VP, Digital and Mobile,
| Phil Barrett is the Vice President, Digital & Mobile with BSTREET communications for the Toronto and London UK offices.|
He provides leadership, strategy and insight for Fortune 500 clients in the areas of usability, online media, search engine marketing, email, social media, digital promotions and mobile.
Phil is a true integrated marketer working both with online and offline channels - even though he believes that print is only undead when it includes a call to action to a website, text message, phone number, or something really cool like an augmented reality code.
Phil has also been a mobile marketing evangelist for the last five years and has been active in the ecosystem with successfully launched integrated digital programs that have incorporated SMS, mobile web, mobile applications, Bluetooth, 2d codes and as well as emerging mobile platforms.
Phil has been a frequent contributor to the mobile ecosystem through his mobile and interactive blog (burningthebacon.com), and through several speaking engagements with Mobile Innovation Week, Marketing Magazine, Strategy Magazine, American Marketing Association, Incentive Works and many others. Phil has been a senior judge for the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) annual marketing awards in the digital category and is also on the CMA Digital Council and is leading a Mobile task force on behalf of the CMA.
President & Founder Animated Media Inc.
|Chris Brady is passionate about bringing software technologies to new markets and devices. He's an expert on graphics and GPUs and has been developing software since the 1980s. He founded ALT Software Inc. growing it to the leading provider of safety critical, real-time, OpenGL 3D device drivers and software in the aerospace market. Now as Animated Media's CEO and leveraging his vast experience in graphics technologies, software and embedded systems development, he is leading the charge to bring Flash technology to devices and markets outside of Adobe's focus - including Flash on the iPhone. See us at www.animatedmedia.ca for more information. |
VP, Social Media
|At Proximity Canada, Collin is building the company's social media offering while assisting its clients in building their brand voice in the evolving digital space. He leads a multi agency task force for global social communications with Gillette, and develops social strategies for the Mitsubishi Motors of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Health accounts.|
Collin was also the lead strategist and account planner at Social Media Group working on the Ford Motor Company Global Communications account. There, he developed social media programs that included social media press releases (SMPRs), blogger outreach initiatives, enthusiast activation programs, social network programs and crisis management procedures laying the foundation for Ford's ongoing social media efforts.
|An award winning mobile developer, James Eberhardt founded Echo Mobile to migrate the computing experience away from the desktop and wants to see people use their phones for anything other than making a phone call. James is an international speaker and instructor who has been presenting mobile topics to audiences for over 6 years including multiple FITC and 360|iDev conferences. James founded the Mobile Developers and Designers of Toronto to bolster the mobile community in Toronto. Prior to Echo Mobile, James was Director of Technology for marblemedia, developing many successful cross-platform projects.|
|Pete Forde is a founding partner of Unspace, a Toronto-based software development company. Unspace uses Ruby on Rails to build web and mobile applications for clients including The United Nations, TheScore Sports Network, TAXI and a long list of start-ups. Pete was curator of the RubyFringe and FutureRuby conferences, and currently hosts the long-running monthly Rails Pub Nite event. An avid traveler and occasional touring rock drummer, Pete is passionate about music and film photography. In grade five Pete wrote a program to control a robot so that he could impress a girl. Sadly, this approach failed. |
|As Vice-President Digital, Dominique-Sébastien Forest is responsible for Transcontinental Media digital media strategy, including the diversification of their product offering and the acceleration of the growth if the New Media and Digital Solutions Group. His mission is to create the most compelling and efficient online echo-system for Transcontinental clients.|
Mr Forest was previously Vice-President Digital Media and E-Commerce, at Quebecor Media, where he was responsible for Canoe's portal, digital content, social media, online dating, search and wireless distribution strategy. He is also in charge of building and operating a new e-commerce global environment for Quebecor Media online activities and creating a state of the art digital distribution platform for Sun Media’s print assets.
With a very accomplished track record of business innovation modeling, Mr. Forest spent 3 years as Vice President, Business Development at Puretracks, a North American leader in the development of online music platforms. He was also editor of MSN Canada and founded Creative Research and Technology, Canada's first company specialized in advergaming (the use of games for advertising purposes).
Mr Forest is recognized for his ability to market innovations and develop effective commercialization strategy with emerging products. He has been a speaker in numerous events in Canada, the United States and Europe on different topics including the future of music, mobility, television and e-commerce. He is also member of the board of directors for the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) of Canada, co-chair of the Emerging Products Council for the IAB as well as an advisor for organizations like the Mobile Experience Innovation Center and NextMedia.
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President and Founder
|Brady Gilchrist has been in the digital business from the beginning. Brady is a sailor, pilot, photographer, writer and entrepreneur. His first business was creating mobile applications - before mobile was a buzz. The technology he created was sold and a non-compete brought him into the internet business in the early 90s. His second business venture was one of Canada's first online agencies - Intermagic.|
In his professional life he has been a Senior Vice President at GJP advertising, Executive Vice President and CSO at Fuel Industries and is the President and founder of the Admodo group. His responsibilities these days include inventing, investing and evangelizing very new things. Brady is a mentor who advises and bootstraps new startups, innovators and marketers looking towards the future.
Chief Creative Officer
|Steve has founded, developed and launched numerous Internet products and companies. In 2010 Steve was voted by Techvibes as one to watch in Ontario in the digital media field. Filemobile is Steve’s third venture. He serves as Filemobile's Chief Creative Officer and is responsible for product development and delivery. Steve has a passion for blending creative and technical solutions that drive media value. |
Previously, he was a co-owner of PoolExpert.com, which was purchased by Rogers Communications in 2008. Steve has served as the vice-president of sports products for TSN and RDS where he managed the product development and P&L for these popular Canadian sports websites. Steve was once on the Canadian National Swim Team, has produced and directed a documentary film called 60 Days in Indonesia, and has traveled to over forty countries.
Steve lives in Toronto with his wife Kerry and two kids: Jack and Kate.
Ajit Joakar - KEYNOTE
Ajit Jaokar is the founder of the London based publishing and research company futuretext (www.futuretext.com) focussed on emerging Web and Mobile technologies. In 2009-2010, Ajit was nominated as part of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet by the world economic forum. He hopes to use this opportunity to further extend the pragmatic viewpoint of the evolution of Telecoms networks in an open ecosystem. |
Ajit chairs Oxford University's Next generation mobile applications panel and conducts a course on Web 2.0, Social networking, Mobile Web 2.0 and LTE services at Oxford University. Ajit's thinking is widely followed in the industry and his blog, the OpenGardensBlog (www.opengardensblog.futuretext.com), which was recently rated a top 20 wireless blog worldwide Media appearances include BBC – Newsnight – 3phone launch; CNN money; BBC digital planet.
Ajit's latest books are Open Mobile, Social Media Marketing and Mobile Web 2.0.
His recent talks and forthcoming talks include: CEBIT 2009;MobileWorld Congress(2007, 2008, 2009); Keynote at O Reilly Web20 expo (April 2007);Keynote at Java One; European Parliament – Brussels – (Electronic Internet Foundation); Stanford University's Digital visions program;MIT Sloan;Fraunhofer FOKUS ; University of St. Gallen (Switzerland); CTIA(2007, 2008, 2009,2010.
His consulting activities include working with companies to define value propositions across the device, network, Web and Social networking stack spanning both technology and strategy. He has worked with a range of commercial and government organizations globally including The European Union, Telecoms Operators, Device manufacturers, social networking companies and security companies in various strategic and visionary roles Ajit lives in London, UK, but has three nationalities (British, Indian and New Zealander) and is proud of all three.
He is currently doing a PhD on Internet of Things, Privacy and Reputation systems at UCL in London. Ajit is a fan of animation especially Tom and Jerry, Tintin and Asterix and likes the music of ZZ Top and other rock bands.
|As a strategist, consultant and researcher, Kaleem helps global companies, agencies, startups and governments create great experiences and solve complex problems. Over two decades, he has worked with clients that include leaders in consumer electronics, mobile technology, Internet services, software, health care, financial services, telecom and security. Kaleem is an active member of professional user experience design groups that include ACM SIGCHI, IAI and IxDA. He is an associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design Strategic Innovation Lab; and steward of the UX Irregulars, the largest user experience design professional group in Canada. He is a founding partner of strategy and design research consultancy True Insight.|
Director, Digital Engagement
Weber Shandwick Canada
| Andrew Lane is an entrepreneur, a strategist, a marketer and a business person focused in the digital content space. In previous lives Andrew has worked on numerous international award-winning and critically-acclaimed multi-platform projects, always with a strong focus on delivering the highest quality content to niche audiences while driving business results.|
In his role at Weber Shandwick, Andrew works to develop digital and social media content to integrate with traditional advocacy and media outreach for major Canadian brands. At the same time, Andrew collaborates regularly on key US accounts with the North American digital team. Key focuses include branded content creation, strategic partnerships, and mobile, digital and social media content creation and strategy.
Andrew is a thought leader in the digital content and communications space. He has been featured on panels with notable organizations such as Achilles Media, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Canadian Hockey League, the Branded Content Summit, and Interactive Ontario.
He serves as an Industry Advisor for both the Bell Fund as well as the Ontario Media Development Corporation. He is also a Professor in the Interactive Digital Media Graduate program at Centennial College, and a regular guest lecturer at Humber College.
Effects-based Analytics Inc
|Independent strategic consultant on global affairs on information security, netcentric warfare, social contagions, public health and eHealth, public affairs and technology. Director at Effects-based Analytics and President of ExCom Inc. Project manager for the CIA's Urban Flashpoints project.|
VP Client Services
|Scott Michaels, VP, Client Services at Atimi Software, Inc., one of the largest independent Macintosh development houses, focuses his technology insight on the quickly changing Apple market. Scott has worked with many Fortune 500 companies to bring their products to the mobile space and has assisted in restructuring their marketing plan to include mobile. He is a vital force behind the Atimi team that has developed more than 30 applications and games currently in the App store, including the New York Times Reader, HBO, The Vancouver Canucks, Donna Karan and Etch-A-Sketch. Having worked on the front lines of software development and project management for over a decade, Scott champions the need for a cohesive strategy for companies bringing products to the mobile space. |
Michael J. O'Farrell
Country Manager, Canada
Mobile Marketing Association
|As a global subject matter expert on mobile Internet and digital media initiatives, Michael has been a featured speaker and considered a leading mobile media industry futurist. In addition to shaping the early marketing practices of the Open Mobile Alliance, he was a co-founder of the dotMobi Advisory Group & Policy Advisory Board, the Wireless Advertising Industry Association (now operating as the Mobile Marketing Association) and the WAP Forum's Developers Expert Group (now operating under the Open Mobile Alliance).|
Over the last 15 years, Michael has played a key strategic role in the launch of innovative new products and service globally with: Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, TD Waterhouse, National Bank of Canada, RBC Financial, Carlson Marketing, Whirlpool, Ford, VeriSign, RSA Security, the dotMobi company and mobile network operators globally including Eurotel, Orange, Telecom Italia, Rogers Wireless, Fido, Bell Mobility and many more.
Additionally, Michael is the Founder of The Mobile Institute; Founder of MOBILEINNOVATIONWEEK.com; Board Member of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre; and Co-Author of Mobile Internet For Dummies.
Senior Web Developer
The Mozilla Foundation
|Paul Osman has been writing software for over 10 years, with a strong focus on web infrastructure. He has worked in research and industry and is now helping to promote open web technologies as a Senior Web Developer for the Mozilla Foundation. Paul has a background in API development and actively promotes the use of open standards for interoperability.|
Paul is also a founding member of OpenWebTO, a Toronto based group that meets once a month to discuss open web protocols and specifications.
Ruby on Rails Developer
|Libin Pan is working for the great local startup company - Savvica and builds awesome Web sites for sharing knowledge, include LearnHub.com. He has a strong passion on mobile technology and has been developing apps for iPhone/iPad since they came out. He has more than 10 years development experience. He's very active in Toronto Tech community and presented in various meetings, user groups and tech conferences. |
Director, Business Development
|Marlon Rodrigues is the Director of Business Development at Polar Mobile, the cross-platform smartphone app producer of choice for some of the globe's biggest media brands. Prior to Polar, Marlon spent time at Ericsson, Bell Canada and Research In Motion. |
His primary responsibilities include evaluating new mobile partnerships, informing the product roadmap, and working to develop the mobile businesses of existing customers.
Consultant and Digital Analyst
|Jason Roks is recognized across North America for his networking and digital media distribution acumen, and for his ingenuity in predicting and leveraging new directions on the Internet and other communications technologies. Jason has been featured in various media, including Wired, Time, Maclean's, Saturday Night, Yahoo! Internet Life, Shift, Macworld and Silicon Alley Reporter for his insights on new media economies, digital media distribution, file-sharing, online communities and social networks, piracy, copyright, and intellectual property. Jason focuses on providing expertise to software producers, broadcasters, advertisers and entertainment companies in the areas of digital media distribution, content management systems, adaptive business modeling, rights management, online guerrilla marketing, emerging technologies, and the prototyping of innovative technology platforms, services and products. In his spare time, he researches and develops online communities and social networks, xmlTV and metaphors for visualization of metadata. While the digital "fringe" community celebrates Jason as a founder of the now decade-old file-sharing software pioneer, Hotline Communications, Jason's career has roots in design and creative direction. |
Creative Technologist and Strategist
|Gabe is a creative technologist and strategist with a background in mobile, web, video and interactive installation. Gabe is co-founder of Wireless Toronto, Echo Mobile, 33 Magnetic, and [murmur]. He is on the board of directors of Heritage Toronto, and the mobile committee of Interactive Ontario. He studied architecture, film and semiotics at the University of Toronto, was a resident at the CFC Media Lab in 2002, and is currently pursuing a Master of Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. Gabe has spoken at conferences and festivals in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and Brazil.|
CEO & Co-Founder
|As the Co-founder and CEO of Endloop Studios, a leading mobile applications development studio, Ken leads a growing team of designers and developers in building some of the most entertaining and innovative iPhone and iPad applications on the market, garnering media attention from Wired, CNN, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Mashable.com, Engadget.com, TUAW.com and many others.|
Prior to starting Endloop Studios, Ken served as the Manager of Web Services at OntarioMD and was responsible for launching OntarioMD.ca, the official physician portal for the Ontario Medical Association.
He joined OntarioMD from Telepresence Systems, where he was a senior consultant specializing in front end development, interaction design and usability. During his time there, he helped launch AT&T’s first VOIP service, CallVantage.
Ken is well regarded for his passion and expertise in mobile, social media and user experience design. He has been interviewed and profiled many times in the media – from TechVibes and Unlimited Magazine to the CBC and The National Post.
Ray Sharma - KEYNOTE
|Ray Sharma is a veteran of the mobile technology sector. He has spent over 11 years in wireless technology investment banking research, where he was the top-ranked wireless technology analyst for five of eight eligible years and is considered a leading authority in the current evolution of the application layer. During his research career Mr. Sharma evangelized a vision that the mobile device represents a generational shift in computing away from the PC. Mr. Sharma has been an active private company investor, including investments such as XMG Studio, Xtreme Labs, Extreme Venture Partners (through which J2Play was sold to Electronic Arts, and Bumptop was sold to Google), Athabasca Oil (IPO), Bridgewater (IPO), Mobile Diagnostix (sold to Bitfone then HP), and SiByte (sold to Broadcom).|
ABOUT XMG STUDIO
XMG Studio is an award-winning, mobile games company, and is a leader in the areas of Customization and Augmented Reality (AR) and has a portfolio of successful games including: Pandemica, (World's first multiplayer AR game and 2009 winner of Best AR App of the year); the Drag Racer series (top drag racing franchise on the app store); Little Metal Ball (Apple-featured game that reached #1 in the App Store) and Marine Sharpshooter (XMG's first multi-million download game).
ABOUT XTREME LABS
Xtreme Labs develops cutting-edge software for mobile users that can enhance their mobile network experience and enhance productivity or social lives. Xtreme combines credibility, creativity, and focus on execution to produce applications leveraging the untapped potential of mobile devices and the nascent marriage of mobile devices to the media and the web.
ABOUT EXTREME VENTURE PARTNERS
Extreme Venture Partners (EVP) is focused on providing early stage venture capital and management expertise to help propel start-ups into the big leagues. They work with smart people who have great ideas for disruptive businesses, and the energy and ability to deliver. EVP has deep roots in the technology and investment communities. They get involved as early as possible and beyond the financial support that they provide, they like to take a hands-on approach, bringing a depth of technical and business expertise and resources with them. They are a lean and fast moving organization, so they are able to move quickly to identify great ideas and get them set on a path towards a successful, sustainable future.
Big Blue Bubble
|With over 20 years spent in the game industry and credited for over 50 games across 10 different platforms, Damir is one of the most experienced industry professionals in Canada. In 2004, he established Big Blue Bubble, which quickly became one of the top rated game developers in North America. Even though it started iPhone game development less than a year ago, Big Blue Bubble already released more than 10 games on iPhone/iPad platform and it was recently rated #1 publisher in the quaterly quality index in the AppStore.|
CEO / Director of Experience Design
|Adam R.T. Smith is Director of Experience Design at Liquid Reality, a boutique User Experience Strategy & Design firm based in Toronto. LR has 15 years experience designing and developing Web, Desktop and Mobile applications for clients in the teleco, financial, healthcare, entertainment and media sectors, having focussed their efforts on Mobile product design and strategy as of 2005. A background in graphic design, information architecture and interaction design, Adam brings a unique perspective to his work, creating engaging products for mobile and stationary experiences. Adam most recently presented at FITC Mobile ’09 on the evolution of mobile user experience.|
Globe & Mail
|Ivor Tossell has been writing for the Globe and Mail's online-culture column since 2005, interpreting everything from passing web fads to the lasting changes that new media has brought. A freelance journalist, his writing about urban affairs and technology has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the National Post, Report on Business Magazine, Toronto Life, and Spacing Magazine, among others. Previously, Ivor worked on ICT projects in Africa, and ran a small software business developing web applications.|
|Richard Stobbe is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer in Calgary with the firm of Brownlee LLP. He previously practiced in Vancouver in the field of IP licensing and has worked and studied in the field of IP law, including software licensing, digital media law, trade-mark protectionand internet law. He has assisted clients with App Development Agreements, App Licensing, software licensing, and branding advice. He is currently the Chair of the Calgary Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, the publisher of ipblog.ca, and has spoken to numerous industry groups on IP-related topics including the Vancouver iPhone Forum.|
Associate Creative Director
|James is a long time leader in Open Source Software and a dedicated steward of Open Standards. Jeff Vermeersch is the Associate Creative Director, Experience Design at Proximity Canada. He has almost ten years of interactive advertising experience with a background in Flash development and animation. Previous to joining Proximity in 2009, Jeff held the position of Group Head of Interactive at TAXI. He has worked on high profile work across international clients including Gillette, HP, American Express, Sprint, Bank of America and BMW. |
Software Services Architect, StatusNet Inc. & Leader in Open Source Software
|James is a long time leader in Open Source Software and a dedicated steward of Open Standards. Since 2003, he has been a core contributor to the Drupal Project. Within the Drupal community, he has contributed countless lines of code to several of the most popular components. Additionally, he was a founding General Assembly member of the Drupal Association.|
In 2004, he co-founded Bryght, the first company to offer hosting and professional services exclusively for Drupal. James went on to serve as the Director of Education for Lullabot the foremost consulting and training company for Drupal. In this role, he trained thousands of new Drupal developers and users through public workshops, online workshops, on-site training, books and DVDs.
Outside of Drupal, James maintains a deep interest in the OpenID, Open Web and Jabber/ XMPP communities and frequently presents at conferences and events as an evangelist for these technologies. He is also a founding member of the Open Web Foundation
Bytemark Games Inc
|Jon Walsh founded Bytemark Games in late 2009 to pursue the mobile digital publishing opportunity. Since its inception Bytemark has secured licenses to several top tier film brands for iPhone and iPad games and developed three unique game engines for the iPhone OS. Prior to creating Bytemark Jon was the founder of Groove Games. Groove published more than 20 retail games that sold millions of units worldwide. Jon's first iPhone game has been downloaded more than 2 million times and was the #1 free app in the world in October of 2009. |
Director, Product Management
Xtreme Labs Inc.
|James is the Director of Product Management for Xtreme Labs Inc. who create cutting-edge applications for a wide range of high profile mobile and web properties. Leveraging cutting edge mobile trends and strong recognizable consumer brands Xtreme Labs is able to deliver the highest value to its customers by focusing on Agile based development and Product Management experiences. |
|Gary Yentin is a senior mobile executive, with over fifteen years of experience managing strategy sales, marketing, operations, and technology for established entertainment, new media and technology companies. For the last six years Gary has focused on mobile technologies, including content development and distribution having worked for m-Qube (now Verisign) in the capacity of Vice- President, and mobile advertising having consulted with Admob, Enpocket, Nokia, Quattro and Jumptap. Gary is currently the CEO of App~Promo! a marketing and promotional company focusing on mobile applications.|