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Learn from the experts on all things social media and marketing. You will leave the summit with a wide range of insights, tips and strategies from influencers, social media gurus and business pros so you can get started on your social media marketing and PR strategies the second you get back to the office!
CAMERON BROWN - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Cameron loves bringing out the best in people – It leads to greater performance, innovation and mental toughness.
He helps organizations do this through the delivery of multi-sensory keynotes at annual conferences, corporate retreats and exclusive evening events, blending education with storytelling videos & live music on a grand piano to create a lasting & memorable impact on the audience.
As a result, Cameron has been featured in the media in 7 different countries, had more than 3.5 million organic views of his videos in 195 countries, and spoken at events across 4 continents.
He then backs that up with ongoing training and private breakthrough experiences for successful entrepreneurs, C-level executives and their teams.
DALENE + PETE HECK
HECKTIC TRAVELS (Hecktic Media)
Dalene and Pete Heck tell stories through words, photos, and video on the award-winning travel blog HeckticTravels.com. They have both been recognized as Travelers of the Year by National Geographic, are medalists for Best Independent Travel Blog as awarded by NATJA, and Dalene was twice named a BlogHer Voice of the Year. In addition to their storytelling, Dalene and Pete also run HMI (Hecktic Media Inc.), an agency dedicated to effective influencer marketing and social media management.
THE SCIENCE OF STORYTELLING
Marketers know that to move the needle, they need to move their customer’s emotions. With an evocative story you can turn a brand into a legacy, win the loyalty of an audience, and yes, even generate profit. Thousands of marketing messages are seen daily, which makes standing out among them more important than ever. This session will address the science behind storytelling, and how to use it as a way to target desired audiences.
Global sales evangelist at lucidchart
Gabe Villamizar is the Global Sales Evangelist at Lucidchart (Lucidchart Sales Solution), a SaaS company with 15+ million users worldwide. He is recognized as a leading social selling and social media practitioner by LinkedIn, Forbes, Forrester, and Salesforce. Gabe's social selling online courses were recently published on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning, and have been viewed by 70,000+ sales and marketing professionals worldwide. Whenever Gabe isn't tweeting (@gabevillamizar), he's most likely grilling some bomb carne asada tacos in his Traeger Grill.
MEDIA & ISSUES AT HUSKY ENERGY
Tony is a Digital Communications Geek with more than 20 years of corporate web experience. Tony has launched social media channels for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Tervita Corporation, ATCO Group and, in 2018, launched a brand new social media presence for Husky Energy. Tony received an IABC Gold Quill Award in 2017 for his digital marketing work on ATCO’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness social media campaign. Tony is also a master’s degree student in Public Relations and Communications, a professional opera singer, a Recording Artist on iTunes and has recently assumed the prestigious role of Grandpa.
Founder of Storybuilders Creative Communications and Media
Sunshine Chen was trained in architecture and went on to work for the City of Waterloo in Urban Planning, Design and Downtown Redevelopment. After leaving the City, Sunshine founded Urban Imagination & Design Co. and then Storybuilders Creative Communications and Media that has told stories with video, photography and visual storytelling for clients such as The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, The City of Swift Current, The University of Waterloo, The Suncor Energy Foundation and Reconciliation Canada. Sunshine has been invited to bring his design and storytelling knowledge to various Change Labs, Design Observatories, Human Centred Design Workshops and Design Thinking Spaces to fields from: improving children’s well-being in Canada for UNICEF, to making transit more affordable to low income households for Grand River Transit, to raising awareness and promoting the health of the Watershed for the Red Deer River Water Alliance, to designing program/services for Peter Lougheed Centre for Leadership at The Banff Centre. In July of 2016, Sunshine attended Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency. Following the program, Sunshine re-located from Waterloo, Ontario to Canmore, Alberta to find a better balance in his life and work and to more fully explore mountain life and the outdoors. In addition to making videos for Storybuilders, Sunshine is starting a new venture called Sunshine & Raven with Michael Pealow to bring creativity and leadership together in Nature.
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing @ Pursuit
As a marketing professional who has been developing effective and measurable communication strategies since 2009, Stewart brings vision, marketing intelligence and a strong understanding of consumer psychology to each interaction. A true marketing practitioner at heart, he has dedicated his career to mastering communication mediums that are used to embrace, inspire and drive action from audiences. Stewart's deep belief in measurable marketing has honed his skills as a strategist that uses analytical insights to make key marketing decisions. Whether it’s building a brand or a team, his passion creates an energy that engages and motivates others. Stewart currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Digital Marketing for Pursuit, residing in Canmore, Alberta.
DAVID FORD + KELLY VANDERBEEK
David Ford is a World Champion and 5x Olympian in Canoe-Kayak - Slalom. He is the only non-European to ever be crowned a world champion in his sport. Combined with his success as an athlete, David also has a strong background as an entrepreneur and business owner.
Kelly VanderBeek is an Olympic alpine skier from hailing from Ontario. Her career has evolved from athlete to television host and storyteller. Kelly hosts CBC’s Olympic Games Overnight, Red Bull Crashed Ice and the Calgary Stampede. You will also know Kelly from her time as brand ambassador and influencer for companies such as One Ocean Exhibitions, Avenno, Voltaren, Volkl, Jottnar and DiMorelli Skin Care.
Join this athletic power couple for a behind the scenes look from “both sides of the fence” at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Social Summit.
PARTNERSHIPS & PR LEAD AT LATER.COM
Lizzie MacNeill leads partnerships and PR at later.com, the #1 Instagram marketing and scheduling platform with over 2 million users globally. Prior to leading partnerships and social media for Later, Lizzie managed social media teams at Hockey Canada, Saje Natural Wellness and Beakerhead. For the past 3 years, she's been a social media instructor at Mount Royal University. Catch Lizzie on our Instagram panel sharing her expertise and experience with other social media experts.
Owner of xo treatment room
Working in the medical and technology field for 20 years has given Annie a different approach to skin care than traditional aesthetics. Her obsession with lasers, energy and chemistry only enhanced her biology background resulting in her uber facial – the XOA.
Rebellious Chemical Anarchy. Clever and Clean Chemistry Compounds make up uber effective products. Annie Graham developed these face care products to treat the dry skin of her clients and consequential accompaniments of it. She is always looking for better, and always outside of the box so that your skin gets what it needs to look younger and healthier. The products are cruelty free and suitable for all skin types.
OF BIG BROTHER SEASON 20 FAME
Brett Robinson, 25, born and raise a New Englander, and currently based in Boston. He captured the hearts of America this summer with his appearance on CBS’s Big Brother, season 20. He was a fireball of energy thrust into the house with his classic East Coast looks, ever-present muscular physique and his ability to charm his way both in and out of every situation. Brett was part of Level 6 (a dominant secret alliance in the Big Brother House) and runner up for America’s Favorite player. While he found himself in the jury house, he left a mark on Reality TV history with his rhetoric and epic speeches crumbling those who wronged him and captivating all.
He has already cultivated over 235,000 followers on Instagram and 44,000 on Twitter. Brett has launched a YouTube channel, and a clothing line.
MR. FABULOUS (Ryan Massel)
Founder of immrfabulous.com
Ryan Massel is the founder of the multi-award-winning lifestyle blog immrfabulous.com.
In addition to his personal blog, he has been a regular contributor for a number of online and print publications such as WHERE, Tourism Calgary and Vacay.ca
When he's not writing, he can be found regularly appearing on some of Canada’s top networks morning shows such as Global Weekend, CTV Morning Live and Breakfast Television.
And of course, his multi-media path wouldn’t be complete without radio, where he shares his stories with CBC Calgary and Mix 96.5 in Halifax.
Influencer at Lemons for Days
What started as a collection of cute photos of her son on Instagram has now turned into a full-time career. She works alongside her husband, a professional photographer, and together are raising two young children. Over the past two years, her blog and Instagram page have become a place of inspiration, reflection, and comfort. She tells her stories through beautiful photos, personal narratives, and dorky mom humour.
Jasmin started her blog not only as a creative outlet for herself but as a community builder. She seeks to share her journey with readers to help them become healthy, happy, and more than just comfortable in their own skin. She works to help women feel like the best versions of themselves by sharing her health, wellness and motherhood journey.
KRISTIN “KIKI” DAVIES
Blogger at PURSUING PRETTY
Kristin “Kiki” Davies is a fashion, beauty and travel blogger who knows that style does not have to come with a hefty price tag. Her blog, Pursuing Pretty, teaches fashion stumped women how to shop for polished new outfits and how to discover their own feminine personal style.
As the sole stylist, photographer, content creator and writer behind Pursuing Pretty, she is showing women that you are never too busy to spend a little time on yourself. When Kiki isn’t at home with her two young boys, she is always in search of two things: chic yet affordable fashion and the best places to take colourful Instagram photos. She recently left her job as a junior high teacher to pursue her blogging dream full-time.
If you love reading beauty how-tos, getting the skinny on budget travel or where to shop for the latest trends, then reading her weekly blog posts will inspire you to look and feel good at any age.
Women in Tech Panelists
Creator/ National Master Trainer at BooTy®
Entrepreneur, the mastermind behind the BooTy® program, Soul Coach, Fitness Coach, Yoga Teacher, and adventure seeker residing in the Canadian Rockies. Tara has a Bachelor of Physical Health and Education with a Major in Health Promotion. Beyond the labels, she is a passionate individual who loves to inspire people and help them discover their talents and gifts. 'My Mission is to encourage and empower others to achieve higher levels of personal wellness and fulfillment.' Tara has been an Entrepreneur since the age of 20 she started her own fitness and wellness company and at the age of 23 moved across Canada to Yellowknife where her learning, growth and true passions emerged. 2012 she created her very own brand and has been watching the brand grow, change and evolve as her creation is spreading internationally. Tara took no business courses, marketing classes or any brand training. She is a true natural when it comes to building her business. Her passion merged with her personal desired to learn and challenge herself and make it happen is admirable. For a girl that started something from nothing, she sure knows how to create, and spread the word about something unique.
Join her for the BooTy® session/coffee break as well she will be speaking on the women in tech panel.
founder & Chief fun officer at pepper
Stacey was a full-time wedding and boudoir photographer for a few solid years before the inevitable burnout almost happened. Juggling a growing successful business and even the slightest hint of a personal life was no longer sustainable. This is where Pepper - Your Badass Business BFF was founded. Not only to exist for Stacey, but for her friends in the industry and so many more creatives out there going it alone, but slowly fading. Hustling 24/7 wasn’t the answer; Pepper was! Success is freedom from that hustle and starting a business admin outsourcing company geared towards creative entrepreneurs is going to change the game for so many creative souls. Now with an actual work/life balance, Stacey has more time to enjoy a good cup of coffee (or is it craft beer in that mug?!), hang with her puppy Frida, and spend time with her partner and other favorite peeps.
Leading Lady at Elevated
Since 2010, Michelle Berg has been the Leading Lady of Elevated – an organization that helps attract, develop and retain top talent by building employee experiences that matter. In 2015 she won the Notable Award in Canada for Entrepreneurship. In 2016, she was selected as one of twenty top leaders in Calgary by Business in Calgary magazine as well as headed up the HR Team of the Year from the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. She was named a finalist for Woman of Inspiration by Canadian Business Chicks in 2017 and in 2018 she won the HR Firm of the Year by Canada Law Magazine.
Prior to starting Elevated she was the Senior Vice President of HR for a land development company and was responsible for flying around the world terminating people. That’s when she realized her soul needed a massage and it was time to build something greater than herself.
From a technology standpoint, Michelle supports a dozen tech companies (from start-up to mature businesses), she is a Board Member of Meticulon who places autistic adults into Quality Assurance roles and is a business mentor for Technovation, a program that brings together young women to solve a problem using technology.
Growing up a serial entrepreneur’s daughter, Michelle is never one to back down from a task, take a risk or fail to drop an f-bomb. She credits her success to being able to pivot quickly through bad decisions and hires a team that compliments her weaknesses.
Leader of Marketing at Swoop
Kelly Steward is a candid and creative modern marketing leader with a penchant for getting things started, and getting things done. Having worked with big brands, bold start-ups and purpose-driven local businesses, the one common theme of Kelly’s career has been one of building, activating and amplifying.
Over the past decade, Kelly has handled the PR & Community Relations for the opening of CrossIron Mills, launched Shaw’s social media marketing strategy, and was a founding employee of Calgary-based content marketing agency Press + Post, where she was the strategic director on accounts including Made Foods, Concorde Entertainment, the Alberta Motor Association, cSPACE King Edward, and many more.
Today, Kelly is the Leader of Marketing at Swoop - Canada’s leading ultra-low cost airline – independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies. When she’s not painting the skies pink or crafting bold data-driven marketing strategies, you can find Kelly gardening, tackling various home improvement projects or lost in nature with her two rescue dogs, Bunny and Charlie.
Founder of FoodBymaria
Greek Canadian, Maria Koutsogiannis’ journey with food began after enduring a cruel battle with an eating disorder. Her fierce honesty, and stripped back approach to sharing her journey to self-love and seeking a healthy relationship with food has amassed a global cult following of 169,000 Instagram followers and over 130,000 monthly visitors to her blog in just three short years. Maria has an unwavering ability to keep it real and genuine and seeks to educate readers, and inspire vegans and non-vegans alike to embrace vibrant, wholesome plant-based foods into their daily life. Her straightforward recipes are thoughtful, healthy and nourishing while satisfying all cravings for classic comfort food and sweet indulgences.
During Maria’s hands-on coaching session, she will walk us through the art of creating amazing content. Maria will share her insights on what works, what doesn't, and how she grew her following on social by creating great content. She is here to answer your tough content questions so that you can start creating beautiful, focused content too.
CEO of Kayak Online Marketing
Randy Milanovic is a Calgary Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business of the Year finalist, stage IV Cancer survivor, and CEO of Kayak Online Marketing. He is a strong advocate for client empowerment and a go-to resource for industry insights. In 2013, the Financial Post Magazine featured Randy nationally in their Entrepreneur / Innovator edition with a 2-page spread titled, Keep running. He is also an avid hiker and kayaker. At RMSS, Randy shares insights on providing experiential learning (done-with-you) services to clients under Kayak's collaborative business model.
Experiential Learning: Done-With-You Service Delivery