Over 500 of Vancouver’s entrepreneurs and business community leaders gathered at the Westin Bayshore last week for The Entrepreneur 2019.
The event, produced by Open2Discussion Media, offered an exclusive glimpse into the lives, tactics, and strategies of some of the city’s most extraordinary entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Here’s what the attendees, producers, and sponsors had to say about the event.
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“This event serves two purposes. The first is to equip our business and community leaders with fresh perspective through the sharing of insights and collaborative activities. The second is to demonstrate that our corporate community can make a tremendous social impact through a little visioneering and inspiration from entrepreneurs who do it well. Consider our founding sponsor, Boughton Law. They don’t just make financial donations to local causes, they partner with organizations (both big and small) such as Dress for Success and Whole Way House, offering legal advice, volunteer hours, and strategically engage their network to further each cause.” Christopher Hamade, Producer / Curator at Open2Discussion (O2D)
“You know I get asked to speak at a lot of different things, and if there’s a fearless leader (Chris Hamade) that I can really believe in, I know it’s going to be a great day.” – Meredith Schutter, Founder at PROtect. Smart Personal Safety
“I really enjoy the theme of this event – through the lens. You can use analogies and story to relate to other industries, and I think that cross-industry exchange needs to take place to grow as a world, as an economy, as an industry of professionals.” – Patrick Wallian, CEO Exibau.
“What I like about this conference is – we seem to have these very firm structures around conferences that aren’t necessarily helpful to the attendee, it’s just how it’s always been done. And I like that they seem to challenge the way things have always been done and they want to provide value to the people who are attending.” – Rebecca Troelstra, COO/ Co-Founder at Avenue HQ.
“Boughton will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this fall and at the heart of that milestone is our entrepreneurial spirit. Over the past seven decades, the firm has evolved alongside its West Coast community, aiming to serve, even those beyond our clients, with respect and dignity.” – Luca Citton, Managing Director at Boughton Law and Chair of its Community Action Committee.
“I like what they’re doing here, I like the idea of being able to talk in a relaxed environment. There’s some great ideas coming out of the conference today, and we’re excited to be able to sponsor it and work with the event organizers. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” – Scott Larson, CEO at Kater.
“I think these events are invaluable. So anybody who is thinking about a career or an entrepreneurial move or a different business, absolutely check it out first. So you don’t make the same pitfalls that all of us have.” Ryan Moreno, CEO/Co-Founder at the Joseph Richard group.