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Alexandre Bauduin
House Of Test

Alexandre Bauduin is a 51 year old world traveler. He worked in consulting firms gaining experience in several fields (medical, manufacturing, aerospace, pay TV, data warehouse—to name a few) in different countries (Switzerland, France, Spain, Canada, etc.) His career started in the space industry where he discovered his passion for aerospace,...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

Chris Blain
Engineering Manager
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
Chris Blain has twenty-two years of experience working in software development, on projects ranging from embedded systems to cloud applications. He offers students and companies a powerful mix of real-world experience and the latest research knowledge. He has worked as an engineering manager, test manager, developer, coach, and test
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Jennifer Bonine is a VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA Inc., a global company that specializes in strategic solutions for businesses. Jennifer began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. She has held executive-level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams...Read more

Coveros, Inc.

Glenn Buckholz leads CI and deployment automation efforts at Coveros. Using his more than fifteen years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers. Beginning his career as a consultant implementing automated test frameworks, he introduced the concept of change management to many, many projects. After moving on from...Read more

Fiona Charles
Software Test Consultant
Quality Intelligence

Concurrent Sessions


Fiona Charles is an independent consultant, specialising in the human side of software development and projects: teaching organizations to manage their software testing risk, and IT practitioners project skills “beyond process”—hands-on practical skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. She consults with clients on testing...Read more

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her work focuses on quality management, software testing, and user experience (UX). Isabel authored Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork and chapters in Agile Testing: How to Succeed in...Read more

James Fogarty
Software Test Specialist

James Fogarty is a passionate software testing practitioner. He works at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He works with software testers, developers, and business professionals to level up the software quality by designing tools, teaching automation, and involving the entire development team in...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

Seretta Gamba
Test automation consultant

Seretta Gamba has forty years’ experience in development and fifteen in test automation. After going through all the usual developer roles, in 2001 she was put in charge of test automation for her current company. She developed a framework that enabled her company to quickly get excellent results. After having...Read more

Independent Consultant

Julie has more than twenty years' experience in the IT industry, including time spent as a developer, database analyst, project and program manager, test analyst, test team leader, test consultant, and test manager. She is now director of consulting at Hitachi Consulting, providing consultancy and training in all aspects of...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

Brenda Hall

Brenda Hall's "do whatever it takes" attitude is a large part of how her company, Bridge360, earns the praise of its customers. An industry-recognized expert on both the business and technological aspects of international product delivery, she has managed many project teams specializing in building global software. Having worked at...Read more


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

Griffin Jones
Congruent Compliance

Griffin Jones is an Agile consultant and coach, specializing in applying human-centered systems thinking to regulated industries. He has a technical background of over twenty-five years of testing as an individual contributor, Manager, Director, and Consultant - for medical device and pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations, banks, and insurance companies....Read more

CEO of Creative Trespassing
Creative Trespassing

Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing, is an award-winning author, creative consultant and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs! She has been a featured speaker at Business of Software, Social Innovation Summit, Etsy, S.H.E. Summit, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her work has been written...Read more

Author, Evangelist for mobile and web

Eran Kinsbruner is the mobile evangelist at Perfecto and the author of The Digital Quality Handbook, as well as a monthly columnist at He is a software engineering professional with nearly twenty years of experience at companies such as Matrix, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, Texas Instruments and NeuStar. He...Read more

Elizabeth Koumpan
Cognitive and Data Leader

Elizabeth Koumpan is a cognitive and data leader with IBM Global Markets, with a focus on solving business problems in information architecture, analytics, information integration, and governance and ensuring we use data responsibly. She has been performing evaluation and analysis of the current technical environments and completed assessments against 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

Carnival Corp.

Janna Loeffler has more than fifteen years of software quality experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in business administration. Working in a variety of software engineering roles, including development, testing, quality assurance, and DevOps, has provided her with a holistic view of software...Read more

Jeff MacBane

Jeff MacBane is a software tester at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He has more than thirteen years of software testing experience in insurance, legal, medical, and commercial software organizations. Jeff has a passion for testing software and continuing to learn about agile...Read more

Yury Makedonov
QA Manager, Test Manager, and Consultant

Yury Makedonov was trained as a researcher and worked in a research and development institution dealing with composite materials. He has a Ph.D. degree in physics and math, though he is not a rocket scientist anymore; now he is using his skills and knowledge to improve software quality. Yury has...Read more

Stephan Marceau
Quality Engineering Practice Leader

Stephan Marceau is a quality engineering practice leader at Slalom and has spent his eighteen-year career in consulting, with the last ten years working in the quality assurance and testing domain. He has worked across industries, partnering with organizations large and small to help enable better software quality though a...Read more

Test Architect
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 four hundred software and hardware testers across India, Taiwan, and the...Read more

Software Test Lead
Valtech Canada

Concurrent Sessions

Nimesh Patel is an experienced, passionate, and skilled software test professional with thirteen years of experience in software testing and quality. As a hands-on test lead and manager, he’s actively involved in the testing efforts of all the projects he works on. He’s tested different types of software systems with...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

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 while being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in...Read more

Jerry Penner
Waterloo Hydrogeologic

Jerry Penner is a passionate tester who loves helping ridiculously smart people build better software. He has been testing desktop software, websites, web apps, mobile apps, and APIs for startups and large companies since 2006. One of his favorite testing tasks is helping developers and testers find important bugs faster....Read more

Vincent Prêtre
Cofounder of Hiptest

Vincent Prêtre is a cofounder of Hiptest with more than ten years of software experience. He is specialized in web development and is also the creator and main contributor of the open source framework Hiptest-Publisher. He has been a speaker at several conferences around the world to share his experience...Read more

Laurent Py
Senior Developer - Product manager

With more than fifteen years of experience as a developer and product manager, Laurent Py is now product manager at Hiptest, a continuous testing platform dedicated to agile and DevOps teams. Hiptest helps product owners, developers, and testers collaborate to build the right product faster.Read more

Israel Rogoza

Israel Rogoza is a product manager at IncrediBuild. who has more than seven years of enterprise software development and testing experience. His role includes designing and building a product’s functional architecture while working closely with R&D. Previously, as a QA tech lead, Rogoza was responsible for the backend automation and manual...Read more


Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-five 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, SQA, testing,...Read more


For almost a decade, Max Saperstone has been a test engineer focusing on test automation and the continuous integration/continuous delivery process. Max specializes in open source tools—Selenium, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. He has led several testing automation efforts, including developing an automated suite focused on web-based software to operate...Read more

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect, LLC.

Owner and founder of The Improv Effect, Jessie Shternshus helps individuals and businesses reach their full potential through interpersonal-communication skills improvement, leadership training, and agile/executive coaching. Jessie has been a key player in internal culture transformations for global companies. Her clients include executives from Netflix, Crayola, Groupon, Skype, Adecco, Capital...Read more


Coveros' Executive Vice President of 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 delivery approaches....Read more

Raj Subramanian
Developer Evangelist

Raj Subramanian is a former developer who moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a Developer Evangelist for, that provides stable self-healing AI based test automation to enterprises such as Netapp, Swisscom,Wix and Autodesk. He also provides mobile training and consulting for different clients....Read more

Senior Architect

From the olden days of DOS to the contemporary world of software testing, Gil Tayar was, is, and always will be a software developer. He cofounded WebCollage, survived the bubble collapse of 2000, and worked on various big cloudy projects at Wix. His current passion is figuring out how to...Read more

Keith Turpin
Solution Ownership Practice Leader

Keith Turpin is a solution ownership practice leader at Slalom, where he supports clients in their journey to build modern software and their attempts to implement agile. In his career, he’s led global development and QA teams and served as a director of marketing systems. Keith is passionate about agile...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is the President of TechWell and 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 has been the Program Chair for the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT...Read more