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Speakers and Sessions

We have a tradition of bringing top drawer speakers to Calgary from across the country and from the United States to share their knowledge and expertise. This year is no different. Here's a list of the speakers and the sessions they are presenting:


Rich Trouton

Rich Trouton

SAP – Middletown, Maryland
@rtroutonDer Flounder blog

Rich Trouton has been doing Macintosh system and server administration for over eighteen years and has supported Macs in a number of different environments, including university, government, medical research and advertising. His current position is at SAP, where he works with the rest of the Mac CoE team to support SAP's Mac community.

Conference Session: Storing our digital lives: Mac filesystems from MFS to APFS

For as long as Mac users have been creating and saving files, there have been Apple-built filesystems to store those files. Apple's announcement of the new Apple File System (APFS) marks only the fourth time in 32 years which Apple has made the transition to a new file system, so let's look back at the filesystems of yesterday, examine what's being used today and look forward to what we'll all be using tomorrow.


Meg Ciliberti

Meg Ciliberti

Shopify – Ottawa
@megscili

Meg has been using Macs since OS 8, and fondly remembers being teased for using them in a time when they were incredibly uncool. In the past, Meg worked at Apple for over 10 years as a trainer, technician and in QA for internal apps. She is currently the IT Lead for Shopify Inc, an Ottawa-based startup working to make commerce better for everyone. When she's not behind a laptop (or fixing one), Meg can usually be found debating the nuances of what makes a really good pizza.

Conference Session: Dear 2017: I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed - Exploring the gender balance issue in Tech

Remember how you felt when you were little, and were told you couldn’t play with the “cool kids”? Being a women in a Tech field sometimes feels a little like that. As we explore how to build a better community amongst Mac Admins, we have to ask ourselves; are we unknowingly creating environments that are uncomfortable for others?


Vaughn Miller

Vaughn Miller

Lafayette College – Easton, PA
@vaughn_e_miller

Vaughn has been working in higher ed IT for longer than he cares to admit, and is currently working as a Desktop Engineer at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. (For those who attended our very first conference, you may remember that Vaughn did a remote session on packaging. He'll be here in person this time!)

Workshop Session: Sharing What We've Learned (co-presenting with Anthony Reimer)

When you’ve learned something new and useful — like you will at the MacDeployment Conference — one of the best things to do is to share it with others, whether that’s with co-workers, people in your city or region, or the broader community. We want to help you share your knowledge. This session will focus on Why Mac Admins share (and the related benefits), the common Ways we share, and practical techniques and considerations regarding How we share. We will cover giving presentations, blogging, and other modes of community interaction and sharing. Specific platforms to be referenced will include GitHub, Slack, and WordPress.


Pam Lefkowitz

Pam Lefkowitz

Core Computing Technologies and CadentTeam – Chicago area
@alwaysdns

IT Consultant, business owner, DNS Goddess, conference mom, power knitter, dog owner, joke teller, cider-drinker, shoe-buyer, adult coloring book fan, and all around nice guy. I believe that David Tenant is the one true Dr. Who, that Batman isn't really a superhero, and that Buffy's musical episode rocked. I am bi-platform and when I work on Windows it makes me sad. I color outside the lines and I suffer imposter syndrome but don't tell anyone…it's just between us. I manage people and projects, but mostly I manage expectations.

Workshop Session: The Art – and Science – of Being Productive

In this hands-on session, we will work on productivity and goal-setting. We will learn how to set and achieve our goals and how to become infinitely more valuable to our employer and to our families. We'll look at productivity from a neuroscience perspective and we'll learn some strategies for keeping our brains in working order as well as touching on improving our critical thinking skills. Dress comfortably, bring water, and be sure to bring a notebook and a pen (an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil will be ok too).


Ross Derewianko

Ross Derewianko

Ping Identity – Vancouver
@PingRD

Ross Derewianko also known as "The Pony" spends his working day staring at a screen. He is one of the co-organizers of Macbrained_YVR. His diverse background comes from the technical side of corporate events to working in IT.

Conference Session: Building Community: The MacBrained YVR Experience

One of the biggest trends in the Mac Admin community worldwide is local meet-ups, where Mac Admins from an area gather on a regular basis to share information (and usually beverages). Ross will share his experience with MacBrained YVR, the Vancouver Chapter of MacBrained (which started in the San Francisco Bay Area not too long ago).


Kelly Watkins Conrad

Kelly Watkins Conrad

Jamf – Minneapolis, MN
@KellyWConrad

Kelly is a Systems Engineer at Jamf, where she has worked for over five years. Kelly was hired prior to the 100th employee (they’re now close to 700) and so she has seen a lot of change and growth within Jamf and within the MDM Management field. For four of the five years Kelly has been at Jamf, she worked as a Technical Account Manager with the Support team, where she mainly focused on K12 and Higher Education customers. Using those experiences gained over those years has helped her work with other IT admins in the education field to help them succeed with their Apple devices.

Conference Session: You down with DEP? Yeah you know me! A complete guide to using DEP for your Macs

(As long as you know that DEP refers to Apple's Device Enrolment Program, do you really need a more detailed session description? This is clearly the future for mass deployment of all Apple devices, so understanding how it works and what the benefits are should be useful to every Mac Admin.)


Josh Roskos

Josh Roskos

Jamf – Minneapolis, MN
@jroskos

Josh Roskos is a Professional Services Engineer for Jamf. He graduated from Herzing University with a B.S. in Technology Management and has over 12 years of professional IT experience. Through his career, his curiosity and love of technology brought him knowledge touching many different systems and products. It wasn’t long before Apple devices became his passion and he followed his passion to Jamf. Today he works directly with many IT admins from across the United States looking to better manage and integrate systems.

Workshop Session: Beautifying Your Scripts | From Script to App

Most of you are already familiar with scripting but this workshop aims to help you take what you do to the next level. We plan to dig in and explain the path from a simple script to adding a GUI and then finally wrapping it all up in a nice little .app file. During this path exercise, we will discuss some of the options available to best beautify your script with tools such as AppleScript, CocoaDialog, Pashua, and jamfHelper. We will also discuss the pros and cons to the available GUIs and help you decide which one (or two) may be right for your next script. And what better way to learn than by doing?! Code samples will be included that you can use to get started almost immediately.


Kylie Toh

Kylie Toh

Chic Geek – Calgary
@kylietoh

Kylie is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and community building. She’s the founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit building community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Through its mentorship program, technical workshops, speaker and networking events, Chic Geek helps women build their confidence learning new technology skills and profiles more women as leaders in the space. Ultimately, Chic Geek is working to increase diversity in technology. Kylie was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and has been profiled in Metro News as one of "Calgary Heroes." She has also been recognized as a "Need to Know" in Alberta Venture and profiled by the Mount Royal University Summit Magazine in their feature on Women in STEM. In 2016, Kylie represented Alberta in the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program hosted by the US Department of State and was a voice for women in STEM on an international stage.

Conference Panel: Building an Inclusive MacAdmins Community

Kylie will participate in the panel following Meg Ciliberti's session, sharing her experience with Chic Geek and the work they are doing (their Geeky Summit last Fall is what caught our eye — MacDeployment is thrilled to have Chic Geek in our city).


Anthony Reimer

Anthony Reimer

Integrated Arts Media Labs, University of Calgary
@AnthonyReimer

Anthony has been the Head Technician of the IAML since 1996, supporting work with Macintosh computers and other digital technology in Music, Art, Drama and Dance. He regularly gives presentations on technology to artists and non-artists alike at conferences like the MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, MacTech, MacDeployment, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, as well as regular presentations to his campus colleagues. When he's not busy being a Mac Admin, Anthony conducts Foothills Concert Band and is an avid curler.

Workshop Session: Sharing What We've Learned (co-presenting with Vaughn Miller)

When you’ve learned something new and useful — like you will at the MacDeployment Conference — one of the best things to do is to share it with others, whether that’s with co-workers, people in your city or region, or the broader community. We want to help you share your knowledge. This session will focus on Why Mac Admins share (and the related benefits), the common Ways we share, and practical techniques and considerations regarding How we share. We will cover giving presentations, blogging, and other modes of community interaction and sharing. Specific platforms to be referenced will include GitHub, Slack, and WordPress.


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