Eventcamp Vancouver
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Mary E. Boone (virtually)
Boone Associates
Mary E. Boone is president of Boone Associates located in Essex, CT. She’s a leading authority on high performance collaboration, leadership, and the design of interactive meetings.
Mary has written hundreds of articles, including an award-winning cover article for Harvard Business Review which she co-authored with Dave Snowden. She has also written several books, one of which was selected as “required reading” for the U.S. Congress by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mary’s ideas have received widespread attention. Among those quoting from and praising her work are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. She has been featured as a “Strategic Thinker” on the cover of Successful Meetings Magazine, and she teaches organizational behavior for Northeastern University’s online MBA program.
Ivana Cappelletto
Cappelletto Design
Ivana Cappelletto has over 25 years of Design and Art Directing experience and leads the team of professional collaborators with international and local expertise. A combination of a Masters Degree in Grafi ca Pubblicitaria (graphic design for advertising) from the European Institute of Design in Milano Italy and working in the Milano Design community for 11 years results in an effective and sophisticated sense of style and design. Ivana has been working with a whole variety of clients, including the event community in Vancouver for a number of years, and her innate sense of design will provide an excellent perspective.
Suzanne Carawan
Vice President, Global Marketing
Suzanne Carawan has spent the majority of her career working in early stage software companies to market and distribute web-based products through direct and indirect channels. Currently serving as Vice President of Global Marketing at the event management software company, etouches, Suzanne is responsible for expanding the customer portfolio and ensuring that the product features fit the unique needs of corporations, not-for-profit and educational organizations. Prior to etouches, Suzanne served as Vice President of Marketing & Strategy at two social networking software companies where she focused on brand management, demand creation and channel development. Past positions include global channel and product marketing roles, as well as consulting roles in web marketing and strategy. Suzanne has significant experience in go-to-market strategies, channel development, product marketing and brand development.
Suzanne holds a Master of Business Administration in high-tech marketing from American University’s Kogod School of Business, a Master of Public Health in social marketing from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
0Shawn Cheng
Program Coordinator
Global Village Multicultural Arts Society
Tahira Endean
Director, Team Creative & Production
Cantrav Services, Inc.
Tahira Endean, CMP is the Director of Creative and Production at Cantrav Services in Vancouver and is passionate about creating relevant experiences and pushing the boundaries. Over the past two decades she has held various meeting management and producer roles across a wide spectrum, including a PCO, two DMCs and an incentive house. She brings a broad perspective having planned meals events for engaged meeting attendees on three continents.
Jenise Fryatt (virtually)
Icon Presentations
A meetings industry business owner, marketer, blogger and producer, Jenise Fryatt says it was her six years with the Palm Springs-based improv troupe, “Joe & Mustard” that taught her to communicate effectively, stay flexible, make tough business decisions and collaborate fruitfully. She shares the improv concepts that have been so central to her success as Chief Trainer and Founder of Eventprov interactive meeting and event experiences. As Co-Owner and Director of Marketing for Icon Presentations audio visual for events, Jenise has been involved in the meetings industry for more than 20 years. She is an avid event industry blogger; Community Manager of Engage365, an online community for events industry professionals; and more recently Co-Organizer of Event Camp Europe, a conference for event professionals interested in hybrid events and new meeting formats.
Roger Haskett
Actors Unlimited
Roger Haskett is a creative force within the entertainment industry. He holds a BFA in Acting and an MA in Education from UBC, and enjoys developing new talent at Vancouver Film School and through his private 'Acting through Auditioning' classes. Roger's own acting work spans over 150 films, TV shows, plays, musicals and commercials, but he can also be found behind the lens directing, producing, and writing original content. In 1992 Roger founded Actors Unlimited Entertainment, a premier provider of live, interactive custom entertainment for corporate and private events. His love for innovation, collaboration and play brings an explosive energy to all of his projects.
Elizabeth Henderson
Chief Sustainability Strategist
Meeting Change
Elizabeth Henderson is the Chief Sustainability Strategist with Meeting Change based in Calgary, Canada. She led the design team for the 2011 GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference in Portland, Oregon, which used gamification to drive attendee learning and engagement. She is leading the design team for the 2012 event in Montreal, Canada. Passionate about sustainability and lifelong learning, Elizabeth is completing an MBA at the Haskayne School of Business while growing Meeting Change as a sustainability strategy-focused enterprise. She was named one of Biz Bash's most innovative event pros in North America in 2011.
Ruud Janssen (virtually)
Ruud Janssen, CMM (1970) (@ruudwjanssen) is a bespoke new media and online collaboration specialist, co-founder of Event Camp Europe and curator of TEDx events based in Arlesheim, Switzerland. He is a veteran Global Conference Organiser, Strategic Marketing Coach and a social media digital nomad. As an association volunteer he has just completed a term on the International Board of Directors of MPI - Meeting Professionals International and on the board the Meeting Support Institute and Project Meeting Architecture Besides his role as a jury member for the World Wide Technology Watch, he is an emerging technologies speaker, MPI Global Accredited Trainer and serial entrepreneur at TNOC | The New Objective Collective
Liz King
Liz King Events
As the owner of Liz King Events, Liz runs an innovative firm that creates dynamic branding events integrating the use of social media. Planning events from soup to nuts, she works with her team to create and sustain your event brand and enhance attendee engagement. She has been featured as a speaker at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, National Association of Colleges and Employers, ExpoWest/Supply Expo and several other events as an expert on the topic of social media and events. She has also been featured in Connect Meetings Intelligence and Convene Magazine, among others.
Judy Kucharuk
Footprint Management Systems Inc.
A self-professed control freak, it is not unusual that Judy chose the event planning and project management business as a career path.
After witnessing firsthand the excessive waste that resulted from the large scale events she was managing, Judy became intrigued with green meetings and shortly thereafter joined the Green Meeting Industry Council. She was hooked and hasn’t turned back.
A firm believer that “silence is acceptance”, Kucharuk educates wherever she goes. She developed a green event workshop titled “Learn to Meet Green” where participants are treated to an enthusiastic session that is both humorous and inspiring. This past May at the University of Maryland, Judy participated in the GMIC train the trainer program for the APEX standards and is now an approved GMIC trainer of the APEX/ASTM environmentally sustainable event standards for the course: 7 Steps to Integration®.
Most recently, Kucharuk joined forces with Mariela McIlwraith, President of Meeting Change and co-signed the MOU to start a GMIC Canada Chapter.
Kiki L'Italien
Senior Consultant in Social Media and Communities
DelCor Technology Solutions
KiKi L'Italien is Senior Consultant in Social Media and Communities for DelCor Technology Solutions and author of Acronym Soup. She hosts a weekly web show, the Social Media Sweet Spot, and serves as moderator for the weekly Association Chat on Twitter. KiKi is a regular speaker in the association and events community sand helps organizers create a community buzz around events and organizations. She also knows a lot about creating personal brands. KiKi drinks red wine and eats red meat.
0Maiela McIlwraith
Meeting Change
Mariela McIlwraith specializes in business strategy, economics and corporate responsibility. She has over 15 years of experience and has worked in both Canada and the United States. She has consulted, presented, taught and written articles in the areas of marketing, corporate responsibility, ethics and pricing. Mariela completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Sauder School of Business at UBC with a double specialization in Strategic Management and Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources. As part of her studies, she completed research on volunteer engagement, business strategy, change management and business ethics. She holds a Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She is a Past Chair of the Content Advisory Council for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and a Past President of the MPI British Columbia Chapter. She serves as a trustee on the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) Sustainable Meetings Foundation and is President of the GMIC Canada Chapter in Formation.
Shawna McKinley
Director of Sustainability
Shawna McKinley specialises in synergyzing corporate and association event teams to create great experiences that reduce environmental footprints in measurable ways while catalyzing positive contributions to local host communities that inspire participants. Shawna is based in Vancouver, BC and serves as Director of Sustainability for MeetGreen. In addition to sharing her knowledge at Event Camp, Shawna has also been instrumental in building in the gamification component and with Judy Kucharuk for our overall sustainability process and reporting.
Rich Patterson
Rich has been a senior marketer in several organizations -- fortunate to begin his work in branding with Roots. Since 1999 he has supplied promotional products and licensed sports merchandise to customers across Western Canada and the U.S. In the community, he volunteers as Chair of Big Brothers Vancouver which provides mentorship to youth. In the past he has Chaired the board at mental health non-profit Open Door Group and volunteered for the Canadian Olympic Committee Golf Tournament which raises significant funds for Canadian Olympians. Rich whole-heartedly believes that a successful business person must engage in the community beyond business matters and give back where possible.
0Chef Blair Rasmussen
Executive Chef
Vancouver Convention Centre
Trevor Roald
Manager, Product Experience
As an active member of the meetings industry for over ten years, Trevor Roald is recognized as a thought leader in developing innovative mobile meeting solutions and experiences.  Trevor currently manages the Product Experience and Sales Engineering division of QuickMobile, the industry leader in meetings and events mobile solutions and attendee engagement.  

Trevor has a background in Tourism Marketing and Meeting Planning at the Canadian Tourism Commission and holds a Bachelor of Tourism Management.  He lives in Vancouver, BC (his hometown) and enjoys sailing, restoring classic cars and renovating his new home.  Most of all Trevor is excited about becoming a first-time dad as his wife just recently gave birth to their first child in September.
Deb Roth (virtually)
Pink, Inc.
Debra Roth is telling the truth when she says she learned about stretch-fabric from the inside-out. Beginning in the 80’s, Debra combined postmodern dance production with abstract-shaped costumes that she, literally, performed within. And to enhance the theatrical experience, she designed and sewed brightly-colored, highly imaginative stretch-fabric stage elements – complete environments, all of which became the basis of her business, Pink Inc.
Seeing a viable outlet for her work, Debra entered the special event marketplace where her innovative stretch-fabric structures and unique costumes have become the most sought-after and long-standing decorative design products the industry has known.
Attesting to her prominence in special events, Debra and her Pink Inc. brand were acquired by Moss, Inc., and together this synergy catapults her and the new Pink, now Powered by Moss’ to the top of the event design community.
Paul Salinger
Vice-President, Marketing
Paul Salinger is a Vice President of Marketing at Oracle. It's a meaningless title, but it's useful in getting him speaking gigs all over the world and getting paid money to pursue his other interests. He is also President of the Board of the Green Meeting Industry Council. That's a title and job he really loves as he is passionate about the idea of transforming an entire industry to be more sustainable and responsible in the way it operates. Strategist, Evangelist, Advocate - these are all words to describe his approach to bringing the best possible ideas to event marketing. Pursuer of great ideas through the many disciplines of art, music, dance, literature, film and theater is a better way of describing how he sees his job. If he really had his way he'd be on a little farm in the south of France, growing some nice food, learning how to draw, speak French and play the cello.
Marc Smith
Chief Muse
Amuse Consulting, Inc.
Marc Smith is the Chief Muse at Amuse Consulting, Inc. He is passionate about social media – connecting people to and at events, as well as educating professionals, students and entrepreneurs about the untapped engagement power of Social Media and events. Marc is an avid speaker and has addressed audiences at Langara, BCIT, SFU and industry-related events. Marc will be engaging with our virtual audience on Saturday and Sunday morning, and actively collaborating the rest of the time!
Erica St. Angel
VP Marketing
Sonic Foundry
Erica St. Angel, VP Marketing for Sonic Foundry, oversees the company's community-building initiatives, including its annual user conference, user group and social media strategy. Her unique background blends almost 20 years of corporate, public information and political campaigns, with an emphasis on measuring outcomes and increasing customer engagement. Erica has been involved in hybrid event planning for 5 years, and is a regular speaker on blended meeting best practices at events and webinars. Her work has earned both industry and marketing awards, including the Forrester Groundswell Award for the use of social technology at UNLEASH, Sonic Foundry's user conference – a hybrid meeting that leveraged social media and webcasting to increase attendance by 15 percent and achieve 10-fold conference ROI.
0Tom Stulberg
Fireworks Marketing Group
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Tom began his professional career as an architect. Moving to events in 1985, Tom continues to apply his design training to the creation of brand-building environments, events and promotions as President, Producer and Creative Director at Fireworks Marketing Group. Tom’s strong technical background, eye for detail and extensive experience offer a valuable resource for the creation of original and cost effective design solutions. Tom has designed and produced a wide range of large-scale corporate and public events including meetings for IBM, Disney, Citicorp, TRW, Monsanto, Canon, Nissan, Isuzu; branded spaces for companies like Bell Canada, Coca-cola Japan, CTV, and Marsh; and targeted promotions for Telus, Toyota, Acura, BMW and Ivanhoe Cambridge to name a few.His work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards for design and production excellence. He is a regular guest speaker at Langara University, BCIT, Vancouver Community College and the Art Institute and currently serves on the board of MPI BC and chairs the board of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. He and his wife have two children and live in Vancouver.
Andrea Sullivan (virtually)
BrainStrength Systems
Andrea Sullivan, M.A. is President of BrainStrength Systems, a learning and performance organization providing programs on brain-friendly meetings and learning design, performance improvement, and leadership development. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has introduced brain-compatible learning strategies and leadership development into many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies such as Merck, Aetna, and Northrup Grumman Corporation.
Glenn Thayer
Thayer Productions
Glenn Thayer is a professional presenter and host for live and hybrid events. His clients include Hewlett-Packard, Bayer, AAA, Progressive Insurance, and more. He is regularly seen on PBS as a pledge drive host and can be heard on radio and television representing clients such as Comcast and Quiznos, to name a few.
Glenn uses an interview format to engage keynote and breakout presenters in a two-way dialog with the face-to-face and virtual attendees. This takes content-heavy speakers and makes them accessible to the audience. The result is a high level of engagement and educational value for the attendees.
He holds a business management degree and has several years of experience in corporate retail (designing and executing marketing strategies within unique demographics). Glenn also has a background in the financial services industry (he has held his series 6 & 63 securities licenses, health, life, P&C, and variable annuities licensing). He lives in Colorado and loves to ski.