21 Canadians to follow on Twitter #CanadaDay

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Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a list of Canadians in open source to follow on Twitter.

Special thanks to my Canadian friends Diane Mueller, John Van Ostrand, and Dru Lavigne for helping compile this list. [Note: 21 and counting, thanks to additions in the comments and on Twitter.]

  1. David Ascher | @davidascher
    Follower count: 2,731
    Twitter bio: VP Product @ Mozilla Foundation; Before that, Mozilla Labs, Mozilla WebFWD; always thinking about product opportunities for Mozilla
    Vancouver, BC
    blog.ascher.ca
  2. Pauline Barmby | @PBarmby
    Follower count: 589
    Twitter bio: Too many galaxies; too many hobbies. No time to make official Western U tweets.
    London, Ontario, Canada
    physics.uwo.ca/~pbarmby
  3. Tim Bray | @timbray
    Follower count: 32.8K
    Twitter bio: Web geek with a camera.
    Vancouver!
    tbray.org/ongoing/
  4. Angie Byron | @webchick
    Follow count: 15K
    Twitter bio: Herder of cats. @Drupal core committer. Director of Community Development for @Acquia. @OReillyMedia author. @DrupalAssoc. Mom. Wife. Queer. Nerd. Gamer.
    Vancouverish, BC
    webchick.net
  5. Luke Closs | @lukec
    Follower count: 1,270
    Twitter bio: An internet toolsmith doing his best to serve others. Founder & CTO of Recollect.net
    Vancouver, BC
    luk.ec
  6. David Eaves| @daeaves
    Follower count: 9,110
    Twitter bio: Connecting: open innovation, data, public service renewal, public policy, open-source, & gov 2.0 with negotiation, collaboration, life, fun & rockband drumming
    Vancouver, BC
    eaves.ca
  7. Mike Gifford | @mgifford
    Follower count: 4,988
    Twitter bio: President OpenConcept Consulting - Drupal 8 Core Accessibility Maintainer - Free Software Advocate - Father - Feminist - Quaker - Prolific Photographer
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    openconcept.ca
  8. Jeff Griffiths | @canuckistani
    Follower count: 1,299
    Twitter bio: Web hacker / Product Manager for Firefox Developer Tools
    Vancouver, BC
    canuckistani.ca
  9. Emma Jane Hogbin Westby | @emmajanehw
    Follower count: 5,235
    Twitter bio: Beekeeper, project manager, recovering developer, feminist, Scotch drinker, crafty advocate, and small town champion. Author of Git for Teams.
    England (formerly Canada)
    gitforteams.com
  10. TJ Holowaychuk | @tjholowaychuk
    Follower count: 23.5k
    Twitter bio: Code. Photography. Art. @tj on Github, working with team @segment.
    Victoria BC
    tjholowaychuk.com
  11. Leigh Honeywell | @hypatiadotca
    Follower count: 14.2K
    Twitter bio: 'pretty close to top of my list of people to give the keys to the orbital nuke cannon to' --@benjammingh. Security at @slackhq. Icon by @kivabay.
    San Francisco, CA [editor's note: Leigh is from Toronto, currently living in SF]
    hypatia.ca/about
  12. David Humphrey | @humphd
    Follower count: 2,344
    Twitter bio: Believer, Husband, Dad, Writer, Birder, CS Prof @ Seneca College, Mozilla Firefox Developer, JavaScript, Squash Player.
    Rural Ontario
    blog.humphd.org
  13. Emma Irwin | @sunnydeveloper
    Follower count: 1,209
    Twitter bio: Participation Designer @Benetech, Mozilla Rep #FOSS #OpenEd Web Dev, Mom above all other things
    #Sooke BC Canada
    tiptoes.ca
  14. Allan Jude | @allanjude
    Follower count: 3,974
    Twitter bio: FreeBSD Server Admin, Scalability Expert, Host of TechSNAP.tv and BSDNow.tv Podcasts
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    scaleengine.com
  15. Leif Madsen | @leifmadsen
    Follower count: 1,707
    Twitter bio: Co-author of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony and Asterisk: The Definitive Guide. Director of Product Development for AVOXI.
    ÜT: 43.521809,-79.698364 [Caledon, Ontario, Canada]
    leifmadsen.com
  16. Mark Mayo | @mmayo
    Follower count: 1,388
    Twitter bio: VP Firefox @Mozilla. Helped make node.js and SmartOS happen as former CTO of Joyent. Yes, I've still got the vmunix blues.
    Vancouver? San Francisco?
  17. Andy McKay | @andymckay
    Follower count: 989
    Twitter bio: Engineering Manager at Mozilla. Neophyte at Life.
    Vancouver, Canada
    mckay.pub
  18. Diane Mueller | @pythondj
    Follower count: 4,880
    Twitter bio: Director, Community Development @ Red Hat for @OpenShift; developer of @DiscoverTotems; founder of @GetMakered.
    Vancouver, BC
    commons.openshift.org/#join
  19. Colin Percival | @cperciva
    Follower count: 6,068
    Twitter bio: Computer Scientist, FreeBSD Security Officer Emeritus, and author of Tarsnap.
    Burnaby, BC, Canada
    daemonology.net/blog/
  20. Mark Surman | @msurman
    Follower count: 6,480
    Twitter bio: City geek. Gadget freak. Father. Cyclist. Facilitation nerd. Community nut. Culture hacker. Executive director @Mozilla.
    Toronto
    commonspace.wordpress.com
  21. Roland Tanglao | @rtanglao
    Follower count: 2,848
    Twitter bio: create compelling content constantly! - do it!
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    rolandtanglao.com
  22. Greg Wilson | @gvwilson
    Follower count: 2,833
    Twitter bio: A lot of my stories aren't true, but this is a true story.
    Toronto, Ontario
    third-bit.com
  23. Mike Milinkovich | @mmilinkov
    Follower count: 3,474
    Twitter bio: Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. Director of the Open Source Initiative. Open source, travel and hockey. Based in Ottawa, Canada
    mmilinkov.wordpress.com
  24. Ian Skerrett | @IanSkerrett
    Follower count: 4,969
    Twitter bio: Vice President of Marketing and Ecosystem at the Eclipse Foundation; Thinking how open source will change M2M and Internet of Things.
    Ottawa
    ianskerrett.wordpress.com
  25. Dick Hardt | @DickHardt
    Follower count: 5,116
    Twitter bio: Entrepreneur, public speaker, Identity 2.0 promoter, crazy monkey and @Bubbler founder.
    San Francisco [from canada]
    DickHardt.org
  26. Zak Greant | @zakgreant
    Follower count: 719
    Twitter bio: Cook. Electronic frontierist. Magnolian. Jack of all trades.
    Vancouver, Canada
    zak.greant.com
  27. Sean Kerner | @TechJournalist

    Follower count: 9,147

    Twitter bio: IT consultant, technology user, tinkerer and sometimes Klingon

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Did we leave one of your favorite Canadians in open source off our list? Let us know who in the comments.

Rikki Endsley is the Developer Program managing editor at Red Hat, and a former community architect and editor for Opensource.com.

8 Comments

Great list. If I could be so bold to offer one more...

Mike Milinkovich | @mmilinkov
Follower count: 3,474
Twitter bio: Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. Director of the Open Source Initiative. Open source, travel and hockey. Based in Ottawa, Canada

Nice addition, Patrick!
Also got this via the @OpenSourceOrg account: How about OSI Director & @EclipseFdn Ex. Dir. @mmilinkov

@IanSkerrett at Eclipse
@DickHardt (even though he has escaped our borders)
@zakgreant caring and feeding open source in Vancouver

Added to the list (which is no longer at 21, or alphabetized). Thanks for the suggestions!

Dan Langille @DLangille, author of FreeBSD Diary and creator of the BSDCan conference and FreshPorts website.

Judd Vinet @juddv - the creator of Arch Linux

Dru Lavigne (@bsdevents) | Twitter
Dru Lavigne is a network and systems administrator, IT instructor, technical writer and director at FreeBSD Foundation. She is also Community Manager for both the PC-BSD and FreeNAS projects and principal author / executive editor of most of the documentation for both projects.

in honor of it being canada day i am going to bathe in bagged milk and maple syrup.
Happy Canada Day!!!

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