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Nancy Kay - TELUS

Nancy KayNancy Kay is the director of web & social media marketing for TELUS business. In her current role, Nancy manages TELUS’ B2B online experience, including social media. Nancy’s team has been paving the way for telecommunications in social media, launching the first external business blog, TELUS Talks Business in February 2010, the hub of TELUS’ social media strategy - a community designed to connect Canadian businesses with industry experts and peers.

Nancy has an extensive background in marketing, in both the B2B and B2C markets, covering Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical and Financial Services industries and was part of launching Canada’s first online bank.

Julie Howlett - LinkedIn

Julie HowlettAn Advertising and Social Media Marketing Professional with nearly a decade of experience in developing and executing strategies for enterprise, consumer, tourism, government, entertainment and financial services clients. Julie is currently a member of the Global Marketing Solutions team at LinkedIn, developing strategies that allow businesses and brands to connect with professionals. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Julie was the National Director of Digital Sales for Astral Media Inc. where she managed the sales team that exclusively represented brands such as HBO Canada, The Movie Network, Family Channel, Playhouse Disney, Virgin Radio, CFRB1010, CanalVie and various other entertainment brands. In her personal time, Julie contributes her efforts to the National Advertisers Benevolent Society (NABS) as a board member, with over 5 years of service. NABS is a support system for anyone facing personal, career and family challenges due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties in the Marketing and Communications industry in Canada–

Tony Lourakis - Complete Innovations

Tony LourakisTony is an entrepreneur who brings to Complete Innovations (CI) an in depth understanding of software design and development. Tony founded his first company, Canlogic Solutions, at the age of 18 while still a student in college where he studied computer science. Canlogic Solutions was a first level systems support house and IT solutions provider focused on servicing small to medium-sized companies.

In 2003, the company was ranked the 9th fastest growing business in Canada by Profit magazine. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Complete Innovations was named to the Branham300, a list recognizing Canada’s 300 largest Information Communication Technology (ICT) companies and again named to Profit magazines fastest growing Canadian companies in each of those years. In addition, in 2009 Complete Innovations was named by IDC Canada as one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch in the mobile technology space.

Tony was named as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2004 and nominated again in 2007. He is also a Toronto Chapter member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Chris Eh Young - B2CY

Chris Eh YoungChris 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. All while generating real world ROI.


John Rose - Resource as a Solution (RaaS)

John RoseFrom Newspaper Boy through Engineering to Recruiter, with several stops on the journey to today! John has over the [many] years embraced change, developed new skills and shared them with the passion and belief that ‘the world is not flat’ and ‘you can teach old dogs new tricks’. John is an exponent for the effective and beneficial utilization of Social Media to connect, communicate and collaborate with people and businesses.

Dave Ockwell-Jenner - Prime Information Security

Dave Ockwell-JennerDave Ockwell-Jenner has an extensive background in technology: from building one of the Internet’s earliest major web sites, to helping secure some of the world’s most critical systems. He has led the development of solutions for some of Canada’s most prominent technology companies, including Research in Motion and Nortel. He currently owns and operates Prime Information Security, a boutique consulting practice helping small businesses value and protect the information they possess. Dave also helps develop training material, teaching up-and-coming technology professionals how to create more secure solutions.

James Howe - Communicate and Howe!

James HoweJames Howe leads his own full service communications firm, Communicate and Howe! He works with small businesses, charities, and non-profits 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. He is the founder of Social Media Breakfast: Waterloo Region. His interest in social media comes from working with a limited budget and constantly seeking how to get the best bang for a buck.

Derek Weidl - THEMUSEUM

James HoweDerek describes himself as a social media marketer who's a jack of many trades and a master of a few. He currently is the Digital Media & Marketing Coordinator at THEMUSEUM in Downtown Kitchener. Since graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, his career has taken him to jobs in marketing, advertising, and film production. In his current role, Derek is working to increase THEMUSEUM’s digital and online presence.

Tony DaSilva - Cucci Cabello

James HoweTony DaSilva founded Cucci Cabello in 1999 to sculpt exceptional hair styles. Born and raised in Portugal, Tony brings a european flair to everything from everyday styles to weddings and special events. Based in Kitchener, Cucci Cabello has rapidly become one of the leading salons in the area known for it’s artistic atmosphere and creativity of it’s stylists.

Cucci Cabello are sponsors of The Social Scene - the @MarketPlace after party!

Brendon Robinson - Panel Facilitator

James HoweBrendon Robinson is an independent software designer and developer with over 15 years of experience in a diverse range of areas. Currently focusing on usability, he has also spent considerable time in game development, web applications, business management software, development tools and embedded software. He is currently the maintainer of several open-source projects, including the premier TAP-based testing tools for Common Lisp and Unrealscript.

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