Michael Clifford, Curator of Innovation and Partnerships GLMVZoos Architecture
With a background that is equal parts zoology and organization development, Mike brings unique insight into strategic planning and design.
He has a strong interest in exploring thought leadership from all fields of study – science, art, technology, sociology – to craft a future that hasn’t yet been imagined. He has poured these interests into managing ECHO, a new thought leadership initiative from GLMV Zoos. “When people think your idea is way out there, and makes no sense at first glance, you’re probably on the right track for creative thinking.”
Mike brings his passion for integrating best practices in animal care, guest experience, and welfare with the innovations of the surrounding world to dream up the most influential exhibits ever created.
Mike’s diverse background uniquely qualifies him to help our clients in the zoological field. His past experience includes: animals in human care, organization design and growth, private consulting, and in-situ conservation. Mike manages another small business that focuses on designing change for non-profit organizations. He helps them realize a concrete, compelling vision, their grounded reality, and the steps to bridge that gap. Mike does his best thinking and dreaming when he is in his garden, kayaking with his dog pepper, and backpacking about anywhere in the world.
Ned Bell, Ocean Wise Executive Chef at Vancouver Aquarium
Long-time sustainable seafood ambassador Ned Bell is the Ocean Wise executive chef at Vancouver Aquarium. Bell’s cooking philosophy is globally inspired and locally created. His love of sport, travel and adventure have taken him around the world, creating memorable experiences and cooking up a storm along the way.
With the support of the Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, Bell founded Chefs for Oceans in 2014 to raise awareness about sustainable seafood by riding his bike across Canada. Bell’s dedication to sustainable seafood has inspired many Canadian chefs to get involved in the cause – a movement that is having a meaningful impact on the way consumers think about the seafood they eat, where it comes from and how they, too, can help protect our oceans by making ocean-friendly seafood choices.
Recently honoured with the 2015 Green Award for Sustainability by Vancouver Magazine, Bell was named a finalist for the Global Seafood Award for Advocacy at the 2015 Seaweb Seafood Summit. His ongoing efforts have landed him another nomination for this same global award to be announced this summer in Seattle. This recognition, paired with Bell’s diverse British Columbia upbringing, instills a passion for fresh, sustainable and locally sourced cuisine.
He has experience working in some of the country’s top kitchens and was, most recently, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW seafood + bar, a proud Ocean Wise partner. Bell’s diverse background includes seven seasons on Food Network Canada’s Cook Like a Chef and he has been recognized as Canada’s Chef of the Year at Food Service and Hospitality magazine’s 2014 Pinnacle Awards, Best Overall and Rising Star by Where magazine and Top 40 Foodies Under 40 by Western Living magazine in 2008.
Helen Pak, Chief Creative Officer at GREY
Prior to being an award-winning Creative Director, Helen was a Governor General Award winning Architect. Her passion for integrated branding has helped shape her multi-disciplinary career for close to 20 years. Helen’s holistic approach has helped transform some of the most loved and trusted brands. Helen has worked at agencies including Saatchi, Taxi, Ogilvy, and as Creative Director at Strawberryfrog in Amsterdam where she developed the global relaunch for Pharmacia Upjohn, and the relaunch of Elle.com. At Ogilvy, Helen was on the original global team for the highly recognized Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, launching it in Canada and creating campaigns for North America and Europe. At Havas, Helen was CEO and Chief Creative Officer and oversaw a cross-disciplinary, integrated team across offices in Toronto and Montreal with a mission to create meaningful connections between consumers and brands through creativity, media and innovation.
Helen also worked at Facebook and Instagram as a Creative Strategist and Creative lead, working closely with clients, marketing teams and agencies to activate their brands on the world’s largest social platform.
Currently at Grey, Helen oversees the creative work out of the Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offices. Her work has been recognized at major national and international award shows, with longer format online films awarded at The Toronto International Film Festival, HotDocs, the Genies, and Palm Springs film festival. Helen has sat on multiple juries including the One Show, Jury chair for the Clios’ Innovation/Integrated jury, New York Festivals, Communication Arts, Atomic, ADCC, CMA, Marketing Awards, FITC, as well being on this year’s D&AD jury for Integration and Collaboration. She is also active within the Canadian Advertising community and speaking circuit, a recurring portfolio juror for the RGD, is on the Board of Directors for the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, as well as previously being a mentor at George Brown College’s Design School.