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Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 18:30



If you manage a team where creativity is required daily or if you want to hone your leadership style, you’ll want to soak up Pixar legend, Ed Catmull’s real-life advice in Creativity Inc.


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About the book

“Your employees are smart; That’s why you hired them. So treat them that way.” – Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.

Setting up an all-star creative team isn’t just a talent dig – it’s about how easily and freely your team works together.

This is your chance to soak up Pixar legend, Ed Catmull’s real-life advice on how to turn your team members into creative superstars. Deep from the inner-workings of Pixar and Disney Studios, Creativity Inc. provides tips on how to stop squashing creativity and help your team live up to their full creative potential. You’ll learn to:

  • Value ideas that aren’t your own
  • Set-up “recovery techniques” to help you and your team overcome any challenge
  • Solve problems by getting your employees to take ownership of their work
  • Create feedback systems that flow from head honcho to the front-desk
  • “Hire up” and trust everyone

Catmull’s playbook confronts the big questions of how to push boundaries while maintaining profitability all the way down to the way small, but impactful shifts can free up voices and generate new ideas. Start creating your all-star creative team today.

If you manage a team where creativity is required daily or if you want to hone your leadership style, you’ll want to soak up Pixar legend, Ed Catmull’s real-life advice in Creativity Inc.

About the author

Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. He earned a B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah.


Catherine Ducharme

Catherine Ducharme

Communications & Creative Recruitment Consultant at Smart, Savvy + Associates

Catherine Ducharme is a career communicator with a few decades of experience in brand, corporate, marketing and employee communications. She grew her career in the fast-paced tech and biotech sector and started her entrepreneurial career with Outsidein Communications in 2007. Today she purports to be “industry agnostic”. Never at a loss for words, she credits her career success to her ability to initiate compelling conversations to build successful relationships and an extensive network.

Maxie Friendly

Maxie Friendly

Marketing & Creative Recruitment Consultant at Smart, Savvy + Associates

Maxie Friendly is an industry professional-turned-recruiter, with experience in marketing that spans both North America and the UK. Maxie comes from a well-known brand background, including experience with the likes of Rogers, CIBC, TD, and other notable Canadian organizations. Her passion has always been to foster great people and discover the potential in everyone. Her ability to connect and communicate is unparalleled … and yes, she lives up to her last name just perfectly.


Please note that Ed Catmull does not endorse this event, nor will he be attendance (although we’d love him to be). We will be selling Creativity Inc. as an option alongside a ticket, however, if you’re unable to attend we highly encourage you to purchase his book here.

Event Details

Event Series

Leaders Are Readers




Wednesday, January 25, 2017


6:30PM – 8:30PM


Kabuni – 1378 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, Vancouver, BC V6E 4S9


Vancouver, BC

thompsonJoseph Thompson

VP Marketing & Communications at BuildDirect

Joseph is an e-commerce and innovation executive, having held leadership positions at Amazon and Procter & Gamble. He has extensive experience operating end-to-end businesses and leading organizations across companies and cultures in Asia, NA, SA, and Europe.

Joseph is a frequent guest speaker on e-commerce, brand management and innovation. He has been featured in Men’s Health China and, and is a writer for the Harvard Business Review on doing business in China. Joseph is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, and holds a bachelor of business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics.


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Owner and President at Smart, Savvy + Associates
Peter is a leader. He has been helping companies make smart decisions and build for success for over 20 years. Seasoned in senior-level marketing, Peter knows what businesses need to meet their goals. He also knows WHO they need. Translation: he knows people. He can spot the star and sniff out the imposter. Peter has served clients in a variety of industries, lead sizable teams and launched divisions in Canada, US, Europe and Australia.

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