Creative Collingwood Symposium

5th Annual Creative Collingwood Symposium
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street
Keynote presentation, panel speakers, discussion, networking and more!

Free Event | Complimentary Refreshments |100 Seats | Sold-out every year 



When Creativity Connects

If Steve Jobs said that “creativity is just about connecting things”, let’s explore what happens when we connect to our audiences, our ideas, our community and each other. 


4:30 p.m. Doors Open
5:00 p.m. Light dinner and refreshments
5:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Break
7:00 p.m. Panel: Stories of Creative Entrepreneurship 
8:00 p.m. Connecting in Conversation

                      Meet Our Keynote:

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Erin Bury
Technology and Marketing Expert | Start-Up Fanatic
Named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”, Erin Bury is a marketer, former technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. A monthly columnist for the Financial Post and a tech commentator on CTV News, Erin shares the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship, marketing to millennials, creating a killer personal brand, and how to harness the latest digital trends, from chatbots to VR. If that’s not all, her other claim to fame is she’s been re-tweeted by Oprah — twice.
Currently the Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a creative communications agency that works with consumer brands and technology companies to tell their stories, Erin has worked with top brands including Sony Pictures Television, Torstar, Yellow Pages, and PayPal, as well as with countless startups. Erin was formerly the managing editor at startup publication BetaKit, and the director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011.
A journalism graduate, Erin has also written for publications such as The Globe and Mail, Mashable, Marketing Magazine, Strategy Magazine, and VentureBeat. She comments frequently in the press about marketing and entrepreneurship, and has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, The Toronto Star, and Canadian Business.
Erin has spoken at events across North America with up to 1,000 attendees, including at Haste & Hustle, CTAConf, Content Marketing Conference, and the Profit W100. She has also hosted events for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Square Canada, Microsoft Canada, and several entrepreneurship organizations, and is a frequent event host and emcee who has interviewed leading executives and entrepreneurs on-stage, including Shark Tank entrepreneur Mark Cuban.


                  Meet Our Session Speakers:

Stories of Creative Entrepreneurship
Join 3 entrepreneurs as they share their stories of perseverance, trial and error, resilience and success. Moderated by Sandra Kahale.
Meet our Panel:
Photo of Ayrlie McEachren Peter Adams painting in his studio Photo of Deena Dolan Findlay
Ayrlie MacEachren
Dancer, artist facilitator, expressive arts therapist
Peter Adams
Visual Artist,Co-founder of the Mad and Noisy Cooperative Gallery
Deena Dolan Findlay
Chief Graphic Designer, Art Director, Escarpment Magazine
Connecting In Conversation
Sandra Kahale, leads an innovative take on Open Space — the “unconference" format that puts people and ideas together for powerful results. In this interactive, lightly-facilitated session, you’ll make new friends, exchange ideas and insights about things that matter to creative communities today, and leave with lasting connections

Panel moderator,Sandra Kahale, brings people together to exchange ideas and insights, connect authentically, and build community.

A strategic communications consultant, facilitator, and Founder of OnWord Consulting (, Sandra’s spirited sessions foster powerful networking and real relationships. She’s known for her inquisitive mind, thought-provoking questions, and easy laugh.





Presented by the Town of Collingwood Culture & Events Division & the Small Business Enterprise Centre

        Sponsored by: Georgian College logo