and complex workflows. He has also independently released several Windows Phone apps over the last couple of years.

Sergii  Baidachnyi, Microsoft

Sergii Baidachnyi, Microsoft


Sergii has been working in the information technologies field for more than 15 years, 8 of those having been with Microsoft. He was born and raised in the Ukraine and lived there until recently when he moved to Canada. So if you’re fluent in Russian, you can check out one of his many books on SQL Server, C#, ASP.NET, Silverlight and Windows 8. Now that he is in Canada, Sergii has promised to write lots of English content, so keep an eye out!

Adam Barrett, Bitovi

Adam Barrett, Bitovi
Regina, SK


An experienced JavaScript developer with a love for mobile and front-end web. Adam has worked for successful Saskatchewan companies like Itracks, Zu and GB Internet Solutions as a front-end and mobile developer. Now able to pursue JavaScript in depth as a developer at Bitovi, Adam hopes to spread the word about ES6, Web Components, and CanJS.

Donald Belcham, igloocoder.com Consulting

Donald Belcham, igloocoder.com Consulting
Sherwood Park, AB


Donald Belcham is a senior software developer, independent contractor, and agile development expert who is a strong supporter of fundamental OO patterns and practices. He is co-author of the book, "Brownfield Application Development in .NET" (Manning Press, 2009), and actively shares his expertise with other technical professionals at user groups, code camps and conferences held throughout out the world. Past lectures have covered topics that encompass development practices, quality team leadership, and the intricacies of new and emerging technologies.

In addition to acting as a mentor, trainer and speaker, Donald has led a wide range of highly successful projects and developed top-performing teams for a variety of companies. Since 2007, he has been awarded the Microsoft MVP Award in C#. He also is a JetBrains Partner and a Sharpcrafter's Training Partner.

You can access Donald Belcham's thoughts on software development, .NET and C# through his various lectures, presentations and at his outspoken technical blog www.igloocoder.com.

From an artistic angle, he sees the lyrics of Journey's Don't Stop Believin as a metaphor for his career:

Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train
Goin' anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Vlad Catrinescu, vNext Solutions

Vlad Catrinescu, vNext Solutions
Montreal, PQ


Vlad is a SharePoint Consultant with more than 5 years in IT specializing in analyzing and deploying your perfect SharePoint Infrastructure. He also specializes into designing and implementing High Availability and Disaster Recovery SharePoint solutions as well as hybrid scenarios between SharePoint and Office365 and deployment automation using Microsoft TFS.

Vlad is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in SharePoint since 2013 and is known in the community for his technical abilities and for founding the biggest and most active SharePoint Community that you can find at www.SharePoint-Community.net. Vlad also has his own blog at http://www.absolute-sharepoint.com and he often shares his knowledge by speaking at local conferences and community events.

Leonard Cervantes, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Leonard Cervantes, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Toronto, ON


Leonard Cervantes is the Product Manager for Mobile Apps and Emerging Platforms at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Len has lived in the Mobile space since the early days of shortcodes, ringtones and WAP sites on feature phones. After launching the mobile arm for MTV Canada (the first truly multi-platform broadcast channel in the country), Len took his talents to the CBC to manage a portfolio of apps on all platforms from iOS to BlackBerry and everything in between, on devices that fit in your pocket to consoles that sit on your shelf. 2014 highlights included high-profile app product launches for CBC Sochi 2014 (iOS/Android/Windows), CBC FIFA 2014 (iOS/Android) and relaunches of CBC News and CBC Radio aligned with Apple's iOS 8 and iPhone 6 launches. The year was capped off with the relaunching CBC News and CBC Radio for Android 5.0 Lollipop using Material Design. Who knows what 2015 will bring (well, Len does.) Len's focus is on effective Product Management, Team Building, Diversity and the intersection between Technology and Philanthropy.

James Chambers, Imaginet

James Chambers, Imaginet
Brandon, MB


James Chambers is a senior software developer who pulls no punches when talking about the tech he works with on a daily basis. His presentations are founded in his daily experiences from the trenches, but he keeps things moving fast and relatable. Employed at Imaginet on a team of awesome-makers, he is a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/ISS and has a passion for mentoring other developers, aged 10 and up, and recently published Bootstrapping MVC (LeanPub, 2014). James is lucky husband, proud father and active in the community raising funds to alleviate poverty, provide clean drinking water to children and to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

Pearl Chen, Karma Laboratory

Pearl Chen, Karma Laboratory
Toronto, ON


From HTML to LEDs, Android to Arduino — Pearl Chen takes on a cross-disciplinary approach to her work. With over 10 years of professional experience in building interactive experiences, Pearl currently works independently as both a developer and educator.

Pearl's goal is to raise the bar for technology education by creating engaging and e?ective educational user experiences. Pearl has worked with Intel, Google, TELUS, Ladies Learning Code, CFC Media Lab, and Samsung. Pearl also runs electronics and web development workshops under the umbrella of her own company, Karma Laboratory.

David Drever, Solvera Solutions

David Drever, Solvera Solutions
Regina, SK


David is a SharePoint and .NET Developer with Solvera Solutions. David has been working with IT for 14 years with the last 4 focused in the SharePoint platform. David holds a Bachelor of Science: Computer Science degree from the University of Regina and has a MCTS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development certification.

Jonathan Fuerth, JBoss by RedHat

Jonathan Fuerth, JBoss by RedHat
Toronto, ON


I'm a professional software developer with a passion for correct code that's maintainable over the long term. I work at Pivotal Labs, where I'm lucky enough to be working in open source on the infrastructure behind Cloud Foundry. In my free time, I co-lead TJUG, a Java User Group in Toronto. I also brew beer and work on a number of open source hobby projects.

Phil Greer, ISM Canada

Phil Greer, ISM Canada
Saskatoon, SK


With over 10 years of direct SharePoint experience, Phil Greer has watched and reflected upon the product’s evolution. He has been fortunate to work with SharePoint from all angles: as an architect, business analyst, project manager, administrator, and developer. This has given him deep insight into where the product has been, where it is going, and where it best fits into solutions that work for business users. Phil is a SharePoint Consultant at ISM in Saskatchewan. He leads the Saskatchewan SharePoint User Group (SKSPUG) which formed in the fall of 2014. When he is not thinking about business solutions (and technology), he’s just growing his beard and tending to his garden.

Miloš Jovanovic, CBC

Miloš Jovanovic, CBC
Toronto, ON


I'm a senior iOS developer at CBC. I've worked on apps like CBC News, CBC TV, CBC Radio and Hockey Night in Canada used by a million Canadians every day. Previously I worked for The Weather Network, creating the #1 weather app in Canada.

Didier Kashinda, KBS

Didier Kashinda, KBS
Winnipeg, MB


A long-time developer and business analyst, Didier started his career has Software Engineer working mostly in Telecommunications and Mobile Industry. In the last 15 years, he worked as developer and analyst in different countries including Germany, France, Belgium, UK, DR Congo, South Africa and Canada, and led nationwide to small projects involving Mobile apps development and the Cloud in Africa.

With his new company KBS, Didier wants to bring affordable technology and resources to developing countries in Africa, and train the rising generation of leaders who has been forgotten during the many years of wars.

Didier loves C#, and Xamarin is his favorite development Platform. He plays soccer, draws comic books and 2D animations. He is an Independent Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer and Coach.

Melissa Kendall, iQmetrix

Melissa Kendall, iQmetrix
Winnipeg, MB


A childhood building and repairing computers with her father has instilled in Melissa a passion for computer science. As chair of the iQmetrix Females in Technology committee, she regularly visits Winnipeg schools to show students what a career in computer science has to offer.

Lori Lalonde, ObjectSharp Consulting

Lori Lalonde, ObjectSharp Consulting
Kitchener, ON


Lori Lalonde is an Apress author, consultant, blogger, international conference speaker, Xamarin Certified Developer and Microsoft MVP. She began her career in software in 1997 and hasn't looked back since. Her experience spans numerous industries and a variety of technologies, with the past decade focused on the Microsoft .NET platform. Lori is actively involved in the local community, serves as the President of Canada's Technology Triangle .NET User Group, and participates in local Women in Technology groups. Whether mentoring junior colleagues or writing about her experiences in the IT industry on her blog, she is always happy to share her knowledge with the greater community.

Juan Larios

Juan Larios
Toronto, ON


Juan Larios is a seasoned SharePoint Architect/Developer/Consultant that has been consulting for some of the largest brands in the world. Juan is a 4 time SharePoint MVP and has a passion for education, building innovative teams and environments and delivering effective solutions. Juan has focused the majority of his career working in the SharePoint space but has been a great interest in Development technologies and how it changes and transforms businesses.

Chad McCallum, iQmetrix Software

Chad McCallum, iQmetrix Software
Regina, SK


Chad McCallum is a Saskatchewan computer geek and ASP.NET MVP with over 7 years of .NET experience. After graduating from the Computer Systems Technology course at SIAST in Saskatoon he picked up contracting until he could pester iQmetrix to give him a job, where he's been for the last 7 years. He had a brief stint in Vancouver working on interactive retail software. Since then he's come back to Regina, SK where he’s started HackREGINA, a hackathon organization aimed at strengthening the developer community while coding and drinking beer. His current focus is single-page applications with JavaScript. Between random app ideas, he tries to learn a new technology every week - you can see the results on www.rtigger.com

Matt Milner, M3 Technology Partners Inc.

Matt Milner, M3 Technology Partners Inc.
Minneapolis, MN


Matt Milner is an independent consultant and trainer who, from the early days of the internet, was building websites and databases to help organizations manage their business. Over the years he has built numerous systems using web technologies such as ASP.NET and integration technologies including BizTalk Server, WCF, WF, and yes, even MSMQ. Currently Matt splits his time between building applications and teaching other developers about the latest Microsoft technologies including Azure, Xamarin and Web API. In addition to creating training videos for Pluralsight Matt contributes to the community by speaking at code camps, user groups, and international conferences including Tech Ed, Dev Days, and DevWeek.

Chris Missal, Headspring

Chris Missal, Headspring
Austin, TX


I'm a programmer, a nerd, and a goofball. I make things that help make the Internet more useful and fun. I'm currently a Senior Consultant on the Architect Team for Headspring in Austin Texas.

Tom Opgenorth

Tom Opgenorth
Sherwood Park, AB


Tom is an IT consultant from Edmonton, Alberta who is currently on contract to Xamarin - the makers of the best cross-platform mobile development toolkit. In 2008 he picked up the first Android phone, the ADP1, and has been hooked on mobile technologies every since. At Xamarin he spends his days on the documentation team, fusing the wonderful world of mobile and C# into samples and tutorials that make it easier for others to tackle cross platform development. When not working, Tom is busy being dragged around by his trusty Samoyed dog, monkeying around with Arduino, or figure out ways to torment his sons.

Gary Pronych, Microsoft

Gary Pronych, Microsoft
Regina, SK


Gary has a broad architecture experience participating in a number of enterprise solutions in various roles. As an Enterprise Architect with Microsoft he works with enterprise customers not to deliver Microsoft products, but to discover business drivers, enterprise values and align IT solutions. He works with these customers to transform from traditional IT organizations, to business-centric enterprises.

Architecture is not exclusively about drawing models and roadmaps; it is about enabling IT and business for continuous success.

Steve Rogalsky, Protegra

Steve Rogalsky, Protegra
Winnipeg, MB


Steve Rogalsky first started experimenting with agile and lean techniques as a child. He learned the importance of ‘test first’ and the folly of ‘test last’ after starting a snow ball fight with the older kids in the neighbourhood. While playing the popular lego game of ‘zoom your vehicle towards your brother’s vehicle and see which one breaks first’, he honed his simple design and iterative development skills. Steve is a process hacker, accomplished agilist, and co-founder of the Winnipeg Agile User Group. Passionate about his family, working with people, solving problems, coaching, agile, lean, and continuous improvement. Blogs at http://winnipegagilist.blogspot.com

Dylan Smith, Imaginet

Dylan Smith, Imaginet
Winnipeg, MB


Dylan Smith is a Microsoft MVP (ALM), and an ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) consultant for Imaginet where he spends his time helping teams become more successful at delivering software. In addition to over 15 years’ experience designing and architecting mission critical applications, Dylan helps run the .Net User Group in his hometown of Winnipeg. In the past 7 years Dylan has focused on agile development techniques and practices. He has led the shift to agile and lean development practices across multiple teams, projects and companies.

Jay Smith, Online Business Systems

Jay Smith, Online Business Systems
Winnipeg, MB


Jay Smith does not like insecure code. He doesn't like it so much that he's decided to dedicate much of his life to putting a stop to it. As a security consultant with Online Business Systems, his job is to track down weakness in code and educate developers on how to stop them from happening. As a director at SkullSpace Winnipeg - Winnipeg's Hackerspace - he runs a savvy community with a passion for security, privacy, and technology. As a founder of the Winnipeg chapter of the Security BSides Conference, he's able to take security education to a broader audience. He also likes to develop occasionally too. It's pretty fun.

Simon Timms, Pacesetter Directional Drilling

Simon Timms, Pacesetter Directional Drilling
Calgary, AB


Simon Timms hates writing biographies. He would much rather be working on his current book, Evolving ASP.net Applications or encouraging people to read his previous two books. He would also like to be setting up more talks for the Calgary .net User Group where he acts as president and speaks several times a year. There is rumor that instead of writing bios in years gone by he has done development for various companies around Calgary and spent several years running a large build system. While writing this bio he was distracted by an e-mail from the ASP.net/IIS MVP mailing list where he is a first time member. He almost didn't get back to finishing this bio but he had to wait for a DNS update to blog.simontimms.com where he blogs semi-regularly.

Jessica Watson, iQmetrix

Jessica Watson, iQmetrix
Winnipeg, MB


Currently, I am a coder, figure skating coach, life coach, women in technology advocate, volunteer Ladies Learning Code event coordinator. Since graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2012, I have been employed at a company called iQmetrix. The environment at iQmetrix has enabled me to grow from a jr software developer, to leading office wide skill discussions, to eventually launching the Winnipeg chapter of Ladies Learning Code in 2014. I am passionate about self-development, life-long learning, and helping others discover hidden abilities.

David Wesst,

David Wesst,
Winnipeg, MB


DW loves two things: Video Games and JavaScript. The former opened the door into his love for designing rich user experiences, the latter is his reference for building software. Working alongside his fellow Internet Explorer MVPs and User Agents for the past four years, David continues to spead the word of open standard code in the community through speaking, blogging, and live streaming.