Director, Deloitte Canada Research Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Life Sciences and GreenTech
Duncan Stewart is considered to have the best job at Deloitte, as he gets to travel so much. But, can he go the distance? Each year, that marathon man travels to 11 Canadian cities to present Deloitte's TMT Predictions. After so many years of TMT road shows, Duncan Stewart is still standing tall as the director of Deloitte Canada Research in the areas of Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Life Sciences and GreenTech. He is a member of Deloitte's national TMT executive team and is a co-author of the annual TMT Predictions reports. But, does he have geek credibility? His profile speaks for itself: he has two decades of experience in technology, media and telecom. Moreover, as an analyst and portfolio manager, he has provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector. He was a co-founder of Tera Capital, Canada's first high-tech and biotech money manager. In his years as an investor, he has deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into the global tech, media, telecommunications and life sciences markets. Lastly, at Banff nextMEDIA in 2010, he participated - and won! - the iPad App demo contest...
Duncan is well-known as a media commentator. He is frequently interviewed on technology and biotechnology issues. He pens a Technology column in the Globe and Mail online edition. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
Turbine :: by Lisa Drader-Murphy
Under the Turbine label, Lisa Drader-Murphy designs and produces seasonal collections of ready-to-wear, handbags, and jewellery that are of the moment yet enduring and classic in their quality and expression of timeless design. Many of the pieces are made using high-end never-before-used vintage fabrics dating back to mid-century adding elements of nostalgia and enhancing differentiation, adding an eco-conscious undercurrent to exceptional design.
Drader-Murphy's designs are produced in a 150 year-old renovated apple barn in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley and featured in select boutiques across the country and Turbine's flagship store at Bishop's Landing on Halifax's waterfront. The Turbine Collection reflects inspirations from Drader-Murphy's experiences and extensive travels through North America, Europe, and most recently, India. Turbine has received extensive international coverage including CNN, New York Times, Entertainment Tonight, BFM Europe, NRJ France, European Vogue, Cosmo, Flare, ELLE, CTV, CBC, SLICE, Canadian Learning Television, Global TV, and has been seen on more than fifty runways across Canada.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Missi Pyle, Linda Cardellini, and Michelle Rodriguez are among the many celebrities who have selected Turbine for their wardrobes. Turbine has been invited to present at celebrity gifting suites during the Toronto International Film Festival, Golden Globes, and the Cannes Film Festival and their signature leather handbags have been spotted on the red carpet.
Lisa has designed and produced almost 75,000 pieces under the Turbine label, sold at two Turbine retail locations and distributed online and at select boutiques across Canada.
Liz Gray is a faculty member with the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College where she teaches Search Engine Marketing and Google Analytics courses. She has worked in the SEM field for 12 years most recently as an Analyst and Search Engine Optimization Specialist with Page Zero Media in Toronto, Ontario; SEM specialist with Sundance Media; and a freelance SEM Consultant.
Liz is a Google AdWords Qualified Individual, a board member with the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization - Certification Committee, a board member with the London Small Business Centre and a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Liz speaks regularly on SEM and Web Analytics.
@MS2Conf eMKTG Director
Entrepreneur, TV Personality, Educator
You might remember her from Tourism Queensland's "Best Job in the World" Competition. She was in the TOP 50 out of more than 35,000 entries.
Melissa Schenk is passionate about the power of video. She is the CEO and Executive Producer of MS2 Productions, a company specializing in Professional Video Production for the Web, DVD and TV. With more than 14 years of experience in television, sales and marketing, she is a sought after public speaker and marketing strategist, specializing in digital and social media strategies for businesses.
She is the Canadian Executive Producer of OnlineShopTV, the first live shopping channel on the web created to showcase your products/services and drive customers to your site through a professional, celebrity hosted interactive demonstration.
Originally from Stratford, Melissa's broadcasting career began at 1240 CJCS. A graduate of Fanshawe College's Television Broadcasting Program, Melissa interned with CNN in Uganda. A love of travel, lead her abroad working as a Port Lecturer on cruise ships. She later returned to Southwestern Ontario and began her broadcasting career as a Weather Anchor with CTV in 2001.
Described by many as energetic, creative, and a leader in her field - Melissa currently wears many exciting hats as a TV Personality, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Educator, Shopping Channel Spokesperson, and Author.
@MS2Conf eMKTG Director
Over the past 14 years, Bernia Wheaton has provided Business and Marketing services to the Public, Private, and Non-Profit sector throughout Ontario. Bernia's expertise is in e-marketing strategy development and execution, effecting purposeful social media campaigns, and Government relations.
Bernia has spent the past 5 years in as an Economic Development professional in Municipal Government. It is in this role, that Bernia earned International acclaim with the 2010 BREI Award of Excellence for Program Impact, as well as the 2010 EDCO Social Media marketing award. Bernia is an innovator and has developed unique ways to harness the power of social networking sites to benefit the Public Sector.
Bernia has delivered keynote presentations tailored to the Health Care, Public Sector, Education, and Corporate sectors throughout North America, and is frequently engaged by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, who uses Bernia's work and client success stories as examples of Best Practices.
Director of Marketing & Community Contribution; The OTC (Options to Communicate) Group www.OTCGC.com
OTC specializes in making marketing materials relevant to where a person interacts with your brand through personalization and variable technologies and print capabilities. Allison routinely promoted OTC’s marketing technologies before joining the team officially in 2012 and jumped at the offer to practice what she preaches and serve OTC clients. In addition to working with client’s on their marketing campaigns, Allison plays a key role in OTC’s philanthropic arm, Two Yellow Boots, which offer advertising revenue to hospital foundations.
She founded ElevateBiz.com where she spent eight years as a keynote speaker and corporate consultant specializing in creating profitable relationships.
As the author of From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding & Profitable Networking Made Easy! published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2012, Allison is regularly called upon my the media to comment on best practices for business development. She has been featured in The Globe and Mail, appeared on Global Mornings and regularly contributes to the London Free Press as well as Fast Company and Huffington Post in the USA.
Teresa Renee is the owner of Designed to Connect, a full service professional business that focuses on website design and online marketing. Teresa and her highly skilled team of programmers, graphic designers, search engine optimization specialists, online marketers, and ghost writers work hard to "Bring your Brand to Life Online." Teresa is passionate about online marketing and helping businesses create long term marketing strategies, always with the focus being on developing tools that will grow your business. Teresa speaks regularly on Internet Marketing Strategies & Local Search Engine Optimization.
Teresa is no stranger to public speaking. You may have seen Teresa onstage in Hamlet at the Stratford Festival and in two seasons at Huron Country Playhouse. She most recently completed the Website Design and Creation program at Durham College, graduating with Honours.
Geoff Evans is an international speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. In 2009 Geoff launched his company Social Media Coach with the goal of helping businesses build better online strategies - from enhancing websites to leveraging social media. In 2012 Geoff launched www.SocialMediaForAdvisors.ca - an online social media training program designed specifically to help financial advisors across North America participate successfully in social media. Prior to launching Social Media Coach, Geoff spent fifteen years in the financial services industry as a financial advisor, sales trainer and business coach. Geoff focuses on the bottom-line results that social media enables: saving time, saving money, and making money. You can follow Geoff through his monthly column in the London Free Press or online through Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.
Jonathan is a founding partner at ResIM; a web and mobile development shop with offices in London and Toronto. Since launching ResIM in 2006 Jonathan has helped grow the company from two founding partners to a full-time staff of 13. Jonathan has worked with organizations such as Samsonite Canada, 3M Canada, and Staples to help define and deliver platforms and programs in the digital channel. Jonathan is a graduate of Conestoga College and lives in London with his wife and two kids.
Trent is an Electrical Engineer with 20 years' experience as an entrepreneur, business owner and software consultant. Since joining Deloitte, Trent has been working with in R&D and innovation specializing in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications market space.
Jackie Ranahan is an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact. In that role, she speaks to small business owners, non-profit organizations and community groups presenting on the power of email and social media marketing to reach customers and make strategic connections.
Jackie Ranahan has been marketing most of her life. As the third born she needed to find creative ways to prove her point to be noticed in the family. As the owner of Mach One - a marketing agency based in Elora - Jackie believes in relationship marketing for business success.
Mach One is an intentionally small marketing agency that focuses on branding, social media and marketing consulting for small to mid sized businesses. In her spare time, Jackie can be found supporting her 2 boys in arenas throughout the hockey and lacrosse seasons, helping to improve healthcare through her active role with Groves Memorial Community Hospital, or spending quality time with her husband Jim and 2 black labs.
Diana Robbins and James Lynch
Founders of Scratchd Inc.
Diana Robbins attended the University of Waterloo and graduated with a BSc in Kinesiology in 2009. After spending a year selling business solutions for a local photocopier company, Diana was on a mission to create her own solution for businesses to reach the growing mobile market.
James Lynch graduated from the 3 year Graphic Design program at Fanshawe College in 2012. While running a Web Development company while in school, James had a goal of establishing his company to employ himself by when he graduated.
When James and Diana met, similar goals and interests lead them to partner, share ideas, and take on a new venture together. Combining sales and web development skills, as well as a passion for technology, Diana and James have created the Scratchd app to connect businesses to on-the-go mobile users through digital scratch and save campaigns.