S: EO Vancouver
1: 2011 - 2012 EO Vancouver Board | Dean H Gagnon Marcus New Jeff Duncan Jason McDougal Darcy Wray David Notte David Katz Kevin Kirsten Kevin Parenteau Alex Reid Dean H Gagnon Dan Lionello Sheila Beveridge Chapter Sponsors Mackay.ca BoothGrapham.com FrontRowMarketing.co VisionPhoto.ca MyBlackCard.ca MogoMoney.com RyanWalter.com | President Past President Learning Chair Sponsorship Chair Finance Chair Accelerator Chair Integration Chair Mentorship Chair Forum Chair Membership Chair Communications Chair Board Mentor Chapter Administrator
3: There are a lot of factors that make a year successful, most importantly may be the success of the year that proceeds. On behalf of the current board, we thank Marcus New and the board of 2010/2011 for giving us such a head start. Dean H Gagnon, President
4: Picture twenty EO members on one of only three Navy Destroyers in the Canadian fleet for an exclusive trip and learning session with Admiral Greenwood, the Commander of the Pacific Fleet – the American equivalent to a members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While Members had the opportunity to watch special naval exercises as well as witness a military helicopter buzzing the deck a few feet above our heads. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and it attracted members who had not been to events in years. This was about starting the Learning Calendar off with a bang through an exclusive event that our members would tell their grandchildren. Mission successful.
6: Vancouver is one of the premier destinations of the world and our annual summer fireworks are highly revered by all of its residents. Picture 500,000 people crowding onto a tiny beach all struggling to get a view of the show. Dealing with the traffic, the people and the overall hectic atmosphere was not the type of experience we wanted our members to endure. There was only one solution; a 100+ foot private luxury yacht, fully catered, in English Bay for the true exclusive experience. This event allowed our members to watch the excitement from the comfort of our own vessel and create powerful connections with their fellow EO’ers.
7: In Canada we take hockey very seriously. In fact one could say that our hockey players are our true idols. NHL Ryan Walter[M3] , coach and Stanley Cup champion came and had lunch with our chapter to speak about the lessons he learned during his hockey career. 40 members sat around a table and hung out with one of the biggest hockey legends in modern time. This not only provided an exceptional learning opportunity but a truly unique experience.
8: There is one primary luxury clothier in Canada, Harry Rosen. We wanted to provide both an exceptional and unique learning experience so we flew in a senior executive of Harry Rosen Inc. and had him close down the store for our members. With the doors closed and fine scotch flowing, we learned packing secrets from Tumi[, got our exact measurements for custom tailoring, and most importantly we learned the power of building a national brand. Members walked away with a new sense of pride that they were a part of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, Vancouver Chapter; an organization that simultaneously provides exceptional learning opportunities with incomparable experiences.
10: The fourth largest Film Festival in North America takes place right here in Vancouver. Each year the Vancouver International Film Festival draws hundreds of thousands of guests from all over the world. In the centre of it all was EO Vancouver with VIP access to every film, every night, for the duration of the event. As if this benefit was not exclusive enough, EO Vancouver members had the privilege of special reserved seating at the world premier of the renowned film “Crazy Horse”. Our organization is not only interested in the arts but in exclusive once in a lifetime experiences for our members.
12: So often I think we look far and wide for an answer when it has been sitting in our own backyard the entire time. We wanted to do an educational session on building lasting culture in an organization and we realized that one of the kings of corporate culture, fellow EO member and founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Brian Scudamore, was right here in Vancouver. We accompanied Brian with the Culture Evangelist of Zappos, Jon Wolske. Together they taught not just what and how to implement culture, but how to make it stick.
14: Famous author and Canadian, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Outliers and The Tipping Point, took some time out of his busy schedule to have a fireside chat with 20 of our members in an exclusive engagement at a prestigious private club in Vancouver. He talked to the group about his theories on success, observations of influence, and told some unforgettable stories. Each member in attendance walked away with the feeling that EO provides them exceptional learning and once in a lifetime experiences they would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
16: Vancouver has a proud history of pioneering the chapter model for EO. For the 20th anniversary of EO Vancouver we wanted to create an unforgettable celebration and it would not have been the same without all those who had contributed in the past. Every EO Vancouver alumni was invited through members’ connections, contacts and sometimes just downright hard research. Joining us in our exclusive buy-out of one Vancouver’s hottest nightclubs was Peter Thomas, Neil Balter, Bill Trimble, David Steele a few of the pioneers of our organization as well as EO Global Chair, Kevin Langley. This event produced powerful connections by joining old and new members
18: Vancouver held off our Chapter Retreat till October to ensure we would have full attendance for our 20th Anniversary celebration. For the first time in memory our chapter retreat was held downtown Vancouver under the iconic sales of Canada Place in Vancouver’s harbour. Being in Vancouver had its benefits as we could attract world class leaders to fly in and coach our chapter on leadership, managing and growth. The keynote was done by no other than EO Vancouver alumni Roger Hardy who told his story of growing Coastal Contacts to over $100 million dollars.
19: Vancouver is a beautiful city but because of its mild seasons, it is beset with homelessness and poverty. What a better time to chip in and give back than Christmas time. Members built more than 1500 care packages for the residents of the streets of Vancouver. We invited the Chief of Police, Jim Chu, to join us and address the group about the problems his force faces with the neighbourhood we were about to embark into. With more than 200 people, we took to the streets to provide some cheer for those who needed it most. In the same area where we normally roll up our windows and try not to make eye contact, we were walking with our children and parents, making powerful connections with a community we had no idea we had anything in common with.
21: Tired of the traditional Christmas party, this year we decided to go the complete opposite direction. The Bad Santa Party had all that was naughty for the Christmas season. From a custom built Cuban cigar smoking tent to burlesque dancing entertainment, we went anywhere but boring. With body painted women, fire dancers and go-go dancing elves, we had a little visit from the naughty king of Christmas, good ‘ol Saint Nick. When he wasn’t busy stumbling around our bought-out nightclub (called Guilt), he was giving special wrapped gifts to all that came to visit (Hint: batteries were included).
22: One of the best Canadian business success stories is Lululemon. Behind the wheel of this organization is Chip Wilson, who is a regular speaker and contributor for our chapter. This year we decided to go to Chip’s mentor. Entrepreneurial coach, Anarag Gupta, joined us for lunch to discuss how to implement purpose and intention into our organizations. Rated as the best lunch and learn ever attended by multiple, long time EO members, we created an exceptional learning opportunity which provided take home value to all who attended.
23: We were all there once, the new kid on the block. Starting in EO can feel a bit intimidating and for good reason. Tight knit forums gather in clusters at events to update each other and from the outside members seem like they got everything figured out in their businesses. To help new members bridge relationships with senior members outside of their forum, Vancouver held it’s first new member dinner, giving new members and their spouses an opportunity to dine with the board.
24: Each year 40 individuals under the age of 40 are recognized as the upcoming leaders for the city of Vancouver. EO, being a title sponsor of the event, not only participated but also received special recognition in front of the most influential business crowd in Vancouver. Our members were proud to be with an organization that’s supports Vancouver’s rising talents.
27: 46,000 weekly readership 1,748,000 EO brand exposures targeted directly at entrepreneurs 19 weeks of advanced publicity advertising calling for nominations 16 weeks of event promotion for the award gala 1 year of online presence at BIV 500 copies of the results issue mailed to members or prospects. Gala event seats for members Podium recognition at gala Onstage Presence To Present Student Entrepreneur Scholarship at gala 2 EO exclusive display ads in the 40 Under 40 results issue. Exposure Value: $21,000
28: Creating powerful connections between members and the community is important but for a truly balanced learning calendar, helping our members create powerful connections with their family is paramount. This year we took over the award winning and world famous Vancouver Aquarium and closed it to the public. In this intimate setting our member’s children experienced the Aquarium in a way that they never have before. Private shows, behind the scenes tours and fish feeding provided a once in a lifetime experience for the children while the parents sat in a private auditorium and learned from author and speaker, Hal Runkel, on how to avoid emotional reactivity in their spousal relationships and as CEOs of their organizations. This family friendly event proved that exceptional experiences are not just reserved for our members but also for those that they love.
30: Vancouver House I Take 250 A-type personalities, people who hate taking orders and are used to being in the drivers seat. Picture convincing a quarter of them that coming to a party wearing nothing but their hotel robes and slippers was a good idea. Now picture the Canadian Conference’s unofficial ‘Vancouver House’. It was a truly unique initiative that made the members of our chapter proud to be a leading force in the region.
31: Vancouver House II Picture the global leadership for EO arriving on your doorstep and feel the pressure of throwing an unforgettable party. We took on the challenge and made it our own. In the penthouse suite at the Vancouver Wall Centre, the Vancouver House was born again. Our board believes in making our presence known, making sure our members have a place to call home and ensuring everyone in EO knows that Vancouver will boldly go where others won’t.
32: Once a year a special telethon is broadcasted that helps children with disabilities. This year EO Vancouver decided to make a difference. We brought in one of Vancouver’s most influential business minds, Peter Legge, to talk to us over breakfast about entrepreneurial philanthropy and his journey in business and charity. After breakfast we arrived at the telethon, took over the phone banks for an hour and broke the record for funds raised. Working together our members raised over $100,000 that hour from members, staff, customers and friends. No one was left untouched after this awe inspiring, once in a lifetime experience and exceptional learning opportunity. This event created powerful connections to the community for our members and was received as one of the best events of the year.
34: A few years ago an innovative new program aired on Canadian television that allowed inventors and entrepreneurs to pitch their business or concept to five successful individuals in the hopes of finding investment. This program, The Dragon’s Den, was a success and even developed into a US version, The Shark Tank. The Dragon’s Den is the most watched show in Canada. In February, EO Vancouver had special access to one of the Dragon’s to hear what he learned through his years on the show. Jim Treliving, founder of Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube, provided an exception learning experience for our members.
35: A $95,000 speaker was invited to travel to Vancouver on a tight EO budget and respectfully declined. Not willing to concede defeat the board dug deep to build a compelling case for John Maxwell to travel to Vancouver and speak to our chapter. The invite created was quite possibly one of the most creative thing this famous author has ever seen and the fact that EO Vancouver let it go viral and received more than 100,000 views made it that much more appealing. At the point of this publication, negotiations with the author are now progressing.
36: Creating lasting connections with fellow members is often overlooked in the Learning Calendar. Realizing that most members had no idea what their fellow members do for business, let alone what their operational challenges are, we decided to put on a car rally. With 40 members roaring around the city in donated luxury cars, only the GPS coordinates would be their guide taking them from member establishment to member establishment. Being onsite with half a dozen businesses and learning how they function, where they function and why they operate created a deep sense of connection and belonging for the EO Vancouver family.
37: An iconic trip that people travel all over the world to is the Rocky Mountaineer Train. Whisking passengers through the mountains and enjoying the breathtaking scenery might be compelling enough for an event but we didn’t stop there. Bringing senior entrepreneurs to talk to the chapter about their success tips while on the journey to Whistler, BC will truly be a once in a lifetime experience. Arriving in Whistler for a reception and an evening of dining and overnight accommodation will make for an experience that our members will talk about for years to come.