We have almost 40 speakers from across Canada and the United States coming to share their knowledge and expertise! Get to know our speakers and how to connect with them below!
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!
Derick Bailey (derickbailey.com) is an entrepreneur, developer, screencaster, writer, blogger, speaker and technology leader in central Texas (north of Austin). He runs a podcast hosting service at SignalLeaf.com, and throws down the screencasts at WatchMeCode.net. In his spare time he builds ridiculous electronic toys with Arduino (and a nearby first aid kit), is part of the Entreprogrammers.com podcast and gets called a spamming marketer by people on Twitter.
Amir Barylko started his career in 1994 working for IBM as a senior developer while he was finishing his Masters degree in computer science. Since then he worked as team leader and architect for the past 15 years. Having started with languages like C++ and Java he spent many years coding in C# and training other developers in topics such domain modelling, abstractions, patterns, automation, dependency injection, testing, etc. Being an incurable geek, always thirsty for knowledge, his passion for technology moved him towards Ruby on Rails (RoR) a few years ago, becoming an advocate of RoR web development. Looking for new ways of sharing his knowledge and helping others to achieve their goals motivated Amir to become an owner and build a lean management tool called SmartView (http://smartviewapp.com) that was released in 2014. Amir is a rare combination of high technical skills, experience in a wide range of platforms, exceptional presentation skills and great sense of humour. His presentations are always rich in content and fun to attend.
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
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
Jimmy is an active member in the .NET community, leading open source projects, giving technical presentations, and facilitating technical book clubs. Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and received the "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009-2014. Jimmy is also the creator and lead developer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.
Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management. As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished. Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why.
A long-time agile coach specializing in software architecture, Mario Cardinal is the co-founder of Slingboards Lab, a software publisher that empowers people to achieve their priorities. An experimenter and an entrepreneur, he love to seize the opportunities that emerge from the unexpected. For ten consecutive years, he received the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft. MVP status is awarded to credible technology experts who are among the very best community members willing to share their experience to helping others realize their potential. An experienced Scrum practitioner, he has spent more than 20 years designing large-scale information systems. He is the author of the book "Executable Specifications with Scrum". His friends like to describe him as someone who can extract the essence of a complicated situation, sort out the core ideas from the incidental distractions and provide a summary that is easy to understand.
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 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.
Kathy is a business analyst that has been at iQmetrix for 9 years. Previously Work Software Systems, she started off as a developer out of the University of Manitoba co-op program. After some time in software development in various roles, her role evolved into one that became her business analyst role today. At iQmetrix, she is responsible for looking after their web-based products and has a hand in their mobile solutions as well.
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.
Tim G. Thomas is a web developer in Austin, Texas, where he applies holistic design principles to make the web both usable and beautiful. He speaks on various topics at technology user groups, conferences, and meet-ups, blogs about Web, game, and mobile design at http://timgthomas.com, and shares his thoughts via Twitter at @timgthomas.
Chris G. Williams wears ALL the hats at Big Robot Games. He is the creator of the Charity Fragathon and Magenic Code Mastery events, lead speaker on the Tour de Awesome, founder of several .NET User Groups and the author of Professional Windows Phone 7 Game Development along with numerous Code Magazine articles. He's also a 9 year multi-disciplinary Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSD, indie game developer, Bitcoin enthusiast, creator & maintainer of the open source Heroic Adventure! project, creator & maintainer of the open source CryptoConnector project, INETA Community Champion & 4 year Board of Directors member.
Todd H Gardner is the president and co-founder of TrackJS (trackjs.com) and an independent software consultant. With over a decade of experience building software systems, Todd has built large enterprise systems, complex software products, and launched businesses. Todd is a veteran of software conferences and an international speaker. He holds a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Stillwater Minnesota.
David Haney is a developer on the core team at Stack Exchange, creators of question and answer websites such as StackOverflow and ServerFault. He spends his days paradoxically using StackOverflow to solve programming problems in the StackOverflow codebase. He was previously a lead developer on Fanatics' e-commerce platform which hosts over 10,000 websites including the NFLShop - The Official Online Shop of the NFL and NBAStore.com - The Official NBA Store. David is the creator of Dache, an open source distributed caching framework. His spare time is spent drinking beer and participating in community user groups and programming events - often simultaneously.
Joel Hebert is a Software Architect who resides in Ottawa. He is passionate about Security and Architecture. He is a five time ASP.Net MVP and is one of the User Group Leaders in Ottawa. He would like to share his knowledge of hacking, penetration testing and continuous audit with you to allow you to think about the modern attack vectors that are present.
Jeremy Hiebert is an Information Security Consultant for Online Business Systems in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Starting as a full-stack web developer, Jeremy has moved into the security field, specifically penetration testing, bringing with him his experience and knowledge to give him an edge in the field. He is also highly active in the local IT and hacker community being a long-time member of SkullSpace Winnipeg and active supporter of the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge.
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.
Joe Kuemerle is a developer and speaker in the greater New York City area specializing in .NET development, security, database and application lifecycle topics. Joe is active in the technical community as well as a speaker at local, regional and national events. Joe blogs at www.kuemerle.com and is on Twitter as @jkuemerle.
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.
Runscope Developer Advocate. Web APIs, Hypermedia APIs, REST based LOB systems are my area of expertise. Microsoft Integration MVP.
With over 18 years of experience in Software Development and Management, Jon has led and built agile teams in a wide range of environments from small start-ups to large scale financial institutions. As a skilled mentor and international speaker, Jon has the opportunity to promote positive management practices and solid development practices to developers and managers in a wide variety of situations.
Nik Molnar is a New Yorker, Microsoft MVP, ASP & Azure Insider and co-founder of Glimpse, an open source diagnostics and debugging tool. Originally from Homestead Florida, Nik specializes in web development, web performance, web API's and community management. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and on technical podcasts. In his spare time, Nik can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, hanging with his wife and working on other open source projects.
Sam Nasr has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS, and MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net. He' s involved with the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group, where he has been the group leader since 2003. In addition, he also started the Cleveland WPF User Group, .Net Study Group, is the INETA Mentor for Ohio, author for Visual Studio Magazine, and is a Microsoft MVP. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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.
David is a passionate, hands-on software developer who enjoys engaging others in striving for quality software that solves real-world business problems. David has many years of experience in developing software for financial, agricultural and energy companies where he has specialized in .NET and web development. He has led the development of both commercial products and internal systems. David enjoys staying on top of the latest technologies, and in his spare time has built and published a number of web applications and phone apps.
David is a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He is active the software community, presenting at local events and international conferences.
Wesley Reisz is the Enterprise Systems Design Lead for HP Enterprise Systems. Wes’ primary role supports the US Army’s Human Resources Command (HRC) based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Wes has worked with the command (and the previous Accessions Command) for just over ten years. In addition to several other projects, he was the tech lead for the Accessions Command Enterprise Portal, and was the driving force behind its replacement IKROme. Wes’ key areas of focus has been Enterprise Java and .NET and now is moving heavily towards mobility. Since graduating from the University of Louisville in 2002, Wes has taught hundreds of juniors and seniors at the University of Louisville, Sullivan University, and Bellarmine University as an adjunct faculty member. He teaches a variety of courses including, senior-level programming capstone courses in Web Architecture using Java, .NET, and LAMP stack technologies. Wes has over ten years teaching at the University of Louisville and is currently teaching a 400-level Mobile Application Development course in Android. Wes is a big believer in Mobile First when designing applications today. So for the last couple of years, Wes has spoke at several conferences about the merits and drawbacks of HTML5. A couple of his videos were recorded and can be found at Infoq.com. Wes is an active reviewer for the Pragmatic Press and has reviewed books on Agile Methodologies, .NET, Java, iOS, and Ruby. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter has over 10 years' experience working with .NET applications in C#. Prior to focusing on C#, Peter worked primarily in C/C++, which accounts for the majority of his 24 years of programming and design experience. Peter works with a variety of applications and systems including simply WinForms/WPF applications, client server application, distributed applications, and web applications. Components include Windows services, TCP servers, TCP clients, HTTP server, and HTTP clients. Peter has also worked with a variety of middleware products including RabbitMQ, MSMQ. Peter has experience with and leading teams in agile methodologies. Peter has experience with requirements engineering from communicating with stakeholders to documenting requirements within requirements documents and agile product backlogs. Peter has excellent communications abilities and is known for eliciting what stakeholders need when it differs from what they are asking for. Peter has spoken internationally on a variety of topics including unit test design and management, asynchronous programming, advanced .NET language features and syntax, concurrent and parallel programming and distributed programming. Peter is available for occasional mentoring or design/architecture/process review or temporary custom software design or development. Peter is available for remote work with occasional on-site interaction, or temporary on-site work. On site, personal, presentation of past conference sessions or custom training abilities are also available.
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
Hi, I’m Lauren! I graduated in December 2014 from the University of Manitoba (Honours & Coop). I started in biology and found computer science by luck but love it! I'm an avid swimmer and I love to play video games.
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.
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.
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.
Derik Whittaker is a Software Architect who specializes in all things .Net. Derik has been building enterprise systems on top of the .Net technology stack for over 15 years and along the way has picked up a thing or two about how to create killer systems. During his 15 year career, Derik has worked in many different industries ranging from Marketing, Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, Automotive and Online Entertainment. He believes that the job of a software engineer is more than just turning syntax into working 1's and 0's. He believes it is our job to produce a system which gets out of the users way and allows them to do their job better. In the past, Derik worked at a Telecommunications company. He was a Senior Software Engineer and a member of the mobile platform team who was responsible for building the Windows Phone 8 client application. Prior to this, Derik was also the Lead Architect for a Social Marketing company which built a technology platform which was used to build Social Marketing and Email campaigns. Derik has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in C# for the past 7 years. Along with being an MVP, he is also a member of the ASPinsiders group. Derik is a community leader, helping to organize events such as Chicago Codeapalooza, Chicago Code Camp and the Raleigh Code Camp. He is also a blogger at Codebetter.com and a Pluralsight author. Outside of his day job, you can find Derik hanging out with his beautiful wife Tiffany and his 2 awesome boys Brendan and Ryan.
Chris Woodruff (or Woody as he is commonly known as) has a degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Woody has been developing and architecting software solutions for almost 15 years and has worked in many different platforms and tools. He is a community leader, helping such events as Day of .NET Ann Arbor, West Michigan Day of .NET and CodeMash. He was also instrumental in bringing the popular Give Camp event to Western Michigan where technology professionals lend their time and development expertise to assist local non-profits. As a speaker and podcaster, Woody has spoken and discussed a variety of topics, including database design and open source. He has been a Microsoft MVP in Visual C#, Data Platform and SQL and was recognized in 2010 as one of the top 20 MVPs world-wide. Woody owns and leads Woodruff Solutions LLC to provide solutions involving mobile apps and the services that drive mobile solutions.