About Me

Jane Barkley

Jane Barkley 

Hi, I'm Jane. I'm a Digital Entrepreneur, and Founder of IM@Events: Social Media for Events, a firm of creatives specializing in niche social media, based out of Canada.

Social Media 

The digital environment is absolutely my natural habitat. I'm obsessed with words. As a kid I was always up reading past bedtime trying to absorb as many words as I could. I love inspecting language and how it shapes the world around us. Now I obsess over how words are perceived in a new world where virtually everyone has the ability to hit publish and be media. 

I'm also a Social Media Professor at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.


Most of my writing lives here, or in the many books I keep near me. I've also contributed to Speak Up For Change, YummyMummyClub.ca, Fides Social, Charity Republic, GoGirlfriend, Buzzfeed Community, various client blogs, and have been featured on Ways We Work.


Every time I speak I tell the audience "Public speaking terrifies me. And I do it anyway." to prove to anyone who thinks they can't that it is absolutely within their ability (even if they're scared). 

I've spoken to elementary, high school, college and adult audiences, and have been a speaker at Ignite Waterloo, KW Speakeasy, MoMondays Guelph, Women's Municipal Campaign School, Wilfred Laurier University SMAG Social Media Conference, Intelligent Office Lunch N Learn Series, University of Waterloo Velocity Start Workshop, Muslim Women Leadership Training, with multiple speaking engagements for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Manulife Chamber Academy Series and Leadership Waterloo Region.

I've studied Honours English Literature at the University of Waterloo, as well as Peace and Conflict Studies, Religion, Sociology, Social Problems, Psychology, and Women's Studies.  

Social Responsibility

Service to others and community building has always been an important part of my life. Over the past 2 decades I've volunteered with:
  • The Grand River Hospital Foundation
  • Arts Awards Waterloo Region
  • Grand River Film Festival
  • Crestview Public School
  • Foodlink Waterloo Region
  • EngageKW! 
  • Movember 
  • The Food Bank of Waterloo Region 
  • Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region 
  • Stanley Park Public School
  • AIDS Action Perth
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Kiwanis Music Festival of Stratford

Here are some other videos I'm in.