2011/2012 Season

The Software Quality Discussion Group will be meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from September to June. Sessions are one hour in length and run from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Doors will be open at 11:30 am and sessions start at 12:00 pm SHARP, so please be on time. Remember that all sessions are free but we require advance registration by RSVP. For those sessions that have been sponsored, refreshments and a light lunch are provided free of charge.


The theme for the 2011/2012 season is "Discussion". This season we are refocusing on the discussion aspect of the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group and have scheduled a series of engaging sessions to encourage audience participation.

Event Schedule

Our events include introductory and advanced sessions, discussion groups, debate panels, networking events and planning meetings. Occassionally, we host vendor presentations. The schedule for this season is as follows:

Advanced Better Software Testing through University/Industry Collaborations
Vahid Garousi, Univeristy of Calgary


Event Passed
Advanced Testing Mobile Applications
Jonathan Kohl, Kohl Concepts Inc.


Event Passed
Networking Annual Networking Event
James Joyce Pub, Downtown Calgary

Event Sponsors:
Sabina Fabbian, Newton's Flaws Inc.
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.
Janet Hykaway


Event Passed
Advanced A Personal Kanban for Exploratory Testers
Adam Geras


Event Passed
Discussion Group "Do Testers Need to be Technical?" Discussion Group
Attendee Participation


Event Passed
Advanced Quality Processes in Agile Projects
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.


Event Passed
Discussion Panel "Reducing the Cost of Software Testing" Discussion Panel
  • Marianne Murray
  • Bryan Schultz, System Quality Specialists
  • Art Thiessen
  • Vedran Tomasir


Event Passed
Advanced Birthdays, iPods, Happiness, Las Vegas and a Game Show Host
Bryan Schultz, System Quality Specialists


Event Passed
Lightning Talks Lightning Talks on Emerging Trends
  • Gordon Bird
  • Ken Horovatin
  • Lynn McKee, Quality Perspectives
  • Marianne Murray


Event Passed
Debate Panel "To Certify, or Not!" Debate Panel
  • Sherry Heinze, Diversity Consulting Limited
  • Janet Hykaway
  • Rob Irving
  • Nancy Kelln, Unimagined Testing


Event Passed
Advanced How Testers Can Increase Their Value
Manu Sharma


Event Passed
Planning -- CANCELLED --
Annual Planning Session
Beer Revolution, Downtown Calgary


Event Cancelled

** Please note scheduled sessions are subject to change.

Please see the 2011/2012 Event Details page for a listing of the events including presentation abstracts, speaker biographies, and additional event details.


This year's sessions will be held in the Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW.

Meeting Attendance Receipts

The SQDG provides meeting attendance receipts for those who are interested. Please send us an email Email Icon to request a meeting receipt for a specific date and we will gladly provide you with an electronic copy.

Primary Sponsors

Inteqna, www.inteqna.com, provides us with our much needed meeting space for the monthly sessions from September until June. Without Inteqna's support, we would not be able to provide our sessions.

Secondary Sponsors
Monthly Sessions

The SQDG is currently looking for sponsors of the light lunch and refreshments provided at the monthly sessions. Please contact us Email Icon for more information.

Annual Networking Event

The following sponsors have sponsored the 13th Annual SQDG Networking Event. Their support provides the SQDG community with an opportunity to network over good food and great discussions.


The following sponsors support the operations of the SQDG including our domain registration, web hosting, website design, content and newsletter mailings.

Thank you to all our 2011/2012 sponsors, we greatly appreciate your support.

2011/2012 Season
Be a Speaker

Speaker ImageInterested in presenting? We are currently accepting abstracts for the 2012/2013 season.

Check out the Be a Speaker page for more details on speaking for the SQDG.

Past Events