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Bob Kronbauer


Vancouver, Canada Area
  1. Local festivals and committees,
  2. Canada Is Awesome
  1. Various Magazines,
  2. Nike,

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I've worked in publishing since the 90's when I developed the first online skateboarding magazine and brought it to acquisition. Then worked as an online manager, creative director and photographer, landing in 2008 as president and editor-in-chief of a media company I founded that's based around hyper-local, community-based properties celebrating Canadian cities.



Local festivals and committees
– Present (6 years)Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium - public engagement volunteer
Pacific Salmon Foundation - DFO Salmon Stamp art judge, gala dinner committee member
Celebration of Light - fireworks judge 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
City of Vancouver Ironclad Art Challenge - judge
IDSwest - steering committee member - advisory board member
Stop the Violence BC - coalition member
Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay - medal bearer
BC Ministry of Health Hands-On-Cook-Off Contest - judge
Georgia Strait Alliance 2012 Fundraiser - speaker
Lotus Awards Judges Breakfast 2012 - MC
Polaris Music Prize - juror
Peak Performance Project - juror
Social Media Week - panelist
BCITMA Think/Share speaker series - MC
BC Parks 100th Anniversary - podium speaker
Vancouver Foundation Generation Green - public engagement committee member
Music Waste video contest - judge
Pacific Palisades photo contest - judge First Photos - judge
Word On The Street - panelist
FACTOR Canada - juror
Penny Smash - Producer

President / Founder

Canada Is Awesome
– Present (7 years 5 months)

Hyper-local, lifestyle media company which focuses on all of the things that make Canadian cities awesome.

It started with the flagship in 2008. We now license out the brand in the Toronto, and Calgary markets.

Professional Photographer

Various Magazines
(9 years)

A collection of my fine art photography entitled "Beach Glass" was published by Holy Water Publishing of the UK in 2004 (a decade ago! Eek!). I'm now semi-retired but have shot portrait photography for the following international publications (and many others):

Giant Robot
Mass Appeal
The Skateboard Mag
Monster Children
SBC Skateboard
TransWorld Skateboarding
Streetwear Today

Artist Mentor

(1 year 2 months)

Curated art exhibitions that were presented by their Nike 6.0 division involving young, up and coming artists. Also worked on grassroots arts initiatives, serving as a liaison between artists and the in-house design team on collaborative projects.

(3 years)

Collective and group blog with 130+ action sports creatives on the roster and which granted an annual "Honorary Professional Skateboarder" degree as a sort of lifetime achievement award in the skateboard industry.

Members included Geoff McFetridge, Michael Leon, Thomas Campbell, James Arizumi, Don Pendleton, Angela Boatwright, Kevin Lyons, Grant Brittain and many others.

Creative Director

(7 years 1 month)

T-shirt company which sold at Colette, Active Ride Shop and Urban Outfitters. We produced artist series t-shirts much like Threadless does, only they came in after us with a much better business model. After we shut it down I curated a series of t-shirts for Threadless Select.

Graphic Designer

The Girl Skateboard Company Inc
(3 years)

Designed skateboard and t-shirt graphics for Girl Skateboards, Fourstar Clothing, Lakai Limited Footwear and Royal Skateboard trucks.

Senior Editor
(3 years)

Developed an online store, implemented a blog structure, managed content, and steered the ship.

Online Manager

Giant Skateboard Distribution
(1 year)

I facilitated the development of a web presence Giant's companies Element Skateboards, 411 Video Magazine, ON Video, and Black Label Skateboards. The 411 website did upwards of $250,000 in online sales in the first year, mostly on VHS, which I now find hilarious.

Skate Editor
(1 year)

San Clemente and San Francisco based web portal concerning skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding. It launched as the dot com bubble was at its peak, then abruptly burst amongst many others less than a year later.

(2 years)

The world's first online skateboarding magazine. After two years online Joe Firmage of USWEB/Intend Change (most recently of ManyOne) facilitated the acquisition of it by his startup,


Nike, Beijing Olympics: Lightning Bolts & Innovation(Link)

Co-curated an exhibition with Mark Lewman and Nike, celebrating BMX making it to the Olympics for the first time in history with a selection of artists who share the common bond of BMX as an early inspiration. Nike collaborated with Bob Haro on the uniforms for the riders, but also in the canvas for the show which was one of Haro's original lightning bolt number-plates.

The show opened in Beijing for the Olympic games, was part of the Beautiful Losers exhibition in Tokyo and then in LA for the final show. The artworks were all auctioned off in public to generate funding and awareness for the Athlete Recovery Fund. The other 30 artists include some great creators, some people that really influenced me at an early age; Bob Haro, Andy Jenkins, Mark Lewman, John Martin, Kevin Wilkins, Todd Bratrud, Yogi Proctor, Michael Leon, Dave Fox, Nick Phillip, Jeff Tremaine, Gork Barrette, Michael Lau, Rich Hansen, Joe Polevy, Ronnie Bonner, Norman Chuck, Dave Ortiz, Andy Mueller, Greg Higgins and David Slade.

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