Richmond PechaKucha Night (™), Vol. 5


Hosted by Wilson School of Design, KPU Richmond


February 20, 2014

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Melville Centre for Dialogue,
KPU Richmond Campus
8771 Lansdowne Road

What's your story?

In volume 5 of PechaKucha Richmond, we invited speakers to take us on a journey of the inspiring topics and seminal moments that have influenced the way they see and shape the world. Be entertained and inspired as change-makers, local professionals, artists and designers share their stories.

Our Speakers:
Lauren Burrows Backhouse
Mark Busse
Paul Cheung, Owner and producer of The International Summer Night Market (ISNM) in Richmond
Roberto Dosil
Casey Hrynkow
Kevin Shaw and Ben Frisby of The Moustache Ride Across Canada
Eliza Olson
Anil Sharma
Jamie Smith
Brian Wakelin

About PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha is a simple presentation format with 10 presentations of 20 slides on a topic, where each slide is shown for only 20 seconds. This provides for a punchy, thought-provoking evening where the unexpected is uncovered.

Event Details

Free admission. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Doors open at 6 pm; speakers start at 6:30 pm.

Speaker Bios

Lauren Burrows Backhouse | Founder of the Richmond Youth Media Program & Facility Coordinator for the Richmond Media Lab

paul cheung"Rap, radio and reaching out"

Lauren Burrows Backhouse is the founder of the Richmond Youth Media Program (RYMP) and the facility coordinator for the Richmond Media Lab. Lauren has spent more than 10 years on-air, broadcasting everything from traffic reports on CKNW to the best in Canadian independent music on CBC Radio 3. As a media arts instructor and youth mentor, Lauren is able to combine her technical expertise with her passion for people, welcoming everyone to learn and explore creative technology.


Mark Busse | Founder & Managing Director of Industrial Brand

mark busse"My story is their story"

Busse is founding partner and managing director at Industrial Brand, a brand strategy consultancy specializing in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), where for the last two decades he has helped clients identify, clarify, and share their unique stories to generate new opportunities and thrive.

He invests time in his creative community as a teacher, advisor, mentor for design programs at VFS, Capilano & Langara and hosts creative ev­ents Likemind Vancouver, Interesting Vancouver, and CreativeMornings/Vancouver.

Busse is also a past president of the BC chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, a regular contributor to Design Edge Magazine and commentator on the live Global BC1 news talk show "Unfiltered" with Jill Krop, as well as a passionate cook and food fanatic and co-founder of the popular culinary blog

Busse also serves his community as a citizen member of the Engaged City Task Force in Vancouver, where he lives with his beautiful wife Andrea and cute little dog Pepper.

Busse frequently speaks at conferences and events and info about past and upcoming speaking engagements can be found here. If you’d like to book him as a speaker, you can email him at

Paul Cheung | Owner and Producer of The International Summer Night Market (ISNM) in Richmond

paul cheung"Positively influencing future generations"

My experience in special events started in elementary school where I was a voluntary DJ at dance functions.  However, it led me to my path of becoming an entrepreneur in my early teens, forming a company in the music entertainment industry with my older brother.  After two short years, our business expanded into special events management for The Plaza of Nations at the old Expo grounds.  This was where I built my reputation for producing large scale special events, notably "The Canadian Airlines Chinese New Year Festival" in Vancouver that had over 500 booths and 20 major corporate sponsors.

After 10 years in special events planning, I decided to change careers and thought I would be leaving this industry behind. However, in 2008, there was a surprising turn of events when I was approached by some friends (now my partners) who asked if I could help them to start a new night market in Richmond.  Initially, I offered my expertise on production but soon after, I ended up running the entire operation.  I used my experience to create a fun and exhilarating event that would also stimulate Tourism and the local economy for the City of Richmond by bringing in thousands of visitors every summer!

To help the ISNM continue to grow, my attention was directed towards family values, multiculturalism, local youth and charities.  This initiative has helped ISNM to become known for cultural arts, food, music and a welcoming place to fundraise and increase awareness for many causes.  My business quickly became an important existence for entrepreneurs, governments, tourists, charities, families and multicultural groups to share a common interest.  The ISNM has developed into a venue that people could exchange products, knowledge, ideas and even volunteer at to help others.

As the popularity of the ISNM grew, I began volunteering with charities and joined many associations to provide leadership, guidance to help make a difference for others. I hope to continue to be an influential leader to the younger generation and give back to the community through supporting new talent and non-profit partnerships!

I am very proud to say that "The International Summer Night Market" is now known as “One of the Top Night Markets in the World!"

Roberto Dosil | Founding Partner at Stanton Atkins & Dosil

roberto dosil"A flag for Canada."

Roberto Dosil is a founding partner of Stanton Atkins & Dosil, a publishing partnership focusing on Canadian history. He has over 40 years experience as a graphic designer working for the publishing industry. His work has been published in North America, Europe and Asia, and exhibited in museums as far a field as Israel and the Czech Republic.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Roberto graduated from the polytechnic Escuelas Tecnicas Municipales Raggio with a Diploma in Graphic Design and received a Bachelor in Journalism from the Instituto Superior Mariano Moreno.

He immigrated to Europe in 1969. Over a period of nine years in Spain he designed and produced books for several publishing houses in Barcelona and Madrid.

Roberto immigrated to Canada in 1978 and in 1999 he completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. In 2007 he joined the Publishing Program at SFU as Senior Lecturer and was appointed Publisher of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing Press.

Casey Hrynkow | Hrynkow Brand Strategy + Design

casey hrynkow"Love, Design and Food — and how I found me."

Casey Hrynkow runs a 30+-year-old award-winning brand strategy consulting firm in Richmond. She is also a sessional instructor in design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Casey recently completed a six-month Fellows Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, earning a Certificate in Innovation Leadership. She is interested in opportunities where she can effect positive change in our world.

Kevin Shaw and Ben Frisby | The Moustache Ride Across Canada

kevin shawben frisby"If you're on the fence, do it"

Kevin and Ben are lifelong friends who met in elementary school and instantly formed a bond founded on the love of basketball and principles of hard work and dedication. They both went on to represent their respective universities as varsity athletes and earn degrees in both Business and Economics. From there they have worked in various roles within brand development, consumer package goods, and finance. 

As of October 2013 Kevin, Ben, and the third in their trio, Jordan, all left their careers in pursuit of something larger than themselves - they took on the challenge of cycling from Vancouver to Toronto, through the Canadian winter, in an effort to raise funds an awareness for Movember.

Eliza Olson | Burns Bog Conservation Society

eliza olson“The Evolution of an Environmentalist”

As a child, Eliza Olson witnessed the destruction of a local pond. A family of ducks was displaced–a chilling experience that would one day lead to a passion to preserve the country’s wetlands. In 1988, Olson learned that part of the bog near her home, in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, was slated for destruction to make way for a golf course. Horrified at the lack of concern about the destruction of the local peat lands, Olson helped create the Burns Bog Conservation Society. The Society was created as a forum for local residents to meet, discuss and strategize ways to preserve Burns Bog, the largest raised peat bog on the West Coast of North America–and the only bog of its kind. With the help of the Burns Bog Conservation Society Burns Bog was purchased by 4 levels of Government in 2004 and was given international protection in the form of RAMSAR status in 2012.

Anil Sharma | Photographer

anil sharma“Don't Forget Your Earplugs”

Anil Sharma is a concert and events photographer for CTV and Retna/Corbis Photo agencies, and a Visual Arts Instructor at RA McMath Secondary.  His work can be seen at



Jamie Smith | Artist

jamie smith"Confessions of an Artist”

Jamie attended the University of Victoria and majored in Visual Arts with a minor in business. She travelled extensively before retuning to Vancouver to complete her Bachelor of Art Education at the University of British Columbia. After graduating she went to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to teach art for a year. Since her time in the Middle East she has begun pursuing her art career full time and has participated in group art shows and her own solo shows. Her latest art project is called “confessions” where she uses anonymous confessions as the inspiration for her painting series. This project and her full portfolio of work can be found at

Brian Wakelin | Cofounder of PUBLIC

brian wakelin“Fellini is my favourite”

Brian has worked in the architectural field for twenty years and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2008 he co-founded PUBLIC, an interdisciplinary practice that focuses on platforms for civic engagement. The studio's work spans parking lots, sidewalks, and setbacks to frame and define spaces that activate public life. Since opening their doors they have worked at the intersection of architecture and communication media. The firm's work has garnered more than twenty awards including the AIBC Emerging Firm Award and Western Living's Arthur Erickson Memorial Award. They are currently collaborating with KPMB on the design of the Wilson School of Design for KPU.