Speakers

Blair Johnson

Digital Marketing: Keep your eye on the ball...the key to building the foundation before the fun.

Co-Founder and President of Blue Elephant Design & Marketing, known as the top real estate marketing agency in Toronto. Getting his start as the regional Head of Sales and Marketing for a large software provider in the US. Blair refocused his attention on smaller businesses 7 years ago seeing the potential for SMBs to be world class through online marketing strategies. With his roots planted in the competitive world of real estate, Blair developed a finely tuned ability to leverage search, social media and video to grow brands and build businesses. From in depth analytics to simple social marketing tactics, Blair has led the way in training entrepreneurs on successful business growth thru digital marketing.

Anne T. Donahue

The Age of Authenticity: Transparency as an Action Tool

Anne T. Donahue is a writer and person from Cambridge, Ontario. Her first book, Nobody Cares, comes out with ECW in September 2018, and you can hear her on CBC Q every Tuesday morning talking about pop culture. She writes a weekly newsletter, That's What She Said, and is currently developing a podcast with eOne. You can read her work on Flare, FASHION Canada, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, i- D, Nylon, and Refinery29 among others, or you can follow her on Twitter where she has opinions about everything

Francis Gosselin

Best Practices in Content Creation, Digital Strategy and Digital Marketing

Francis Gosselin is the president of FG8 Consulting, as well as an author, public speaker, blogger and ambassador of the C2-MTL business conference. He has worked around the world helping companies achieve their growth goals. Francis has also acted as the editor-in-chief of various digital publications and built countless digital marketing campaigns for clients.

Jacob Kettner

Making Digital Marketing Work for Your Business

Jacob Kettner has been in the digital marketing space for 13 years and currently runs the top SEO agency in Winnipeg. While this statement may be subjective, if you search Google for "Winnipeg SEO", you will find Jacob's agency, First Rank, at the top of the results. He's a strong believer that there isn't one digital marketing strategy that is right for all businesses, and it should be looked at from a holistic perspective. In addition, Jacob is a partner in SerpForce, a program designed to train and help SEO agency owners.

Tom Yawney

How To Attract Customers & Build Online Communities

Tom Yawney is a writer, speaker, and digital media strategist. Since 2010, Tom has helped hundreds of companies build their online presence through digital marketing and advertising. The plans he creates typically include some combination of web development, SEO, local search, PPC, social media, social advertising, display, influencer marketing, and online review generation.

Bram Warshafsky

Inbound Marketing: Leveraging Content and the Right Tools to Grow Your Business.

Named as one of 2014's "Top 30 under 30" by Marketing Magazine, Bram Warshafsky is a founder and partner at 5Crowd, a Toronto startup that connects marketing departments with online freelancers. Before 5Crowd, Bram held various brand management and digital marketing roles at Johnson & Johnson. He is a graduate of Queen's School of Business and appears frequently as a marketing speaker. He also teaches the highly-rated Marketing Strategy Class at George Brown College in Toronto.

Paul Teitelman

Navigating The Digital Marketing Landscape: How Small Businesses Can Succeed Online

Paul runs an SEO consulting firm specializing in helping companies of all sizes grow their businesses through online marketing tactics. As an acclaimed SEO expert and link building freelancer with over 10 years of experience, he is also a frequent speaker on SEO, website building and marketing for SMBs. He is extremely passionate about the practice of search engine optimization and link building; successfully carving out a reputation for himself in the industry by consistently delivering phenomenal results.

Amanda Wilhelm

Digital Marketing For Small and Medium Businesses: A Holistic Approach

Amanda began her career as a Calgary Small Business Owner. Her passions immediately grew towards Marketing and Sales. Her current role is Marketing Director for one of North America's fastest growing digital agencies, and the Chamber of Commerce's Agency on Record. Her expertise ranges from Website Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), User Experience, SEO, AdWords and Paid Digital Ads, Email Marketing, Reputation Management, Content Marketing, Marketing Automation, Video Production and Management, Traditional Advertising and creating annual Marketing Budgets with aggressive sales targets and KPI's.

Christian Lunny

How to Garner Attention and Engagement From the New Consumer in 2018s

Christian Lunny is a creative leader and a born nonconformist entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Musi, the tenth largest music streaming service with 2.5 million monthly active users, ranking consistently top 100 in the Apple App Store for the past 2 years. He is also the founder of Dash Agency, a digital agency, storytelling and building for the largest consumer brands across North America. In 2015 Christian was featured in Marketing Magazine's top 30 under 30, and in 2016 was listed on Canadian Businesses Change Agents list.

Derek Leung

What is your "Brand Story"? Why Storytelling Is The Most Effective Digital Marketing Strategy

Derek has a diverse skillset and almost a decade of experience from web design, SEO, digital marketing to social media, video & photo production and communication design. He helped established one of Vancouver's leading web design & development company, WittyCookie, and assisted in serving over 1,500 small to medium sized businesses globally. Derek is currently providing consultations with businesses and partnering with other consulting firms in helping $1M+ enterprise clients grow in digital marketing.

Kari Skelton

Get Engaged: Building community around your brand through social media

Kari is a Former Radio and TV personality based in Edmonton, Alberta. Beyond regular media appearances, her recent project, a popular style and parenting website (www.kariskelton.com) is among the most followed in Western Canada. She is insightful and fun, always bringing a great energy and lessons.

Ricky Forbes

Top 10 Tips on Building an Engaged Audience with Social Media

Through years of research and trial and error, Ricky Forbes has learned how to build businesses using social media. Starting 5 years ago, using social media to turn a hobby of storm chasing into an international TV show, Tornado Hunters. With 450,000 followers personally, he has learned first hand what works and how to apply it. Ricky now owns Blue Moose Media, one of Western Canada's leading resources for social media training & management

Shaun Whynacht

Enhancing Your Customer Experience Through Digital Marketing

Founder and President of Blue Cow Marketing, small business is a way of life. In fact, the entrepreneurial spirit is practically woven into his DNA. As a small boy, he tagged along with his grandfather as he maintained a successful TV repair business. Later he helped renovate the kitchen for his grandmother's cake shop, and all the while, his mother ran a craft business in his childhood home. Unsurprisingly, by the time he was in high school Shaun went into business for himself. Upon completion of his studies in television production, he spent more than a decade exploring every corner of Canada and learning about the business world as an employee. From non- profits to corporations and revenue development to web design, Shaun has seen it all. Today, he consults small and medium businesses on how to grow through a holistic approach to digital marketing. His expertise spans SEO, SEM, web development and more.

Darian Kovacs

Digital Tips, Tools and Tactics to Help Grow Your Business in 2018

Darian Kovacs, founder of award-winning company Jelly Marketing, has worked with various local, national and global brands on how to create a social media plan for their business. Darian will educate and inspire you to create one of your own.


Philippe R. Bertrand

How to take advantage of social networks for your business

A reputed leader within Quebec’s SME community, Philippe R. Bertrand is a serial entrepreneur who built 10 companies in 17 years. Philippe helps companies and institutions deploy smart, innovative digital strategies to increase their value.