Experience

Education

Bachelor of Arts and Science; Political & Economic Communications

 

Created the University’s first campus radio, acted as a Student Ambassador, giving tours and acting as an information resource for inquiring students, parents, staff, and faculty. Elected Member of the Student’s Representative Council acting as the Minister Of Finance. Aided future Student Union elected officials with policy updates, constitutional law, and long-term strategic planning. Worked as a Senior Student Ambassador, managing the University’s Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook, aided with website and promotional materials, and further created and edited newsletters, blog posts, and further helped to developed the University’s online presence. Helped to plan and coordinate the annual Dancing Bear Music Festival, acted as the main coordinator for 2015 & 2017 (Back by popular demand), the first year in which the festival sold out of tickets and featured a larger capacity and range of activities including a community market and arts based programming.

 

As part of my graduation requirements I wrote a final thesis in the form of a political exploration of politicians and their use or lack of use of modern social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube as tools for targeting and engaging with the Millennial and Generation Zed cohorts. The book, titled “The Modern Prince,” is loosely based from “The Prince” by Machiavelli and is satirically dedicated to the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Despite this satirical nature the book acts as a very real analysis on the potential use of social media networks that cater to a sense of “Authentic” engagement. If you’re interested in reading this book please feel free to contact me at james@blumhagen.ca. I am currently seeking my publishing options.

Work Experience

 

 

Commission Scolaire Des Phares; English Language Teaching Assistant

 

Through the Odyssey program, administered through grants from the government of Canada and Quebec, I am spending a year teaching and engaging with ESL and EESL students in the English Language. From introducing unique cultural influences in Canadian English Culture to developing their oral communication skills and knowledge of the English language.

 

During my time assigned at Ecole Langevin and Ecole Saint-Jean I worked with 27 different classes of students from Core English to Enriched and Art and Music Intensive. In total I worked with over 8 teachers and engaged with over 800 students. I introduced students to English language culture through music, film, art, and games as well as attempted to tackle important topics such as Suicide, Racial Discrimination, Stereotypes, and Canadian Aboriginal Peoples culture in the English Language. I hosted two bi-weekly English clubs helping students with the more minor details of the language as well as encouraging regular use and immersion to better comprehend the Language.

 

This opportunity also acted as a way for me to improve my own French Language skills and immerse myself in a fully Quebecois and Francophone environment.

Slow Labs Co.; Community & Outreach Manager

 

Slow Labs Co is a small company That designs products with a contemplative process of innovation at the forefront. The companies goal is to create simplistic, intentional and practical technological products for individuals to use all around the globe.

 

I’m working with this company to help create and foster community during their Kickstarter funding campaigns. Through this process I have engaged with over 1000 supporters and many more members of the public (whether through media support or cross-promotion on other Kickstarters) in a authentic and personal level to create long term supporters of the companies line of products.

 

Most recently I worked on the Peek Screen 2.0, a protective and privacy screen for the iPhone where we reached our funding goal within a week and secured over $22,000.

Quest University Canada; Marketing & Development Assistant 

 

Regular blogging, research and writing for newsletters, update and respond to visitors on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Canada’s first independent Liberal Arts not for profit secular university. I grew most of these channels from infancy into fill fledged engagement machines with a heavy focus on the creation of a authentic and intimate style of branding. I further developed and implemented long and short term social media strategies and campaigns throughout my time in the department for a wide variety of university functions and strategic growth marketing ( #FallForQuest #TreatYoSelf #MySummerQuest #ExcellenceIn____ ). Supervised and administrated the Admissions blog website. Created promotional material and helped with the upkeep of the university website. Further, I wrote, produced, directed, filmed, and edited a series of Youtube videos in order to market Quest, most specifically, “The Block Plan.” Quest’s unique course system. Some of these are better than others….

 

During the Fall of 2015 I played a role in the development of a new university department, the marketing and development department, and acted as the first social media manager for the institution, working closely with the Director of Marketing and the Director of Alumni and Fundraising.

The Squamish Chief; Journalism Internship

 

I spent a month working at my local newspaper in Squamish. I had originally planned to help them with their social media strategy, including the jump into video journalism, however, this quickly became only a small part of my job!

 

Due to a gap of time where the newspaper was down one reporter I stepped into a role of interviewing, researching, and writing for the Squamish Chief! The Squamish Chief is a multi-award winning community newspaper in Squamish BC, the town that I attended university in. It was an incredible experience where I worked from start to finish on a number of articles from sports to community interest to education. I worked with everyone from secretaries, to reporters, editors, the sales team, and the publisher of the paper. I wrote articles, features, and news and sports briefs like I had never imagined writing before! I conducted interviews with everyone from community and industry leaders, local athletes, local teachers, and the MLA at the time, Jordan Sturdy. Due to its small nature not only did I write and create the articles I was also a part of the team that edited all articles and finally laid out the paper.

 

During my time at the Chief not only did I discover what it takes to run a community paper and a crucial element of any municipality but I also discovered a massive amount about the state of the industry and how it affects the people who rely on it as creators and consumers. It’s no secret the newspaper industry is in flux, because of this I found it incredibly valuable to have had tis experience in helping me better understand our modern media environment.

Yik Yak, Inc (Defunct); Campus Representative

 

I worked directly with the Yik Yak team to foster creative, productive, and open use and conversation of their app Yik Yak on my university campus.

 

I conducted marketing surveys, enquiries, hosted specific events, activations, and promotions for Yik Yak and worked to develop Yik Yak as an integral part of communication on campus. The goal was not only to indicate the app into campus culture but to encourage a positive and productive use of the application. I also sat in several groups, conducted by Yik Yak, that discussed app design, marketing strategy, outreach strategy. and various ideas to improve the app and increase user growth. During my time as the campus ambassador I helped move Yik Yak from an app used by a few students on my campus into the main tool of campus communication for students including club & group postings, the student union and its elections committee, as well as one off events and fundraisers.

 

Further, I integrated the Yik Yak merchandise as highly desired products with key groups of students on campus through targeted and limited releases, creating a culture not only in the app but a demand for the exclusive merchandise and branded wear as well.

Volunteer Experience

Bachelor of Arts and Science; Political & Economic Communications

 

Created the University’s first campus radio, acted as a Student Ambassador, giving tours and acting as an information resource for inquiring students, parents, staff, and faculty. Elected Member of the Student’s Representative Council acting as the Minister Of Finance. Aided future Student Union elected officials with policy updates, constitutional law, and long-term strategic planning. Worked as a Senior Student Ambassador, managing the University’s Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook, aided with website and promotional materials, and further created and edited newsletters, blog posts, and further helped to developed the University’s online presence. Helped to plan and coordinate the annual Dancing Bear Music Festival, acted as the main coordinator for 2015 & 2017 (Back by popular demand), the first year in which the festival sold out of tickets and featured a larger capacity and range of activities including a community market and arts based programming.

Bachelor of Arts and Science; Political & Economic Communications

 

Created the University’s first campus radio, acted as a Student Ambassador, giving tours and acting as an information resource for inquiring students, parents, staff, and faculty. Elected Member of the Student’s Representative Council acting as the Minister Of Finance. Aided future Student Union elected officials with policy updates, constitutional law, and long-term strategic planning. Worked as a Senior Student Ambassador, managing the University’s Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook, aided with website and promotional materials, and further created and edited newsletters, blog posts, and further helped to developed the University’s online presence. Helped to plan and coordinate the annual Dancing Bear Music Festival, acted as the main coordinator for 2015 & 2017 (Back by popular demand), the first year in which the festival sold out of tickets and featured a larger capacity and range of activities including a community market and arts based programming.

Bachelor of Arts and Science; Political & Economic Communications

 

Created the University’s first campus radio, acted as a Student Ambassador, giving tours and acting as an information resource for inquiring students, parents, staff, and faculty. Elected Member of the Student’s Representative Council acting as the Minister Of Finance. Aided future Student Union elected officials with policy updates, constitutional law, and long-term strategic planning. Worked as a Senior Student Ambassador, managing the University’s Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook, aided with website and promotional materials, and further created and edited newsletters, blog posts, and further helped to developed the University’s online presence. Helped to plan and coordinate the annual Dancing Bear Music Festival, acted as the main coordinator for 2015 & 2017 (Back by popular demand), the first year in which the festival sold out of tickets and featured a larger capacity and range of activities including a community market and arts based programming.

Bachelor of Arts and Science; Political & Economic Communications

 

Created the University’s first campus radio, acted as a Student Ambassador, giving tours and acting as an information resource for inquiring students, parents, staff, and faculty. Elected Member of the Student’s Representative Council acting as the Minister Of Finance. Aided future Student Union elected officials with policy updates, constitutional law, and long-term strategic planning. Worked as a Senior Student Ambassador, managing the University’s Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook, aided with website and promotional materials, and further created and edited newsletters, blog posts, and further helped to developed the University’s online presence. Helped to plan and coordinate the annual Dancing Bear Music Festival, acted as the main coordinator for 2015 & 2017 (Back by popular demand), the first year in which the festival sold out of tickets and featured a larger capacity and range of activities including a community market and arts based programming.