NodeDay Toronto is a one-day Node.js conference by enterprise leaders, for enterprise leaders.
NodeDay Toronto: May 2, 2018


About NodeDay

NodeDay Toronto is a one day Node.js conference by enterprise leaders, for enterprise leaders. 200 c-level attendees will be joined by Industry leaders for a day of talks, panels, workshops and round table discussion. There will be plenty more time for networking during the coffee breaks and lunch. Node.js is the world’s most popular programming language and it’s radically changing how software is built. Node.js plays a critical role in digitizing the old enterprise businesses, providing reliable scaling & security, while helping teams explore new technologies practices such as IoT and AI. We’re creating a space for Creativity, Exploration, Discussion and Learning to help businesses learn and get in touch with the industry leaders on these topics.
Come join us at TELUS Digital Conference Space 25 York Street, Toronto, Canada on May 2, 2018 - register here

Topics & Agenda


Doors open and breakfast


State of the Ecosystem

Node.js and the Web Platform

Dan Shaw, aka “dshaw”, has dedicated his career to growing the Node.js Ecosystem. Dan was instrumental in the formation of the Node.js Foundation where he served on the Board as Director. Dan is known as "The Godfather of Node.js” for his tireless efforts to build community and align the needs of developers and business leaders.
Dan is a keynote speaker and speaks about Leadership, Node.js, JavaScript and Digital Transformation. He is recognizable as the “Voice of Node.js” as long-time host of the NodeUp podcast. Dan has created numerous events like EnterpriseJS, NodeDay, SFNode, SFNodeBots, and Nodebots Day to provide opportunities to share knowledge and learn.
Dan created the first consulting company dedicated to Node.js called The Node Firm and then the first commercial entity to productize Node.js with NodeSource. Today, Dan Shaw works across the industry providing leadership as a Strategic Advisor to companies looking grow their presence and work effectively with Node.js.

Dan Shaw


Strategic Adviser


Digitizing the Enterprise

Shawn serves as Chief Digital Officer at TELUS, driving the digitization strategy for the enterprise across all core lines of business. His team is responsible for delivering a best-in-class experience supporting customers, team members and prospects that accelerates TELUS' competitive advantage, delivers on our customer-first commitment, and our goal of becoming the most recommended company globally.
As part of TELUS’s digital transformation, Shawn is using lean startup principles, agile techniques and platform thinking to generate ongoing customer feedback to bring an industry-leading customer experience.
Shawn has been a leader at TELUS since 2008, joining the Tech Strategy team to spearhead the deployment of TELUS' national HSPA+ network and first iPhone launch. Two years later, he joined the TELUS Customer Solutions team as Director, Strategy and Planning. In this role, Shawn was responsible for the consumer products and services roadmap and the delivery of large complex programs including the launch of LTE, the next generation of TELUS' industry-leading wireless network.
Shawn has a storied history in strategy, product and program development spanning over 17 years, he lives in Toronto with his wife Jennifer and their 2 children.

Shawn Mandel


Chief Digital Officer




Open Source / Innovation / Inclusivity

Open Source and Inclusion - Keys to Digital Transformation

As industries become transformed into digital organizations, they have to make two cultural transformations. One is to understand how to work with open source communities in a collaborative way and the second is how to become an inclusive organization at all levels. Nithya has been working on both these areas and will discuss how these are a key part of becoming a digital organization.

Nithya A. Ruff is the Senior Director for Comcast’s Open Source Practice. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Prior to this, she started and grew the Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the 90s and has been building bridges between hardware developers and the open source community ever since. She’s also held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and Eastman Kodak. At Wind River, she led a team of product managers in managing a world class embedded Linux distribution and was a key member of the Yocto Project advocacy team on the board. Nithya is a Director at Large on the Linux Foundation Board and represents community interests on the board.
Nithya has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in Open Source for many years. She has also been a promoter of valuing diverse ways of contributing to open source such as in marketing, legal and community. You can often find her on social media promoting dialogue on diversity and open source. She has spoken at multiple conferences such as OSSummit, OSCON, All Things Open, SCALE, Grace Hopper, OpenStack, VMWorld, OS Strategy Summit and Red Hat Summit on the business and community of open source. In recognition of her work in open source both on the business and community side, she was named to CIO magazine’s most influential women in open source list. She was recently one of 4 people to win the 2017 O’Reilly Open Source Award for exceptional contribution to open source.
Nithya graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud mother of two daughters.

Nithya Ruff


Open Source Leadership, Speaker & Board Director


lunch break


Panel Discussion

Security & Digital

Tara Z. Manicsic is a lifelong student, teacher, and maker. She has spent her career using JavaScript on both back-end and front-end to create applications. A Developer Advocate for Progress, Google Developer Expert, and international technical speaker, she focuses on conveying the codebase she has learned. In her free time she works in her community to educate and learn from other developers. Tara launched & directs the Cincinnati Chapter of Women Who Code and the Cincinnati branch of NodeSchool. Beyond code, Tara still makes things but with solder, clay, and wool.

Tara Z. Manicsic


Developer Advocate - Progress


Scale & People

Beyond the Code

Every day, PayPal processes billions of dollars in payments worldwide. Join me on a tour of PayPal's NodeJS ecosystem to find out what makes it all tick and where we are headed next.

Aaron Heckmann leads NodeJS engineering at PayPal, one of the earliest and largest enterprise NodeJS deployments on Earth. Prior to joining PayPal, he oversaw web development at Pebble where his team received the 2015 MongoDB Innovation Award for creating it's smartwatch notification service using NodeJS, MongoDB and AWS. He was a long time maintainer of Mongoose, the popular open source NodeJS MongoDB driver for which he co-received the MongoDB Community Award in 2011. And in 2010, Aaron sold his startup, Clickdummy, which was built using NodeJS v0.2.

Aaron Heckmann


Member of the Technical Staff




Future Thinking

Machine Learning & AI

Ed Cudahy was named chief technology officer in 2016. In this role, he leads the company’s software engineering teams and oversees all technology operations and infrastructure. Cudahy has been instrumental in Condé Nast’s establishment of a first- class engineering organization, dedicated to building high-performing consumer experiences for the company’s brands. His team is committed to creating long-range solutions as Condé Nast transforms into a modern media company, creating content in all form factors and reaching premium audiences on every relevant platform.

Ed Cudahy

Conde Nast


Ahmad Nassri

Closing Remark

Ahmad Nassri is a hands-on technical leader, able to combine a technical background with well-developed leadership skills and a track record of motivating and inspiring teams to produce highly successful products. Author of various open-source tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide. Prior to founding Bench CI, Ahmad lead large development teams across various industries in delivering large to massive scale projects. Most recently as the VP of Engineering at Mashape, where he oversaw a global engineering team building Enterprise API products and services, used by thousands of developers and top technology organizations.

Ahmad Nassri


Principal Architect


Networking and Drinks

Code of conduct

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.


TELUS Digital Conference Space
25 York Street

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