2011 Speakers

Here are some of the most innovative and dynamic speakers in the trenches of the web industry today.

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Keynote – Karl Dubost@karlpro
Developer Relations & Tools, Opera Software

Karl is a hedonist, dreamer continuously exploring an open and creative Web. His main challenge in his professional life is to connect people with technology. He is interested by society changes due to Web social networks. From 2000 to 2008, he was Web Community Liaison, HTML WG staff contact, QA Activity Lead and Conformance Manager for W3C. He is now working for Opera Software.



 Jamie Garratt@idearebel
President, Idea Rebel 

For over 10 years Jamie has been involved in the development of many highly recognized brands, with a core focus on digital media. With a strong background in creating and building global teams (Canada, The United States, and Europe) and establishing effective delivery models, Jamie has overseen many successes with clients such as Nintendo, Quiksilver, Nike, BMW, and Electronic Arts.

Jamie has underlying experience and knowledge of Product Development and Delivery of Services implementations in both web and software industries, working within various verticals including; Retail, Sports, Healthcare, Automotive, Entertainment, Gaming, Travel, and Education. His sincere passion for innovation is reflected in his interest to build world-class marketing solutions. 

Brendan Sera-Shriar@digibomb

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 a prominent member of FlashinTO, PHUG – Open Source Culture, 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.

Morten Rand-Hendriksen@mor10
Pink & Yellow Media, Creative Director

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer, developer and educator based out of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in highly customized and unusual WordPress themes and is obsessed with web standards, information design and making the web make sense for everyone.

Before turning his attention to the web Morten worked as a politician, musician, photographer and jeweller. The common thread that binds this past and the present together is his desire to enable communication, in all forms, and help people understand each other on a deeper level.

Morten is an author for Pearson publishing and Lynda.com and has published 3 books and two video series on web design and WordPress with more to in the works. He also writes about anything and everything web related on the popular blog Design is Philosophy and tweets under the handle @mor10. Most recently he lunched the new startup PhotoPivot.com with Chris Arnold that uses the Microsoft Pivot application to create a digital lightoard for professional photographers.

CT Moore@gypsybanito

CT Moore is an accomplished blogger, journalist, podcaster, and speaker, with over 5 years’ experience in SEO. He’s consulted on web strategy for major brands, such as American Apparel, Yellow Pages, and Microsoft, as well as a number of media start-ups. CT currently works as an Account Strategist at NVI, the largest Search and Social shop in Canada, where he manages client SEO, PPC, and social media needs. He also sits as a Staff Editor at Revenews.com. As such, we are pleased to have CT speak at this year’s conference.

Mohamed Hamad@mohamedhamad

Mohamed Hamad is a web developer, information architect and technologist working in web and social media, with 5 years experience in managing social media applications and web systems. Mohamed currently works for NVI as account and project manager for the web development department.



Aaron McGowan - @amcgowanca

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Aaron McGowan is now a wearer of many hats. Currently, Aaron works as a consultant, designer, developer and a public speaker within the mobile and web sector. He frequently advocates through engagement, conferences and public speaking for the use of open source technologies, such as Drupal and WordPress; and a transparent, collaborative and participatory government.

Currently residing in London, Ontario, Aaron has worked with a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations to solve complex problems with simple strategies and solutions. From entrepreneurs and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Aaron has worked with a variety of organizations to implement these solutions that solve a specific problem, streamline business processes, prototype experimental solutions, and/or engage with a target audience through creative and interactive design. Read more click here


Garrett Serack - @fearthecowboy
Microsoft Canada, Software Development Engineer

Garrett Serack worked as an independent software development consultant in Calgary, Canada, for 15 years, with clients in fields such as government, telecom, petroleum, and railways. Joining Microsoft in the fall of 2005 as the Community Program Manager of the Federated Identity team, Garrett has worked with the companies and the Open Source community to build digital identity frameworks, tools, and standards that are shaping the future of Internet commerce and strengthening the fight against fraud.
In the summer of 2007, he transitioned to Open Source Technology Center at Microsoft where he works as a Software Development Engineer and operates closely with Open Source communities to improve the quality and performance of their software on the Windows Platform. In addition to being the Project Owner of the recently announced CoApp project, Garrett has started a number of other Open Source projects along with working as a committer on yet more projects, including PHP itself.

Ali Tavanayan - @alitavana
TEI Inc.

Ali Tavanayan is a web and software developer with over 10 years’ experience. His most recent work focuses on e-commerce and its integration with POS & CRM systems and includes clients in the automotive, retail, real estate, electronics, education and art industries, as well as work in SEO and interface design. Open-source software and web platforms have been a critical part of his success, including Joomla!, Drupal, Magento, Moodle, and more. With his broad range of experience, he currently heads his own company in North Vancouver, serving everything startups to international corporations.

Mark Reale - @markreale

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.

Beyond BNOTIONS and the YMC, Mark also assumed the role of lead organizer and MC of the AndroidTO Conference and Co-Founded LeanCoffeeTO, a weekly Meetup for Entrepreneurs to discuss Lean methodologies and efficient business practices. The foundation of Mark’s efforts rests in making tools, resources, and experiences widely available to anybody who is looking for them, and making life on Planet Earth as flavorful as possible.

Laura Bacon
Raised Eyebrow

I’m a veteran web designer who co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio with Emira Mears, my all-around right-hand woman (with whom I also wrote The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business). The two of us have been in business together for ten years, and during that time we’ve developed a reputation for helping clients in the nonprofit, government and progressive business sectors use online tools more effectively.

I started my design career during the web’s infancy; more than a dozen years later, I remain passionate about facilitating online communication and helping people connect heart-to-heart through technology.

Read about our 2010 visionary speakers here