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Saturday, September 21
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Sponsors
avatar for Brother Canada

Brother Canada

BREAKFAST SPONSOR
Brother Canada was established in Montreal in 1960 and is part of a worldwide network of companies belonging to Brother Industries Ltd, of which the corporate headquarters is situated in Nagoya, Japan. Active in over 100 countries, Brother markets a wide range of business machines and home appliances known for their reliability, ease of use and versatility at affordable prices. Numerous Brother products have been awarded significant... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
King Ballroom

8:00am

BlogPodium Registration presented by The Home Depot Canada
Sponsors
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

TITLE SPONSOR
With over 180 stores across the country, The Home Depot is the go-to spot for Canadians looking to create and maintain their dream home -- a perfect fit for the DIY and design bloggers that BlogPodium attracts. | | As one of our sponsors at last year's conference, The Home Depot Canada returns this year even more enthusiastic and committed to working with bloggers - and we know you will love working with them too! Connect with them online... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
Lobby

8:00am

Exhibitors
Meet and talk with Exhibitors one-on-one. Visit the booths. Connect, converse, collaborate!

Saturday September 21, 2013 8:00am - 7:00pm
Regency DEF

9:00am

Opening Remarks & Welcome
Saturday September 21, 2013 9:00am - 9:15am
King Ballroom

9:15am

Keynote Presentation - Sarah Richardson
Known for creating innovative, award-winning design solutions, Sarah is the host, co-creator and co-producer of four HGTV series that are watched by fans in over 100 countries. She is also a creative powerhouse in the industry as the head of Sarah Richardson Design Inc., which transforms commercial and residential spaces, and has a growing line of signature products including custom furniture and a fabric collection for Kravet. Sarah also shares her design expertise as a contributing columnist for The Globe & Mail newspaper and Chatelaine magazine. 

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to hear Sarah talk about her passion for design, business savvy and upcoming projects!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson Design

Sponsors
avatar for Delta Faucet

Delta Faucet

KEYNOTE SPONSOR
Delta Faucet Canada is thrilled to be involved with Blogpodium for its third event! Delta brings designers, builders and homeowners exceptionally well-made, stylish faucets and related kitchen and bath accessories that are beautiful both inside and out. Delta products are distributed in Canada by the plumbing division of Masco Canada Ltd. For more information on Delta products, visit deltafaucet.ca. | | Twitter: @deltafaucetcan | Facebook... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 9:15am - 10:15am
King Ballroom

10:15am

Break
Saturday September 21, 2013 10:15am - 10:20am
Regency DEF

10:20am

Power Tools - How To Clinic
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will put the power in YOUR hands! You will be introduced to a variety of power tools, including: impact drivers, saws, and nail guns. Learn when and why to use these tools while we take you through a step-by- step demo of how to build a compact work table.

No prior power tool experience necessary. All safety equipment will be provided.

Exhibitors
avatar for The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

TITLE SPONSOR
With over 180 stores across the country, The Home Depot is the go-to spot for Canadians looking to create and maintain their dream home -- a perfect fit for the DIY and design bloggers that BlogPodium attracts. | | As one of our sponsors at last year's conference, The Home Depot Canada returns this year even more enthusiastic and committed to working with bloggers - and we know you will love working with them too! Connect with them online... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 10:20am - 11:20am
King Ballroom

10:20am

What Bloggers Can Learn From Magazines
Limited Capacity full

From editorial calendars to proofreading to writing eye-catching headlines and engaging copy, magazines set an example of tools and techniques to make your blog professional and exceptional.

Learn from an experienced magazine editor and freelance writer on how to apply these techniques to your blog: Proofreading and copyediting - Using Editorial calendars - Writing headlines - Writing for the reader - Using quality imagery

You'll walk away with plenty of actionable tips on how to make your blog its best!

Speakers
avatar for Corinna vanGerwen

Corinna vanGerwen

Gift Stylist
Toronto-based gift stylist and freelance writer Corinna vanGerwen, who was formerly an editor at Style at Home and Cottage Life magazines, has more than 10 years experience contributing to publications such as Canadian Living, Food & Drink and Canadian Family, among many others. In addition to her work for magazines, Corinna styles gifts for film and advertising, provides corporate and private gift wrapping workshops and training, and does... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 10:20am - 11:20am
Regency A

10:20am

You CAN Have Both - Balancing A Day Job & Successful Blog
Limited Capacity seats available

Don't let your full-time job, family responsibilities and blogging leave you stressed out and over-worked. In this session we will share tools and techniques that can ease your workload, keep you organized, and make your blog run more efficiently. Attendees will gain valuable insight on topics such as finding and maintaining work-life-blog balance, managing social media, and setting purposeful goals. We will also draw your attention to strategies that have worked for us at various stages in our blogging careers as well as for our lives offline. Let the good times roll...

Speakers
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Giulia Doyle

Blogger
Giulia is a freelance photographer based in Ottawa, Ontario. She also shares her recipes and travel adventures on her blog Audrey's and has a career in Communications during the day. Giulia is married, has two children (7 and 5). Giulia's work has appeared on Apartment Therapy, TheKitchn, Huffington Post and Better Homes and Gardens. She's had her photography and styling work published in Ottawa Magazine landing on the cover of the... Read More →
avatar for Jordana Garbati

Jordana Garbati

Writing Instructor & Blogger
My blog, White Cabana, was born on a snowy winter day in January 2010 and I have been blogging daily ever since. I, along with my contributors, feature news and inspiration from the worlds of design, art, and travel - all in white. When I'm not blogging you can find me madly writing my PhD dissertation, reading through stacks of books and magazines, getting my daily dose of vitamin D, or planning my next vacation. Connect with me: web... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 10:20am - 11:20am
Regency B

11:20am

Break
Sponsors
avatar for GLUCKSTEINHOME

GLUCKSTEINHOME

COFFEE BREAK SPONSOR
GlucksteinHome is an affordable line of designer-driven home furnishings created by renowned interior designer Brian Gluckstein in 1999. The line spans several lifestyle collections, ranging from traditional to modern, each designed to reflect the customer’s personal style. GlucksteinHome offers a complete assortment of home furnishings including bedding, bath, dinnerware, furniture, decor, patio and holiday. | | GlucksteinHome... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 11:20am - 11:30am
Regency DEF

11:30am

Creating A Style Guide For Your Blog
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will teach you simple ways to maintain consistency in your blog. Learn how to pick colours, fonts and images, and create a definitive “style guide” for your site. We’ll look at some free and inexpensive tools available to help you, and also discuss best practices for working with images online.

Speakers
avatar for Avery Swartz

Avery Swartz

Founder & CEO, Camp Tech
Avery Swartz is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. She's also an award-winning web designer. Avery has designed and developed hundreds of websites, and taught thousands of people how to get the web working for them. She brings a friendly, casual approach to all projects, and promises to use as little technical mumbo-jumbo as possible. When she's not busy making websites or expanding Camp Tech... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Regency C

11:30am

From Blog To Business
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will work towards providing you knowledge on how to leverage your business and blog simultaneously, giving you insight on the transition of blogging as a hobby to a full-time job. Touching on topics of the investment of time and money, creating original content, monetization and building/maintaining professional relationships, we'll look at what resources and tools you can utilize to make the most out of your blogging experience, and differentiate your site from the rest.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Sterjovski

Stephanie Sterjovski

Lifestyle Blogger, Photographer & Graphic Designer
Stephanie Sterjovski is a lifestyle blogger, photographer and self-taught graphic designer residing in Toronto. Stephanie contributes to TheKit.ca, serves on Fashion Magazine’s Style Panel, and has been featured on the cover of Framework Magazine, The Everygirl, etc. As a blogger she has collaborated with many notable brands such as, J.Crew, Roots, Dove and Lancome, being just a few to note. In addition to running a blog full-time, she... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Regency A

11:30am

The Blogger / Agency Dating Game: How To Get Noticed
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you approach brands or agencies and make your blog stand out from the crowd? Join Andrew Kinnear and Jordana Wolch from Environics Communications as they provide insight on what brands and agencies are looking for, share tips on how bloggers can market themselves better, and explain that while some metrics are important, numbers don't mean everything.

Connect with Environics Communications on their Website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Kinnear

Andrew Kinnear

Vice President of Digital Strategy, Environics Communications
Andrew Kinnear is a digital strategist focused on the customer experience – from platform design to social engagement. As VP of Digital Strategy at Environics, Andrew leads both fearful and fearless clients into the social media sphere, helping their brands make meaningful connections with their customers through the digital platforms, programs and influencers they interact with the most.  Andrew has worked across a variety of brands and... Read More →
avatar for Jordana Wolch

Jordana Wolch

Senior Consultant, Environics Communications
Jordana Wolch knew early on that to stay relevant in the PR world one must continue to adapt to the ever changing communications landscape. Never one to sit on her laurels, she has become an expert on building partnerships for her client with bloggers across Canada. As a Senior Consultant on the Consumer Marketing team at Environics Communications in Toronto, Jordana is drives forward  a wide range of strategic social and traditional media... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Regency B

12:30pm

Lunch
Saturday September 21, 2013 12:30pm - 1:15pm
King Ballroom

1:15pm

Keynote Panel - Let's Talk: Old Media, New Media, Social Media
A moderated discussion on traditional media, new media, and social media. A diverse group of editors and bloggers from well-loved print magazines, web sites, and online publications, discuss the challenges and opportunities of the changing ways we generate, gather, and share content.

Moderators
avatar for Leigh-Ann Allaire Perreault

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perreault

DIY & Design Expert and Spokesperson, Hue La La
As a DIY & design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and colour connoisseur, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship…all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be. An honours graduate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Margot Austin

Margot Austin

Senior Design Editor and Editor of Special Publications, Canadian House & Home
Margot Austin is senior design editor and editor of special publications for Canadian House & Home. She is a career print magazine editor with experience at entertainment, fashion and beauty, and interior design titles. You might catch Margot from time to time on The Marilyn Denis Show. She is an avid Instagrammer and deliquent blogger. Margot's favourites include tartan, costume dramas, peanut butter, any colour of... Read More →
avatar for Jacquelyn Clark

Jacquelyn Clark

Editor, Style Me Pretty Living and Blogger, Lark & Linen
By day, Jacquelyn Clark plucks away as the Editor for the well-acclaimed Style Me Pretty Living. By night, she curates the Toronto-based design & lifestyle blog Lark & Linen. And somewhere in between, she moonlights in the world of interior design. With a bachelors degree in Environmental Design from the world renowned Ontario College of Art and Design, Jacquelyn has dedicated her life thusfar to cultivating her passions. As a lover of design... Read More →
avatar for Emma Reddington

Emma Reddington

Home Editor, Chatelaine
Emma Reddington is the recently appointed Home Editor of Chatelaine, Canada's most widely read magazine. She is also the designer and editor behind The Marion House Book. Since starting the blog in 2010, The Marion House Book has been named one of the 100+ design sites recommended by Remodelista, one of the top 10 new design blogs by Shelter Pop, and has been featured in magazines around the world including Elle... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Riche

Rhonda Riche

Co-Founder, Covet Garden
Rhonda Riche, is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Along with Lynda Felton and Jessica Reid, she is the co-founder of the online decor magazine Covet Garden. Over the years, she has contributed to such publications as Du Jour, 2 for Couples, Flare and In Style as well as CBC Radio One's Definitely Not The Opera. With the Covet Garden team, she won a Silver Award in the category of Best Online-Only Article or Series of Articles at the 2012... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Para Paints

Para Paints

KEYNOTE 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, contractor, and consumer since 1915, PARA Paints is a proud supporter of the interior design blog community. PARA Paints is available at leading paint... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 1:15pm - 2:20pm
King Ballroom

2:20pm

Break
Saturday September 21, 2013 2:20pm - 2:30pm
Regency DEF

2:30pm

Get The Shot! Photography + Instagram Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

For blogs, and social media in general, image in everything. People make snap judgements on blogs and websites the moment they land on them. This judgement is of course partially based on your blogsite design but since photos generally feature prominently on your site, the photos they see first help shape this impression.

In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to take your camera off auto, get tips on lighting, and composition. We'll touch on special techniques for Instagram and photo editing apps as well.  Bring your DSLR, point & shoot, or smartphone and get ready to get the shot!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ballard

Jennifer Ballard

Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
Jennifer Ballard is Toronto-based wedding and life-style photographer. Although many of her clients are local, Jennifer's work has taken her to a number of destinations abroad. Her work allows her to tell stories, express her creativity and capture memories to be shared through generations. | | Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and worked in research for a number of years. Her career in... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Regency C

2:30pm

How To Grow Your Business Using Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Why is social media important for businesses? Listen in on this fascinating discussion with Meredith Heron, Interior Designer and television host, and Neil Gazmen, Store Manager of West Elm Toronto. Using Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, Meredith and Neil have skillfully grown their business presences and translated online connections into offline sales.

Moderated by social media specialist, Brittany Stager, this conversation will focus on:
- which social media platforms to use and why
- how to balance your business brand and personal voice
- tips on engaging followers
- the importance of "social" in social media

An interesting conversation full of handy tips, attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to effectively use the power of social media for business growth.

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, @ReesStager

Speakers
avatar for Neil Gazmen

Neil Gazmen

Associate Store Manager, West Elm
Neil Gazmen is a retail people manager with over 9 years experience in managing high volume, complex stores in the Toronto area. He is a strong supporter of relationship based selling and grassroots type marketing that targets building a community of loyal followers, one customer at a time. | | Connect with Neil on Twitter
avatar for Meredith Heron

Meredith Heron

Interior Designer and Television Host
Meredith Heron is an interior designer and television host whose work is an eclectic conversation with color, pattern and texture. | | Heron’s obsession is color. Whether layering hues inspired by Venetian church doors, or the ombre of Fall leaves in the rain, she combines it with sumptuous, mosaics of pattern, the clean lines of Regency or Louis XVI-inspired furnishing and modern accessories to create rooms that feel glamorous, feminine... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Regency A

2:30pm

The Blogger/Agency Pre-Nup: Negotiating Win-Win Partnerships with Big Brands
Limited Capacity seats available

Your fave brands and their agencies are starting to notice you. Now what? It’s time for a commitment.  Join Keka DasGupta, Principal of Precision Marketing Group Inc. on a negotiating journey. Learn how to identify the blogger-brand sweetspot, master marketing lingo, and discover not just what to ask for, but how to ask for it, as you enter “contract talks” with big brands.

Connect with Keka via LinkedIn and Twitter and follow Precision Marketing Group Inc. here.


Speakers
avatar for Keka DasGupta

Keka DasGupta

Principal, Precision Marketing Group Inc.
Keka DasGupta, an award-winning 16-year PR veteran has worked on several worldrenown multinational brands including: IKEA, Disney, Johnson & Johnson and Nike to name a few. She has been at the negotiating table both as an in-house representative and as agency counsel and her approach has always been focused on pursuing win-win partnerships. | | Over the course of her career, Keka has negotiated with such Canadian design icons as: Steven... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Regency B

3:30pm

Break
Saturday September 21, 2013 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Regency DEF

3:45pm

Photoshop For Bloggers
Limited Capacity seats available

Photoshop for Bloggers is a class designed to help bloggers understand and make the most of Photoshop for their blogs. Learn tips & tricks from a designer on how to create the design elements you've always wanted to use for your blog and posts. A fun class full of ideas & techniques, you will walk away armed with everything you need to make your blog stand out!

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Douglas

Brittany Douglas

Blogger & Designer
Brittany is a blogger & designer of many things. From blogs to fonts to logos, her passion is design & creating beautiful visuals. She is the voice behind Gallery No. Eight, a curated site full of art, decor, fashion & the lovely things that inspire her. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University and is currently working as a designer & illustrator. She has been blogging for over 2 years... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Regency C

3:45pm

The Art of Monetization
Limited Capacity full

Have a blog but no idea at how to make money with it?

Blogger Karen Bertelsen covers how to build your blog views so you have a substantial, engaged readership, and then teaches you a variety of ways to make money with your site including selling your own ad space, using vertical ad networks, taking part in affiliate programs, writing sponsored posts and creating long lasting brand affiliations.

 


Speakers
avatar for Karen Bertelsen

Karen Bertelsen

Host, Blogger, Writer
Karen Bertelsen has hosted some of Canada’s most successful television shows for this country's largest networks including HGTV, W Network, Slice and MuchMoreMusic. | | 3 years ago she started the blog The Art of Doing Stuff as a creative outlet for her writing and endless home projects. Within the first 3 months The Art of Doing Stuff was featured on Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge and Lifehacker. | | Karen has parlayed her blogging... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Regency B

3:45pm

Using Your Blog To Land Your Dream Job
Limited Capacity seats available

A blog is no longer just a virtual journal used to archive a bunch of images; it's also a business card and window to our creativity.

Learn tips on how to use your blog as a personal portfolio. From creating awe-inspiring projects, to writing epic posts that showcase your creative skills - a blog can be morphed into a mighty, interactive resume. You'll walk away with tons of actionable ideas so you can go out there and hunt down that awesome gig you've been dreaming of. No excuses allowed!

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Cabrera

Gabriel Cabrera

Blogger
Gabriel Cabrera was born in Mexico City and currently lives and works in Vancouver as a Community Specialist for one of the Top 50 Companies To Work for in BC. He specializes in community development and creative consulting. When he’s not scouting the web for visual inspiration, he can be found having brunch with friends or sharing a cup of coffee and several French pastries with other creatives. Gabriel has been a contributor and guest... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Regency A

4:45pm

Closing Remarks & Giveaway Announcements
Saturday September 21, 2013 4:45pm - 5:00pm
King Ballroom

5:00pm

Reception
Saturday September 21, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Regency DEF