meshwest Conference

meshwest Conference

November 21, 2011 09:30 ET

meshwest Conference Gather Digital Marketing Thought Leaders

Keynote Speakers Include Stewart Butterfield and Erik Blachford

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2011) - How is the Web changing the business, marketing, social media and political landscapes? For insight from some of the leading thinkers, meshwest Vancouver is the place to be.

meshwest: a one-day event on Dec. 5 at the Salt Building in Vancouver, provides perspective and information from some of the most innovative minds in digital marketing to embrace and capitalize on emerging trends, tools, and companies.

"We're excited about bringing meshwest to Vancouver," said Mark Evans, one of meshwest's co-founders and principal with ME Consulting. "meshwest is going to be a great day of conversation, connecting and networking."

Tickets are on sale now for $289, as well as a small number of tickets for students for $49. Tickets can be purchased at

Keynote speakers at meshwest include:

Stewart Butterfield: co-founder of the gaming startup Tiny Speck, whose debut title is an ambitious massively multiplayer online game called Glitch. Glitch hopes to revolutionize online gaming the same way Flickr revolutionized online photo sharing. Butterfield has been nominated for the Chrysler Design Award, and has been named a Best Leader by Business Week, and one of the Top 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT.

Erik Blachford: A key player in the growth of Expedia, Erik led the creation of the brand as senior vice president of marketing becoming president of Expedia North America, and then president and CEO. Since 2005, Erik has been active within the startup ranks, serving as executive chairman of TerraPass, a leading retailer of carbon offsets, consumer energy efficiency products, and green gifts.

Janice Diner: Janice is a social media strategist with a creative director background. A leader in the arena, Janice and her team have conceived, developed and executed social media programs and technologies for such brands as TSN, BlackBerry, TD Canada Trust, PlayStation, Intel and Hershey. Currently Janice heads up Horizon Studios helping clients socialize their brands, empower customer engagement and bring communities to life across the social media space.

Mark Johnson: Currently CEO of Zite, which is changing the way people browse the web on their iPads by learning what you like and dislike. Before joining Zite as CEO, Mark was a product manager who trained at SAP before he plunged into three successful search startups: SideStep (acquired by Kayak for $180 million in 2007), Kosmix (acquired by Walmart in April 2011), and Powerset (acquired by Microsoft in July 2008).

Elijah van der Giessen: Eli is a project manager and whipper-of-troops. As the Creative Services Lead at the David Suzuki Foundation (, Eli leads the online acquisition and outreach work, and has helped the foundation create an online constituency. He also uses his experience in event production and volunteer management to connect web innovators with nonprofit campaigners so they can learn from each other.

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