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Club Penguin founders share on faith, arts and justice

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Event Details

Event Date: October 3rd, 2012
Venue: Bottega
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $20 | $10 students

We’re delighted to have the founders of Club Penguin join us for an informal evening of discussion, reminiscence and reflection based on their varied experiences, from the founding of one of the most popular Social Networks for children to its acquisition by Disney.

Club Penguin FoundersMusic by Urban Birds starting at 6pm with the discussion beginning at 7pm.


Bo.ttega Farm Inn (map)
4485 Sallows Road
Kelowna, BC | V1W 4C2

All proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting the efforts of TribeHouse Artist Collective and the coming festival at Bo.ttega summer 2013.





Club Penguin, founded in 2005, is one of the most popular and fastest-growing virtual worlds for children. The company was developed and launched by Dave Krysko, Lane Merrifield and Lance Priebe, and their commitment to creating a safe and ad-free online playground helped propel Club Penguin to international acclaim and a partnership with the Walt Disney Company, which acquired Club Penguin in August 2007.


Dave Krysko, President of Davara Enterprises, Co-Founder and former Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Club Penguin

Prior to his work with Club Penguin and the Walt Disney Internet Group, Dave was a professional musician and worked in the audio and video production business. It was during the time he owned and operated New Horizon Productions in Kelowna that Dave partnered with his then employees Lane Merrifield and Lance Priebe to develop Club Penguin.

Social Media 2012 leadersDave is a longtime philanthropist who has been involved in humanitarian work in Canada, Mexico and Romania. In addition to helping develop the strategic direction of Club Penguin, he devotes a substantial amount of time and energy into managing the New Horizon Foundation, a charitable organization created and funded by Club Penguin and committed to improving the lives of children and their families around the world.

Dave is currently overseeing the Davara Group of Companies located in Kelowna BC.


Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President, Walt Disney Internet Group, Co-Founder and General Manager, Club Penguin

Since Club Penguin’s inception, Lane has led the management, operations and business strategy for Club Penguin out of the company’s headquarters in Kelowna.

Prior to his work with Club Penguin and the Walt Disney Internet Group, Lane held various technical and marketing roles with a range of companies in Canada and the United States, but his most memorable employment experience will always be his first job at Disneyland.
Lane has always nurtured a passion for using technology to connect people in new ways. He loves the fact that Club Penguin has the potential to bring kids from around the world together in a fun, creative and safety-focused environment.


Lance Priebe, President of Rocketsnail Games, Co-Founder and former Chief Creative Officer of Club Penguin

Prior to his work with Club Penguin and the Walt Disney Internet Group, Lance worked as a graphic artist in large format, digital imaging and printing and owned his own graphic art and web design company.

Lance is the creative mind behind the original concept and design of Club Penguin, One of the first Flash-based web products he created in his spare time, a basic chat and interaction game called “Experimental Penguins”, formed the template for Club Penguin.

Lance is currently leading Rocketsnail Games, a game studio in Kelowna, BC.


*Photo credit: Darren Hull
** Club Penguin, as shown on this infograph, is one of the top social networks online.


5 Responses to Club Penguin founders share on faith, arts and justice

  1. Revgreen

    Would I be able to get the recording of this event? It is a must see for all my viewers.

    • Nico Boesten

      @Revgreen – the evening was recorded (video & audio) but it’s still uncertain how much of this will be available for the public… you could always sign up for the newsletter to make sure you’re on the up-and-up.

  2. Revgreen

    How much longer until you release the video of this event. It has been 3 weeks.

  3. Revgreen

    It has been over a month and you still haven’t uploaded the video :/

  4. Ikk200

    PLEASE UPLOAD THE VIDEO! It’s 2013, we’ve waited so long, please I’m in UK I couldn’t come I’m so desperate to watch it!

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