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Saturday, September 13 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Roundtable Discussions

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Roundtables are in-depth discussions held with small groups. Held in the Canadian Room, there will be a presenter at each table to host the discussion. The roundtables will include presentations followed by ample time for discussion, feedback, and conversation with those at the table. Attendees are invited to find a roundtable topic that interests them and sit at that table. 

Download the "Roundtable Topics.pdf" file (link below the Speakers names) for a full description of roundtable topics.

Keeping YOUR Voice in Sponsored Content
Shannon Acheson

Your Brand and Social Media: Why Instagram Should Be Your Best Friend
Marissa Anwar & Jenny Jovanovic

Media Training 101
Alison Burke

Maximize Your Time: Strategies To Save You Time So You Can Balance Blogging, Family, & Work
Lisa Canning

Your First Year of Blogging: How To Get Noticed
Melissa Di Renzo

The Entrepreneurship of Blogging: Making Blogging A Business
Christine Dovey & Sarah Gunn

Blog Writing 101: Crafting a Cohesive, Concise and Conversational Post
Jordana Garbati

The Efficient Blogger: Innovative Ideas to Organize Your Content
Amanda Gordon

The Brand Perspective: Insider Tips from a PR Pro
Krystin Lee

How to join HGTV Canada’s Blog Network
Cynthia Long & Mia Shulman 

Why You Should Keep Blogging (even though HGTV hasn’t called, Google Ads doesn’t send you a cheque every month, and your basement is full of old blog projects)
Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist 

Taking Your Brand Offline
Rhonda Riche

So You Want To Write A Book? An Insider's Look at Getting A Book Deal and Working With Publishers
Sean Stanwick

How A Blog Can Help Your Business
Susan Sykes

Bloggers Pitching Publications: What You Need To Know
Amy Victoria

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Shannon Acheson

AKA Design
Shannon is a Canadian writer, graphic designer, interior designer, artist, wife and homeschooling momma. She is the writer and one half of the creative duo behind the DIY and lifestyle blog, AKA Design. She is also the author of Bloggers & Brands, the blogger's guide to pitching and working with brands. Shannon lives in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario with her husband and three kids.

Marissa Anwar

Managing Director, Spark Sessions
With an educational background ​​in Biochemistry, and 9 years field experience in developing products for one of the biggest Telecommunications companies in Canada​ ​, Marissa took the plunge and launched her own consulting firm in 2011. The team has grown to 45 people and operates in Canada, US, and Europe, helping funded Start-Ups scale rapidly. | ​ | Marissa is also an active fashion, beauty and travel blogger at Chic... Read More →

Alison Burke

Impressions Public Relations
Alison came to public relations with a journalism background and has worked in both agency and non-profit settings. Alison started Impressions Public Relations (IPR) to give a voice to dedicated entrepreneurial women, small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Today Alison’s focus is on guiding the strategic efforts of the firm as it grows. Alison has been recruited to share her expertise speaking at numerous... Read More →
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Lisa Canning

Lisa Canning Interiors
Lisa Canning is a Toronto based interior stylist, lifestyle expert and brand ambassador with a penchant for chic, contemporary, family friendly interiors. A graduate of Ryerson University's acclaimed School of Fashion, Lisa brought her flair for textiles and colour as she transitioned into designing homes on HGTV's Marriage Under Construction. Lisa launched her design practice shortly thereafter specializing in customized, modern interiors for... Read More →

Melissa DiRenzo

The Sweet Escape
Melissa is an experienced Art Director/Graphic Designer, blogger and all ‘round creative gal. She has a deep-seated passion for home decor, an obsession with anything vintage and a gift for great styling, a dabbling foodie and a (huge) sucker for D.I.Y. After spending nearly 10 years working in the marketing industry as an art director and graphic designer on national retail campaigns, her passion for blogging (and independent... Read More →

christine dovey

Stylist, Decorator and Blogging Editor, Christine Dovey Style/ Bijou and Boheme
Christine Dovey is the owner and principal of her design company, Christine Dovey Style Ltd. and is editor of the design blog Bijou and Boheme.  She is a published stylist, art curator, decorator and painter whose signature aesthetic can best be described as a blushy cocktail of delicate pretty mixed with a dash of modern edge. She believes that the most beautiful things in life are worth waiting for and that great design should feel like... Read More →
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Jordana Garbati

Writing Instructor & Blogger
My blog, White Cabana, was born on a snowy winter day in January 2010 and I have been blogging daily ever since. I, along with my contributors, feature news and inspiration from the worlds of design, art, and travel - all in white. When I'm not blogging you can find me madly writing my PhD dissertation, reading through stacks of books and magazines, getting my daily dose of vitamin D, or planning my next vacation. Connect with me: web... Read More →

Amanda Gordon

Blogger, Small Home Big Start
Join me as I DIY, craft, bake and cook my way into making our little apartment a home. From delicious recipes to decorating inspiration and project tutorials, there is a little bit of something for everyone. | When I'm not trying to get paint out of my hair and cake batter off my clothes, I can usually be found outdoors, hiking and exploring Ontario's trails with my husband and our two dogs.
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Sarah Gunn

Cityline Guest Expert, Interior Stylist & Blogger

Jenny Jovanovic

Crazy Style Love
Jenny is the blogger behind Crazy Style Love, a fashion and lifestyle blog where she shares her personal style and everything that she loves.  With over 7 years of experience working in retail marketing, along with 2 years of blogging, Jenny has become a savvy social media expert.  Instagram is her current social network of choice, where she has built a community to include more than 25,000 loyal followers.  Jenny has a... Read More →

Krystin Lee

Delta Faucet
With over 7 years of experience in public relations, Krystin has seen the relationship of bloggers and brands flourish in her career. Acting as the Public Relations Specialist for Masco Canada, Krystin has assisted in generating awareness for brands such as Delta Faucet and Brizo as well establishing relationships with the blogger community on behalf of the company. When she’s not working, Krystin writes a fashion and lifestyle blog... Read More →

Cynthia Long

HGTV Canada
Cynthia Long manages the digital lifestyle portfolio for Shaw Media including HGTV.ca, ETCanada.com, Slice.ca and ShawConnect.ca. Under her leadership, the digital lifestyle portfolio has experienced over 370% year-over-year traffic growth and now attracts a combined total of over 30 million page views and 2.9 million unique visitors a month. In addition to developing digital strategies, monetizing digital... Read More →
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Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist

Life is a Party
Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist is the blogger behind Life is a Party.  Her philosophy in life is that even though life isn’t always great, it is what we make it, so we may as well make it a party.  On the blog she shares her adventures, success and failures in cooking, decorating, diy, entertaining, mothering and living.    | Dannyelle has a background in teaching, and public speaking.  She’s the full-time mom to two little girls, and lives... Read More →

Rhonda Riche

Covet Garden
Rhonda Riche is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Along with Lynda Felton and Jessica Reid, she is the co-founder of the online decor magazine Covet Garden and co-author of the book Covet Garden Home. Over the years, she has contributed to such publications as DuJour, 2 for Couples, Flare and In Style as well as CBC Radio One's Definitely Not The Opera. With theCovet... Read More →

Mia Shulman

HGTV Canada
Mia Shulman is a lifestyle writer and managing editor of HGTV.ca. She lives in Toronto (in a hotel!) and spends her free time decorating and redecorating her tiny apartment with vintage treasures and DIY projects.

Sean Stanwick

Rambling Renovators
Sean Stanwick is an architectural designer and an established author having written three internationally published books on design, and well over a hundred magazine articles, news and project features.  His first book “Wine by Design” (and the followup Volume II), was literally born in a Niagara vineyard and put the spotlight on spectacular wineries from around the globe.  His second book “Design City Toronto&rdquo... Read More →

Susan Sykes

Interior Decorator, Decorating Den Interiors
As a professional decorator and business owner, Susan Sykes combines a lifelong passion for beautiful spaces with over 12 years of experience in creative project management and marketing communications. She is also the co-founder of the popular interior design & decorating blog Newberry Sykes (www.newberrysykes.com) where she and her good friend Meredith regularly share stylish design ideas and inspiration with their readers. 

Amy Victoria

Kimberley Seldon Design & Media
Amy Victoria's passion is design - so much so, she has spent her entire 15+ year marketing and communications career working with prolific designers in the areas of film/set design, fashion, industrial design and now interior design. Amy is the managing director of marketing and communications at Kimberley Seldon Design & Media where she helps Kimberley further develop Dabble Magazine and The Business of Design - which is a business... Read More →

Saturday September 13, 2014 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Canadian Room

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