January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Okanagan coLab - Affinity Hall
1405 St Paul St
Rochester, NY 14621
devKL Tech Leaders Panel @ Okanagan coLab - Affinity Hall | Rochester | New York | United States

The tech world is big, and getting bigger every day. For those looking to make their living in tech, there’s no shortage of options to do it — which is probably the biggest problem that techies face when starting a new venture.

Should your startup go the microservice route, or the monolith route? Should you as a developer build your own tools or buy them from others? How should you interview and hire the people you need to implement your vision? How on earth do you make Agile actually work IRL? And that’s to say nothing of relational versus non-relational databases, serverless architecture, ethics in data, and code reviews. (Oh my!)

At this panel event, tech leaders from across the city will come together to answer the tough questions and share what’s worked for them.

Why join us:

  • Meet tech leaders of Kelowna and learn what their organizations are doing
  • Explore and internalize different opinions on the biggest tech dilemmas backed by a wealth of experience
  • Network with the who’s who of Kelowna tech
  • Learn something new
  • Ask questions, have a bevvy, and kick back for a night


  • 6:00 – 6:30 Networking / Setup
  • 6:30 – 6:45 Introductions/ Event Kick-off
  • 6:45 – 7:30 Panel Discussions
  • 7:30 – 7:45 Break
  • 7:45 – 8:25 Panel Discussions
  • 8:25 – 9 Wrap up

Panel Bios

Adrian Schneider – Host

devKL host and founder, Adrian is a polyglot software developer and systems designer who has been creating software products for over 14 years. After developing hundreds of applications, across many industries, he has internalized many hard-earned lessons. He actively practices software modelling & testing techniques, as well as ensures his team’s feedback systems are always listening and learning. Adrian lives in a terminal (go vim!) and aggressively automates his current job away.

Ryan Haksi

Ryan Haksi,VP of Development at FreshGrade, makes sure that FreshGrade projects have a strong technical foundation, and can be developed and operated cost-effectively with an emphasis on excellence. He also serves as a source of technical advice for the executive team. He has 25 years of experience in development and can draw on experience as a VP of Technology, Technical Director, IT director, deploying custom server clusters, building middleware to service multiple clients, and 15 years in games as needed. Prior to FreshGrade Ryan was VP of Online Technology at Roadhouse interactive, reducing costs of producing content and operations, and increasing reliability and ability to scale all products.

Giuseppe Burtini

Giuseppe Burtini, Founder of Exploration Engineering, is an entrepreneur, technologist, programmer and architect with experience in adaptive computation, databases and decentralization, machine learning, statistical analysis, data mining, and other techniques for improving business and procedural outcomes with software. Giuseppe’s focus is on advising executives, assembling strong engineering teams, bridging the gap between vision and effective execution, and orchestrating projects from objectives through vision, specification, architecture, development and testing to deployment and revenue.

Mason Macklem

Dr. Mason Macklem is a two-time NSERC scholar and three-time Killam Fellow, with research in high-performance computing and numerical optimization. He has spent the last 9 years helping local companies integrate AI and cloud solutions into their product. He is currently Senior Cloud Researcher for Tveon Systems, focusing on AI-driven video encoding and delivery solutions.

Ryan Faith

Ryan Faith, P.Eng., MBA is the Director of Software Development for QHR, and has led Software Engineering teams for over 10 years in multiple industries, and most recently in Healthcare. He is passionate about uniting Canadian healthcare, connecting providers to their patients, information and each other. He gives back to the home school community as the Treasurer for Heritage Christian Online School Parent Advisory Council.