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Saturday, September 13
 

8:00am

BlogPodium Registration presented by PARA Paints
Sponsors
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PARA Paints

TITLE SPONSOR
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer, contractor, and consumer since 1915, PARA Paints is a proud supporter of the interior design blog community. PARA Paints is available at leading... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Foyer

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday September 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Foyer

8:00am

Exhibit Hall
Visit with today's most recognizable lifestyle brands in the Exhibit Hall. Talk directly to PR and marketing representatives and explore ways you can work together.

Saturday September 13, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
Canadian Room

9:00am

Opening Remarks & Welcome
Speakers
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Garry Belfall

Senior Brand Manager, PARA Paints
A marketing professional, brand ambassador and spokesperson for Sherwin Williams Diversified Brands Canada, PARA Paints’ Senior Brand Manager Garry Belfall brings over 20 years of marketing paint and lifestyle products in Canada to his role. Known for his passion, creativity, enthusiasm and strategic abilities, Garry is well known in the Canadian paint retail marketplace.  A champion of the Para Blog Crew initiative over the last... Read More →
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Jennifer Flores

Principal & Blogger, Rambling Renovators
Blogging since 2007, Jennifer is the writer behind Rambling Renovators, a chronicle of the renovations, DIY adventures, creative projects, and home life she shares with her husband and daughter at their home in Toronto.  Recognized for her timeless style and impressive DIYs, Jennifer has appeared on The Nate Berkus Show, CityLine, and Breakfast Television and has had her home featured in the pages of Style At Home, This Old House, National... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 9:00am - 9:15am
Canadian Room

9:15am

Keynote Presentation with Donna Williams

We are very excited to announce blogger and self-proclaimed junker Donna Williams as one of our Keynote Speakers for BlogPodium 2014!

Author of the hugely popular blog Funky Junk Interiors, Donna’s ultimate passion is creating cool things for her home out of salvaged finds. Blogging now for six years, Donna still claims she can’t build nor do a multitude of things, however she ‘does it all anyway’, encouraging a no-fear approach.

With a successful blog that has landed her in the pages of Cottages & Bungalows and Flea Market Style, sent her roaming across the US South on a decorating road trip for Habitat for Humanity and GMC, and garnered her over 200,000 Facebook fans, Donna will share with us her inspirational story of hard work and staying true to your personal style.


Speakers
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Donna Williams

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Funky Junk Interiors
Donna Williams, a self proclaimed junker, authors the blog Funky Junk Interiors. Her ultimate passion is creating cool things for her home out of salvaged finds. Blogging now for 6 years, she still claims she can't build nor do a multitude of things, however she 'does it all anyway', encouraging a no fear approach. She's also passionate about photography and inspirational writing. A mom of a teen son and 2 tuxedo cats, they currently reside in... Read More →

Sponsors
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RYOBI Tools

KEYNOTE SPONSOR
As one of the world's largest and most innovative power tool manufacturers, RYOBI® power tools specializes in making pro-featured power tools truly affordable. That's why RYOBI® is the brand of choice for millions of homeowners, woodworkers, hobbyists, craftspeople, and value-conscious contractors. RYOBI® has built its reputation by leading the way with innovative products that continuously deliver the features and performance... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 9:15am - 10:00am
Canadian Room

10:00am

Break
Saturday September 13, 2014 10:00am - 10:15am
Foyer

10:00am

Camp Tech Nerd Station

Exclusively for BlogPodium attendees, The Nerd Station by Camp Tech features a table of web designers and developers, eager to help you with your blog issues.

Book a one-on-one consultation with your Nerd – a friendly expert who can help you with your blog. Bring your technical and design issues, and we’ll get you sorted out. Plugin configuration issues? Trouble picking a theme? Concerned about your website’s backup and security settings? The Nerds are on-hand and ready to help you.

Find out more about the types of consultations offered here.

How to Book:
Go to http://camptech.appointy.com, choose your type of consultation, go to September 13 and pick a time slot. One consultation per person.

Bonus! Everyone who visits the Nerd Station will be entered into a random draw to win a $200 gift certificate to Camp Tech, which can be redeemed for tech classes or private training.

 

Exhibitors
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Camp Tech Nerd Station

The Nerd Station is brought to you by Camp Tech. Camp Tech offers practical, professional tech skills training in a fun & friendly environment. Our relaxed, informative, & hands-on classes in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and Waterloo are perfect for bloggers, small business owners, and anyone curious to learn more about technology.  Learn more and see the class lineup at http://camptech.ca.


Saturday September 13, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Foyer

10:15am

Do’s and Don’ts of Making your Blog Irresistible to Brands

When brands look at all the talented bloggers out there, what sets you apart?

As door-openers to brands, PR people can be great partners for bloggers. In this workshop, learn from a seasoned communications specialist who evaluates blogger partnerships on behalf of some pretty cool brands. Learn the do’s and don’ts of making you and your blog stand out.


Speakers
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Cynthia Zamaria

Managing Director, Zeno Canada
Cynthia works in PR and plays on her blog - she is a passionate advocate for both. As Managing Director of Zeno Canada, she counsels leading brands on progressive communications and specializes in blogger relations. As publisher of Recreational Decorator, she creates a destination for home hobbyists to explore how we design our spaces, grow our gardens and share meals. While she decorates for fun, Cynthia has received serious... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 10:15am - 11:00am
Canadian Room

10:15am

Essential SEO
Networking is an invaluable skill for any entrepreneur, but it can only get you so far in the online world. In order for your brand to expand on both a national and global scale, you need to be easily accessible on search engines, and developing a firm grasp on the ever-evolving SEO concepts is the only way to do it! In this seminar, you’ll learn what SEO is, how to apply it to your website, why keywords are the most important part of your blogs, and insightful tips and strategies on how to get your website to the coveted #1 spot on Google.

Speakers
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Nicki Lamont

Nicki Lamont
Nicki Lamont is a search engine optimization specialist and online producer for a web development company in Toronto, Ontario. With over six years of SEO experience, her firm understanding of SEO as a marketing tool and her personally developed, innovative and unique ways to expose brands online have made Nicki one of Toronto’s go-to women for expanding a website’s visibility. As a Print and Broadcast Journalism graduate from Durham... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 10:15am - 11:00am
Ontario Room

10:15am

Etsy Opportunities for Bloggers: Becoming An Affiliate, Setting Up Shop, and Talking About The Handmade Goods You Love
Laura Gutkin, Etsy's Multi-Channel Specialist will be offering an insider's look at how to best become a part of the Etsy community in Canada. Topics will include: instructions on how to apply to be an affiliate and tips on what works best; opening an Etsy shop; sponsored content and upcoming community events. 

Speakers
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Laura Gutkin

Etsy Canada
With a career history that focuses on partnerships, new business opportunities and community outreach within such innovative companies as lululemon and eLuxe, Laura's most recent role was launching and managing the affiliate program for Etsy in Canada. Her next adventure will take her across the pond to London, England in October where she will embark on her new role as Multichannel Project Specialist overseeing the International wholesale... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 10:15am - 11:00am
Toronto Room

10:15am

Tabletop Photography - Object and Food Styling
Limited Capacity full

THIS SEMINAR IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE ADD IT TO YOUR SCHED TO REGISTER.


Spend this hands-on workshop, learning tips and tricks on making food photos jump off the screen, having your crafty DIY's and/or objects present themselves in the best light and becoming the art director of your own photo shoot. Giulia will walk you through seeing and using available light, effective framing and creative composition, using surfaces and backgrounds, colour choices, getting the most from simple equipment and building your visual brand. You will leave this design camp with skills that can be put to use immediately.

Feel free to bring a DSLR camera or other image capturing tool that you are familiar with. There will be opportunity to look at a few vignettes and take a few photos. This is not a technical photography class, we will not have time to go into detailed camera or other equipment details.


Speakers
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Giulia Doyle

Blogger
Giulia is a freelance photographer based in Ottawa, Ontario. She also shares her recipes and travel adventures on her blog Audrey's and has a career in Communications during the day. Giulia is married, has two children (7 and 5). Giulia's work has appeared on Apartment Therapy, TheKitchn, Huffington Post and Better Homes and Gardens. She's had her photography and styling work published in Ottawa Magazine landing on the cover of the... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 10:15am - 11:00am
Manitoba Room

11:00am

Break
Saturday September 13, 2014 11:00am - 11:15am
Foyer

11:15am

Bloggers & Brands
Do you want to work with brands and sponsors? Shannon and Mara will teach you everything you need to know including: finding the right contacts, how to pitch using a ONE PAGE proposal, contracts, negotiations, do’s and don’ts for writing AMAZING sponsored content, tips for sharing on social media and how to build long term relationships that make everyone happy. If you want to work with brands, you don’t want to miss this workshop!

Speakers
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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.
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mara shapiro

BrazenWoman.com
Mara Shapiro is a social media consultant, blogger, and freelance writer. In her past life as a customer experience trainer, she got dressed for work, but now, from her bed-desk, she helps companies to share their brand through great content and stellar social media communication. She is co-founder and co-editor, Community and brand relationships at BrazenWoman.com, an exciting and totally unique lifestyle site for women 35+. She also... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 11:15am - 12:00pm
Canadian Room

11:15am

Google Analytics for Bloggers

Everyone talks about Google Analytics and their web traffic stats, but what does all that data really mean? In this session you’ll learn how to add Google Analytics tracking code to your blog, set up filters, create goals, integrate with Google AdWords and Google WebMaster Tools, and generate insightful reports. We’ll also discuss how to interpret your data, and make enhancements to your blog based on what your Analytics is telling you. 


Speakers
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Avery Swartz

Founder & CEO, Camp Tech
Avery Swartz is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. She's also an award-winning web designer. Avery has designed and developed hundreds of websites, and taught thousands of people how to get the web working for them. She brings a friendly, casual approach to all projects, and promises to use as little technical mumbo-jumbo as possible. When she's not busy making websites or expanding Camp Tech... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 11:15am - 12:00pm
Ontario Room

11:15am

How To Create Standout DIY's

Do you want to create amazing DIY’s that get noticed?  

In this session, you will learn how utilizing a simple yet cohesive 3-prong approach of proper staging, fundamental photography and ‘reader friendly’ tutorials will not only provide your site credibility, but serve to:

√ maximize your ‘pins’ and increase page views
√ attract new readers
√ generate potential business opportunities
√ provide exposure to possible magazine features 

In addition, we will touch upon how to utilize social media and other networks to market your site and amplify your content.


Speakers
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Lucy Ancheta-Akins

Craftberry Bush
Lucy Akins is an artist/photographer/blogger living in Toronto, Ontario. Created 3 short years ago as a means of video archiving arts and craft activities with her children, her blog Craftberry Bush has since blossomed into a business, having gained domestic and international recognition.   Her work has been published in several magazines, including Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Artful... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 11:15am - 12:00pm
Toronto Room

11:15am

Craft Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

THIS SEMINAR IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE ADD IT TO YOUR SCHED TO REGISTER.


What do you get when you put forty of Canada's design bloggers in one room and let them unleash their inner craftiness? Well you get a kick ass craft workshop, run by Shannon & Robin of Hoopla Event Design & Styling! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the conference and just get your craft on, while having fun. In this workshop, Shannon and Robin will be teaching you how to make your very own custom fabric banner, using fabric from Tonic Living and supplies from DeSerres. The theme is handmade, Canadian, one-of-a-kind crafting, so bring your creativity and they will provide everything else. Also included in the workshop is a very exciting contest provided by the workshop room sponsor, The One of a Kind Show, giveaways from our sponsors and swag bags for all participants.

Speakers
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Shannon Fitzpatrick & Robin Grant

Hoopla Event Design & Styling
Hoopla Event Design & Styling is a Toronto-based creative events and display company. Owned and operated by Shannon Fitzpatrick and Robin Grant, they use their creativity, craftiness and penchant for everything pretty to create hoopla for personal and corporate events and displays. With over 10 years in floral design and two lifetimes of crafting, Robin and Shannon can deliver a unique, handmade, totally rockin’ event from... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 11:15am - 12:00pm
One of a Kind Workshop Room (Manitoba)

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday September 13, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Foyer

12:30pm

Keynote Presentation - The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Finding Success Online and Offline with Scott McGillivray, Monika Hibbs & Jennifer Flores
Bloggers are the new entrepreneurs, creating blogs, businesses and personal brands. With the growth of social media, blogs can provide a foundation to build on and explore other opportunities; there are many roads to blogging success.

Hear from three entrepreneurs who have found success in different fields as they share their personal journeys and tips on identifying opportunities, developing businesses and continual growth. They will inspire you to look at your blog in new ways and have fun making up your own rules.

Moderators
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Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

MODERATOR, Hue La La
As a DIY & design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and colour connoisseur, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship…all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be. An honours graduate... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Flores

Principal & Blogger, Rambling Renovators
Blogging since 2007, Jennifer is the writer behind Rambling Renovators, a chronicle of the renovations, DIY adventures, creative projects, and home life she shares with her husband and daughter at their home in Toronto.  Recognized for her timeless style and impressive DIYs, Jennifer has appeared on The Nate Berkus Show, CityLine, and Breakfast Television and has had her home featured in the pages of Style At Home, This Old House, National... Read More →
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Monika Hibbs

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, MH by Monika Hibbs
Monika Hibbs is the creative mind behind MH by Monika, formerly The Doctor's Closet. With a huge love for life, her husband Troy and baby boy Liam Romeo, Monika’s blog and social media keeps her loyal fans in the know about everything fashion, home décor, beauty and baby.  In addition to empowering women and encouraging a fun, healthy lifestyle, Monika owns a successful online shop full of her favourite... Read More →
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Scott McGillivray

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
One part savvy real estate investor, one part skilled contractor and one part accomplished entrepreneur, Scott McGillivray is a triple threat. Before graduating from The University of Guelph, with an Honors degree in Commerce, McGillivray had already discovered his calling. What began as an ambitious school project about income properties developed into a unique and strategic business model that Scott would later execute himself. Now over 10... Read More →

Sponsors
HC

HGTV Canada

KEYNOTE SPONSOR
HGTV is the hottest address for the most compelling and entertaining stories about the connections people have with the places they call home. HGTV’s hit series follow people through the emotional highs and lows of reno rescues, jaw-dropping transformations and property pursuits with the channel’s most trusted celebrity hosts and experts by their side. Home is where the drama of life unfolds, and HGTV is there to capture it... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Canadian Room

1:15pm

Break
Saturday September 13, 2014 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Foyer

1:30pm

Networking
Now's the time to have conversations with the brands and bloggers you want to work with! Use this opportunity to visit with the brand representatives in the Exhibit Hall. Or sit and brainstorm with fellow bloggers on how you can collaborate in the coming months. 

Not sure how to make the first move? Here's some great tips on networking: http://bit.ly/1lJXPrA

Saturday September 13, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Canadian Room

2:45pm

Roundtable Discussions
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


Speakers
avatar for Shannon Acheson

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.
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
avatar for Jordana Garbati

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 →
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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.
avatar for Sarah Gunn

Sarah Gunn

Cityline Guest Expert, Interior Stylist & Blogger
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
avatar for Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist

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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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. 
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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

3:30pm

Break
Saturday September 13, 2014 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Foyer

3:45pm

From Blogging to Vlogging (or How to Make Video Simple & Fun!)
Video streaming websites are quickly climbing up the ranks of social media popularity. You've probably seen some of the amazing content being posted, but have you been wanting to create videos yourself? Any business or blog can benefit from incorporating videos into their content, and it's not nearly as complicated or challenging as you might think! This session will include the equipment you really need, tips for filming & editing, how to monetize your videos, along with a few other things. Video is not as scary as it seems - come learn how you can join those who have already figured out the massive potential of video. 

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Douglas

Brittany Douglas

Blogger & Designer
Brittany is a blogger & designer of many things. From blogs to fonts to logos, her passion is design & creating beautiful visuals. She is the voice behind Gallery No. Eight, a curated site full of art, decor, fashion & the lovely things that inspire her. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University and is currently working as a designer & illustrator. She has been blogging for over 2 years... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ontario Room

3:45pm

Making Metrics Matter: Crunching the Numbers to Show Your Benefit to Brands
Brands love engaging with bloggers and social media influencers across Canada but many struggle to find the right mix of metrics to quantify the value of those relationships. In this case-based workshop, a veteran of multiple creative agencies will provide a 101 on the type of digital and social media metrics that brands value most and how bloggers can use numbers gleaned from Google, Facebook and elsewhere to tell their engagement story in real, tangible terms. This is a must-see session for bloggers and influencers looking to deepen those brand relationships and add to their measurement tool kit.

Speakers
CG

Cameron Gordon

Senior Account Director, Zeno Canada
Cameron is a senior account director at Zeno Canada and has spent more than a decade in the public relations field. He has been a project lead, a trusted adviser, a community manager and a benefactor of having worked with a number of top-tier brands: LG Electronics, Canon, Disney, American Express and TELUS, to name but a few. When he's not dishing out strategy to his clients and colleagues, Cameron enjoys posting to his popular music... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Canadian Room

3:45pm

RYOBI Power Tools Workshop
Limited Capacity full

THIS SEMINAR IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE ADD IT TO YOUR SCHED TO REGISTER.

Additionally, workshop participants should wear closed-toe shoes, have their hair tied back, and no jewellry is to be worn during the workshop.


Build your own chic coat rack using Ryobi Cordless Power tools. Ideal for beginners and experienced DIYers. Come learn to use the newest tools!

Speakers
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RYOBI Tools

KEYNOTE SPONSOR
As one of the world's largest and most innovative power tool manufacturers, RYOBI® power tools specializes in making pro-featured power tools truly affordable. That's why RYOBI® is the brand of choice for millions of homeowners, woodworkers, hobbyists, craftspeople, and value-conscious contractors. RYOBI® has built its reputation by leading the way with innovative products that continuously deliver the features and performance... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 3:45pm - 4:30pm
One of a Kind Workshop Room (Manitoba)

4:30pm

Break
Saturday September 13, 2014 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Foyer

4:45pm

Closing Remarks
Saturday September 13, 2014 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Canadian Room