2020 was a year of many challenges and changes for all of us. However, I have always believed that every challenge is an opportunity for growth if you choose to face that challenge.

The MS Excel Toronto Meetup Group started the year by delivering content once a month to the members who could join us at a location in Toronto. When the pandemic times began, we decided to move the sessions from in-person to online. This decision alone offered us the opportunity to learn many new things, starting with how to operate Microsoft Teams for meetings and live events. After that, we needed to streamline our system to make it easier to manage all the steps that lead to a new session, from the moment we approach a potential speaker to when we have the pleasure of bringing everyone together to learn from our presenter.

During this journey, I am proud to say that we ran 22 sessions, with the help of 24 fabulous speakers and the support of our dear members (aka “Excel Lovers.”) The MS Excel Toronto Meetup Group went from about 200 members in January 2020 to over 1400 as of today!

When I look at the collection of photos of all the experts who so generously offered their time and knowledge to the community, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude. A big thank you to each one of you who joined our community, attended our sessions and shared your thoughts with us.

I wish to extend a special thank you to Dick Moffat and Vivek Patel, who have accompanied me on this journey since the beginning. I also would like to thank Gráinne Duggan, who has been helping us with valuable feedback since the first session and building the chapters list for each session video recording so that our YouTube channel visitors can find the content they need faster.

For the records here is the list of all the 2020 sessions:

 

Session TitleMeetUp PageYoutube LinkPresenterLinkedIn Profile
Dick Moffat’s Best Practices for Spreadsheet DesignLinkDick MoffatLink
Modern automation in Excel with Power AutomateLinkJohn MacDougallLink
Excel add-ins development with JavaScriptLinkNilesh ShahLink
Dynamic Arrays & your New Favourite Function: FILTER!LinkLinkAlan MurrayLink
8 Quick Tips on Power QueryLinkLinkOz du SoleilLink
Integrating Excel with AI Builder to Leverage the Power of Image RecognitionLinkLinkDenis MolodtsovLink
Integrating Azure Machine learning with Excel to build Predictive ModelsL