Speakers

Kyle Baley, Particular Software

Kyle Baley, Particular Software
Panama


Kyle is a Software Engineer at Particular Software, makers of NServiceBus, and a member of ASP Insiders. He has spoken at several conferences and user groups on topics such as message-based architectures, ASP.NET MVC, and Docker. He is co-author of Brownfield Application Development in .NET and is a member of Western Devs (www.westerndevs.com).

Amir Barylko, Apple

Amir Barylko, Apple
California


Amir Barylko started his career in 1994 working for IBM as a senior developer while he was finishing his Master’s 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 functional programming, exploring F#, Haskell and most recently Clojure.

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://smartview.io) 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 humor. His presentations are always rich in content and fun to attend.

Donald Belcham, Particular

Donald Belcham, Particular
New Brunswick


Coming Soon!

Jason Bock, Magenic

Jason Bock, Magenic
Minneapolis, MN


Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic (http://www.magenic.com) and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has 20 years of experience working on a number of business applications using a diverse set of frameworks and languages such as C#, .NET, and JavaScript. He is the author of ".NET Development Using the Compiler API", "Metaprogramming in .NET", and "CIL Programming: Under the Hood of .NET". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of 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.

Damian Brady, Octopus Deploy

Damian Brady, Octopus Deploy
Australia via Toronto, ON


Damian is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies and a Solution Architect for Octopus Deploy recently moved from Brisbane, Australia to Toronto, Canada. He is a co-author of Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 from Wiley, a Pluralsight author, and he regularly speaks at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world.

Damian spends a lot of time training development teams on how to deliver their software better, be it through improving their agile process, code quality, or DevOps strategy. Most of the time you’ll find him working on Octopus Deploy or helping teams use it better.

Ken Cenerelli,

Ken Cenerelli,
Guelph, ON


Ken Cenerelli is a programmer writer, software developer, and Microsoft MVP specializing in the Microsoft .NET Framework. He is active on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) where he contributes to several blogs and on Microsoft TechNet as a technical wiki contributor. He is co-organizer of his local .NET User Group and has been a technical reviewer on multiple technology books.

As a public speaker on emerging technologies, he has spoken at DevTeach (Toronto & Montreal), That Conference (Wisconsin), ConFoo (Montreal), and CloudDevelop (Ohio). He is also an avid speaker at conferences and user groups around Ontario, Canada.

James Chambers, Clear Measure

James Chambers, Clear Measure
Brandon, MB


James is a Microsoft MVP and one of the ASP.NET Monsters, currently developing on the MVC Framework, SignalR and WebAPI building resilient web services. He contributes to several open source projects and is passionate about mentoring and fostering mentorship in others. He volunteers with local schools to teach programming to kids ages 9-14 and is involved with a number of charitable organizations.

Shane Charles, Custom Software Solutions Inc.

Shane Charles, Custom Software Solutions Inc.
Killarney, MB


Shane is a software developer who loves to learn and talk with others about technology. He is a Functional Programming enthusiast who dabbles in F# and Erlang. He is a Winnipeg .Net UG board member and he organizes a monthly Tech and Wings meet-up in Brandon, MB. His greatest contribution to the Winnipeg .Net UG is adding giphy to the Slack channel.

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.

Tyler Doerksen, Microsoft

Tyler Doerksen, Microsoft
Winnipeg, MB


Hello I'm Tyler Doerksen, a local Winnipegger and Cloud Solution Architect for Microsoft Canada. I work with companies in Western Canada to help them understand how Microsoft Azure can provide business value for their organization. I run design sessions or workshops for technical teams and use my Azure solution experience to accelerate time-to-value.

As a Microsoft employee I participate in technology communities around Cloud, Machine Learning, Media Delivery Systems, and more recently Mission-critical Blockchain solutions.

In my technology career I have been recognized as a Microsoft MVP by the Azure group, for my work in teaching about and implementing solutions using Azure services.

Heather Downing

Heather Downing
Kansas City, MO


Climbing the technology mountain and halfway up the side. Experience in .Net, mobile development and more recently augmented reality. Focusing on coding for humans and choosing the right tool for the job.

Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise level mobile and .Net applications. She spends her spare time at tech conferences supporting the growth of new developers of all genders, ages and backgrounds. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.

David Drever, Solvera

David Drever, Solvera
Regina, SK


David humbly considers himself a SharePoint JoAT (Jack of All Trades). He is the SharePoint Services Lead at Solvera Solutions, an Office Servers and Services MVP. 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. Over that period, David has been able to add value to a wide variety of clients in several sectors, including utilities, government, banking and agriculture. For the past six years David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint domain. He has helped stand up multiple Enterprise SharePoint environments as well as designed and built numerous SharePoint solutions. David recently worked with a client to implement a SharePoint 2013 environment that integrated with OpenText Content Server. David’s extensive experience in SharePoint is complemented by a range of SharePoint training courses and Certification in Microsoft SharePoint 2010. He is a knowledgeable and sought-after international speaker within IT circles and consulted regularly by companies formulating their SharePoint strategies.

Laurent Duveau, Angular Academy

Laurent Duveau, Angular Academy
Montreal, QC


I am an MVP, MCT and RD, passionate by web and mobile technologies for over 20 years. Founder and Lead Instructor of the popular Angular Academy [www.academieangular.ca] an Angular + TypeScript workshop that I have conducted to hundreds of tech teams and companies all over Canada and Europe.

Sean Feldman, Particular

Sean Feldman, Particular
Calgary, AB


Sean Feldman is a Solutions Architect at Particular Software, the makers of NServiceBus. He is also an advisor to Microsoft's Azure teams as well as an Azure MVP. He likes tinkering with various Azure-related services and is in seventh heaven when cloud and distributed technologies are combined. When he's away from his computer and back on planet earth, he's a super dad helping his kids with their advanced math competitions, and enjoys building Arduino projects even more than his kids.

Jacob Fines-Belcham

Jacob Fines-Belcham


I like to build things out of Lego, but who doesn’t right? I have a tonne of lego kits that I can use and I like to build everything from machines to world scenes with them.

Wait….you want more?

I like Minecraft and Pokemon. I’m starting to learn how to program by using the Lego Mindstorm and I’m learning electronics using my Snap Circuits kit.

Dave Harris, D2L

Dave Harris, D2L
Winnipeg, MB


In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
She said, "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Winnipeg to become a software developer for at least 19 years and maybe more if you don't keep getting mixed up in basketball related fisticuffs."

A developer with almost 20 years experience Dave brings knowledge, experience, humour, humility and a pragmatic perspective everywhere he goes, but don't let that distract you from the fact that in nineteen ninety eight, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer's table.

Adam Krieger, Online Business Systems

Adam Krieger, Online Business Systems
Winnipeg, MB


Adam Krieger is a Software Developer from Winnipeg with over ten years of professional experience and a background in web service development and application deployment. Now a consultant with Online Business Systems, and well versed in several frameworks and languages, he is passionate about the continuous improvement of technology solutions, and also the people that create them. His personal projects are automated in order to leave more time for playing music and reading science fiction.

Richard L. Taylor Jr., New Oak Software, LLC, Logical Advantage

Richard L. Taylor Jr., New Oak Software, LLC, Logical Advantage
Huntersville, NC


I am a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. My experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. For the last 10 years, I have focused on web based applications and that is where my passion lives. I have a great deal of experience but I do like to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software.

Currently, I'm the president and founder of New Oak Software, LLC. New Oak Software, LLC is a software development firm that creates software products in the area of personal financial management and business administration. Our firm also provides software development consulting, software development management, and product development (coding) to assist our clients in meeting their business objectives.

I am also a Tech Lead and member of a highly skilled development team at Logical Advantage in Charlotte, NC delivering software solutions utilizing the following technologies: ASP.NET (Web API, MVC) SQL Server/MongoDB Angular Bootstrap JavaScript/NodeJS KendoUI

As a team member, I am required to develop software at all levels of the modern software stack. (Front-end, API, and data store) I also consult and provide solutions to overall software architecture and user experience which involves deep research into tool-set capabilities, reviewing trends and best practices, and development of prototypes.

When not developing software, I am focused on spending time with my lovely wife Shondrecca and our five children. (Richard, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen)

Lori Lalonde, Microsoft

Lori Lalonde, Microsoft
Kitchener, ON


Lori Lalonde is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft Canada. She is also an Apress author, consultant, blogger, international conference speaker, and a member of the Western Devs. She began her career in software in 1997 and hasn't looked back since. Her experience spans numerous industries and a variety of technologies. 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.

Rocky Lhotka, Magenic

Rocky Lhotka, Magenic
Minneapolis, MN


Rockford Lhotka is the CTO of Magenic, and is the creator of the widely used CSLA .NET development framework. He is the author of numerous books, and regularly speaks at major conferences around the world. Rockford is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP. Magenic (www.magenic.com) addresses your toughest, most complex software development challenges and delivers results. For more information go to www.lhotka.net.

Juni Mukherjee, LifeLock

Juni Mukherjee, LifeLock
San Francisco, CA


Juni has worked as an Architect / Product Owner in Continuous Delivery projects for yet-to-be-famous tech startups and with well-established companies like Apple, Yahoo!, GoPro, ThoughtWorks, Walmart.com, Gap Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd., and LifeLock.

She is an author and her debut book is at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VTZ2GSE/. She participates in community Q&A on Quora: https://www.quora.com/profile/Juni-Mukherjee.

Craig Norman, GasBuddy

Craig Norman, GasBuddy
Regina, SK


I've been a web developer at GasBuddy for the last 8 years. I've been primarily focused on the Microsoft stack of technologies like the .Net Framework, and SQL server and some front end work on Javascript, CSS and HTML. Last year because of organizational change and out of necessity we have made a massive shift into Open Source technologies. I've been working with new technologies Docker Node JS and containers.

I'm also passionate about writing testable code and I love technologies that make testing and integrating code easier.

In the past year, I've also started a NodeSchool chapter in Regina with the help of our company GasBuddy. We have run two NodeSchool workshops so far and will be doing more in the year to come.

David Paquette, ASP.NET Monsters

David Paquette, ASP.NET Monsters
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 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, www.westerndevs.com and www.aspnetmonsters.com.

Adam Rehill, Online Business Systems

Adam Rehill, Online Business Systems
Winnipeg, MB


My name is Adam Rehill and I am a Consultant and Software Developer living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have been in the industry for roughly 7 years and currently work for Online Business Systems where I have the pleasure of working with a variety of different technologies and clients. I am interested in: Web Development, Leadership, DevOps & Continuous Integration, Security & Privacy, and Pragmatic Development. Outside of technology, I like hiking, gaming, playing soccer, guitar, travelling and I am a self-declared hot sauce and whisky connoisseur (preferably separate).

Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson
Phoenix, AZ


Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, Angular and React. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. Y

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, 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.

Mark St. Godard, BOLD

Mark St. Godard, BOLD
Winnipeg, MB


Mark St.Godard is a Software Engineer at Bold Commerce, delivering e-commerce applications using TDD and Continuous Integration.

Mark was previously at IBM working on the Bluemix Cloud platform and Cloud Foundry. Mark was a core team member on the open source Cloud Foundry Routing and Container Networking teams.

Specializing in Go, Ruby and Java, Mark has has worked in a number of industries including e-commerce, banking, telecommunications, insurance, government and air navigation.

Mark likes vim, Dr. Pepper, ping pong and can never remember how the args to “ln -s” work.

Jeff Strauss, Arana Software

Jeff Strauss, Arana Software


Jeff is both a software consultant and an attorney. Because of his unique experiences that combine technology and law, he is equally comfortable presenting to a room full of "geeks" or donning a suit to meet with corporate executives. He maintains a passion for solving problems with inspired solutions, improving life through technology.

A dedicated member of the developer community, Jeff travels internationally to speak on both technical and business-oriented topics. He is co-owner of Arana Software and a Microsoft MVP, was a lead organizer of Dev Up Conference for seven years, and now enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developer Conference.

Simon Timms, Clear Measure

Simon Timms, Clear Measure
Calgary, AB


Coming Soon!

Alexander Trauzzi, Permission Click

Alexander Trauzzi, Permission Click
Winnipeg, MB


An experienced technologist with interests in open source, software architecture and design patterns. Accomplishments range from defining company technical direction and leading teams to creating and maintaining APIs and server-side infrastructure for mobile apps.

I am also actively involved with the local software community, gaining sponsorship from local tech companies and relevant vendors as well as coordinating meetups.

Jeremy Wagner,

Jeremy Wagner,
Minneapolis, MN


Jeremy Wagner is a performance obsessed developer living and working in the frozen wastes of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He's the author of the Manning Publications book Web Performance in Action, a companion guide for the performance-minded web developer. He has also written for A List Apart, CSS Tricks, Smashing Magazine, and prefers his diet to be like his code: Lean and purposeful.

David Wesst, U of Manitoba

David Wesst, U of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB


David Wesst, otherwise known as “Wessty” or “DW”, is a JavaScript enthusiast who works as an enterprise software developer by day, and attempts to build video game related things by night.

After earning his Bachelor of Computer Science (B.C.Sc.), David has continued in software development focusing primarily on rich web experience development and design. Although a fluent developer with a firm grasp of the open web platform, 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 since 2010. His contributions to the development community locally, and beyond, have resulted in being awarded the Microsoft MVP Award in the area of Front End Web Dev for the past 6 years running.

Eli White

Eli White
Mount Airy, MD


Eli has been building Web Applications for 20 years, starting back in the days of writing CGI-BIN programs in C. He’s worked for a laundry list of companies & startups such as Digg, TripAdvisor, and the Hubble Space Telescope Project. He is currently the Vice President of One for All Events LLC, and Conference Chair for php[architect]. He is a strong advocate for "Just getting it done" when it comes to coding, and speaks at numerous conferences each year.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams
Greenville, SC


Chris G. Williams is a Senior Developer for Fluor Government Group, multiple Microsoft MVP awardee (VB, XNA/DirectX, Windows Phone) and the author of Professional Windows Phone Game Development. He blogs at GeeksWithBlogs.net and also manages the MonoGame Indie Devs technical community on Facebook.

He has authored numerous articles on a variety of technologies for Code Magazine, led a 14 city speaking tour and has a series of webinars produced through DevExpress.com. He is a regular presenter at conferences, code camps and user groups around the country and has founded .NET User Groups in Virginia, South Carolina and Minnesota.

Quinn Wilson, Online Business Systems

Quinn Wilson, Online Business Systems
Winnipeg, MB


Quinn loves developing software - he enjoys learning new languages, solving problems, and building things. Quinn codes C# and ruby by day and F# and Haskell by night.

Quinn is a Winnipeg software development journeyman that understands the requirements of an “always on” business. Quinn is a consultant with Online Business Systems where he helps teams deliver software value with best practices, automation, process re-engineering, scripting, communication and collaboration.