Paul has been recognized as a Social Media expert since 2009, and has spoken widely on social media marketing and related topics.

Paul has unique insights into the topic through his role as co-producer of Social Media Camp, Canada’s largest social media conference for 6 years running. Paul also draws on his 25 years of technology industry experience, including 11 years as President of a website development firm, and 14 years operating popular digital marketing properties through a business subsidiary.

In addition to marketing-related topics, Paul speaks on subjects related to the societal and cultural impacts of social media, the digital economy, and the future of digital media. In particular, Paul enjoys researching and speaking on insights and opportunities provided by the disruptions in various verticals brought about by the new digital reality.

Paul Holmes on Shaw, Copyright RM Proskow Photography

Notable Past Speaking Engagements

May 21-23, 2015
Presented the 6th annual Social Media Camp event in Victoria, British Columbia. Paul co-presented with renowned cyber culture blogger Lorraine Murphy on Culture Along the Social Media Fringe, covering a diverse range of topics from hacking to Reddit, and cryptocurrency to memes.

May 1-3, 2014
Presented the 5th annual Social Media Camp event in Victoria, British Columbia.

November 16, 2013
Presented “Getting Started with Social Media” at the Social Media Bootcamp in Kamloops, British Columbia. Paul produced events in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Kelowna featuring top social media speakers from across the province.

May 6-8, 2013
Presented the 4th annual Social Media Camp event in Victoria, British Columbia.

January 12, 2013
Presented the 5th Annual WordCamp Victoria event!

November 23, 2012
Paul presented a session on Social Media essentials at the Hospitality and Tourism Leadership Conference at Royal Roads University.

June 8-9, 2012
Paul co-organized Social Media Camp Victoria, the largest annual Social Media event in Canada.

May 15, 2012
Paul presented LinkedIn IS Business, an educational session sponsored by 24 Carrot Learning, highlighting the benefits to business of an effective LinkedIn strategy.

February 9, 2012
Presented Social Media 101 at the Social Media Camp Workshop Series in Kamloops, British Columbia.

January 14, 2012
Presented WordCamp Victoria 2012 at the University of Victoria.

October 27 to November 24, 2011
Presented a 5-part evening Social Media Workshop [PDF] series at Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

October, 2011
Spoke at the Young Women in Business, University of Victoria Chapter about social media and business.

September 19, 2011
Spoke at Social Media Camp Workshop Series: Nanaimo. Click here for registration information.

September 15, 2011
Spoke at Graphic Designers of Canada, Vancouver Island Chapter.

August 9, 2011
Presented an introduction to social media at the Victorian Epicure Home Team Conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

June 3-4, 2011
Paul once again co-organized Social Media Camp Victoria, the premier Social Media event in Western Canada.

May 12, 2011
Social Networking at the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association conference in Delta, British Columbia.

March 29, 2011
Social Media for Business at the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Bootcamp for Board Members event.

March 23, 2011
Spoke at the inaugural Cowichan Valley Tweetup.

March 12, 2011
LinkedIn Session at Eat, Drink, Tweet in Penticton, British Columbia.

February 22, 2011
Spoke at the second annual BC Social Media Summit.

January 22, 2011
Organized WordCamp Victoria, featuring an array of fabulous speakers from around the province convening at University Canada West for the best value in WordPress education.

January 13, 2011
Presented Introduction to WordPress at the inaugural meeting of the WordPress User Group at the Vancouver Island Technology Park. Together we raised over $500 for a local charity.

December 17, 2010
Spoke at the inaugural Comox Valley Tweetup.

December 1, 2010
Presented a Social Media and Job Search seminar at Camosun College.

November 25, 2010
Presented Effective Promotion with Facebook at Volunteer Victoria.

October 18, 2010
I was invited to give two separate 3-hour workshops for the Cambie Village Business Association. These sessions focused on social media strategies retailers and other small businesses.

October 3, 2010
Co-Hosted Victoria’s first ever Social Media Camp. Over 450 people registered, and the event featured speakers from across North America!

September 30, 2010, 9am
WordPress workshop for non-profits with Volunteer Victoria.

July 14, 2010, 12pm
Presenting the third Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Education Session on Effective Use of Social Media for Business.

June 22, 2010, 6:45pm
Presented Facebook 101 at Social Media Club, Victoria.

May 21, 2010
Presented a half day training session entitled Social Media for Business Success.

May 15, 2010
Organized a second WordCamp in Victoria, British Columbia. This is an all-day event for bloggers, designers, developers and anyone otherwise interested in WordPress.

May 5, 2010
Was featured in an article in the Victoria Progress insert for the several local papers in Greater Victoria. The article was by Arnold Lim of the Goldstream News Gazette.

“Social media has been around since as long as (the) Internet has been around,” said Paul Holmes, president of Victoria-based IdeaZone.ca. “What has happened now is the tools have become more sophisticated and more mainstream.”

April 7, 2010
Spoke at the BC Social Media Summit, to help raise thousands of dollars for Cancer research.

February 26, 2010
Spoke to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board about how realty professionals can more effectively use Social Media. There were over 200 in attendance.

January 13, 2010
Spoke at the General Meeting of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce about effective use of Social Media for business.

November 13, 2009
Organized and spoke at WordCamp Victoria.

October 21, 2009
Spoke at the Association of University Research Parks international conference in Vancouver about how University Research Parks can use social media to add value to their technology communities.

September 24, 2009
Guest lectured to COM415 students at the University of Victoria on the logistics of promoting a business online.

September 14, 2009
Was a Social Media panelist for the University of Victoria, Faculty of Business’ Workplace Skills Conference.

September 12, 2009
Was interviewed for the CFAX Online radio show, where the topic was Twitter.

September 9, 2009
Presented a second sold-out Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Education Session on Effective Use of Social Media for Business.

August 27, 2009
Co-presented a full day workshop on Social Media for Non-Profit Organizations, organized through Volunteer Victoria.

June 10, 2009
Presented a sold-out Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Education Session on Effective Use of Social Media for Business.

March 24, 2009
Co-founded the Victoria Chapter of Social Media Club.