Mark Gayler

Open Software Evangelist, Microsoft

Mark Gayler is an Open Software Evangelist with Microsoft for more than 8 years. He is responsible for helping customers and partners realize the benefits of adoption and deployment of the Microsoft technology platform, particularly in the areas of open standards, interoperability, Cloud Computing and Open Government. He has worked with many governments and cities on Open Government and open data initiatives in Canada, USA, Eastern and Western Europe, and Latin America.

Mark is a subject matter expert in the use of information technology for Open Government and Open Data initiatives and is passionate about governments getting the best out of technology to benefit citizens and public services.

Mark relocated from the UK to Canada in 2007 and currently resides in Vancouver with his wife and daughter. Prior to his current role, Mark was a government technology strategist for Microsoft Canada and previously was manager of the technology specialist team for Microsoft Public Sector in UK.

Before joining Microsoft, Mark spent over 15 years in IT Consulting building global Enterprise IT solutions for blue-chip customers including Swissair, European Patent Office, United Nations, and Delta Air Lines.

Mark was educated in Canada and UK and holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys skiing and scuba diving and recently survived hurtling around the Whistler Sliding Centre at 100Km/h on a tea tray.