CrossMediaThe Banff Centre and Jumpwire Media inaugural CROSSMEDIA BANFF 2013 program opens September 23 with a keynote speech by Dr. Eric McLuhan who co-authored “Laws of Media” with his legendary father and features thirty of the most innovative companies and creators in mobile, marketing, publishing and games.

The 2-day program takes place on Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Banff Centre in Banff National Park in Alberta.

The event will also feature a special presentation by Andrew McLuhan among 40 top media and digital innovators discussing new technologies and forward-looking business models for engaging audiences of the future across the digital ecosystem. Dr. Eric McLuhan B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. is an internationally-known and award-winning lecturer on communication and media who has more than 40 years’ teaching experience in subjects ranging from high-speed reading techniques to literature, communication theory, media, culture, and Egyptology.

Other speakers include:

Erik Martin, General Manager, reddit

In 2012, TIME magazine named Erik to their list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World,” and Adweek named him to their “Adweek 50″ list of top innovators. Prior to joining reddit, Erik advised a wide range of film, music, TV and web video companies on digital strategy, including a role as Head of Digital for the independent film/music label Palm Pictures. Before his internet addiction fully took hold, he worked as a documentary filmmaker, and was a senior agent and videographer for the public pranksters Improv Everywhere. Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Erik graduated from Tulane University and lives in NYC.

Owen Brierley, Executive Director Guru Digital Arts College/President of Digital Alberta

Owen Brierley is the Executive Director of Guru Digital Arts College. Building on the previous 6 years of the school’s growth, Owen has introduced 5 new full-time diploma programs and expanded the student population in the past 4 years. He co-created Keys2Drive for the AMA as part of GystWorks, and a game for the tween audience called the Central Institute for Exploration ( with Hotrocket Studios. He also served as the Multimedia Development Coordinator for Alberta Learning’s Learn project, a repository of digital learning objects for the K-12 sector. Owen is the newly elected President of Digital Alberta.

Chris Harris, Head of Social Media, Shaw Media

Chris Harris is responsible for social strategy for Shaw Media’s robust collection of media brands – including Global, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Showcase, History and Slice.Prior to leading social at Shaw Media, Chris headed up its dynamic and award-winning Online Content team. Chris is a recognized and established digital leader with more than a decade experience at major Canadian broadcasters. Prior to joining Shaw Media, Chris held multiple digital posts at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Sports, News and Kids. Chris has spoken at and appeared on juries at several festivals & conferences including SXSW, the Banff World Media Festival, Promax-BDA, nextMEDIA and Merging Media.

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About the Banff Centre

The Banff Centre is a globally respected arts, leadership, and educational institute, located in the heart of Canada’s Banff National Park. The Banff Centre is the largest arts incubator on the planet. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides artists, leaders, and researchers with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to lead.

About Jumpwire Media

Jumpwire Media is a leading crossmedia company specializing in developing brand strategy and increasing audience engagement across different media platforms. Its co-founders Gavin McGarry and Jennifer Harkness are leaders in the marketing and media industry, successfully working with some of the most prominent media brands in the world including AMC Networks, Morris Publications, IMG, Corus Entertainment, Astral, The Discovery Channel and more. They founded the Cross Media conference series with the inaugural event in New York in 2010.

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