Thank You Sponsors: You Make WordCamp Possible

WOW! What am amazing positive response that Alison, Richard and I received from so many people yesterday. As our first WordCamp Halifax, we are so happy that so many amazing people attended the event yesterday. We’ll all be buzzing from the positive energy and new knowledge for days!

I’d like to send out another HUGE thanks to all the sponsors that helped make this event possible. Without your generous sponsorship, this event could not have been as amazing as it was.

Thank you sponsors!

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Thank You Volunteers: You Make WordCamp The Special Event It Is

Holy smokes, Halifax…. we did it! We made WordCamp a reality! Almost a full year of preparation went into making this conference come true. Rich, Tara and I would like to personally thank all the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help us with everything from photography to taping down extension cords. Without you guys, Wordcamp Halifax wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did.

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Speaker Spotlight – Adam Warner

Adam W. Warner discovered WordPress in 2005 and has been working within the community ever since. To feed his entrepreneurial spirit, he founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners.

He is a true WordPress Evangelist in spirit and personality, and that also happens to be his job title with

Adam is also passionate about his family, robots, and of course Life, the Universe and Everything. @SiteLock

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Wow. It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing but I’ll try. One of the best experiences I’ve had is with the infinite flexibility of the software.

Along with small business sites and blogs, I’ve utilized WordPress to build private Intranets, digital asset management systems, commercial and residential product portals, membership sites, software sales tools, and much more.

Along with being able to power just about any site one can imagine, WordPress also has a powerful and giving community of people willing to help elevate each other.
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Speaker Spotlight – Mike Tanner

Mike Tanner is a writer, consultant and community builder in Halifax, NS. He has written for publications such as Yummy Mummy Club, Hustle & Grind and CBC while building his small digital agency, OneRedCat, over the past 5 years. He is also a full-time stay at home father of two and a director with Pocamp Halifax. When he’s not writing, building or breaking up toddler fights, he’s typically controlling a Level 11 Ronin in Dungeons & Dragons, trying to figure out how to do yoga or playing/designing board games. @oneredcatmedia

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

My best experience with WordPress has been getting to take clients visions of what they want and seeing them go live. The idea that WordPress can do WHATEVER THE HELL I NEED IT TO.

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Speaker Spotlight – Shawn Hooper

Shawn Hooper is the Director of IT at, where he enjoys combining code and data to build intelligent tools for teams and leaders. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Shawn has been building web applications since the late 90s, with a focus on WordPress since 2011. As a freelance developer, he has built sites for clients in the public and private sectors in both Canada and United States. He loves making use of great APIs, promoting web accessibility and secure coding practices. @shawnhooper

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Picking up a small contract over Twitter to build a WordPress plugin has led me into my current full-time job. WordPress has also been my introduction to the world of speaking at conferences, which I never thought I would have enjoyed (public speaking, aah!!) but really do love.

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Speaker Spotlight – Laura Hawkins

Laura is Director of Inbound Marketing at Kula Partners. She leads a team of marketers that work together with designers and developers to create and execute digital strategies that help clients across North America sell more. @lauraahawkins

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

The fact that it can so easily be customized and used. We build custom websites for our clients which help them achieve their business goals and are easy to manage.

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WordCamp Halifax: The countdown is on!

WordCamp Halifax tickets are selling like hotcakes, we only have about 30 spaces left!

If you have not purchased your ticket, do it today as we are not able to sell tickets at the door.   Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday May 25th.

We will be holding three tracks of programs all during the day, visit the schedule to pick your sessions (but know if you are not liking any session, feel free to head to another room – this is a “law of two feet” event.

We’ve had a change in the schedule: Shelly Peacock will now be offering The “NO Badger” Zone – Sales Tips For Introverts at 4pm.

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Speaker Spotlight – Pascal Martineau

As a young 80’s nerd, he discovered BASIC on the Tandy TRS-80 and kept on programming ever since. Currently he enjoys his position as lead developer at Le Web Simple, mostly doing WordPress stuff but also some DevOps R&D. As a Node.js enthusiast on the side, he is also having fun with real-time / full-stack application development.

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

When I discovered ACF Pro 🙂

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Speaker Spotlight – Dan Parker

Dan, from Halifax, is the local site director for After discovering WordPress in 2013 he finally was able to realize his dream of applying his formula to a website, starting with his most passionate hobby. Today that site sees the better part of 3 million hits a month. Dan likes video games, pizza, and chocolate milk. He is a proud member of the monthly WordPress Halifax Meetup.

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Ease of Plugins to allow my site to do whatever I’ve required.

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A Shocking Revelation about ROI from attending an event like WordCamp Halifax

Do you ever think about how attending an event like WordCamp Halifax can Boost your Business?

Many people think that events like a WordCamp are not always the thing to do for business. And by business, I mean whether you have a business or work at one because your career is your business too! With that thought process of “It’s not worth going to”, many folks do not bother attending.  

If this is your thought process, you could not be more wrong and I want to challenge you on how an event like this can help you – both professionally and personally.   Continue reading “A Shocking Revelation about ROI from attending an event like WordCamp Halifax”