Speakers

Shane Charles, White Light Computing, Inc.

Shane Charles, White Light Computing, Inc.

Manitoba


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 organizes a monthly Tech and Wings meet-up in Brandon, MB and is on the board for the Winnipeg .Net User Group.

Scott Connerly, Aware3

Scott Connerly, Aware3

Kansas City, MO


I love leading dev teams, both technically and interpersonally. I've been an Architect for 3 years, a VP of Innovation for 1 year, and an IC for 11 years. Domains include HCIT, Education, and Advertising. A vocal advocate of Agile principles. FILDI like Ze Frank.

Eric Cote, React Academy

Eric Cote, React Academy

Montreal, PQ


Eric Côté is the owner-trainer of React Academy. He’s been toying with computers since he was 12, on a Commodore 64. In the early 90s, he became webmaster for the education department at Université de Montréal. He then started training people on computer programming and web development. For many years, he was a top notch trainer on Microsoft Dev technologies, including: VB, C#, .NET, ASP.NET, MVC, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Sharepoint. He has trained thousands of devs throughout the years.

In the last few years, Eric took an Open Source turn. He’s now developing using GitHub, React, Node.js, React Native, Babel, Webpack, REST APIs and Docker. He can’t wait to share his findings with you.

Brandon Demeria, GasBuddy

Brandon Demeria, GasBuddy

Regina, SK


Brandon Demeria is a Mobile Developer and has been with GasBuddy on the iOS Team for 4 years. Throughout this period our team has rebranded, rebuilt, and taken the application from Objective-C to Swift.

Tyler Doerksen, Microsoft

Tyler Doerksen, Microsoft

Winnipeg, MB


Hello I'm Tyler Doerksen, a 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, IoT, 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.

David Drever, Solvera Solutions

David Drever, Solvera Solutions

Regina, SK


David is the Digital Workplace Services Lead at Solvera Solutions, and a 3 time Office Servers and Services MVP. Over the last 18 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 eight years David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint and Office365 domain. He has helped stand up multiple Enterprise SharePoint environments as well as designed and built numerous SharePoint solutions. David's extensive experience in SharePoint is complemented by a range of SharePoint training courses and Certifications. He is a knowledgeable and sought-after international speaker within IT circles and consulted regularly by companies formulating their SharePoint strategies.

Julka Grodel, Framebridge

Julka Grodel, Framebridge

Arlington, VA


Julka Grodel is a Principal Software Engineer at Framebridge, a DC startup disrupting the custom framing market. She is happiest when she can get lost in the details and structure of a thing, making it for work her, making it work better, or cleaning it up to make it easier for others. By day, Julka channels this focus to empower Framebridge customers to frame everything they love and she enjoys seeing how creative and weird people get. When not toiling away for her corporate overlords she spends her time volunteering on literacy projects with the Junior League, in a Pilates studio, or doting over her blind cat Batman and his BFF Robin.

Joel Hebert, Opulent ASP Development Inc.

Joel Hebert, Opulent ASP Development Inc.

Ottawa, ON


Joel Hebert is the Principal Consultant and Director at Opulent ASP Development Inc. He is passionate about Security , Integration and Software Architecture. He is an 11 time Microsoft MVP and is one of the User Group Leaders in Ottawa. Specializing in Enterprise Application Integration / SOA , he has build large scale distributed systems for various companies and government organizations. Ask him to rap a few verses for you!

Joe Karlsson, Best Buy

Joe Karlsson, Best Buy

Minneapolis, MN


Joe Karlsson is Minneapolis based JavaScript Engineer at Best Buy and international technology speaker and educator. He is the creator of weird software, including [bechdel.io](http://bechdel.io/), which tells you if a movie script passes the Bechdel Test or not. Joe is interested in the Digital Humanities and food.

Lori Lalonde, Microsoft

Lori Lalonde, Microsoft

Kitchener, ON


Lori Lalonde is a Senior Tech Evangelist with Microsoft Canada. She is also an Apress author, blogger, community leader, and international conference speaker. Although her career began in 1997, her love of technology dates back to her early childhood. Lori spent countless hours teaching herself how to program in BASIC on a Commodore 64, and playing video games on an Atari 2600. She was a gamer girl before there was a name for it. In her spare time, Lori enjoys being involved in her community, serving as the lead organizer for Canada's Technology Triangle .NET User Group, mentoring up-and-coming software developers, and participating in local Women in Technology groups.

Craig Norman, GasBuddy

Craig Norman, GasBuddy

Regina, SK


My current position is Architect and Team Lead for our Core Services team at GasBuddy in Regina. Our team is primarily focused on creating internal and external APIs for our mobile app, web sites and other teams at GasBuddy.

I've been a developer at GasBuddy for the last 9 years. I've worked on the .Net framework, Node Js in both containers and with AWS Lambda functions.

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

David Paquette, Decisive Edge Business Solutions

David Paquette, Decisive Edge Business Solutions

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 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.

Gary Pronych, Microsoft

Gary Pronych, Microsoft

White City, SK


Gary has 18+ years professional experience, including the last 4 as a Digital Advisor with Microsoft. He has worked with a number of enterprises in Western Canada to modernize their operations, transform their products and re-imagine services used by internal and external stakeholders.

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. You can find this and other talks on his blog at [https://robrich.org/presentations](https://robrich.org/presentations) and follow him on twitter at [@rob_rich](https://twitter.com/rob_rich).

Mondelle Simeon, GasBuddy

Mondelle Simeon, GasBuddy

Regina, SK


Mondelle Simeon is a Principal Data Developer at GasBuddy whose work focuses on developing optimized ETL systems and building machine learning models to make predictions and answer key business questions. She is a published author who holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Mathematics, from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Regina.

Dylan Smith, Microsoft

Dylan Smith, Microsoft

Winnipeg, MB


Dylan Smith was a Microsoft MVP (ALM) for many years before finally joining Microsoft to lead the DevOps Customer Advisory Team. Now he works with Microsoft’s largest customers to help them succeed with their DevOps transformations.

Simon Timms, Western Devs/ASP.NET Monsters

Simon Timms, Western Devs/ASP.NET Monsters

Calgary, AB


Simon is a polyglot developer who has worked on everything from serial port drivers on an Android tablet, to NServiceBus, to processing tens of thousands of messages a second using stream analytics, to building Angular web applications. All that in the last year. He is the author of a number of books on JavaScript and ASP.NET and blogs far less regularly than he should on both the Western Dev's site (http://westerndevs.com) and his on blog (http://blog.simontimms.com). He is also the least visible member of the ASP.NET monsters (http://aspnetmonsters.com).

His interests change as frequently as he changes his underwear. At the moment he is interested in F# and how AI is going to change how we develop software. He is a big picture specialist who can maintain a cogent view of an entire system and pick the right technology to solve a problem.

David Wesst, University of Manitoba

David Wesst, University 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.

Alexander Wiebe, Solvera Solutions

Alexander Wiebe, Solvera Solutions

Regina, SK


"AJ is so good at development that sometimes I wonder if he is a terminator sent back in time by skynet to make the war a fair fight" Geremy Lague 2018

Alexander Wiebe AKA AJ was born on January 12, "1987" with a programmable calculator in one hand and a solved rubik's cube in the other. With roots in QBasic he's been coding ever since. Born and raised in the prairies AJ is a local grad from U of R. While he loves his wife and daughter; JavaScript is his passion. AJ's experience involves N-Tier Enterprise apps, rewriting a rowing machine's driver in typescript, and everything in between.

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# by day 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.