Executive

Managing Director – Johnny Huynh

Email – director@emug.ca

The Managing Director is ultimately accountable for the success and direction of EMUG. Position is currently held by Johnny Huynh.

Johnny is passionate and expert technical generalist. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, a variety of technical and management certifications, and has a broad range of industry experience. A sample of his experience includes database kernel development, world-class performance benchmarking, system and application integrations, and support management for Fortune 500’s.

Currently, Johnny is a Technical Architect at Alberta Blue Cross, responsible for setting the technology strategies and roadmaps for a wide range of infrastructure initiatives, such as Cloud, Servers & Storage, End-User Computing, and “all things Microsoft”. In his “spare” time, he is a very big advocate of technology education and volunteers at multiple schools through the “Hour of Code” movement, and is a co-founder of DiscoverCodingZone.com, a technology summer camp program for elementary-aged children.

Connect with Johnny on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter

Director of Development – Thomas Rayner

Email – development@emug.ca

The Director of Development is responsible for the development of EMUG through events, speakers, and topics. Position is currently held by Thomas Rayner.

Thomas is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. His background is in Cloud and Datacenter Management, specializing in DevOps, systems and process automation, and PowerShell. Thomas is a prominent international speaker, best-selling author, and instructor covering a vast array of IT topics. Thomas is very active within the technical community and a variety of Microsoft technical and strategic teams.

Thomas graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) three times; for a diploma in Network Engineering Technology (NET), a Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology majoring in Network Management (BAIST), and a Bachelor of Technology majoring in Technology Management (BTech), achieving honors with distinction in all three. Thomas remains actively connected to NAIT as a part-time instructor, and as a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the BAIST program which he has chaired since 2014.

By day, Thomas works for PCL Constructors on their DevOps and Automation team. Thomas enjoys working with a wide variety of different products and technologies, particularly emerging and disruptive technologies and automation-related products. His position with PCL affords him the luxury of facing interesting challenges every day.

Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter

Since April 2015, Thomas is proud to be a Microsoft MVP.

Director of Communication – Paul Rodriguez

Email – prodrig@emug.ca

The Director of Communication is responsible for all direct and social media communications, and website design. Position is currently held by Paul Rodriguez.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Computing Science from the University of Alberta. With over 12 years of IT experience, he has worked in a number of roles, ranging from software developer, database analyst, functional lead, and architect. Paul currently holds various certifications for Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) 9 Certified, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundation, and Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (CobIT) 5 Foundation.

Paul is currently employed with the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta as an IT Security Architect.

Connect with Paul on LinkedIn