Speakers

Mack Male
Mack is a software developer, entrepreneur, and social media guy. He’s the Software Engineering Manager for Questionmark Computing, a leading provider of testing and assessment technologies, and is the co-founder of Paramagnus Developments, an Edmonton-based social software company. In 2009 Mack was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Edmonton for his role in helping to build Edmonton’s online communities. In 2010, Mack was named one of Alberta’s Next 10 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture. Follow him on Twitter – @mastermaq!

Todd Babiak
Todd Babiak is co-founder of Story Engine, a startup that uses story-based strategic planning to make organizations better: more focused, more cohesive, more influential. For 10 years he was a columnist at the Edmonton Journal. He has published four award-winning novels, three of them bestsellers: Choke Hold, The Garneau Block, The Book of Stanley and Toby: A Man. His fifth novel, The South of France, will be published in October by HarperCollins. He’s on the boards of Startup Edmonton, the Alliance Francaise and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Tanya Camp
Tanya has been active in the digital media industry for the last twelve years in roles including visual design, user interface design, usability, functional design and analysis, data visualization, infographics, website and application design, print, and branding. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Design and a New Media Diploma in Visual Design, from the University of Alberta. Find out more at bucketduck.com

Lucas Timmons
Lucas Timmons is a data journalist at the Edmonton Journal and an instructor in Grant MacEwan’s journalism program. He is a 2011 MJ Bear fellow with the Online News Association as a top digital journalist under 30.

Aaron Clifford
Aaron Clifford is a web, mobile, and game developer with a passion for development and bringing ideas to life. In the last five years, Aaron has focused on developing for social media and has worked with the Edmonton Journal, the City of Edmonton, and 10,000 Villages. More at EgoAnt.com

John Connolly
John is a long serving Journal executive who headed the Advertising department for many years before being appointed Publisher in February 2011. John has a National reputation for Innovation, Strategy and Product Development for the Newspaper industry and has been an industry pioneer for multi platform and multi media advertising sales in Canada. As Publisher, John is leading the transformation of The Journal to a digital first present and future.

Owen Brierley
Owen is Executive Director of Guru Digital Arts College, an active speaker and champion of Alberta’s digital media industry, and full-time digital media producer. Outside of Guru, Owen has co-created Keys2Drive as part of GystWorks, and the Central Institute for Exploration with Hotrocket Studios – an alternative reality game for tweens. Owen served as the Multimedia Development Coordinator for Alberta Learning’s LearnAlberta.ca project, a repository of digital learning objects for the K-12 sector.

Jay Palter
Jay is a social media consultant and strategist specializing in personal branding for practice professionals and small businesses. An avid blogger and web content curator, Jay maintains several blogs (jaypalter.ca, homemadedad.ca and Newish in Edmonton) and an active Twitter feed (@jaypalter). He also writes a regular social media column for Advisor.ca and Personal Branding Magazine. Jay is an active father of 3 and committed to expanding the domestic roles and responsibilities of dads.

Brittney Le Blanc
Brittney Le Blanc was born and raised in Edmonton and she currently works in the newsroom of iNews880 and 630CHED. Brittney keeps busy by working on different projects, such as Edmonton Girl Geek Dinners. She’s also a blogger and is easily one of Edmonton’s best known tweeting journalists (@britl). When she’s not in front of a computer, she loves meeting new people and attending events such as DemoCamp, Tweetups, and ArtScene Edmonton festivities.

Karen Unland
Karen Unland is a journalism consultant and educator. She worked at the Edmonton Journal for 14 years, the last four as the editor responsible for edmontonjournal.com. She now teaches journalism, advises newsrooms and explores new ways to tell stories and engage users. Find out more at unlandmedia.com.

Tamara Stecyk
Tamara Stecyk is a former weekly newspaper editor and reporter with 14 years experience of telling stories. In her role as a public relations practitioner, she has used social media to help increase awareness about Edmonton’s Food Bank and other local events and organizations. Tamara currently works at Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network as a communications specialist.

Dana DiTomaso
Dana has been helping business owners promote their businesses on the web since 2002 which means she’s seen all the trends come and go – and knows what’s still standing and what will work for your business. She helps businesses and organizations maximize their web presence through design, usability improvements, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising management and social media engagement. Find out more at danaditomaso.com

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