Dejan Markovic is the Co-Founder of HYPEStudio, an online store for premium WordPress themes & plugins, and President of NYTO Group, a web development company. Dejan is leading the WordCamp Toronto organizing team this year.
Being a Toronto WordPress developer Dejan loves being a part of and giving back to the local Toronto WordPress community, and he really enjoys meeting people from other WordPress communities around the world. That is why Dejan dedicates his time co-organizing WPToronto meetup group and WordCamp Toronto, and he regularly volunteers at Happiness Bar, helping people with WordPress.
You can always find Dejan on various WordCamps (especially the ones within the driving distance from Toronto) or exploring the nature, art & love for food across Canada & US.
Brent Kobayashi has been making the online world friendly for more than 19 years as president of Toronto digital marketing firm Kobayashi Online. Heavily involved with the WordPress community, Brent helps organize the Toronto WordPress meetup group of over 1400 people, has been a co-organizer of WordCamp Toronto since 2013, and runs the meetup group Online Friendly TO. He thinks he’s funny, but we’re not so sure – check out his shenanigans on twitter and judge for yourself… @brentkobayashi
Tom Auger is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Art & Science (http://artscience.ca), a Toronto-based experiential design agency located at the heart of the design and fashion district. Tom is a passionate advocate for designing user-centric interactions and experiences, and brings his 25 years of experience as a developer, designer and technologist to bear on projects ranging from deep WordPress customizations to interactive public experiences.
Tom is extremely embedded within the WordPress community both in Toronto and globally, having contributed to WordPress core development, participated in global summits, and co-organized the Toronto WordCamp conference for many years (including WCTO16). He is a speaker and an educator, most recently having taught a gamestorming-based Interaction Design course in Centennial College’s full-time Graphic Arts program. Tom is a struggling dad, a rabid fixed-gear urban cyclist and a failed concert pianist. You can hear his opinionated and expletive ramblings weekly on https://blab.im/agencychatshow.
Paul Bearne is a freelance senior WordPress full stack developer. He lives and works in Southern Ontario, Canada, serving both a local and an international client base.
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.
From this point on, the community, the flexibility and the velocity of WordPress has made it the platform of choice for Paul’s work.
Paul specializes in creating highly performant scalable, accessible and SEO friendly code (plugins and themes) for large WordPress sites that are often multi-site, multi-language, VIP and/or e-commerce.
He has made core commits in 3.9, 4.0, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.6 and leads the virtual bi-weekly meetup, Contrib2Core. He continues to support his growing list of plugins and the wider WordPress community.
Najat Mansur is a Freelance Graphic and web Designer based in Toronto Canada. I have a passion for creativity and design. I design for print and web, working across a wide range of disciplines including layout and branding. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Graduated from Toronto Image Works, Diploma digital Multimedia Web and George Brown College (Advertising and Graphic Design program). I see myself diving into WordPress and wants to learn every day more and more.
He was born in Yellowknife, home of the Northern Lights, and the capital city of the Northwest Territories in Canada’s arctic. As a child living in such a remote part of the world, he always believed his future lay in the universe just beyond his computer keyboard. He began building websites while still in elementary school and first showcased his work nationally at the age of 14 during a live broadcast of a Canadian television show.
He has traveled to 30+ countries and lived in India and South Korea. Besides the web, his interests include bitcoin and real estate.
Ting is a girl who is addicted to programming. She is a software developer that spends most of her time fueling APIs with IPAs and avid contributor to open source projects.