Speakers

Frode Aarebrot, Solvera

Frode Aarebrot, Solvera

Regina, SK


While he spent his early twenties in the airline industry repairing 737s he has now spent more than a decade at Solvera Solutions building enterprise applications. He’s delivered intranet redesigns, complex workflows, custom applications, microservices, middleware solutions, and even dabbled with releasing phone apps. These days he’s a full-stack developer building web applications with Angular, .NET Core, and Azure DevOps.

Shane Charles, White Light Computing, Inc.

Shane Charles, White Light Computing, Inc.

East of Virden, North of Portage


A functional programming enthusiast who loves to learn and talk with others about technology. He often dabbles in a myriad of languages but normally finds himself in F#. Shane is a Microsoft MVP, a board member of the Winnipeg .Net UG, and organizer of Tech and Wings in Brandon, MB.

David Crossman, Toolshed

David Crossman, Toolshed

Regina, SK


As a Chief Executive Officer at Toolshed, David’s focus has been on front-end development, design and business analysis and his ability to quickly prototype and build incredible User Experience are hard to beat. His experience building Point of Sale and Business to Consumer systems give him unique insight into both businesses and consumers and will be essential when evaluating markets and opportunities.

David’s passion for engineering lead him to co-founded the non-profit HackRegina which is a non-profit the strives to create a strong technology community in Regina. David has run workshops for the community covering topics such as Git and Node.js.

Tyler Doerksen, Microsoft

Tyler Doerksen, Microsoft

Winnipeg, MB


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.

David Drever, Protiviti Canada

David Drever, Protiviti Canada

Regina, SK


David is a Senior Manager with Protiviti Canada, and a 3 time Office Apps 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. During 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 over 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 solutions utilizing PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and SharePoint. He is a knowledgeable and sought-after international speaker within IT circles and consulted regularly by companies formulating their Digital Workplace strategies.

Sean Feldman, Particular Software

Sean Feldman, Particular Software

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 having fun with family and his Malamute.

Taylor Fox, iQmetrix

Taylor Fox, iQmetrix

Regina, SK


Taylor knew that her career would start in Software Development after taking a mandatory Computer Science class in university and absolutely loving it. Today, Taylor works at iQmetrix as a Technical Program Manager. In this role, she works with teams and individuals across the organization to deliver highly strategic projects to customers—and fast. Taylor is passionate about solving problems and she sees that “ah-ha” moment as the best part of her job. When she’s not at her computer, Taylor enjoys biking, yoga, and cooking. She would also challenge anyone who thinks they’re better than she is at escape rooms.

Susan Ibach

Susan Ibach

Ottawa, ON


Susan Ibach (aka @HockeyGeekGirl) works for AI Gaming. She loves helping developers discover and learn new technologies. She uses her experience in training and evangelism to make learning more fun. AI Gaming develops custom games and competitions to help companies teach developers their APIS, services, and technologies. When she is not sitting at her laptop she is probably out for a run training for a marathon or obstacle race.

Owen Kinch, DOT Technology Corp.

Owen Kinch, DOT Technology Corp.

Regina, SK


Owen Kinch works for DOT Technology Corp. as Director Product Innovation and Development near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a keen passion to increase overall farm efficiency through the development and deployment of automation. Owen leads the software development team for DOT Technology Corp. He also manages the SeedMaster Research Farm where new products are tested prior to commercialization. Each season, Owen crops approximately 3000 acres to a variety of crops including spring wheat, winter wheat, canola, soybeans, and yellow peas.

Adam L. Barrett, Bitovi

Adam L. Barrett, Bitovi

Regina, SK


Adam L Barrett is a JavaScript and Front-End consultant at Bitovi, a contributor to open source, and avid bike-shedder. Adam believes, when writing conference bios, he should probably mention his two children, his love of movies and probably his hobbies, like hosting a board game podcast, to help the reader connect with him as a person, but …well, that sounds sort of manipulative so Adam has chosen not to. Adam is above that.

Ashleigh Lodge, Neovation Learning Solutions

Ashleigh Lodge, Neovation Learning Solutions

Winnipeg, MB


Ashleigh is the Application Development Manager at Neovation Learning Solutionsin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She manages a team of over 20 developers, UX designers and QA analysts who work to maintain and grow two separate 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 10 years.

Ashleigh is a vocal advocate for accessibility and inclusive design, working to make Neovation's products more accessible to users of all types and abilities. She has also spoken about accessibility to a variety of audiences, including at Prairie Dev Con Winnipeg, at the Bits and Bytes Student Group at Red River College, and at an ICTAM Lunch & Learn. Most recently, Ashleigh was a speaker at TedxWinnipeg, bringing the idea and foundations of digital accessibility to an audience of nearly 700 Winnipegers.

In her free time, Ashleigh consumes a truly frightening amount of pop culture media, including movies, TV shows, comic books and novels. You can usually find her with Pokémon Go open on her phone, no matter where she is or what she's (supposed to be) doing.

Kim Noel, Microsoft

Kim Noel, Microsoft

Montreal, QC


Working as a DevPMM at Microsoft and based out of Montreal, Quebec. Comic book aficianado and dog lover. I look forward to Mondays for my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. Currently helping grow communities, empowering developers, and having fun building apps on the side.

Rod Paddock

Rod Paddock

Austin, TX


Rod Paddock founded Dash Point Software, Inc. in 2001 to develop high quality custom software solutions. With over 20+ of work 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.

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).

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.

Luke Towers

Luke Towers

Regina, SK


Luke Towers is the core maintainer and community manager for OctoberCMS, the popular open source content management framework built on Laravel in PHP. He has over seven years of web development experience with everything from your everyday "brochure" websites to complex web applications that power businesses. When he's not solving problems, fixing bugs, or crushing out new features he enjoys emptying his wallet in two of the most expensive hobbies known to man: flying and gliding.

Patrick Ullrich

Patrick Ullrich

Regina, SK


Patrick is a german Software Developer, living in Regina, Canada. Consulting, Product Company, and Start Ups - Patrick has done it all. Currently he is leading the Front End development efforts at Outpost Health using Razor Pages and React. In his spare time, he is planning the next diving destination, or investing too much time into the JavaScript framework flavor of the month.

Jennifer Wadella

Jennifer Wadella

Kansas City, MO


Jennifer Wadella has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. She currently works as a JavaScript Consultant and loves building performant web applications, speaking at technical conferences, and brewing kombucha. Jennifer is an active member of the KC tech community and the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology(KCWiT), an organization aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. She is the PubConf Sydney 2018 Champion, a Silicon Prairie Champion Award Nominee, Rising Trendsetter STEMMy award-winner, and is apparently Missouri’s Coolest Woman according to Pure Wow.

Jeremy
 Wagner

Jeremy Wagner

St. Paul, MN


Jeremy Wagner is an independent web performance consultant, author, and speaker from Minnesota. He has written for A List Apart, CSS Tricks, Smashing Magazine, and elsewhere. You can find him on the web at [jeremy.codes](https://jeremy.codes/).

David Wesst, University of Manitoba

David Wesst, University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB


David Wesst, otherwise known as "Wessty" or "DW", is a enterprise cloud solution architect by day, and works on video games by night.

fter earning his Bachelor of Computer Science (B.C.Sc.), David has continued in software development focusing primarily on web platform solutions. A fluent developer with a firm grasp of the open web platform, and cloud, David's strength lies in his strong communication skills and community contributions. DW has served on the the board of Full Stack Manitoba since 2010 and has been awarded the Microsoft MVP Award for the past 8 years.

Alexander Wiebe, Solvera

Alexander Wiebe, Solvera

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.