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Past Speakers

The following companies, groups or individuals have made presentations at OPCUG meetings. We appreciate their efforts and support.
If you would like to give a presentation at the OPCUG, please see the speakers' information page.

Vanessa Menor, OPL Librarian, Nepean Centrepointe BranchImagine Space and Labs at the Ottawa Public Library

Kyle Christoper

The Ottawa Public Library in the digital age
Lawrence Patterson, OPCUG
Scam Avoidance and Trust
OPCUG members:
Chris Taylor, Lawrence Patterson, Bob Walker, Alan German
Chris Taylor – Wacom Tablet
Lawrence Patterson – Video editing
Bob Walker (with input from Bob Herres) – Bluetooth hearing aids
Alan German – Virtualization (Dropbox and VirtualBox)
Bob Walker - ecommerce
Cameron Bell, CEO CANImmunizeVaccination Tracking App
Alan German and Chris Taylor, OPCUGEffective backup strategies
Lynda Buske, OPCUG
Basic digital photo editing using free software
Lawrence Patterson, OPCUGMulti-Factor Authentication
Zeina Osman, Co-executive director of CompuCorpsFighting to reduce the digital divide
Mike Stallabrass, owner of Safeguard Security SystemsHome security technologies
Lawrence Patterson; IT Manager / ISSO / ITIL & ordinary computer guy#PasswordPhrasing, the Easy, Silly, Secure & Safe Technique for the People
Brock Godfrey, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, North BayMass Marketing Fraud and Cybercrime Awareness For Seniors 
Bob Walker, OPCUGRenewable Energy
David Smith and Colin Smith (The Surface Smiths)Podcasting
Toufic Sbeiti, Ottawa-based Web Accessibility professional Practical Tools for Website Accessibility Testing
Art Hunter and Stewart Dibbs Ottawa Microgrid
Chris Taylor, OPCUG President Windows Tune-Up
Members' Favourites
Presenters: Jeff Dubois, Alan German, Bob Walker
Jeff Dubois: Streaming and texting applications
Alan German: Video editing
Bob Walker: Small 2-in-1 Laptop Buyers Guide & Other Gadgets
Lynda Buske How to take better vacation photos
Dr. Beth Robertson, Department of History, Carleton University Omeka: Realizing the Educational Potential of an Open Sourced Web Publishing Platform
Mark Lamarre, CEO Cumulus Dental From Concept to Commercialization
Chris Taylor, OPCUG President and Microsoft Windows Insider MVP Windows 10 – two years out
Dr. Art Hunter, Energy Freedom Project, Energy Freedom & the Internet of Things (IoT)
Malcolm Townsend, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Privacy in a Digital World
Terry Billingsley, CEO AppYourWay With the evolution of Apps, is the web dead?
Members' Favourites Speaker: Chris Taylor Topic: *ON1 Photo RAW 2017; Speaker: Alan German Topic: Integrated Development Environment; Speaker: Jeff Dubois Topic: QR Codes
Scott Murphy, IT Consultant Static Site Generation
Walter Knitl, Principal at Praxiem Internet of Things
Paul Butcher, HostedBizz Cloud Infrastructure as a Service business
Doug Gray, Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society An Introduction to Genealogy - Exploring Current Techniques, Key Tools, and Resources
Doug McGregor, Vice-President, The Better Software Company BPro: Software as a Service (SaaS)
Chris Taylor, OPCUG President and Microsoft MVP Windows 10: One Year Out
Nina Digioacchino, Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES); Alan German, OPCUG OES eWaste event: Responsible Electronic Waste Recycling; Securely erasing a hard drive for disposal
Dr. Marc Lamarre, B.Sc., DDS, EMBA Revolutionizing Dentistry Through Technology: One Byte at a Time
Will Wegenast (Airborne Media Pros, Skyborne Systems) & Regie Alam (ASG Mappng Ltd.) A Discussion on UAVs: Exploring Emergent Unmanned Vehicle Technologies & Real-World Applications
Members' Favourites Jeff Dubois presented VMware Player & Wearable Technologies. Chris Taylor explored remote desktop options. Jocelyn Doire discussed computer-aided design (CAD) options. And Bob Walker examined the reasons, advantages, disadvantages for upgrading to an SSD.
Nishant Bhasin, Episync WiFi File Transfer App The Software Trajectory: From Idea, Through Development, To Market
Bob Johnson, Funkdawg Films An Introduction to Videography
David Fewer, Director CIPPIC The Use & Misuse of Anonymizing Technologies
Art Hunter [B.Eng.(Mech), Ph.D. (Aero)] Windows 10 - An End-User's Evaluation
Shelley Robinson & Andre Dalle (National Capital Freenet) Your ISP & Privacy
Colin Smith and David Smith Microsoft Surface and Windows 10 - Better Together
Eric Jacksch Cybersecurity for Individuals
Jeff Dubois, OPCUG, and Fred Ennis VoIP (Voice over IP)
Brian White, VTSP, VCP-DCV, Senior Systems Engineer, VMWare Canada End User Computing: Access at the Speed of Life
Jeff Dubois, Chris Taylor, Alan German (OPCUG members)

Members' Favourites by OPCUG members:
Jeff Dubois:
Kodi Enhancements: Streaming Live TV Content
Chris Taylor: Photo to book
Alan German: web site WYSIWYG

Bob Walker, OPCUG History of Computers
Chris Taylor, President, OPCUG How to buy a digital camera
Bob Sobol EMF's & YOU - HOW THEY AFFECT YOU .... what they do not tell you about
Brian Stagg, TechLifestyle Technology Services designed for Seniors
Mark Shainblum Web Comics
Chris Taylor (OPCUG) Basic Digital Photo Editing
Mark Gelsomino Maker Culture and the Rise of the Makerspace
Jason Barney, City of Ottawa and
Robert Giggey, City’s Open Data initiative
Spatial data at the City; OpenData at the City
David Andrews Colour Management
Don Isaacs Raspberry Pi
Jeff Dubois Media Streaming 101
Mark Shainblum My Word! Free, low-cost and specialized alternatives to that word processor
Edward Lee, QNX (a subsidiary of BlackBerry) QNX, what makes it an embedded software
Jocelyn Doire and Doug Drouillard Computer hardware, choices, maintenance and repair
Ben Houston, founder of Exocortex Creation of 3D content with
Alan German, OPCUG Building a web site that's "good enough"
Hugh Chatfield, President,
CyberSpace Industries 2000 Inc.
Is it Canada's turn to implement e-invoicing with UBL?
Andrew Plumb Introduction to 3D Printing
Doug Drouillard of KRC (Knights Refurbishing Computers) INC. "We are the bridge between those who have but do not need, and those who need but do not have."
Barton McKinley, CISM, CISSP-ISSAP, CRISC, ITIL "Bring Your Own Disaster. Issues and Options for Solving the BYOD Dilemma"
Pierre Roman, Microsoft, Canada Windows 8
Chris Ellis, McAfee SE Threat landscape and latest anti-malware trends
Chris Simmons, Ottawa Public Library The eBook industry as it pertains to libraries
Members' Favourites Night

Chris Taylor
Alan German
Mark Cayer
Jocelyn Doire

Some links are accessible by OPCUG members of The PUB only.

Dr. John C. Nash, retired Full Professor, Telfer School of Management, Ottawa University "Reproducible research: tools to write reports that adapt to changes in programs and data".
Read his article '
Sensible Report Updates' (PDF).
Ross Kouhi, Executive Director, National Capital FreeNet Changes behind the high-speed DSL internet service of the NCF
Bob Walker, OPCUG Accessible computing
Pierre Roman, Senior Technical Account manager for the Federal sector of Microsoft Canada Windows 8
Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair, Internet and E-commerce Law,
University of Ottawa
The Year the Internet Fought Back
Alan German, Treasurer, OPCUG Linux 101 – An Introduction to the “Other” Operating System
Chris Taylor, President, OPCUG Protecting your computer
Bill Wilson, Chief Privacy Technologist,
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Privacy and the Internet
Evelyn Watts of Corel Corporation Corel PaintShop Pro X4
Members' Favourites Night

Chris Taylor
Alan German
Harald Freise

Chris Taylor:
shoX mini speaker (OPCUG Review)
Product website:
Optoma PK201 Pico Pocket Projector

Alan German:
Macrium Reflect (OPCUG Review)
Product website:
Zoner Photo Studio

Harald Freise:
FAVC - AVI->DVD Video Converter,
Feedly news reader,
Bluestacks - Android apps on PC

Roger Lanthier Personal Computers & Audio Recording
Sylvain Dumas Media Centre
Google emerging trends around mobile, social and cloud computing
Alan German (OPCUG) So, you want to be a blogger...?
Rick Claus, Microsoft Canada Consumer Technology Innovation with Cloud Integration
Bob Walker, OPCUG Web 2.0 Enterprise Social Networking
Chris Taylor and Andrea Wells, OPCUG Social Networking
Members' Favourites Night

Chris Taylor
Jeff Dubois
Alan German
Harald Freise
Guy Marks

And, how could you not check out: Loving You Has Made Me Bananas (Guy Marks)

Some links are accessible by OPCUG members of The PUB only.

Chris Ellis of McAfee The State of Network and System Security
Brian Glaser of Orleans Computers What you need to know when buying a computer
Paul Godin Linux 101 - What Every Windows' User Should Know
Evelyn Watts of Corel Corporation CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X5
Bert Schopf of Blackbird Publications, Communication & Design Image Editing with Photoshop
Richard Brisson of Bletchley Park Codebreaking Enigma - The World War II challenge then and today
David Skoll, President and CEO of Roaring Penguin Software The State of Spam and Spam-Fighting
Bob Walker (OPCUG) Web 2.0 and Social Networking
Bruce Cowper of Microsoft Canada Microsoft Hack and Defend
Member's Favourite Night Chris Taylor presented the private side of the OPCUG - The Pub.
Alan German presented several programs he chose for the OPCUG Free Software Guide articles
Harald Friese presented some of his favourite programs.
Harley Bloom of Bloom MicroTech
Chris Taylor, OPCUG Buying the perfect digital camera
Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft XBox 360
Roger Wambolt, Corel Corporation Video Editing
Chris Taylor, OPCUG How the Internet Works ... and Doesn't
Steven Totolo / tvcAutomation, Ottawa The Future of Home Automation
Elizabeth Dussault, Natural Resources Canada Computers and Persons with Disabilities
Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada Microsoft PhotoSynth
Members' Presentations
Chris Taylor’s presentation on the Acer Aspire One and other netbooks.
Don Chaisson’s presentation on Open Office 3
Alan German’s presentation on 8 programs he has picked for the OPCUG Free Software Guide
Harald Friese’s presentation on 8 useful programs he has happened across.
Harley Bloom of Bloom MicroTech
Doug Gray, Co-ordinator of the Computer Genealogy SIG of Ontario Genealogical Society (Ottawa Branch) computer based tools for the popular hobby of genealogy
Harald Freise, OPCUG Changes in Storage (Hard Drive) Technology
Gordon Graham, Director of Marketing
Wrapped Apps Corporation
Jason Tryon, Service Desk Delivery Manager, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. n/a
Members' Presentations Acronis True Image (User Group special offer promos.htm#UGR)
Rsync (Linux)
cwRsync (Windows)
GNU Emacs
John Shore, Retail Specialist and
Rob Blackburn, Account Manager,
Eurocom Computers, Ottawa
Andrew Clunis, Ottawa One Laptop Per Child (OLPC):
Maggie James, Monitor Magazine Monitor's Tax Preparation Update
Jean-Pierre Fiset of Ottawa-Gatineau WiFi n/a
Harley Bloom of Bloom MicroTech
Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada
John Selwyn, Executive Director,
National Capital Freenet (NCF)
Alan German, OPCUG Microsoft Office Publisher 2007:
Dr. Michael Geist, University of Ottawa Canada's Choice: Copyright, Culture, and the Internet.
OPCUG member Micheline has created a comprehensive article about his presentation. Her article also contains the many URLs Dr. Geist showed us. Available in
PDF (444 KB) or HTML format.
Chris Ellis, CISSP Systems Engineer, McAfee Canada Inc.
Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor,
Microsoft Canada, Canadian IT Pro Blog
Evelyn Watts, Product Specialist
Corel Corporation, Ottawa
Alan German, OPCUG A Little HTML Knowledge
Harley Bloom of Bloom MicroTech

Don Chiasson,
Harald Freise,
Alan German,
Chris Taylor

Due to popular demand, these dedicated OPCUG members gave several mini presentations:
Don Chiasson: Open Source definition,
Harald Freise:
CDex (CD ripper), Ewido (anti-spyware), Foxit (PDF reader), Foobar2000 (media player);
Alan German:
FileZilla (file transfer), Sunbird (calendar-schedular);
Chris Taylor:
SpamBayes (spam control), UltraVNC (remote access)
Dr. -Ing. Detang Zhong, Mobile GPS Online, Ottawa, ON
Lothar Wegner of Novell Canada
Evelyn Watts,
Product Specialist, Corel Corporation
Corel WordPerfect X3 and CorelDraw X3
Dany Bouchard and Benjamin Campin of DBx GEOMATICS Web Mapping with Scalable Vector Graphics
Chris Taylor, OPCUG President and System Administrator Chris gave us an informative presentation on configuring a secure (enough) home wireless network.
Elliot Finkleman, Practical Computing "Protect your computer from virtual crime";
CFRA Forums:
Mike Potter, Adobe Systems Canada
Mike discussed the technical integration of Adobe and Macromedia.
Michael Ondrechak, O-C Linux Users Group
Michael gave a presentation on Linux Live Install
Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada
Sylvain Dumas of Montreal Sylvain gave a personal presentation on setting up a Home Theatre System
Gary MacArthur, President,
GMA Perfect Image Inc.
Stuart Morrison, VP-Market
Development, OS Security

Eric Jacksch, Tenebris Technologies Inc., Ottawa
Don Chiasson, former OPCUG member n/a
Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada
Harald Freise, Jocelyn Doire, Chris Taylor, Alan German Many thanks to these dedicated OPCUG members who gave several mini presentations after a scheduled speaker canceled at the last minute.
FireFox browser (Harald Freise); WebCoder and InkScape (Jocelyn Doire); Total Commander and TextPad (Chris Taylor); Excel Compare and Universal Document Converter (Alan German)
Gord Hopkins, RA Photo Club
Bob Gowan, OPCUG Program Coordinator We thank Bob for gaving a last minute presentation on Etopo Digital Maps when the scheduled speaker canceled his presentation.
Chris Burchett of BOLDStreet Inc.
Chris Taylor, OPCUG President and Sysop We thank Chris for giving a last minute presentation on Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9 after a speaker cancelation.
Josh McPherson of the Microsoft Office 2003 Team
Michel Daw of Corel Corporation
Joe Donnelly and Alison Canavan of Hemera Technologies
Pete Roberts, OPCUG member We thank Pete for giving a last minute presentation on Scanning after a speaker cancelation.
Brian Donovan of Macromedia Canada
Steve Totolo of Total Voice Control
Toggle Software
Sylvain Dumas of McAfee Security
Eurocom Corporation
Bob Walker, OPCUG member We thank Bob for giving a last minute presentation of Microsoft Access after a speaker cancelation. This was, in fact, Bob's second presentation of the Microsoft Access database.
Bill Hanigsberg of Alpha Software
Cheryl Witoski of Injury Prevention Plus
Information Technology Security, Inc. URL not available
Texar Corporation ;
Corel Corporation
Microsoft Canada's Home Division ;
Environment Canada
Forefront Graphics Corp.
Total Media Systems Inc.
Zero-Knowledge Systems, Inc.
The Focus Centre
Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO)
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Newtech Home Automation
PSION Users Group
David F. Skoll
Avery Dennison Canada
Lotus Development Corp.
Keating Technologies Inc.
Epson Canada
IBM Canada
New Deal Inc. URL not available
Centrepoint Technologies
Data Web URL not available
Griffin Computer Training and Consulting
Kinetic Imagery
Vorton Technologies

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