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BlogPodium is Canada’s Conference for Lifestyle and Design Influencers. On this interactive schedule, you will find a listing of the speakers, sponsors, and attendees of the conference. Use this site to create your own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Sessions marked Limited Capacity require pre-registration. To register for these sessions, add the class to your personal schedule. If capacity has been reached, you will be put on the Wait List. All other sessions are open seating and do not require pre-registration.

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Saturday, September 17
 

08:00 EDT

Registration
Use this time to get your badge, visit the Sponsors in the Speed Dating room, and grab a quick breakfast before our sessions kick off!

Saturday September 17, 2016 08:00 - 09:00 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

08:00 EDT

Sponsor Speed Networking - Drop-In
Drop by the Speed Networking room and introduce yourselves to our participating Sponsors. This is your chance to make an impression and connect directly with the decision makers at the lifestyle brands you love most! A list of participating sponsors and appointment sign-up procedures will be available in July.

Sponsors
avatar for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, colour and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s... Read More →
avatar for Bernardin

Bernardin

Speed Networking Sponsor
For over a hundred years, home canning has been Bernardin’s focus as we are the trusted leader in all canning products. Our goal is to provide innovative, safe and tested recipes that will stand the test of time.  Visit Bernardin.ca for exciting recipes, new products and ideas. Connect... Read More →
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →
avatar for First Alert

First Alert

Speed Networking Sponsor
First Alert® is Canada's most trusted, recognized safety brand, helping to protect what matters most. From children and family to home and businesses, our mission is helping protect the lives, well-being and valuables of our customers. Our products offer a sense of preparedness... Read More →
avatar for GE Appliances

GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →
avatar for Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger

Speed Networking Sponsor
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs.Connect with Giant Tiger:Twitter: @gtboutiqueFacebook: www.facebook.com/GiantTiger Instagram: @gianttigerstore... Read More →
avatar for IZEA Canada Inc.

IZEA Canada Inc.

Speed Networking Sponsor
IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.We work with two types... Read More →
avatar for Krylon

Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →
avatar for Masonite International

Masonite International

Speed Networking Sponsor
Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets. Since 1925, Masonite has... Read More →
avatar for Metrie

Metrie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Since Metrie’s beginnings as a small family-owned business in 1926, their dedication to creating high-quality, finely crafted architectural elements has helped them grow to become the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding in North America, as well... Read More →
avatar for Minwax

Minwax

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1904 Minwax® is one of Canada’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From staining and protection to maintenance, Minwax® makes and keeps... Read More →
avatar for NUK

NUK

Speed Networking Sponsor
The NUK® Family of brands are designed to combine science with style while maintaining the highest quality. Our products don’t just meet international safety standards, they exceed them. And we listen to the real world experts – moms just like you – to meet and exceed your... Read More →
avatar for O.co

O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →
avatar for PARA Paints

PARA Paints

Speed Networking Sponsor
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer... Read More →
avatar for Quickie

Quickie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Quickie makes expertly engineered and remarkably simple cleaning tools to help you achieve a real clean. When you’re ready to clean house, you’ll find brooms, mops, brushes, scrubber and more that are uniquely designed for the task at hand. And when you’re done with your DIY... Read More →
avatar for Staples Canada

Staples Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Staples Canada makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop.Connect with Staples Canada today:Website:  www.staples.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesCanada/Twitter: @StaplesCanadaInstagram: @StaplesCanada... Read More →
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
At The Home Depot Canada, we help customers create and maintain the home of their dreams, whether they want to do it themselves or have it done for them. This year, we are excited to participate in the Speed Networking table at Blog Podium, and can’t wait to connect one-on-one with... Read More →
avatar for Wayfair Canada

Wayfair Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor.Connect with Wayfair Canada:Twitter: @WayfairCanadaInstagram: WayfairCanadaPinterest: Wayfair... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 08:00 - 09:00 EDT
Library Room

09:00 EDT

Welcome Address
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Flores

Jennifer Flores

Principal & Blogger, Rambling Renovators
Blogging since 2007, Jennifer is the writer behind Rambling Renovators, a chronicle of the renovations, DIY adventures, creative projects, and home life she shares with her husband and daughter at their home in Toronto.  Recognized for her timeless style and impressive DIYs, Jennifer... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 09:00 - 09:15 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

09:15 EDT

Sponsor Speed Networking - By Appointment
Sponsor Speed Networking is a high-energy, effective way for influencers and brands to connect. Over a seven minute conversation, brands and influencers will talk one-on-one, discuss pitches and campaigns, and lay a foundation for future partnership. This is your chance to make an impression and connect directly with the decision makers at the lifestyle brands you love most!

Click here for instructions on how to sign up for appointments and FAQ
Click here for the appointment site 

Sponsors
avatar for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, colour and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s... Read More →
avatar for Bernardin

Bernardin

Speed Networking Sponsor
For over a hundred years, home canning has been Bernardin’s focus as we are the trusted leader in all canning products. Our goal is to provide innovative, safe and tested recipes that will stand the test of time.  Visit Bernardin.ca for exciting recipes, new products and ideas. Connect... Read More →
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →
avatar for First Alert

First Alert

Speed Networking Sponsor
First Alert® is Canada's most trusted, recognized safety brand, helping to protect what matters most. From children and family to home and businesses, our mission is helping protect the lives, well-being and valuables of our customers. Our products offer a sense of preparedness... Read More →
avatar for GE Appliances

GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →
avatar for Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger

Speed Networking Sponsor
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs.Connect with Giant Tiger:Twitter: @gtboutiqueFacebook: www.facebook.com/GiantTiger Instagram: @gianttigerstore... Read More →
avatar for IZEA Canada Inc.

IZEA Canada Inc.

Speed Networking Sponsor
IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.We work with two types... Read More →
avatar for Krylon

Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →
avatar for Masonite International

Masonite International

Speed Networking Sponsor
Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets. Since 1925, Masonite has... Read More →
avatar for Metrie

Metrie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Since Metrie’s beginnings as a small family-owned business in 1926, their dedication to creating high-quality, finely crafted architectural elements has helped them grow to become the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding in North America, as well... Read More →
avatar for Minwax

Minwax

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1904 Minwax® is one of Canada’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From staining and protection to maintenance, Minwax® makes and keeps... Read More →
avatar for NUK

NUK

Speed Networking Sponsor
The NUK® Family of brands are designed to combine science with style while maintaining the highest quality. Our products don’t just meet international safety standards, they exceed them. And we listen to the real world experts – moms just like you – to meet and exceed your... Read More →
avatar for O.co

O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →
avatar for PARA Paints

PARA Paints

Speed Networking Sponsor
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer... Read More →
avatar for Quickie

Quickie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Quickie makes expertly engineered and remarkably simple cleaning tools to help you achieve a real clean. When you’re ready to clean house, you’ll find brooms, mops, brushes, scrubber and more that are uniquely designed for the task at hand. And when you’re done with your DIY... Read More →
avatar for Staples Canada

Staples Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Staples Canada makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop.Connect with Staples Canada today:Website:  www.staples.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesCanada/Twitter: @StaplesCanadaInstagram: @StaplesCanada... Read More →
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
At The Home Depot Canada, we help customers create and maintain the home of their dreams, whether they want to do it themselves or have it done for them. This year, we are excited to participate in the Speed Networking table at Blog Podium, and can’t wait to connect one-on-one with... Read More →
avatar for Wayfair Canada

Wayfair Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor.Connect with Wayfair Canada:Twitter: @WayfairCanadaInstagram: WayfairCanadaPinterest: Wayfair... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 09:15 - 10:45 EDT
Library Room

09:15 EDT

Solopreneur Financial Wizardry (aka Small Biz 101)
Legit - everything you need to know to cover your butt as a Canadian solopreneur and run your business finances like a boss. 

Entrepreneurship is the future! We are hustling hard in the self-employment world, making our own way, doing it our way. These days, our self-employment finances ARE our personal finances!. But, like, wtf do we do at tax time? Learn about registration, how your taxes work as a sole-proprietor and what you can write off. Organizing your business finances is so so so important for our business to thrive. Come, learn with me. I promise, it won't be boring :)

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Lee Simmons

Shannon Lee Simmons

New School of Finance
Shannon is a financial planner  and founder of the New School of Finance. She is widely recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian financial planning industry and an expert in Millennial personal finances and money in the digital world. She was named one of Canada’s Top 30 ... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 09:15 - 10:45 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

09:15 EDT

The Instagram Edit: Building Your Business, Brand, and Community Through Instagram
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A hands-on seminar providing practical photography tips and expert insight on using Instagram to build your personal brand. Led by Alyssa Griffin, colour-lover and photographer behind Random Acts of Pastel, topics include
• best practices for instagram
• composition, styling and editing tips
• monetization
• building community

and more.

NOTE: This is an interactive seminar. Attendees are required to bring their smartphones or cameras. Capacity is limited to 40 attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Garrison

Alyssa Garrison

Random Acts Of Pastel
Random Acts of Pastel (or RAOP for short) started out as a street art concept to make the world a happier place. Fresh out of Journalism school, Alyssa began feeling jaded by the click-driven, advertising-fuelled industry. She felt blocked, stuck, and totally unable to move forward... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 09:15 - 10:45 EDT
Deanery Room

10:45 EDT

Break
Saturday September 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:00 EDT
TBA

11:00 EDT

Sponsor Speed Networking - By Appointment
Sponsor Speed Networking is a high-energy, effective way for influencers and brands to connect. Over a seven minute conversation, brands and influencers will talk one-on-one, discuss pitches and campaigns, and lay a foundation for future partnership. This is your chance to stand out and connect directly with the decision makers at the lifestyle brands you love most!


Click here for instructions on how to sign up for appointments and FAQ
Click here for the appointment site 

Sponsors
avatar for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, colour and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s... Read More →
avatar for Bernardin

Bernardin

Speed Networking Sponsor
For over a hundred years, home canning has been Bernardin’s focus as we are the trusted leader in all canning products. Our goal is to provide innovative, safe and tested recipes that will stand the test of time.  Visit Bernardin.ca for exciting recipes, new products and ideas. Connect... Read More →
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →
avatar for First Alert

First Alert

Speed Networking Sponsor
First Alert® is Canada's most trusted, recognized safety brand, helping to protect what matters most. From children and family to home and businesses, our mission is helping protect the lives, well-being and valuables of our customers. Our products offer a sense of preparedness... Read More →
avatar for GE Appliances

GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →
avatar for Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger

Speed Networking Sponsor
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs.Connect with Giant Tiger:Twitter: @gtboutiqueFacebook: www.facebook.com/GiantTiger Instagram: @gianttigerstore... Read More →
avatar for IZEA Canada Inc.

IZEA Canada Inc.

Speed Networking Sponsor
IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.We work with two types... Read More →
avatar for Krylon

Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →
avatar for Masonite International

Masonite International

Speed Networking Sponsor
Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets. Since 1925, Masonite has... Read More →
avatar for Metrie

Metrie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Since Metrie’s beginnings as a small family-owned business in 1926, their dedication to creating high-quality, finely crafted architectural elements has helped them grow to become the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding in North America, as well... Read More →
avatar for Minwax

Minwax

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1904 Minwax® is one of Canada’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From staining and protection to maintenance, Minwax® makes and keeps... Read More →
avatar for NUK

NUK

Speed Networking Sponsor
The NUK® Family of brands are designed to combine science with style while maintaining the highest quality. Our products don’t just meet international safety standards, they exceed them. And we listen to the real world experts – moms just like you – to meet and exceed your... Read More →
avatar for O.co

O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →
avatar for PARA Paints

PARA Paints

Speed Networking Sponsor
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer... Read More →
avatar for Quickie

Quickie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Quickie makes expertly engineered and remarkably simple cleaning tools to help you achieve a real clean. When you’re ready to clean house, you’ll find brooms, mops, brushes, scrubber and more that are uniquely designed for the task at hand. And when you’re done with your DIY... Read More →
avatar for Staples Canada

Staples Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Staples Canada makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop.Connect with Staples Canada today:Website:  www.staples.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesCanada/Twitter: @StaplesCanadaInstagram: @StaplesCanada... Read More →
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
At The Home Depot Canada, we help customers create and maintain the home of their dreams, whether they want to do it themselves or have it done for them. This year, we are excited to participate in the Speed Networking table at Blog Podium, and can’t wait to connect one-on-one with... Read More →
avatar for Wayfair Canada

Wayfair Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor.Connect with Wayfair Canada:Twitter: @WayfairCanadaInstagram: WayfairCanadaPinterest: Wayfair... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 11:00 - 12:30 EDT
Library Room

11:00 EDT

Insider Secrets: How To Impress, Connect, and Grow A Partnership With the Brands You Love
How can you stand out as an influencer? What's the best way to connect and pitch to brands and agencies? How can you turn a one-time engagement into a long-term partnership with a brand?

Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring bloggers, brand, and PR agency representatives as they bring their insider knowledge to the table. With case studies and practical tips, they'll tackle topics from brand expectations, creative collaborations, to negotiating and compensation. Walk away with practical ideas on how to form more and stronger partnerships with the brands you love.

Moderators
avatar for Brittany Stager

Brittany Stager

Blogger & Social Media Director, My Daily Randomness | REES + STAGER
Brittany Stager is the designer behind My Daily Randomness, a personal lifestyle blog. It is there where she writes about everything from home renovation and decor, to travel and food. When she is not blogging, she is filling her days with social media at her business, @ReesStage... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Allen

Melissa Allen

Marketing - Brand and Ambassador Partnerships, Cricut
Melissa Allen is the force behind today’s industry­ leading ambassador and influencer programs at Cricut. In her spare time, she takes DIY to the extreme with random projects that range from welding steel and etching glass to hand­lettering, graphic design, silkscreening, papercrafting... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Garrison

Alyssa Garrison

Random Acts Of Pastel
Random Acts of Pastel (or RAOP for short) started out as a street art concept to make the world a happier place. Fresh out of Journalism school, Alyssa began feeling jaded by the click-driven, advertising-fuelled industry. She felt blocked, stuck, and totally unable to move forward... Read More →
avatar for Lyndon Madden

Lyndon Madden

Marketing Director at GE Appliances, GE Appliances
Lyndon is a seasoned marketer with a unique expertise on strategic brand building in the home appliance category. As the Marketing Director at GE Appliances, Lyndon leads all marketing efforts for Canada, including brand partnerships, public relations and digital, social and paid... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Retty

Melissa Retty

Account Director, Craft Public Relations
Melissa Retty is a seasoned PR practitioner with a passion for earned media.Melissa has helped some of the world's leading brands build and execute award-winning communications plans. As a strong advocate for the power of influencer marketing, Melissa has spent her career helping... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for GE Appliances

GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 11:00 - 12:30 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

12:30 EDT

Break
Use this time to grab lunch, connect with other attendees, or drop in at the Sponsor Speed Dating room. The Keynote presentation will also occur during this lunch break.

Saturday September 17, 2016 12:30 - 12:45 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

12:30 EDT

Sponsor Speed Networking - Drop-In
Drop by the Speed Networking room and introduce yourselves to our participating Sponsors. This is your chance to make an impression and connect directly with the decision makers at the lifestyle brands you love most! A list of participating sponsors and appointment sign-up procedures will be available in July.


Sponsors
avatar for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, colour and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s... Read More →
avatar for Bernardin

Bernardin

Speed Networking Sponsor
For over a hundred years, home canning has been Bernardin’s focus as we are the trusted leader in all canning products. Our goal is to provide innovative, safe and tested recipes that will stand the test of time.  Visit Bernardin.ca for exciting recipes, new products and ideas. Connect... Read More →
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →
avatar for First Alert

First Alert

Speed Networking Sponsor
First Alert® is Canada's most trusted, recognized safety brand, helping to protect what matters most. From children and family to home and businesses, our mission is helping protect the lives, well-being and valuables of our customers. Our products offer a sense of preparedness... Read More →
avatar for GE Appliances

GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →
avatar for Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger

Speed Networking Sponsor
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs.Connect with Giant Tiger:Twitter: @gtboutiqueFacebook: www.facebook.com/GiantTiger Instagram: @gianttigerstore... Read More →
avatar for IZEA Canada Inc.

IZEA Canada Inc.

Speed Networking Sponsor
IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.We work with two types... Read More →
avatar for Krylon

Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →
avatar for Masonite International

Masonite International

Speed Networking Sponsor
Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets. Since 1925, Masonite has... Read More →
avatar for Metrie

Metrie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Since Metrie’s beginnings as a small family-owned business in 1926, their dedication to creating high-quality, finely crafted architectural elements has helped them grow to become the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding in North America, as well... Read More →
avatar for Minwax

Minwax

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1904 Minwax® is one of Canada’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From staining and protection to maintenance, Minwax® makes and keeps... Read More →
avatar for NUK

NUK

Speed Networking Sponsor
The NUK® Family of brands are designed to combine science with style while maintaining the highest quality. Our products don’t just meet international safety standards, they exceed them. And we listen to the real world experts – moms just like you – to meet and exceed your... Read More →
avatar for O.co

O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →
avatar for PARA Paints

PARA Paints

Speed Networking Sponsor
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer... Read More →
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Quickie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Quickie makes expertly engineered and remarkably simple cleaning tools to help you achieve a real clean. When you’re ready to clean house, you’ll find brooms, mops, brushes, scrubber and more that are uniquely designed for the task at hand. And when you’re done with your DIY... Read More →
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Staples Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Staples Canada makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop.Connect with Staples Canada today:Website:  www.staples.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesCanada/Twitter: @StaplesCanadaInstagram: @StaplesCanada... Read More →
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The Home Depot Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
At The Home Depot Canada, we help customers create and maintain the home of their dreams, whether they want to do it themselves or have it done for them. This year, we are excited to participate in the Speed Networking table at Blog Podium, and can’t wait to connect one-on-one with... Read More →
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Wayfair Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor.Connect with Wayfair Canada:Twitter: @WayfairCanadaInstagram: WayfairCanadaPinterest: Wayfair... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 12:30 - 14:00 EDT
Library Room

12:45 EDT

Lunch / Networking
Use this time to grab lunch, connect with other attendees, or drop in at the Sponsor Speed Dating room. The Keynote presentation will also occur during this lunch break.

Saturday September 17, 2016 12:45 - 14:00 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

13:15 EDT

Keynote Presentation
More details coming shortly!

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Pratt

Tiffany Pratt

Keynote Speaker
Tiffany Pratt is your fairy godmother of colour. A multi faceted designer, artist, stylist, speaker and maker, her experience stretches far and wide. From hustling through the streets of New York City as a Saks Fifth Avenue personal shopper, to running her own children’s art studio... Read More →

Sponsors
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Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 13:15 - 14:00 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

14:00 EDT

Sponsor Speed Networking - By Appointment
Sponsor Speed Networking is a high-energy, effective way for influencers and brands to connect. Over a seven minute conversation, brands and influencers will talk one-on-one, discuss pitches and campaigns, and lay a foundation for future partnership. This is your chance to stand out and connect directly with the decision makers at the lifestyle brands you love most!


Click here for instructions on how to sign up for appointments and FAQ
Click here for the appointment site 

Sponsors
avatar for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, colour and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s... Read More →
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Bernardin

Speed Networking Sponsor
For over a hundred years, home canning has been Bernardin’s focus as we are the trusted leader in all canning products. Our goal is to provide innovative, safe and tested recipes that will stand the test of time.  Visit Bernardin.ca for exciting recipes, new products and ideas. Connect... Read More →
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →
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First Alert

Speed Networking Sponsor
First Alert® is Canada's most trusted, recognized safety brand, helping to protect what matters most. From children and family to home and businesses, our mission is helping protect the lives, well-being and valuables of our customers. Our products offer a sense of preparedness... Read More →
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GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →
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Giant Tiger

Speed Networking Sponsor
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs.Connect with Giant Tiger:Twitter: @gtboutiqueFacebook: www.facebook.com/GiantTiger Instagram: @gianttigerstore... Read More →
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IZEA Canada Inc.

Speed Networking Sponsor
IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.We work with two types... Read More →
avatar for Krylon

Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →
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Masonite International

Speed Networking Sponsor
Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets. Since 1925, Masonite has... Read More →
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Metrie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Since Metrie’s beginnings as a small family-owned business in 1926, their dedication to creating high-quality, finely crafted architectural elements has helped them grow to become the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding in North America, as well... Read More →
avatar for Minwax

Minwax

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1904 Minwax® is one of Canada’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From staining and protection to maintenance, Minwax® makes and keeps... Read More →
avatar for NUK

NUK

Speed Networking Sponsor
The NUK® Family of brands are designed to combine science with style while maintaining the highest quality. Our products don’t just meet international safety standards, they exceed them. And we listen to the real world experts – moms just like you – to meet and exceed your... Read More →
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O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →
avatar for PARA Paints

PARA Paints

Speed Networking Sponsor
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer... Read More →
avatar for Quickie

Quickie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Quickie makes expertly engineered and remarkably simple cleaning tools to help you achieve a real clean. When you’re ready to clean house, you’ll find brooms, mops, brushes, scrubber and more that are uniquely designed for the task at hand. And when you’re done with your DIY... Read More →
avatar for Staples Canada

Staples Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Staples Canada makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop.Connect with Staples Canada today:Website:  www.staples.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesCanada/Twitter: @StaplesCanadaInstagram: @StaplesCanada... Read More →
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
At The Home Depot Canada, we help customers create and maintain the home of their dreams, whether they want to do it themselves or have it done for them. This year, we are excited to participate in the Speed Networking table at Blog Podium, and can’t wait to connect one-on-one with... Read More →
avatar for Wayfair Canada

Wayfair Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor.Connect with Wayfair Canada:Twitter: @WayfairCanadaInstagram: WayfairCanadaPinterest: Wayfair... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 14:00 - 15:30 EDT
Library Room

14:00 EDT

Beyond The Blog: How To Monetize, Diversify, and Get Paid for What You’re Worth
This seminar will go over the four primary streams of blog monetization: Display advertising, Affiliate marketing, Sponsored work, and Selling products and services. We will look at the advantages, disadvantages, and how to get started in each of these streams. From which affiliate networks to work with, what to charge for sponsored content, how to pitch and work with brands, and what types of products or services you could sell, we are getting into the nitty gritty.

You will leave this workshop with a clear idea of how to build your blogging biz, turning it from hobby into a real paying gig!

Speakers
avatar for Gemma Bonham-Carter

Gemma Bonham-Carter

DIY, design & lifestyle blogger | the sweetest digs, The Sweetest Digs
Gemma Bonham-Carter is passionate about helping other gals create a home, life, and business they love. She started her own blog, THE SWEETEST DIGS, in 2010 and has turned it into a hub for DIY projects, inspiration for decorating on a budget, and tips for creative online biz owners... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for O.co

O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 14:00 - 15:30 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

14:00 EDT

Get Creative With Cricut
Limited Capacity filling up

In this class, Melissa will teach you the basics of Cricut: fast and easy project ideas, creative possibilities (What exactly can the Cricut do?), and how to use the software and/or mobile app to create completely custom items. Each participant will have the opportunity to build his/her very own project from start to finish.

Space is limited so get here early! This class is a hands-­on beginner/intermediate DIY class where we will also be answering your questions about our products and partnership opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Allen

Melissa Allen

Marketing - Brand and Ambassador Partnerships, Cricut
Melissa Allen is the force behind today’s industry­ leading ambassador and influencer programs at Cricut. In her spare time, she takes DIY to the extreme with random projects that range from welding steel and etching glass to hand­lettering, graphic design, silkscreening, papercrafting... Read More →

Sponsors
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Cricut

Seminar Sponsor
Say hello to the world leader in DIY cutting machines! Whether you’re new to DIY or a project pro, our family of Cricut Explore machines gives you the power to create anything you can imagine. (from papercrafts, party and home décor, vinyl projects, and custom T­shirts... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 14:00 - 15:30 EDT
Lecture Room

15:30 EDT

Break
Saturday September 17, 2016 15:30 - 15:45 EDT
TBA

15:45 EDT

Sponsor Speed Networking - By Appointment
Sponsor Speed Networking is a high-energy, effective way for influencers and brands to connect. Over a seven minute conversation, brands and influencers will talk one-on-one, discuss pitches and campaigns, and lay a foundation for future partnership. This is your chance to stand out and connect directly with the decision makers at the lifestyle brands you love most!


Click here for instructions on how to sign up for appointments and FAQ
Click here for the appointment site 

Sponsors
avatar for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, colour and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s... Read More →
avatar for Bernardin

Bernardin

Speed Networking Sponsor
For over a hundred years, home canning has been Bernardin’s focus as we are the trusted leader in all canning products. Our goal is to provide innovative, safe and tested recipes that will stand the test of time.  Visit Bernardin.ca for exciting recipes, new products and ideas. Connect... Read More →
avatar for Delta Faucet Canada

Delta Faucet Canada

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Water whisperers. Bubble beard makers. Washers of dishes. Design enthusiasts. At Delta Faucet, we exist to transform people’s daily lives with water. Check out our Inspired Living blog on the Delta website for great design/lifestyle tools, ideas, innovation and inspiration!Connect... Read More →
avatar for First Alert

First Alert

Speed Networking Sponsor
First Alert® is Canada's most trusted, recognized safety brand, helping to protect what matters most. From children and family to home and businesses, our mission is helping protect the lives, well-being and valuables of our customers. Our products offer a sense of preparedness... Read More →
avatar for GE Appliances

GE Appliances

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
At GE Appliances, we satisfy real-life needs, define trends and simplify routines. As a leading manufacturer of appliances in Canada, we're passionate about helping people choose, use and care for the appliances in their home. We're equally passionate about partnering with like-minded... Read More →
avatar for Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger

Speed Networking Sponsor
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs.Connect with Giant Tiger:Twitter: @gtboutiqueFacebook: www.facebook.com/GiantTiger Instagram: @gianttigerstore... Read More →
avatar for IZEA Canada Inc.

IZEA Canada Inc.

Speed Networking Sponsor
IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.We work with two types... Read More →
avatar for Krylon

Krylon

Keynote Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
Krylon spray paint is the brand trusted for innovative, high quality products and colour selection. When you use Krylon, it's easy to take any project and Make It Yours.Connect with Krylon:Website: http://www.krylon.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kryloncaInstagram: https:... Read More →
avatar for Masonite International

Masonite International

Speed Networking Sponsor
Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets. Since 1925, Masonite has... Read More →
avatar for Metrie

Metrie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Since Metrie’s beginnings as a small family-owned business in 1926, their dedication to creating high-quality, finely crafted architectural elements has helped them grow to become the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding in North America, as well... Read More →
avatar for Minwax

Minwax

Speed Networking Sponsor
Founded in 1904 Minwax® is one of Canada’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From staining and protection to maintenance, Minwax® makes and keeps... Read More →
avatar for NUK

NUK

Speed Networking Sponsor
The NUK® Family of brands are designed to combine science with style while maintaining the highest quality. Our products don’t just meet international safety standards, they exceed them. And we listen to the real world experts – moms just like you – to meet and exceed your... Read More →
avatar for O.co

O.co

Seminar Sponsor | Speed Networking Sponsor
O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is the company’s global brand and focuses on delivering the best quality, lowest cost, brand name products around the world.Connect with O.co:Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverstockInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/overstock/Facebook: https:... Read More →
avatar for PARA Paints

PARA Paints

Speed Networking Sponsor
As producers of premium standard architectural paints, stains, varnishes and specialty products, PARA Paints has been an industry leader with a steadfast commitment to providing quality products. In addition to issuing leading edge colour décor trend advice to the Canadian designer... Read More →
avatar for Quickie

Quickie

Speed Networking Sponsor
Quickie makes expertly engineered and remarkably simple cleaning tools to help you achieve a real clean. When you’re ready to clean house, you’ll find brooms, mops, brushes, scrubber and more that are uniquely designed for the task at hand. And when you’re done with your DIY... Read More →
avatar for Staples Canada

Staples Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Staples Canada makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop.Connect with Staples Canada today:Website:  www.staples.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesCanada/Twitter: @StaplesCanadaInstagram: @StaplesCanada... Read More →
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
At The Home Depot Canada, we help customers create and maintain the home of their dreams, whether they want to do it themselves or have it done for them. This year, we are excited to participate in the Speed Networking table at Blog Podium, and can’t wait to connect one-on-one with... Read More →
avatar for Wayfair Canada

Wayfair Canada

Speed Networking Sponsor
Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor.Connect with Wayfair Canada:Twitter: @WayfairCanadaInstagram: WayfairCanadaPinterest: Wayfair... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 15:45 - 17:15 EDT
Library Room

15:45 EDT

Beyond Pressing Record: Applying a Film Production Approach to Vlogging + Video
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Beyond laptop-camera selfie videos, in this seminar, Sabrina and Shawn are offering insider info on how to create an affordable video setup, the pros and cons of various gear and equipment, developing a strategy for your content approach, planning your narrative, discovering your voice and niche, and tips for getting comfy with — and behind — the camera. Giving you the inside scoop on the insider info you can’t Google (or YouTube!), we’ll end the session with lots of open discussion and Q&A.

NOTE: Attendees are not required to bring their equipment 


Speakers
avatar for Shawn Lovering

Shawn Lovering

Filmmaker / Photographer, Wild and Light
Shawn Lovering is an independent filmmaker working in the commercial and documentary space. Shawn has worked with a variety of brands in the lifestyle, sports, and industrial markets. As a former social worker, Shawn has a passion for meaningful stories, creative problem solving... Read More →
avatar for Sabrina Smelko

Sabrina Smelko

Designer / Illustrator / Blogger / TV Host
With years of experience art directing brands, illustrating and designing everything from portraits to pillows to emojis, styling sets, and writing for blogs and magazines, Sabrina tackles every project with a problem-solving approach focused on aesthetics and the bigger picture. When... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 15:45 - 17:15 EDT
Deanery Room

15:45 EDT

Next Level SEO Strategies
SEO is a constantly evolving world where competition for exposure on search engines and social media platforms increase almost every day. What can you do to optimize your on-page and off-page efforts to ensure your audience finds your content before they find your competitions? 

Nicki Lamont explores under-appreciated traditional SEO efforts and next-level off-page strategies to help increase exposure of your brand and to dominate industry SERPs.

Speakers
avatar for Nicki Lamont-Cholfe

Nicki Lamont-Cholfe

Tech Wyse Internet Marketing
Nicki Lamont-Cholfe is a digital writing guru who specializes in SEO content. As the head of the content department at TechWyse Internet Marketing and the SEO instructor for Camp Tech, Nicki has worked hard to situate herself as one of Toronto's leading Internet Marketing experts... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 15:45 - 17:15 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON

17:15 EDT

Closing Remarks
Saturday September 17, 2016 17:15 - 17:30 EDT
Snell Hall 65 Church St., Toronto, ON