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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 and President of OpenConcept Consulting Inc., a web development agency specializing in the Drupal software, and a Benefit corporation. The company has over 16 years of experience in architecting secure, scalable, inclusive and sustainable solutions for the non-for-profit, public and private sectors, as well as an historic engagement in striving to build a better Internet using open-source software.

Pushed by a desire to build better and more inclusive software, Mike has been involved with accessibility since the beginning of the 90s. He has spearheaded accessibility improvements in Drupal since 2008, and officially became Drupal’s Core Accessibility Maintainer in 2012. 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.


On for 12 years 7 months

Over 100 edits

Documentation guides

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

Credited on 29 issues fixed in the past 1 year


Drupal Association Organization Member
Drupal Association Individual Member

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

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I contributed Drupal patches
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I contributed Drupal documentation
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I contributed Automated tests
I help in the Drupal support forums
I provide Drupal-related services
I give support on IRC
I help mentor new contributors