- 20 years experience with the web marketing
- graphics, photography, writing, and e-commerce experience with websites
- almost a decade experience with social media & reputation management
- 25 years business background to apply to making results-oriented internet marketing decisions
Mark Ruthenberg, President and Editor-in-Chief has been active in Canada’s internet industry since 1995, when he launched one of Canada’s first online directories and community portals.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ottawa’s Carleton University in 1980. He has been consulting in the computer industry since 1983, originally as part of his Chartered Accounting practice, and later he built a successful computer training company, wrote and published 300 computer books, and co-founded a software training CD-ROM company which he took public, before tackling the Internet.
His love of travel, combined with his understanding of technology and the internet, took him in a new direction.
In 1995, Mark Ruthenberg launched & funded one of the first community portal sites in Canada, the now-defunct UWannaWhat. He has since designed, developed and managed web sites for over a hundred clients, and in 1999 launched the FoundLocally.com website (which has grown from one city to 30 communities coast to coast) followed up with the popular TransCanadaHighway.com travel site and the MovingInCanada.com real estate & relocation website.
He is a popular professional speaker on Internet Strategy, Web Marketing, Web 2.0, and Social Media topics. He also consults as Internet & Social Media strategist for Canadian Ventures Inc., a financial consulting firm, and a Vice President and speaker on Job Hunting on the Internet with Advantage Tech Inc., a career transition consulting firm.
Giving back to the Online Community
He was a founding director of Digital Alberta (formerly the Alberta New Media Association), and has served as the President of the Calgary chapter for three years, as Director for eight years, and Director of the provincial association for three years.
He has been on the academic-industry advisory board for New Media studies at SAIT Polytechnic, since the board’s inception in 1998. He has also served five years on the Academic Advisory Board for Media Studies at Mount Royal University. He is regularly invited to speak to students on various internet issues at local colleges and universities., as well as talk about online careers at high school & junior high career days events.
He has been both a judge and a presenter at the Canadian New Media Awards over several years, Judging Co-chair of the “Media Fresh” Awards sponsored by Digital Alberta (formerly the Alberta New Media Association). Mark is also a judge in the international Internet Advertising Competition since 2007 (see some certificates of appreciation to the right). He was Judging Chair of the 2003 Alberta New Media Awards and the 2010 Media Fresh Awards (Alberta). He also serves on the industry advisory boards for New Media programs at several post-secondary institutions.