Canadian Internet Marketing Conference speakers revealed (CONTEST)

Dec 20 2017, 3:52 am

The Canadian Internet Marketing Conference is back this spring for a two-day event, and we’re sending one reader to it for free.

The fresh-faced industry meeting has only been around for one year but has attracted speakers from some of the world’s most well-known brands for their 2016 event on April 14 and 15 in Squamish. Marketing heads from Starbucks, Google, TELUS, Warner Music, Herschel, and several other big international and local brands will be speaking throughout the jam-packed weekend.

Every digital marketer in Vancouver will be itching to register for CIMC and be one of the 1,100 people who will gain insight into some of the most innovative and inspiring trends online. There’s no idea too big or too profound for the expert marketers who will be speaking over the two-day event.

The 2016 speakers include:

Fab Dolan – Head Of Marketing at Google Canada

At work and in his talks, Fab Dolan draws on his experiences as a (reformed) traditional brand marketer on iconic brands like Cheerios and Green Giant, as well as those of the cutting edge digital agencies, startups, and engineers he meets regularly. He’ll explore digital marketing, branding, agile marketing, ad technology, tech and computing, business strategy, economics, and more.

Scott Ahmed – Associate Brand Manager at Starbucks Canada

Scott Ahmed is a customer-focused brand marketer with experience driving growth through forward-thinking solutions for brands at Disney, Hasbro, and Starbucks.

Gabe Mederos – Senior Social Media Manager at TELUS

With over 15 years of experience in corporate, not-for-profit, and government, Gabe Mederos has held senior communications roles with organizations like Purolator, Nestlé Purina PEtCare, and the Region of Peel. He currently leads TELUS’ strategic social media initiatives, including TELUS Days of Giving, WE Day, and platforms like the TELUS Blog.

Scott Johnson – Western Region Manager at Warner Music Canada

Scott Johnson manages Warner Music Canada’s regional business, including sales, marketing, promotions, and business development, along with managing their national business with Amazon in Canada. He’s also the President of Music BC and sits on many boards like the Western Canadian Music Awards/Breakout West Festival and The Peak Performance Project.

Janelle Saccucci – Director of Marketing and Communications at Blenz Coffee

The Director of Marketing and Communications at Blenz Coffee, Janelle Saccucci is passionate about creative marketing and public relations, and she’s always drinking coffee.

Christian Thomson – Founder of Marwick Internet Marketing

One of Canada’s most sought after digital marketing experts, as well as the co-founder of the CIMC, Christian Thomson is well known for helping business owners navigate and dominate the digital landscape.

Oli Gardner – Co-founder of Unbounce

As the co-founder of Unbounce, Oli Gardner has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet. He’s on a mission to help marketers combine data and design to create high-converting and delightful marketing experiences.

Andrea Stairs – Managing Director at eBay Canada

Leading the Canadian strategy and operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, Andrea Stairs is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users. From individual consumers to established brands and retailers, she oversees all of eBay’s Canadian functions, including product management, marketing, business development, and public and government relations.

Greg Plata – Team Lead, Sponsorship & Experiential Marketing

Greg Plata oversees WestJet’s national sponsorship portfolio, leading the evolution of the organization’s experiential marketing efforts. He’s led several projects, including the WestJet Christmas Miracle campaigns, Ultimate Vegas Upgrade, Share-A-Coke Plane, and more.

Ryan Hystead – Director, Strategic Solutions at Yahoo Canada

In nine years with Yahoo, Ryan Hystead has worked with advertisers, agencies, and media partners to create multi-layered advertising programs, and worked with clients like Liberty Mutual, Ford Canada, and Charles Schwab.

Demetrius Michael – The Growth Hacker at Shopify

Billion dollar impact @Shopify.

Nathan T. Baker – Content Marketing Specialist at Raven

Nathan T. Baker has helped hundreds of marketers automate their reporting process through his role as a Content Marketing Specialist at Raven.

Jennifer Powell – Principal of BlissDom Canada, Hart & Galla, and Three Sixty Access

An award-winning social marketing strategist and event producer, Jennifer Powell produces BlissDom canada, the premiere social media conference for influencers in Canada. She also manages Three Sixty Access, an influencer and social strategy agency, 360Bliss, a social media resource and education hub, and more.

Justin Young – Creative Director and Co-Founder at Village&Co.

Justin Young has spent a majority of his 20 years experience rooted in digital. From his first job working on Kokanee to accounts like Hewlett-Packard and Banana Republic, he’s had a dynamic career in marketing. As the Managing Director of Radar DDB, he led the Canada Tourism Commission’s robust and award-winning social media program, which was the springboard to starting Village&Co. As Creative Director there, he leads the agency in harnessing technology and social innovation.

Melissa Mewdell – Marketing Manager at O2E Brands

With experience in online marketing, content strategy, and analytics, Melissa Mewdell has gone from the cut-throat online gaming industry to the team that redesigned and relaunched the City of Vancouver’s website. She currently leads marketing at O2E Brands, the parent company for brands like 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me, and more.

Vicki McLeod – President at Main Street Communications Ltd.

For over two decades, Vicki McLeod has worked with businesses and governments to create and sustain meaningful communications and marketing strategies. A business and personal coach, consultant, and trainer, she’s an advocate for everyday happiness, mindfulness, and living a passionate and engaged life. As the president of Main Street Communications and a founding member of The Social Chicks, she has trained and mentored over 150 businesses around B.C. over the past three years.

Ayla Collins – Community Manager at Yelp

As the Community Manager of Yelp Vancouver, Ayla Collins is at the helm of a vibrant, buzzing community of locals who eat, drink, shop, and play their way through the city. She works to create relationships between great local businesses and enthusiastic Vancouverites with a passion for all things YVR.

Mikey Scott – Global Marketing Director at Herschel Supply Co.

Recognized as a brand builder with the know-how to tell stories and bring product to market, Mikey Scott’s passion for content marketing has allowed him to execute global campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands. Having worked with Nike, Quiksilver, and Red Bull, he is currently the Global Marketing Director at Herschel.

Joseph Thompson – VP Marketing & Communications at BuildDirect

An e-commerce and marketing exec with over 15 years in leadership positions with companies like Amazon and Procter & Gamble, Joseph Thompson has experience operating end-to-end businesses and leading organizations around the world. In his current role with BuildDirect, he oversees the brand, digital marketing, sales, customer service, business development, public relations, communications, merchandising, and design.

Tyler Douglas – Chief Marketing Officer at Vision Critical

A seasoned leader and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience, Tyler Douglas heads up Vision Critical’s global marketing team to grow the brand within target markets. He co-founded IronPoint Technology, a market leader in web content and collaboration software, through its acquisition to the Active Network, where he helped drive the company’s stock from $30 million to $300 million.

Jennifer Campbell – General Manager, Commercial Marketing at Canada Post Corp.

A leader in multi-channel marketing strategy, Jennifer Campbell has spearheaded countless initiatives to support the industry. She joined Canada Post in 2006 and leads a team who bring hands-on marketing experience and knowledge to a wealth of customers, agencies, and industry partners across the country. Her team develop business-building marketing initiatives to inspire marketers, agencies, and industry partners.

Rebecca Maynes – Manager, Content Marketing and Research at Mediative

With expertise in the creation of engaging through leadership, Rebecca Maynes is passionate about conducting research, analyzing data, and writing white papers and reports at Mediative. At CIMC, she’ll share some of the results from her most recent research and give tips for advertisers.

Katie Jeanes – Lead Instructor, Digital Marketing at RED Academy

Katie Jeanes spends her days as a digital marketing instructor at RED Academy teaching students how to use data driven decision making to blow [email protected]#% up on the internet.

Sarah Clark – Project Manager at Jelly Digital Marketing & PR

As a project manager at Jelly, Sarah Clark showcases her expertise in all things social, PR, and multi-platform integration. As each of her clients’ understanding of digital marketing varies, she always looks forward to sharing how she’s able to communicate the fast moving world of digital marketing to business owners.

Katie Schaeffers – VP Strategy + Creative at brand.LIVE

A seasoned event producer and curator, Katie Schaeffers has produced events and multi-media experienced locally and internationally for the past decade, specializing in storytelling, program design, and custom content development. At brand.LIVE, she’s in the business of guiding, supporting, and creating significant world-class and community-based events that cultivate community identity, uncover emerging talent, and achieve business objectives.

Emily Fonda – Director at the Sociable Society

Specializing in entertainment, digital media, and non-profits, Emily Fonda is a communications and brand maven, who has combined professional experience with creative passions that culminates into a distinct marketing methodology. At the Sociable Society, they connect high-profile social media influencers with top brands, for the purpose of direct consumer marketing campaigns that target niche socially engaged audiences.

Christina Crook – Author of The Joy of Missing Out

An author and storyteller, Christina Crook is on a mission to show people overwhelmed by our digitally-saturated culture how to get a breath of fresh air and live with a sense of intentionality and joy. Her 2015 book has made her a leading voice in a growing movement towards a more human relationship with modern technology.

Corey Vidal – Creative Director at ApprenticeA Productions and Buffer Festival

Corey Vidal is a Canadian entrepreneur, director, producer, and full-time YouTuber based in Toronto. He has been uploading YouTube videos since 2006 and has generated over 100 million views on the site.


  • 2 full CIMC passes
  • 2-night stay at the Executive Suits Hotel in Squamish
  • 1-night stay at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler
  • 2 day spa passes to the Scandinave Spa in Whistler

Total prize package valued at $2,150.


To enter to win this prize pack courtesy of the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, do at least one of the following:

1. Tweet the following on Twitter: (1 entry)

  • Win a $2,150 prize package to @CIMConference with 3-night hotel stay via @VancityBuzz RT to enter! #CIMC2016

2. Follow Vancity Buzz on LinkedIn. Leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)

3. Leave a comment below telling us which speaker you’d be most interested in hearing from. (1 entry)

4. Follow some of our editors on Twitter: @farhanmohamed, @danielbettridge, @iamkennethchan. Leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry each)

Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 p.m. PST on February 9, 2016. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter by.

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