Inspiring Entrepreneurship

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, world-renowned economic development expert

Friday October 28th, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

Tickets: $99 for YES Members, $149 for Non-members

Eventbrite Link:

Inspiring Entrepreneurship is presented by The Young Entrepreneur Society of Victoria, (YES Group), a local non-profit society dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed and committed to helping the local economy prosper.

The conference is for anyone who is considering opening a business, anyone who provides services to business start-ups, successful business owners and managers looking for inspiration and investors looking for excellent opportunities to connect with potential partners. The forum will inspire you to start that business you have been dreaming of or expand the business you already operate. It will help you rekindle the passion that got you started in the first place and connect you to the people who can help you achieve your goals.

World-renowned economic and entrepreneurship development expert and author Dr. Ernesto Sirolli will be delivering Opening Remarks as well as the Lunch Keynote Address and will be at the closing reception to meet the delegates. Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the world’s leading authorities on the topic of local economic development. He started working in the field of International Aid in Africa in 1971 and has since worked globally in projects to promote local entrepreneurship and local self-determination. Dr. Sirolli resides in the USA where he was invited to establish the Sirolli Institute in 1996, a social enterprise that teaches civic leaders and entrepreneurs not to let a single ounce of local intelligence go to waste. He has helped thousands of entrepreneurs all around the world create successful lives and business enterprises.

The forum will feature a wide variety of panel presenters speaking on topics of interest to entrepreneurs at any stage of their business venture. Please come prepared to join in the discussion.

The tradeshow provides an opportunity for organizations and businesses to present their products and services to the delegates.

Prepare to be inspired, informed, and above all supported!


Registration – Continental Breakfast 8:00am – 9:00am
Conference Welcome: Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps Introduced by Philip Bisset-Covaneiro 9:00am – 9:15am
Opening Keynote: Dr. Ernesto Sirolli 9:15am – 9:30am
First Panel – Entrepreneurial Service Providers

“Helping Entrepreneurs Achieve Their Dreams”

9:30am – 10:15am
Networking Trade Show Refreshment Break 10:15am – 10:45am
Second Panel – Sales and Marketing

“Tell Your Story, Sell Your Stuff”

10:45am – 11:45pm
Networking Trade Show Lunch

Lunch Keynote: Dr. Ernesto Sirolli

11:45pm – 1:15pm

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Third Panel – Financial Considerations

“Manage the Money”

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Entertainment Break


2:00pm – 2:30pm
Networking Trade Show Refreshment Break 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Fourth Panel – Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Financial Services Industry 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Closing remarks – Philip Bisset-Covaneiro 4:00pm – 4:15pm
Meet the speakers Mixer 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Sponsorship Opportunities:

     Description                                               Benefits                                                        Value

Presentation Sponsor
  • Speaking opportunity during the conference
  • Your logo on all promotional materials
  • Placement of your banners at the event and on the stage
  • Two tickets to the event
  • A table in the trade show
Lunch Sponsor
  • Speaking opportunity at the lunch prior to lunch keynote address
  • Your logo on promotional materials and your banner on the stage during the lunch
  • Two tickets to the event
  • A table in the trade show
Coffee Break Sponsor
  • Your company will be mentioned as the coffee break sponsor
  • Your logo on the promotional materials
  • Two tickets to the event
  • A table in the trade show
Panel Sponsor – Four available
  • Your company will be mentioned as the panel sponsor
  • Your logo on the promotional
  • One ticket to the event
  • A table in the trade show
Meet the speakers Mixer  
  • Your company will be mentioned as the mixer sponsor
  • Your logo on the promotional
  • One ticket to the event
  • A table in the trade show

Trade show exhibitor info:

We are offering the opportunity for participants to set up a booth and tell their story directly to the forum delegates. The cost for a skirted table is $200.00 and we are providing extended breaks for delegates to visit your booth. If you are a sponsor of our forum we will give you your booth at no charge and your booth will be mentioned throughout the day to promote your agency and your booth.

Please call or email to book your booth.

Bob Haugen


YES Victoria

Centre for Entrepreneurship




It’s that time of year again when the are flowers blooming, the sun is shining, the earth is giving, and so are we! Fashion For a Cure 2016 is an annual fund raising event every May in beautiful Victoria, BC!



Location: Moxie’s Grill & Bar (1010 Yates St.)

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm – Show starts at 7:00pm



Created and orchestrated by the Victoria YES group (Young Entrepreneurs Society), the 9th annual Fashion For a Cure event brings together our community and local businesses to fund-raise for the The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island to support our families and children on this island. Money raised goes to support countless programs, facilities, and specialized equipment. Resources are focused on removing barriers and creating opportunities for children and youth facing physical, developmental or mental health challenges.

Every year we chose a new theme, this years theme is Femme Fatale, inspired by the many powerful women and mothers around the world. You are encouraged to dress fierce! Think James Bond 007, ladies and gentlemen. There will also be blackjack and roulette tables to play at the event.

Click HERE to find your tickets today!


Have a look at our amazing sponsors this year!!

DesignHouse Salon & Kazen Hair and Beauty Will be crafting the models hair and makeup and some of there customers along with Aveda Institute Victoria. We will also see amazing fashion designs from sponsors MangoKnickers Lingerie Boutique.

Our Radio Sponsors Ocean 98.5 FM and Kiss 103.1 FM and MC for the night Joe Perkins from CTV News.

Limos provided by Nolan Adams from Sands Funeral Service Victoria, and of course the View Royal Casino will be sponsoring us again this year with casino games!

For more information on the event, or to become a sponsor or purchase tickets, contact us at:

And for more information about The Children’s Health Foundation visit:

YES_LogoChildren's Health Foundation VI





Location: Hawk & Hen (531 Yates St.)
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm (or when the merry-making is done)
Cost: $35 (Members) & $45 (Non-Members)
Includes: a 3-Course Menu (GF & Vegetarian) + Drink (Beer or Wine)


YES is very excited to invite all YES Members, as well as the public, to Hawk & Hen (531 Yates St.) on Thursday, December 10th to enjoy a 3-course menu that includes both gluten free (GF) and vegetarian options, as well as a glass of beer or wine.

There will be door prizes, mingling and, as always, the great YES members.  The Annual YES Christmas Party is a great chance to enjoy West Coast influenced food prepare with local ingredients and join in some great holiday spirit.

For tickets, please contact Phil Bisset-Covaneiro at (250) 882-2200 or info@victoriayesgroup!

We look forward to seeing you all on the 10th at Hawk & Hen to celebrate the season.