Genius BarDon’t let the name intimidate you – a “Genius Bar” is just a geeky way to say open learning environment. Look for round tables, comfortable chairs, comfortable couches, electricity for your laptop, a fresh cup of coffee, and inquisitive minds.

The purpose of the “Genius Bar” is to facilitate people sharing information and helping each other. The format is typically 1-on-1, or in small groups.

If you are looking for some help with a particular problem, or just want somebody to help you work through understanding something, come to the genius bar, approach somebody and pick their brain! It’s OK if you stump somebody.

Here’s the formal schedule, but stop by anytime to ask a question, or answer a question!

Friday, June 3rd

Time Person Expertise
8:00-9:00am Mandy Leith
Creative Producer
Media Rising
Social media, Documentary, Narrative, Story
9:00-10:00am Theresa Scholes
Click Virtual Assistance
Custom Facebook Pages
10:00-11:00am Crystal Henrickson
Director of Marketing, Canada and Northwest
Local business, online reviews, community
11:00-Noon David Caughran
Lead Consultant
Connected Thought
Non-Profit Social Media Strategies
12:00-1:00pm Chris Morrison
Owner, President, and
Vice-President of Client Services
MediaMiser Ltd.
Traditional and Social Media Monitoring and Analysis
1:00-2:00pm Guy Steeves
Regional Development Director,
Vancouver Metro
Constant Contact
Email Marketing Meets Social Marketing
2:00-3:00pm Katy Hewitson
Seattle Community Manager
Local business, online reviews, community
3:00-4:00pm Shannon Whissell
Manager, Communication & Fund Development
The Cridge Centre for the Family
Social Media for non-profits
4:00-5:00pm Don Power
Managing Editor, Community Manager
Sprout Social: Insights
How To Use Twitter for Business


Saturday, June 4th

Time Person Expertise
8:00-9:00am Dr. Janni Aragon
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
Twitter Basics: Comment, Connect, Educate, Learn and Have Fun
9:00-10:00am Sean Smith
Up to Date Communications
Enthusiastic Community Connector and Promoter
10:00-11:00am Mat Wright
The Wright Result
WordPress, Social Media Best Practices, Web Marketing
11:00-Noon Janis La Couvée
Community Builder
Twitter: Networking, Event Promotion, Etiquette
12:00-1:00pm Jordan Keats
Business Solutions Strategist
Aggregation, Analytics, & WordPress Training
1:00-2:00pm Helen and Chris Edley
Edley Imagineering Inc.
Worldwide E-Commerce
2:00-3:00pm Rod Phillips
Director of Buying & Marketing
Liquor Plus
Wine, Retail & Marketing
3:00-4:00pm Dan Parks
President and Creative Director
Corporate Planners Unlimited, Inc.
Location-Based Social Media
4:00-5:00pm Bob Garlick
Marketing Mentor
DB Communications
Content Strategy and Podcasting