INDUSTRY EXPERTS AT YOUR DOOR
Alberta’s most hands-on and up-to-speed social and digital marketing conference.
ESSENTIAL MODERN MARKETING
Learn today’s most tactical skills to grow your brand and expand your business.
TOP STRATEGIES, TIMELY TOOLS
Immediately implementable sales and marketing learns and road-tested case studies to keep you moving forward.
BE INSPIRED BY THE POWER OF MODERN MARKETING
Custom-built for today's savvy business owner, entrepreneur and marketing professional, Social School Calgary will change the way you see the world, and the way the world sees your business.
Stay tuned to see the exciting lineup of leaders, doers and disruptors set to grace the Social Calgary stage, each of them having built entrepreneurial empires, amassed awe-inspiring followings and skilled their way to modern marketing success.
Donna Vecino – Event Manager, Social School
Donna is passionate about developing communities and support organizations that seek to create a positive societal impact, while creating spaces for people to gather and become cultural change-makers. At Social School, she connects people for purpose, and empowers communities to learn, grow and succeed on all fronts.
Jaimie Love – Marketing & Community Manager, Social School
From Instagram to art direction, digital strategy to world-class online ad campaigns, Jaimie loves nothing more than equipping marketers and business owners alike with the modern social skills they need to succeed. A sought-after lead faculty member at Social School, she teaches a badass barre class to boot.
Kelly Doody – Founder & CEO, Social School
Kelly is a journalist-turned-digital marketing junkie, and is committed to connecting the top marketing trends and tools with the entrepreneurs and innovators who need them most. She rarely stops talking about the knowledge share community that is marketing today, and tears up when she thinks about Social School’s role in it.
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2018’s LIVE GUESTS
We were thrilled to bring a killer crop of speakers to the Social Calgary stage in 2018.
Tickets sold out 4 weeks in advance last year, so grab your 2019 pass while they last!
Julie Van Rosendaal – Founder, Dinner with Julie
Lover of food, writer of stories, connector of people, Julie is the living embodiment of traditional storyteller-meets-digital dynamo. Ten-time published cookbook author, CBC Calgary food columnist, Globe & Mail contributing food editor, magnetic online presence, and can’t-miss Social School Calgary speaker.
Adam Volk – SEO Lead, Critical Mass
One of Social School’s most deeply versed digital marketing specialists and legendary faculty members, Adam helps businesses cut through the online noise and achieve meaningful and measurable results using leading technology, compelling content and creative digital strategy.
Mandy Stobo – Founder, Stobo Art
World-renowned for her Bad Portraits and big paintings, artist, illustrator, author and entrepreneur extraordinaire Mandy Stobo knows how to infuse epic colour, creativity and humanity to the people, brands and businesses she works with, and we could not be more thrilled to bring her back to the Social School stage in 2018.
Lizzie MacNeill – Partnerships, PR & Social Media Lead, Later
Former social media manager @HockeyCanada and @SajeWellness and current partnerships and PR lead at later.com, the world’s #1 Instagram marketing and scheduling platform with more than 2 million users globally, Lizzie brings a wealth of knowledge on how to create content that shines and leverage it to the fullest.
Jameela Ghann – Co-founder, Alora Boutique
Jameela is the designer and co-founder of the social enterprise Alora Boutique. She is a born and raised Calgarian, 32% cooler than the average mom, and a proud MRU Alumni. Catch her live on Workshop day, starring in the Get Real Gameshow: Entrepreneurs Edition.
Jessie Attrell – Partner & Managing Director, Rosso Coffee Roasters
Along with her partners David and Cole, Jessie has led the enthusiastic expansion of Rosso’s beloved beans and coffee blends across seven locations in Calgary. Celebrating 10 years in 2017, the company continues to foster community and culture alongside a steadfast commitment to the highest quality coffee in the world.
Trent Burton – Executive Creative Director, McCann West
With numerous Creative Director roles under his belt at some of the country’s top creative agencies – from TAXI to WAX Partnership to McCann – Trent is the stuff of legend and we are thrilled to add him to the Agency All-Star lineup. Period.
Dallas Southcott – Marketing Lead, The Chocolate Lab
Photography, digital marketing and graphic design are but a few of the many talented hats Dallas wears in his countless roles and entrepreneurial travels. Currently steering the ship at the wildly successful Chocolate Lab, Dallas brings a lifetime of creative marketing expertise to the Social School Calgary stage.
Roger Kingkade – Founder, Offcourse Golf; Digital Marketing Consultant
With more decades of media, on-air hosting, podcasting and brand development experience than he’d ever let on, Social School is honoured to call Roger its resident expert in strategy, software and practices aimed at increasing digital sales and bottom line growth.
Maria Koutsogiannis – Founder, Food by Maria
Author, blogger, influencer, photographer, FoodByMaria is on a mission to change the way people eat, interact with and understand their food. A refreshing online force on all things fresh, fun and entrepreneurial, Maria doesn’t mince words and most definitely knows how to market.
Chantal Crockatt – Principal & Creative Director, Gal Friday Marketing
Social School graduate, magnetic faculty member and unwavering entrepreneurial force, Chantal’s guiding principle is to help people and organizations shine online, while delivering a world-class blend of traditional-meets-digital marketing through her full-service agency Gal Friday Marketing.
Leon Denenfeld – Digital Marketing Director, Axia FibreNet
As digital lead of a modern marketing team, Leon wears many hats – strategist, researcher, technology application expert and beyond. The Social School’s go-to marketing-technology advisor, he’s on the cutting edge of countless tools modern businesses can use to achieve their goals.
Scott Crockatt – Director of Marketing, United Way of Calgary and Area
Scott is a strategic marketing communications pro with a passion for sharing organizational stories that make a difference. He has worked on, with, and for some of the best brands in the country, from energy and housing development to breweries, government, not-for-profits, and several of Canada’s most prestigious universities. Highly active in the community, Scott is a lover of free-enterprise, diversity, rugby… and Social School, of course.
Dan Dryfhout – Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, Vovia
Dan is a data-driven digital whiz, and because he won’t say it, we happily will. A leading faculty member at Social School, he specializes in results-oriented online campaigns that drive direct response alongside brand awareness for Vovia’s diverse clientele. When he’s not camping in his Jeep, catch him masterminding ads on Google, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Bing and beyond.
Wilson Wong – VP of Creative Services, Creative Director,Everbrave Branding Group
Graphic design, advertising, visual branding, identity, art direction, creative strategy, production, project management, budgeting, events, ideasmith, name development, web design, research, illustration, storyboarding, artist… Wilson Wong gets it done. Catch him live in the Agency All-Stars Challenge!
Danielle Torrie – Communications Coordinator, Startup Calgary
Danielle is a digital marketing dynamo, inspired by storytelling and building community-focused brands, particularly in the entrepreneurial community through her role at Startup Calgary. She believes in lifelong learning and fills her spare time with passion projects like photography and blogging on her website, Coffee and Carry-on.
Caitie Lawrence – Account Director, Press + Post
A seasoned marketing communications and media relations professional, Caitie is at the helm of some of Canada’s largest social and digital strategies, ranging from retail and restaurants, to travel and tourism. Hear her seasoned insights on managing brand reputation on and offline, straight from the Social School stage
Hafiz Mitha – Founder, PlayCity
Hafiz is a social entrepreneur with a goal to connect the world through play. By bringing people together through a shared interest, he believes we have the ability to create real, meaningful relationships. His mission is to use technology to bring people together, OFFLINE!
Ricky Zayshley – Editorial Director, Press + Post
As editorial director at one of the country’s most renowned modern marketing firms, Ricky oversees content, strategy and brand reputation for many of Canada’s most successful organizations. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Social School stage from years working in media, marketing and PR.
Connor Curran – Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Local Laundry
Entrepreneurship has been in Connor’s blood since he was a kid running through his parent’s Irish Pub in downtown Calgary. Always looking for the next big adventure, Connor started Local Laundry Apparel while studying for his MBA in Sweden, wanting a way to represent the city he was from, to highlight the best parts of those communities and help give back to local causes and charities.
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