Learn From Top Digital Marketers and World Leading Brands
SocialWest is designed for mid-to-senior level marketers who want to learn advanced techniques in content creation, digital marketing, and online advertising from experts to help anyone wanting to develop innovative strategies to help push brands and channels even further. It will feature 25+ speakers who will share tips, tricks, and tools designed to help refine marketing goals. Participants will also experience unique networking opportunities, keynotes, breakout sessions, and a few surprises along the way.
We're excited to put on a conference that is dynamic, safe, entertaining, and most importantly, educational. Tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for speaker announcements and more!
What to Expect
A variety of dynamic speaker experiences.
3 evenings of networking and community-building
A safer conference with unique viewing experiences.
Speaker Bio: Brittlestar
Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week. His comedic videos have been seen more than 600 MILLION times on various platforms. working with celebs and top tier brands and speaking at events across North America, Brittlestar is living the social media dream.
Speaker Bio: Sean McConnell
Sean has been working within the Marketing & Advertising industry for over 15 years, starting on the tech start-up side, moving to media agency management and has now since moved on to working at LinkedIn. He Brings a breadth of knowledge and experience across many media channels but has a hyper focus on performance, digital & social.
Speaker Bio: Joan Walters
Joan Walters is the Senior AI Product Manager at Heyday by Hootsuite. She currently oversees the AI Roadmap that enables hundreds of shoppers to use Conversational AI chatbot to get their retail therapy online through social media and chat apps. She joined the nest in 2021 bringing industry-rich experiences from telecoms, courier services and software development.
Speaker Bio: Swish Goswami
Swish Goswami is the CEO of Surf, a tech company providing brands zero party data while compensating consumers directly for their data. Surf has raised over $5M from several high profile investors and has customers including Sony Music, Netflix, L'Oreal, Electronic Arts, etc. Beyond Surf, Swish is a three-time TEDx speaker, investor through his angel fund AGEX Capital and the author of The Young Entrepreneur.
Speaker Bio: Jake Surrey
Jake has more than twelve years of international marketing experience, both agency and client-side. During his career, he’s worked with clients like BP, Amazon, Gartner and Casio on developing and implementing data-driven and effective digital marketing strategies. Originally from London UK, he’s currently working to build Fountain’s operations in Canada and the US.
Speaker Bio: Beverley Theresa
Beverley Theresa is your unconventional Social Media Consultant and Strategist. Her tell-it-like-it-is personality and vast experience in social media marketing has lead her to work with companies such as the United Nations Association in Canada, Rogers Communications and the Canadian Gift Association.
Speaker Bio: Lane Anderson
Lane Anderson built a marketing career in the poker world, working with the biggest names in the industry. He used that experience to start a one-stop marketing firm for small businesses called London Road Marketing, which was the Honourable Mention for Best Social Media Agency at the Hashtag Awards in 2019.
Speaker Bio: Santana Blanchette
Santana Blanchette is the Brand & Growth manager ZGM Modern Marketing and is responsible for content and inbound strategies as well as new business development. She has worked in content strategy and creation since 2014 for a wide variety of industries.
Speaker Bio: Kevin Parent
I have been the social media lead at Ottawa Public Health since 2018, and our Twitter account is the most-followed local public health account in North America. I continuously work to find ways to engage people about their health & the health of the community. I am a father of three, and I am a ginger.
Speaker Bio: Cordell Vos
I've dedicated my life to two things: getting to know Canadians, and trying every type of cheese on earth. I call the former a career, and have worked both agency and client side to help brands big and small create better content.
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Speaker Bio: Liana Timbol
With five years experience in the PR and communications industry, I have worked with several high-profile clients in the beauty, fashion, lifestyle, food and beverage spaces. Working closely with brands to achieve their overall objectives, I am highly skilled in media and influencer relations, experiential marketing and am currently running Canada’s first collective of nano-influencers with bicom’s b nation program.
Speaker Bio: Jessica Conlin
In her 20-year public relations career, Jessica Conlin has seen some things. Jessica draws on experiences in government, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors to build the right balance when it comes to brand, reputation, and connection. Jessica specializes in media relations and crisis communications, on top of being a proficient generalist with a strategic sense.
Speaker Bio: Scott King
I've worked in digital marketing for 20 years. I prefer brands that others would find dull. I think the future is always closer than you think.
Speaker Bio: Janelle Snow
Janelle is all about crisis communications, digital strategies, campaign management and content development. For the past 5 years she’s been with the Government of Alberta as digital strategist, with a large focus on COVID-19 health updates and communications. Her career spans communications in the non-profit, post secondary and public service sectors.
Speaker Bio: Darian Kovacs
Darian Kovacs is the Indigenous founder of Vancouver based SEO company Jelly Digital Marketing & PR and digital marketing school, Jelly Academy. He is the host of the podcast Marketing News Canada and on the board of NPower Canada. Darian lives in Fort Langley, BC with his wife and four children and likes to mountain bike, watercolour and read in his free time.
Speaker Bio: Joel Olandesca
Joel is CEO & co-founder of award winning SOS Web. AR which offers web-based augmented reality to help events and marketers enhance experiences by combining digital elements with the real world - effectively and simply. Joel has extensive experience in mobile technology, marketing, and finances. He is currently serving as Chair of ILEA Canada, and was President of the Calgary chapter in 2018/2019. Being involved and volunteering helps him to continue on his path as an evolving event professional.
Speaker Bio: Matthew Hayles
Over fifteen years of agency and independent consulting, Matt has been advising medium-sized enterprise and Fortune 500 companies on how to generate value from their marketing dollars. Today he works with owner-operators and marketing leaders who need to start or scale their marketing function strategically.
Speaker Bio: Paula Worthington
Paula is the head of Worthington PR & Story, an agency that is passionate about delivering effective media relations, social media, PR and communications services to clients across a range of industries and sectors. She believes every brand has a compelling story to tell.
Speaker Bio: Kristyn Snell
Kristyn is a creative marketing entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in public relations and influencer marketing. After working with Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta, Kristyn founded and now runs MODERNSPEAK co., a digital agency working in influencer management, public relations and influencer marketing where her team collaborates mentors and bridges opportunities between creatives, consumer brands and tourism destinations.
Full 2022 Schedule Will Be Available Soon
Conference Day One
Conference Day Two
Taking over Calgary's East Village District
SocialWest is on the move and we think you’ll love this year’s location. Or should we say, locations! This year’s conference will take place in three different buildings in the heart of downtown Calgary, which happen to all be on the same block: Platform Calgary, The Calgary Public Library and the King Eddy - part of the National Music Centre. These unique buildings are pivotal to the success of downtown Calgary’s revitalization and we’re excited for you to see them in person.
We know there are still many concerns with COVID-19 and the move to the East Village was also done with your safety in mind. Our multi-location event will have more possibilities to meet with fellow attendees in our venues' incredible covered outdoor spaces. It also ensures that sessions are taking place in newer buildings with modern systems designed to improve air quality (see SocialWest's terms for our COVID 19 policy).
We believe these buildings to be excellent for accessibility, but please reach out should you have any specific questions or requirements.
Who Should Attend
SocialWest is an annual investment in professional development for people working in digital marketing, social media or communications who need to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in digital best practices, social customer service, and beyond.Get Your Tickets Now!
- Social Media Managers
- Communications & Marketing Professionals
- Digital Marketers
- Public Relations Practitioners
- CMOs, VPs of Marketing, and Other Marketing Leaders
- 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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The SocialWest 2022 app is coming soon. Use the app to view the full schedule, learn about all 40+ speakers, and join the discussion.
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