Here’s a brief overview of some of the client work that I have done over the years in more or less chronological order, though much of it is ongoing:
- STORM CROW ALLIANCE – I spent five years (2012-2017) helping to build the indestructible Storm Crow Alliance restaurant brand working as General Manager for both Vancouver locations. This nerd bar franchise had very humble beginnings in east Vancouver at the Legendary Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive and soon grew to a second location, the Storm Crow Alehouse on West Broadway. The Storm Crow is now expanding to Toronto and beyond. The concept for the Storm Crow is really fresh and exciting as it blends the fun and inclusivity of contemporary pop culture, science fiction and fantasy storytelling media (novels, movies, cartoons, assorted cultural ephemera) with great ambiance, excellent food, and the finest craft beers. The brand is supported by a solid and inspired homegrown social media strategy and a deep commitment and connection to local communities and initiatives. People said that it couldn’t be done; we got it done.
- CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS – In 2013-2014 I served on the Steering Committee for the National Forum on the Literary Arts, Canada Council for the Arts. It was an honour to be a part of this immense project whose aim was “Working together to create a vision for the future of Canadian literature.” I collaborated with writing and publishing professionals from across the country to plan and execute this two day forum in Montreal on how best to predict and manage the potential for near future and long-term transformations for Canadian creators and producers. Part of this discussion influenced the creation of the Canada Council’s new funding strategies.
- SAD MAG – I served as an at-large member of the Board of Directors at Sad Mag from 2013-2016. During this time I worked with some of the best, most creative and inspiring people in Vancouver to revive and refocus the mission for the magazine. My job was to help to create and foster a deeper connection between Sad Mag and the local writing community. I also wrote articles and provided interviews for publication, including my interview with David Sedaris, during this time and continue to be a big fan of everything Sad Mag does. Amazing people, doing great work!
- ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED NURSES OF BC – I consulted on the branding development and communications strategies for the ARNBC during its inception and launch in 2010. This project included collaborating with leading nurses, advocates, communicators, and other interested parties in the creation of the Association and its plan to provide opportunities for increased collaboration and consultation with nurses across the province using web and social media technologies in new ways. The ARNBC continues to be a leader in the healthcare industries for its use of digital and web-based communications technology to collaborate, communicate, and consult with its constituents and the general public in real time.
- SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE – I have participated as a speaker, presenter, and all-around enthusiast at this annual writing conference that takes place at the Surrey Guildford Sheraton every October. SiWC is one of the best kept secrets in the writing world. It sells out every year and provides the opportunity for aspiring and experienced writers to learn from legendary talents such as Diana Gabaldon, Jack Whyte, Anne Perry, Robert Sawyer, Jen Sookfong Lee, Jasper Fforde, Zsuzsi Gartner, and many more. The warmth and energy that the organizers provide to the 500+ attendees who come from around the world to participate and learn at this conference every year is an inspiration. Nobody has a bad thing to say about SiWC, it’s that well run. Proud to be a part of it.