Caroline Ternes is one of our two keynote speakers. She is the regional VP, Western Canada, for Starbucks and oversees the operations of more than 500 Starbucks stores, providing support to 7,500 Starbucks partners. In this role, she is accountable for driving business performance, inspiring and developing talent, and strategic store and market development. Caroline has more than 30 years of combined sales, human resources and business management experience.
Bianca Knop is the founder of Wildfire Experiential and Events. She has more than 10 years of integrated marketing, experiential, and event experience and has worked with high profile events including the FIFA U20 World Cup, the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. She has recently decided to partner with an old colleague and friend, Kelly Thorpe, to launch Wildfire Experiential and Events.
Kristen Suess is representing Rock My Resume! She has experience in the Generalist, Recruiting, and Learning & Development spaces, Kristen has found her home as an HR Generalist with Starbucks, where she works as the Human Resources Manager for BC & Yukon. In 2013, Kristen decided to launch Rock My Resume (www.rockmyresume.ca) with the goal of helping people land their dream jobs. Rock my Resume provides resume editing, interview coaching & LinkedIn Profile optimization services.
Eric Reynolds from Jelly Marketing, is known for thinking things through and taking action. Initially, Eric worked alongside Jelly as a contractor, advising on organizational direction and communications. Eventually he was hired as Communications Director and is now the Director of Marketing. Eric loves making things better, beating timelines, and surprising clients with an unparalleled level of quality communications.
Chris Montgomery was was Jelly Marketing’s first-ever hire and as such he was able to delve into several related niches in the digital marketing space. His Media Communications degree was the springboard for him to become a creative director, videographer, graphic designer, photographer, and more. Chris manages Jelly Marketing’s brand and is an integral part of Jelly Marketing’s communications department. Chris is thrilled by great design and loves good magazines and fiery debates.
Bianca Bujan represents Bee Communications! She helps create buzz for small businesses and non-profit organizations through content creation, content marketing, social media strategy, and brand development. Through previous, more traditional roles with organizations such as Ticketmaster and the Vancouver Canucks, Bianca has created a diverse and creative portfolio of award-winning marketing success stories.
Megan Johnson is the Account Director at Edelman Vancouver! Her work on both traditional PR and digital campaigns has been recognized through industry accolades such as CPRS Ace and IABC Ovation awards. Megan began her public relations career at Edelman Montreal, followed by a position at a leading local boutique agency where she supported client campaigns for Joe Fresh, Nestlé, Beefeater Gin, KFC, Dyson, Sofitel Hotels, and Bell Canada Enterprises.
Adrienne Bartlett, from G&F Financial, is a UBCO graduate with a Bachelor of Management degree, specializing in Human Resources. She graduated in April of 2014, and joined G&F Financial Group immediately following graduation. Adrienne grew up being a member of her local credit union, and wanted to join a company with similar community orientation. She also started a program for Financial Literacy in schools, and has implemented the program in the Kitsilano area.
Pamela Tsatouhas is a branch manager for G&F, She has her MBA and has worked over eight years in the financial services industry. Pamela lives (and loves) the Kitsilano neighbourhood and is fluent in Greek. She is looking forward to connecting with more members of this community and beyond.
Katie Dreschel is representing Vega as their Director Digital Marketing. Vega is a North American leader in the plant-based natural health & performance products industry. Katie studied marketing & entrepreneurship at BCIT and her passion lies in developing high performing teams and growing leaders from within those teams. Originally from Vancouver, she loves trail running, skiing, travel and live music.
Noémie Bessette is the Director of Communications for Nature's Path Foods. Originally from Montréal, Noémie holds a degree in communications-marketing and moved to Vancouver in 2006 to discover the West Coast lifestyle. She is passionate about top notch creative and brand strategies.
Mikey Scott is currently the Global Marketing Director at Herschel Supply Co. Recognized as a brand builder with the know-how to tell stories and bring product to market, his passion for social media and content marketing have allowed him to execute global campaigns for some of the worlds leading brands. Mikey has also worked with companies including Nike, Quiksilver and Red Bull.
Paul Davidescu is the CEO of Tangoo. Paul is a recent Sauder Marketing Co-op and International Business grad who took the full dive into entrepreneurship right after graduation. Paul spent his last year at Sauder co-founding Tangoo while joining the Vancity Buzz founding team. Tangoo is a pocket concierge application that has been featured on CTV, Global TV, CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, and 40 other media publications. Additionally, Tangoo aired in late 2014 on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Our opening keynote is Marty Yaskowich, VP Strategy & Innovation for DDB Vancouver! Marty leads DDB's integrated planning and strategy team in the creation of award-winning integrated marketing programs. A digital marketing specialist, Marty plays a key role brand planning and omnichannel campaign development for clients that include Nordstrom, McDonald's, the Canadian Tourism Commission and Capital One. Marty is a certified internet marketing professional and graduated from UBC.
Tess Sloane, a recruiter for lululemon athletica, is a leader in talent acquisition, strategic pipeline initiatives and elevating businesses. She supports the development and management of a company’s greatest assets – people. With a progressive career spanning over 8 years in Recruitment & HR, Tess’s key strengths lie in her ability to build a deep understanding of the brand she represents and attract the right talent to impact & grow that business.