Joomla!Day Vancouver Presenters
Chris Adams - Rochen LimitedChris Adams is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rochen Limited, a web hosting provider that specializes in performance hosting solutions allowing dynamic scripts like Joomla! to realize their full potential running right out of the box with fast load times and fantastic uptime. Rochen has certified support engineers based throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom, not outsourcing any part of their operations, and maintains their own servers and infrastructure in Dallas, TX, United States.
Rochen is a major sponsor of Joomla! and Chris has been involved with providing the infrastructure to the project since before the name "Joomla!" was even decided or publicly announced. Chris has previously spoken at Joomla! Days in Leeds, United Kingdom in 2006 and at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, United States in 2007. He has also attended the LinuxWorld Open Source Awards in London, UK with members of the Joomla! Core Team in 2005 and 2006 where Rochen was nominated as a finalist in the category of "Best Open Source Web Host" both years running.
Brad Baker - Joomla! Core Team Member It all started in October 2003, when Brad stumbled upon Mambo in his quest for an easy to use CMS. By 2004 he was on the Core Team looking after forum administration. Since moving to Joomla, and seeing the community and team expand even further, his responsibilities have broadened to encompass looking after all the Joomla! websites and infrastructure.
Brad has years of experience in the web hosting industry. As well as running his own local Webhosting and design business he also works for Rochen and has done so for a number of yrs. He had been associated with Mambo since 2003, and brings his good humor and expertise to the ever growing Joomla! fold. Like many of us, he has succumbed to the hazards of the job, after years of wearing out keyboards; his handwriting is illegible and spelling deplorable without the use of a spell checker.
Levis Bisson - Joomla! Core Team Member
Levis is an analyste-programmer (B.Sc.A.). After many years in the job market, Levis decided to go the Laval University to study computer programming in 1997. Graduating in 2000, he started along with Michelle Bisson, a Web programming business. Their primary clientele is the Quebec government offering customized programming solutions. He had been involved in the Mambo community since July 2003 and it now actively involved in developing Joomla!. With much anticipation, he looks forward to the next phase of the Joomla! project.
Michelle Bisson - Joomla! Core Team Member
Michelle Bisson is one of the founding members of Joomla! Before that she was invited onto the Mambo Core Team in early 2004 after being active in the Mambo community since mid 2003.She partners with Lévis Bisson in a web development company, Jazzisoft International Inc. which specializes in custom programming to the Quebec government and developing Joomla! based sites to the municipal government, businesses and non-profits. Their company is also know as POPcliQ in Québec, Canada. They are fluently bilingual: English and French. They have started to offer their services internationally.
Her involvement in the past was coordinating the User Documentation Team. Currently, she is leading the Fundraising Team, representing Joomla! at various Joomla! events and involved in organizing Joomla! events in Canada
Steve Burge - CEO, Alledia
Steve Burge is the CEO of Alledia (www.alledia.com), one of the leading Joomla development companies in the world, having built over 200 Joomla websites. He is the author of he Joomla SEO Book and writes a daily blog about Joomla! and Search Engine Optimization at www.alledia.com/blog.
Originally from England, he now lives and works close to Atlanta, Georgia.
Louis Landry - Joomla! Core Team Member
Louis of New Orleans, Louisiana, works in web development and holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University. His first experience with computers was playing on a 286 with Basic at his father's office. Louis has programmed in many languages, ranging from low level x86 assembly to managed languages like Java and scripting languages like PHP.
Jennifer Marriott - Joomla! Working Group Member
Jennifer Marriott started designing print media in the mid 90's and progressed into freelance web development from there. Her private web design work for herself and her clients has mad her an expert in taking artist websites to the next level using Joomla!.
Jennifer is a renowned blues singer and guitarist with the band Jennifer Marriott & Odd Sheep Out, and her experience as an artist gives her a unique perspective on the communication needs of artists.
As a Joomla! supporter, Jennifer has contributed to the project in the Sites and Infrastructure working group since 2005 and is currently diving into Q&T.
Toni Marie Swats - Joomla! Working Group Member
Toni has been an all-around web and database consultant for six years,working from home to be closer to her family.
Toni discovered Joomla two years ago and has since focused her entire consultancy on Joomla. With partner David Prestia, she owns MyDynamicSite.com, a custom Joomla design consultancy.
Toni has been a part of the Joomla Forum Workgroup for more than a year, and is currently one of the Joomla Extensions Directory editors.