Conference Speakers

Adam Gallant, Microsoft
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Adam Gallant is a 17 year veteran at Microsoft Canada, working in a variety of positions focusing on software development and techniques. In his current role, Adam works with Microsoft’s customers and partners in helping them learn and deploy Microsoft ALM platform, Visual Studio 2012. While Adam specializes in the details of implementation of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, he has a broad background in development processes, platforms, and technologies, as well as quality assurance techniques. He is currently focused on helping customers to continue to derive efficiencies in the software development space on the Microsoft platform.

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Christin Wiedemann, PQA
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After finishing her PhD in Physics at Stockholm University, Christin Wiedemann started working as a software developer for the Swedish consulting company HiQ. Christin soon discovered that software testing was more interesting and challenging than development and joined the Swedish test company AddQ Consulting. There, she worked as a tester, test lead and trainer, giving courses on agile testing, test design and exploratory testing throughout Europe. Christin developed a course on exploratory testing, and is a co-creator of the exploratory testing approach xBTM. Christin currently lives in Vancouver, where she joined Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) Ltd. and where she continues to use her scientific background and pedagogic abilities to develop her own skills and those of others.

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Dana Armstrong, Nationwide Insurance
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Dana Armstrong has been a tester for Nationwide Insurance for the past 10 years and has been in a Lead role for the last 6, 5 of which have been spent practicing the Agile Process. He began his testing career writing test cases and running regression tests. Dana Armstrong assumed the Lead role on Nationwide’s Break-Fix team where he began focusing his attention towards test case writing. He has trained and mentored employees on testing techniques and how to write easy-to-follow test cases. He has spent the last year as the test lead for a web development team where test automation consumes the majority of their testing efforts in an Agile work environment.

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David Dang, Zenergy Technologies
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David Dang is a HP Certified Instructor for QuickTest Professional, WinRunner, and Quality Center. As a recognized automation expert, David has provided automation strategy and implementation plans for numerous clients to maximize ROI and minimize script maintenance. David has been a featured speaker on test automation and related topics at local and national QA and testing conferences including Quality Assurance Institute (QAI), StarEast, STP Con, and PSQT. David received his BS in Management Information Systems and BA in Psychology from the University of Buffalo.

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David Johns, SmartBear Software
David Johns, SmartBear Software

David Johns has been working in the IT Industry for more than 15 years. For the last three years, he has been responsible for helping SmartBear Software create peer-review tools to help the full gamut of stakeholders collaborate on projects. He has been uniquely suited to this task, as his career path has spanned virtually all technical concerns from product design to support post-deployment. Currently he is helping test a migration to a new technology stack for OANDA corporation here in Toronto.

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David Lloyd, ObjectSharp Consulting
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Dave Lloyd is a senior partner and co-founder of ObjectSharp. He has 25 years of experience in the IT industry designing and building software solutions for a large number of clients in varying industries. Dave is a seasoned project manager with extensive experience implementing process into development teams, from small and large ISV's to in house development groups. Dave has also spent significant time during his career in implementing test solutions for clients working with the most current automated test tools and implementing successful testing environments. Dave also brings with him over 20 years of teaching experience and is a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Team System.

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David W Johnson, TEKsystems
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David is a Senior IT Consultant with over 25 years of experience in Information Technology across several industries having played key roles: Organizational Assessments, Disaster Recovery/ Business Continuity Planning (DR/BCP), Risk Assessments, Planning / Leadership, Business Analysis, System Design, Software Development, Test Design, Test Automation, Training, and Technical Writing. He has developed specific expertise over the past 15 years on implementing Testware including - test strategies, test planning, test automation, and test management solutions. Areas of focus as a Senior Test Architect include: QA/Test Onsite Assessments, QA/Test Methodologist, QA/Test Architect, Performance Test Engineer, Functional Test Automation Engineer, Test Manager, Tester, and Coach / Trainer.

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Debra Forsyth, ObjectSharp Consulting
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Debra Forsyth is the Quality Assurance Practice Lead and a Senior QA Consultant with ObjectSharp Consulting. She excels in facilitating all phases of systems development ranging from requirement gathering and analysis, design, development, all testing and project management. Experienced in Agile and Scrum, Debra has mentored teams moving into these methodologies and processes. The author of a course based on testing with Microsoft Testing tools, Debra teaches and mentors teams using these tools. Debra has the ability to adapt IT knowledge to diverse professional environments as evidenced by engagements with multiple industries including distribution, finance, medical devices, government agencies, insurance, and land survey.

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Denise Marek
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Denise Marek is internationally known as The Worry Management Expert. In addition to being regularly called upon as the expert in her field by national and international magazines such as; America’s Body + Soul, United Kingdom’s Red, Australia’s CLEO and Insight, and Canada’s Chatelaine and Canadian Family, Denise is the author of CALM (Hay House, 2006) and co-author of The Keys (Hay House, 2009). As testament to their overwhelming success, her books have been published in several languages including Spanish, Italian, German, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, and Korean. Denise was awarded the Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker Award for Professionalism and Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking. Denise was the first woman in Ontario to have ever received this honor; and only 65 individuals worldwide have received the Accredited Speaker designation. Through her proprietary CALM™ methodology, lectures, consulting, videos, articles, and books, she has helped individuals and corporations around the globe to free themselves from fear, stress, and worry and cultivate inner peace. Denise’s client list includes companies such as; American Express, Toyota, CEO Global, RBC Royal Bank, Deloitte and Touche, Durham Region Police Services, Dundee, Manulife Financial, TD Canada Trust, Clarica, and AIG. Denise is hired to speak at corporate events and provide on-site training and consulting resulting in more effective and efficient work environments, less stress, and greater strategic planning success. For more information visit: www.denisemarek.com.

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Hang Lin, Meritain Health
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Hang Lin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Buffalo State College and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in Networking and Data Security. Hang Lin is currently a Senior Quality Assurance Analyst with Meritain Health, an Aetna company. He is a big proponent of ‘build-Quality-in’ and ‘build-Security-in’ through team collaboration.

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Jane Connor, Deloitte
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Jane is a Manager in the Technology Risk group of Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk services practice. Jane has 18 years working in technology primarily in PM, PMO and QA roles. In this capacity she provides advisory and delivery services to her clients. Most recently, Jane developed the requirements for, and project managed the build and implementation of a custom project and portfolio reporting application. Jane was seconded to a client PMO Sr. Director role and operationalized a quality assurance compliance capability process along with managing the day to day PMO team activities. During her testing career, which spans 15 years; she has worked in various industries including financial services, public sector, ehealth, and telecommunications. Jane possesses a strong knowledge of organizational process fundamentals that has helped her to become a recognized expert in the field. Jane holds her PMP designation, has had training in ‘ISO 9001:2000 - Internal Auditor Training’ and has participated in a CMMi Scampi A appraisal team for a CMMi Level 4 organization.

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Jeevakarthik Kandhasamy, Capgemini Financial Services
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A software quality and testing professional with over 10 years of experience in performance testing, engineering, consulting, strategic partnering and program management, Jeeva Kandhasamy has served in testing advisory and delivery roles for banking and insurance clients in India, China and USA. Jeeva is a HP Certified Performance test consultant and currently leads a strategic testing engagement for a leading insurance company in North America.

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Jeremy Berriault, Manulife Financial
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Jeremy has been within the testing discipline for approximately 20 years within the Canadian Banking industry. For the past 2 years Jeremy has managed the Testing group for the Branch applications for TD Canada Trust. Overseeing the testing efforts for three major applications used within the branch network, Jeremy shares his knowledge and experiences with his team to ensure all initiatives are successful. Jeremy holds an MBA, of which a major component of completing the program was to complete a research project involving a major issue that plagues a work place or industry. Using what was taught over the program, he completed a research project on the attitudes and views Business and Testing groups have for each other, providing potential reasoning as to why each group could think the way they do and solutions to help resolve them. Jeremy’s main drive is to help bring attention to the value Testing groups can bring to an organization - not just within providing assurance of quality software, but also how it could bring financial and efficiency benefits across the organization.

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Jimmy Xu, CGI
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Jimmy Xu has been working in IT industry for the past 16+ years with various companies including JDA Software/i2, IBM/DWL, and CGI. He has many years’ experience of developing enterprise applications for healthcare, government, manufacturing, financial, and telecom clients, many years’ experience of application security, performance, and tuning, and many years’ experience of network infrastructure and network security work. Jimmy Xu holds a Master Degree of Information Systems from University of Arizona & the following certifications: CISSP, CSSLP, and CSTE. He has published an ebook on software security, and has presentations on software security and performance in JavaOne, Better Software, and QAI. His current job responsibility and research interest is application security design, development, and assurance.

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Kate Slick, CAST
Kate Slick, CAST

Kate has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry and is currently leading field engineering for CAST, the leading Software Analysis & Measurement solution in the market. In her role, Kate’s responsibilities cover automated software quality diagnoses, structural quality audits, and custom software analysis and measurement solution definition, implementation and rollout. She is routinely exposed to the heterogeneous technical environments of Fortune 1000 companies who are aspiring to bring more quality, consistency and efficiency to their software development efforts. Prior to CAST, Kate ran the application development organization for BurrellesLuce where she implemented a QA overhaul, software development improvements and agile project methodologies. Additionally Kate has worked in software development leadership and practitioner roles at Pfizer and The Franklin Group (InVentiv Health).

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Michael Yudanin, Conflair
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Michael Yudanin is a CEO of Conflair, a QA and testing company. He has been working on automating tests for mobile devices since before mobile apps and smartphones became a commonplace, and developed RealMobile, a unique patent-pending approach to using common automation tools to automate mobile apps testing. Among the clients who benefited from this approach are Home Depot, Bank of America, Weather Channel, Spirit Airlines, and other large enterprises.

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Mike Lyles, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
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Mike Lyles is a Sr. QA Manager with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Mike has over 20 years of IT experience, working in various roles over the years - from technical support to programmer, to Program Management Office, to Solutions Development Manager, to Testing/QA. His current role includes Test Management responsibilities for a major company domain covering Store Systems, Supply Chain, Merchandising, Marketing, and Middleware.

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Murshid Mustafa, ADP
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With over 15 years of experience as a Manger, Architect, Developer and Performance Engineer in the software development space, Murshid Mustafa in his current position at ADP is managing the Performance Engineering and Tools development teams that supports all ADP products for Cobalt dealer services. His role requires him to be a visionary for their products and bring innovations. Application development and performance engineering are his true passion, and he loves the opportunity to coach and share ideas. Over the long span of his career, he has been involved in architecting many software applications and automated systems.

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Nancy Kelln, FGL Sports Ltd.
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Test Manager at FGL Sports Ltd. with 16 years of diverse IT experience, Nancy enjoys working with teams that are implementing or enhancing their testing practices and provides adaptive testing approaches to both Agile and traditional testing teams. She has coached test teams in various environments and facilitated numerous local and international workshops and presentations. A co-founder of POST, Nancy is an active member of the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group, Association for Software Testing, and the Software Test Professionals organization. Nancy and her family live in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Connect with Nancy on Twitter @nkelln.

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Neil Price-Jones, NVP Software Testing
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Neil Price-Jones has 24 years experience in software testing and implementation of automation in a variety of areas like financial, telecommunications, and pension administration. In 1993, Neil founded NVP Software Testing that provides testing expertise to numerous organizations. He has made presentations to many software quality organizations including Kitchener Waterloo Software Quality Association (KWSQA) as well as Toronto Association for System & Software Quality (TASSQ) and is on the board of TASSQ. Mr. Price-Jones has presented and exhibited at the International Quality Conference from 2003-2006. He has assisted in training many clients in the financial, provincial government, health and insurance sectors.

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Peter Szirmak, Mapador International Inc.
Peter Szirmak, Mapador International Inc.

Mr. Szirmak has spent close to three decades in various Information Technology roles, from technical to senior management roles. He is currently managing partner of Mapador International Inc., a Toronto based Technology Company. Mr. Szirmak has a proven track record in providing innovative solutions to leading edge firms, as well as managing high profile projects. He has been the invited speaker at various conferences and seminars, on a wide variety of topics, ranging from PC based development environments to e-business methodologies and the successful implementation of knowledge repositories.

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Sam Malek, Transvive Inc.
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Sam Malek, CTO and Co-Founder of Transvive Inc., a legacy modernization consulting firm, has over 15 years of experience in the field of IT. Sam has been working with enterprises to design and implement strategies for legacy asset modernization in order to get the most out their IT infrastructure. Transvive enables clients to evaluate software risk, code quality and code performance in order to minimize cost of fixing application defects while increasing the maintainability.

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Tenveer Hussain, TEKsystems
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With fourteen years of Software Quality Assurance Analyst experience, Tenveer Hussain has a proven track record of Software Quality Assurance in creating test plans, test strategies and process improvements. He has been working in a wide range of business industries such as telecommunications, insurance, banking and health - meeting the customer’s quality needs as Quality Assurance Team Lead / Software Quality Analyst. He has helped in mentoring team members regarding software quality assurance processes and testing techniques, and has substantial experience in testing data warehouse and Business Intelligence solutions applications in varying business domains. Tenveer Hussain has also performed and participated in User Acceptance Testing and been involved in the improvement of Software Quality Assurance processes for different clients. He has Master’s degrees in both Computer Sciences and Quality System Engineering (From Concordia University Montreal).

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Tom Cagley, David Consulting Group
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Tom Cagley leads DCG’s Software Process Improvement and Software Measurement Consulting Practices. He has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. Tom has held technical and managerial positions in different industries as a leader in software methods and metrics, quality assurance, and systems analysis. He is a frequent speaker at metrics, quality, and project management conferences. His areas of expertise encompass methods and metrics, quality integration, quality assurance, and the application of the SEI’s CMMI® to achieve process improvements. Tom is the current President of the International Function Point Users Group. He also is an active blogger and podcaster, hosting and editing the Software Process and Measurement Cast.

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Venkata Sathi, TEKsystems
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Venkata has over 7 years of experience working as Quality Analyst in the IT Industry. Experienced in testing Client/Server, Web-Based and Mobile Applications in various industries such as Insurance, Medical, Financial, and Energy. He has extensive experience in implementing keyword test case design on projects, as well as providing coaching and mentoring on the approach. With his knowledge of various industries, he mastered the practice of business process automation using keyword design, creating business alignment in software testing activities. He is also well-versed in mobile testing. He holds Masters in Computer Science from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).

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Yury Makedonov, PhD, Accenture
Yury Makedonov, PhD, Accenture

Yury Makedonov was trained as a researcher and worked in a research and development institution dealing with composite materials. He has a Ph.D. in Physics and Math. Now, Yury is using his skills and knowledge to improve software quality. Yury has over 15 years of testing experience and acts as a speaker and workshop leader at a variety of testing and quality assurance conferences across North America. Recently, he has been working as a QA Manager, Test Manager, and consultant.

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