The Social Summit is thrilled to be hosting
the following esteemed speakers:

The Social Summit 2015 Presenters

KEYNOTES

Lauren Toyota - The Social Summit

LAUREN TOYOTA
Host, influencer, content producer, vegan blogger, YouTuber

As one of Canada's most recognizable media voices, Lauren has made a name for herself as an inspirational, influential voice of a generation. With armies of social audiences hanging on her every word, Lauren is now living the dream as her very own modern day media outlet, having seamlessly transitioned from close to 10 years as a national television host to independent, self-made content producer for more than eight successful social channels. From YouTube to Twitter to SnapChat, with hundreds of thousands of combined followers, fans and subscribers, Toyota has truly mastered the art of selling a brand, without selling out.
hot for food youtube @hotforfoodblog | twitter @laurentoyota | insta @laurentoyota | youtube @laurentoyota 


The Social Summit - Leslie Church

LESLIE CHURCH
Head of communications and public affairs, Google Canada 

For the past three years, Leslie has been leading Google's global communications and public affairs work across their Canadian teams and offices, including media relations and partnerships, community investment, and special projects supporting Google's contributions to innovation, technology, and the growth of Canadian businesses and creators online. Google+ @LeslieChurchCA | tweet @lesliechurch | blog @GoogleCanada  | linkedin @leslie-church


SPECIAL GUEST

Cam Gordon Twitter - The Social Summit

CAM GORDON
Communications lead, Twitter Canada

A Canadian industry veteran with more than a decade of experience in public relations, social media and digital communications, Cam is the communications lead for Twitter Canada and a member of the company's global public relations team. Cam spent 10+ years prior to Twitter working for two of Canada's most well-respected communications firms, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and High Road Communications, working on top clients such as LG Electronics, Canon, Disney, 3M and American Express. Cam has also worked closely with many of Canada's most well-known brands such as Canada Goose, TELUS and Spin Master. tweet @cam_gordon | blog @Twitter Canada


PRESENTERS

Mike Morrison

MIKE MORRISON
Founder, Mike's Bloggity Blog and Calgary by Bike

Mike Morrison is the award-winning writer behind Mike's Bloggity Blog, which averages 50,000 unique visitors a month and covers cool travel stories and Canadian pop culture. He is also the creator of Calgary By Bike, a best selling guide to Calgary's new cycle track network. Morrison is co-founder of The Social Summit, teaches blogging at Mount Royal University and consults with companies big and small on developing social media strategies. www.mikesbloggityblog.comwww.calgarybybike.ca | tweet @mikesbloggity | insta @mikesbloggity


Nancy Smith

NANCY SMITH
Social media manager, Travel Alberta

Nancy is a passionate advocate for social media, and loves to help people discover how it can add to their personal and professional lives. Nancy has worked at Travel Alberta for the past 15 years and currently leads the social media strategy and team, while teaching social media at Mount Royal University and presenting across Canada and internationally. www.nancy-smith.ca | tweet @nsmith | insta @nancy.smith


Kelly Doody

KELLY DOODY
Co-founder and editor-in-chief, Press + Post

Kelly is a journalist-turned-communications practitioner with wide-ranging experience in corporate and consulting environments. Treating each client like today’s top story, Kelly and her Press + Post team provide expert media relations and communications counsel, while breathing life into the digital footprints and social presence of start-ups to super brands from the helm of their newage Newsroom. She is also the proud co-founder of this fab little project called The Social Summit. www.PressAndPost.com | tweet @kelly_doody | insta @kellydoods


Jillian Frechette

JILLIAN FRECHETTE
Director, marketing + creative services, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation 

Jillian leads the largest and most diverse sports marketing portfolio in Western Canada, including the Calgary-based NHL Calgary Flames, CFL Calgary Stampeders, WHL Calgary Hitmen and NLL Calgary Roughnecks as well as two hockey teams south of the border. In her role, Jillian leads all marketing initiatives (brand management, creative development, communications strategy, advertising, digital media, social media) and provides strategic support to sponsor partnerships. Jillian has a passion for complex digital campaigns, built from over 15 years of client and agency experience with major brands such as Nike, Saucony, Labatt, Molson, Skate Canada, NFL Canada, the Buffalo Bills and the Toronto Blue Jays. | tweet @frechettegirl | linkedin @jillian-frechette


Jim Button

JIM BUTTON
Co-founder, Village Brewery; senior strategist, Evans Hunt Group  

For more than 20 years Jim has been a leader in experiential marketing with an emphasis on events, public relations and promotions. At Evans Hunt Group, a digital marketing firm, he helps customers participate in the brands they engage with online. As a founder of Village Brewery, Jim uses beer as a social lubricant where he leverages his many experiences in marketing and building communities to create a more connected Calgary. Prior to Evans Hunt Jim was Vice President, Corporate and Community Affairs at Big Rock Brewery, he co-founded The Event Group and worked at agencies that included Venture Communications, MacLaren:Lintas, Cossette Communications and JWR Advertising. www.villagebrewery.comwww.evanshunt.com | tweet @jimbutton


Kent Wilson The Social Summit

KENT WILSON
Social media strategist, Evans Hunt Group

As the social media strategist for Evans Hunt Group, Kent has helped create, develop and execute social media campaigns for major brands including Shaw Communications, Calgary Co-op and CMLC (East Village Calgary). Kent cut his teeth in the social media realm as the managing editor and director of the Nations Network series of hockey fan sites, which he helped grow into one of the largest independent online sports properties in Canada over the last five years. As a recognized hockey analyst, you may have read Kent's work at the Calgary Herald, the Score, Yahoo Sports and ESPN over the years, and is a regular contributor to FlamesNation.ca. | tweet @kent_wilson | linkedin @kentwilson


Richard Einarson

RICHARD EINARSON
Marketing & digital engagement specialist, Stafraen Digital Marketing

Richard is the Principal of Stafraen Digital Marketing, a venture aimed at helping businesses and non-profits develop and manage über-successful digital marketing and advertising programs. In both 2010 and 2013, Richard was the Digital Communications Director for the highly successful Naheed Nenshi for Mayor campaigns. www.stafraendigital.com | tweet @richardeinarson | linkedin @richardeinarson


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ERNEST BARBARIC
Founder, Ernest Barbaric Digital Marketing

Ernest is a trusted authority on digital and social media marketing. His work has been featured in Forbes, Canadian Business, USA Today, Financial Post, Mashable and Social Media Today among others. He works with leaders, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals to build online authority, increase qualified inbound traffic, improve conversions and develop brand awareness – all through digital marketing. Ernest is a founder of the Social Media for Business program at Mount Royal University. He also developed the Digital Marketing Certificate at the Canadian Marketing Association, and teaches Social Media Strategy at the University of Calgary. www.ernestbarbaric.com | tweet @ebarbaric | insta @ebarbaric


Calin Yablonski

CALIN YABLONSKI
President, Inbound Interactive

Calin is the president of Inbound Interactive, and a seasoned internet marketer specializing in the development of enormously effective search engine optimization, search engine marketing, Google Adwords and social media marketing campaigns. He also happens to have a remarkable way of making it all make sense for the non-SEO savvy. www.inboundinteractive.ca | tweet @calindaniel | linkedin @calin-yablonski


Eric Pye

ERIC PYE
Professional networking strategist; career advisor, CPA Alberta

Eric's background as a teacher, corporate trainer, graduate recruiter, HR manager and (for a brief time) job seeker prepared him well for his current role helping designated accountants and accounting students plan careers and market themselves into fulfilling work. He volunteers as a workshop facilitator with the Calgary Library and various immigrant serving agencies, speaking on a broad range of career and networking topics, including LinkedIn. A self-professed geek, he loves gadgets and spends far too much time on the web and social media. www.cma-alberta.com | tweet @ABCareerCoach | linkedin @ericpye


Richard Bartrem - The Social Summit

RICHARD BARTREM
Vice-president, communications and community relations, Westjet

Richard's roles and responsibilities are manifold WestJet, ranging from internal and external communications, public relations and sponsorship to community investment and creative services. He joined WestJet in 2005 as director, brand and communications. Richard began his career with Unilever in 1988 where, over the next twelve years, he held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Montréal, Halifax, Calgary and Toronto. Richard left Unilever in 2000 and spent five years working for Astral Media in television in Toronto and was responsible for marketing for The Movie Network and Mpix brands. A native of Montréal, Richard now resides in Calgary with his wife and two children. His favourite WestJet destination is Maui and he loves the free snack mix onboard the plane! www.westjet.com | tweet @rbartrem | linkedin @richard-bartrem | Westjet Blog 


Clare LePan Social Summit

CLARE LEPAN
Senior manager, marketing communications, East Village / Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
 
Clare's current role sees her deeply entrenched in the day-to-day communications strategy for the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation – the master developer behind the rejuvenation of Calgary’s East Village, but for more than a decade she has worked in the real estate development industry crafting and launching consumer marketing engagement programs. Clare's work with East Village stems back to 2009 when the master plan vision for the community was still in its infancy. She is responsible for leading the highly successful East Village marketing program which has been integral in helping shift perceptions of the community from a neglected area of downtown to a vibrant urban community. www.evexperience.com | tweet @eastvillageyyc 


Theresa Howland

THERESA HOWLAND
Director, consumer marketing and sales, Calgary Stampede

Theresa Howland joined the Calgary Stampede in 2013 and is the Director, Consumer Marketing and Sales and is responsible for leading the Calgary Stampede marketing efforts. Her team, which includes marketing, tourism, ticket sales, sponsorship and lotteries, is focused on building relationships and promoting the Calgary Stampede brand. Theresa is an experienced marketing professional with over 15 years of diversified experience with senior level positions with ENMAX, Bullfrog Power and TransAlta.  She has been recognized for her professional achievements through Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 award in 2008 as an industry leader for advancing Canada’s renewable energy industry. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary. www.calgarystampede.com | linkedin @theresa-howland | tweet @thyyc


Dawn Bradley

DAWN BRADLEY
Hairstylist, educator and Instagram for business pro

From London to Paris to New York, Dawn has lived, worked and trained all over the globe. Throughout her 14 years as a hairstylist and small business owner, Dawn has always enjoyed marketing and found social media to be a key contributor to her success. After moving to Calgary last year, Dawn began focusing on Instagram as the key factor in building her business. In the past year, Dawn has grown her following to more than 11,000 followers and found herself fully booked with clients. Having expanded her efforts into education, Dawn has now taught all over Canada and throughout the United States. www.dawnbradleyhair.com | insta @dawnbradleyhair | tweet @dawnbradleyhair


Alex K Arcane

ALEXANDRA KOLAR & MATT THOMPSON
Social media director & digital marketing analyst, Arcane

Alex is the social media and content marketing director at Arcane. She has been at the forefront of Arcane’s digital and social evolution, consistently proving success and delivering ROI through integrated content marketing campaigns, and has been integral to the creation and success of digital marketing campaigns with clients such as GoodLife Fitness and Roots Canada. When Alex has time to step away for the digital realm, she's diving into adventures with her dog Scout, or exploring the edges of the world. www.arcane.ws | linkedin @alexandrakolar | tweet @arcanebrand | insta @arcane_digital


Chris Dowsett

CHRIS DOWSETT
Photographer, director, still motion artist

Chris is a commercial photographer and director located in Calgary. His Twitter and website bio simply describe him as a person who loves life and hates onions. He’s been shooting photos for just over eight years and doing high level video work for just over five, which he likes very much. Chris excels in both capturing and producing photo and video work but also has a wide range of knowledge of the practical and technical editing process of each. He specializes in Photoshop compositing in photography as well as motion graphics and creative editing with video. All of these skills help to him to look at iPhone photography in a fun and unique way – knowledge he can hardly wait to share with Social Summit attendees. www.chrisdowsett.com | insta @chrisdowsett | tweet @Chris_Dowsett


Neil Zeller - the social summit

NEIL ZELLER
Professional commercial and lifestyle photographer

Finding inspiration and foundation through his diverse background in corporate sales and marketing, professional photographer Neil Zeller's ability to grasp the unique needs of his clients has made him one of the most sought after photographers in Alberta. When he's not capturing the most compelling sides of corporate Calgary, he's capturing the most incredible views of the city's scenic side, from rolling river valley to iconic Peace Bridge, downtown cityscapes and stunning, sweeping prairie vistas. www.neilzellerphotography.zenfolio.com | tweet @Neil_Zee | facebook @NeilZellerPhotography | insta @neil_zee

Get ready to meet the Industry Insiders...

Each full day of the Summit ends with a 60-minute panel discussion, featuring a slate of the city's most sought-after leaders working as reporters, editors or news directors in print, radio, television and online media, alongside business owners, entrepreneurs and communications experts who've achieved remarkable success in their own right. Collectively, there is no shortage of wisdom and real life experience to share.


November 26 panel - 'The Media'


Roger Kingkade

PANEL HOST: 

ROGER KINGKADE
Host, Kingkade & Breakenridge, News Talk 770

A born and raised Calgarian, Roger has worked in radio in Vancouver and Calgary for more than 15 years. He is currently heard on News Talk 770 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. He has a dog, likes to play golf and is co-founder of the Offcourse Golf app.  www.offcourse.co | tweet @rogerkingkade | podcast @RoRoShow


Julie Van Rosendaal The Social Summit

JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL
Author, CBC radio food columnist, food writer and editor; founder, Dinner With Julie

Julie is the author of seven best-selling cookbooks, and a contributor to many others. She is the food columnist for the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, food editor of Parents Canada magazine and regular columnist and contributor to numerous publications, including Swerve, Avenue, Western Living, the Calgary Herald and City Palate. Julie co-hosted three seasons of the TV series It's Just Food with chef Ned Bell, is a food stylist and writes and photographs her award-winning food blog, which documents real life in her home kitchen. Did we mention she's been hugged by Jamie Oliver? No biggie. www.DinnerWithJulie.com | tweet @dinnerwithjulie | insta @dinnerwithjulie


Bob Sumner

BOB SUMNER
Assignment editor, CTV News

Bob has spent more than 26 years working in television – 11 of those at the editorial assignment desk, and 14 as a professional videographer, with local, provincial, national and international experience. He recently made the move to CTV after 25 years at Global Television, and beyond his love of great food, top shelf booze, motorcycle touring, cycling, running and yoga, Newsbob loves his job for its daily mix of air traffic control, strategic planning and crisis communication. The newly crowned owner of a public relations certificate from Mount Royal University, Bob keeps a keen eye on the changing pace of news and the ever-evolving state of media - old school and digital alike. 
www.calgary.ctvnews.ca | tweet @newsbob | insta @oldpunker


Jill Croteau The Social Summit

JILL CROTEAU
Reporter and producer, Global Calgary

Jill Croteau is an award-winning journalist at Global Calgary with a passion for telling people’s stories. She is drawn to exploring topics that don’t always make the headlines – taking pride in getting the story beyond the story. Jill is always rooting for the underdog and leans towards social justice stories. Jill is proud of her international and national awards she has won for some of her investigative reporting and feature work, and is grateful and humbled to be a trusted voice in sharing people's experiences with the viewers of Calgary. tweet @Jill_Croteau | linkedin @Jill-Croteau


Kait Kucy Social Summit

KAIT KUCY
Freelance writer, blogger and digital whiz, Avenue, Swerve, WestJet Magazine, TheArchivesOfCool.com

Kait Kucy is a writer, blogger and entrepreneur - ultimately a big idea person who gets zero sleep. When she isn’t out hunting the Next Big Thing in the wild streets of Calgary, she is writing columns for publications such as Avenue, Swerve and WestJet Magazine, among others. She has been obsessed with the world of blogging since Myspace blogs were a thing and has been writing her current blog since 2009. Beyond her editorial work, Kait also moonlights as a marketing and social media copywriter, creating exciting and interesting content for clients. Her baby son Jack is her cutest, newest and most demanding client. www.kaitkucy.com | www.thearchivesofcool.com | tweet @kaitkucy | insta @kaitkucy


Matt Mosteller - The Social Summit

POWDER MATT MOSTELLER
Senior vice president, marketing and resort experience, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies; author, freelance journalist and columnist  

One year, while his friends were busy getting jobs and settling down, a young Matt Mosteller spent 63 days living in his car so he could ski every day. Now, 20 years later, Mosteller has settled down a bit, but he’s still seeking outdoor adventure and his stories can be seen regularly in the Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, Explore Magazine and many others. His first book, described by The Calgary Herald as “a kind of handbook for living life to the fullest,” The Adventurer’s Guide to Living a Happy Life offers 63 daily meditations to help you broaden your horizons and achieve the 'goosebump' moments in life (sleeping in the car is optional). Mosteller is a crusader, constantly trying to find ways to fight childhood obesity, and a hybrid of corporate marketing know-how and freelance media savvy. www.skircr.com | www.powdermatt.com |  tweet @powdermatt | youtube @PowderSkiMatt 


November 27 panel - 'The Business Stars'


Lisa Gorhinski - The Social Summit

Panel Host:

LISA GORCHINSKI
Marketing director, Calgary Co-operative Association Limited

Lisa has an infectious personality that compliments proven experience in advertising and marketing related to the retail, automotive, financial services, telecom and tourism industries. Her high quality strategic thinking and energetic style is appreciated by a broad spectrum of audiences from the C-Suite to store-level staff. In her most recent engagement as marketing director with Calgary Co-op, Lisa has lead consumer communications development for petroleum, liquor, home health care, travel, pharmacy and grocery operations. As a co-operative business model, Calgary Co-op ultimately answers to its customers who are also owners. This personalized approach to business is part of how Lisa engages others through change, while also overseeing Calgary Co-op’s paid, owned and earned consumer channels. www.calgarycoop.com | linkedin @lisagorchinski | insta @lisa7g7


CONNIE AND JOHN

JOHN JACKSON & CONNIE DESOUSA
Co-chefs and co-owners, CHARCUT Roast House and Charbar

John and Connie enter their fourth year as co-owners and co-executive chefs of Calgary's CHARCUT Roast House, buoyed and mindful of value, sustainability, creativity and the promise food holds for community, local and global. Riding a wave of attention and a rush of critical accolades, their urban-rustic fare shows off Canada's agricultural best. www.charcut.com | www.charbar.ca | tweet @charcut | insta @charcut


Fraser Abbott - The Social Summit

FRASER ABBOTT
Director of business development, Hotel Arts Group

As the director of business development for the Hotel Arts Group, Fraser is charged with overseeing sales, marketing, media relations, social media, sponsorships, corporate communications and activation of new business units, including the opening of Yellow Door Bistro at Hotel Arts in February 2013. He plays a key role in contributing to the overall management of the Hotel Arts Group through an active role on the Art of Leadership Executive Team. Fraser’s tenure in hospitality dates back to the late 1980's when he worked in different operational departments for Canadian Pacific Hotels. He is the vice-chair of the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, a past member of the Marketing Advisory Board for Tourism Calgary, a current member of the Travel Media Association of Canada – Alberta Chapter, and actively engaged in other volunteer pursuits related to his children’s sports and activities. www.hotelarts.ca | tweet @hotelartsyyc | facebook @hotelartsyyc


Megan Szanik

MEGAN SZANIK
Owner, espy experience

Megan is the owner, visionary, creator and proprietor of the espy experience. With a career spanning more than 20 years and all realms of the fashion industry, the only thing Megan adores more than making an entrance is to convince – nay, show – you how hot you look in your jeans. Standing at the helm of a multi-million dollar independently owned business in Calgary's Inglewood community, Megan and the stylish espy team have to date raised more than $250,000 for charitable causes close to their hearts, racked up thousands of followers on their spicy social platforms, and proudly sold more than 40,000 pairs of super hot denim to their adoring retail fans. 
www.espyexperience.com | tweet @espyexperience | insta @espyexperience


Jodi Willoughby The Social Summt

JODI WILLOUGHBY
Co-founder, Crave Cupcakes

Crave Cupcakes began with a passion for baking. Inspired by fresh ingredients and family recipes, sisters Jodi and Carolyne learned the art of baking on their family farm in High River, AB alongside their mother and grandmothers. Growing up in a busy kitchen inspired an appetite for simple, sweet indulgences made from scratch that lead to the creation of Crave Cupcakes. Jodi and Carolyne opened the first Crave Bakery in 2004 with the desire to bring their love for all things homemade to the city of Calgary. Using their Grandmother's chocolate cake and their mom's vanilla cake recipes the sisters went to work serving the best cupcakes they knew how to bake. Now with six stores, four in Calgary, one in Edmonton and one in Saskatoon and 100 employees, they are still loving what they do. www.cravecupcakes.ca | tweet @craveyyc | facebook @cravecupcakes



We are beyond honoured to have hosted the following
spectacular panelists at Social Summits past...
 

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DREW ANDERSON
Past publisher and editor, Fast Forward Weekly@DrewPAnderson

Drew Anderson is a journalist, editor, occasional photographer and art lover, born and raised in Calgary. He is the former publisher and editor of Fast Forward Weekly.


 

ERIN LAWRENCE
Producer, CTV Morning Live@tvchick13CTV

Erin is currently the producer for Calgary Morning Live on CTV, overseeing the show's on-air production, including writing, selecting guests, news coverage and breaking stories. Before CTV, Erin worked at the CBC, and prior to that, for many years as producer for Global National News with Kevin Newman. She's been a reporter, news anchor, cameraperson, assignment editor and producer.
 

KATHE LEMON
Editor-in-chief, Avenue magazine@kathelemon

Käthe has worked as a magazine editor for more than 15 years and has been with Avenue since 2006. She is the president of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, a registered charity that provides scholarships and awards for student writing programs. In 2011, she was named Editor of the Year by the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association. She also taught communications studies at Athabasca University for several years.
 

ERIN STRATE
Host and producer, Shaw TV@Erin_Strate

Erin has been working in the dynamic Calgary media industry for 10 years. As a television host at Shaw TV –Calgary's community station, her role has evolved from strictly in-front of camera work, to busy behind-the-scenes tasks as producer of the daily community living show go!Calgary. From booking daily content and shoot locations to interviewing musicians, politicians and sports figures – all while maintaining CRTC regulations, there is no part of the television production process that Erin is not actively involved in.
 

TOM BABIN
Senior tablet producer, Calgary Herald@TomBabin

Tom Babin has worked as a journalist for nearly 15 years, the last 10 at the Calgary Herald, including stints as Sunday editor and Swerve. He’s currently the senior producer on the Herald’s new tablet team and writes the paper’s popular Pedal blog. Tom is also the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling, which was released in winter 2014 – just in time for the best bike season of all.
 

KEVIN KNOUGH
Producer, Breakfast Television@BTCalgary

Kevin is the Associate Producer of Breakfast Television on City in Calgary. He has been working in broadcasting for over a decade, beginning at A-Channel in 2002, prior to becoming a host with MTV Canada, which was eventually rebranded as Razer. Kevin returned to the BT team in 2008.

 

ALEX KINGKOTT
President, Shareworthy Content Lab@AlexKGT

Alex Kingcott is a communications professional, community builder and entrepreneur. She is the President of Shareworthy Content Lab, which provides strategic digital content, PR and media relations services to companies like the Comic & Entertainment Expo and the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary. 

 

BRAD WALKER
Principal, Strike Communications@Bradley_Walker

Bradley is the owner of Strike Communications, a marketing and communications firm specializing in live theatrical entertainment, arts, culture and special events. His extensive client and project management history includes working with some of the most highly respected brands including: Broadway Across Canada, The National Ballet of Canada, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Vertigo Theatre, Fluid Movement Contemporary Arts Festival, Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia and One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo.

SHELLEY YOUNGBLUT
Publishing, Creative Ringleader@Youngblut

Shelley has created magazines for ESPN, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Nickelodeon in the U.S., as well as in Calgary, where she was the founding editor of the multiple award-winning Swerve, as well as CJSW’s VOX. She's been the pop culture columnist for CTV’s Canada AM and ABC World News Now and is frequently unconventional on CBC Radio’s The Eyeopener. She is currently writing a poker memoir.
 

AMANDA HEHR
Co-founder, Cru Juice@crujuice

Amanda is a multi-disciplinary professional with over 13 years of consulting and corporate experience with companies in a wide range of industries. Amanda’s experience as a design educator, paired with her corporate background as Brand & Marketing Director for a global B2C retailer have helped her develop an organic approach to integrated marketing and commercialization strategies. She is also co-founder of Cru Juice. Along with Naomi Le Bihan, Amanda meticulously blends and bottles a rainbow of raw, cold-pressed juices that are packed to the brim with the planet's most revered superfoods, making them abundantly accessible to all, each and every day.

JAMES BOETTCHER
Chief idea officer, Fiasco Gelato@JamesBoettcher

A man of passion and enthusiasm, James is someone who will make you leave a little brighter than when you arrived. Born and raised in Calgary, he is continually driven to influence his community in ways that will add vibrancy and encourage collaboration. He is captain of the Fiasco Gelato ship and the creator of YYCFoodTrucks.

 

CONNOR GOULD & LESLIE McNEILLY
Owners, Camp Brand Goods@campbrandgoods

There is a saying around these parts, “If it’s not comfortable, it’s not Camp”. Since day one, it has been Connor and Leslie's mission to create high quality fleece and casual wear that reflects their lifestyle of enjoying the outdoors and supporting those who do the same. Camp Brand Goods hails from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and you can find their products keeping people warm around evening bonfires, under the diamond filled night sky and inside your favourite mountain town taverns. The company has set the gold standard in using social media tools like Instagram to rapidly grow their business.

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JENNIFER BAIER
Senior producer, Breakfast Television@BTCalgary

Jennifer Pauley Baier is the Senior Producer of Breakfast Television on City. She's been with Rogers Media (formerly A Channel) for over 17 years. That’s a lot of 3:00 am alarm bells! She oversees the BT team and all of the content for the show. From 1996 to 2011, Jennifer also worked for the Calgary Flames Event and Entertainment Department. A career highlight was working as an Associate Director for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Consortium for Vancouver 2010. 
 

DARREN KRAUSE
Alberta managing editor, Metro News, @Metro_DK

Darren is the managing editor of Metro daily newspaper, which has risen to become Calgary's second most-read print publication. Darren develops and manages the day-to-day local editorial content on multiple platforms (print, mobile and web), and carries invaluable insight on what it takes to get your pitch heard.
 

AISLING TOMEI
Anchor and producer, CTV Morning Live@ctvashtomei

Aisling has served as anchor and producer of CTV Morning Live since the day it debuted. Prior to CTV, she had been a reporter, anchor and producer at CBC, CityTV and Global, proudly telling the stories of Calgary businesses big and small for more than a decade. 
 

PAULA WORTHINGTON
Senior account director, North Strategic, @p_worthington

Whether she’s developing your next PR campaign, working on strategy or leading a team, Paula is always ready with a creative idea or solution. With a solid background working with corporate, not-for-profit, entertainment and entrepreneurial brands and clients, the sky’s the limit when it comes to her forward-thinking approach and execution.
 

MARC BINKLEY
Social media manager, FGL Sports (SportChek, Atmosphere, Nevada Bob's Golf, Sports Experts), @MarcBinkley

Marc is the Social Media Manager for Sport Chek, Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer. He is an industry expert in fostering brand awareness, generating traffic and driving engagement through the development of strategic and relevant content, and has played a pivotal role in shifting the retailer from campaign-driven to content focused. 
 

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TANYA KOSHOWSKI
Executive director, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids@brownbaggingit

Tanya leads an inspired staff, talented team and countless daily volunteer groups in finding ways to feed much-needed meals to needy kids in Calgary. A platform that inspires social change and builds caring, capacity and community, Brown Bagging is also utilizing refreshingly forward-thinking marketing tactics to stay top of mind with donors and stakeholders, in an effort to maximize its positive reach now and for years to come. 
 

YIORGOS BOUDOURIS
Founder and CEO, Acts of Greatness@actsofgreatness

Yiorgos Boudouris is the founder and CEO of Acts of Greatness, and plays a key role in ATB Financial's Reputation and Brand team. Yiorgos has a background in community building, communications planning and public participation, and is passionate about issues relating to diversity, youth and culture – all places he happily directs his enthusiasm and ability to affect change to great use on an ongoing basis.