Big Names & Big Ideas

MoSo 2014 delivers the best in the biz.

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    Ryan Delk

    Gumroad

    Ryan Delk leads Growth at Gumroad, where he spends his time working to grow Gumroad into the best way for creators of all sizes to sell their work directly to their audience. Before Gumroad, he spent time at Square, the Savannah Fund, and the University of Florida.

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    Kim Bost

    Etsy

    Kim Bost is a Product Design Lead at Etsy. She values a buttery user experience, an iterative design process, as well as handmade and vintage goods. Previously, she worked at the New York Times as an interactive designer and art director for the Op Ed desk. She maintains her love for politics, a thrilling news cycle and a damn good illustration.
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    Steve Peters

    No Mimes Media

    Steve Peters is an emmy®-winning experience designer, storyteller, podcast host, musician, game/puzzle builder and digital content strategist. He has extensive experience in second-screen content, transmedia storytelling and strategies, location-based games, mobile applications, Alternate Reality Games and physical installations/events.

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    Jessica Harllee

    Etsy

    Jessica Harllee is a product designer at Etsy in Brooklyn and does everything from wireframing to front-end development. Before working at Etsy she was a designer at Kickstarter, where she backed all of the projects, and Modea, where she did a brief stint in advertising. On the side she manages her own Etsy shop and sells embroidered emoji.
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    Ken Bautista

    Startup Edmonton

    Ken Bautista is Co-Founder of Startup Edmonton and Flightpath Ventures, activating and investing in Edmonton's startup community through initiatives like The Startup City Project and Students to Startups. Ken has been in the creative/tech industry for over 10 years, co-founding several interactive companies, most recently Rocketfuel Games, and community initiatives like TEDxEdmonton. He was named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People" by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.

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    Caitlin Burns

    Starlight Runner Media

    As a Transmedia Producer with Starlight Runner Entertainment, Caitlin Burns has worked on intellectual properties including: Pirates of the CaribbeanDisney Fairies, and Tron Legacy for Disney, James Cameron’s Avatar for Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon and Transformers for Hasbro. She has also worked with Sony, Showtime, Pepperidge Farm, Scholastic, Nelvana, and Wieden+Kennedy. 

    She is an elected member of the Board of the Producer’s Guild of America New Media Council. She also consults with the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund.  Her independent transmedia project McCarren Park launched at Tribeca Film Festival Interactive and Screened at New York Film Festival: Convergence.

    She regularly speaks domestically and internationally and has presented at Forum Russia, Toronto International Film Festival, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Kreative.Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Seminario Transmedia & TEDx Teusaquillo in Bogotá, Colombia.

    She currently authors the expert column: Context Artist for Createasphere’s Transmedia Coalition. 

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    Lane Dunlop

    Sonic Unyon

    Lane is currently a partner at Sonic Unyon. Besides planning four festivals, managing a muti-arts venue that is about to open, and signing bands to Sonic Unyon, Lane watches a lot of TV. Previously Lane launched iTunes Canada in 2004 and was the Head of Music for eight years.

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    Destin Haynes

    Hootsuite

    As Director, Freemium Community at HootSuite, Destin helps to drive and nurture the company's global growth at a grassroots level. Additionally she helps to connect its vibrant community of 9 million plus global users while fostering relationships with, and between them, one user at a time. 
     
    Since joining HootSuite in April of 2012 Destin has helped the company expand and grow into numerous international markets through a variety of outreach and engagement techniques such as crowdsourced localization, brand ambassador and influencer empowerment, user powered events (HootUps), content creation, and online community management.
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    Philippe Collard

    Postmedia Network

    Over the past twenty years, Philippe has held strategic roles for a number of media companies in Quebec, notably Bell, Quebecor and Astral. Driven by his passion for digital media, he likes to dissect user behavior to understand the role that digital products play in our daily lives.

    Since 2012, he is Director of Digital Products at Postmedia, the publisher of some of this country's oldest and best known media brands such as The Gazette in Montreal, The StarPhoenix in Saskatoon and The National Post. 

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    Eric Karjaluoto

    SmashLab

    Eric Karjaluoto is creative director and a founding partner of the creative agency smashLAB. Since 2000, he has helped a broad range of clients including The Vancouver Aquarium, the University of Minnesota, and The Nature Conservancy with their strategic, design, and communication challenges. Eric authored the books Speak Human and The Design Method. He writes regularly about design at erickarjaluoto.com.

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    Mike Klein

    Meshy Communications

    Mike Klein is owner of marketing agency Meshy Communications. Since 1997, he has helped organizations of all sizes tackle their marketing needs. Mike is an active public speaker and blogger, loves design, digs data, enjoys electronics, dabbles in ruby and passably plays the mandolin. Mike helped found and build MoSo. In his spare time he enjoys coding on his recent passion project http://www.getclozer.com.

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    Whitaker Trebella

    Fixpoint Productions Ltd.

    Trebella is the developer of successful indie games Pivvot and Polymer. He is also an indie game musician with music featured in games such as: Tilt to Live, Super Stickman Golf 1 & 2, Velocispider, and Cardinal Quest 1 & 2. He holds a degree in music education from Indiana University. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two goldendoodles. 

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    Brandon Rosage

    Ushahidi

    Brandon Rosage is a 32-year-old designer and web developer from Austin, Texas. He is creative director at Ushahidi, a global technology company that makes crowdsourcing software and hardware. He is currently leading the user interface design and front-end development for the company's social mapping service, Crowdmap. He also works with user-centered design consultancy Anthro-Tech, helping organizations with a social-impact mission.

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    Eden Rohatensky

    GasBuddy

    Eden Rohatensky is a Developer and Designer at GasBuddy. She also podcasts weekly and runs the Jimmy And Eden network of podcasts. You can also find her singing as the front woman for the bands Eden & Escrow and Orphan Mothers. She loves cats, video games, thoughtful design, and programming.

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    Sebastien Taveau

    Synaptics

    A puzzle solver, a strategic thinker, a beyond-the-horizon watcher and a hands-on doer.

    Sebastien’s technical and professional experience spans more than 20 years in various industries. He has shaped ecosystems and products around POS, mobile payment, mobile security, mobile identity and consumer solutions even when he was told it was not possible.

    As such, he has provided expert opinions for and has been quoted in the WSJ, Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Reuters, Mashable, USA Today, CNN, CBC, Forbes, Dark Reading, Digital Transactions, Newsweek, etc. on topics ranging from mobile payments to mobile identity, and consumer biometrics and security.

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    Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Bloomberg Television

    Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and primetime television show host on Bloomberg Television. From small businesses to international corporations, his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the c-suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling business books, The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet, and one of the most compelling figures in business today.

    Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business. Jeffrey appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking and public appearances, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

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    Dave Delaney

    Delaney Digital Marketing Consulting

    Dave Delaney is a Nashville-based (Toronto-born) leader, author, consultant, and keynote speaker on digital marketing, social media strategy, and business networking. His book, New Business Networking and podcast, NBNRadio.com, explores online and offline tools, tips and techniques to grow and nurture your professional network for your business and career. He is a contributor to The Tennessean Newspaper and writes frequently at New-Networking.com.

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    Peter Heinrich

    Amazon

    Peter Heinrich is a Developer Evangelist with Amazon, specializing in mobile game development and web services. A frequent contributor to Amazon's developer blog, he also speaks regularly at technical conferences about best practices for creating games on mobile platforms. Peter addresses all aspects of game production, from design, architecture, and coding to marketing, analytics, and monetization. Before Amazon, Peter was a full-time game developer for almost twenty years, working on desktop and console titles before moving to online and mobile games. He co-founded indie game studios Smarterville and Zero Entertainment after working as an individual contributor for several large game makers.

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    Shane Giroux

    Push Interactions

    Shane is a well-traveled programmer, project manager and business executive with 15 years of experience in the technology field. He is currently the COO of Push Interactions, helping guide a start-up through its next stage of growth to a nationally renowned business. When he isn't doing that, he can usually be found on a volleyball court, or trying to catch up on his ever-expanding reading list.

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    Suzanne Paschall

    Indie Ink Publishing

    Suzanne is the Founder, CEO and Head Cheerleader at Indie Ink. Her passion is for beautifully conceived, written, & designed books – print, electronic, or interactive – whose moments have arrived. As a Creative Arsonist, it’s her mission to ignite passion and purpose in others.

    Her 30-year career has been defined by the written word, having published award-winning short fiction, music, corporate and institutional PR materials, and more than 300 newspaper and magazine articles. She authored her first book, Birth of a Boom: Lives & Legacies of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs, in 2009.

    She worked in PR for two major Canadian universities; owned a strategic communications consulting firm; worked in PR, licensed merchandising in the book trade and advertising in New York, and was a daily newspaper journalist and magazine freelancer in Kansas.

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    Jordan Boesch

    7shifts

    Jordan is an entrepreneur and a software developer. In November 2013, his company, 7shifts was accepted into a tech accelerator program in Silicon Valley. Gaining industry knowledge and rubbing shoulders with some tech giants, he decided to bring that knowledge back to Saskatchewan. He plans to continue to build and grow 7shifts here on the prairies, while leveraging the network he built while being down in the valley.

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    Jordan Schidlowsky

    Noodlecake Studios Inc.

    Jordan is the co-founder and CEO of Noodlecake Studios Inc. After building a mobile fitness application, he focused on the mobile gaming industry and founded Noodlecake Studios Inc in February 2011. Noodlecake's games have been featured in the New York Times, Wired Magazine, and have landed on CNet's top 25 iPad applications list. Noodlecake was also recently awarded a 'best of 2013' award from Apple for excellence in multi-player gaming. To date Noodlecake has had over 68 million downloads of their games, and over 1.8 billion game sessions played.

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  23. Picture of Angèle Beausoleil

    Angèle Beausoleil

    Agent Innovateur Inc.

    Angèle Beausoleil teaches Design Strategies at UBC's Sauder School of Business and runs a boutique innovation agency. She is also a PhD student mapping innovation paths inside business incubators. Prior to UBC, she worked with creative agencies, tech start-ups and global brands on building new products, processes and business models. She led UK and Vancouver-based Dare Labs as VP of Innovation, and was VP of Strategy for Cossette. She lectures on strategic design and sustainable innovation, is the editor-in-chief for the Society of Digital Agencies' global trend report and is a board member of the VIFF, Canadian Women in Communications, and the Telus Community Fund.

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    Taron Cochrane

    City of Regina

    Specializing in marketing, communications and social media, Taron Cochrane is a public speaker who has been a guest music commentator for CTV Morning Live, Global Regina and Big Dog 92.7FM and has been featured on every type of local media (with 4 National news appearances). He is also an award winning songwriter, graphic designer, Leader-Post freelance writer, local music promoter, tour manager, CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 member, second term SaskMusic board member and past social media correspondent for BreakOut West 2012, 2013 Junos Host committee, Telemiracle 38 and MOSAIC 2014.

     

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    Samantha Langdorf​

    ​Briteweb

    Samantha is the Creative Director at Briteweb, a digital agency that delivers values-driven communications and digital solutions that engage audiences and build team culture. Samantha combines her deep passion for the impact space with a creative eye to deliver compelling work that helps game-changing organizations find their voice and be heard, while inspiring their audiences to act.

     

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    Chad McCallum

    iQmetrix Software

    Chad McCallum is a Senior Software Developer at iQmetrix Software.  As founder of HackREGINA he's been involved in several developer community initiatives in and around Regina. A published Pluralsight author and two-year Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, you can usually find him presenting at conferences, toying around with the latest web dev tech, or trying to convince others he's not a Cylon.

     

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    April Dunford

    Tulip Retail

    April is the COO of Tulip Retail where she heads sales, marketing and customer success. April has led sales and marketing at a series of venture backed startups driving growth from seed stage through to acquisition. April has also held executive roles at IBM, Siebel Systems and Nortel.

     

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    Connor Lowe

    Give

    Connor Lowe is an Interaction designer living in Vancouver. He is the Interactive Art Director at Aritzia where he is helping transform a 30 year old retailer into an innovative digital leader. He is also the co-founder of Give, the first digital gift economy for music where anybody can give any amount of money to any musical artist, directly.

     

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    Ken Seto

    Massive Damage

    Ken Seto is the CEO/Co-founder of Massive Damage and co-founder of Endloop. Established in 2010, Massive Damage is a Toronto gaming studio focused on building innovative, fun and engaging games on mobile.

    Ken, a serial entrepreneur, is well regarded for his passion and expertise in mobile, gaming, social media and user experience design.

     

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    Robert Calder

    Secret Study Projects // Boompa Records

    Rob Calder is the Owner of Secret Study and co-founder of Boompa. As a musician, producer and entrepreneur based in Vancouver he connects brands with musicians and artists in order to create meaningful engagements. Currently Rob works with Newcap, TELUS, Hootsuite and directly with artists like Woodpigeon, We Are the City, The Belle Game, and Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.

     

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    Chris Simair

    SkipTheDishes

    Chris is a co-founder and the CTO of SkipTheDishes.ca, a Western-Canadian food delivery network that allows hungry Canadians to order food online and have it delivered straight to their door. Launched in 2012 and based in the prairies, they are rapidly growing their network across the country. Prior to launching the business Chris worked within various technical and leadership positions with a focus on business and technology transformation.

     

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    Prem Gill

    TELUS

    Prem Gill, Director, Original Production & Programming for TELUS, is a passionate ambassador for local content creation and has lead the creation the platform STORYHIVE.com. She was recently named in a Globe and Mail article referencing the Globe’s power list of 10 women who matter in English Canada as film and content creators and decision makers. A member of the TELUS team since 2008, she drives the development of content for Optik Local community programming, which is available on demand to Optik TV subscribers and publically through the Optik Local.

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    Ambrosia Humphrey

    #singitfwd and Hootsuite

    As VP Talent, Ambrosia has spearheads HootSuite’s HR initiatives for over 500 employees globally and hyper growing. A culture creature and self-proclaimed Social HR nerd, she joins us wearing another hat: as co­founder of #singitfwd: a social media driven grassroots initiative raising awareness and funds for music education in the Vancouver DTES community. Benefitting the Saint James Music Academy, the initiative has raised over $100,000 in three years. 

    Annually recognized as one of the best Canadian concerts of the year, it features a long list of celebrated artists volunteering their time: The Sheepdogs, Hannah Georgas, Hey Ocean, Shad, Dan Mangan, Mother Mother, Said the Whale, and dozens more.

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    Sean Power

    O'Reilly

    I like data, products and startups. I advise many startups, and sit on the board of directors of some. I am an internationally published author currently writing Data Informed Design for O'Reilly.
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    Carmen Villadar

    Carmen Villadar, a native of Toronto, was introduced to online publishing in ‘93. Her role in New Media sparked an interest in internet technologies that evolved into an organic understanding of Social Media. Carmen was a nurse in Texas from ‘96 ­- ‘07, then moved to Germany to immerse herself in the startup world of mobile, AR, 3D printing, and virtual world technologies. She returned to Canada in 2010 while consulting globally with startups. Carmen currently works with Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. in Saskatoon.

     

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    Ricardo del Cid

    Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club

    Ricardo del Cid is currently applying two passions, technology and sports at the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  He’s job is a jack of all trades of tech and some marketing trying to enhance the fan experience on and off the field.  Previously he held numerous roles at SaskTel related to telecommunications engineering and later developing numerous mobile and web applications such as the Rider App.  He is a graduate of the University of Regina with a BASc with a major in Electronics Engineering and a certificate in Software Systems engineering with great distinction.  In his spare time he is involved in Regina's tech community attending or organizing various events such as Startup Weekend Saskatchewan, Bar Camp, MOSO Conference and various other technology events.

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    Marie Nicola

    Karmacake.com

    Before the Globe & Mail named Karmacake.ca as one of Toronto’s top blogs, Marie Nicola was the accidentally outspoken blogger from Summerside, P.E.I. Unmistakably, Marie’s quirky conversational style and ability to anonymously navigate the murkier depths of the web has made her one of the Internet’s most dynamic personalities - interviewing the likes of Epic Meal Time, George Stroumboulopoulos and Vice's Eddy Moretti. But, it was the combination of her digital marketing & writing skills that quickly established Marie not only as a blogger and podcaster but as a digital strategist, and digital producer specializing in broadcast media including CBC Olympics, NatandMarie.com, HumbleandFredRadio.com, DIY Network, Top Chef Canada and reddit.

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