Speakers from the first SHIFTED on September 9th, 2010 in Vancouver, BC:
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Danielle LaPorte is the outspoken creator of WhiteHotTruth.com, which has been called “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality.” She is the author of The Fire Starter Sessions: A Digital Experience for Entrepreneurs, and works 1:1 with entrepreneurs who want to rock their career while making a difference in the world. An inspirational speaker, and lead author of Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design, she has been featured in Elle, Body + Soul, Vogue Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous talk shows. Danielle was a news show commentator for CBC, and is a former director of a Washington-DC think tank, where she managed a team of analysts studying global trends for the likes of the Pentagon and the World Bank.
David C. Bentall graduated from UBC, and the Harvard Business School. As a real estate professional, he worked with The Bentall Group in Calgary, Toronto and Los Angeles. Later, he served for seven years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction. Under his leadership, the firm completed GM Place, and annual sales doubled.
Now, with Next Step Advisors, David works as a family business advisor and executive/life coach. As an adjunct professor at the Sauder School of Business, he teaches undergraduates, MBA students, & family business workshops. In 2006, David finished 8th in the Senior World Water-ski Championships in South Africa. In 2009, he won gold at the Canadian Nationals.
David and his wife, Alison, have been married for over 30 years, and together they own Cherry Blossom Bed and Breakfast. They have four fabulous children, and now have their first granddaughter born in May of this year! See David’s SHIFTED talk here
Andrea Baxter is a seasoned marketing professional based in Vancouver, B.C. with experience in all facets of branding, business strategy and marketing execution. Andrea is 1 of 5 co-founders of the Smart Cookies, which was founded in early 2007. Launched after turning a money group into a full-fledged business, the Smart Cookies have gone on to publish 2 best selling books (Random House), hosted their own TV show on the W Network, launched a successful subscriber based website and much more. Additionally, Andrea is a frequent contributor on Shaw’s Urban Rush, City TV’s Breakfast Television, and many more.
In 2009, Andrea started up her own consultancy firm, Bratface Marketing, which is a boutique marketing firm with a focus on franchise organizations, start up to medium sized businesses. When she isn’t busy running two successful companies, Andrea enjoys downtime with her friends, running on the seawall, traveling and playing tennis as much as she can.
Tyler Mosher is considered a medical miracle. After falling 10 metres onto his head into a hole while snowboarding ten years ago, Tyler was left paralyzed for life. Today, Tyler is the top Adaptive Snowboarder in the world and top 25 in Disabled Cross Country Skiing. This 2009 World Champion Snowboarder and 2010 Cross Country Skiing Paralympian battled from the bottom up to get out of a wheel chair and re-invent his life.
Not only is he a top sportsman but a successful and award winning businessman based out of Whistler, BC.
Joel Solomon is chairman for Renewal2 and President and CEO of Renewal Partners. Motivated by the desire to make business work for good, Joel partnered with Carol Newell to found Renewal Partners and the Endswell Foundation and has led them since their inception in 1994. Renewal Partners has invested in over 75 companies that share its commitment to socially responsible growth. Joel is now Chairman for Renewal2 Investment Fund, which builds upon Renewal Partners’ 15 years of high impact investment experience and has delivered superior financial returns by investing in some of North America’s leading environmental and social mission businesses. Joel was a founding member of the Social Venture Network and Tides Canada Foundation as well.
Joel’s work was prefaced by a life-altering event in his early 20s when he learned he had inherited a chronic kidney disease that had also afflicted his father. His doctor’s message was ominous: You might die in two years or live to be an old man. Joel will share his SHIFTED story of facing kidney failure, an event that would eventually require him to seek out a kidney donor a few years ago. See Joel’s SHIFTED talk here.