Club Penguin Founder to keynote CONNECT

by Rob Lewis

With the 2010 version of CONNECT just around the corner, the BC Innovation Council has announced their keynote speaker.

Here's a hint: What BC-based startup attracted Disney's attention by bringing penguins to life for millions of kids to enjoy?

Yes, that's right. Kelowna's very own Lane Merrifield, Co-Founder and General Manager of Club Penguin will deliver CONNECT's keynote address "Made in BC: The inspiring inside story of how an Okanagan startup caught the eye of Disney and the world." This will be Lane's first time speaking at a conference in BC!

Attend CONNECT to hear how Merrifield has led the operations, management and business strategy for Club Penguin, one of the most popular and fastest growing virtual worlds for children. Merrifield helped develop and launch Club Penguin in 2005 and has played an integral role in its phenomenal growth and international success.

Please visit for more information, including the speaker lineup, and check out the CONNECT on Twitter.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

BCIC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs. With our partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC. BCIC is a Crown... more

Club Penguin

In March of 2005, New Horizon Interactive set out to create an online world for kids where they could safely play games, have fun and interact. As parents and Internet specialists, New Horizon''s owners wanted to develop a place they’d be comfortable letting their own kids visit. The Club Penguin team got to work, consulting with educators, law enforcement representatives and other parents,... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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