The Canadian Public Broadcaster On A Diet: Slimming Down For A Whole Nation

Barbara Bermes (OANDA), Blake Crosby (Fastly)
Mobile Performance, Grand Ballroom ABCD
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With over 5 million pages, is one of Canadas largest web
properties. Delivering this content on multiple platforms as efficiently
and cost effectively as possible is a constant challenge at CBC.

We’d like to share our experiences with the Velocity community on the
following key areas:

  • Challenges faced with trying to adopt a culture of performance.
  • Incorporating both Front End and Back End optimizations (they go hand
    in hand)
  • Developing a hybrid framework for mobile devices.
  • Balancing 3rd party code with performance.
  • Measuring success of performance improvements.

This talk is well suited for any organization that needs to increase
their web performance on a shoestring. CBC is a publicly funded
organization and operating costs are always front of mind.


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Barbara Bermes


Barbara oversees the development of OANDA’s next-generation APIs. She acts as the internal and external evangelist for the API product suite as well as OANDA’s developer community. Prior to joining OANDA, Barbara worked as senior architect and performance advocate at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where she focused on mobile web development and performance optimization. She holds a BSc from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Barbara is an international speaker, a contributor of jsmanners and the organizer of the Toronto Web Performance Meetup Group.

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Blake Crosby


Blake has been apart of the CBC team for over ten years working in the fast paced news and media environment. During this time he has kept one of Canada’s most important websites available during major news events. His intimate knowledge of internet trends ensures that CBC stays ahead of the curve with emerging technologies.


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