Who’s Attending in 2019

Aaron Ydenberg
Aaron is a Supply Specialist with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) where he helps potential suppliers understand the federal procurement process and make informed decisions about whether or not to pursue opportunities. Aaron holds a joint degree in Business & Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and has completed certified training in Agile Methodology, ADKAR Change Management and Design Thinking.

Allison Pollard
Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

Anoop Sohi
Anoop is a Scrum Development Team member for the Provincial Government. She is passionate about applying the Scrum framework to product development, and doesn’t chase waterfalls. In her personal life, Anoop finds release by setting sprint goals to run a 10K by a 4 week cadence.

Anthony Sario
Digital Product Manager – Starting an amazing new career with MEC in the beautiful city of Vancouver. My areas of specialty outside of Product Management include; eCommerce, user journeys & experience, business analyst and client relationships. I lead strategy, feature definition, roadmap prioritization, and provide objective solutions based on analytics and user testing.

IT professional with years of experience on software engineering and Agile/Scrum.

Blaine Bey
Blaine is a Certified Disciplined Agile Professional (CDAP) and CSM, working in Victoria. He has been consulting in Western Canada since 1980. His current passion is developing Agile training for post-secondary students.

Chris Edwards
Chris is passionate about how servant leadership and agile technical practices can help drive value delivery. He has extensive experience in technical, management, coaching, and business facing roles.

Chris Lynch
Business analyst and occasional UX analyst. Working primarily in government and larger enterprise projects.

Darren Li
Software engineer working at Sage

David Hunter
Extensive IT project management experience including Agile Scrum Master for multiple government projects to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365

Don Murray
Organizational hacker, Agile software engineer, at Shaw Communications.

Ed Rubuliak
Ed has been involved in the Information Technology industry for many years in roles extending from programmer to national senior I.T. management. By night Ed is a Lead Instructor at BCIT in the School of computing for Part Time Studies. By day Ed runs his own consulting practice, operating mainly as an Agile Transformation Specialist, working with many companies in the Vancouver area.

Emanuel-Vlad Muresan
Passionate Software Tester. Agile Enthusiast. Lifelong Learner.

Feral Rizvi
Scrum Master at Best Buy Canada | Community Organizer | Agility Professional | Emerging Tech Enthusiast – VR, MR, AR, XR, WebVR, Blockchain, AI, IoT

Ganesan Chandrasekaran
Put on different hats in the Software Development Industry. A strong Agile believer. Supported teams in enhancing their Agile journey to get into an optimized working rhythm. True believer of automation. Looking forward for a great collaboration at the Agile Open unconference.

Ganga Narayanan
Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble; it’s what you know that just ain’t so.” As a suffering agile practitioner and coach, I’ve been on a mission to make the world more agile. Over the years, and hardened by the enterprise realities, I’ve evolved my thinking, but my belief in agile and faith in coaching haven’t changed. Looking forward to a great session of learning and sharing with an awesome bunch of like-minded agile thinkers!

Gary Bergmann
Software Project Manager/RTE working to help with continuous improvement and agility within a medical software startup. Focus on lean-agile thinking and never ending learning.

Gurdeep Senghera
IT Solutions Manager – in Insurance Industry

Jonathan Stiansen
Jono (rhymes with Bono) runs Philia software which does React, Redux, Typescript, and Vue training for Alberta based enterprises. Training mostly funded by the government.

Justin Love
Justin Love, (MSc, CSM, CSPO), CEO, Limbic Media. Justin has been interested in all things agile since he first discovered Kanban seven years ago trying to figure out how to manage a fast-growing project and software team. In addition to taking agile training and attending agile meetups and conferences, Justin has worked as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Agile Coach.

Kurt Fairfield
Kurt is a Victoria based mechanical engineer, developer and software consultant. He is avidly interested in applying the Agile methodology to the merging fields of tangible product and abstract software design. He is passionate about social and environmental justice, loves the outdoors and always prefers to hear the truth, sooner rather than later:)

Laura Skosnik
Laura Skosnik has been in technology much longer than she would like to say. As a pre-teen, she created small programs for businessmen. As a developer, she was part of one of the earliest web teams in Vancouver for BC TEL. She has provided professional services on many top clients including Nintendo, P90x, Walmart, Intel and Pfizer. She had the opportunity to work in Dubai and teach Arabic women beginners Java. She also co-founded a web services company (AGLOBALWAY) and had her own consulting company (Thinking Maven). She was an Agile PMO at CA Technologies in the API Management division. Laura volunteers with PMI internationally and Canada Learning to Code. She recently joining AWS Professional Services team as the first Engagement Manager in Canada. In her free time, she goes for walks with her chef husband Andy and dog Bela Lugosi.

Laurie Reeves
Laurie Reeves is an Account Executive with Quartech. She has an extensive solution delivery background and overseeing multiple agile projects.

Louise Lines
Working with Disciplined Agile since the beginning, Louise and her team field requests regarding Certification and Membership. Prior to Disciplined Agile, she was a Project Manager and Senior Systems Analyst for a large insurer in western Canada. Louise enjoys getting outside gardening, hiking, facilitating archery, canoeing and camping for her Girl Guide unit, and during the winter curling and bowling.

Mack Adams
Seasoned Agile facilitator, guide and advisor with a broad set of global experiences. Currently running Alluvial Management Consulting, a provider of training, coaching and transformation services. Also, organizer for the Agile Victoria Meet-up.

Mark Lines
A practitioner of agile for 20+ years. Co-creator of the Disciplined Agile toolkit and passionate about helping teams and organizations be more awesome through agile.

Mike Bowler
Long time coach and trainer, specializing in agile, lean, technical practices, and unconscious behaviour (why we do what we do)

Molly Pilchar
I currently work as an agile project manager in the provincial government’s data and digital realm, and have previously worked in the tech, performing arts, and energy sectors. I am passionate about connecting people and resources to solve problems, share knowledge and build communities.

Mylo Bonifacio
Business analyst for 15 years, looking for ways to improve the agile ways of working in big projects/widely dispersed teams.

Stuart Rolland
I have been Agile since 2003 having worked for ThoughtWorks for most of that time, I just never knew “the other way”. Hope to bring some of that experience to the conference and share some war stories with you all.

Sue Johnston
I was already a professional coach and trainer when I collided – happily – with Agile at my first open space. I’m on a mission to help people create working environments that unleash the best in people and let them flourish. I look forward to exploring that when we meet.

Tara Hartley
Tara Hartley is a proud public servant who danced around the edges of Agile Scrum before fully embracing it. Faced with the prospect of going back, she realises how fully it has become part of the way she works.

Ted O’Grady
Ted is currently working as the CTO of Fillip, a startup looking to help you save money on fuel. I love dynamic startups with 2 or 3 man teams, but have lots of experience leading large high performing teams using XP, Lean, Scrum, and Kanban. I am constantly looking to improve outcomes and share experiences.

Tomoko Okochi
Agile coach (CSM), developer and entrepreneur converted from program manager role in big software development waterfall. I give scrum in a nutshell talks to developers, designers and students learning web and mobile development. Creating a friendly, open and pleasant work place for team members is the most important goal for me as CSM.

Vinicius Gravina da Rocha
I’ve been working as a Technical Manager for a startup applying AI in the recruitment domain (finding the right person for the right job). I’m an enthusiast of Agile methodologies and also functional programming. In general, I like to build product and solve problems that are valuable to people.

Waldemar Schneider
Waldemar is a German fellow who recently moved to Canada from Germany. He is an Agile enthusiast helping organizations in their Agile Transformation with coaching on team- and program level. He enjoys mentoring and coaching individuals to become great Scrum Masters or Leaders. He also supports Agile communities to grow. Waldemar loves the nature doing hikes and MTB.