Alumni Take The Stage (online)

Hosted at CMVan | Divergent | Zoom

part of a series on Divergent


About the speaker

Rachel McKinley addressed the CreativeMornings community in 2018 with her compelling talk “Craft (chocolate) and Creativity”.

Born and raised in small town Manitoba, Rachel has enjoyed careers as a competitive ice dancer, social support worker, and paramedic, as well as obtaining degrees in microbiology and English literature at the University of Manitoba. It was during he second degree that she fell in love with the alchemy of chocolate, and abandoned her path towards medical school for a career in the kitchen. After starting with studies online, she went on to train in chocolate in Montreal, Minneapolis, New York, Paris, Florence and Pisa, and opened her business in Vancouver, CocoaNymph Chocolates & Confections, which she owned and operated for 10 years. More interested in inventing new chocolates than running a business, she pursued a career in product development. She is now an instructor at Ecole Chocolat, the head chocolatier at Purdys Chocolatier, and a freelance product developer for multiple companies in the US. She also went on to study drawing and painting at Emily Carr and is an obsessive scupltor, maker of fine food and embroidered goods, and is working on her first novel.

Darryl Condon last stood on the CreativeMornings stage way back in 2012 where he shared his talk “Moving Beyond Sustainability & Building Community With Inclusive Spaces”.

Darryl Condon is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. As Managing Principal at Vancouver based HCMA Architecture + Design, his leadership has led to highly innovative public spaces including community centres, pools, recreation facilities, fire halls and libraries across Canada. After 30 years of creating these dynamic, engaging and effective spaces, Darryl is seeking to break away from preconceptions of conventional practice at every scale, to maximize the impact and potential of projects and collaborations. These efforts are focused on transforming his firm to provide creative solutions to an increasingly wider range of challenges facing our communities. Darryl is a registered Architect and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a Past-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, a frequent speaker internationally and has been an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Juno Kim last visited CMVan in 2019 when he shared his talk “The Flow of a Creative Path”.

Juno Kim is well known for being a conscious chef whose unique approach to food has garnered him awards, accolades, and a reputation as one of the best caterers and food stylists in Vancouver. After many years in this role, Kim began looking towards the future with an evolving mindset. These days Juno describes himself as a student of life, explorer of the mind and consciousness. As an entrepreneur, consultant, and freelance creative, Kim focuses on projects that inspire holistic well-being and loving-kindness.

🎶 This month we are honoured to feature a live music performance by Musician, Pianist, Composer & Improviser Craig Addy.🎵

Addy is the creator of the unique Under the Piano, a vibrational music Sound Spa for Body Mind & Soul, and was a CMVan speaker in January 2017 where he shared his talk “The Mystery of Improvising”.

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