Mark Busse Speaking Engagements

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Mark Busse is an experienced speaker and lecturer on the topics of design, creativity, and business. He is the partner and managing director of Industrial Brand, host and organizer of Creative Mornings Vancouver and Interesting Vancouver, co-founder of, and a member of the City of Vancouver’s Engaged City Task Force. He has over a decade’s experience lecturing and teaching courses on design, ethics, and business at local schools including Emily Carr University and Vancouver Film School. Mark is a regular guest on Global BC 1’s Unfiltered with Jill Krop and can be seen on the panel discussing headlines and hot topics on the one hour talk show, including a recent segment about Facebook’s unauthorized use of photos. If you’re interested in booking Mark for a speaking engagement, send him an email at [email protected]

Upcoming 2014 speaking engagements:


Past speaking events:


December 2 – Whister Chamber of Commerce: Whistler, BC. “Beauty & Bull: What’s your brand got to do with it?”

November 20 – UBC Continuing Studies: Vancouver, BC. “The use, risks, and implications of trademark and copyright in the digital design age.”

November 19 – Emily Carr University of Art & Design: Vancouver, BC. “A career in design from a 20 year perspective.”

November 2 – Last Candidate Standing: Vancouver, BC. MC/moderator of Vancouver’s only all candidates election debate!

October  23 – Pecha Kucha Abbotsford: Abbotsford, BC. “Give Your Head a Shake: Perspectives on Community, Conversation, and Creativity.”

October 2 – CreativeMornings Global Summit 2014: Brooklyn, New York. Lessons and successes with sponsorship and finances of a CreativeMornings chapter.

August 13 – IDSA International Conference: Austin, Texas. “An Exercise in Terror: What I’ve Learned from Narrowing the Focus of My Firm.”

March 19 – CSMPS presentation: “Three Dead Guys & Associates: How to Revitalize a Tired Brand” about changes in the AEC industry and workforce and the impact on branding and marketing practices.

March 3 – UBC SALA: Vancouver, BC. Why traditional approaches to personal branding and networking have proven ineffective and the power of vulnerability in the age of authenticity.

February 20 – PechaKucha Richmond: Richmond, BC. “What’s Your Story?”

January 11 – 2014 UBC Student Leadership Conference: Vancouver, BC. authenticity from a corporate and personal brand-building perspective.


“Hot Talks” series at Hot Art Wet City Gallery: Creativity Is Not A Spectator Sport

NABS Speed Mentoring event

MC/host at IdeaCity Vancouver, D’Andrea wedding, Hey Bartender screening, Lucky Peach release party & chili cook-off, McCaig blessing ceremony

GDC/BC POGO Student Conference: design industry panel

Vancouver Island University: commencement speech on authenticity and creativity

CivicMeet Vancouver #2: State of the Arts: panelist


BCID premiere of Design + Thinking documentary: industry panelist

NABS Speed Mentoring event

Mobify Lunch and Learn: Beauty and Bullshit, what brand designers actually do

Color Management Group’s ChromaZone: Keynote speaker

GDC/BC POGO Student Conference: panel discussion entitled “The Truth” and interactive design workshop on “Style Tiles”

Vancouver Island University Graduation: Commencement speech titled The Truth

SFU Student Marketing Association (MIF) Conference: Branding is Bullshit presentation


Pecha Kucha Toronto: Profiting by Investing in People Rain City Chronicles: Lessons from my grandmother’s kitchen

Design Edge Canada’s Canadian Design Awards: design judge

Vancouver Web Design Meetup: Designing Kinetix case study presentation


Juno Awards: design judge

Icograda Design Week Vancouver: The Value of Networking with Mark Sackett

Vancouver Island Chapter of The Society of Graphic Designer’s of Canada AGM: Keynote speech about Design in China

SFU Publishing Program: Branding and Marketing a Book Workshop

Capilano University IDEA Program: Business of Design Workshop


Icograda Design Week Beijing: Lectures about Design in Canada in four major universities in Shanghai and Beijing

Barcamp Vancouver: session on balancing passion and frustration


Young Construction Professionals Association: Keynote speech on the Power of Branding


Langara College, Applied Arts Program: The Business of Design Lecture Series

Emily Carr University of Art & Design: Professional Practices presentation


Big-O Franchisee Owners Group: Branding basics presentation


International Association of Printing House Craftsmen: Branding presentation