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Tech Leader Panel - Challenges of Growing a Dev Organization

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This month, Achievers Tech Talks has roped in some of the most sought-after leaders in the Toronto Tech community to host what promises to be an engaging discussion. Come join us as we grill our panelists on one of the most burning topics inside today's tech companies; challenges of growing a dev organization.

Peter Daly ( - VP Engineering, Achievers (

Peter has an exemplary track record of delivering large scale information technology solutions to customers in Health, Financial Services, e-commerce and Telecom markets. He recently joined the Achievers team in February 2013 with the primary goal of growing and scaling their development organization.

Jason Primeau ( - Director of Development, OANDA (

Jay's first task at OANDA was to put his desk and computer together. His second task was to re-craft the entire trading platform UI. Since then, Jay has been in the unique position of having grown a grass-roots development team to one praised by Wired Magazine as one of the top ten places to work outside of Silicon Valley. Having gone through the trials and tribulations of implementing development best practices, methodologies, and strategies where none previously existed, Jay has an in-depth understanding of what makes (or breaks) development teams. The development team that Jay directs can deploy 100+ releases a week to a production environment where billions of dollars are traded every day.

James Lochrie ( - Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Wave Accounting (

James has been in the accounting world for almost 20 years, with experience both in accounting product development and working directly with small business owners on their businesses. Prior to the launch of Wave, James led the technology and development team of one of Canada's most successful small business accounting firms.

Oleg Gutsol ( - Co-Founder & CEO, 500px (

Oleg has integrated three of his passions — photography, software development, and business — into one of the world’s most successful and fastest growing global photo platforms. Prior to 500px, he was a software developer and designer who worked on creating user-first experiences for websites, mobile, and social networking apps. He wrote the initial code for 500px and set the standard for its high quality design and simple, elegant interface. Originally from the Ukraine, Oleg studied Applied Computer Science at Ryerson University, and while still a student, started his first internet business. Also, he is currently a mentor at Extreme Startups in Toronto

Register quickly as spaces are limited! Doors will open at 6:00 and panel will begin at 6:30 sharp.