VISION 2017 SPEAKER LINEUP
Over the course of the day, these are the individuals and organisations that will inspire you with their visionary strategies, insightful observations, and unique approaches to achieving innovative outcomes.
Digital Analysts and Futurists
Altimeter Group (a Prophet co.)
Brian Solis is a one of the world’s leading digital analysts and futurists. He’s the author of seven best-selling books including X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, What’s the Future of Business and The End of Business as Usual. As a digital analyst, Solis studies the impact of disruptive technologies on business. As a digital anthropologist, he studies its impact on society and culture. Among the many topics he tracks, Solis actively publishes research on digital transformation, experience design, connected consumerism, enterprise and startup innovation, the evolution of brand, and the future of work.
If you’re not familiar with the name Brian Solis, that’s okay…because he’s, actually, one of the industry’s best-kept secrets. But for those who have heard of him, you’re probably well aware that he’s a futurist and digital anthropologist that has been on the leading edge when it comes to inspiring people to think differently to create better experiences. As a result, Brian has become a sought-after thought leader by some of the most powerful and high-profile individuals and corporations around the world. In fact, there’s a good chance that anyone you currently follow has, at one time or another, made reference to or has turned to him for his insightful approaches and/or guidance. So you could say that he’s the ‘thought leader’s thought leader’.
Over the years Brian has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, advised celebrities — including Oprah, Shaq, and Ashton Kutcher and has been an advisor to over 1000 start-up ventures. And on April 4th, he’ll be in Vancouver for the BCAMA’s Vision Conference to share his thought-provoking insights on the future—to help all in attendance to see things from a different perspective. Oh, he’s also the author of several best-selling books including, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, WTF: What’s the Future of Business, The End of Business as Usual and Engage!
Stan Phelps is the Founder of PurpleGoldfish.com, a think tank based at the Frontier in Research Triangle Park. He is a TEDx speaker, Forbes contributor, and IBM Futurist focused on customer experience and employee engagement. Throughout his career, Stan held many marketing leadership roles with Adidas, International Management Group, PGA of America, and Synergy. He’s the author of six books: Purple Goldfish, Green Goldfish, Golden Goldfish, Blue Goldfish, Purple Goldfish – Service Edition, and Red Goldfish. They all focus on the little ways to drive differentiation, increase loyalty, and promote positive word of mouth. Stan holds a JD/MBA from Villanova University and a Certificate in Achieving Breakthrough Service from Harvard Business School. He lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife Jennifer, two boys Thomas and James, a blind Tabby named Ginger Baker, and Glen of Imaal Terrier named MacMurphy.
Topic Overview and Takeaway
By 2020, 51% of the workforce will be millennials. A group that expects that the companies they work for and the brands they buy from to be more than just about making money. The future of business is about embracing the power of AND. Embracing both profit and purpose.
In this keynote, Stan Phelps will share the concept of the Red Goldfish, the little things a brand can do to bring purpose to life. He’ll make the case for warmth/competence, share the eight purpose archetypes, and provide a framework for becoming a for-purpose business.
Innovation Specialist, Senior Strategist, Deloitte Digital
Shawn Kanungo is a sought-after keynote speaker and strategist. Over the past decade with Deloitte, he has been recognised nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space. Shawn works with corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.
He is on the ground floor helping private and public sector organisations adopt new technologies, customer experiences and business models for the digital age. In 2016, he was recognised as Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. He is currently co-host of The Dip, a podcast focused on strategy, marketing and innovation – available on iTunes and Google Play.
Topic Overview and Takeaway
For centuries now, we have designed our organisations to be operationally excellent. Today, the game has changed. Digital is disrupting every industry. Rather than worrying about efficiency and effectiveness, we need to start focusing on evolution. How might we re-imagine our fundamental approach to work, marketing and innovation? The answer begins with adopting a culture that promotes disciplined chaos. Through human-centered design, experimentation, competition and failure, we can start to build the blueprint for disciplined chaos.
Nikolas is a world-respected futurist speaker, author, teacher, and conference producer. He wows audiences with keynote speeches on: The World with Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, The Future of Media and Advertising; The Future of Work; The Sharing Economy; The Future of Cars; The Future of Cities; The Future of AI integrated with Life and Business; The Future of Education; Predictions for 2017 to 2025, 2040, and beyond.
He regularly appears on the BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, VICE, CKNW, Roundhouse Radio, and writes for the Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, TechVibes, Business.com, and other media. More of his thinking can be seen at www.nikolasbadminton.com
Topic Overview and Takeaway
Nikolas will ignite discussion by discussing how the world is changing as new ideas explode around the development of exponential technologies, and through engaging consumers in new and exciting ways to drive growth.
Through the panel, he will challenge thinking and create a debate that is open-minded, challenging, inspirational, and provide real-world examples of how to drive innovative thinking through ideation.
Hayley Woodin is a multimedia reporter with Business in Vancouver. She co-hosts B.C.’s only dedicated business show on Roundhouse Radio 98.3FM, co-hosts BIV’s weekly podcast, and covers a variety of business topics, across platforms. Prior to joining the team at BIV, Hayley spent three years working in marketing and media relations. Outside of work, Hayley sits on the advisory committee for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals, chairs the CYP events committee, and serves as a board director for the White Rock Youth Ambassador Program.
Why VISION Speaks To Hayley
“How and what we communicate shape our thoughts, our ideas, our lives. That presents an incredible opportunity. Whether in marketing or media, the chance to redefine storytelling, to present new ideas in different ways, to innovate how information is communicated – it can have an impact far beyond the task at hand. All it takes is vision, and to me, that’s an immensely exciting prospect.”
– Hayley Woodin