Join us this month at Design Cofounders for an evening of tales shared from the front lines of the DevOps world in Toronto.
Submitted for the approval of the “Dev Ops Society” we call these tales…
Steve Pereira – The Tale of the Exploding Server Room
Steve is a software delivery and operations specialist and 18 year tech veteran. Starting from repairing PCs through tech support to IT management, moving to an eventual focus on large scale cloud operations and developer workflow. He’s worked with and consulted large enterprises and small to medium startups in areas like automation, continuous delivery and deployment, scaling and web operations.
Steve joined Statflo as CTO in May of this year to help it scale and meet demand for it’s wireless customer experience software. Statflo uses carrier and POS data to help wireless retail stores improve service, work smarter and turn customers into advocates. He runs Toronto’s monthly DevOps and OpenStack meetups and the DevOps Days Toronto conference, and is an active member of Toronto’s vibrant tech community.
Maria Hristova – The Tale of the Data Centre That Went Totally Dark
Maria has spent her career in tech moving between QA, Support, Dev and Operations focusing on early stage bootstrapping projects both at startups and at large enterprises. She spends her days sitting on the edge of her seat wondering “What now?” and living the unpredictable life of running a DevOps organization. She preaches the gospel of DevOps and is determined to abolish the virtual fence which Devs and Ops use to throw things over. She began her career at Microsoft before that was considered a liability and has worked at a number of startups, each one of them a liability in its own hilarious way.
Ian Penney – Fábula de Tres Anillos Malignos (Tale of the Three Evil Rings).
Ian Penney has been working as a Systems Administrator and Systems Manager for over 15 years. He’s worked at large companies like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other enterprises through an IBM business partner, as well as with over 200 startups, from coast to coast.A few years ago, he realized Infrastructure as Code was the future, and so he began focusing on using tools like Chef, Puppet and Ansible.Most recently he’s celebrated his first happy anniversary at Nulogy as the lead of their Infrastructure Team during a rapid transition towards “moar devops” and less risk.
Trudy MacNabb – The Tale of the Legacy Systems That Just Won’t Die
Trudy had been a mainframe sysprog for 6 years at both the Ontario Government and RBC financial institution. In January 2014 she decided to take HackerYou part-time course in Ruby on Rails. After freelancing on the side for a year on various RoR projects, she finally decided to take the plunge, quit her job and took the HackerYou full-time webdev bootcamp in January 2015. Now she freelances full-time.
Hany Fahim – The Tale of the Korean Hackers
Hany Fahim is the CEO and founder of VM Farms, a 24×7 Operations Team and Cloud Provider. Hany has over 10 years of operations experience, both in building and supporting private and public cloud platforms, as well as Linux and OSS environments. You can reach Hani at @iHandroid and the folks of VM Farms @vmfarms
Lucas Fontes – The Tale of the Missing 1,000,000 Messages
Lucas Fontes is the Chief Architect at Uken Games. He’s DevOps by day, Top Fragger by night. Lucas survived data-center migrations, integer rollovers, bad nics and power outages. Currently he is focused on microservices and realtime communication in Ruby and Go.
Luke Reeves – The Haunted (VPN) Tunnel
Luke is the Director of Software Engineering at theScore. He split his career between development and operations, and still trying to be somewhat involved in both. Luke enjoys working with higher level languages and platforms such as Ruby, Rails and Python and he is a large proponent of leveraging free software to increase productivity and prevent people from re-inventing wheels.
In our second panel of 2015 we are bringing together 8 CTOs from across various companies and startups in the GTA to discuss their roles, how their responsibilities differ from each other and their experience getting to their current role.
This panel event is slightly longer than the typical #DevTO event. A rough outline of the evening will be:
Introductions – 15 minutes
Panel Questions Period – 45 minutes
Break – 10 minutes
Audience Questions – 30 minutes
Closing comments – 10 minutes
Dessy Daskalov, CTO Nudge Rewards
Dessy spent the better part of her life knowing she would one day be an entrepreneur. In 2011 she became the CTO and co-founder of Nudge Rewards. She’s passionate about building a better world through software. Dessy is happiest coding with the team at Nudge, participating in a riveting debate, or drinking a smooth ale.
Lars Laakes, CTO Sciencescape
A hands-on leader with over twenty-five years of experience in executive management, product management, team building, process and execution, business and technical architecture, and software development. Lars has delivered successful solutions in many domains including finance, sales, manufacturing, media, social, and human resource systems. Combining business, people, communication, and process skills with strong technical architecture experience and a passion for software craftsmanship, Lars has lead and inspired local and distributed teams to efficiently deliver highly successful customer solutions.
Gurminder Kandola, CTO Viafoura
“Serial CTO” develops long term technology strategies and aligns them with business objectives for his clients. He has held strategic positions at FanXchange, Audiobooks.com and Redknee. His efforts have enabled partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 industry leaders across North America, and he holds the North American patent for the smart cloud-based bookmarking technology developed for Audiobooks.com. Passionate about mentoring tech entrepreneurs and companies in commercializing their technologies, Gurminder has advised many area startups including the 2012 winner of a Global Startup competition.
Erik Levinson, CTO Uberflip
His career spans over a decade of diverse roles in support, QA, operations, development, infrastructure, and technical leadership in B2B, B2C, and public sector organizations. As CTO at Uberflip for the past four years, Erik leads a dev/QA/ops team responsible for delivering a highly-available, secure, and highly-scalable SaaS platform serving enterprise customers. Erik is the co-founder and former CTO of a Canadian regional telecom company, where he developed and commercialized innovative technologies. Erik is also active in Toronto’s tech community, including co-organizing the Toronto CTO Group and the DevOps TO meetups
Christine Day, CIO Questrade
Since joining the firm in 2005, she has defined the firm’s technology posture, steering the company from a small start-up to one of Canada’s top online financial services firms. Her vision and drive has ensured Questrade is now an undisputed leader in delivering disruptive financial services that benefit all Canadian investors. Christine’s philosophy is to deliver technology business strategy by bridging technological innovation and business innovation.
George Eichholzer, VP Engineering Top Hat
He brings more than 20 years of experience to Top Hat, executing business software solutions for companies across a wide range of industries. Prior to Top Hat, he served as CTO of the Financial Services division at NexJ Systems, responsible for the technical architecture and direction of the division. In addition, George previously held product management and marketing positions at Oracle where he led efforts in integrating technologies onto Oracle’s CRM channel offerings.
Nathan Wong, CTO Foray
Nathan is the Co-Founder and CTO at Fortay, a hiring platform to help candidates and hiring managers assess cultural fit as part of the hiring process. Before Fortay, Nathan cofounded BuySellAds, the largest self-serve marketplace for online display ads, where he led the tech team as they grew to serve 5 billion ads each month.
Bohdan Zabawskyj, CTO Mercatus (Panel Moderator)
He leads the Engineering, QA, IT, and DevOps teams at Mercatus. Bohdan is also an advisor to a number of compelling companies including Kik, Staff, Yeplive, Parkbench, & DevBBQ. Prior to Mercatus, Bohdan was responsible for evolving Rypple’s performance management solution whose clients included Facebook, LinkedIn, & Spotify. Previously, Bohdan was the CTO at Redknee were he contributed to Redknee’s growth from a start-up to a publicly traded &profitable entity with clients in over 60 countries. Bohdan is also a named inventor in over 50 patents world-wide.
Join the App Developers Alliance for an App Strategy Workshop in Toronto on Tuesday, July 14. Attendees will:
Gain key insights from app industry leaders, such as OpenX, Millennial Media, Pollen, and more.
Learn how to boost user acquisition, increase revenue, and build a successful app startup.
Network with speakers and attendees after the workshop (Beer, wine, and appetizers served).
Have the chance to win a Nexus 9 tablet!
We hope to see you there! Register for free. Space is limited, sign up today!
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 5:30-9 PM
Startup Grind Toronto and #DevTO present the Startup Summer Party; a fundraiser to benefit the LLSC of Canada featuring DJ music, door prizes, food & beverage vendors, networking and more!
Date: July 16th, 5pm – 9pm
Location: BrightLane at 545 King West.
Tickets: $10 – $20. Get tickets here.
Over the last 4 years the team here at DevTO have been incredibly privileged and fortunate to be able to successfully throw a recurring monthly technology meetup, bringing together members of the Toronto tech community from all races, genders and walks of life. It has been one of the primary goals of the group since we started. To create an open and welcoming space for everyone in our community.
DevTO has become more of a platform than any of us could ever imagine. As with most power, it comes with a great deal of responsibility. With this recent realization of the power of our platform we’ve started to think of ways that this platform can be used for the overall benefit of the community we love.
Last year, #DevTO began to discuss the idea of organizing bigger events, calling on speakers from all over the world, to talk to our rich and diverse developer community. We wanted to ensure that these events would be meaningful, motivating and as inspirational as possible. We combed over a list of our more stand out meet ups, and we came to an easy and unanimous decision.
In a follow up to #DevTO’s very engaging WOMEN IN STEM meetup from summer 2014, we are very proud to announce our 1st Annual International Women’s Day Talks. On such a pivotal day, #DevTO wanted to celebrate the past and ongoing accomplishments and contributions of women in STEM with a present day talk from these gifted ladies who have decades of combined work experience in technology.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating this important occasion, but before getting to ticket’s and sponsor information, we’d like you to meet the speakers for this inaugural event!
Jen Simmons is a NY based web developer, consultant, trainer and an award winning speaker. Her beginnings are rooted in the earliest times of web, getting her start in 1996. In her career, her freelance company has enlisted clients the likes of CERN, W3C, Google & the New York Stock Exchange to name a few.
Joining us from Montreal, will be UX & Responsive design specialist Clarissa Peterson. Clarissa is a web developer, and co-founder of Peterson/Kandy, a Montreal-based digital consultancy specializing in creating responsive websites.
Anita Clarke is the proprietress and Editor In Chief of the popular Toronto fashion blog, I want – I got. She’s been called a Toronto Fashion Hero by Now Magazine and one of Hello Canada’s Best Dressed. In addition to her Fashion tastemaker accomplishments, she’s a certified software test engineer with over 12 years of experience as a QA Lead and currently works for one of Canada’s top financial institutions.
Mandy Gilbert is the CEO of Creative Niche, a Toronto-based staffing, recruitment and executive search firm focused on the advertising, design, digital, data, marketing and social media fields. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading women entrepreneurs in recent years, Mandy is a passionate entrepreneur whose focus on international growth and embrace of cutting-edge technology has helped entrench Creative Niche as a leader in its field.
Full bios and more details on these fine speakers can be found at http://iwd.devto.ca
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It is our pleasure to announce a new and exciting partnership with BrightLane and Mercatus Technologies. DevTO is joining the community of entrepreneurs at BrightLane (including Mercatus) working together in a cool and historic building at 545 King West. Four years ago we started DevTO with a mission to bring developers, designers, techies and entrepreneurs together through monthly events, workshops and other seasonal events. Today we continue that mission in a new home at BrightLane as the newest member of that community!
“DevTO is the GTA’s premiere community of developers and, together with Mercatus Technologies Inc., we’re proud to jointly become a Partner-level sponsor,”
says George Horhota, BrightLane’s President. “We’re also excited that, only two months after opening our premiere coworking centre on King Street West, DevTO has decided to make BrightLane their home and will hold at least three DevTO events this year at BrightLane.”
Through this partnership, DevTO will have access to the fabulous facilities at BrightLane which opened in November 2014. This includes a dedicated space for our co-founders to meet and work on DevTO projects.
So, keep an eye out for BrightLane in 2015, check out their spaces and schedule a tour to see for yourself. Maybe we’ll even run into you there!
In the words of BrightLane’s and Mercatus Technologies co-founder, G. Raymond Chang:
“It’s people that make any successful enterprise”.
This month we are happy to welcome Q4 Web Systems to the DevTO gold sponsor club! Keep an eye out for them (our founder Chris Jones is a team member at Q4) at upcoming events.
Q4 Web Systems (Q4) is the leading provider of investor relations websites, social media and mobile solutions for public companies in North America. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 clients and global brands use our web platform to manage their online efforts.
Q4 Web Systems is currently growing at an explosive rate and is actively looking for to fill various developer (c#/asp.net and front end mobile) and other product related roles (product owner and QA engineers). You can find out more details and apply at Q4’s website
Q4 is also an active thought leader in the Investor Relations industry. You can find out more about them at:
- Corporate website
- Developer Blog at www.q4stack.com
- Blog at www.q4blog.com
- Tweet at www.twitter.com/q4websystems.com.
This month we welcome Genesys to DevTO’s Gold Sponsor roster. Gensys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Their platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty.
Join their award winning team with several positions open in the GTA and Canada wide .
Last month we reached out to all of you to help us send 5 girls between the ages of 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code summer camp and together we have raised $1,616 in 4 weeks!
We decided that DevTO will donate the difference so that we can hit the target we set out to reach!
From all of us at DevTO thank you to everyone who donated and shared our campaign this month.
Stay tuned for an update post once we sort out the details with Ladies Learning Code and Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto!