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.

Jason Bock, Magenic

Jason Bock, Magenic

Shakopee, MN


Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has over 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 “Applied .NET Attributes”. 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. Jason holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

Robert Boedigheimer, Schwan's Home Service

Robert Boedigheimer, Schwan's Home Service

Minnesota


Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwan’s Home Service providing business solutions with web technologies. He is a Microsoft MVP, a Progress Developer Expert (Fiddler), an ASPInsider, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Robert regularly speaks at national and international events.

Diego Casati, Microsoft

Diego Casati, Microsoft

Calgary, AB


Cloud Solution Architect on the One Commercial Partner Team at Microsoft Canada helping our Partners to get up and running on Cloud Native solutions. Carrying many scars from building datacenters, networks and building private clouds. Primarily focused on Kubernetes, GitOps, Infrastructure as Code and DevOps practices. Current specialties: Azure, Linux, Docker, Kubernetes, Infrastructure as Code (Terraform, ARM). Previously: Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, Security Engineer, Software Engineer and Technical Evangelist.

Shamir Charania, Keep Secure

Shamir Charania, Keep Secure

Calgary, AB


Shamir is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP – Azure) and has extensive experience building solutions in the cloud, from strategy to deployment to automation. He is currently co-founder and managing director at Keep Secure, a Calgary based cyber security company.”

Anthony Chu, Microsoft

Anthony Chu, Microsoft

Vancouver, BC


Anthony is a program manager on Azure Functions. He’s currently working on Durable Functions. Previously, Anthony was a cloud advocate at Microsoft where he focused on serverless, containers, and Azure SignalR Service.

Josh Comeau, Gatsby.js

Josh Comeau, Gatsby.js

Montreal, PQ


Staff software engineer at Gatsby.js, instructor at Concordia University Bootcamps. Builds wacky art toys and educational experiments. Likes dogs, but not as much as cats.

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.

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.

Susan Ibach, HockeyGeekGirl Inc.

Susan Ibach, HockeyGeekGirl Inc.

Ottawa, ON


Susan Ibach, aka, HockeyGeekGirl is a high energy presenter. Her career has taken her from software development to database administration, from COBOL to . NET to Python, from app development to machine learning, from technical training at a startup to technical evangelism at Microsoft. Two common threads tie together her career: a fascination with data, and a passion to help others master new tools and technologies. She currently works as a consultant, but you might find her presenting workshops on machine learning, or in video tutorials such as Python for Beginners

Kyle J. Davis, Redis Labs

Kyle J. Davis, Redis Labs

Edmonton, AB


Kyle Davis is the Head of Developer Advocacy at Redis Labs. Before joining Redis Labs, he worked as an independent full-stack architect and code quality consultant. Kyle is the author of Redis Microservices for Dummies (Wiley) and has written extensively about developing with Redis. Kyle holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Southern Indiana and a Masters of Science from the University of Central Missouri. Kyle lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife and 8lb dog named “Mr. Button.”

Adam L. Barrett,

Adam L. Barrett,

Regina, SK


Adam L Barrett is a JavaScript and Front-End consultant, 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.

Lori M Olson, WNDX School

Lori M Olson, WNDX School

Lethbridge, AB


Lori is the owner and chief instructor of the WNDX School of RubyMotion development. She has turned the formidable development & mentoring skills nurtured over a 30 year career toward training people in mobile application development. A popular speaker at conferences around the world, her workshops have been featured at RailsConf, NSScotland & RubyConfAU. When she’s not working on the school, Lori volunteers teaching total novices how to code through such non-profits as RailsBridge, Canada Learning Code and Destination Exploration. A proud former Calgarian, Lori now lives with her husband and two dogs in Lethbridge AB CANADA.

Jonathan Mills, World Wide Technology

Jonathan Mills, World Wide Technology

Kansas City, MO


LJonathan is a Pluralsight Author, Technology Advisor, and Business Leader. As a member of the Chief Digital Advisory team at World Wide Technology, Jonathan is able to leverage his unique experiences and skills to drive digital transformation for his clients.

As a dedicated developer community leader, Jonathan serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developers Conference, Microsoft MVP, and is a regular speaker and keynote presenter at conferences around the globe.

Ted Neward

Ted Neward

Seattle, WA


Ted Neward currently labors on behalf of Smartsheet as the Director of Developer Relations, leveraging his speaking and writing experience to bring the joys of cloud-based spreadsheet and project management to the development world. During his more code-focused years, he specialized in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), programming languages of all forms, back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.

He is the author or co-author of several books, including Professional F# 2.0, Effective Enterprise Java, C# In a Nutshell, SSCLI Essentials, Server-Based Java Programming, and a contributor to several technology journals. All told, he has written close to a hundred articles in both print and online form.

Ted is also an IBM Champion of Cloud, has been a Microsoft F# MVP (having also been an Architect and C# MVP in prior years), an F# Insider, C# Insider, and VB Insider, INETA speaker, former DevelopMentor instructor, PluralSight course author, frequent worldwide conference speaker, and a member of various Java JSRs.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, eight laptops, seven tablets, nine phones and a rather large utility bill.

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.

Sanjeev Paskaradevan, Synopsys

Sanjeev Paskaradevan, Synopsys

Calgary, AB


From writing mission planning software for helicopters, to real time drilling data transfer over satellites, to defect management at scale, Sanjeev Paskaradevan has been practicing the craft of building software in Calgary for the past 14 years. During that time, he also managed to complete a masters in A.I. focusing on Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning.

Recently, Sanjeev has been managing the development of the Polaris Platform Core Microservices and has helped manage the transition of the platform to incorporate CQRS & Event Sourcing as a major aspect of its architecture. He’s been in the trenches of CQRS and Event Sourcing and has come out the other side with a few battle wounds to prove it.

For fun he enjoys punishing his body by running long distances and recently finished his first marathon. Currently he is training to complete a sub 45-minute 10K (but not when it’s cold outside). He’s a massive music nerd whose guilty pleasure is modern pop music.

Tim Rayburn, Improving Enterprises

Tim Rayburn, Improving Enterprises

Dallas, TX


Tim Rayburn is a Vice President of Consulting with Improving Enterprises, a software and project management consulting company in Dallas, TX. He is a passionate advocate of apprenticeship and mentorship in corporate environments. Since 2007 he has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in recognition of his expertise and community leadership. He is also a conference organizer, an author, and can be found speaking across the nation on agile processes, software design, and career management. He lives in the North Dallas area with his amazing wife Kate.

Kris Read, Neo Financial

Kris Read, Neo Financial

Calgary, AB


Kris Read is a founder and Head Of Engineering at Neo Financial - a Calgary fintech startup changing what Canadians expect from credit cards. Kris has over 3 years experience building scalable, production systems with GraphQL at companies from Calgary to San Francisco to New York!

Before starting his latest venture Kris worked as Director of Software Development at San Francisco startup Lottery.com. In a past life, Kris traveled the world as a consultant for ThoughtWorks, built influential crypto-currency startup “Vogogo”, and spent many years as a developer in the Calgary startup scene. He’s a 3-time CTO, published author and speaker at conferences like Agile or O’Reilly OSCON. Kris holds a Master’s and currently sits on an Advisory Board with MongoDB.

Nick Rogers, Neo Financial

Nick Rogers, Neo Financial

Calgary, AB


My name is Nick Rogers. I have been a working software developer for most of my life. I studied mathematics in school and I love building things that people use. I have worked in a music research lab, designed software for people with Parkinson’s disease (using motion capture and Microsoft Kinect), and spent the last two years working for a Major League Baseball team designing systems to help players, coaches and scouts. I moved to Calgary at the beginning of December to join a startup and am very excited about the software scene here. I would love to share some of my knowledge and give a talk if you’ll have me!

Oh, and Niall was the best. But Harry Styles is pretty close.

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.

Jeffrey Strauss, World Wide Technology

Jeffrey Strauss, World Wide Technology

St. Louis, MO


Jeff is a technical advisor, an executive consultant, and an attorney. As a solution architect on the Multicloud team at World Wide Technology—and with his unique experiences that combine tech and business—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 and serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developer Conference.

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.

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/).

Adam Wolfe Gordon, DigitalOcean

Adam Wolfe Gordon, DigitalOcean

Edmonton, AB


Adam Wolfe Gordon is a software developer at DigitalOcean, currently working on managed Kubernetes and container registry. He previously worked on block storage at DigitalOcean and EMC. Adam is a regular conference speaker and a frequent attendee of and presenter at local meetups in Edmonton. He likes building and debugging microservices, observability, and occasional forays into lower-level software.