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Free SharePoint Conference in Toronto

June 26, 2009 by Ruven Gotz

You want to attend one of the big conferences this year, don’t you? You want to hear SharePoint experts speak so that you can get great new ideas and you like bumping into fellow SharePointers for networking and fun.


Justifying $500 - 1,000 for airfare, $300 - 600 for food and hotel and more than $1,000 for the registration fee just won’t fit your departments (or your personal) budget?


If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you have a fantastic option coming up very soon. On July 11th, there is going to be a FREE conference in Toronto. This is put on by the community (i.e. unpaid SharePoint experts). Microsoft is lending us their meeting rooms at their head office in Mississauga.


If you think that you’ll be getting any less of an experience than you would at a ‘big’ conference take a look at who’s talking:

Bill Brockbank  - MVP Reza Alirezaei - MVP, Author, International Conference Speaker Rob Windsor - MVP, International Conference Speaker

The co-author of Professional Microsoft® SharePoint® 2007 Design by Wrox Publishing, Coskun Cavusoglu will be there and others that I’ve seen speak before include Kanwal Khipple, and Shai Petel.

And, of course, me! You can see me here for free, or you can pay to see me speak at the Best Practices conference in Washington in August. I’ll be presenting my talk on MindMapping for the Information Architect, which was rated 3rd out of 75 sessions by attendees at the February Best Practices conference in San Diego.

See the complete list of speakers on the site.


Hear some of the best in the business; get all the knowledge and networking that you need and want; get a free lunch (yes, it does exist); and, like the guy on the ING Direct ad says: “Save your money”.

I hope I’ll see you there!

Register on-line at:

Written by Ruven Gotz

Ruven Gotz is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution.

Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture” (Apress).

Ruven lives in Toronto, Canada. On Tuesday nights in the summer, you’ll find him racing his 24’ sailboat ‘In the Groove’.

(NOTE: Ideas and opinions on this blog are my own: I am not representing my employer.)

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