Meet Our Second Round of Speakers

The following people agreed to donate their valuable time to share their knowledge & expertise with us at WordCamp Toronto 2016. Our organizing team want to thank them all for helping us make this WCTO16 the best conference ever!

Without further ado & with no particular order meet our second round of confirmed speakers:

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill imageRebecca is founder and president of Web Savvy Marketing. She has as a well-rounded business background within SMB and enterprise organizations, as well as over fifteen years of experience in sales and online marketing. She provides one-on-one SEO coaching, teaches group on-site boot camps, and speaks at various WordCamps throughout the country.

Billy Gregory

Billy Gregory imageBilly Gregory is an accessibility professional and Sr. Accessibility Engineer with The Paciello Group. As a former front-end developer, Billy can relate to many of the challenges and the apprehension faced by developers who are new to accessibility. He enjoys working with developers of all levels of experience to strengthen their skills and understanding of accessibility. Based out of Toronto, Canada, Billy is active in the Accessibility Community as an advocate, practitioner, and public speaker. He is co-organizer of both Accessibility Camp Toronto and it’s monthly meet-up group.

Cory Miller

Cory Miller image


Founder of / 10+ years in WordPress / Co-Author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies.


Christina Varro

Christina Varro imageChristina owns and operates a creative design and commercial photography studio called Varro Creative based in Calgary. She has over 15 years of experience in graphic and web design, and has primarily focused on WordPress based projects for her web clients for the past 6 years. She is new to speaking at WordCamp, and recently gave her first talk at WordCamp Calgary. She is excited to collaborate and share knowledge with others in the WordPress community.

Dustin Meza

Dustin Meza imageDustin Meza is the Director of Customer Experience Operations at WP Engine. He has been in the hosting industry for 7 years and has been with WP Engine for 3 years. At WP Engine, Dustin oversees many aspects of the WordPress platform including WordPress upgrades for over 100,000 WordPress installs. Outside of WordPress, Dustin loves being outdoors in Nashville with his wife Megan, and black lab, Maddy. He enjoys all kinds of sports, both watching and playing, and has been known to play some video games when time allows.

Tamara MacDuff

Tamara MacDuff imageI am the owner of Web Moxie Media, where I assist business owners in social media strategies and content strategies to grow their business and increase their online influence. My tactics revolve around SEO as a strategy, Social Media & Blogging, and Content Creation and Curation for their specific business, market and buyers. I use Yoast SEO and All In One SEO plugins on WordPress.

Paul Bearne
Paul Bearne imagePaul Bearne is a freelance senior WordPress full stack developer. He discovered WordPress in 2006 when asked to explore the use of collaborative tools internally for a multinational corporation, setting up a 200+ multi-blog site using WPMU on IIS7. As part of this project, he created his first plugin, Author Avatars, ( ), which now has 10,000+ active installs. Paul has made core commits in 3.9, 4.0, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.6, leads the virtual bi-weekly meetup, Contrib2Core & is a WordCamp Toronto 2016 Co-Organizer.

Lauren Jeffcoat

Lauren Jeffcoat imageI have been building WordPress websites for over seven years and currently am part of the OnTheGoSystems WPML Customer Support team. I love building WordPress websites and have worn many hats in the world of web development including Project Manager, Customer Service Representative, Account Strategist, and Web Designer. Originally from Massachusetts USA, I now live in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, USA. I enjoy sharing my knowledge along with tips and tricks that I have learned either through furthering my education or personal experience.

Anthony D Paul

Anthony D Paul imageI help build great digital experiences and software through usability research, IA concepts, and prototypes. Outside the office, you’ll find me spread across regional meetups and conferences—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. When I’m not doing responsible adult things, I grow the world’s hottest chili peppers and bottle my own hot sauce. I’d divulge something funny from my past, but these days the Internet does a better job of surfacing our embarrassing moments; find me anywhere by Googling “anthonydpaul”.

Mikel King

Mikel King image20+yr Technology Leader, Public Speaker, Columnist, USCG Veteran, Brewer of beer, Coffee Evangelist – Director of WordPress Development at Reader’s Digest.

Shawn Hooper

Shawn Hooper imageShawn Hooper is the CTO at Actionable Books, where he enjoys combining code and data to build intelligent tools for teams and leaders. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Shawn has been building web applications since the late 90s, with a focus on WordPress since 2011. As a freelance developer, he has built sites for clients in the public and private sectors in both Canada and United States. He loves making use of great 3rd party APIs, promoting web accessibility and secure coding practices.

Laurie M. Rauch

Laurie M. Rauch imageI run Code Diva, which specializes in WordPress theme development and coaching, and I teach Advanced Web Design at Sheridan College.

Andy McIlwain

Andy McIlwain imageAndy is a longtime WordPress advocate and former organizer of the Toronto WordPress meetup group and WordCamp Toronto. He’s passionate about content marketing, community management, and most importantly, helping small businesses succeed online.

Thiago Loureiro

Thiago Loureiro imageDo-it all developer working at Art & Science Toronto.

Vova Feldman

Vova Feldman imageI’m a serial entrepreneur and full-stack developer who loves to turn dreams into reality. Passionate about helping fellow plugin developers to become more data-driven and making a living working on plugins with Freemius. I co-founded @Freemius, @RatingWidget and @SenexxInc.

Jeseph Meyers

Jeseph Meyers imageI am a digital marketing professional from Buffalo, NY – specializing in WordPress and SEO.

4 thoughts on “Meet Our Second Round of Speakers

  1. How does one find out what these speakers are talking about? Personally I don’t care who’s speaking, but in deciding whether to attend this I really would like to know what the topics are.

    • Hey Rick,
      That is a great question & thank you for asking!
      We are still working on a schedule, but we will post it on our site by Monday, July 18th (at least some tentative schedule so people can see the sessions).
      Please come back on Monday to check the schedule & I hope you will like it!
      In case you have any other questions feel free to shoot us an email anytime.

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