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Current Role(s): 
OpenConcept Consulting Inc.

Professional Info

Companies Worked For
Oxfam Canada, Bridgehead, Friends of the Earth
Industries Worked In: 
NGO, Unions, Government, Politics, Business

Personal Info

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Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since 2000, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Mike has been very active in building online campaigns for progressive organizations and politicians in both Canada and the United States. Working with a wide range of organizations, OpenConcept is in a unique position to build community and share the accumulated knowledge from a variety of sectors. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

As a techie at heart, Mike likes to get into the code when he gets the chance. Being familiar with everything from accessibility issues to system administration provides the ability to understand the technological big picture. Being ultimately concerned though about the implementation and implications of the technology he is able to envision how your website can become a much more powerful communications tool for your organization.

Mike has been involved with accessibility issues since the early 1990's and is a strong advocate for standards based design.


Member for
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Drupal Contributions: 

Since 2009, I've contributed to the accessibility enhancements adopted by the Drupal community, including improvements in Drupal 7 core. I've also presented at DrupalCamp Toronto & Montreal and organized meetups and events showcasing Drupal in government. I've played a leadership role in the Ottawa Drupal Users Group and am contributing to our first Drupal Camp.

Areas of Expertise: 
I'm a Drupal 8 Core Accessibility Maintainer and have also contributed to advocacy/campaign tools for NGOs. In moving to Drupal from our own GPL CMS
we've been working to improve Drupal's multi-lingual capability. This is critical to many of our clients who need a fully bilingual or multi-lingual site.
Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon DC 2009
DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon London 2011
DrupalCon Portland 2013
DrupalCon Austin 2014

Contributed to fixing 11 issues in the past 3 months


Drupal Association Organization Member
Drupal Association Individual Member

mgifford helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

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