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February 1, 8:30am • SFU Woodward's — Goldcorp Centre for the Arts • part of a series on Symmetry

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What if we said our Nov 18th event will be hosted by @saveonmeats? True story! Meet us there at 8am for coffee and conversation! (at Save On Meats)

Our next speaker for December’s theme of “Sound” will be Dr. Valeria Vergara from the Vancouver Aquarium!

From the Vancouver Aquarium to Hudson Bay, from the Canadian Arctic to the St. Lawrence Estuary, researcher Valeria Vergara has listened to the communication sounds made by belugas in diverse environments.

She is primarily interested in the communicative and perceptual abilities of marine mammals, and the conservation implications of such capacities. She directs and coordinates studies on beluga whales through the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Valeria Vergara’s ground-breaking doctorate research at the University of British Columbia was the first to document how beluga calves develop their rich repertoire of vocalizations and to identify contact calls critical for maintaining cohesion within the group and mother-calf contact. Her studies allow her to address the problems that this sound-centered species faces in an increasingly noisy environment.

Any predictions whether @markbusse will behave and represent Vancouver well in Austin at #cmsummit16?

Yeah, we’re nervous too. (at Impact Hub Austin)

WARNING! CAUTION! ALERT! The Canadians are jacked up on Tim Hortons and on their way! Watch out Austin! #cmsummit16 (at Vancouver International Airport)

Our next CMVan speaker for November is Hamish Purdy!

Hamish Purdy is Oscar nominated art director and set decorator known for his work on Man of Steel (2013), Watchmen (2009) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). A born and raised Vancouver boy, Purdy attended UVic and UBC before going into film and TV, working on local independent film Impolite and TV series The X Files and films like Watchmen and Sucker Punch. He’s worked with respected industry folks Jim Erickson, Elizabeth Wilcox and Lin MacDonald here and abroad. Most recently he worked with Jack Fisk on The Revenant, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for production design. Hamish lives in North Vancouver with his wife and three kids.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
A combination of imagination and problem solving. Coming up with concept and designs and the figuring out how to achieve it. Learning from mistakes or, in hindsight, unnecessary hardships. For me the joy of figuring out a clever soloution or method is equal to the pride of a perfect set.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Excellent design in a movie or TV show. Also, seeing a successful set of my own completed I’m amazed it has come together and encouraged that bigger& better could be done next time.

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Keep eyes open at all times. Every single thing you see object, product, structure, article….it was all considered, thought through, planned, and executed. Decisions were made on knowledge and instinct and eventually it was time to go ahead a do it.

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Pat Metheny… Good luck with that!

What practises, rituals or habits contribute to your creative work?
Always tackle the hardest technical problems first. As the solutions unfold, the pressure eases and my creative instincts kick in allowing me to explore possibilities, I love to take details to my sets to a level that only a few might notice. It raises the bar all around and keeps me from letting things “slide.”

What was the best surprise you’ve experienced so far in life?
Learning that my wife and I were going to have twins. Getting an Oscar Nomination…a close second.

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Our speaker lineup is out - roll call! Gaby Eirew is a grief counsellor and hospice worker who created an app so parents can leave messages for their children posthumously. It’s going to be #interesting!
Grabbed your tickets yet? Tickets at (at Vancouver, British Columbia)

Our CMVan October speaker is Bill Fordy!

Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on April 10, 1989 where he was first posted to the Surrey Detachment. Somewhat uniquely, all of his service has been in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia.

He’s held a variety of positions within both police detachments and specialized units including the Serious Crime Section, Vancouver Polygraph Section, Special Projects Unit and Interview Team as well as the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team to name a few. His duties have given him an opportunity to travel and lecture in Canada and the United States on many topics. In 2014, he was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada.

Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy has been at the centre of a number of high-profile investigations during his career and he is a proud and committed member of the RCMP. He now oversees the Lower Mainland District which serves 1.8 million people and has in excess of 3,200 employees.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
I don’t believe in the status quo, or accept that failure is failure, so finding a path to success often involves breaking the ceiling of status quo. That often requires that you not allow yourself to be defined by what you are currently doing, or by the way others wish to define you. To me, being creative means not being afraid to take a chance, to embrace failure as success and to redefine the existing state of affairs.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
By listening and trusting others.

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
You are going to make mistakes and not succeed many times throughout your life…and that’s a good thing.

Who would you like to hear speak at Creative Mornings?
Bono, lead singer of U2.

How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?
I didn’t grow up wanting to be a police officer. As a child, I thought I would be a professional hockey player. After I discontinued playing and had gone back to school, I was encouraged to join the RCMP. I did and was thinking that I would give it a year, or so to see how I liked it. I see clearly now that I was meant to serve others and my career has provided me that opportunity.

What are you proudest of in your life?
A: I have two awesome kids. I am proud that they are both kind-hearted and gentle. I know they will make the world a better place. I’m also proud that I have continued to serve others through challenging times, and not pursued other opportunities that would have paid more money.