General Partner at Real Ventures, Janet Bannister has led investments in a dozen companies and works actively with Real Ventures’ portfolio companies to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. She launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to launching Kijiji, Bannister was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she led multiple “non-collectibles” categories and helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a Toronto-based start-up in the online content and commerce space.
Soundbyte Speaker: David Lahey
Founder of the management consulting firm, Predictive Success Group, Inc., David Lahey has attracted clients such as; Bell, Hudson’s Bay Company, Salesforce.com, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Flynn Canada, Magna, Telus, Sofina Foods and 400 other leading organizations. His experience growing people and business units has included dramatic success as an Enterprise Global Manager, Financial Services at Microsoft in Seattle and Toronto. Lahey's Financial Services team grew revenues by over 1,200 per cent over six years. In 2012-2015, Predictive Success was awarded a Profit 500 Award by Profit Magazine for the fastest growing new companies for yearly growth. In addition, he is the author of three books; his latest, a best seller on the value of human analytics in the workplace, Predicting Success: Evidence-Based Strategies to Hire the Right People and Build the Best Team (Wiley, 2015).
Soundbyte Speaker: Cam Steed
Founder & CEO of Smashed Abacus, a digital agency specializing in customized social media research and reporting for B2C brands, Cam Steed leverages his extensive online experience and expertise for those trying to uncover the full potential of social media best practices, measurement and analysis. He has recently moved into a new role, working with traditional media as Enterprise Product Specialist, at Cision. When it comes to media monitoring, “success” is a somewhat ambiguous concept. As more and more brands strive to find success in marketing and communications, they learn that they must move beyond “vanity metrics” and begin utilizing more advanced measurement techniques to effectively identify the value earned media mentions can have on their business. Steed will explore six measurement techniques globally recognized brands and popular key performance indicators that should be tracked by every business.