Camp Tech Instructors
Camp Tech Instructors are not only experts; they’re fun and engaging teachers. Check out our roster.
Grow Your Business Using Instagram
Emily is a Toronto-based social media expert whose love of travel inspired her to build Compass Content Marketing, a business that specializes in digital travel and lifestyle content. She has 10 years of marketing experience and she has worked with brands including Goway Travel, Northern Ontario Travel, Tourism Quebec, Tourism Toronto, Kensington Tours and MasterCard Priceless Cities. Though she works with all major social media platforms, Instagram is her current favourite. Emily is the Social Media Lead at Humber College and she also teaches an e-Marketing course at George Brown College. When she’s not creating social media content and teaching, she’s dreaming of her next travel adventure.
Writing Killer Web Content
Jordan Behan is a content strategist and the founder of Narrate Creative. He has worked has been working in web marketing since 2005, on in-house teams for software startups and on the agency agency side in Vancouver. Jordan led the blog and social media team at HootSuite through a time of hyper-growth from 4M to 8M users. He has created new technology brands, re-branded digital agencies and built content strategies for software companies. Before his switch to life on the web, he was a newspaper reporter and tv producer.
Tiz Beretta is the Swiss Army Knife of Design and digital media. With almost 20 years professional experience, she has had the opportunity to work across a wide variety of media for clients in diverse industries. Some of her projects include motion graphics for television and documentary films, UI/playback graphics for Hollywood films, identity and branding projects, signage for the CBC during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and most recently, documentary and editorial photography.
Duane is a digital strategist. He has done work for ASOS, Jack Wills, BBDO, KPMG and H&M. He has launched campaigns across North America, Europe and Australia. Duane has been featured in PSFK's Good Brands Report, and .Net Magazine. He has spoken at MozCon, North By North East Interactive & Social Media Optimization Conference in San Francisco. When Duane's not working, you can often find him reading a new book or traveling to a new country and learning how to navigate the local food scene. Having been to 34 countries on 5 continents, Duane has a good nose for local food and how to come home in one piece. In 2016 he'll be in South America for a month!
SEO: How to Drive More Traffic To Your Website
Emily Chow is a search engine optimization specialist, digital marketing trainer, and founder of Chow Communications. She loves helping her small business, big corporate, and agency clients build online brand presences that audiences can’t help but love, share, and buy into. Emily has been working in web marketing since 2002, with software startups, entertainment powerhouses, and global pharmaceutical brands. Companies like LivingSocial, Mary Kay, and Vespa have trusted her with identifying ideal customer segments, fostering engaged online communities, and driving qualified leads. Emily has developed own unique process for creating search engine optimized multimedia content and has been sharing her tried-and-true SEO strategies and conversion tips to organizations that want to create an unshakeable online presence that sells itself – even when you’re not around.
Melissa Jean Clark
Teaching Assistant, WordPress, HTML & CSS
Melissa is a web developer with a keen eye for classic and “warm minimalist” design. She builds websites that are responsive, accessible, and easy to use. Her kind and straightforward approach makes her an excellent teacher and mentor, and her superb organizational skills ensure she can find (or create!) an elegant solution to any complex problem. Melissa has a degree in photography from OCAD and can often be found exploring one of Toronto’s many gorgeous libraries. You can find out more about Melissa’s work and process at melissajclark.ca.
Christina began her career in journalism, which led to her long-term love affair with InDesign. She eventually left the life of community newspapers to dedicate herself to print layout. She is currently the Pagination Coordinator at TV Media, providing peripheral print products to some of the most widely circulated newspapers across North America. She also loves all manner of pretzels.
Michaela is fierce advocate for social justice and a true believer in the power of digital activism. A lifelong storyteller, Michaela began her career as a founding employee of one of Vancouver's first Social Media agencies. Thousands of wall posts and hundreds of campaigns later, Michaela began working as the Director of Communications for a publicly-traded exploration company for seven years before joining the ranks of a large Vancouver-based foundation's communications team where she currently lords over all things social. As the founder of the Downtown Eastside based creative writing program “The Academy for Young Writers, Pirates, Wizards, and Astronauts” as well as the female mentorship organization “The Glass Ceiling Demolition Company,” Michaela has extensive experience with the branding and social marketing of Non-Profits. Michaela holds an M.A. Professional Communications and wrote her thesis on the emotional effects that Facebook's targeted advertisements have on users.
WordPress, Photoshop, Google Analytics
Laura Eagin is a web developer and designer in Vancouver, BC. She is a partner at ellell & co, and specializes in building custom WordPress websites for clients in retail, B2B and the arts. She is a champion for do-it-yourself-ers and is passionate about teaching and mentoring new students in tech. Laura has traveled extensively. Her favourite places to live have been Savannah, GA, Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC, and of course Vancouver, BC. When she's not launching another website or coordinating a Camp Tech workshop, Laura is planning interior design projects, making homemade pizza or embarking on a cross country road trip.
Linn Øyen Farley
HTML & CSS, WordPress
Linn is a freelance web designer and developer with a degree in technical theatre. She specializes in building beautiful and accessible websites for small businesses, fellow freelancers and arts workers, and believes in enabling even the most non-technical people to take control of their own site post-launch. She gets disproportionately excited about a lot of things, including IKEA furniture, to-do lists, BBC programming and bacon-related cooking. You can see her work and get in touch at drollic.ca.
Dani sprang in on the social media world before it got hot with her company Dani G Inc, and because of that has worked with over 400 companies in the last 5 years on their social media campaigns. Her innovative ideas sprout from over 15 years of social media experience, and being a young entrepreneur with a fresh take on marketing. Dani spends most of her time Snapchatting coffee pictures to the world, or playing gigs with her band KINK.
With almost 10 years of internet marketing experience, Adam is considered a veteran in the space. As the co-owner of Art & Science Digital Experience Design Inc, he and his team manage marketing programs for clients across North America of all sizes. Using Google Analytics combined with a blended traffic generation approach of organic and paid search, social media and content marketing, Art & Science drives increases in traffic for its clients every month. Art & Science is also fast becoming one of the best experiential agencies in Toronto. When Adam isn’t glued to his computer he can be found in or around a kitchen as an accomplished chef, playing baseball or traveling.
Shawn is the Chief Technology Officer at Actionable Books. He is an experienced web application developer, having spent over 15 years creating web applications for organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He finds topics like API-driven design, web performance, accessibility, and data modelling interesting. The last few years have seen him focus on the WordPress content management system, adding customized functionality to a variety of sites. Shawn is a core contributor to the WordPress open source project, and speaker at WordPress conferences. He blogs about web technology and WordPress at http://www.shawnhooper.ca/
LinkedIn For Business
Leslie Hughes is the Principal of PUNCH!media, a Professor of Social Media and corporate trainer. An early adopter in the world of web, Leslie has had over 15 years of experience showcasing brands such as Weddingbells Magazine, Fashion Magazine, Visa Canada, Novartis and Prozac. She trains businesses how to leverage “word of mouth on steroids” and use tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging to effectively tell their company story, build quality relationships and convert sales. Leslie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. Psychology), and proudly has her Master's Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).
Admin and Organization Tools
Lisa Kelly is an Online Business Manager, Admin Consultant and the founder of Admin Guru. Highly organized, detail-oriented and a problem solver with a prior career (20+ years) in technical/customer support and graphic design — Lisa can guide you with your admin so that you can focus on what you got into entrepreneurship for in the first place: doing your thing. And doing it well while having fun once again!
InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
Starting out in traditional film and photography, Paul has been teaching for over 20 years and has been an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign since 2004. When not training, Paul stays actively involved in layout, design and production, freelancing in a wide range of settings, keeping up to date with the way these programs are being used in the industry today.
Email Marketing with MailChimp
Sean is a freelance MailChimp expert focused on helping businesses with their email marketing. He has worked in the digital space for over 7 years with web agencies and companies in roles ranging from project management, product and web design, front-end development, and internet marketing. Sean is also highly involved in the Vancouver startup community as an organizer for Startup Weekend Vancouver and as the resident email marketing expert for Really Good Emails. Outside of the email world, Sean is extremely passionate and loves talking about startups, apps, productivity, and technology with anyone willing to listen.
Krisztina Kun is a graphic designer and web developer with over 15 years experience in communications and community engagement. Her work history includes being an in-house graphic designer for the Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver Community College as well as a front-end web developer for Vancity Credit Union. You can find her at kunstudios designing print materials and making websites for non-profits, public sector organizations, cooperatives, small businesses and artists. Krisztina loves working with passionate people working in the public good.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Nicki is a search engine optimization specialist and online producer for a web development company in Toronto, Ontario. With over six years of SEO experience and nearly 10 years of published work, Nicki is really, really, really good at exposing brands to a target audience online. With a background in broadcasting from her time at the NYC MTV headquarters and her time at Rogers Television, Nicki has found an easy to understand way of teaching the insider SEO tips and tricks that companies need to grow their website.
Dana Lu is freelance graphic designer who loves to work in print and packaging. She's worked in small and huge design studios, as well as in-house for a snack food manufacturer, and more recently at a sunglasses distributor. She can still remember the first time she used Illustrator to manipulate text, it was pure magic, then every zip disk she owned needed its own custom cover art. When not nerding out on design and typography, she can talk about food forever and loves everything DIY.
Online Marketing with Google AdWords, Google Analytics
Geoff has a passion for launching world class digital advertising campaigns and helping innovative, disruptive businesses acquire new customers at scale. He is the former Director of MediaTrust and has over 10 years of experience in online marketing. He started his own agency, Adfluent Media, in 2010 after building a reputation for "not cutting corners" and blowing up revenue and ROI targets. Geoff now assembles highly specialized teams for B2C search, social and display advertising with a focus on ROI to help his clients hit aggressive growth targets. Geoff is Google certified in AdWords, Video Advertising, Analytics and his agency is recognized Google Partner. When he isn’t counting conversions or sweating it out on a running trail, Geoff is hanging out with his rambunctious toddler and plotting travel escapes with his family!
Wendy Kam Marcy
The Business of Blogging, Business Blogging & Content Marketing
Wendy has been working in the Online Marketing and Advertising industry for 10 years. Spending most of that time on the corporate side, she left the rat race in 2010 to become the Managing Partner at Adfluent Media, an ad agency that specializes in digital strategy and affiliate marketing. She is also the Co-Founder of Hip + Urban Girl, a hobby blog that has now grown up to become a popular women's lifestyle website. She's worked with over 50 major brands including American Express, Microsoft, Reebok, Dove, Ford Canada, eHarmony, various Tourism Boards and more. She is a new mom to a rambunctious and curious little boy and has lived in Vancouver and New York City but currently calls Toronto home.
Taking & Sharing Better Photos With Your Smartphone
Vivienne McMaster is photographer who has created a popular e-course program and brand called Be Your Own Beloved that helps folks see themselves with compassion through their own camera lens. Her photographs have been seen in such places as Oprah.com and the The Huffington Post. She helps make photography feel accessible and fun. Through being an online entrepreneur, teaching and promoting her courses over the past 5 years she’s built up a wealth of knowledge on how to use our photographs to make our brands and business thrive in an authentic and engaging way. You can more about her at www.beyourownbeloved.com.
Email Marketing with MailChimp
Ben Myers has been involved in digital marketing since 2006, working as a consultant, copy writer, web analyst and email marketer. He now works at Marketing Lead at Dx3, Canada’s leading technology, digital marketing and retail event and has contributed more than 200 articles covering technology and marketing for the Dx3 Digest.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Analytics, Online Marketing with Google AdWords
Brock is a driven digital marketing specialist. He has helped hundreds of small and medium size businesses reach their potential through the use of online marketing. His extensive experience comes from 13 years of web design & development and graphic design. He has a unique advantage over many web experts, as he can design a mockup, build a website, code a web app, and then boost it to the top of the search engines. He also holds many certifications including Google AdWords Search, Display & Video Advertising. He currently owns seoplus+, a thriving digital marketing agency. When he's not working (which is rare) he spends quality time with his wife, and plays on a number of hockey teams.
Teaching Assistant, Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
Leena is a freelance graphic and interactive designer who lends a hand at Camp Tech as a teaching assistant. Her client roster includes Scotiabank, Owl Kids Books, Novalis, The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, CardSwap and Corus Entertainment. Working closely with instructors, she actively responds to students with any technical questions they may have during workshops. She is a gamer, a huge fan of audiobooks and is very into cheesy horror movies (more than she cares to admit).
WordPress, Google Analytics, Photoshop, InDesign
A self-described design geek, Avery helps to demystify the web for small business owners, charities, and arts organizations. Avery believes that getting your business online should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, and not a chore. She offers a friendly, casual approach and promises to use as little technical mumbo-jumbo as possible. In addition to running Camp Tech, Avery leads a web design studio, teaches the business of web design and interactive media at Humber College, and co-hosts Gather North, the professional getaway for women who make the web.
Writing Killer Web Content
Helen is a writer and a renegade who brings over a decade of experience to The Communications Distillery. She specializes in crafting personalized web content for inspired entrepreneurs, artists, and quaint-but-established start-ups. The champion of the hesitant writer, Helen walks the careful line between branding, ghostwriting, and editing. Helen is a fierce Scrabble opponent.
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