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Maureen Cureton

Posted on 11 June 2010 by IgniteBC

Green Business Manager, Vancity

Maureen’s first experience in the environmental sector was managing R&D for an organic recycling technology. From rotting fish to renewable energy and green building, her career has covered a lot of ground in the sustainability field. She’s worked with Rocky Mountain Institute –world-renowned for research and consulting on sustainability issues, and these days you’ll find her at Vancity helping advance green business in our community. Maureen also brings her sustainability rants to the classroom for Royal Roads University and UBC; she writes curriculum for Thompson Rivers University; and she’s co-authored 3 books on sustainability topics as well.

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Brian Street

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

After buying and selling my own real estate, I chose to be a full-time Realtor, as working with buyers and sellers combines my experience in customer service, marketing and project management with my passion for home, design, and life in Vancouver.

I am proud to be a native-born Vancouverite, and have a passion for “my” city. My educational background includes a BA in Mass Communication from Simon Fraser University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix Online. In addition, I am an experienced flyer, having logged many hours as a Certified, Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot.

Prior to my career in real estate, I worked in advertising New York, for a large San Francisco insurance brokerage, and in web hosting management in the Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom. As such, I am happy to assist our American friends with Vancouver real estate whether for investment, vacation, or relocation.

I enjoy positioning sellers to achieve top dollar peace of mind, and help prepare buyers to win! Vancouver’s dynamically changing market commands creative solutions, and I help find alternatives and sensible purchases for those being priced out of the market.

In addition to my passion for real estate, I also believe in giving back to community. As Board President of the West End – Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre in Vancouver, I am proud to be creating positive change in this dynamic city as we prepare to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

I’m also excited to be a member of Toastmasters International, and serve as Vice President of Public Relations on the Board of Vancouver’s Evergreen Toastmasters Club.

Part of my success comes from my view of the business. My belief is that real estate is a service-oriented business, not a sales-oriented business, and as such I provide the highest level of professional service. Additionally, I utilize the most comprehensive marketing and technical solutions available.

My motto is “Where Service Meets Success“, and I am always ready to assist you with your real estate needs!

I am an active member of the following organisations:

Brian Street (604) 837-8534

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Patty K

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Patty K is:  Speaker, writer, wearer of pajamas.

Gandhi said: be the change you wish to see in the world.  The change I wish to see is:  more openness, more honesty, more non-conformity; fewer people mindlessly following the crowd; more people showing up as their real selves; and a whole lot more laughter and silliness.


I tell my own stories, in a similar voice to what you see on my blog. I talk about my experiences, my challenges, the methods I used to make positive changes in my own life.   I make fun of stuff and myself. People tend to laugh.   My 2 basic keynotes are these:

Daring to Dress Inappropriately:  What happens when we dare to break with societal norms and show up as our real selves? Based on my adventures wearing pajamas in public.

No one Died:  2 years ago, I decided to sell everything and go sailing – without bothering with tiny details like learning how to sail first. This presentation is about failure, taking risks and learning from experience.

See my Speaking page for details.

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Darren Barefoot

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

My name is Darren Barefoot. I’m a writer, technologist and marketer who lives in Vancouver, Canada. While my undergraduate degree was in Creative Writing and Theatre, I always had a deep love of computers. Ever since my parents brought home our first dual disc drive IBM PC, I was smitten. So, mostly, I write about technology.I originally worked as a technical writer, doing an internship at Radical Entertainment, followed by stints at Meridian Systems and Cape Clear Software (while spending two years in Dublin). Since returning to Vancouver in 2003, I’ve started Capulet Communications, a PR and marketing company that specializes in high-tech companies.

The following is a list of my online and real-world projects:

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Garrett Wasny

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Garrett Wasny, MA, CMC (Certified Management Consultant), CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) is a web productivity consultant in Vancouver.

Garrett is the “Internet guy” and “Google guru” who advises accountants and other professional service providers on how to improve their online search skills, increase their web productivity and transform how they use the web in their business, career and life.

Garrett’s clients are the leading accounting, legal and engineering organizations in North America.  These include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, CPE Link, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, Certified General Accountants of British Columbia, Certified General Accountants of Alberta, Davis LLP, and EPIC Educational Innovation Program (for professional engineers).

Garrett offers the following consulting and advisory services:

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Shane Gibson

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Co-Author of Socialble! How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down.

Shane Gibson is an international speaker, and author who has addressed over 100,000 people over the past sixteen years on stages in North America, Southern Africa and South America. He is in high demand as a keynote speaker on the topics of social media and sales performance.

As a trainer, coach and speaker Shane combines a diverse background in sales force leadership, new entrepreneur development and social media marketing to develop unique presentations and solutions for his clients.

Blogging since 2002, and podcasting since 2004 Shane drives the majority of his business from social media, and social networks. He has been published in numerous publications as an authority on the topics of leadership, marketing, social media, and sales performance. Some of these publications include CMA Magazine, the Financial Post, the Globe and Mail and Profit Magazine.

Shane recently became Canada’s only Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer, and is working on a new book published by Entrepreneur Press (McGraw Hill) called Guerrilla Social Media Marketing, co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson.

Shane’s speaking and training clients that he has worked with include: Ford, CMA Canada, Simply Computing, ACL, The Vancouver Board of Trade, Ford Motor Company, HUB International, Seminarium Colombia, Seminarium Chile,, the Sauder School of Business, the University of British Columbia, Canaccord Financial and hundreds of entrepreneurs, individual sales people and marketers over the past 16 years.

When he’s not working or tweeting you can find Shane hiking or skiing in British Columbia’s Coast Mountain range with his family.

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Sofia Ribeiro

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Sofia Ribeiro owns and co-manages Kiwano Marketing, a sustainable marketing agency dedicated to support small, sustainable businesses located in Vancouver, BC – contributing to the city’s economy while promoting the environment.

An experienced marketing professional and a green enthusiast, Sofia has an extensive marketing background across both small businesses and large enterprises throughout Europe and North America. Sofia’s articles are regularly featured in leading industry publications and she’s a contributor writer at The Green Economy Post. Sofia also volunteers with The Stanley Park Ecology Society, Canadian Cancer Society and Metro Vancouver.

Sofia was runner-up for the New Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009.

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Natalie Sisson

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Natalie Sisson is a Kiwi entrepreneur and adventurer. She’s passionate about getting more women into business and so founded as ‘The Ultimate Resource for Female Entrepreneurs’. She writes from her own perspective and experiences as Co-founder of ConnectionPoint Systems, where she’s a Product Evangelist for FundRazr – a Facebook application that empowers social commerce. She loves offering up savvy solutions to challenges we all face as entrepreneurs and adds a touch of humour, style and sparkle and is a contrbutor to `Work in Progress’ for women who mean business. Natalie’s addicted to Frisbee and travelling which works perfectly as they go hand in hand. She’s also got a World Record in Dragon Boating and and so long as she’s holding her sexy iPhone you can be assured she’s plugged into to every social network.

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Alyssa Wise

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Alyssa Wise is a world traveler who found her way to Vancouver after journeys across the U.S. and Latin America including New York, Ecuador, San Francisco, and Indiana. From designing Information Technology Learning Programs for child laborers in the Dominican Republic, to helping the Brazilian National Ultimate team compete in the World Championships, her passion is to connect with motivated people around the world to turns inspired ideas for learning and action into reality, in any language. She is enthusiastic about 21st century collaborative learning and the possibilities for social media in education and is currently researching and developing tools to support these goals through her work as an Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology and Learning Design Program at Simon Fraser University.

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How To Become An Ignite Speaker

Posted on 27 February 2010 by IgniteBC

The cool thing about Ignite is that just about anyone can present.  It’s like an open mike night to talk about whatever you are passionate about.  The only condition is that it must fall into the Ignite format:  20 slides, 15 seconds a slide, five minutes total.  That, and the topic must have some kind of “social value”.  In other words, it’s not infomercial time.  We will post details about you and your company on your speaker Bio page.  People interested in finding out more can go from there.

  1. Start by submitting a quick overview of your topic.  Title and 1 paragraph description.  This should be completed one month prior to the event date.
  2. Two weeks before the event date, submit a finished powerpoint deck to us for review.  If there are any problems with it, we’ll still have a chance to correct any issue.  Additionally, the extra lead time helps us convert the file for the subsequent video archive where we will synchronize the presentation with your video.
  3. Also:  two weeks OR SOONER, provide us with a bio about yourself.  This will help people know where you are coming from, and will also give folks an opportunity to contact you if they would like a more detailed perspective.
  4. The day of the event:  Arrive about an hour early so you can get familiar with your surroundings, schmooze a bit with the other speakers, organizers, etc, and just get ready to have fun!
  5. After:  We still need clearance to post your video.  So after the event, you’ll sign a waiver giving us permission to do so, without the expectation of future remuneration.  In return, we will post the PPT in your bio, along with the video links to the global site, YouTube, and on our site.  You will also receive permission to use the “Proud Presenter” badge on your website, where you can link back to the presentation archive / bio page that will feature all your presentations.

You can download the Powerpoint template from here:

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