Meet Seb.

Seb Barre is a seasoned staff engineer with nearly 30 years of experience in software development. His career spans a variety of roles, including startup ventures, freelance tech leadership, and digital consulting. He is currently at TELUS Digital, serving as both a staff developer and digital platform product lead. At TELUS, he is part of a large team responsible for the company's key digital channels, including their website and mobile app. Known for his ability to evolve his role and responsibilities over the years, Seb continues to contribute significantly to the tech industry, particularly in guiding career growth for developers.

Class Description

In Seb's talk, he takes you on a personal journey through his career, beginning as a developer and addressing a common challenge faced by many technical professionals: the fear of losing technical skills when aspiring to advance into management roles. Seb delves into the various career paths available, both technical and non-technical, illustrating that this fear doesn’t need to be a barrier.

Through his own experiences and perspective, Seb will inspire you to embrace career growth opportunities without compromising technical expertise, ultimately highlighting that there are numerous avenues for personal and professional development in the ever-evolving landscape of the technology industry.


Seb Barre is an accomplished technology leader. His career is characterized by a commitment to innovation, a keen understanding of the evolving tech landscape, and a passion for driving excellence in all endeavors. Seb started his career as a software developer, but learned to code much earlier when his dad brought home a computer and he started coding at the age of 8. Fast forward to today, Seb is an accomplished Staff Engineer leading a team at TELUS. 

UI/UX Design
Technical Project Leadership
Product Development
Software Development
Product Management
University of Ottawa
Director of Technology
Havas Canada
Tech Solutions Consultant, Digital Review Board
TELUS Digital
Head of Product
Software & Technology Consulting
Digital Platform Product Lead / Staff Engineering
TELUS Digital