Conférencières/ers

Al Davis

Al Davis has more than 20 years’ experience working with individuals and small business owners who need help getting their ventures online. First, as a Hosting Product Manager for several major telcos, he worked behind the scenes delivering the features and functionality everyone wanted. Then, as a web developer himself, he worked with clients to sort through what they really wanted as opposed to what they thought they wanted.

Finally, as a teacher of both introductory and developer-level WordPress classes at Toronto’s George Brown College, he faced the good, bad, and (very!) ugly that is created when businesses leap from website idea to website reality.
Al has been a featured speaker at WordCamps across North America. He is the founder and sole operator of WPTeach.com.

Alex Ruaux

Alex is a developer at Molecularcode Web Design. She is also a regular instructor and mentor at Ladies Learning Code events. After a career shift herself, she enjoys giving back to the communities that helped support her. Aside from developing websites, her passions lie with 3D printing, gaming and enjoying the outdoors.

Andrea Zoellner

Andrea est rédactrice à la pige et consultante au contenu à Automattic. Elle a aidé des OSBL, des startups, des écoles et des sociétés à améliorer leurs sites Web avec le pouvoir du contenu de qualité. Elle aime les jeux de mots, fréquenter les cafés et partager ses astuces de voyage sur son blogue.

Anna Takahashi

Anna explore depuis 20 ans la relation fascinante entre le corps et l’esprit à travers la pratique quotidienne des sons et des mouvements conscients. En 2012, elle crée Kinéson, un « yoga du corps et de la voix » original pour offrir une expérience intégrée de tout ce qui nourrit sa pratique : Gaiayoga, Brain Gym®, mouvements intégrés et archétypes, Jin Shin Jyutsu®, Hatha yoga, relaxation respiratoire PneumaCorpsMD… Elle enseigne en France, en Allemagne, au Japon et à Montréal (WordCamp 2015). Les exercices simples et puissants qu’elle utilise tous les jours l’aident aussi dans son activité de traductrice spécialisée en bien-être et développement personnel. Ils lui ont permis de survivre à son premier WordCamp en 2014, et la soutiennent aujourd’hui dans ses premiers pas d’apprentie codeuse.

Bernard Prince

Stratège Web depuis 2008, mais entrepreneur depuis 1995, Bernard Prince fait aujourd’hui le lien entre les objectifs d’affaires des entreprises et les moyens numériques d’y parvenir. Ayant les certifications Google Adwords et Analytics, il étudie et observe de façon attentive l’évolution du Web, du référencement à l’analyse de performance, ainsi les différents moyens d’interaction numériques qui se développent à grande vitesse. Il a notamment été conférencier aux événements Le Lab de Trois-Rivières, dans différents Startup Weekend et au Colloque Action TI Mauricie. Bernard œuvre depuis 2013 à l’agence de stratégie numérique qu’il a fondé, Quoly.com.

Brian Hogg

Hello! I’m creator of three premium plugins, author of the « Working with WordPress and JavaScript » and « Making Pro Plugins » courses, lead organizer of WordPress Hamilton, and co-host of Between Two Posts.

Brian Rotsztein

Brian is a renaissance man whose passion and enthusiasm as an experienced digital entrepreneur has shined over the last two decades. With a unique constellation of talents, he successfully multitasks between being a CEO, Internet marketing professional, author, conference speaker, consultant, content creator, mentor, photographer, web designer, media guest (TV, radio, podcasts) and startup founder. His highly praised book, Content Marketing Ideas, is a complete guide to content creation and maintains an influential five-star rating on Amazon. He is in demand as the head of established brands such as Uniseo.com and RedstoneX.com, President of the Canadian Internet Marketing Association, Editor-in-chief of Citynet Magazine, Head of WP Phone Support and Editor at The WP Crowd, among other accolades. Brian holds two Master’s degrees and has taught at McGill University and Boston College. Please visit www.rotsztein.com for more. On Twitter and Instagram: @brianrotsztein

Brian Zerkler

I am a born and bread Montrealer. Freelancer. Contractor. Learner of things. I have been playing with WordPress since 2008(ish) when I created my first site for an online radio station. That site is long gone, but my love for WordPress grew a lot since then. Helping people with their sites is something I truly enjoy. It took a while, but, in 2016, I attended my first WordCamp and see myself at many more in the future!

Christina Varro

I am a web professional with 15+ years experience, and nearly a decade of experience building and managing WordPress websites for clients through my freelance business – Varro Creative. I have spoken at several WordCamp events in Canada and the US, as well as presented to various WordPress groups across the country. I am excited to collaborate and share knowledge with others in the WordPress community.

Claudel Rheault

Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en communication de l’Université de Montréal et d’une maîtrise — avec mention d’honneur du doyen — en design d’interaction de l’Université Laval, Claudel Rheault s’est distinguée tout au long de ses études. Véritable passionnée d’ergonomie, elle reçoit à la maîtrise la bourse Hydro-Québec en design d’interaction et est, malgré son jeune âge, une conférencière respectée dans le domaine. Au sein de l’agence, elle participe activement à des projets d’envergure comme ceux de Québec en forme, la Banque Nationale et Centraide. (4 ans d’expérience)

Daphnée Laforest

Daphnée is a Product Manager at Human Made, an Entreprise scale WordPress Agency and VIP partner with over 50+ remote employees. Her passion for travel made her quickly adopt a location-independent lifestyle, and develop a massive interest in a flexible work culture. Today, she tries hard to inspire others to do the same.

Dara Skolnick

Dara is an independent front-end developer from Toronto. After working as a web developer at a number of places from large organizations to small agencies, she now runs her own one-person shop where she collaborates with awesome designers to code websites (most often using WordPress) for entrepreneurs, creatives, and big-hearted small businesses.

David Moore

My name is David Moore, I’m from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I have been working in WordPress eCommerce for the past 9 years. I am a serial entrepreneur, I’ve been in business for myself since age 16; I’ve been successful in sales since age 12, and I started learning to code at age 10. My very diverse background includes working in the Music & Entertainment, Housing, and Specialty Beverage Industries.
I currently run a Web Development Firm (with an arm in the B2B overseas import trade), and a Bottled Iced Tea Company. Some of which can be found right here in Montreal. It’s the only Organic, Sugar & Sweetener Free, Carbonated Iced Tea in the World…
Bonus Points if you can find my company, and what store we are in, in Montreal!
Double Bonus Points if you bring a bottle to my session!

 

Dwayne McDaniel

I have been working in tech and open source sales since 2005.

I knew as soon as I started working with Java middleware developers I never wanted to work outside of open source ever again. I first started building in Drupal and WordPress when I needed to build projects for the San Francisco Improv scene. I fell in the love the community of developers and then found my position at Pantheon at the end of 2013.
As a Community and Agency Success Manager I have had the privilege of presenting at MidCamp (Drupal), WordCamp Milwaukee, WordCamp Baltimore, Drupal Northern Lights (Iceland), Stanford DrupalCamp and other conferences.

Outside of tech I love producing and performing improv theater. I also love comic books and karaoke!!!

Reach out at mcdwayne.com or on twitter @mcdwayne

Elana Rudick

Elana is an award-winning Creative Director and Graphic Designer with over 10 years of web and print experience under her belt. She is the founder and driving creative force behind DESIGN IS YUMMY; a studio that specializes in crafting design solutions to cohesively communicate brand identities. Elana has been an avid WordPress user since 2009.

Élise Desaulniers

Élise a redécouvert le plaisir d’écrire avec WordPress en 2009. Depuis, elle est devenue associée chez Desaulniers-Simard, une firme de développement et de conseil spécialisée en WordPress. Elle est aussi l’auteure d’essais sur les questions éthiques liées à l’alimentation traduits plusieurs langues. Elle a été récemment nommée directrice générale par Intérim de la SPCA de Montréal.

Emilie Lebrun

Depuis 2009 dirigeante fondatrice de l’agence web française spécialisée WordPress Whodunit, je suis également COO de WP Media, la startup lyonnaise connue pour ses plugins WP Rocket, Imagify et SecuPress.
Oratrice aux WordCamp Paris, Lyon et Nantes, membre de l’équipe organisatrice du WordCamp Paris et Europe, rédactrice pour GeekPress, j’oeuvre au quotidien pour être une des voix fortes de la promotion et de la professionnalisation de WordPress en France avec des projets comme Think WP.

Guillaume Hamel

Actif dans le web depuis la fin des années 90s, j’ai débuté à jouer avec WordPress en 2005 avec la version 1.5 et plus intensément à partir la version 3.0.

Actuellement Lead WordPress dans une agence à Montréal, je suis actif dans la communauté WordPress Montréal (principalement sur Facebook) et j’ai participé à plusieurs WordCamp Montréal ainsi que le dernier WordCamp US à Philadelphie.

Jean-François Arseneault

Il est co-fondateur de SatelliteWP satellitewp.com qui offre un service spécialisé dans l’entretien de sites WordPress, destiné aux professionnels, designers et agences web.

Il a également fondé en 2006 une ARSENEAULT Consultation arseneault.ca qui offre des services de développement et de consultation WordPress, et co-fondé Propulsif propulsif.com qui conçoit et opère des plateformes SAAS pour les courtiers immobiliers.

Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas est une « corporate dropout » devenue blogueuse voyage professionnelle à Moi, mes souliers et gestionnaire de communauté pour des clients de divers domaines. Passionnée des technologies de l’information et du monde nébuleux des blogues, elle navigue et vulgarise l’interface WordPress depuis plusieurs années.

Jer Clarke

Jer is an earthling web developer from the Outaouais. Jer builds the international citizen media website Global Voices with WordPress and loves everything.

Jer was a founding organizer of WordCamp Montreal in 2009 and has spoken at WordCamps in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Jonathan Perlman

Jonathan Perlman is an experienced web developer and teacher that works for Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. He builds custom web solutions for the students, faculty and staff. Recently he’s been leveraging WordPress more and more to do the heavy lifting while focusing on the needs of the institution with custom themes and plugins. Some of his sites have been built for a select few whereas others are visited by 12,000+ applicants. Jonathan is also an instructor for Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development specializing in web technologies such as HTML & CSS, PHP and WordPress.

Josh Pollock

Josh is a WordPress developer and educator. He is Founder/ Lead Developer/ Space Astronaut Grade 3 for Caldera Labs, makers of awesome WordPress tools including Caldera Forms — a drag and drop, responsive WordPress form builder.

Also, he is a WordPress core contributor, the author of two books about WordPress development and a member of The WPCrowd.

Karl Hudson Phillips

Karl is an accredited multi-disciplinary designer/developer, project manager, intrepid traveler, and voracious reader. He spends his days crafting experiences and interfaces as an independent contractor. In his spare time, he serves as the program curator for three events geared at making current and emerging industry trends and practices readily available to the web design, marketing, application-development, and creative communities. These events include Refresh Charleston, Revolve Conference, and Syntax Code & Craft Convention.

Kathryn Presner

Montrealer Kathryn Presner thrives on helping people get the most out of WordPress. After a career designing and building websites for clients, she joined Automattic as a Happiness Engineer in 2012. She’s currently Theme Whisperer on the Theme Team, where she helps folks with customization, configuration, and troubleshooting. She enjoys spreading her passion for WordPress and encouraging new public speakers at WordCamps, Girl Geeks, Ladies Learning Code, and other grassroots events. Non-WordPress obsessions include vintage Pyrex mixing bowls and growing garlic.

Kaylynne Johnson

Kaylynne Johnson conçoit des sites WordPress et habite au bord de la rivière, en Beauce. Elle est également graphiste et possède un compte Pinterest bien garni. Ex-enseignante au primaire (elle fait partie du 25% des enseignants qui délaissent l’enseignement au cours des 5 premières années de leur pratique) elle recycle son baccalauréat en faisant de la formation et du coaching WordPress. En juin 2016, elle délaisse son emploi salarié de 9 à 5 pour vivre le rêve du travailleur autonome et travailler de 7 à 10 #liberté Elle a un excellent sens de l’adaptation et aime relever des défis. La preuve: elle a deux enfants de moins de 4 ans.

Lisa Ghisolf

Lisa Ghisolf is Gizmo Creative Factory, with 20 years in print, web & email design, and 14 years in business. She’s worked with big and small companies, publications and organizations alike, creating print and digital for Kraft, the National Retail Foundation, Bridgestone, the National Safety Council & many others. Aside from putting out fires, she has designed and built robust WordPress sites since 2008, starting nostalgically with HTML back in 1996. Lisa also offers training and maintenance and likes to work as a technology and design partner to her clients.

Lucas Cherkewski

I’m a designer and developer who has worked professionally with WordPress and other platforms for seven years, for a variety of clients. In addition to client work, I follow and contribute to open source civic design efforts, working to improve the relationship between citizens and their governments. I do my best to think deeply about my work; I bring a principled approach to everything I do.

Max Kovalenkov

Max has been tinkering with web sites since 1998; his first blog was running on WordPress 2.0 – in 2006. He started professionally working with the platform about six years ago, after having moved to Montréal from Ottawa (and having never looked back). Having freelanced around for 3 years, he is now contributing to the front-end web at a large educational publisher.

Maxime Jobin

Maxime Jobin est le co-fondateur de SatelliteWP, un service d’entretien pour site WordPress permettant aux entreprises de se concentrer sur leurs objectifs d’affaires et non sur les aspects techniques liés à la gestion d’un site WordPress. Il gère plusieurs entreprises technologiques ayant toutes le même objectif: augmenter la productivité. Il aime partager son expertise et ses expériences dans les conférences auxquelles il participe. Axé sur l’efficacité et le retour sur investissement, il est un expert en analyse et développement de solutions informatisées.

Mel Choyce

Mel is a Boston-based Product Designer and a WordPress core contributor. She loves big type, cold brew coffee, and printmaking.

Michele Butcher-Jones

Michele hails from the beautiful Southern Illinois and is a Support Rocketeer at WP Rocket. During the evenings she is a WordPress instructor for John A Logan College and runs her own support and development shop, 13Core. In Her free time she is the Lead Organizer for the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup, loves traveling with her family, enjoys reading, and a lover of fine food and better drinks.

Michelle Ames

Overextended, overcommitted, entrepreneur, volunteer, and social butterfly. Avid Scrabble player. Tea snob. Mom (to an adult!). School board member. Marketing fanatic. 11th hour expert. Michelle is the owner and marketing diva at Marketed by Michelle.

Mike Dickson

I’ve been programming for 17 years, and by far my favourite is websites. I love everything about them, from the « boring » planning stages and framework design to the finessing of the layout to get it just right. I’ve spoken at WordCamps in Toronto and Ottawa, am a core contributor, and am a member of the WordPress documentation team. I’m an entrepreneur at heart, and I run my WordPress development business (and my dogs Sophie and Lucy) from my home in Ottawa.

Miriam Goldman

I have been a web and software developer for the past twelve years, having been lucky to work in the industry right out of college. I self taught myself HTML at a young age. I used WordPress exclusively in my daytime job from 2012-2016, and have been a freelance WordPress developer/user since 2008-09.

Neha Patel

I am a Web Developer and Designer by profession, an Artist and an Entrepreneur at heart. I am a WordPress Enthusiast. I run and operate a Business of my own in Montreal, Canada and work at a multi million dollar marketing firm as a Digital projects specialist. I like how WordPress is such an amazing platform to build great things and how millions of people can use it to achieve their passion with a little bit of dedication.

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Ptah Dunbar

Ptah Dunbar is a Traveling Captain, Full Stack Web and Mobile Developer, CTO on-demand, and Wielder of Worldly Languages. He has over a decade experience contributing to open source and enjoys living hyperlocal in cities all over the world. When he’s not plundering for apps or leading tech workshops and courses, you can often find Ptah in your local communities at meet ups, events and/or conferences. For the latest happenings on his next adventure, follow Ptah on Twitter @ptahdunbar.

Rémy Perona

Lead développeur de WP Rocket chez WP Media

Saied Abbasi

I’m a web developer based in Los Angeles. In 2012, I began WpHelp.Co, an agency offering intelligently executed WordPress websites.

I have worked on projects for artists, professionals, small/medium businesses, eCommerce stores, online job boards, social networks, and microsites for major firms.

Tutoring has been an intimate part of my business since the beginning. It is something I enjoy and value as a social and fun realm within web development. From 2014-2017, I taught workshops in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and WordPress at DCTV.

Currently, In addition to operating WpHelp.Co, I hold a full time web developer position with Ben Freda Consulting — a NYC based firm specializing in WordPress and Drupal.

Sasha Endoh

Sasha is a web strategist, front-end developer, and UX designer. She runs an interactive design studio in Montreal, Canada that specializes in creating WordPress websites for NPOs, cause-based organizations, and other do-gooders. Her goal is to make a lasting impact through amplifying the voices of those who are working towards meaningful positive changes. She enjoys spreading her passion for coding, design, and social change through public speaking and educational initiatives like Ladies Learning Code and Girls Learning Code.

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is the founder of Café Noir Design (http://www.cafenoirdesign.com/), a boutique Montreal web design company specializing in multilingual web development. She builds beautiful, functional websites that her clients can update themselves and that are easy for search engines to find. She support things like making the web accessible for everyone, using open source software, helping organizations find greener more sustainable ways to operate through online technology and helping non-profits with online community organizing. Also sewist and mother of four.
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Stéphane D’Astous

Utilisateur passionné de WordPress depuis plus de 10 ans. D’abord pour l’utilisation de blogues, d’intégration de galeries photos et de création de communauté. Je propose désormais WordPress à tout mes clients à cause de sa popularité, sa facilité d’utilisation et ses personnalisations évoluées. J’ai fait face à une problématique majeure au cours de la dernière année: La gestion de plusieurs installation indépendante de WordPress. La fonctionnalité Multi-site de WordPress me semblait insuffisante, j’ai donc penché vers des installations indépendantes et j’explique comment relier facilement toutes les installations entre elles.

Tatiana St-Louis

D’une maîtrise en littérature à une carrière en communications-marketing, je sais ce que c’est que de chercher sa voie(x). Ayant cumulé près de dix ans d’expérience en communications dans diverses industries (médias écrits, édition, OBNL, services financiers et même hi-tech), je suis aujourd’hui de retour dans le milieu universitaire à titre conseillère aux communications.

Féministe engagée et rédactrice/blogueuse dans mes temps libres, j’ai fondé la plateforme Aime Ta Marque pour supporter l’ambition féminine en offrant aux femmes de carrière et aux entrepreneures les outils de communication nécessaires pour raconter leur histoire à travers une marque personnelle puissante et authentique.

Valérie Auclair

Romancière, blogueuse, rédactrice et correctrice, Valérie a l’écriture dans le sang depuis son plus jeune âge. Armée d’un baccalauréat en études littéraires, d’une maîtrise en sciences de l’information et d’un certificat de rédaction professionnelle, elle compte trois romans et deux nouvelles à son actif, en plus de rédiger deux blogues et de collaborer à d’autres. Son entreprise, Les Mots clairs, vise à permettre aux blogueurs francophones du Québec d’offrir leur contenu dans un français corrigé et révisé, de façon simple et conviviale.

Yannick Lefebvre

Yannick Lefebvre is a plugin developer who has published eight projects to the official WordPress repository to this day. He is also the author of the WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook, Second Edition, published by Packt Publishing. His first creation, Link Library, has been used on thousands of sites around the world. With a background in Computer Science and working for CM Labs Simulations — a company providing software tools and simulators for vehicle and heavy equipment simulation — he started writing plugins for his own WordPress site in 2004 and quickly started sharing his creations with the community. He is actively involved in the Montreal WordPress community and has presented multiple times at WordCamp Montreal. You can find out more about him and his plugins on his web site, Yannick’s Corner.