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Content - Focus on moving from NOW to WHEN

Live on Zoom - Wednesday, May 27th at 1:00PM PST

Business as usual is no more. We now find ourselves in a time where some have lost everything and we are forced to connect in different ways than we are used to.  How do we cut through while still providing something of value to our customers?  The opportunities are there and now is the time to organize and collaborate for the future of content creation and production.

In this livestream, we will look to three business leaders from different industries to share their thoughts on the future of creating content, running their organizations and keeping employees/team mates mentally well and safe. Please join us for this enlightening discussion.

Discussion Topics:

  • The 7 best tips for customizing your own organization’s plan

  • What will we do differently in the “new world”

  • How will we know what works?

  • The long term possibilities


Hosted by

Kaaren Whitney-Vernon

SVP, Branded Entertainment


Kaaren Whitney-Vernonis the SVP, Branded Entertainment at Shaftesbury, an award-winning creator and producer of original scripted and factual content for brands, digital, television and film. Kaaren has a passion for understanding where content and audiences are moving. She is a sought-after speaker and a visionary for the future of marketing and branded entertainment. Kaaren and her team have created original works for many brands including RBC, KimberlyClark, Nokia and Unilever. She has been quoted in BNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, CBC, and she is a published member of the Forbes Agency Council


Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival, Playback As Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival and Playback, Jenn oversees all aspects of the renowned international event and commercial stewardship of Canada’s premier national media industry publication. Jenn sits on the Women in Film and Television Toronto Foundation (WIFT-T) Board of Directors as Vice Chair, and has served as as adjunct professor at Toronto’s York University, designing and teaching a 4th year course on the business of film, television and digital media.

Heather Ritchie Head of Campaign Strategy and Executive Producer of Futurithmic, Nokia Heather’s two decade career includes a series of increasingly senior leadership positions in global high-tech companies. She currently leads Nokia’s marketing campaign strategy and is the executive producer of the Nokia original series Futurithmic. As a labour of love, she teaches communication workshops for emerging leaders. Her most recent is on how to cut bullshit conversations and get stuff done: the evolving communication skills needed to lead in the era of augmented intelligence. The course is based on a four year research project she is turning into a book. She’s lived in Shanghai, Singapore, California and currently calls Canada home.

Catherine Winder

CEO & Partner

Wind Sun Sky & Skybound North Entertainment  Winder is a Canadian entrepreneur and the CEO/EP of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment a multi-media production company focused on building global franchises. She is also the CEO/Partner of Skybound North Entertainment in partnership with Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead/Outcast). Managing studios in both Vancouver and L.A. and collaborating with partners in Europe and Asia, she is in production and development on a diverse slate of multi-platform media projects as well as a kids mobile app.


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