Speakers

Jeff Pulver | @JeffPulver | http://140conf.com/

Jeff Pulver has been called “a habitual entrepreneur who likes to start Internet communications companies.” He is known globally as someone who helped popularize the use of Voice over IP (voip) and as the co-founder of Vonage. In 2009 he created the global #140 Characters Conferences, which explores the emerging real-time Internet.

On February 12, 2004, Mr. Pulver’s petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision by the FCC was the first decision it made on IP communications.

Jodi Sonoda | @karmicevolution | http://www.myaccidentallife.blogspot.com/

Jodi shatters stereotypes with her dynamic personality and unique view of the world. No stranger to hardship and adversity, she is a fighter, a mother, a friend, and an occasional third person speaker? When the path is murky she forges her own way both personally and with her business endeavors (Word Warriors and Evolution Fascinators). Everything in her life is done with two simple goals in mind, to be happy and to teach her beautiful daughter to be happy.

Brandie Weikle | @bweikle | http://thestar.blogs.com/parentcentral/

Brandie Weikle is the editor of the Toronto Star’s parenting and health websites, parentcentral.ca and healthzone.ca. She’s been writing and commenting on issues that affect parents for more than a decade, first as an editor at Today’s Parent and later at Canadian Family. Brandie is passionate about social media and its power to inform and bring people together and says she’s probably annoyingly active on Twitter.

Heather Hamilton | @tjzmommy | http://tjzmommy.blogspot.com/

As a SAHM of 3 boys, Heather had her hands full but she embraced her role as cheerleader, therapist, and nurse to her littlest son with special needs. While this life had its challenges and rewards, nothing could prepare her for the immense loss when he died unexpectedly at 3 years old. Taking what Zack had taught her about overcoming adversity, Heather reached out to social media to share her story and honour her son’s memory. In return the most amazing gift was given back to her; the friendship and support of strangers who had never even met Zack but were inspired by his story. Now her days are spent working to raise money for a local hospital in her son’s name, sharing his story of hope and courage and relying on the support of others to help her get through the days.

Neil Hedley | @neilhedley | http://neilhedley.com/

When Neil Hedley started in radio, he was playing vinyl records on turntables that had gear shifts. Since then he’s built six consecutive #1 morning shows, set a world’s record, and seen huge changes in the industry from innovations like CD’s, satellites and Social Media. As his upcoming book “Radio Is Dead: Long Live Radio” examines ways the radio industry can survive and thrive in the internet era, Neil shows how radio serves as a microcosm of the economy at large, and how successful broadcasters and businesspeople alike can stay in tune with the demands of the changing technological landscape.

Taylor Jones | @TJ | http://dearphotograph.com/

At 22 years of age Taylor Jones has given people around the world a different perspective and window to look into the past. DearPhotograph.com has become a worldwide phenomenon after only starting it just a few months ago. Taylor, who resides in Kitchener came up with the idea of taking a picture of a picture, from the past, in the present, while sitting down looking through old photographs with his family. He has even caught the eye of Academy Award winning Director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, who tweeted a link to DearPhotograph.com, and has also been posted on Oprah’s blog! TIME Magazine named Dear Photograph the #7 website of 2011. Then, a few days later CBS named the site the #1 website of 2011! It’s been an overwhelming experience for Taylor, and he plans to tell the story of Dear Photograph at Canada’s first ever #140ConfONT!

Scott Stratten | http://www.unmarketing.com/ | @unmarketing

Scott Stratten is the President of Un-Marketing. He is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing. Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a Professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he has been running his “UnAgency” for 8 years which has become the place companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross and Fidelity Investments come to when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape. He now has over 94,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was voted one of the top influencers on the site with over 200 million users. It’s the only time he’s felt comfortable being compared to Ashton Kutcher, P Diddy and Justin Bieber.

Amber Mac | @AmberMac | http://www.ambermac.com/

Amber Mac is a bestselling social media author (Power Friending), speaker (The Lavin Agency), TV host (CTV – App Central), blogger (The Globe & Mail, Yahoo!) and entrepreneur (MGImedia.ca). Amber also hosts two successful online shows, The Social Hour and commandN.tv. She’s been named the country’s top social media expert by Canadian Business Magazine. As the Miami Herald said in their review of her book, “Amber Mac is a virtual Swiss Army Knife of networking: she displays an endless amount of enthusiasm and energy that nearly crackles off the page.”

Kitestring | Jenn Hudder, ringmaster + partner | http://www.kitestring.ca/ | @jennhudder

Four years ago, Jenn Hudder founded the kitestring creative branding studio with partner, Chris Farias. With over a decade’s experience in advertising and marketing, Jenn and her business partner have carved a unique brand position and vision for kitestring that continues to generate industry praise and interest. Jenn pilots the team of creative and strategic thinkers through creative branding projects for clients like Wildly Delicious Fine Foods, Eastern Construction, Coyote’s Run Estate Winery and Pan Am Toronto 2015.

Kitestring | Chris Farias, imaginitarian + partner | http://www.kitestring.ca/@kitestring

As Creative Director, Chris’ high-level creative thinking, artistic wizardry and imaginative conceptual development lead kitestring’s Creative department. (This means that his ideas are sometimes neither animal, vegetable nor mineral.) Since founding kitestring with partner, Jenn Hudder, Chris has led his creative team through branded communications projects in multiple mediums for clients like Mabel’s Labels, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and CAA Autogreen. Chris is also kitestring’s social media shaman who really walks the walk when it comes to strategic planning and implementation of online relationships and brand building. His social media philosophy has even been recognized by industry publications, Marketing Magazine and Applied Arts.

Annie Urban | http://www.phdinparenting.com/ | @phdinparenting

Annie is an influential tweeter on issues like parenting, social justice and feminism. She has been blogging about the art and science of parenting on the PhD in Parenting Blog since May 2008. Annie uses her keyboard to raise awareness of social, political and consumer issues of importance to parents, women and children. She regularly uses her online presence as a platform to advocate for change, calling out the government, corporations, media and sometimes other bloggers for positions, policies and actions that threaten the rights and well-being of parents and their children.

Jane Wilson | @AradiaOakville | http://www.poledancingoakville.com/

Ever wonder what it would be like to get a second chance at a dream? When she was young, Jane wanted to be a dancer, but didn’t have the confidence to pursue it as a career. Instead, she became a teacher and decided to follow the status quo, and stopped dancing. After her children were born, she reconnected with her first love: dance. Now, Jane is the owner, lead instructor and performer at Aradia Fitness Oakville, where she is supporting and empowering women to take risks, and live their dreams through pole dancing fitness!

Leslie Hughes | @punchmediadotcahttp://www.punchmedia.ca/index.html

Leslie Hughes is the Principal of PUNCH!media, specializing in Social Media training, strategy and solutions to help build buzz for businesses. After working at a “dotcom” called Mediconsult, Leslie moved to a traditional marketing agency to work with Visa Canada.

A lifelong passion for media, Leslie worked in sales for Weddingbells and Fashion magazines before she founded Diaper Disco: the great suburban family dance party. Launching PUNCH!media in 2009, Leslie has worked with companies such as The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, TVO, and The Saskatchewan Pension Plan. Leslie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. Psychology), and proudly has her Master’s Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).

Kevin Magee | @kevinamageehttp://www.kevinamagee.com/

Kevin Magee is a serial entrepreneur with at least one more start-up left in him. He is also a senior sales executive, purveyor of Healthcare technologies, writer, community builder, charitable fundraiser, venture philanthropist, patron of the arts and all around good guy.

An energetic community builder he serves as Vice Chairman of the Brantford Economic Development Advisory Committee, as a Hospital Ambassador for the Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation and as Chairman of the Management Board for the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.

He lives and works online and in Brantford at the Intersection of city life and country living with his wife, kids and pack of wild dogs.

Karen Green | @karengreenershttp://kidsarealrightto.blogspot.com/

Karen Green is a writer, editor, mother and keyboard warrior, recently transplanted from the chaos of Toronto to the cornfields of south-western Ontario. An old-school blogger, Karen has spoken at BlogHer and Blissdom Canada and made news this past spring when she spearheaded the Mom The Vote movement which mobilized a cross-country social media effort to get parents talking about the election online. Karen writes for several community websites and has been the author of The Kids Are Alright since 2006.

Eric Novak@MMPerspectiveshttp://www.envirodad.com/

Eric Novak is a multi-faceted and passionate professional story teller. He is the President and founder of media consulting and production company Modern Media Perspectives, and is also the Editor in Chief of EnviroDad.com.

Eric is a nationally recognized public speaker. He has been personally trained by Al Gore and David Suzuki and is a leading presenter and mentor with The Climate Reality Project Canada. Eric has spoken to 15,000 Canadians from coast to coast about climate change. He has previously hosted two television shows, and was known as “Who’s Your Daddy” on the popular website The Yummy Mummy Club. Eric is a father of 4 children and resides with his wife of almost 11 years in Ajax, ON.

Craig Silva | @BigDaddykreativhttp://www.bigdaddykreativ.ca/

Graphic Design Rock Star, Print Guru, Networking Ninja, Social Media Junkie, Entrepreneur, Volunteer & Community Builder! Dad of 2 fab girls, DH to @Mapsgirl!

His name is Craig Silva, and he owns Big Daddy Kreativ, a graphic design and print management company. Craig’s social media presence plays a large part in the success of Big Daddy Kreativ. You will often see him attending a local or not-so-local tweetup or event. Craig also engages with his community. He is a leader for the senior youth group at his church. Together with his wife Wendy, they are Volunteer Builders.

Ann Douglas @anndouglas and @themotherofallhttp://www.having-a-baby.com/

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting, including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books (2nd Canadian edition, Wiley Canada, 2011). She has also contributed to a number of anthologies about motherhood, including Shari McDonald Strong’s The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change and Andrea O’Reilly’s The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It. She writes The Mother of All Baby Columns for The Toronto Star.

Dave Carrol | http://www.bigearcreations.blogspot.com/@davecarrol

Dave Carrol has spent the last decade driven by ONE question. How can a city be transformed BY good INTO good?  Dave works to answer that question with a passionate team from Freedom House; an innovative church in Brantford through speaking, marketing and media and through the creation of “The Kindness Project”. It’s an initiative to holistically transform the mindset of a community through strategic kindness. Oh yeah… and sometimes he also runs around town in a mask, cape and tights as local superhero Captain Kindness. Yep… it’s true. Dave has been married for 13 years and has 3 incredibly lovely kids.

Chris Eh Younghttp://www.b2cy.com/@chris_eh_young

Chris helps clients build customer relations that stand the test of time amidst turbulent economies, fierce competition, and limited finances. Chris’ insight paves the way for small business owners to establish a unique brand and develop a positive and lasting client rapport. Chris roadmaps the best strategies for owners to engage and turn consumers into referral-generating brand evangelists using social media and the power of being a connector and builder of community.

A staunch supporter of the entrepreneurial spirit, Chris helps entrepreneurs avoid mistakes, shorten their learning curve, and tell their story, all while instilling the confidence that they can succeed.

Laurel Crossley-Byers | http://opti-mom.ca/@optimom

Established in 2005 ©Opti-Mom Founder, Laurel Crossley-Byers recognizing the HUGE need to support Families through speaking, writing and coaching founded Opti-Mom! What began as  a project to solely support Mom Health and Well-Being Mind, Body & Spirit but has recently grown to support families especially Children. Having personally struggled with anxiety, painful shyness and connection to the spiritual world, Laurel grew up feeling disconnected and disempowered. She heard similar stories from the Moms she was supporting and shifted to fill this gap. Laurel’s background includes a B. A. in Child Studies from Brock University as well as a Teaching Certificate in Adult Education and more than 17 years as a Life Coach.

Guy Gal@guygalhttp://thebizmedia.com/

Guy Gal is a Partner at BIZMEDIA, a digital video agency that works with companies to develop, deploy and distribute video content. Guy and company have developed over 400 premium videos in the past two years and earned millions of plays for companies and organizations like Coca Cola, Splenda, Fujifilm, General Motors, Asigra, TEDxToronto, NXNE, and Springfree Trampoline. His competency is in developing digital video content worth sharing, which involves the combination of video services that includes: creative services, media and marketing strategy, account/portfolio management, and production.

Brianne Jordan@touchedbykenadiehttp://touchedbykenadie.com/

Brianne Jourdin is a 31 year old mother of two.  With one child born with a rare disorder, it began Brianne’s mission to help inform other families who might be going through the same unknowns.  Featured on three Discovery Channel documentaries, five other documentaries overseas and a surplus of newspapers and magazines worldwide Brianne’s voice helped start a movement connecting families with children with Primordial Dwarfism.  Brianne has organized fundraisers to give back to community organizations that have assisted in her journey and she thanks social media for the amazing connections she has made globally.

Jeanette Joy | @jeanettejoyhttp://www.jeanettefisher.com/

Jeanette Joy, accused of “tweeting her life away,” used Twitter as grief therapy after losing her daughter and husband. She shares the joy and love of Twitter by promoting charities, authors, and small businesses. A former teacher, Jeanette is an author, speaker–and most important–a grandmother on a mission to share peace.

Dee Brun | @cocktaildeevahttp://www.cocktaildeeva.com/

Award Winning Author of Book, Libations of Life, A Girls Guide to Life One Cocktail at a Time.

Resident Cocktail’ista on The Steven and Chris show on CBC. Home entertaining columnist Toronto Star Yourhome.ca. Cocktail Chef & Stylist, Menu Development, Home Entertaining Guru, writer, humorist, wife, mother of 4, TV Junkie, shoe-aholic, boarder line George Clooney stalker.. hmm what else…

I am old enough to remember making “Mixed Tapes” from the radio…My fave vacation spot is anywhere with a beach bar…and when I grow up I want to be Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City and marry George Clooney…IT COULD HAPPEN!

Lara Galloway | @mombizcoachhttp://mombizacademy.com/

Lara Galloway is the Mom Biz Coach – a life and business coach, successful entrepreneur, international speaker, and frequent media guest on the topics of social media and life work balance. Through her website, radio program, and online Mom Biz Academy, Lara has helped thousands of mompreneurs build successful businesses while taking care of their number one priority: family. A Georgia native, Lara and her family lived in Ontario for three years before returning to Michigan. Thanks to the move to Canada, Lara found her way to Twitter and is grateful everyday for the relationships she’s built there.

Matt Scobel@MattScobelhttp://about.me/mattscobel

In 2010, Matt put his passion for marketing and technology together to launch Project Macfrica, a non-profit initiative to establish Macintosh computer labs across Africa. With the first computer lab established, Matt’s focus is now on growing awareness for the project through social media and preparing fundraising efforts for the second trip in February, 2012.

Peter Sweeney | @Peter_Sweeney

PANEL #1

MODERATOR –  Julie Cole | @JulieColehttp://www.mabelslabels.com/

Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose!®. Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed, international phenomenon. It has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com and is widely recognized for its business and product excellence, winning –amongst others- a coveted RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award. As company spokeswoman, Julie is a well-known personality amongst entrepreneurs and has regular speaking engagements, from morning TV, including The Marilyn Denis show, to university business classes. Follow her on twitter @juliecole

Alexandria Durrell @clippohttp://www.clippo.ca/ and http://www.soconnected.ca/

Alexandria Durrell digs her humour like she likes her wine…dry. With a bite. She knows the lyrics to pretty much every song ever written, has a weakness for plaid and for all her complaining, she always finds the silver lining. Her two kids and one husband (for now…she’s evaluating the benefits of Brother Husbands) are the things that make her happiest and most frustrated in life. And there’s not a thing she’d change about that. She’s also the owner of Clippo.ca, the founder of SoConnected.ca and is usually found in her pajamas on Twitter.

Stephanie Tanner @CateringFungihttp://www.littlemushroomcatering.com/

Stephanie Tanner is the owner of Little Mushroom Catering based in Kitchener-Waterloo. She started the business in September 2010 after working in restaurants over the last 12 years. Little Mushroom Catering provides food & friendly service for local events and receptions, in-home cocktail parties & business lunches with a focus on providing locally sourced foods with dietary options available for everyone at the party. Stephanie is also a busy mother of two young children, a supporter of local arts, an oenophile (wine-lover) and a Twitter evangelist among friends and family.

Debbie Cornelius @WeePiggiesDebbihttp://weepiggies.com/

Debbie started her business 10 years ago after discovering a very unique way to capture and frame her children’s tiny hand and footprints. The business was an instant success, and it did not take long for her customers to realize that not only was the product unique, but the opportunity to work from home casting babies seemed too good to be true.

Deciding to Franchise her business concept was scary but proved successful when, within the first 18 months, she started 30 Franchises across the Country. Today, Wee Piggies boasts 58 Franchises across Canada as well as locations in the US, Mexico and UK, and Social Media programs have played a large part in the business’ success.

PANEL #2

MODERATOR – Jason Dykstra | http://www.absolutionmediation.ca/@jasondyk

Jason is a Conflict Resolution Specialist helping people turn conflict situations into creative solutions. He is an avid social media enthusiast who is blurring the lines between online communications and real life interaction. He has many stories to share and is interesting in hearing yours!  For more information about Jason, visit his website www.absolutionmediation.ca

James Howe | http://communicateandhowe.com/@communicateandhowe

James Howe is the founder of Social Media Breakfast: Waterloo Region and leads his own full service communications firm, Communicate and Howe! He works with charities, non-profits and small businesses to determine their communications strategy and then implement it. Prior to opening his firm, James was Director of Communications for the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo for four years where he demonstrated his ability as an innovative, creative thinker. As a generalist, he has developed a wide range of high quality communications expertise. His interest in social media comes from working with a limited budget and constantly seeking how to get the best bang for a buck.

David Yoon | @daejin_v2http://www.daejinmedia.com/

David Yoon is a Kitchener-Waterloo native, born and raised who’s endlessly grateful for how much awesome this region produces. Answering a Twitter call to action, he’s volunteered with Ignite

Waterloo since its inception. Since then Ignite Waterloo has held half a dozen sold out events featuring topics as diverse as zombie survival, roller derbies, high altitude medicine and tequila. Ignite is proud to be a part of a larger community ecosystem that brings people together to share ideas and make incredible things happen. You can find out more about Ignite Waterloo at www.ignitewaterloo.ca.

Hilary Abel | @angryceleryhttp://www.rqmagazine.com/ and http://www.hilarya.tumblr.com/

Hilary Abel is the creator of RQ magazine - a local blog about things happening around Waterloo Region. She started The Steel Rail Sessions (2010, 2011), a collaborative community art event aboard a train that works with many community creatives and hosts 350 local attendees. During the day she resides in a cubicle, but in the evening and on weekends she attempts to inspire area GenY’s to get out of the house and enjoy all the awesomeness Kitchener-Waterloo has to offer.

Ramy Nassar @ramynassarhttp://www.brightlightsphotography.ca/

Ramy is the co-host of TEDxWaterloo, an independently organized TED style event taking place in Waterloo Region. Ramy is a friend, a photographer and an entrepreneur. He works as a consultant to several local early-stage technology. He has worked in both sales and business development roles since graduating from Computer and Systems Engineering. He has a photography business, Bright Lights Photography, as well as a real estate investment/development business. Prior to joining the TEDxWaterloo team, he volunteered with Engineers Without Borders Canada and Ignite Waterloo.