A futurist, facilitator and strategist, Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future and has married his tourism, economic development, real estate and and marketing expertise with futures methodologies to help a wide variety of clients envision and create development strategies, plans and brands that shape the future of places around the world. As President of Resonance Consultancy, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, and branding projects for developers and destinations in more than 30 destinations.
He has been featured in Fast Company magazine and is a frequent commentator on lifestyle and leisure trends for leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Globe & Mail, Los Angeles Times, The Economist and Worth magazine. In 2013, Chris was recognized as the “Place Branding Thought Leader of the Year” at the World Sense of Place Summit. He designed the World’s Best Cities index, a ranking that analyzes and measures cities based on a unique benchmarking model that blends core statistics with millions of consumer ratings and reviews across 23 categories. The result is a measure of relative “place equity”—attractiveness for talent, investment and tourism—for cities around the world.
For the past three decades, Dianna has honed her storytelling skills in print, television, radio, video and across social media as a journalist, advertising creative director, writer and consultant. Her keen curiosity and singular prose style has found its way into every medium.
Her storytelling career began in journalism in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Montréal, where she became editor-in-chief of the city magazine there, then founded MTL, a bilingual lifestyle publication. Her knowledge of and passion for the city landed her at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation—where she worked as a columnist, writing and performing weekly radio scripts on a wide range of cultural subjects—and on camera at CTV, a national television broadcaster.
As Vice President, Storytelling, of Resonance Consultancy, she has helped organizations and destinations tell the stories that define sense of place, aid economic development, articulate future scenarios in tourism, engage community, and market urban neighborhoods, luxury resorts, regions and developing countries. Her work on projects for tourism marketing organizations, complex urban developments and destinations helps humanize data, clarify positions and engage prospects.
An expert in real estate and economic development research and strategy, marketing and place branding, Steven has advised cities, universities, real estate developers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and major media outlets across the globe.
As Vice President, Strategy, at Resonance, Steven leads the economic development practice and works with real estate developers to build more inclusive, creative communities. He is also the director of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab, and a clinical professor at New York University.
Earlier in his career, Steven was a vice president and member of the senior management team for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national research organization founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to encourage private-sector investment into distressed urban areas in the U.S. He was also the founding vice president for business attraction and research for Greater Portland, Inc. (GPI), a regional economic development organization for the Portland – Vancouver metropolitan region.
Steven’s research has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Governing, Dallas Morning News, and many others.
Jeremie has more than 15 years of international experience in marketing, business development, and brand and business strategy. He’s worked in culture, hospitality, lifestyle, fashion, and destination brands—from Marriott to Equinox, Reebok to Airbnb, AccorHotels to Nespresso—for major agencies in Europe and North America, including Interbrand, FutureBrand and New York-based MATTE Projects.
Entrepreneurial and engaged, Jeremie holds a Masters in Management at the EDHEC Business School in Lille, France, one of the top five business schools in the country. He founded the destination marketing agency Souple, creating global campaigns and activations for VisitUSA and a range of French destinations. Jeremie has worked in B2B and B2C event creation and management, most recently spearheading sponsorship development for our inaugural virtual WRLDCTY Festival.
From his base in Singapore, Anupam Yog is a global expert, entrepreneur and trusted adviser to cities, companies, universities and charities, consulting on inclusive and mindful citymaking for the real estate, technology, higher education and social impact industries. A longtime entrepreneur, Anupam established Mirabilis Advisory and the consultancy Inclusive Citymaking Solutions, where his clients ranged from the Mayor of London to the San Francisco-based Bay Area Council, India’s Ministry of Urban Development, the World Bank and the World Wildlife Foundation for Nature, amongst others.
Anupam was invited by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities to join its World Cities Summit-Young Leaders community from which he developed and teaches Inclusive Citymaking for city leaders and managers.
An avid mindfulness practitioner, Anupam is a co-investigator of an ongoing academic study on Mindfulness in Cities, which is designed to help develop a Conscious Cities Index in partnership with UCL’s Urban Innovation & Policy Lab.
Anupam was part of the core curatorial team of the inaugural virtual WRLDCTY Festival.
Finance & Administration
Vicki held key roles in agency marketing and account direction for 15 years, controlling budgets on large-scale resort real estate projects, and writing sales and marketing strategies. Also trained as a teacher, Vicki brings patience and precision to work overseeing billing and books for Resonance in New York and Vancouver.
Brandon honed his craft over nine years at DDB Canada, where his passion for identity design and photography led to award-winning work for Nordstrom, Rocky Mountaineer, Destination Canada and many others. At Resonance, he leads a team seeking the visual language to brand some of the world’s most desirable destinations.
Smita has been in the communications industry for almost two decades, with extensive experience at agencies based in Mumbai and Dubai. In her most recent role, she worked with renowned hospitality, luxury and destination brands, including Kempinski, Fairmont, Viceroy Hotels, Atlantis The Palm, and Dubai Tourism to help craft thought-provoking narratives and concepts rooted in insight and reflecting the true sense of a destination. A recent transplant to Vancouver, she brings a wide spectrum of experiences and insights to her role at Resonance.
Prior to joining Resonance, Omneya worked as a Statistician for the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, where she was responsible for collecting, processing, analyzing and disseminating education and learning outcomes data. She has a Masters in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal and a Bachelors from the American University in Cairo. She brings to Resonance a decade of analytical and data visualization experience.
Bill has two decades of experience in the digital field. His work includes interactive and dynamic animation design, front-end development and progressive web apps, and bridges web and OS apps. A skilled graphic and web designer, Bill also works in print as well as interactive, exhibition, and industrial design projects.
Tim brings a mapmaker’s rigor and a placemaker’s passion to Resonance’s proprietary research, contributing to tourism planning, urban development, and placemaking projects. A Master of Science in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development at University of Bordeaux, Tim also has a BSc in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Cardiff.
An alumna of Ryerson University, Rhiannon has a Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Communications Management, and nearly a decade of experience in client services. Over this time, she has honed her skills and and gathered experience in industries like retail, events, publishing and health and wellness. Seamlessly liaising between client and creative teams, she has a keen eye for details that’s complemented by her good humour—efficient, organized and positive, she ensures the work we do is high-quality while keeping the vibe low-stress.
With over a decade of experience under his belt, Anthony moved to Vancouver from New Zealand, bringing a unique global perspective to his nuanced design aesthetic. He is a high-calibre designer and visual artist who enjoys translating robust brand strategy into compelling design solutions, and has worked on prestigious brands like Vega Supplements, Urban Barn, the New Zealand International Film Festival, and Fly Buys. He has the ability to think strategically and develop a good idea into pragmatic and scalable design solutions that are both meaningful and eye catching. When not behind his screen, Anthony loves to travel, with his aim being to visit a new country every year.
Kara brings vast and in-depth experience as a Marketing Professional in the real estate industry, leveraging her skills to help with project and people management within the Resonance team. She has expertise in Strategy and Planning, Design Execution, Digital Marketing, Social Media Content Creation and Management, Communications, and Market Research—making her the perfect addition to any team and project.
Not only is she a consummate resource and project manager, she also uses her skills in graphic design to support the team as and when necessary; she is also consistently looking for new ways to streamline and improve internal and external processes to make workdays at Resonance efficient and exciting.
This graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design has worked at DDB Canada, Seven25 and Cossette, and has experience as a studio designer in advertising and for the social sector. A visual problem solver and collaborator, Sheri brings brand development, typography and information design expertise to Resonance.
A graduate of Capilano University’s IDEA program, Shannon has worked as a production artist and graphic designer for various boutique design studios in Vancouver. As detail-oriented, technical and meticulous as she is creative, Shannon loves the collaborative and client-centered approach that distinguishes the Resonance process.
A Chartered Professional Accountant with over 10 years of experience in accounting, taxation, financial analysis and budgeting, Wendy has a BA in Accounting from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and a Postgraduate Diploma from UBC. Prior to joining Resonance, Wendy was the Chief Accountant at LCI Education Network, where she was responsible for preparing financial statements, building annual budgets, managing cash flows and providing financial analysis. She has worked in public practice and industries including Sun Life Financial, HD Minings and LaSalle College Vancouver among others.
A savvy and energetic PR professional, Michelle has worked in communications, media outreach and events for the restaurant, fashion, lifestyle and hospitality clients across Canada, successfully marrying emerging digital media tactics with proven public relations strategies. The sociology grad is also an avid socializer, foodie and wine enthusiast, making her a key addition to the Resonance team.