Gary Vaynerchuk is a 36 year old New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author, wine entrepreneur, and social media expert. Gary launched Winelibrary.com in 1997, helping to grow his family’s wine business from $3 million to $45 million by 2005. He continued to break ground in the often haughty wine world, creating Wine Library TV in 2006, and gaining 100,000 viewers a day with his irreverent humour and everyman wine reviews.
A true social media trailblazer he’s a successful video blogger, and has close to 1 million followers on Twitter and made BusinessWeek’s list of the top 20 people every entrepreneur should follow. Gary’s first business book Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion (October 2009) hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press Best-Sellers lists in its first weeks. His second New York Times best-seller The Thank You Economy (March 2011), details the effect of social media on business and has become required reading for business leaders.
In 2009, Gary and his brother AJ launched VaynerMedia, a new breed of agency that helps Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo, the NJ and NY Jets (Gary’s ultimate goal is to own the NY Jets!) engage in social media and build their digital brands. Gary was notably featured in Decanter Magazine’s 2009 Power List—a list of the 50 most influential people in wine, and named Innovator of the Year at Wine Enthusiast’s 2009 Wine Star Awards. Although his various businesses obviously play an enormous role in his life, he always puts his family first.
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Amber Mac is an internationally known speaker, bestselling social media author, TV host, and
entrepreneur. She’s been called “…a leading voice of the Web generation” and “a virtual Swiss Army
Knife of networking” and is a highly regarded thought leader in the social media field.
In June 2010, Amber published her first book, “Power Friending”, about using social media to build your
brand, and currently hosts Canada's first national TV show about mobile technology and trends called
App Central. She also hosts and produces a weekly show for Fast Company magazine called Work Smart.
In December 2010, Canadian Business Magazine called Amber the country's top social media expert, and
her highly popular podcasts have been featured in Wired Magazine, won numerous awards, and reach
close to 100,000 viewers a week.
She writes a regular online column for The Globe & Mail called Trending Tech and pens a mobile
innovation blog for Yahoo!
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Geoff Livingston is an author, public speaker and marketing strategist who has
dedicated his career to helping mindful companies and nonprofits achieve social
change. He brings people together, virtually and physically to affect change and
achieve higher knowledge.
Geoff organized the first Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington in 2011, an event
that raised $2 million for more than 1000 nonprofits using online media tools. In
2012 he is serving as vice president of strategic partnerships for Razoo, a series of
regional online giving contests that unite communities to raise millions for local
causes. He also started and sold social media boutique Livingston Communications
A former journalist, Livingston continues to write, and has authored three books.
Most recently he co-authored Marketing in the Round with Gini Dietrich, and wrote
the social media primer Welcome to the Fifth Estate. He blogs prolifically about
nonprofits on Inspire Generosity and Mashable, and social media on his eponymous
Professionally, he has advised United Way of America, The Case Foundation, Razoo,
Environmental Defense Fund, Ford, Google, Live Earth, PayPal, the Philanthropy 2.0
Project, Network Solutions, Procter and Gamble, Sully Erna (Godsmack lead singer),
and many others on how to use social media to achieve social good.
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Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated
marketing communication firm. She also is the founder of the professional
development site for PR and marketing pros, Spin Sucks Pro, and co-author
of Marketing In the Round.
Gini is the author of the PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, which is a 2012
Top 100 Blog, the 2010 and 2011 Readers Choice Blog of the Year, a Top 42
Content Marketing Blog from Junta42, a top 10 social media blog from Social Media
Examiner, and an AdAge Power 150 blog.
She delivers numerous keynotes, panel discussions, coaching sessions, and
workshops across North America and Europe on the subject of using online
technology in communication, marketing, sales, and HR.
One of the top rated communication professionals on the social networks, Gini was
recently named the number one PR person, according to Klout and TechCrunch, on
the channels, and number one on Twitter, according to TweetLevel. She also can be
found writing at Crain's Chicago Business and in various PR and marketing blogs and
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Danny Brown is the VP of Partner Strategy at Jugnoo, an Internet and media technology
company. An award-winning marketer and blogger, Danny is a widely recognized
authority on social media and is a regular featured contributor to numerous print
and TV news stories.
He has worked with some of the biggest tech and digital
companies in the world, including RIM, Microsoft Canada, British Telecom, IBM,
Dell, and LG Electronics. He is also the author of The Parables of Business, offering
business strategies and advice through the art of storytelling.
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Matt Hixson is CEO and co-founder of Tellagence and a leader of strategic initiatives, including social, for the past ten years, working with some of the biggest brands in the world.
With co-founder Nitin Mayande, Matt is pioneering a new front in big data and communication: identifying how human interactions with technology influence social media outcomes. Matt's mission is to change the way business approaches communications by identifying trusted relationships in social networks and predicting behaviors — predicting word of mouth, essentially -- within specific areas of interest.
That's why they launched Tellagence, which employs groundbreaking technology to upend our old models for communication in social media or inside an enterprise. Tellagence dynamically and dramatically changes the way organizations approach the communication of information within any network – and how they connect with audiences.
The son of an entrepreneur, Matt possesses a deep reservoir of curiosity, inventiveness and energy – supported by an extensive educational background. Claiming both an MBA and CPA, he asks colleagues not to hold that against him, and somehow manages to be rather charming in spite of his many degrees and accolades.
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Saul Colt is the Head of Magic at SAUL! The Idea Integration Company. He was recently named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators and has been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers, even Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company”. In a previous life Saul was the person who launched Zipcar into the Canadian marketplace, was a key person in the growth of FreshBooks.com and even knows what it is like to work for a large corporation from his time in a leadership role at Rogers Communications.
Saul loves all people, especially women and is tired of people asking him to remove his shirt. On top of all that Saul is also a Professional Speaker and Consultant specializing in Social Media, Customer Service, Community Building and Word of Mouth Marketing, collects Air Force One sneakers, watch lots of Movies and likes to think he understand people…and just happens to be the Smartest Man in the World.
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Frank Falcone is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Program Director at the Rotman Centre for CRM Excellence for the University of Toronto. Previously Frank Falcone spent six years leading product management and marketing for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM business unit at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Frank was Co-Founder and CEO of Certica and a Senior Application Engineer for Adobe Systems.
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Marc Mondesir is a Regional Sales Director at Dell Canada Inc with a mandated to drive sales growth and demand generation in the Eastern Canadian, Medium Business Market (spanning from Central Toronto to the Maritimes). He is accountable for Sales-Planning, Resource Planning and Strategy in the Outside Sales Division.
Prior to assuming his current role, Marc was similarly responsible for Dell’s East Canada SMB Sales organization, supporting both Direct Customers & Channel Partners which included the leadership of Dell’s inside sales teams based in their remote, Montreal office.
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Aayaz Pira is a vice president in the Technology Consulting Services practice of
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with a focus on technology strategy, outsourcing strategy and emerging
Working out of the Toronto office, Aayaz has significant experience in leading, program managing and
implementing organizational transformation activities in finance, marketing, information technology
and other areas of back office operations. Aayaz's breadth of experience and knowledge with web
strategy and social collaboration has also helped organizations launch successful online programs and
campaigns. More recently, Aayaz's client experience has focused around enterprise enablement through
mobile and emerging technologies.
Aayaz holds an MBA from the Queen’s School of Business. He is a Certified Outsourcing Professional
and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Information Technology Management.
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Tim Burrows has been an officer with the Toronto Police Service for 22 years and
is currently with the Corporate Communications Unit as the supervisor of the
Social Media Program for the Service. This includes providing training, guidance,
monitoring, support and the direction for the members and units using social media
to connect with the community on behalf of the Service.
In a very short time, Tim recognized that sending information via social media
platforms was only a small part of social media. The true benefit of building
relationships is in receiving more than sending, listening more than talking and
sharing information for the greater community good. He has turned a passing
interest of social media into a passion for how law enforcement communicates in
the digital information era and how to market an ‘unmarketable’ profession.
Tim regularly writes for several police and law enforcement publications and
consults for agencies looking to increase their voice and effectiveness within their
communities and beyond.
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Mark Greenspan has over a decade’s worth of international experience in all things digital. From consulting to production to education he has worked with various corporations, academic institutions, privately held organizations and non-for-profits to explore the commerical, cultural and theoretical sides of digital technologies and their impact on our businesses and our lives.
Currently, Mark Greenspan is Chief Operating Officer at Achilles Media where he oversees the day-to-day operations of a company that contributes to the success of business community members by providing platforms for the formation of professional relationships and knowledge share. Achilles Media's portfolio includes the organization of international events such as the Banff World Media Festival, nextMEDIA, Canadian Innovation Exchange as well as digitally-based products and services.
Mark sits on various advisory boards including the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, the Documentary Association of Canada's DocSHIFT initiative and the Inside Disaster project. He has also completed a Masters of Education at the University of Toronto and is passionate about community, of Toronto and is passionate about community, connectivity and creativity
Laurie leads strategy planning for clients interested in leveraging digital for business transformation, advertising, commerce, relationship building and/or driving innovation. She joins Draft FCB this July as their planning director in digital - joining from JWT Canada. She has recently led the Canadian country launch of the Discover America social media campaign as part of a significant US travel and tourism effort - likely one of the most comprehensive, global social media launches to date.
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