Flickr Co-Founder Stewart Butterfield to keynote at Fusion ’09 in Vancouver

New Media BC announced this morning that Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flickr, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Fusion Venture Forum 2009 on November 12th in Vancouver.

Butterfield is a firm supporter of Vancouver’s Digital Media industry and was part of the original team that grew Flickr from a tiny Vancouver based operation to a worldwide phenomenon. He and his co-founder Catherine Fake sold Flickr to Yahoo reportedly for more than $30 million, barely a year after launching it in February 2004. The original plan had been to create an online game that never quite took off. Flickr remains one of the most noted digital media success stories from this region.

Butterfield will open Fusion ’09 by sharing his success story with some 200 attendees, mostly Canadian founders with early to growth stage ventures. Twenty of Canada’s up and coming digital media companies will present their latest ventures to top tier investors from North America, including Google Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and SoftTech VC.

Butterfield is currently working on a new startup in Vancouver called Tiny Speck.

Deadline to register for Fusion’s Bootcamp and Conference is October 20th.