Gerard Recio

A born leader who thrives on teamwork and has a passion for leading teams to success. Successfully bridged 14 years of experience in the fitness industry with the technology vertical through leadership and education, most recently with HootSuite Media Inc. producing product training and social media education for HootSuite University.

A proactive, goal-oriented project manager with amazing attention to detail, and a proven record for meeting deadlines. Professionally PR trained to deliver strong messaging to audiences that increase brand awareness and sales.

Chris Burdge

Chris Burdge is co-organizer of Social Media Camp, the largest annual Social Media event in Canada.

In March, 2013, Chris and his Social Media Camp co-presenter Paul Holmes were honoured as 10 to Watch winners by Victoria’s top business publication, Douglas Magazine.

Since 1994 Chris has been leveraging Internet based communications to build brands for companies such as BMW, Royal Bank, and Nestle Purina, as well as BC based businesses like the Victoria International Airport, Island Savings and Oak Bay Marine Group. He has led the digital marketing practice at global agencies McCann Erikson, Publicis and Cove-Ito Japan.

In 2009 Chris founded bWEST, a social media consulting firm focused on helping companies develop social marketing strategies to effectively grow their business.

Chris is deeply involved in the marketing community where he helps to inspire and share innovation. Chris speaks at universities and colleges and has been featured widely in the media including appearances on CBC Radio, CTV, CHEK News and Shaw TV.

James Anderson

James Anderson is a digital strategist working with the Tartan Group, an integrated marketing and public relations firm that specializes in eco-tourism and sustainability. He works with clients throughout the Americas to promote award-winning tourism products by leveraging partnerships and digital communities. In his time with Tartan, James has worked on communications planning and digital strategies for many clients as well as oversaw the operations of the social media community management program that was started in 2012.