Prairie Developer Conference - Saskatoon, SK

Speakers

The Prairie Developer Conference is proud to have such a world-class group of speakers for our conference! Expert practitioners from all over North America will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with attendees. Below is a listing of our speakers as well as ways you can get more information about them through their blog, website, and Twitter.

Connect with the Best - The Speakers of Prairie Developer Conference


K. Scott Allen

K. Scott Allen




Scott is software consultant, author, and a Pluralsight instructor. In 20+ years of software development, Scott has worked on everything from 8 bit embedded devices, to video games, to high performance Internet applications and web serivces. Scott is a founder of OdeToCode.com and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

David Alpert, KORE

David Alpert, KORE
Winnipeg, MB




Inspired years ago to focus on removing friction between people and machines, David Alpert has worked as a software developer, front-end engineer, and business analyst in academic, financial, and manufacturing institutions and recently certified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner. In his daily role as a Solutions Architect, as a board member of the Agile Winnipeg User Group, and as a public speaker and blogger David brings a passionate approach to customer-centered design, facilitating [Coderetreats](http://coderetreat.org), and coaching developers on design choices, test patterns, and build automation.

Amir Barylko, MavenThought Inc.

Amir Barylko, MavenThought Inc.
Winnipeg, MB




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 modeling, 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 a few years ago, becoming an advocate of RoR web development. Also following he's teaching passion he's being hosting a yearly TDD, BDD, Agile and RoR training for the past three years with great reviews in Winnipeg and across Canada. Amir is a rare combination of high technical skills, lots of experience in a wide range of platforms, exceptional presentation skills and great sense of humor. His presentations are always rich in content and fun to attend.

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.

James Bender

James Bender
Westerville, OH




James has been involved in software development and architecture for 18 years. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, SOA, WCF, Web Development, cloud computing, and agile development methodologies. He is an experienced mentor and author. James is a Microsoft MVP, Chairman of the Midwest Tech Fest and former President of the Central Ohio .NET Developers Group. James's book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD" was released in May of 2011. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender

Jason Bock, Magenic

Jason Bock, Magenic
Shakopee, MN




Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic (http://www.magenic.com) and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has worked on a number of business applications using a diverse set of substrates and languages such as C#, .NET, and Java. He is the author or co-author of a number of technical books, including "Metaprogramming in .NET", "Applied .NET Attributes", and "CIL Programming: Under the Hood of .NET", and he has written articles on software development issues and has presented at conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp (http://www.twincitiescodecamp.com). Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

Jimmy Bogard

Jimmy Bogard
Austin, TX




Jimmy has delivered solutions ranging from shrink?wrapped products to enterprise e?commerce applications for Fortune 100 customers. He is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and 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 2009-2013. Jimmy is also the creator and lead developer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.

Axel Buerkle, Online Business Systems

Axel Buerkle, Online Business Systems
Winnipeg, MB




Axel Buerkle is a Technology Research Analyst at Online Business Systems. He has over 15 years of experience working on cutting-edge projects as a Software Engineer, System Architect and Project Manager. At Online, he is responsible for spotting, assessing and applying new technologies, especially in the area of mobile applications.

Terry Bunio, Protegra

Terry Bunio, Protegra
Winnipeg, MB




Terry started his career working with Adabas as a DBA., Over the next 20 years, Terry has worked with Oracle, Informix, Sybase, and Microsoft SQL Server as both a Data Modeler and DBA. Terry is a huge proponent of normalization and dimensional modeling. Terry has implemented Operational Data Stores, Data Warehouses, and ETL solutions for Investors Group, LPL Financial, Manitoba Blue Cross, and others. Terry has recently worked on integrating Agile practices into Database projects.

James Chambers

James Chambers
Brandon, MB




James Chambers is an entertaining and fast-moving speaker that keeps you on your toes with content coming a mile a minute (or faster). He pulls no punches with the technology he talks about, and knows it inside-out because he uses it every day. Employed at LogiSense Corp as the Product and Community Development Manager, James is also a Microsoft MVP in Asp.Net/IIS and speaks at conferences, workshops, UG events and brown-bag lunches across Canada where he tries to get the audience laughing with him more than at him. Beyond his technology interests (which span from web to cloud to mobile) he is also active in the community raising funds to alleviate poverty, provide clean drinking water and to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

Iain Connor, Tipping Canoe

Iain Connor, Tipping Canoe
Winnipeg, MB




Iain is a Project Manager and Android Developer at Tipping Canoe (http://www.tippingcanoe.com), an incubator for consumer driven web sites and mobile applications. Together with a team of iOS, Android, and Web developers; Iain helps develop web applications that serve over a billion annual page views, and native mobile applications with over a million downloads.

Michael DeFehr, MDD Solutions Ltd.

Michael DeFehr, MDD Solutions Ltd.
Winnipeg, MB




Michael DeFehr is an independent SQL Server consultant doing business through MDD Solutions Ltd. based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His career has focused on database administration and development using Microsoft SQL Server.

A SQL Server MVP, Professional Engineer and Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional in both Database Development and Administration, Mike has spent the past 15 years producing and maintaining database solutions. Mike specializes in the relational and storage engines and his solutions emphasize performance and simplicity.

Mike is the chapter president of the Winnipeg SQL Server Users Group.

Howard Dierking, Microsoft

Howard Dierking, Microsoft
Redmond, WA




Howard Dierking is a program manager on the Windows Azure Frameworks and Tools team where his focus is on ASP.NET, NuGet and Web APIs. Previously, he served as the editor in chief of MSDN Magazine, and also ran the developer certification program for Microsoft Learning. He spent 10 years prior to Microsoft as a developer and application architect with a focus on distributed systems.

Tyler Doerksen, Imaginet

Tyler Doerksen, Imaginet
Winnipeg, MB




I am a Microsoft .NET software developer based out of Winnipeg Manitoba. Completely passionate about new technologies like Windows Azure. For the past 10 years I have been using Microsoft technologies to help businesses reach their full potential. I enjoy participating in the software community through speaking and discussion groups. In 2012 I was awarded Windows Azure MVP by Microsoft for my community involvement. If you want to talk about app development or the cloud deployment model, drop me a line. I am always interested in grabbing some Tims and talking cloud.

Bob Duncan, Imaginet

Bob Duncan, Imaginet
Winnipeg, MB




Bob Duncan is a User Experience (UX) Architect for Imaginet and has over 10 years’ experience in User Experience Design within Enterprise organizations. He is passionate about making challenging problems simple and strives to develop user experiences that delight and inspire.

Joel Hebert, opulentasp

Joel Hebert, opulentasp




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.

Kyle Hodgson, ThoughtWorks

Kyle Hodgson, ThoughtWorks
Toronto, ON




Kyle has been developing software and leading technology teams for longer than he cares to admit. He's an agile thinker, Microsoft MVP, JavaScript believer, and community organizer. He's been a Systems Administrator, a CTO, and a Software Developer.

Cory House, Vinsolutions

Cory House, Vinsolutions
Lenexa, KS




Cory is an independent consultant, INETA speaker, Pluralsight author, blogger, and software architect with nearly 15 years of experience in software development. As a software architect at VinSolutions, Cory specializes in creating C# .Net and JavaScript based single page applications for the automotive industry. He regularly speaks on clean code, architecture, and software career development at conferences and user groups across the country. Cory is author of "Clean Code: Writing Code for Humans" and "Architecting Applications in .NET" on Pluralsight. Cory maintains a blog at bitnative.com and is active on Twitter as @housecor.

Lori Lalonde, ObjectSharp Consulting

Lori Lalonde, ObjectSharp Consulting
Kitchener, ON




Lori Lalonde is an author, consultant, blogger, technical presenter, and avid Windows Phone developer currently residing in Kitchener, Ontario. 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 10 years 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.

Nick Landry, Microsoft

Nick Landry, Microsoft
Princeton, NJ




Nick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a mobility pioneer and expert specializing in the design and production of mobile applications for consumers and the enterprise using diverse cross-platform technologies including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, Android, Mobile Web, Xamarin and PhoneGap.

Nick works at Microsoft as a Senior Technical Evangelist in the New York Metro area and engages with developers, students and IT pros to help them learn, adopt and use the Microsoft developer platform to design and build the next generation of apps for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Azure. Nick is also a Nokia Developer Ambassador whose mandate is to educate and support Windows Phone developers to maximize their success. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nick spent almost two years as a Senior Product Manager for mobile, data visualization and geospatial developer tools across multiple technologies and platforms. He previously spent most his career in IT consulting and services organizations across various technical and business roles, designing, building, managing and selling innovative software solutions for some of the world’s top brands and Fortune 500 companies.

Amanda Laucher, Neo Technology

Amanda Laucher, Neo Technology
San Francisco, CA




Amanda Laucher has been working with technology her entire life. Some of her favorite childhood memories include working with punch cards alongside her grandmother or learning Morse code from her dad. Solving complex business problems with code is her passion, mostly using statically typed FP languages. Amanda works for Neo Technology, helping clients find maximum value in the graph with their implementations of Neo4j. When she isn't busy building software, you can probably find her in a bar discussing intricacies of languages, development processes or American football.

Chad McCallum, iQMetrix

Chad McCallum, iQMetrix
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. Somehow between his real-life job and sleep he managed to publish a Pluralsight course on 10 Ways to Build Web Services in .NET. 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

Dave Methvin, jQuery Foundation

Dave Methvin, jQuery Foundation
Columbia, MD




Dave Methvin is President of the jQuery Foundation and lead developer of the jQuery Core library. He has been writing JavaScript since 1997 but could still use some more practice.

Jonathan Mills, PaigeTechnologies

Jonathan Mills, PaigeTechnologies
Liberty, MO




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 personal development skills to developers and managers in many different situations.

As a director at PaigeTechnologies, Jon has the opportunity to help hiring managers identify and attract the best possible candidates for their IT needs. Jon is also able to work with potential candidates to teach them the skills necessary in the ever changing technology field.

Jon is able to ask the technical and tough questions of our clients to help drive beyond the initial job description and find a candidate that will be the right fit for the environment. Jon is able to observe trends in the work force in Kansas City and adapt a training program to meet those needs. All this helps PaigeTechnologies build a better workforce for the companies of the region.

Matias Niemelä

Matias Niemelä
Toronto, ON




Matias Niemelä is a core developer on the AngularJS project working primarily on animations, tutorials and documentation as well as core-level contributions. While not working on AngularJS, Matias raises the bar on tech blogging via his website yearofmoo.com. He also performs speaking engagements, attends meetups and hosts pair programming tutoring sessions. He lives in Toronto and has over 10 years of solid full-stack web development experience.

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

Jonathan Rozenblit, Microsoft

Jonathan Rozenblit, Microsoft
Toronto, ON




Jonathan is a developer evangelist that comes to Microsoft from the corporate world. Having managed both small and large development teams, Jonathan has experience in corporate development and a passion for helping developers and companies improve their application development practices. In his previous roles, he is known as the person that brings others along, showing developers how they can improve their skills and careers, and most importantly, showing them what's possible. He is an active member of the developer community and brings a wealth of technical experience across Microsoft technologies such as .NET, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, and Windows Azure, and interoperability across many others. You can catch him on the Canadian Solutions Developers' Blog, Canadian Developer Connection, Twitter, LinkedIn, and live events throughout Canada.

Lukas Ruebbelke

Lukas Ruebbelke
Phoenix, AZ




Lukas Ruebbelke is a technology enthusiast and co-author of AngularJS in Action for Manning Publications. His favorite thing to do is get people as excited about new technology as he is. He runs the Phoenix Web Application User Group and has hosted multiple hackathons with his fellow partners in crime.

Joel Semeniuk, Imaginet

Joel Semeniuk, Imaginet
Winnipeg, MB




Joel Semeniuk is a founder of Imaginet Resources Corp., a Canadian based Microsoft Gold Partner and the #1 Small to Medium Sized Employer in Canada. Currently, Joel also served as the Executive Vice President of Innovation and Agile Project Management at Telerik. Joel has a degree in Computer Science and is also a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valued Professional in the area of Application Lifecycle Management and previously Software Architecture.

With over 20 years of experience, Joel specializes in bridging technology to business needs by applying "outside the box thinking" and passion to everything he touches across an extremely broad set of industries. Joel is globally recognized for his knowledge of Application Lifecycle Management as well as team and organizational change. Joel regularly speaking at conferences around the world on a wide range of ALM, Agile, Lean and Customer Development topics. Joel is a zealous Lean thinker, and works to apply Lean Thinking strategies to the delivery of customer value and business development.

Shabnam Shahfar, Protegra

Shabnam Shahfar, Protegra
Winnipeg, MB




Shabnam Shahfar is a consultant at Protegra with a strong background in computer engineering and science. Shabnam discovered her passion for computer science while she was a student at the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents in Iran. She continued her education as a graduate student at the Computational Intelligence Laboratory at University of Manitoba and received her Master’s degree in computer engineering. She has co-authored book chapters and conference papers, has presented at various conferences, and won several awards. Shabnam enjoys solving challenging problems and learning about new concepts and technologies. She is a passionate teacher and has taught courses in computer programming and web design at University of Winnipeg. Aside from computers and technologies, she enjoys spending her spare time painting, playing music, and photographing nature.

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.

Tim G.  Thomas, frog

Tim G. Thomas, frog
Austin, TX




Tim G. Thomas is a Software Engineer at frog 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.

Simon Timms

Simon Timms
Calgary, AB




Simon is a developer who loves writing code. He writes in a variety of languages and using a number of tools. For the most part he develops web applications with .net backends. He is very interested in visualizations and cloud computing. A background in builds and system administration keeps him on the straight and narrow when it comes to devops.

Derik Whittaker

Derik Whittaker
Cary, NC




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 14 years and along the way has picked up a thing or two about how to create enterprise scale software systems. During his 14 year career Derik has worked in many different industries ranging from Marking, Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, Automotive and Online Entertainment. Currently Derik is working for a Technology startup (orgspan.com) in Durham North Carolina leading their windows phone and windows modern UI application development. Derik believes that the job of a developer is more than just turning syntax into working 1’s and 0’s. He believes that our job is to produce a system which gets out of the users way and allows them to do their job better. Derik has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in C# for the past 6 years. Along with being an MVP he is also a member of the ASPInsiders group. Derik is also a Pluralsight Author with multiple course under his belt. He is a community leader, helping to organize events such as Chicago Codeapalooza, Chicago Code Camp and the Raleigh Code Camp. Outside of his day job you can find Derik hanging out with his beautiful wife Tiffany and his 2 awesome boys Brendan and Ryan.