2019 Gold Sponsors

  2019 Silver Sponsors

Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj is an Agile coach,trainer, consultant at EPAM systems.She brings more than 15 years of working with management and development teams,well known for applying Agile and Lean techniques to help streamlining development efforts.

Chris Chapman

Chris is a veteran consultant with 14 years’ experience as a developer and team lead/coach. Over his career he’s worked on mainframe systems, desktop applications and enterprise scale web based solutions. Through it all he’s maintained a strong passion for helping teams to realign the work they do with how they do it by applying lean and agile principles and frameworks like Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban.

Dana Pylayeva

Dana Pylayeva

In her 16 years of industry experience Dana Pylayeva has been exposed to different areas of IT as a Java Developer, an Architect, a DBA Manager, a Scrum Master and an Agile Coach. Every role she has had in her career has given her an opportunity to apply her passion for Agile in an innovative way. She currently works at Rakuten Marketing, enjoys coaching teams as well as facilitating positive changes in organizational culture. 

Erica Indman

Erica Indman is a fifth grader, cureous about ways to organize better parties for her friends. She is a big fan of Star Wars, Harry Potter and simulation games. Erica likes to help her mom to add jokes from both films into her Agile presentations to make them more entertaining.

David Dame

David Dame is the Director of Agile and Lean Practices at BlueCat Networks.

As an organizational designer, principal coach and trainer, Dave has an excellent reputation for facilitating the philosophical adoption and practical implementation of agility practices and training in large organizations. With over 20 years of management experience he has successfully lead complex agile transformations such as scaling specialized resources, regulatory compliance, legacy products and scaling across large enterprises.

Dave is a recognized leader in developing organizational 'Leadership' agility. An engaging educator and well-respected coach, he has successfully led the agile transformation in a number of large software organizations. 

Dave drives change in organizations by organizational design, coaching, mentoring, enabling teams, and empowering individuals. He is very focused on Organizational Agility.

Declan Whelan

Declan Whelan is an agile developer, coach and trainer at Leanintuit. He helps organizations improve value delivery, quality and time-to-market through agile principles and practices. He is a director at the Agile Alliance and the founder of Agile Coach Camp Canada, the Waterloo Agile/Lean Users Group and the OnAgile conference.

Diane Zajac-Woodie


Diane Zajac-Woodie (@agilesquirrel) spent more than six years redefining the role of the Business Analyst as more than a requirements dictator. Now a coach, her passion is to free those that are mired in the status quo even if she has to pull them out one at a time. Her alter ego makes her thoughts transparent on her blog, http://agilesquirrel.blogspot.com/.

Ellen Grove

Ellen Grove is an Agile coach & trainer with Agile Partnership (http://agilepartnership.com) in Montreal & Ottawa, Canada.  Ellen helps teams and organizations do better work through coaching them in creating the circumstances in which they can work most productively and effectively. Her Agile coaching practice is founded in over 15 years experience leading software testing, development and implementation teams in global enterprises, a passion for exploratory software testing and user-centered design, and a background in community organization. She facilitates the transition to collaborative Agile work practices at the team, managerial and corporate levels, and has conquered the challenges of extending Scrum roll-outs to off-shore development partners and multi-site project teams for enterprise and public sector clients in Canada. Ellen is also an Open Space facilitator and a StrategicPlay certified facilitator in Lego Serious Play methods, and one of the lead organizers of Agile Coach Camp Canada.

Gil Broza

Gil Broza's mission is to make software development more effective, humane, and responsible. He helps people pick up where Scrum left off, especially on the technical and the human sides of Agile. He has written The Agile Mind-Set and The Human Side of Agile, the Agile servant leadership handbook. Gil has designed two virtual courses, Individuals and Interactions and Packing List for Your Agile Journey, and writes regularly for projectmanagement.com. Learn more from Gil at OnTheWayToAgile.com.

Gino Marckx

Gino is passionate about enjoying work and is responsible for the Agile Competency Center at EPAM Systems.

 In 2002, Gino started working with some of Belgium's most prominent Agile promoters. Very soon after that, he joined the Belgian XP/Agile User Group and became actively involved in promoting Agile techniques and practices. As a consultant he has shifted his practice to coaching individuals and organizations as they embrace Agile. Gino strongly relies on his passion for team dynamics, his experience in leadership positions, and his technical expertise. Gino is actively involved as a participant and speaker at conferences around the world.

He likes to spend his spare time with family and friends enjoying cycling, travel, art, music, poetry and bragging about the supreme quality of Belgian beer.

Howard Podeswa

Podeswa is an industry leader in transitioning industries such as Telecom and Energy to agile business analysis.  He has over 30 years experience in IT, delivering BA services through Noble Inc., to clients that include Statoil, ISO, Moody’s and TELUS.  He is the author of 2 widely read BA books - The Business Analyst’s Handbook and UML for the IT Business Analyst – and is currently working on a guide to agile Business Analysis due to be published soon by Pearson.

Jason Little

Jason Little is the author of Lean Change Management, international speaker and has been helping organizations implement Agile practices since 2007 as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Internal and External Coach.

Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.

In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then, he’s been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change. He is the author of Lean Change Management and an international speaker who has spoken all over the world from Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Australia, Belgium and more.

Jeff Kosciejew

Jeff estimates his years of experience to be between 13­-21 years, working in an estimated 8-­13 industries, in a variety of roles (estimated between 13­-21). A very lazy individual, he continues to find ways to deliver value above and beyond expectations, expending as little effort as possible. He spends most of his energy looking for ways to disrupt & highlight inefficient processes & systems, to reduce the effort for the future. He recently served as interim president of the White Bead Company.

Jeff Morgan

Jeff “Cheezy” Morgan is CTO and cofounder of LeanDog.He has been coaching teams on agile and lean techniques since early 2004. Most of his work is around engineering practices helping teams adopt ATDD. Author of: Cucumber & Cheese—A Testers Workshop

Joanne Stone

Joanne Stone is an Enterprise Agile Evangelist, Coach and Scrum Master on the Transformation Team at Telus.  She is a keen change agent who helped start the grassroots movement in IT and is passionate about helping individuals and enterprises adopt agile. As a member of the Agile Transformation team she is helping teams and individuals change the way they work using agile, lean, lean startup, and lean change management practices.

John Stix


John Stix is an entrepreneur in both telecommunications and marketing has seen him take start-ups to enterprise level organizations. In 2014 John turned his focus to corporate culture and created and deployed his “I’m  in!” culture initiative.  John’s success at instilling the “I’m in!” culture in Fibernetics has motivated him to bring it to other organizations. As a public speaker, he is working with companies and organizations both large and small focusing on increasing workplace happiness and employee engagement through improved culture. John mentors entrepreneurs with both Fibernetics Ventures and Communitech, helping guide the next generation of business leaders to bring world changing products and services to market.  www.johnstix.ca

Lawrence Ludlow

Lawrence has been doing Agile since 2000, since before it was known as Agile.  Day to day his primary focus is using Agile to help development teams deliver successful software solutions. Lawrence is a founder of the Toronto Agile Community and for over 10 years he ran the XP/Agile Toronto Community Group.

Matthew Barcomb

Matt Barcomb has over 18 years of experience as a product development leader who takes a pragmatic, systems approach to change. He partners with organizations to help leadership teams develop & deploy strategy, optimize product management & development, and evolve traditional HR functions into modern talent development practices.

Matt enjoys challenging mental models, simplifying the seemingly complex, and uncovering the "why" behind the “what”. He shares his experiences and ideas at www.odbox.co or on twitter as @mattbarcomb

Michael Sahota

I help forward-thinking organizations to create a holistic work culture that gives them the Agile results they need: productivity, innovation and customer delight. I use 20 years’ IT & management experience, 13 years’ working with Agile, a deep understanding of organizational models and frameworks--plus a unique process that values people--to get practical and long-lasting results. By connecting Agile methods to an organizational and human context, I help people develop trust, safety, authentic connection and vulnerability, which creates a healthy, productive workplace. My motto: Bring the whole person to the workplace; unleash astonishing results. Drop by my website at www.agilitrix.com to follow my popular blog or download my acclaimed book.

Michelina DiNunno


Michelina DiNunno is an organizational change agent passionate about building high performance teams. She was a leader in the Telus Agile Transformation group and is currently building business analysis and agile curriculum in large enterprises.

Mike Bowler

Mike Bowler is an Agile and technical, coach and trainer. He has been writing code for over thirty years and has been an active member of the Agile community for the last fifteen. He blends his strong technical background with a deep understanding of Agile methods to help teams consistently improve how they deliver value to their customers.

Mike Edwards


Mike Edwards is a coach inspiring people to be fully alive in life. Through Agile and Co-Active Coaching Mike helps people shed the way it’s always been to create a new norm. Mike is a founding board member of Leanintuit, and also gives back to the community by volunteering with conferences such as Spark the Change and Agile Coach Camp. Mike speaks and teaches many times each year at conferences and other events. Mike shares his thoughts regularly through his blog and is now working on his first book.

Mike Kaufman

Mike is a ScrumMaster, Agile Evangelist, and aspiring Agile Coach. He fully believes in the agile principles and strives to incorporate them into everyday living. Mike believes agile is a better way to work and live and supports teams in adopting and improving these values and principles. He is also an Accredited Leadership Gift Practitioner.

Paul Carvalho

Paul Carvalho is an Agile coach & trainer, Testing expert, interactive teacher, Rubyist, comic relief, and efficiency enthusiast with over 25 years of IT experience in various domains. Paul helps companies deliver world-class value through collaboration and intentional design. Beware: his eyes sparkle when he talks about Testing and his passion is infectious. Paul is the author of the forthcoming book "Put Your Mind To The Test.”

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

As an Agile Coach and a Professional Scrum Trainer, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy is a self-proclaimed “Agile Passionista” who strongly believes in agile values and principles. In her current role, Pradeepa works as a Trainer, Agile coach and mentor to several software teams and help them succeed in delighting customers. She works with leadership teams in their transformation journey using Agile principles. She is passionate about and specializes in Agile Testing. She speaks in various national & international conferences.

Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is a collaborative and innovative HR professional with 17 years of experience working in IT and business consulting services. Her passion is talent engagement and development — Connecting Companies, People and Clients to a common, cohesive vision. Over the course of her career she has experienced numerous roles and positions and during this time she has been able to work with multiple organizations whose philosophy has been to hire great people and allow them to learn and grow. Rachel is skilled at working with executive level leadership to provide business value through people and HR solutions. She has extensive experience in talent acquisition and engagement, including the facilitation of: leadership and management development, talent retention, HR process redesign and organization effectiveness efforts across organizations and with clients. 

Richard Kasperowski

Richard Kasperowski a signatory of the Manifesto for Greatness and cofounder of the Greatness Guild. He works as an Agile trainer and coach, Open Space facilitator, Core Protocols trainer and coach, and he volunteers as a CoderDojo mentor. Richard is the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. Follow him on Twitter at @rkasper, read more about him at www.kasperowski.com, and email him at richard@kasperowski.com.

Scott Ambler

Scott W. Ambler is the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes.  He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational level. Scott is the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies.  He is the (co-)author of several books, including Disciplined Agile Delivery, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, The Object Primer 3rd Ed., and The Enterprise Unified Process.  Scott blogs about DAD at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com. Scott is also aFounding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the certification body for disciplined agile. He can be reached at scott [at] scottambler.com.

Shawn Button

An expert in agile development practices, Shawn Button is an agile/lean coach with the proven ability to help individuals, teams, and enterprises adopt better ways of working. Shawn believes that any team can do great things—with the right leadership, mentorship, and support. His passion is helping teams find their full potential, while helping to transform the system they are working in. Shawn is part of LeanIntuit, a group of passionate coaches who help people and companies work in better ways.

Sue Johnston

Teamwork is at the heart of Sue‘s work as a coach and trainer. After a career as a reporter, she moved to corporate communication, supporting change initiatives and technology implementations. She believes interactions between people are the critical communication in organizations and has trained hundreds in communication and coaching. Sue has degrees in business and psychology and certifications in communication and coaching. She’s the author of Talk To Me: Workplace Conversations That Work.

Todd Charron

Todd helps organizations become fearless revolutionaries by giving them the tools and skills they need to become learning organizations.

Todd combines his background in Improv with over 15 years of experience in the software industry as a Developer, Manager, Agile Coach, and Lean Startup Mentor to help organizations and teams be bolder and more creative.

Todd has been a speaker at numerous conferences, is the lead mentor for Lean Startup Machine Toronto and is the founder of Follow Your Fear Day.