ABOUT TND

About True North Dreamin

True North Dreamin is a community led event for Salesforce professionals, and for those who are interested in learning more about Salesforce. TND will be a two day event with multiple tracks of content, keynote speakers, networking, and an awesome Canadian time that you will not want to miss!

TND is organized, run and delivered by people from within the Salesforce community. This is a not-for-profit event that we can only bring to you because of the generosity of our sponsors. The purpose is to bring us all together and to give everyone access to the best content available to help educate and provide value for everyone.

The event will occur from noon on July 11th to the evening of 12th, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. During these days we will have satellite events on each coast, in Vancouver, British Columbia and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

We plan on having this conference in a different Canadian city (and region) each year. While Canada has less people than the state of California, we have the second largest country on the globe. As such, we want to ensure that we share our many different areas with each other (and all of you too!). This is why we are named “True North Dreamin” and not a city. True North is taken from our national anthem - “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!”


The Organization Team

Our organization team are the volunteers who are bringing True North Dreamin to you in 2019. Just as Canada is, we are a widespread team with members from the East, Central Canada and the West. A fun fact - Aiden in St. John’s, Newfoundland is only 3,750 kilometres from London, England. If he was visiting our Vancouver members (Aleks and Zoe) in person, he would need to travel 5,025 kilometres!

Zarina Varley Scott Lindsay, ON   Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Zarina has been working in the Salesforce ecosystem since the end of 2017. With a background in the music industry, administration, and IT, she is a Certified Administrator and currently works for a Toronto based Mid-Market private equity firm. Zarina is also a Trailhead Ranger, the leader of the Toronto Women In Tech User Group and a Lightning Champion. She also plays the trumpet at a professional level, and loves all things superhero related.   # of Provinces Visited : 4   Favourite toppings for poutine : Bacon   Favourite superhero:  Wonder Woman   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  Appy

Zarina Varley Scott
Lindsay, ON

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Zarina has been working in the Salesforce ecosystem since the end of 2017. With a background in the music industry, administration, and IT, she is a Certified Administrator and currently works for a Toronto based Mid-Market private equity firm. Zarina is also a Trailhead Ranger, the leader of the Toronto Women In Tech User Group and a Lightning Champion. She also plays the trumpet at a professional level, and loves all things superhero related.

# of Provinces Visited: 4

Favourite toppings for poutine: Bacon

Favourite superhero: Wonder Woman

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Appy

Sarah Deutsch Thornton Ottawa, ON   Salesforce changed Sarah's life... completely. From driving a forklift to finding her husband at Dreamforce, it's been a heckuva decade. Mom of three, and a Salesforce Solutions Lead specializing in Public Sector  and  Non Profits, this native Floridian still sings every time she sees snow.   # of Provinces Visited : 3   Favourite toppings for poutine :  Grilled onions, extra curds, light on the gravy, side of ketchup (I’ll have what she’s having)   Favourite superhero:  General Organa   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  Codey

Sarah Deutsch Thornton
Ottawa, ON

Salesforce changed Sarah's life... completely. From driving a forklift to finding her husband at Dreamforce, it's been a heckuva decade. Mom of three, and a Salesforce Solutions Lead specializing in Public Sector and Non Profits, this native Floridian still sings every time she sees snow.

# of Provinces Visited: 3

Favourite toppings for poutine:
Grilled onions, extra curds, light on the gravy, side of ketchup (I’ll have what she’s having)

Favourite superhero: General Organa

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Codey

Scott Thornton Ottawa, ON   Once upon a time, he fell in love with Salesforce and later found love at Dreamforce. Salesforce has been part of Scott's life in some fashion for a decade, going from enthusiast to consultant to admin. A self-identified technology geek, he loves to build things with clicks, all things #askforce, and enthusiastically golfing rather poorly.   # of Provinces Visited : 10 + 1 Territory   Favourite toppings for poutine : Fries, curds and gravy are all you need   Favourite superhero:  Beast   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  SaaSy

Scott Thornton
Ottawa, ON

Once upon a time, he fell in love with Salesforce and later found love at Dreamforce. Salesforce has been part of Scott's life in some fashion for a decade, going from enthusiast to consultant to admin. A self-identified technology geek, he loves to build things with clicks, all things #askforce, and enthusiastically golfing rather poorly.

# of Provinces Visited: 10 + 1 Territory

Favourite toppings for poutine: Fries, curds and gravy are all you need

Favourite superhero: Beast

Favourite SFDC Mascot: SaaSy

 
Nik Panter Ottawa, ON   Known for his cloud suit at Dreamforce, Nik has been helping companies implement Salesforce since 2006. Nik has eight certifications, is the user group leader for the Ottawa Nonprofit User Group, and has been named a Salesforce MVP since 2011 (a truly humbling honour). Along with work, Nik loves to follow his Toronto Maple Leafs, listen to and attend concerts with his wife Steph, and try to not say sorry on a regular basis.   # of Provinces Visited : All 10, 1 Territory   Favourite toppings for poutine : I’m a purist   Favourite superhero:  Deadpool   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  Meta

Nik Panter
Ottawa, ON

Known for his cloud suit at Dreamforce, Nik has been helping companies implement Salesforce since 2006. Nik has eight certifications, is the user group leader for the Ottawa Nonprofit User Group, and has been named a Salesforce MVP since 2011 (a truly humbling honour). Along with work, Nik loves to follow his Toronto Maple Leafs, listen to and attend concerts with his wife Steph, and try to not say sorry on a regular basis.

# of Provinces Visited: All 10, 1 Territory

Favourite toppings for poutine: I’m a purist

Favourite superhero: Deadpool

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Meta

Aleksandra Radovanovic Vancouver, BC   Aleksandra is 3X certified Salesforce Solution Designer. She has been working in Salesforce ecosystem for 5+ years with her main focus being data architecture, business solution design and automation processes. She loves being part of Ohana and tries to give back by answering questions in Trailblazer community, doing webinars and live presentations for Salesforce user groups. In addition, she is Vancouver Admin Group co-leader, Lightning Champion, Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology member, Equality advocate, and, Trailhead Ranger.   # of Provinces Visited : 3   Favourite toppings for poutine :  Caramelized Onions   Favourite superhero:  Doctor Strange   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  Earnie

Aleksandra Radovanovic
Vancouver, BC

Aleksandra is 3X certified Salesforce Solution Designer. She has been working in Salesforce ecosystem for 5+ years with her main focus being data architecture, business solution design and automation processes. She loves being part of Ohana and tries to give back by answering questions in Trailblazer community, doing webinars and live presentations for Salesforce user groups. In addition, she is Vancouver Admin Group co-leader, Lightning Champion, Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology member, Equality advocate, and, Trailhead Ranger.

# of Provinces Visited: 3

Favourite toppings for poutine:
Caramelized Onions

Favourite superhero: Doctor Strange

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Earnie

Zoe Jong Vancouver, BC   Zoe has been a part of the Salesforce community for over 10 years and has been running the Vancouver, BC Trailblazer Community Group for the past three. She believes in the power of the community as the best way to grow with the platform and has been entirely self-taught from the "google academy of community users" to blaze her own trails. In her spare time, she plays Canada's national sport (Lacrosse) with the Vancouver team and takes part in the normal BC pastimes of hiking, kayaking, and complaining about the weather.   # of Provinces Visited : 3   Favourite toppings for poutine : Pulled Pork   Favourite superhero:  Groot   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  Cloudy

Zoe Jong
Vancouver, BC

Zoe has been a part of the Salesforce community for over 10 years and has been running the Vancouver, BC Trailblazer Community Group for the past three. She believes in the power of the community as the best way to grow with the platform and has been entirely self-taught from the "google academy of community users" to blaze her own trails. In her spare time, she plays Canada's national sport (Lacrosse) with the Vancouver team and takes part in the normal BC pastimes of hiking, kayaking, and complaining about the weather.

# of Provinces Visited: 3

Favourite toppings for poutine: Pulled Pork

Favourite superhero: Groot

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Cloudy

 
Adam Daw Ottawa, ON   Adam has been working on the Salesforce platform since 2008. He runs the Ottawa Salesforce Developer User Group, and has a great love for all things code! He really wants you to tell him about your jankiest Salesforce hack!   # of Provinces Visited : 6   Favourite toppings for poutine : The only acceptable toppings are cheese curds and proper brown gravy. More cheese curds is ok.   Favourite superhero:  Tony Stark/Iron Man   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  Codey

Adam Daw
Ottawa, ON

Adam has been working on the Salesforce platform since 2008. He runs the Ottawa Salesforce Developer User Group, and has a great love for all things code! He really wants you to tell him about your jankiest Salesforce hack!

# of Provinces Visited: 6

Favourite toppings for poutine: The only acceptable toppings are cheese curds and proper brown gravy. More cheese curds is ok.

Favourite superhero: Tony Stark/Iron Man

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Codey

Aiden Martin St. John’s, NL   Aiden has been working with Salesforce since 2003 and discovered the Salesforce community when it was a Yahoo group. He’s the founder and leader of the Newfoundland Community Group and a frequent contributor to the HUB Office hours.  He’s 5 times certified and has been lucky enough to be a Salesforce MVP since 2011.   # of Provinces Visited : 5   Favourite toppings for poutine : I prefer chips, dressing and gravy.   Favourite superhero:  Colossus   Favourite SFDC Mascot:  SaaSy

Aiden Martin
St. John’s, NL

Aiden has been working with Salesforce since 2003 and discovered the Salesforce community when it was a Yahoo group. He’s the founder and leader of the Newfoundland Community Group and a frequent contributor to the HUB Office hours.

He’s 5 times certified and has been lucky enough to be a Salesforce MVP since 2011.

# of Provinces Visited: 5

Favourite toppings for poutine: I prefer chips, dressing and gravy.

Favourite superhero: Colossus

Favourite SFDC Mascot: SaaSy

Francis Delusong Toronto, ON   Francis is a Certified Salesforce Administrator and is a Manager within Accenture’s Salesforce Business Group. He has been working with the platform since 2008 and has been leading the Toronto Administrators Group for over 5 years. He believes in the value the community groups bring to Salesforce customers and enjoys bringing together like-minded CRM professionals to network, learn and share experiences on the platform.  Francis is also a self-proclaimed Minecraft master builder, an avid Toronto Raptors fan and enjoys 90’s hip hop.   # of Provinces Visited : 5   Favourite toppings for poutine : I believe in keeping the original form of Poutine. Curds and Gravy.   Favourite superhero : Wolverine   Favourite SFDC Mascot : Astro – He’s the OG

Francis Delusong
Toronto, ON

Francis is a Certified Salesforce Administrator and is a Manager within Accenture’s Salesforce Business Group. He has been working with the platform since 2008 and has been leading the Toronto Administrators Group for over 5 years. He believes in the value the community groups bring to Salesforce customers and enjoys bringing together like-minded CRM professionals to network, learn and share experiences on the platform.

Francis is also a self-proclaimed Minecraft master builder, an avid Toronto Raptors fan and enjoys 90’s hip hop.

# of Provinces Visited: 5

Favourite toppings for poutine: I believe in keeping the original form of Poutine. Curds and Gravy.

Favourite superhero: Wolverine

Favourite SFDC Mascot: Astro – He’s the OG

 

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