Ignite Vancouver is brought to you by several talented and otherwise somewhat opinionated individuals.  Each person lends a particular vantage point to the organizing of events so that there is balance and variety at all venues.

Mark Pivon

Mark has been organizing events – from large to small, and from professional to recreational – for nearly a decade.  Mark brings the technical and communication components to Ignite Vancouver: through the website, social media and print, he started the discussion with OReilly Media that lead to the formation of Ignite Vancouver.   If he had spare time, he would probably take on yet another project that would give him even greater opportunity to talk more about himself and to share his opinions.  Either that, or he’d be leaving long sprawling messages on answering machines – because they are such great listeners!  Learn more about him, and optionally connect to him via his profile on

Greg Kettner

Comedian, Professional Stage Presence.

Eric Smith

Eric is an independent sales and marketing consultant (

He has been an entrepreneur/sales/marketing guy since his childhood years. His experience truly runs the gamut. From punishing direct to consumer sales such as vacuum cleaners, cars and coupons, to the development and execution of sales and marketing strategies to penetrate fortune 500 companies, Eric’s stories include heart crushing failures and cloud walking successes. Pioneering new products, new lines and new markets is what gets him out of bed in the morning.

Eric is a Certified International Trade Professional and Certified Sales Executive. His educational background includes the Sauder School of Business, BCIT and the Forum for International Trade Training where he earned the Northstar Trade Finance Award for Excellence.

Eric is married to the most incredible person he ever met and has two boys that teach him the real meaning of life.

Rupert Whiting

Project Manager, Poker player, strategiest, enigma.

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