Al Davis is the Shared Hosting Product Manager at TELUS and has been developing web sites and web strategies for more than 15 years, and has worked with thousands of website owners, communicators, and online strategists in the course of his career.
Web application architect, entrepreneur, blogger, movie aficionado, cat lover, amateur epicure, altakaker. In the last few of his 35 years in IT, Alfred has been PHP developer at Rogers, web application architect at Tucows, webmaster at the Canadian Securities Institute, and project manager at Immersion Studios. He’s been involved with user groups his entire adult life: from founding the Osborne user group in Montreal to being president of the Delphi group in Toronto. Alfred delights in exploring new ways to communicate using open technologies. Current projects include migrating a bespoke alumni website to BuddyPress.
Ron & Andrea Rennick specialize in the network/multisite feature of WordPress, ranging from custom plugin development to commercial plugins and ebooks at wpebooks.com. Both are active in the core WordPress development and support communities, and Andrea is one of the co-authors of “WordPress All-In-One for Dummies”. Follow @andrea_r on Twitter.
Brendan Sera-Shriar has been an interactive designer, developer, author and teacher for over 10 years. Brendan studied Graphics, Animation, and Web Development at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (Toronto, Canada), Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), and Pratt University (Brooklyn, NY).
Brendan is the founder of PressWork and Senior Community Manager for Mega Brands. He has taught web design at Long Island University Brooklyn campus, and has been a professor at Seneca College in the School of Communication Arts for over 7 years. Brendan currently owns and operates digibomb, a freelance web company specializing in WordPress Design and Development. He is also the founder of PHUG, an open source community for designers and developers with currently over 4000 members. Brendan has contributed to many open source projects including papervision3D, red5, Firefox, WordPress, and Drupal, just to name a few.
Chip has been using WordPress since 2005, and has been a hobbyist web developer since the mid-90s. He has developed WordPress themes and plugins, and is a minor contributor to WordPress core. He is a member and administrator of the WordPress Theme Review Team that reviews/approves themes for inclusion in the WordPress Theme Repository. He can often be found in the WordPress.org support forums and at WordPress StackExchange. He is also a part-time freelance WordPress developer.
Christine’s web development business is focused on working with graphic designers, helping them bring their design to fruition. She started using WordPress many years ago as a blog but quickly transitioned to using it more and more as a CMS.
Christine says that her heart and talent lie in writing HTML and CSS and bending WordPress to make it behave the way she needs it to.
In addition to her web design business, Christine teaches part-time at Langara College.
Christopher Ross is a veteran Web Developer who’s developed with WordPress for the past five years. He’s contributed over 25 plugins to the WordPress community, works to optimize themes and develops WordPress websites for startups, national firms and trains small business owners on the power of blogging.
Dan is the lead developer at Blogging Squared, a small web design shop that specializing in helping businesses turbo charge their WordPress web sites. Over the last four years, Dan has gained experience in building powerful web applications using the WordPress plugin API. When not pouring over the Codex, Dan can be found slack lining in Trinity Bellwoods park. Follow Dan on Twitter at @danimbrogno.
James McKenzie is a web developer, graphic designer, and information architect. He has specialized in WordPress template development for the past 2 years, with a strong focus on crafting custom WordPress admin screens for each project to best suit the information design of the site while also enhancing client usability. He has built and managed multi-user sites, membership sites, and brochure sites. You can see some of his work at jmkenz.com.
Jeremy Clarke is a PHP, HTML, CSS and WordPress hacker from Montreal. He loves his job working on the nonprofit citizen media site Global Voices, where he manages dozens of WordPress sites, blogs, plugins, themes and a couple of bitchy Linux servers. He has a communications degree from Concordia University, but is mostly a self-taught web developer.
An award winning creative director, designer and owner of Trailer Trash Design, Joe thumbs his nose at the stuffed-shirt, smoke and mirrors approach to providing creative communication services. Operating under the sometimes unheard of adage that work can be fun, Joe, with his off-the-cuff approach, offers his clients full service creative consulting, graphic design, advertising and production for print media collateral, websites, internet marketing and multi-media presentations. Follow Joe on Twitter at @trailertrashus.
Kathryn Presner of Zoonini Web Services takes a holistic approach to web design and development, building unique sites that work well, look great, and are easily found in search-engine results by the target market. She is passionate about helping people avoid common website pitfalls and enjoys speaking to entrepreneurs on the topic. A moderator in the WordPress support forums, Kathryn has given talks on WordPress at events including Girl Geek Dinners and WordCamps in Toronto and Montreal. Follow @zoonini on Twitter.
Khori is currently an intern working at BNOTIONS and Student at Centennial College’s Software Engineering – Interactive Gaming Program. These days, Khori’s activities revolve around the experimentation of game layers over conventional business solutions. Recently, Khori has been involved with activities such as the Centennial College Game Jam as well as doing a presentation on experimental interface design at Toronto’s #DevTO Meetup.
Staying busy with a countless number of personal projects, Khori’s hobbies involve watching, playing, and coding video games around the clock.
As an Account Supervisor at Twist Image, Liesl Barrell helms digital projects of all shapes and sizes. She loves thinking, talking and writing about just about everything Internetz. She contributes columns to The Charlebois Post and organizes Montreal Girl Geeks events.
If you feel like stalking, hit her up on Twitter, LinkedIn, or her oft-neglected but whimsical blog.
Linda Dessau is the author of Write Your Way to More Clients Online and the founder of ContentMasteryGuide.com. She has been writing for the web since 2003 and has attracted nearly 100% of her clientele through blogging, newsletters and social media. Linda created the “You Talk, I’ll Write” service in July 2005, and provides blog ghostwriting, editing, training and consultation. She is also the editor of the book Does This Blogsite Make My Wallet Look Fat? How to Use a WordPress Blogsite to Make Money, Attract Clients, and Gain Expert Celebrity Status by Sandra De Freitas, a Toronto-based WordPress expert, tech coach and consultant.
Over the past few years, Mark has been able to cultivate his enthusiasm for communication, arts, technology and community into his daily living. As the Director of Research and Development at BNOTIONS, a Technology Agency based in Toronto, and the Co-Founder of the Yorkville Media Centre, a Training facility which focuses on introducing participants to the world of Digital Media, Mark’s focus is to bring the latest and most efficient technologies to his clients, and then share the techniques with the community at large.
Paul Bearne is a Social Media Web Developer who has worked with WordPress for over 6 years and has managed/created large multi-user blogs as well as many standalone blogs.
Paul created and maintains the Author Avatars List plug-in.
He moved to Toronto, from the UK, in October 2009.
Rick Radko is the founder of R-Cubed Design Forge, where he develops and designs custom web sites and applications using open source software. Rick began building web sites and applications in 1996, using HTML and Perl. Since then, he has worked with many PHP/MySQL systems including Mambo, Joomla! since its first release, MediaWiki, and WordPress since 2008. Rick specializes in custom application development and multilingual WordPress sites. He is co-leader of the newly formed Ottawa WordPress Group.
Ron & Andrea Rennick specialize in the network/multisite feature of WordPress, ranging from custom plugin development to commercial plugins and ebooks at wpebooks.com. Both are active in the core WordPress development and support communities, and Ron has the rare honor of being a “core committer” to the WordPress project. Follow @wpmuguru (Ron) on Twitter.
Sandy’s interest and tech beginnings began at the tender age of 5 when her Dad first brought home a computer (instead of the puppy she actually wanted). She has since gone on to study software engineering and work at high-tech firms in roles from developer to product management and marketing. You can find her on Twitter where she tweets as herself and on her blog where she shares her thoughts on tech & the social web.
Shannon is the founder of Café Noir Design, a boutique Montreal web design company specializing in multilingual web development. She supports 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. She also builds professional, custom-designed Web sites for businesses and non-profits. Shannon holds graduate degrees in psychology and journalism and her freelance articles have been published around the world. Read her blogs at chroni.ca and breastfortheweary.com.
Trevor Mills is the owner of Top Quark, a WordPress development shop specializing in plugins and apps for conferences and festivals. He is a creative and intuitive developer and an open-minded and eager mentor. He holds a degree in Nuclear Physics from the University of Toronto and recently relocated to Barrie with his family. He also plays bass in the Juno award winning band, Digging Roots.