Here is another man who has been a *huge* influence in my life as of late. Introducing Jim Compton, Co-Producer of Urban Native Girl TV, and former Program Director of APTN. Although we have been working together since last fall, it took the Banff World Media Festival for us to be in the same city. I guess I need to get myself to Winnipeg more often.
I attended ‘The Role of Social Media in Entertainment Marketing‘ session on Tuesday and it was fantastic. There were a lot of ideas bubbling in the air that got me thinking of some killer digital media (DM) strategies for Urban Native Girl TV. That is my next big project to tackle as soon as I return to Toronto. It was inspiring, to say the least.
I was all jazzed up and ready to ask Steve Irvine from Facebook Canada a question about the future of Facebook app development (as they’ve been piecemealing their app experiences (Facebook Messager, Facebook Camera, Facebook Pages), but the session was over before I could get the opportunity. Thankfully I got the chance to meet him later in the evening and ask in person. Win. I am told to watch closely for development. Interested. I might be able to go on a field trip to Facebook Canada HQ. Nerdgasm.
So this happened yesterday. It was only the best day of 2012 thus far, so I am now free from any superstitions around the number 6. In fact, it might just be my new favourite number. Number seven, we had a great, long ride but I’m afraid I’ve found a new, more exciting and enticing number to play with. Sayonora!
This is Banff. Seriously can I just stay here? My dream is to come back and camp for a week or two at the Fairmont Springs this summer and write, walk, read, and relax. Yes please. This place inspires.
I met this babe, Sarah (@kallillionaire) and she’s a lawyer from BC. Which of course blows my mind. So young, so pretty, so casually chic!
I take my role as arm candy very seriously. Love this girl. Casie Stewart was sitting right behind Jeanne Beker at the #RockiesGala and she had her mug up on the big screen so many times!
The highlight of the #RockiesGala was Jeanne Beker. I got the opportunity to speak to her before her acceptance and she shared with me her passion project, with Aboriginal youth and inspiring fashion design within the community. Brilliant. I was emotionally moved as I watched Robert Lantos present and her acceptance speech. She has been such a major influence in my life, and here I am at #Banff2012 pitching a television show with Fashion Television inspiration deeply imbedded in it’s roots.
After the gala, I was able to sit at the same dinner table with her and listen to her excitement bubble for the next Fashion Cares with Elton John. Insane. Of course I want to go. After watching Elton John perform in Lake Como last year, I am a huge fan. Plus it’s a great excuse to purchase a new dress and support a charity. All over it.
Here is the dress that I chose to wear to the #RockiesGala. BCBG dress, Miss Sixty bow shoes, turquoise earrings and a badge courtesy of Banff World Media Festival. Check out my pre-gala Viddy here. After the gala I got to go for dinner with an amazing view. I was so enthralled, I simply forgot to take any photos. I was surrounded by fantastic people engaged in riveting discussions. I even had a chance to sit and chat with Jacob Glick – the policy guy at Google. He was very generous the day prior with this tweet:
This day was really top notch and I can’t remember the last time I had a day that was filled with so much greatness. Meetings went well, panel was inspiring, views were spectacular, and I found a new favourite number! Really what more can you ask for? I’m about to start my last day. Day 4, and I must say that I know I won’t be ready to head back to YYC later this afternoon. Oh Alberta, you have once again stolen my heart.