About

Stéphane Boisvert is a French-Canadian international speaker who works as Director of Engineering for XWP helping build a better web at enterprise scale.

Formerly Director of Technology for WordPress.com VIP, Stéphane worked on some of the world’s largest sites, spending his time helping clients with architectural decisions, reviewing code for security and ensuring performance for over 5 billion pageviews a month across thousands of sites. Stéphane is available for WordPress consulting engagements.

Civic duty is really important to Stéphane which is why he spent a year and a half working for the Canadian Digital Service, who’s mission is to Change Government to Serve People Better. There he led the Healthcare Integration team for COVID Alert, started and lead an SRE team, introduced engineering best practices and was the technical spokesperson for COVID Alert to media and parliamentarians.

Previously, while working for the Liberal Party of Canada, Stéphane lead the web team. He lead the creation of a 600 site WordPress multi-site and helped introduce modern online fundraising to the Canadian political system. He designed and engineered a new payment processing and data management workflow that processed over 5 million dollars a year. These innovations as well as those brought to contact acquisition, email fundraising and online activism were quickly adopted by other political parties and NGOs in Canada. His greatest accomplishment from his time working in politics is the small role he played in helping the Liberal Party of Canada adopt Net Neutrality as a party policy.

With two decades of experience working on the web, specializing in PHP, MySQL, Javascript, and WordPress, Stéphane is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences on subject ranging from code security and performance, mental health, and the intersection of politics and technology.

One subject close to Stéphane’s heart is mental health. When possible, he educates and speaks about the challenges of mental health in the twenty-first century work environment. In addition, he advocates for both a national pharmacare plan, and a guaranteed minimum income.

Stéphane believes that mentorship is key to making the world a better place and has such has developed a mentorship program at WordPress.com VIP and participates as a big brother. He was previously co-chair of Basic Income Canada Network.

Stéphane grew up in Ste-Anne, Manitoba and now lives in the Ottawa, Ontario region.