A New Members Of The Developer Evangelism Team @ Microsoft Canada

I have blogged several times about a few open positions on the team here at Microsoft Canada. We have been focused on bringing some amazing talent onto the team to help us with our mission of continuing to win the hearts and minds of Canada's developers. I thought I would share some exciting news about some of the new folks joining the team:


John Bristowe:

John Bristowe will be joining the team as our Western Canada Developer Evangelist!!! I am just thrilled to have John’s experience on the team and he will be a major asset to us as we head into the launch of VS 2005 and our other FY06 priorities.  For those of you who don't John (which isn’t many of you), he is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), an active member of the Alberta .NET User Group and the Calgary .NET User Group, a MVP for ASP/ASP.NET, and the Microsoft Regional Director for Alberta. John graduated from Bishop's University in 1999. Later that same year, he relocated to Australia where he consulted for numerous companies. During his time in Australia, he co-founded and ran the Melbourne .NET User Group, the largest .NET user group in Australia. In 2002, John moved to Chicago and joined Empowered Software Solutions (now Magenic). While in Chicago, he was a member of the Chicago .NET User Group and the Midwest District Technical Community for Microsoft. Two years later, he moved to Calgary and joined Quadrus Development as a Systems Analyst. John is a very active member of the .NET community. He has have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including Microsoft TechEd, Web Services Edge, CAMP IT Expo, and many user groups. He has also conducted interviews with .NET Rocks! and MSDN TV and delivered Webcasts for Microsoft. John also leads or participates in various GotDotNet workspaces and SourceForge projects including the ASP.NET Forums, the Event Sharing Framework, Plumbwork Orange, and Plumbwork Indigo. His blog is available at http://www.bristowe.com/blog/ . (Soon to be blogs.msdn.com)

In his role, John will be focused on winning the hearts and minds of developers in Western Canada. John will be focused on the launch, on driving Developer excitement in the community, on early adopter customers and of course on maintaining a relationship with the RDs! John will remain based in Calgary (joining Dan Sellers).

Welcome to the team John! We are very excited to have you joining Microsoft Canada.

Mohammad Akif:

In his new role, Mohammad joins Karen McGregor and Carol Roy as DPE’s Architect team. He will be focused on influencing key enterprise architects, driving .NET as a standard with target accounts, securing customer wins around key emerging technologies and positioning the Microsoft platform within certain industry initiatives. Mohammad has over ten years of experience working at various fortune 500 companies including Citibank Singapore, Hitachi Malaysia, Fujitsu Singapore, Sprint USA and North West Airlines.

Before joining Microsoft he was the practice lead for Sun Professional Services for the US Northeast Region where he won various awards for supporting the sales and consulting organization and growing Sun's business in the region.

Mohammad has co-authored several publications including 'Java and XML, programmer's reference', 'Web Services Certification Exam (administered by Sun) ' and he contributed to the J2EE core patterns book. He presents frequently at industry conferences in the areas of Services Oriented Architecture, Reference Architectures for industry verticals, Security Solutions and Web Services. Mohammad has a BS in computer science, MBA in marketing and Certification in Management.

In his free time, Mohammad likes to play basketball, racquetball, volleyball and various games on XBox. He is an avid reader with an eclectic taste and writes about world affairs. He loves to organize office outings, team events and other activities. He is very excited to join the Microsoft Canada team and is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Mohammad will be relocating to Toronto from New Hampshire. He will start at Microsoft on July 4th.

Welcome to Microsoft, to DPE and to Canada!


Çigdem Çimen:

Çigdem Çimen joins us from Microsoft Turkey where she spent her last 2 years as a Senior Product Technology Specialist. In this position, Çigdem has enhanced sales opportunities and tripled the e-business server references over the past year. She is known for her passion for technology and her customer focused approach.

Çigdem joined Microsoft Turkey in 2000 as an Evangelist to drive adoption of .NET. She worked on creating a great momentum in the Turkish developer community, increasing satisfaction among developers/architects, engaging with partners and building an energetic .NET ecosystem at Microsoft Turkey. She is one of the international speakers in Middle East Africa Region.

Prior to Microsoft, Çigdem worked in software development at Akbank, a leading Turkish bank, for almost 2 years. At Akbank, she successfully improved the productivity and efficiencies their alternative delivery channels by implementing emerging technologies as part of the banking infrastructure. In her career prior to Akbank, she held positions as a software engineer in several companies in Turkey.

Çigdem holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Computer Science. She likes sailing (she is also one of the members of Microsoft Turkey Sailing Team), contemporary dance and her latest interest is Pilates. Çigdem also has aspirations of pursuing her MBA in the near future.

Çigdem will join us on July 11. Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new ISV DE, so I know you will take some time to introduce yourself to Çigdem and to welcome her to Canada.

In her new role Çigdem will join Ryan Storgaard in our efforts to enhance Canada’s ISV ecosystem. She will focus on Evangelism Wins with targeted/managed ISVs and the competitive recruiting of key ISVs. She will be located in Toronto and will be focused primarily on Central and Eastern Canada.

Congratulations Çigdem and welcome to the Microsoft Canada team!