Speakers

David Alpert, Northfield IT

David Alpert, Northfield IT

Winnipeg, MB


David Alpert has been writing code for over 20 years and automating tests for fully half that time. He facilitates code retreats, coaches, and mentors about automated testing techniques and strategies. And he cooks a mean curry.

David currently works at Northfield IT using test-driven development to code infrastructure management using Chef, Test Kitchen, and Vagrant.

Melissa Archer, Imaginet

Melissa Archer, Imaginet

Winnipeg, MB


Melissa Archer, UX Designer at Imaginet, Founder at PechaKucha Winnipeg: Melissa is an inquisitive talented UX Designer that helps businesses answer the hard questions that inform great products. Her passion for strategy, design, photography, and new technology has leaked out on to her design muscles that she's not afraid to flex. Melissa was an active member of the GDC Manitoba board for over six years. She volunteered by running professional development and networking events like PechaKucha.

Amir Barylko,

Amir Barylko,


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.

Damian Brady, Microsoft

Damian Brady, Microsoft

Brisbane, Australia (via Toronto)


I work for Microsoft as a Cloud Developer Advocate specialising in DevOps.

I'm an ex-Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Developer Technologies, a Pluralsight Author, and co-author of Professional Team Foundation Server 2013from Wiley. I co-organise the Brisbane .Net User Group, and the annual DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Brisbane conference.

I regularly speak at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world.

Most of the time you'll find me talking to developers and IT Pros to help them get the most out of their DevOps strategies."

Matthew Campbell, D2L

Matthew Campbell, D2L

Waterloo, ON


Matt Campbell leads the Foundation teams at an educational technology company called D2L. At D2L he helped reduce deployment cycles from yearly to weekly, adopt DevOps and Agile, and revamp testing and release processes. Currently he is moving D2L into the clouds with a full-scale migration into AWS. He is passionate about empowering and engaging his teams so that they can be free to create and solve problems.

Matt is also an instructor for Conestoga College, teaching courses on programming and general computer usage.

Christopher Chapman, Derailleur Consulting, Inc.

Christopher Chapman, Derailleur Consulting, Inc.

Toronto, ON


Chris is a veteran consultant with 17 years experience as a developer and team lead/coach. Over his career he's worked on mainframe systems, desktop applications and enterprise scale web based solutions. Through it all he's maintained a strong passion for helping teams to realign the work they do with how they do it by applying lean and agile principles and frameworks like Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban.

Over the past several years, Chris has also been introducing Agile practitioners, coaches, teams, and their leadership to the teachings of W.E. Deming, Russell Ackoff, Peter Scholtes, Eli Goldratt and others to help them improve the outcomes of their transformations with a systems thinking perspective, which has been surprisingly popular. He is also the founder of the Toronto-based #SystemsThinkingTO meetup group.

In whatever time is left over, Chris likes to run, read voraciously, play video games, brew beer, grow hops, and generally goof-off.

Shane Charles, White Light Computing, Inc.

Shane Charles, White Light Computing, Inc.


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 board member of the Winnipeg .Net UG and he organizes a monthly Tech and Wings meet-up in Brandon, MB.

Todd Charron, Planning for Failure

Todd Charron, Planning for Failure


Todd helps leaders become intentional about their organizational culture, so that they can revolutionize the way they work.

Bob Duncan, D2L

Bob Duncan, D2L

Winnipeg, MB


Bob Duncan is a passionate product designer based out of Winnipeg. He is currently working for D2L and enjoys solving users problems with research and design. As the found for IxDA Winnipeg, Bob is eager to share his love for design with the community.

Mike Edwards, Leanintuit

Mike Edwards, Leanintuit


Mike is a leadership and life coach working with people who want to make a difference in this world in ways that matter. Mike harnesses the power of storytelling and vulnerability to make it safe for people to learn and believes a fulfilling career and life is found in your ability to respond to whatever life throws your way.

Mike is a founding member of the Leanintuit, an Accredited Coach with The Leadership Gift ProgramTM, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a faculty member with the Agile Coaching Institute, and graduate of the CTI Leadership Program.

Jen Goertzen, iQmetrix/Caribou

Jen Goertzen, iQmetrix/Caribou

Winnipeg, MB


Jen Goertzen, UX Lead at iQMetrix, Partner at Caribou: Jen is a user experience strategy and design consultant that works with startups and organizations to create better experiences. She is also a UX Lead at iQmetrix. Jen has led local and international organizations through highly effective user experience and design projects, including multiple #1 positions in international mobile app stores. Through Caribou, Jen recently kicked off an ongoing series of UX workshops, presentations, and events for Winnipeg's UX community.

Philip Japikse

Philip Japikse

West Chester, OH


An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning (https://www.lynda.com/Phil-Japikse/7908546-1.html). During the day, Phil works as an Enterprise Consultant and Agile Coach for large to medium firms throughout the US. Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Ardita Karaj, Tango

Ardita Karaj, Tango


Ardita Karaj is a passionate Agile coach, trainer, change agent and consultant in the Toronto area. She brings more than 20 years of software development experience from different commercial and public organizations. Her passion on building awesome products has been combined with process improvement for organizations that are adopting Agile frameworks like Scrum and Kanban. Working with both management and development teams, she is well known for applying Agile and Lean techniques to help identify and remove barriers in order to streamline product delivery and release efforts. She is driven in creating sustainable change and has developed techniques that focus on building teams that have a culture of continuous improvement

Sarah LaCroix

Sarah LaCroix

Winnipeg, MB


Sarah LaCroix started her education in technology by hanging out with IT professionals and hobbyists who were passionate about their projects. She grew that interest by volunteering at conferences and asking lots of questions. When she finally had more questions than her friends could answer, she decided it was time for a more formal education. She started with Applied Computer Science and Business Administration at University of Winnipeg, then studied Digital Forensics, Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland before transferring into the Business Information Technology program at Red River College. She is currently on the board of the RRC technology student group, Bits and Bytes Association. Never quite satisfied with her current level of knowledge, Sarah is always working to strengthen her skills and build her expertise by taking on side projects and talking to people more experienced than herself. Upon graduation (expected: June, 2019), she wants to work as a security analyst. She enjoys hipster coffee, going to the gym, and Instagramming her food. You can find her on the Internet as @punkrockgoth.

Hanaa Louka, iQmetrix

Hanaa Louka, iQmetrix

Winnipeg, MB


Hanaa Louka, Development Lead at iQmetrix: While working on software for product startups, large companies, and small software shops that grew to be quite large, she learned that the challenge and enjoyment of software development lies in the methods used to solve problems. She has been a nerd from a very young age and wants to share her love of software development with whoever will listen.

Gian Mancuso, D2L

Gian Mancuso, D2L


Gian Mancuso is a senior product designer at D2L, the founder of the XD Innovation Group and a mentor at the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. He has taken products from concept, to delivery, to on-going iteration in a variety of industries. At the core of his successes are foremost an onslaught of small, fast failures; a radical commitment to cross-functional collaboration and shared understanding; and a relentless commitment to design that has our shared humanity as its centre.

Anubhav Mishra, Hootsuite

Anubhav Mishra, Hootsuite

Vancouver, BC


Anubhav Mishra is a Backend Engineer focused on building cloud infrastructure and distributed systems. He currently is focused on building Hootsuite's next generation application delivery platform using Kubernetes. His work spans developers and operators.

He loves DJing, making music and playing soccer in his free time. He is also a huge Manchester United supporter.

Jordan Neufeld

Jordan Neufeld


Jordan Neufeld is a member of the operations team at Northfield IT. He is a lifelong learner that is allergic to repetition and thrives on automation. He is a fan of bash one-liners, but still doesn't know how to exit vi. In his spare time Jordan enjoys contributing to open source projects, and finding creative ways to eliminate toil through automation. Jordan lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with his wife Claire.

Loryfel Nunez, J.P. Morgan

Loryfel Nunez, J.P. Morgan

New York, NY


I have worn many hats in a career spanning more than 10 years. On an individual contributor level, I have been a software developer, a business intelligence analyst, infrastructure engineer and an applied researcher. On a managerial level, I have lead teach teams onshore and offshore. Currently, I am a Data Scientist/Data Engineer at J.P. Morgan. I love to be active in the tech community. Currently, I am in the program committee at PyGotham 2017 and I support programs that encourage STEM education for young children.

In my free time, I am a parent volunteer in my son's high school. I am teaching myself how to knit and how to play the piano.

Matthew Philip, ThoughtWorks

Matthew Philip, ThoughtWorks

St. Louis, MO


Matt Philip is the Director of Learning and Development at ThoughtWorks. In his work as a coach, trainer, quality advocate and facilitator, Matt helps organizations and teams become fit for their purpose through continuous learning. He draws on lean and agile values, principles and practices (Kanban Method, XP, Scrum) to offer experience, models and options to customers and teammates. He tweets at @mattphilip, blogs at https://mattphilip.wordpress.com/ and shares his presentations at http://www.slideshare.net/MatthewPhilip. Matt is especially passionate about building learning organizations and the Kanban method and is one of the founding organizers of the Lean Kanban St. Louis meetup.

Adelle Rewerts, Imaginet

Adelle Rewerts, Imaginet

Winnipeg, MB


Adelle Rewerts, UX Team Lead at Imaginet, Creative Director at Horizon Three: Adelle has a hat fetish. This multi-disciplinary designer, maker, teacher, colour lover, technologist, and modern-day hippie helps organizations try new things and take their businesses to the next level. Her work has won awards for companies like OANDA, Microsoft, Rogers, and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden. You may recognize her from her stint organizing Secret Handshake. She spends her spare time smearing colour on paper.

Steve Rogalsky, D2L

Steve Rogalsky, D2L

Winnipeg, MB


Steve Rogalsky first started experimenting with agile and lean techniques as a child. He learned the importance of "test first" and the folly of "test last" after starting a snow ball fight with the older kids in the neighbourhood. While playing the popular lego game of "zoom your vehicle towards your brother's vehicle and see which one breaks first", he honed his iterative and experimental development skills. As a basketball player, he saw first hand the importance of team alignment (""ummm... you just scored on the other team's basket"").

Today, Steve applies these childhood lessons as a senior product manager at Desire2Learn. Testing our assumptions early, iterating on solutions, and maintain alignment are foundational as we try to reach every learner.

Dana Scheider, New Relic

Dana Scheider, New Relic

Portland, OR


Dana Scheider is a member of the Cucumber core team. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Dana also works at New Relic developing the New Relic Ruby agent. She is particularly interested in testing, behavior-driven development, REST API design, and improving processes within engineering organizations. Dana's extracurricular interests include theoretical mathematics, opera, and her two dogs, Reese and Bailey. An in-demand speaker, notable conference appearances include SwanseaCon, CukeUp! London, Full Stack Toronto, and RubyConf Colombia (upcoming).

Joanne Stone, Stonejo Coaching and Consulting

Joanne Stone, Stonejo Coaching and Consulting

Toronto, ON


Joanne is a connector, community builder and supporter, passionate learner, positive and driven. She believes in the power of teams and people. Sparking passion and fun in people and groups.

Joanne mentors many members in the agile community and is looking at different ways to help the community grow. She can be seen at most agile community events in Toronto.

An agile coach and leader that helps teams and leaders create environments where they can be passionate, driven, continuous learners that love coming to work and creating great products together. She leads by example and brings her passion, laughter, and drive to any of her engagements! #bestjobever

Craig Tataryn, Crowdscriber Inc.

Craig Tataryn, Crowdscriber Inc.

Winnipeg, MB


CEO & Co-founder - Crowdscriber Inc. http://crowdscriber.com , Editor of The Basement Coders Podcast (http://basementcoders.com ), Java, Scala & ObjC developer. All around nice guy.

Emily Tate, Pivotal Labs

Emily Tate, Pivotal Labs

Dallas, TX


Emily Tate is a senior product manager for Pivotal Labs, helping clients learn how to successfully apply product management practices in an agile development environment. Prior to joining Pivotal Labs, Emily spent 10 years in product management in the travel industry. She started her career managing software solutions for airlines before taking her experience to the traveler's side of the journey as the product manager for a leading travel management app, TripCase. Emily is passionate about the craft of product management and loves talking about new ways to make products people love. She was listed as one of 52 Women Making an Impact in Product Management.

Serena Vandersteen, iQmetrix

Serena Vandersteen, iQmetrix

Winnipeg, MB


Serena Vandersteen, Software Developer at iQmetrix, Winnipeg Chapter Lead for Ladies Learning Code: This extremely passionate technology builder is a 2013 graduate of the University of Manitoba Computer Science program. Through her role with Ladies Learning Code she extends her drive for professional development and life-long learning by creating opportunities for women and youth to learn and also become passionate builders, not just consumers, of technology. In her spare time she's also an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and continues to pursue her love of music by playing in the U of M Concert Band.

Chris Varosy, Designing Visualizations for Action

Chris Varosy, Designing Visualizations for Action

Denver, CO


Chris Varosy is Partner, Creative at user-centered digital product design firm Primitive Spark. He's been designing interactive applications for over 20 years, has started 3 companies and has helped hundreds of clients make exceptional user experiences for their customers. When he's not designing or talking about design, Chris is making noise with musical instruments and woodworking tools in Denver.

Jessica Watson, Turn Yourself Up Coaching

Jessica Watson, Turn Yourself Up Coaching

Winnipeg, MB


I am a former dev turned life coach. I help people recognize their own brilliance and spark their creative genius. I’ve worked with software teams to level up their career skills and effectiveness, facilitated team retreats and discussions and help individuals overcome their internal blocks through visioning. In my down time I also coach team and individual figure skating. I am passionate about coaching and how the tech industry can use it to create more skilled employees and teams and push the boundaries of innovation.

David Wesst

David Wesst

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.

Adam Yuret, Context Driven Agility

Adam Yuret, Context Driven Agility

Seattle, WA


Adam Yuret is an experienced systems thinker who has consulted small non-profits and fortune 100 clients on adopting context-driven systems to solving difficult problems. Adam started Context Driven Agility in 2010 to share his passion for humanistic flow-based systems full time. He’s been consulting organizations and teams to adapt to their respective contexts using collaborative approaches and lean principles to great effect. Context Driven Agility is about recognizing that no one set of standardized best practices is applicable to every situation. Effective learning organizations strive to understand context before applying approaches or suggesting experiments.