Speakers

Paige Bailey, Microsoft

Paige Bailey, Microsoft

Seattle, WA


Paige Bailey is a Sr. Cloud Developer Advocate specializing in Data Visualization, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining Microsoft, Paige was employed for five years as a data scientist and geophysical application developer in the energy industry (Chevron). Languages of choice include Python, R, and SQL; and she’s always down for a jam session on sustainable energy, STEM education reform, and using data science products to empower local governments.

Kyle Baley, Particular Software

Kyle Baley, Particular Software

Central America


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).

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.

James Chambers, Chez Angela Bakery and Cafe

James Chambers, Chez Angela Bakery and Cafe

Brandon, MB


An active member in the ASP.NET development community, James speaks at conferences, user groups and brown-bag lunches. Now a six-time Microsoft MVP in Developer Technologies, he shares his programming experiences and knowledge with senior and junior developers as well as kids aged 9-14 through local school division programs. 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. In addition to spending time with his family, you can find James hammering away at his blog at www.jameschambers.com or volunteering with local and national charities to help fight poverty and Type 1 Diabetes. When that's not the case, he's likely digging in the secret tunnels of the Canadian Prairies, writing articles on MSDN or occasionally appearing on Microsoft Virtual Academy as a presenter or community SME.

Shane Charles

Shane Charles

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

Chris DeMars, United Shore

Chris DeMars, United Shore

Detroit, MI


Chris DeMars is a UI developer first, UX architect always, working out of Detroit, Michigan. Chris is also an instructor, teacher assistant, and volunteer for the Ann Arbor and Detroit chapters of Girl Develop It. Chris loves coming up with solutions for enterprise applications, which include modular CSS architectures, performance, and advocating for Web accessibility. When he is not working on making the Web great and inclusive you can find him writing blog posts, watching horror movies, drinking the finest of beers, or in the woods of northern Michigan.

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.

John A. Fedoruk

John A. Fedoruk

Winnipeg, MB


John is a full-stack TypeScript developer, and proudly #teamangular. He works with the latest technologies, including Docker, Kubernetes, Pub/Sub architecture, and CI/CD.

Currently working as a remote software engineer and DevOps consultant in London, England, Johnny is frequently flying across the Atlantic Ocean in order to provide technical solutions for an array of interesting problems. John is also a full-time application developer for the University of Manitoba, where he also graduated a Computer Science major, B.C.Sc., with a transcript of electives showing heavy passion for sciences (Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics).

Brian Jordan

Brian Jordan

Cambridge, MA


Brian Jordan is a game and web developer currently building the indie game Clone Drone in the Danger Zone with Doborog Games (now on Steam Early Access)! Brian previously worked at Code.org building Code Studio, Code.org's K-12 Computer Science curriculum used by over 200,000 teachers and 5 million students, and lead development on the Minecraft Hour of Code which has since been played over 70 million times. Passionate about education, game and web development, Brian previously built video games for PopCap/EA, trained facilitators and teachers to utilize laptops in Rwanda’s primary schools, and founded Coding for Interviews, a programming interview preparation community.

Lori Lalonde, Microsoft

Lori Lalonde, Microsoft

Kitchener, ON


Lori Lalonde is a Tech Evangelist with Microsoft Canada. She is also an Apress author, 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.

Ashleigh Lodge, Neovation

Ashleigh Lodge, Neovation

Winnipeg, MB


Ashleigh Lodge is the Team Lead of Application Development at Neovation, which encompasses the development, UI/UX and QA teams for multiple products. A graduate of the Computer/Analyst Programmer/CAP program at Red River College, she has held various development and management roles in the tech industry for the past eight years. Recently, she has turned her focus to accessibility and inclusive design, working to make Neovation's products more accessible to users with a wide range of needs. In her free time she consumes a truly frightening amount of pop culture media, including movies, TV shows, comic books, and novels.

Jonathan Mills, Paige Technologies

Jonathan Mills, Paige Technologies

Kansas City, MO


Jon is a Pluralsight author, Microsoft MVP, and international speaker focusing on JavaScript both in the browser and on the server. Jonathan Mills is a JavaScript and Node.js expert working in the mean stack with individuals and companies to help build their technical skills to cope with the constantly changing landscape of software development.

Anubhav
 Mishra
, HashiCorp

Anubhav Mishra , HashiCorp

Vancouver, BC


Anubhav Mishra is a Developer Advocate at HashiCorp. He previously worked at Hootsuite where he built distributed systems and micro service delivery platform. He loves Open Source software and is constantly finding ways to contribute to projects that excite him. He is really passionate about helping developers and operators do better. He loves DJing, making music and playing football in his free time. He is also a huge Manchester United supporter.

Rod Paddock, Dash Point Software Inc.

Rod Paddock, Dash Point Software Inc.

Austin, TX


Rod Paddock founded Dash Point Software, Inc. in 2001 to develop high quality custom software solutions. With over 20+ Rod's current and past clients include: Six Flags, First Premier Bank, Microsoft, Calamos Investments, The US Coast Guard and US Navy. Along with developing software Rod is a well know author and conference speaker. Beginning in 1995 Rod has given talks, training sessions and keynotes in The United States, Canada and Europe. Rod is has been Editor in Chief of Code Magazine since 2001.

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.

Scott J.  Peterson, Liquid Daffodil

Scott J. Peterson, Liquid Daffodil

Richmond, TX


Scott J. Peterson has been developing Microsoft Enterprise solutions for organizations around the world for the last 29 years, and is the Chief Solution Architect & Developer behind Liquid Daffodil, a leading creator of corporate and consumer apps for Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. As a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, Microsoft Certified Trainer, author, and presenter, his topics extended across a broad spectrum, including the Universal Windows Platform, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Xamarin Forms, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Power BI, and is more recently the author of Mastering Universal Windows Platform Development, Mastering Xamarin Forms Development, and the Mastering Microsoft Cognitive Services series available at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Scott specializes in large-scale, enterprise desktop, mobile development and service integration and resides in the Houston metro area.

Matthew Renze

Matthew Renze


Matthew is an independent data science consultant with over 17 years of professional experience building large-scale data-driven desktop, server, and cloud-based applications. He’s an international public speaker, author for Pluralsight, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, and the creator of several open-source software projects including Data Explorer, an interactive data visualization tool.

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).

Mike Sigsworth, Clear Measure

Mike Sigsworth, Clear Measure

Winnipeg, MB


Coming Soon!

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.

Jeff Strauss, Symposli

Jeff Strauss, Symposli

St. Louis, MO


Jeff is a software consultant, an entrepreneur, and an attorney. With his unique experiences that combine technology and law, 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 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.

Tim G. Thomas, Vectra Networks

Tim G. Thomas, Vectra Networks

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, Western Devs/ASP.NET Monsters

Simon Timms, Western Devs/ASP.NET Monsters

Calgary, AB


Coming Soon!

Jeremy Wagner

Jeremy Wagner

Saint Paul, MN


Jeremy Wagner is a web developer and performance engineer living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of the [Manning Publications](https://manning.com) book [Web Performance in Action](https://www.manning.com/books/web-performance-in-action), a companion guide for the performance-minded web developer. He has also written for A List Apart, CSS Tricks, and Smashing Magazine. [Read his meandering ramblings on the web](https://jeremywagner.me), or check him out on Twitter [@malchata](https://twitter.com/malchata).

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.

Derik Whittaker, Quicken Loans

Derik Whittaker, Quicken Loans


Derik Whittaker is a Bit Pusher who specializes in all things .Net and dabbles in the world of Node and Javascript. Derik has been building enterprise systems, mostly on top of the .Net technology stack for over 19 years. Along the way has picked up a thing or two about how to create enterprise scale software systems. During his 19 year career Derik has worked in many different industries ranging from Mortgage, Marking, Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, Automotive and Online Entertainment. Currently Derik is senior engineer working for Quicken Loans, the countries largest commercial mortgage company. Derik believes that the job of a developer is more than just turning syntax into working 1s and 0s. 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 was previously awarded the Microsoft MVP in C# 7 times. He is also a member of the ASPInsiders group. Derik is also a Pluralsight Author with 4 courses 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 (normally on a soccer pitch).

Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde

Las Vegas, NV


Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer, and is also known as the “Unicorn Whisperer” due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a personal and professional growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker. As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100,000,000 customers. Among her other awards, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid selected her for a commendation for her work in increasing STEM education. Wilde’s writing as a columnist for Inc and Forbes spans social media, entrepreneurialism, startups, leadership, fundraising, and diversity issues. She currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.

Shawn Wildermuth, Wilder Minds LLC.

Shawn Wildermuth, Wilder Minds LLC.

Atlanta, GA


Shawn Wildermuth has been tinkering with computers and software since he got a Vic-20 back in the early 80s. As a Microsoft MVP since 2003, he's also involved with Microsoft as an ASP.NET Insider and ClientDev Insider. You may have taken one of his more than twenty courses on Pluralsight (http://shawnw.me/psauthor) including his latest: ‚"Implementing and Securing an API with ASP.NET Core". He's authored eight books and innumerable articles on software development. You can also see him at one of the local and international conferences he's spoken at including TechEd, Oredev, SDC, NDC, VSLive, DevIntersection, MIX, Devteach, DevConnections and Dev Reach. He is one of the Wilder Minds. You can reach him at his blog at http://wildermuth.com.

Chris G. Williams

Chris G. Williams

Greenville, SC


Chris G. Williams is a Senior Developer for Fluor Government Group, multiple Microsoft MVP awardee (VB, XNA/DirectX, Windows Phone) and author of Professional Windows Phone Game Development and the upcoming Beginning Alexa Skills Development. He blogs at GeeksWithBlogs.net and manages the MonoGame Indie Devs technical community on Facebook. Chris has authored numerous articles on a variety of technologies for Code Magazine, and 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# 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.

Chris Woodruff, JetBrains Inc.

Chris Woodruff, JetBrains Inc.

Wyoming, MI


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 over 20 years and has worked in many different platforms and tools. He is a community leader, helping such events as GRDevNight, GRDevDay, 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 is a Developer Advocate for JetBrains and evangelizes .NET, .NET Core and JetBrains' products in North America.