My name is Mike Conley, and I work on the best web browser in the world.

In 2009, I completed an Honours B.Sc, graduating with distinction while doubling in Computer Science and Drama.  In 2010, I completed my M.Sc in the Software Engineering group at the University of Toronto Department of Computer Science.  My research paper was on using peer code review as a teaching tool. My supervisor was Dr. Greg Wilson.

I am currently working as a software developer for Mozilla Corp on the Firefox web browser for desktop. I also periodically contribute to the Thunderbird e-mail client.

If it’s not obvious, I’m a fan of open-source software.  In my spare time, I mentor students hacking on Review Board (on which I also did my GSoC).

For 2008-2009, I was the Assistant Technical Director at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse at UofT for the University College Drama Program.

I’ve worked for three summers as an internal web application developer for the District School Board of Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario, and I very rarely dabble in freelance web development.

I have a passion for theater, music, programming, and giving the audience (or user) an enjoyable and intuitive experience.  I’m a huge Peanuts fan, I love dogs, and can’t stand seafood.

In 2004, I co-wrote, co-directed, acted in, and designed sound / music for a multiple award-winning play called Zeemo and Fuft: Spacetronauts.  The play reached the provincial showcase for the Sears Drama Festival, and was presented at the IDEA 2004 World Congress in Ottawa.

I’ve played guitar since I was five years old, and I play and sing backup vocals in a band called The Johnson Report.  Check us out if you have a moment:

There’s lots more to tell, and I’ll eventually put it here.  Until then, courage.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Ryan Cooley

    so…I’m the first person to make a comment? as far as i can see…YES.
    well, great…blog…mike.
    love it.
    love you.

  2. Rob

    Keep up the good work Mike. Thunderbird works great for our 200+ staff. It is a reliable and great product.
    Thanks Rob

  3. Karen Conley

    I came across your blog while I was searching Firefox’s add-on list and noticed we have the same last name. Well my curiosity has gotten the best of me and I wonder if we could be related? my Dad’s family came from Ireland to Canada and then down to Michigan. My Dad has a brother named Michael and he has a son with the same name. So what is my point you ask? LOL, umm I do not really have one except Hey cuz!!! I like your blog and what an impressive resume you have, very talented it seems. Well, I guess that is all I wanted to say. If by some crazy chance we are related lets catch each other up on the family status. However, if we are not then I wish you well. Take care.

    Ciao Karen Conley

  4. Mike Post author

    Hello Karen!

    My grandfather is from out west – Saskatchewan, I believe. I don’t really know much more beyond that.

    If we’re related, I’d have to say it’s probably a distant relationship. But it’s hard for me to tell – I don’t have a very comprehensive family tree on my Dad’s father’s side.

    Thanks for commenting!


  5. Carti

    Hi, Mike! You don’t know me and I don’t know you, and I’m not sure how your blog was a search result for “Mike Davis California” but I clicked anyway and found out about your research paper. I downloaded it and really enjoyed it. Not sure I have a point here other than congrats and good luck in the future.


  6. Mike Post author

    Hey Carti! Thanks for reading and enjoying my research paper. 🙂 Now I know of at least 3 people who have read it! 😀

    Thanks for commenting,


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