Speakers

Kyle Baley, Particular Software

Kyle Baley, Particular Software
Nassau, Bahamas


Known throughout the land as The Coding Hillbilly, Kyle’s career choices have hinged on a single criterion: to have fun. Luckily, he finds software development fun (as opposed to, say, shark taunting). His travels have taken him from the jungles of the financial industry to the high-flying hospitality industry to the bowels of the telecommunications industry (which he refers to as his “goth phase”). He has spoken at various conferences and user groups and co-written a book, Brownfield Application Development in .NET, with Donald Belcham.

Adam L Barrett, Bitovi

Adam L Barrett, Bitovi
Regina, SK


Adam L Barrett is a JavaScript Consultant / Developer with a love for front-end and the mobile web. Adam has worked for successful Saskatchewan companies like Itracks, Zu and GB Internet Solutions as a front-end and mobile developer, and now gets to work at companies like Apple and WalmartLabs as a consultant, helping developers improve their JavaScript skills and write better front-end code. When he's not discussing prototypal inheritance or which framework is better, Adam is always up for a board game or a talk about movies.

Amir Barylko, Orthocoders

Amir Barylko, Orthocoders
Winnipeg, MB


Amir 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.

Amir is an avid participant and collaborator of the software community. He orginizes (Coffe and Code) weekly, participates in multiple user groups (.NET, Ruby, Agile, JVM and FunProg), presents in conferences and has been hosting the Global day of coderetreat since 2011. He has been awarded the Microsoft MVP award in the area of Application Lifecycle Management since 2012.

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, Particular Software

Donald Belcham, Particular Software
Edmonton, AB


Donald works as a Solutions Architect for Particular Software, the makers of nServiceBus. He's a Microsoft MVP, ASP Insider, Pluralsight author and co-author of the book Brownfield Application Development in .NET. Donald's evenings and weekends are filled with IoT devices, woodworking and his RaspberryPi.

Daniel Blair

Daniel Blair
Winnipeg, MB


Daniel Blair is a technology entrepreneur focused on working with innovative new technologies. A graduate of Red River College's Business Information Technology program where he received various awards including the CEM Coop Student of the year (2014) coming in first place. Since then Dan has founded several companies a couple of which are Bit Space Development Ltd and PanoPla.

Daniel supports and organizes several community based groups including Winnipeg Android, a user group for Android developers and students. Some of the other community groups that Dan organizes and volunteers for are Winnipeg Web & Mobile Developers, Kids Code Winnipeg, and Ramp up Weekend.

In addition to these entrepreneurial and community initiatives Dan has been working with Red River College's ACE (Accounting & Computer Eduction) department to mentor students and help build the ACE project space where students work with local start-up companies to build their skills and learn about business and technology. The space has been a huge success and has been presented to several delegate groups visiting the city and Manitoba to learn about the applied research being conducted.

Robert Boedigheimer, Schwan's Shared Services, LLC

Robert Boedigheimer, Schwan's Shared Services, LLC
Marshall, MN


Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies. Robert has been developing web sites for the past 20 years. He is an ASP.NET MVP, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Robert regularly speaks at national and international events.

Erika Carlson, Detroit Labs

Erika Carlson, Detroit Labs
Detroit, MI


Erika Carlson was studying psychology in 2011 when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and became a software developer. Since then she has built Java enterprise software, created websites for non-profits, and worked on iOS applications with millions of users. She is currently the Director of Apprenticeship at Detroit Labs. Erika founded the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It, and teaches programming and web development to students of all ages. She is passionate about the potential of technology to make a difference in people's lives and create positive change in the world.

James Chambers

James Chambers
Winnipeg, MB


An active member in the ASP.NET development community, James speaks at conferences, user groups and brown-bag lunches. Now a five-time Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS, he shares his programming experiences and knowledge with kids aged 9-14 through local school division programmes.

From a professional perspective his background includes projects in energy companies, telecommunications, sports entertainment and transportation as well as others. He has lead development teams in web & cloud-enabled applications as well as mobile and stand-alone desktop apps.

You can find James hammering away at his blog at www.jameschambers.com, digging in the secret tunnels of the Canadian Prairies, in articles on MSDN and occasionally appearing on Microsoft Virtual Academy as a presenter or community SME.

Mike Diehl, Imaginet

Mike Diehl, Imaginet
Winnipeg, MB


Mike Diehl is the practice lead for Databases and Business Intelligence at Imaginet Resources, a Microsoft partner with offices in Dallas, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Mike has over 20 years of experience using Microsoft database technologies and is an expert in Agile Analytics, Scrum, Kanban, and Microsoft Team Foundation Server.

David Drever, Solvera Solutions

David Drever, Solvera Solutions
Regina, SK


David is a Senior SharePoint Developer and ITPro. Over the last 16 years David has worked in a wide variety of areas in IT ranging from Desktop\Server support to developing in C++ and .NET technologies. For nearly 6 years David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint space. He has helped stand up multiple Enterprise SharePoint environments as well as designed and built numerous SharePoint solutions. Most recently David has helped build SaskPower's ECM environment integrating SharePoint 2013 with OpenText Content Server.

Sarah Etter, Territorial

Sarah Etter, Territorial
Saskatoon, SK


Sarah Etter’s history with web development began when she was just a preteen, learning the very basic of her <table> manners. She later earned her Computer Systems Technology diploma and is now a Full Stack Developer for Territorial, a leading branding agency in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sarah has introduced beginners to HTML and CSS by instructing workshops and classes through Ladies Learning Code, Girls Learning Code, and the University of Saskatchewan’s Digitized event.

Jeremy Evans, CBC

Jeremy Evans, CBC
Pickering, ON


Jeremy has been developing for mobile for almost as long as it has existed. Starting with the Palm Pilot in 1998, he has kept up with the market as technology and platforms changed. This has led to a unique insight into the market and what people want. He is currently an iOS developer with the CBC.

Jen Goertzen, Caribou

Jen Goertzen, Caribou
Winnipeg, MB


Jen is a Partner and UX Consultant with Caribou, a design and strategy consultancy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as well as an UX designer with iQMetrix. She has spent her career working closely with local and international product teams to create great human experiences.

David Green, Itron

David Green, Itron
Durham, NC


David has over fifteen years experience developing enterprise scale web applications, mainly within the Microsoft technology stack.By day he works within the Microsoft .NET stack (C#, SQL Server, etc.) and by night hacks around with non-traditional data stores (MongoDB, Azure DocumentDB, Apache Cassandra). Currently David runs the local Raleigh .NET Data Special Interest Group for developers as passionate about data as he is. For the past five years he has been regularly giving talks to the developer community on various NoSQL topics and is a contributor to justazure.com When he's not working he's dedicated to spending time with his wife and three small kids, catching up on college football, and working on improving his bench press.

Paul Hacker, AgileThought

Paul Hacker, AgileThought
Zionsville, IN


Paul Hacker has over 15 years of application architecture, design, development, and management expertise in Microsoft technologies. His strong technical aptitude, excellent communication skills, and dedicated work ethic have enabled him to drive and deliver successful projects and solutions to clients. Paul has a depth of experience in ALM, Process Improvement, and Team Foundation Server. Having distinguished himself as a leader in the IT industry he has been awarded the distinction of Microsoft MVP in the ALM category every year since 2006. Prior to 2006 Paul carried the Microsoft MVP distinction in the C# category consistently from 2002 to 2005.Over the years Paul has proven his expertise in Application Lifecycle Management and has demonstrated his professionalism and commitment to the continuous process of managing the life of an application through governance, development and maintenance.

Ben Ilegbodu, Eventbrite

Ben Ilegbodu, Eventbrite
San Francisco, CA


Ben is a Christian, a husband and a father with over 10 years of experience developing for the Web. He currently is a Senior Frontend Engineer on Eventbrite’s Frontend Platform team. On the side, Ben also enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and blogging (benmvp.com) / tweeting (@benmvp) about his experiences with new web development technologies.

Adam Krieger, Online Business Systems

Adam Krieger, Online Business Systems
Winnipeg, MB


Software developer born and raised in Winnipeg. Passionate about comprehensible code and functional programming. Pursuant of respectful candor in the workplace and the demystification of information technology. Musician and European boardgame enthusiast.

Lori Lalonde

Lori Lalonde


Lori Lalonde is an Apress author, consultant, blogger, international conference speaker, Xamarin Certified Developer, Xamarin MVP, and Microsoft MVP in Windows Platform Development. 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 User Group Leader 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 industry on her blog, she is always happy to share her knowledge with the greater community.

Peter MacIntyre, Paladin Business Solutions

Peter MacIntyre, Paladin Business Solutions
Stratford, PE


Peter has over 25 years of experience in IT, primarily in PHP. Author of PHP: The Good Parts (O'Reilly); co-author: Programming PHP-3rd Ed (O'Reilly), Pro PHP Programming, and others. Peter has spoken at Northeast PHP (Boston), CA-World (New Orleans); CA-TechniCon (Köln); and CA-Expo (Australia). Peter is currently the co-chair, co-founder and board member for the Northeast PHP Developer's Conference held in Boston, MA for the last 4 years (northeastphp.org). Peter is PHP certified in both 5.3 and 4.0.

Matt Milner, M3 Technology Partners Inc.

Matt Milner, M3 Technology Partners Inc.
Minneapolis, MN


Matt is an independent consultant specializing in Microsoft application design and development. As a writer Matt has contributed to several journals and magazines such as MSDN Magazine. Matt regularly shares his love of technology by speaking at local, regional and international conferences such as DevWeek, Prairie Dev Con, That Conference, and VS Live. As a Pluralsight author, Matt has created more than 30 courses on the topics of web, mobile, and cloud development.

David Paquette

David Paquette
Calgary, AB


Dave is a passionate, hands-on software developer who enjoys building quality software that solves real-world problems. Dave 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 several commercial products and internal systems. This wide range of experience has helped to cultivate his pragmatic approach to solving technical and business problems. Dave enjoys staying on top of the latest technologies, and in his spare time has built and published a number of web and phone apps. Dave 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 conferences and contributing to open source projects. He enjoys blogging frequently at www.davepaquette.com and contributes regularly to the MSDN Canadian Developer Connection blog.

Rachel Reese, Jet

Rachel Reese, Jet
NJ


Rachel Reese is a long-time software engineer and math geek who can often be found talking to random strangers about the joys of functional programming and F#. She currently works for Jet.com in NYC, and has helped run user groups in Nashville, TN (@NashFSharp) and Burlington, VT (@VTFun). She's also an ASPInsider, an F# MVP, a Xamarin MVP, a community enthusiast, one of the founding @lambdaladies, and a Rachii.

Matthew Renze, Renze Consulting

Matthew Renze, Renze Consulting
Des Moines, Iowa


Matthew is a software consultant with over 16 years of professional experience building large-scale data-driven desktop, server, and cloud-based applications. He is an international public speaker, Pluralsight author, ASPInsider, and an open-source software contributor. His interests include data analytics, data visualization, and machine learning. For more information, please visit: www.matthewrenze.com

Steve Rogalsky, Protegra

Steve Rogalsky, Protegra
Winnipeg, MB


Steve strives to co-create environments & systems where people will thrive and great things are inevitable. In seeking this goal, he has come to value simplicity, respect, continuous improvement, short feedback loops, and… post-it notes. He speaks regularly at conferences in Canada and the United States on agile topics and works at Protegra. You can read more about what he has learned at http://winnipegagilist.blogspot.com

Rami Sayar, Microsoft

Rami Sayar, Microsoft
Montreal, QC


Rami Sayar is a technologist passionate about the intersection of art, design and the web. For the past 5 years, he has been experimenting with the bleeding edge of emerging technologies, determined to find use for them in everyday life. In his current role as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Canada in Montreal, Rami covers technical areas such as open source technologies, open data, and cloud computing, as well as growth hacking and marketing. He is a frequent international speaker and has spoken at prestigious conferences such as FITC, ConFoo, DroidCon, CUSEC, KWS and TEDx at HEC Montreal. Rami is prevented from sleeping by his curiosity for experimentation, his insistence on shipping high quality code and helping startups survive the grind.

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.

Julien Stroheker, Microsoft

Julien Stroheker, Microsoft
Montreal, QC


I'm a Technical Evangelist for DevOps It Pro at Microsoft. I like to share and talk about the collaboration between developers and operations or explore different tools and languages.

Tim G. Thomas, OneSource Solutions

Tim G. Thomas, OneSource Solutions
Austin, TX


Tim is a web developer in Austin, Texas, where he applies holistic design principles to make the web both usable and beautiful. He has a long history of delivering highly-interactive, accessible, and visually-pleasing systems used for a variety of purposes, including asset tracking, data reporting, personal financial management, and entertainment. Tim is a passionate advocate for advancing web technologies across all devices, and regularly speaks on topics ranging from web application architecture to game development.

Simon Timms, Clear Measure

Simon Timms, Clear Measure
Calgary, AB


Simon Timms is always interested in improving himself and learning all that he can. He has worked in various oil and gas domains as well as insurance and enterprise search. He began his career working with build systems so is very passionate about proper builds and is excited by the burgeoning DevOps movement. For the most part Simon works in C# mostly on web applications. Somehow he seems to have picked up a reputation for knowing about JavaScript. He is a big fan of ReactJS and currently dislikes knockoutjs, but that will likely change in a day or two. Check back soon!

Simon holds an honours degree in computing science from the University of Alberta and a masters in information systems from Athabasca University. Simon believes in community and giving back for all of his good fortune. He helps run the Calgary .net User Group where he typically talks several times a year. He also talks whenever he can at technical conferences. He is a two time ASP.net MVP.

David Wesst, U of M

David Wesst, U of M
Winnipeg, MB


David Wesst, otherwise known as "Wessty" or "DW", is a JavaScript enthusiast, currently working as an Enterprise Java Developer for the University of Manitoba.

After earning his Bachelor of Computer Science (B.C.Sc.) nearly 10 years ago, David has continued in software development, focusing primarily on rich web experience development and design. Although a fluent developer, David's strength lies in his strong communication skills and his ability to gather and translate requirements between both technical and business-centric teams.

DW's passion for software development goes beyond the workplace, and into the community. In his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, he has served on the Winnipeg .NET User Group for the past many years. His contributions to the development community locally, and beyond, resulted in being awarded the Microsoft MVP Award in the area of Internet Explorer for the past 5 years running.

Chad Wiebe, Raging Mongoose

Chad Wiebe, Raging Mongoose
Winnipeg, MB


Driven by an insatiable desire to learn, my work in IT has included development of web applications, server administration, package integrations and large enterprise Java solutions. For fun and vast profit, I have tried to convince others that robotic arms, Raspberry pi microprocessors, RFID scanners and mobile apps have a practical role in the financial corporation. With over 15 years of experience in the tech industry, I have worked and consulted in Canada, the UK and the US on a wide range of business solutions.