I am a technologist exploring the intersection of design, startups, and the web. I am currently shipping new machine learning powered user experiences to millions of visitors at Bing. In the past three years, I lead and built ML and IoT projects for Microsoft’s biggest customers around the world including Walmart and Toyota.
In a prior role, I spent four years as a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Canada based in Montreal. I covered technical areas such as open source technologies, open data, and cloud computing. I was a frequent international speaker and spoke at conferences such as Build, FITC, Trondheim Developer Conference, ConFoo, DroidCon, CUSEC, KWS, and TEDx at HEC Montreal.
I am passionate about design explorations, shipping high-quality code and helping startups survive the grind.
Currently, I am a Principal Software Engineer on Project Caspian at Bing based in Seattle. I work with engineers across multiple organizations (Azure, Bing, PowerBI) and locations (India, Egypt, China). We plan to ship our ML-based product in the first half of 2021.
In 2017, I moved to New York City to start and grow an engineering team for Microsoft’s newly formed Commercial Software Engineering organization. I recruited and mentored junior software engineers and eventually managing a team of five engineers. In the New York City hub, we focused on developing and operationalization machine learning pipelines for global companies. We also developed a strong user experience and web development practice; building accessible and beautiful user experiences to help companies through their digital transformation journey.
I have been a member of the Global Shaper community for many years. The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, which comprises over 10,000 young people based in more than 420 cities in 170 countries and territories. We are organized into a network of Hubs dedicated to creating local impact. Together, we form a powerful source of grass-roots knowledge and global youth perspectives. Global Shapers take action on issues they care about, engage in local and global policy discussions, and collaborate with other national and international Hubs to make waves.
I lead the web and open source developer community outreach & advocacy, messaging, and marketing & execution strategy for Microsoft Canada since August 2013.
I was awarded Worldwide Best in Role for FY2016 by Steve Guggenheimer and admitted into the HiPo, Lab One, and Senior Technical Leadership programs.
I developed grunt & gulp plugins to promote modern web standards among web developers that were adopted by over 15 technical evangelists worldwide.
Although I stopped being a full-time evangelist for web technologies for Microsoft in 2017, I remain an advocate for the open web and will happily speak on the topic anywhere.
I organized monthly meetups for developers and engineers interested in a few select topics. Chief among them, I held the Montreal Unity User Group, which groups over 800 game developers, 3D artists, game designers that have an interest or use Unity3D.
Desiring to help build Montreal’s tech startup ecosystem, I started the local chapter for Startup Grind. From September 2013 to December 2015, I ran monthly fireside interviews featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. We hosted Julien Smith, Andy Nulman, LP Maurice, Sylvain Carle, Greg Isenberg, Bruno Morency, and others. Until 2017, I helped various Montreal startups build on cloud computing platforms like Microsoft Azure.
Before graduating in 2013 with a Computer Engineering degree from McGill University, I founded the CodeJam @ McGill, the university’s largest engineering competition to improve training for my fellow students. In 2012, I was awarded the Scarlet Key for student leadership and significant contributions to the McGill community. I was also a teaching assistant and awarded the Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant award.