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“Just like becoming an expert in wine - you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford - you learn great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious. Then you savor it, analyze it, discuss it with your companions, and you compare it with other experiences” - Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

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Emily is a small business enthusiast with a passion for homegrown talent. Emily was born and raised in Wolfville, studied her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Saint Mary’s University and obtained her Masters in International Business from Jönköping, Sweden. Emily has lived and studied in cities across Canada and abroad in Germany and Sweden. Emily is an Economic Development Officer with the Valley Regional Enterprise Network, a municipal corporation that works as a catalyst for regional economic development in the Annapolis Valley.

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Frances is a small business innovator. She geeks out over business strategy, business models and building entrepreneurial ecosystems. She believe that’s the kind of thinking we need to save the world. Frances helps create places where entrepreneurship can thrive within our business and within our community. Business innovation is essential for us to solve our biggest issues and to succeed in the world today. Business theory was developed for large business and small business is not a little big business.

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Geoff has more than 17 years of combined Software Engineering and Information Technology Consulting experience. Technical Sales Engineer, specializing in medium to large scale Drupal CMS projects including new development, site audits and analysis, and expert support services. Account Management, coordinating customer projects with engineering and support teams from initial conception to final delivery, and continued support. Geoff’s profile picture was created by a robot inspired by Peggy’s Cove.

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“Creative Technician”…what the heck is that? I see my role, primarily, as that of a possibilitist. I listen closely to your ideas, what you hope to create, the problem you are working and then share with you the possibilities technology may offer. My years of immersion in Maker culture, joyfully exploring new and unusual uses for the wonders of emerging and age-old tech, provide me with a deep pool of possible solutions to your creative problems.

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John Frost is a Senior Manager, Satellite Products, at PrecisionHawk. John worked extensively in geophysical research and exploration before returning to university to complete studies in International Relations/Intercultural Studies. With broad national and international project exposure, he is a cross-cultural specialist in technology adaptation. Through the Aerhyve brand, the company focused on the analysis of UAV data with Machine Learning, providing actionable intelligence for agricultural and industrial applications. An entrepreneur and technophile, John is always pursuing opportunities which make a local-global impact.

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Front End Engineer at Chalk

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Since 2000 I have continued to expand my knowledge and skills and worked hard to be the best developer I can be. I enjoy meeting challenges and working hard to find creative and user friendly solutions. My goal is to continually improve my development process, delivering higher quality and efficiency. Specialties: PHP, ASP.NET MVC, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, CodeIgniter, Zend Framework, AJAX, Windows, Linux, MySQL, SQL Server, WordPress, ASP.NET Justin, pictured here, is The Thing from the Fantastic Four.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the bottom of the ocean? Or scale the highest mountain? Maybe you would like to experience what it’s like to look down upon earth from space. Everything you can imagine, will soon be a virtual reality. Enter your imagination and experience the new medium that is sweeping the globe. Keegan Francis is an software engineer, entrepreneur and an alumnus of Acadia University’s Computer Science department.

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Keith got his first glimpse of HTML with NCSA’s Mosaic browser in 1994. A few “View Sources” later and he was hooked. Soon after, he got his first web job as Webmaster for the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Over the years, Keith has worked for several newspapers and Fortune 500 companies including Coca Cola and Aflac insurance. He has been the Webmaster for North America’s premiere training provider CED Solutions for over 15 years.

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Refresh Annapolis Valley

Refresh is a community of designers, developers and innovators working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of digital technology endeavours in the Annapolis Valley while promoting design, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Refresh meets the second Tuesday evening of each month in the Wolfville area. These are casual affairs with short, member-interest talks followed by an opportunity to mingle.

All are welcome!

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