GDC BC Presents CreativeMornings with Aaron Smith

Growing up on a fruit farm in Canada’s Niagara Peninsula, Aaron Smith was taught an early appreciation for what it means to work in harmony with the land.

After finishing three years at George Brown, he and journeyed 4500 kilometres west to the mountains of British Columbia where he spent his first years in a hospitality management capacity, running bars and small restaurants at Silver Star Mountain, a popular ski hill in the Okanagan Valley. Looking to settle down, Smith attended British Columbia’s Institute of Technology’s Marketing Management program in Vancouver, and held down a full-time junior marketing position for a local company. After graduation, he accepted the role of Western Canada Marketing Manager with Flight Centre North America before he was promoted to VP Marketing for Flight Centre North America.

Following his position at Flight Centre, Smith went on to work for a collection of remote resorts in British Columbia as Director of Marketing and Operations. Concurrently, Smith enrolled in and completed the Commerce program at Royal Roads University where he graduated with distinction.

Today, Smith blends twelve years of senior tourism management experience with a passion for community service. He has travelled extensively throughout North and Central America, Europe, Australia and East Africa. He is a multi-award winning marketer who adds a humanistic approach to his work, and a deep network to the experiential travel industry.

A husband, father to two young daughters, and a proud East Vancouverite, Smith is excited by his latest venture that marries his training and education with his principles.

“I have been very fortunate to see many things throughout my travels. There is no denying that the exposure that has been blessed upon me has shaped much of my values,” says Aaron Smith, founder of GoVoluntouring.com. “At the same time, and as any father would, I want the best possible opportunities for my children. In weaving both of these influences together, I am left believing that if we do not take action in supporting our social and biological environments, that there will not be much of a future, economically or otherwise, for the next generations, with my two daughters included. I built this business, because I know we can enact positive change, perhaps not in every situation, but certainly in a great many.”

 

How to obtain a ticket:

Tickets registration begins at 11am on Mon, Apr 28. Due to popularity causing tickets to sell out too quickly, we use a waitlist as a registration system (please register only once) from which we randomly award tickets using a lottery system. Lucky ticket winners will be informed by email by end of day Wed, April 30.

If you cannot use your ticket, please inform us ASAP so we can allocate the ticket to individuals on waitlist. Remaining applicants will remain on the waitlist and informed if a ticket becomes available. Anyone who hasn’t checked in by 8:45am on morning of the event forfeits their tickets.

 

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types started in New York by Tina Roth Eiesenberg (Swiss-Miss.com). GDC BC Chapter is proud to be a founding sponsor CreativeMornings Vancouver.