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Likha Solutions, Inc.

Scott Acker is an accomplished executive and quality manager with more than twenty years’ experience in the IT industry. He has worked around the world, performing key quality, test, and operations roles as part of small, medium, and large companies. As a thought leader, mentor, and coach, Scott has worked...Read more

Sophie Benjamin

Once the one developer who didn’t like to do testing, Sophie Benjamin committed to making software testing a well-respected career path. Sophie has been working in the IT world for more than twenty-five years, acquiring strong experiences in managing all IT roles. She has devoted the last seven years to...Read more

Inclusive Media Design

Accessibility IT specialist David Best has more than thirty years of experience in project management, software design, and development. David developed glaucoma at age five and lost all eyesight by age twenty. Despite this setback, he was one of the first blind Canadians to graduate with a degree in computer...Read more


Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and...Read more


A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for...Read more

Bernd Bornhausen
TD Insurance

As a developer, a certified project manager (PMP), and a certified tester (ISTQB Full Advanced Level), Bernd Bornhausen has experienced the fun side of projects as well as the dark side. In all roles Bernd has held over the past fifteen years, including his current role as QA manager at...Read more

Klaudia Breslavets

Klaudia Breslavets is currently the IT Project Manager and Scrum Master for Vanguard’s Test Transformation Program which impacts more than two hundred delivery teams. Prior to becoming a PM, she was also a release lead, developer, tester, and systems analyst. Klaudia is a culinary enthusiast and spends time traveling when...Read more

Susan Brockley
Independent Consultant

With more than twenty-six years of software engineering experience, Susan Brockley is passionate about quality assurance, testing, and requirements management. Susan spends most of her time consulting with teams about properly scoping work, completing requirements, and engaging the customer early in the development process. Although her credentials―software engineer, Certified Software...Read more


Arjun Comar became interested in software at the tender age of nine when his parents got sick of him at home and threw him into a summer class at the local community college. It took many years to satisfy his hunger for learning, and it's become a lifelong passion. For...Read more

Peter de Jager
de Jager and Company Ltd.

Peter de Jager is a keynote speaker, writer, and consultant on the issue of managing change of all shapes and sizes in all types of organizations. He has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from problem solving, creativity, and change to the impact of technology on areas such as...Read more


Josh Eastman is an Automation Architect for the Testing Practice of Experis IT Development Solutions, a Global IT Services Company. Josh creates automation solutions for Experis’ client portfolio and was a recent speaker at the Agile Testing and Test Automation Summit in Seattle. Holding such roles as senior developer, test...Read more

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in quality management and testing in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her quality management work focuses on encouraging IT teams and customers to work together via flexible processes designed and tailored by the teams...Read more

Inclusive Media Design

A veteran of Inclusive’s Web Accessibility team, Sandy Feldman is a seasoned and creative accessible web designer and front-end developer. With vast experience in digital design and website creation, Sandy specializes in designing visually innovative sites, individually tailored to the client’s needs and mission. A strong supporter of many disability-related...Read more

Conrad Fujimoto
Intellectica Systems Inc.

President and senior consultant of Intellectica Systems Inc., Conrad Fujimoto is an information technology professional with thirty-five years of experience in the education, government, financial, and utility sectors. An accomplished educator and author of several courses, Conrad delivers courses in software testing, relational database technology, data modeling, application programming, business...Read more

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices...Read more

Quality Point AB

Pablo Garcia Munos started as a tester in 1996 for Ericsson. After passing through the roles of test manager, project manager, and program manager, he became a consultant with a focus on testing and QA. In the past twenty years of helping testing and development teams, he has had the...Read more

CA Technologies

Julie Gardiner is a pragmatic, practical, and people-driven leader, specializing in testing, agile, and quality. An enthusiastic and passionate speaker, her presentations worldwide come from real-world experiences in her more than twenty-five years in the industry. As product management director at CA Technologies, Julie is able to influence software quality...Read more

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant

In software testing for more than forty years, Dorothy Graham is coauthor of four books—Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences of Test Automation—and is currently working with Seretta Gamba on a test automation patterns wiki. A popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide,...Read more

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014. She is also a contributor...Read more

InfoSol, Inc.

Yolande Grill is a dynamic and passionate visionary who is a champion of company culture and transformation. With over 30 years of experience and excellence working in the information technology and computer industry beginning her career as a systems analyst and software developer, later as an entrepreneur, and currently as...Read more

Inclusive Media Design

A founding director of Inclusive Media and Design, Rob Harvie brings a rich background in ICT and accessibility solutions. At the University of Toronto for more than ten years, he directed IT for the faculty of Information, and lectured on human-computer interaction and emerging technologies, including augmented and virtual reality...Read more

Brian Hicks

Brian Hicks is a software engineer, development manager, and technical architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience designing and developing software using core Java, web services, and related technologies in both the commercial and public sectors. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster® and has experience implementing agile processes, leading...Read more

Independent QA Consultant

An Independent QA Consultant in Toronto, Dawn Jardine has worked in several roles in her career. After years in the teaching profession, Dawn changed direction and entered the software field as a front-end web developer for an eLearning software company. Dawn expanded her skills and expertise to include instructional design,...Read more

George Kongalath
Ideabytes Inc.

George Kongalath is passionate about achieving efficiency, with over 25 patent applications and 25 years of field experience, he is always on the look-out for the next step in technology. Having extensive expertise in real time systems, and having worked for a decade in the telecommunications industry, he laid the...Read more

InGenius Software

An automation enthusiast to the core, Chris Loder is an automation developer leading the automation framework team at InGenius Software in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chris’ passion to automate has carried him through two decades of automation and automation framework development. He has worked with all the greats—Visual Test, WinRunner, Quick...Read more

Beaufort Fairmont

Paul Merrill is principal software engineer in test and founder of Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services. Paul works with clients every day to accelerate testing, reduce risk, and increase the value of testing processes with test automation. An entrepreneur, tester, and software engineer, Paul has a unique perspective...Read more

Dell EMC

A test architect in the Dell EMC infrastructure solutions group, Geoff Meyer has more than thirty years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, program manager, and director. Geoff oversees the test strategy and architecture for more than 400 software and hardware testers across India, Taiwan, and the United...Read more


Chief technology officer and cofounder of LeanDog, Jeff “Cheezy” Morgan has been teaching classes and coaching teams on agile and lean techniques for twelve years. Most of his work has focused on the engineering practices used by developers and testers. For the past few years, he has experienced great success...Read more

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

Jaimee Newberry is the CEO of Picture This Clothing. She brings industry leadership and experience gained from advising C-level and senior management teams at startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Her insight, practices, and a personal ecology have proven to elevate the culture, processes and quality of high-performance software design and...Read more

Gajan Pathmanathan
Quicken Loans

Gajan Pathmanathan is a quality evangelist, a DevOps enthusiast, and an enabler with nearly fourteen years of experience in designing, developing, and testing software. He is currently the leader of the enterprise quality architecture team at Quicken Loans, where he is responsible for implementing solutions and strategies for continuous quality...Read more

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles and recognized by Inc. magazine in 2012 as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

Obbie Pet
Independent Consultant

Obbie Pet has twenty-five years of experience in QA and testing working as a test lead, QA manager, and consultant. Performance engineering has been his focus over the last eighteen, with eleven years in internet ticketing (Live Nation, Ticketmaster) and six years in insurance (Anthem, United Healthcare). Obbie is passionate...Read more


Steve Rowe is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a twenty-year veteran at Microsoft. He spent most of that time in the testing and quality organizations around Windows and worked on multimedia, helping bring DVD playback to the PC, introducing Media Player, redesigning Windows audio, and working on...Read more


Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty-three years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering,...Read more


Craig Schwarzwald has more than a decade of professional scripting and automation experience. For the past six years he has focused on creating and maintaining the Selenium framework used by hundreds of testers, developers, and automation engineers at a large financial organization. Widely regarded as his company’s Selenium expert, Craig...Read more

TechWell Corp.

TechWell’s CIO and president of SQE Training, Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and...Read more

Independent Consultant

Jim Trentadue has more than seventeen years of experience as a coordinator and manager in the software testing field. In his various career roles in testing, Jim has focused on test execution, automation, management, environment management, standards deployment, and test tool implementation. In the area of offshore testing, Jim has...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals.  She is the Program Chair for the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT Dev + Test conferences, and she...Read more

Quicken Loans

Hilary Weaver-Robb is a software quality architect at Detroit-based Quicken Loans. She is a mentor to her fellow QA team members, makes friends with developers, and helps teams level-up their quality processes, tools, and techniques. Hilary has always been passionate about improving the relationships between developers and testers, and evangelizes...Read more