Two days, jam-packed with social media and digital marketing insights, tips and techniques.

SocialWest is a two-day conference purposefully built to empower and educate social media and marketing professionals and small business owners to do better business. You’ll experience value-packed sessions from experts who want to teach, not just talk, about the fundamentals and formulas that make for successful social media strategies for businesses big and small.

Bring your notepad and we’ll gather the experts with answers so you can get back to work with a plan that makes sense and the tools to do better.

First Confirmed Speakers

SocialWest will feature more than 25 speakers hand-picked to provide attendees with up-to-date and unrivaled insight that will leave notebooks full and brains inspired. Check out our speakers:

Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford, Author

KEYNOTE: My journey from my home in Calgary to ending up a NYT bestseller and pitching jokes to James Franco on the set of his latest movie!

Jason Silver

Jason Silver

Growth Lead, Airbnb Canada

KEYNOTE: "Attributing the unattributable" Unique ways we look to attribute growth when last click attribution doesn't work.

Vicki Laszlo

Vicki Laszlo

Account Manager, Strategic Accounts, Twitter Canada

Panelist: The shift to mobile. What the biggest social media companies are doing to get your business ready

Jeremy Cain

Jeremy Cain

Client Partner, eCommerce, Facebook Canada

Panelist: The shift to mobile. What the biggest social media companies are doing to get your business ready

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Greg Hounslow

Emerging Media Manager, WestJet

How to Manage Social Media 24 Hours Per Day

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Dave Fleet

Senior Vice President, Digital, Edelman

The Darker Side of Digital – Managing Crises on Digital Channels

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Jason Markusoff

Alberta Correspondent, Maclean's magazine

Panelist: How does social media influence the news, and the news influence social media?

Cam Steed

Founder & CEO, Smashed Abacus

The Other 83%: Why Brands Should Look Beyond their own Content & Competitors on Social Media

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Alicia Taggio

Content Marketing Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group

Navigating through the noise of Content Marketing

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Nancy Smith

Director of Social Media, North Strategic

Working with influencers to share your brand

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Paula Coop McCrory

Visual Curator / Social Media Influencer

The Power of Pinterest: Putting Pinterest to Work For You

Crystal DeCnodder

Crystal DeCnodder

Founder, SocialBulls.ca

Target an Audience Ready to Buy with Facebook or Instagram Ads

Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Editor in Chief, Calgary Herald & Calgary SUN

Panelist: How does social media influence the news, and the news influence social media?

Darren Krause

Darren Krause

Managing Editor, Metro Calgary

Panelist: How does social media influence the news, and the news influence social media?

Jen Gerson

Jen Gerson

Full Comment, Digital Editor and Calgary Correspondent, National Post

Panelist: How does social media influence the news, and the news influence social media?

Zain Velji

Zain Velji

Senior Consultant, Engagement Strategies, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Host of The Strategists

Moderator/Host: How does social media influence the news, and the news influence social media?

Crystal DeCnodder

Peter Bishop

Partner, Creative Director, ZGM Collaborative Marketing

Co-presenter: Email marketing – Things you can do to capture, nurture and convert leads

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Heleena Webber

Account & Content Director, ZGM Collaborative Marketing

Co-presenter: Email marketing – Things you can do to capture, nurture and convert leads

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Stephen Carter

President, QED Marketing

How much of your marketing is wasted?

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Alex Kingcott

President, Shareworthy Content Lab

Social media demos. Who’s using what?

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Calin Yablonski

President, Inbound Interactive

The insane power of online reviews for small businesses

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Ernest Barbaric

Digital Marketing Strategist

Foresight 2016 - Trends that are defining digital marketing in 2016 and beyond

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Alix Williams

Founder, Williams & Woods Simplified Social Media

Where to Spend your Social Media Dollars

Corey Hogan

Corey Hogan

Chief Strategy Officer, NorthWeather

The latest advances in digital advertising and where it's going in the future.

Learn more about our speakers

Who should attend SocialWest?

SocialWest will be a worthwhile educational conference for social media and marketing professionals of all levels. If your business can’t afford to go another day without social media or if you just want to up your game, you need to be at SocialWest.

  • Social Media Managers
  • Communications & Marketing Professionals
  • Digital Marketers
  • Public Relations Practitioners
  • Small Business Operators
  • Communications Students
  • Content Managers
  • Self-represented professionals & artists
  • Photographers, videographers, technicians and artists who want to provide services to social media marketers
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What to Expect

CUSTOMIZABLE SCHEDULES

Everything you need. Nothing you don’t. Choose from two topics during each session block to create an experience tailor-made for your needs.

ONE LOCATION

Park once. Learn all day. All SocialWest sessions take place at the Globe Theatre on 8th Avenue. When it’s time to network, we’ll keep it close so you can keep the discussion going.

EXPERT INSTRUCTION & INSIGHT

SocialWest features an instructor roster made up of people who do the work - the budgeting, strategizing, management and reporting of social media for business. Learn from industry experts who know what it’s like to do the work and are willing to share how to do it well.

PAINLESS NETWORKING

Connect with our experts and your fellow social media marketers at breaks and at nightly after-parties. We’ll keep you fuelled with coffee, beer, and treats to make it easy.

Schedule

  • Registration & Opening Reception
    • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Conference Day One
    • Keynotes and Breakout Sessions 8:00am - 3:45pm
    • Networking Reception 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Conference Day Two
    • Keynotes and Breakout Sessions 8:00am - 3:45pm
    • After Party 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location & Hotel Info

The Globe Cinema is located on 8th Avenue SW in historic downtown Calgary. It’s an independent art house cinema that hosts a variety of events, including world-renowned film festivals.
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Globe Cinema

SocialWest is pleased to partner with Hotel Arts and offer our attendees a fantastic rate during the length of the conference. Hotel Arts is Calgary's 1st designer boutique hotel and is located about a ten minute walk from the Globe Cinema in beautiful downtown Calgary. Even better, both the hotel and the Globe Cinema are located on the separated bikes lanes, and guests of the hotel can rent bikes for free!

Special hotel rates for exclusively SocialWest attendees:
Wednesday and Thursday: Luxury Rooms for just $179.00 + tax & fees
Friday and Saturday: Luxury Rooms for just $119.00 + tax & fees.

When booking direct, please ask for the reservation code: 1606SOCIAL. You can book your room by calling 1-800-661-9378. Reservation deadline is May 20, 2016. More details

From the Co-founder of
The Social Summit

Mike Morrison has been teaching and consulting about social media for almost ten years. He’s the popular blogger behind Mike’s Bloggity Blog, and was recently named Calgary’s 2nd most influential person on social media, placing behind @nenshi. Last year, he released Calgary By Bike and topped the Calgary Herald’s Best Seller list for a total of seven weeks. He also teaches courses on blogging at Mount Royal University!

Last year, Mike teamed up with Kelly Doody to create The Social Summit, a successful series of workshops and a major conference in 2015 that covered social media, marketing and PR. The Social Summit has now evolved into different projects including Doody’s The Social School and now the SocialWest conference.

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Ticket prices are $499 +GST. Seating is limited, in fact we're already 90% SOLD OUT, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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Interested in Sponsoring

SocialWest is bringing together hundreds of hyper-engaged social media and marketing professionals. They’re all looking to build strong connections with a community that loves quality brands, interactive discussions, digital insights and cupcakes. (They told me to add in the cupcakes.) If you want to get involved as a partner, then reach out! SocialWest is small but mighty and is looking to partner with brands and companies that understand the future is now. And if the future involves cupcakes, then even better!

For more info email: info@socialwest.ca