“Every time Ernest speaks, I always learn several new “takeaways” that I can use immediately to improve our results online.”

— Nancy Smith — Travel Alberta


Thank you for stopping by. As both a speaker and a planning committee leader I understand how much time and effort it takes to find the right speaker, and the impact that decision has on the event. So, I hope you find this page helpful.

I work closely with organizers to ensure your objectives are met and the audience walks away with concrete and tangible ideas they can put to work the next day.

Thank you for considering me for your event, I really appreciate it.

– Ernest.

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Overview: What To Expect | About Me | Speaking Topics | Endorsements | Booking


What You Can Expect

Here is what you can expect from me and my team:

  1. Prompt replies to your inquiries. Phone calls are returned within 90 minutes during regular business hours (Mountain Time).
  2. Phone consultation prior to your event, to ensure that you and your audience receive the best experience possible.
  3. Custom teaser video encouraging people to attend your event, which can be used on your newsletter, website or social media channels. [sample video]
  4. Resource page created specifically for your event that includes slides, notes and relevant links.
  5. Follow-up call or e-mail after the event, to make sure your expectations were met and the audience was satisfied.


A Little Bit About Me

Ernest Barbaric Keynote Speaker

I have been speaking professionally since 2008 and have keynoted over 50 events and led some of the most well-received breakout sessions on digital marketing and social media. My work has been featured in Forbes, Financial Post, Alberta Venture, Non-Profit Quarterly and Social Media Today.

Most of my work focuses on marketing, branding and thought leadership in the digital space. In 2010 I founded a Social Media For Business Certificate at Mount Royal University, the first of its kind in Western Canada.

Some of the conferences I spoke at include:

  • Internet Marketing Conference – New York, Vancouver, Calgary
  • Embracing New Frontiers – Atlific Hotels National Conference
  • Economic Outlook Summit – Economic Development Alberta
  • Transforming Tourism – Tourism Alberta
  • Executing Social Media Conference
  • Canadian Real Estate Board Forecast Conference
  • Get Global – SAMDA Economic Development Conference
  • MRU Shift: Getting Down To Business – Mount Royal University

I started writing three books, and haven’t finished any of them (I’m hoping someone comes up with an app for that). I have been married for 2 months and counting with no children, except a furry one named Jazz. In my free time, I paint, write haikus and ride the open roads.


Speaking Topics

I speak on the topics of digital marketing, branding, communication trends and social media. None of the presentations are “canned” – each one is developed specifically to create the outcome you want to achieve.

I am a value-based speaker, meaning that aside from an engaging presentation the audience is guaranteed to walk away with practical and tangible ideas they can actually use.


Keynote Presentations

Keynote conference speaker

Usually 30 to 45 minutes long, my approach to keynote presentations blends industry-specific examples, innovative marketing ideas and your key messages. Some of the recent keynotes include:

  • The 5 Engagement Triggers – psychology of online engagement
  • The Content Playbook – content marketing strategy
  • Online Jitsu – handling your online reputation
  • The Ripple Effect – how social media influences our decisions
  • Brand U – why and how of personal branding

If you have an upcoming event that requires a value-packed, dynamic and engaging keynote presentation click here to start the conversation.


Breakout Sessions

social media marketing breakout conference

While similar to a keynote, I find that breakout sessions offer a more intimate environment to deep-dive into a topic and engage in more focused discussion. Topics include social media, personal branding, reputation management, integrating digital and traditional media, content development, marketing strategy and more.

From the outset, we establish a safe and interactive atmosphere where participants can get their questions answered and walk away with specific and actionable ideas.

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small business social media marketing workshop training speaker

Highly interactive, workshops often include group activities and brainstorming to help facilitate better retention of materials. 90 minutes to half-day in length, these can be a perfect vehicle for capacity building or professional development in your organization or association. Topics include:

  • Social Media Strategy
  • Content Marketing
  • Online Reputation Management
  • Metrics and Analytics
  • Digital Branding and PR

Each workshop is developed to meet your objectives and they can range from a lecture-style presentation to a really unique experience. One of my favourites was a social media adventure race we developed for a local non-profit where departments had to compete by solving clues and completing tasks all across town using social media tools.

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Recent Endorsements


Ernest is an excellent speaker on digital marketing and social media topics. He has a fantastic perspective on what really matters and provides clear, practical insights to our audience of leaders, managers and marketing professionals. His sessions always get rave reviews and I would recommend him as a speaker for any event, online or offline.

— Susan Sweeney — eLearning University


Trying to standout in the NEW social media universe can be challenging. Ernest Barbaric’s fast-paced and strategic presentation equipped our connected Rural business owners with key information on targeting customers and customer motivations. His ideas and examples were very useful to demystify and uncover new options for connecting with customers using social media. Book Ernest today if you want to amp up your social media success!

— Christie Dick — Economic Development Officer, SAMDA


I hired Ernest to kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week at Medicine Hat College. He spoke to over 120 students, faculty and curious onlookers about personal branding and the intelligent use of social media. Frankly, he couldn’t have done a better job. He engaged his audience, related to students, and delivered impactful insight. Even better, he gave his audience real world case studies to inspire action. I’d recommend Ernest to anyone looking for a speaker on social media, marketing or the importance of personal branding.

— Jon Sookocheff — Manager, Entrepreneur Development Center, MHC


Ernest’s presentation was tailored to the veterinary profession. It was a very relevant interactive talk that more than met our objectives and exceeded our expectations. His examples of what to communicate and more importantly, what NOT to communicate to make the difference between success and very public failure, was of particular interest to our group. The simple and practical tools and techniques that he provided us with were very useful and could be used immediately.

My experience working with Mr. Barbaric was excellent from the start of the pre-conference planning process through to the post-conference wrap up. He is professional, knowledgeable, entertaining, and an effective speaker. I highly recommend him as a creditable highlight to any conference.

— Midge Landals — CanWest Veterinary Conference



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