Jacqueline Dupuis’ Vancouver Favourites

During her six years as executive director of Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), Jacqueline Dupuis has played a major role in transforming the event into an internationally recognized celebration of screen-based storytelling. Under her guidance, VIFF has expanded its traditional film and industry programming to a “film-plus” model that seamlessly combines curated screenings with compelling panels and citywide events.

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Jacqueline Dupuis’ Vancouver Favourites

Vancouverite Spotlight: Taylor Burk, Adventure Photographer

From New Zealand and Australia to the Dominican Republic and Vietnam, freelance adventure photographer, Taylor Burk has travelled all over the world. In 2013, Burk began documenting his travels on Instagram where he quickly gained a following. With over 370,000 followers and a stunning portfolio to boot, Burk is one of Canada’s top travel Instagrammers. When he’s not traversing the globe, Burk keeps busy exploring his new hometown. Read on for details about Burk’s dream-worthy career and his Vancouver must-do’s.

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A Newcomer’s Observations Vol 5: Local Pride

Photo: Vancouver Sun

Photo: Vancouver Sun

Hello Vancouver! I’m Britanny. As you may or may not know, I’m new to this city! Here’s a bit of my perspective on the city I’ve come to know and love:

You know when you arrive in a new city and you feel like a total alien? You’re constantly lost, a new public transit system could not be more daunting, you don’t know the “places” yet (your closest coffee shop, grocery store, gym, wine store, you know, the basics), and everything just feels a bit strange. This is my third metropolitan city since 2014 and I was fully prepared to embrace full alien mode. Here’s the thing, I woke up every morning, walked new streets, sipped new coffee in new coffee shops, wandered the aisles of a new grocery store, and went about my day-to-day life feeling entirely at ease and all with an unexpected feeling of belonging. Because it was a wonderful feeling I was experiencing, I really didn’t put much thought into it, until I came to a second realization: Vancouverites are more prideful of their city than I’ve ever experienced elsewhere, and as a result (I believe) they are astonishingly welcoming and excited to share their home’s wonder. Continue reading:
A Newcomer’s Observations Vol 5: Local Pride

Rick Antonson, Former CEO of Tourism Vancouver Launches New Book

Rick Antonson

Rick and Mark Andrew, former Chair of the Tourism Vancouver board.

Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark
An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond

Author and former Tourism Vancouver CEO Rick Antonson joined a five-member expedition to the mountain’s nearly 17,000-foot summit, trekking alongside a contingent of Armenians, for whom Mount Ararat is the stolen symbol of their country. Antonson mixes vivid historical anecdote with unexpected travel vignettes, whether tracing earlier mountaineering at-tempts on the peak, recounting the genocide of Armenians and its unresolved de-bate, or depicting the Kurds’ nationalist ambitions for their own borders, which some say should include Mount Ararat.

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Featured Vancouverite: Colin Mansell

Colin Mansell

Hometown: I was born in Holland to Dutch parents and still consider Amsterdam my hometown. We moved around a lot growing up, including Norway and Borneo, before settling in London, UK, where I went to school and spent the formative years of my career.

How long have been a Vancouverite?
Six years. I originally moved here to get out of the rat race of London, taking six months off to travel across Canada and sail up the coast from Vancouver to Alaska and back in a small sailboat. I gained a deep appreciation of the amazing BC coast, and as a result, I decided to stay. I’ve never looked back.

Occupation:
In 2012, I co-founded a digital agency called Drive Digital with Chris Breikks and John Blown at 6S Marketing. Drive has grown to a team of 28 designers and developers. Together with the team of 35 people at 6S, we are collectively now one of the largest agencies in the province.

As Drive matured and brought on a solid management team, I decided to branch out and address the growing talent gap in the Vancouver tech sector by starting a new company called RED Academy. At RED, we teach both full and part-time programs in UX design, web development and digital marketing. We work closely with a partner network of 60 companies in British Columbia to produce tech talent with the right skills and knowledge, so that they can hit the ground running and play a meaningful part in the continued growth in this booming sector in the city.

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Featured Vancouverite: Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly RohachukHometown: Calgary, Alberta

How long have been a Vancouverite? I have been a Vancouverite for over 30 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Occupation:
I am the Co-founder and President of Eventsage, a ground breaking start-up company that is the first event planning website and online tool that is solely focused on delivering planning solutions for companies and individuals. The website is for people in roles such as admin professionals, office managers, executive assistants, and many more, who do not have the time and experience to plan an event, or the budget to hire a professional event planner. It provides a DIY approach to support these hard working individuals and save them time and stress by providing a one-stop resource to find trusted event suppliers, creative ideas and plan awesome events like pro.

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Featured Vancouverite: Kimberly Rohachuk

Featured Vancouverite: Tracey Bell

Tracy BellHometown: Edmonton, Alberta

How long have been a Vancouverite? 
25 years

Occupation:
I am an Entertainment Entrepreneur in the special event industry. Using quick-change celebrity impersonations, I inspire audiences to play along with high-energy musical numbers and a unique style of improvised comedy. I host events and perform as Madonna, Cher, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe and more as part of my own show, 8 Divas in 44 Minutes. In 2005, I won the Canadian Special Events Industry Award for Entertainer of the Year and was nominated for the same award this year, which is also my 30th year as a performer.

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Featured Vancouverite: Tracey Bell