2016 All-Island Entrepreneurial Summit

What a terrific day with some great Island Entrepreneurs.  The speakers were brilliant, Arbutus Ridge provided a stunning venue and the group of entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals who took the time to join us brought energy, expertise and, most importantly, community!  YES is thrilled to have begun to build the relationships across the Island that will help break down the Malahat divide on the island between Victoria and Nanaimo, Duncan and Vancouver Island.


While many of us work around the world through the wonders of the internet and air travel, but we still struggle to connect across our beautiful island.  The opportunities that we have all begun to open up are huge!

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“Thank you everyone for taking the time out today to spend it with us. A huge shout out to the terrific speakers today who stepped up and really gave it their all with their energy as well as specific and targeted strategies that I know I’ll be implementing in my business as soon as possible!!! Clemens Rettich, Gabriel Padva, Paul Krismer, Paul Holmes, Joe Girard and the ever driven Liza Rogers!!! Can’t thank each of you enough!!”


“Also a huge thanks to the rest of the Young Entrepreneurs Society – Victoria, BC Board of Directors that stepped up and helped with the event – Olga Minko, Ben Mcculloch, David Vanderlee, Jesse McClinton, Kurtis Brown and many others including Matthew Gillard, TJ, thanks for making our first Annual event a great success!”

– Phil Bisset-Covaneiro


Location: The Guild – 1250 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T9, Canada – View Map
Tickets: $10 – Get them HERE!
Liza Rogers and her team are very excited and proud to announce the business launch of WREN, the Women’s Real Estate Network on Thursday, April 28th. Please save the date.


The WREN launch event will be upstairs at The Guild Freehouse. Join us at this stunning, historic downtown location to enjoy great food, friends and fun.
Find out finally:
  • what’s been brewing
  • what we’ve already accomplished
  • what we intend to do over the next couple of years
We’ll be serving light appies, Hoyne beer and Unsworth wine.
Your $10.00 ticket includes a beverage, food and door prizes plus a bonus presentation by Real Estate Entrepreneur Stefan Aarnio.
Thank you to our Sponsor Melanie Erickson of Newport Realty.
We are a barrier free event, if you would like to join us but truly cannot afford the $10.00 ticket please contact us.


Congratulations to Chantelle and Kurtis of DesignHouse Salon on a fantastic, successful evening of friends, food and fun at Well FED Beauty!


YES was well represented and can’t wait to come back again next year!


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Thank you also to our amazing host, The Robert Bateman Centre.  Great work everyone!

Fashion For a Cure 2016

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 (1, 1010 Yates St.)

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

Tickets: http://fashionforacure2016.eventbrite.ca/




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: info@victoriayesgroup.com

To learn more about our organizers, Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES), please visit: www.victoriayesgroup.com

And for more information about The Children’s Health Foundation visit: http://childrenshealthvi.org/

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 Want to Pitch?

Visit http://www.fundicaroadshow.com/city/Victoria/ to secure funding and grow your business!

Join us & Fundica on April 13 for the FUNDICA ROADSHOW VICTORIA. Apply to pitch your business before April 6th at http://bit.ly/1ouNol2.  Get funded and grow your business today!

Use promo code frsYYJ for 50% off FUNDICA ROADSHOW Victoria tickets!! #startups @VIATEC: http://bit.ly/1ouNol2

You can win the San Francisco trip, 3-months office space and pitch to VCs in the Valley!


The 2016 All-Island Entrepreneurial Summit is proudly being hosted by the Young Entrepreneurs Society of Victoria to encourage business across the entire island!



WHERE: Main Conference Room, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club – 3515 Telegraph Rd, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4, Canada- View Map


Click here find out how you can reserve your spot today for the All-Island Entrepreneurial Summit.


Keynote Speakers

Clemens Rettich– The Great Performances Group: “We grow businesses. Faster!”

Joe Girard– Change Grow Achieve

Gabrial Padva– Benefit from Using Technology & CRM’s

Paul Krismer – Happiness Experts

Paul Holmes – Social Media Camp


Come for an amazing day of learning and networking!  YES is thrilled to connect businesses and entrepreneurs to experts and each other, so that the relationships that allow us do business together can begin to form.



Workshop Agenda

7:30am-8:30am – coffee, muffins, fruit, meet and greet.

8:30am-9:00am – welcoming address – why we are all here together, to help bridge the Malahat divide and encourage businesses to work together across the entire island.

9:00am-10:00am – Keynote addressClemens Rettich The Great Performances Group 

10:00am-10:30am – break to meet and mingle with those around you and come up with some goals for the conference, guided by Joe Girard Change Grow Achieve.

10:30am-11:30am – Gabrial Padva using technology to help with business relationships and CRMs to better increase your ability to work with partners outside of your main city.

11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm – Paul KrismerHappiness Experts

1:30am-1:45pm – afternoon break – led by Paul Kismer

1:45pm-2:30pm – Paul HolmesSocial Media Camp

2:30pm-2:45pm – Break

2:45pm-4:00pm – Joe GirardSales and Marketing while making the island smaller and increasing your ability to do business.

4:00pm-4:15pm – Closing remarks – making connections and building off those that you have met today.

4:15pm-5:30pm – Meet and greet before end of the summit


We would like to encourage potential sponsors for the event by providing the ability for businesses to set up displays at the event for $179, as well as sponsors for the lunch, keynote speakers and so on ranging from $250 to $500. Please contact info@victoriayesgroup.com or (250) 882-2200 for more details.


Entrepreneurs take aim!  The All-Island Entrepreneurial Summit will connect you to the knowledge and networking that can help your business hit its targets for 2016.


Click here
 to find out how you can reserve your spot today for the All-Island Entrepreneurial Summit.



3 Positives from Thursday Night’s YES Mixer

1) Paul Kismer & the Happiness Project

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Paul presented a great pitch for investing in happiness.  If there is any emotion to invest time, energy and money in, happiness has the best return in success, health, creativity and friendship.


The most meaningful daily happiness intervention that you can is this exercise–everyday write down three things that happened in your day that you were grateful for.

2) Great friends and good times!


3) Roku cafe
: Thank you to our hosts, the owners of Roku cafe, at our YES Mixer last week!



Social Media Camp – 2016

Social Media Camp

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

YES Members receive a $100 discount with a promo code!

Please contact Matt at gillardmatt3@gmail.com or (778) 922-3236 to get you promo code today.

When you have your promo code, please visit http://smc.eventbrite.ca/ to find out more about ticket availability and your options.

Find out more here about how you can benefit from and register for Canada’s LARGEST Social Media Conference!!!

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About Social Media Camp

We are Social Media Camp – Canada’s largest social media conference. What makes us unique is the broad spectrum of delegates we attract as we tackle all aspects of social media. People come from all over North America, and from all sectors of the economy – small business, large business, government, education, and non-profit.

Of course we cover social media marketing – communications, sales, crowdsourcing, e-learning, digital marketing, content marketing, e-mail marketing, inbound marketing, and more.

But we are not only a “marketing” conference. We look at the cultural impacts of social media, its effects on politics, and its security and safety implications.

What does the future hold, what’s on the horizon, and what is its impact on your business, relationships, family, lifestyle, and our world?

Perhaps best of all, we network – a lot – share our ideas with each other, collaborate, build lasting partnerships, and epic ventures. In seven years, the meetings held at Social Media Camp have spawned thousands of amazing partnerships, and there are thousands more ahead.

We are a conference for experts, and a conference for beginners. If you are newer to social media, our renowned, complimentary coaching program will help kick start your Social Media Camp experience.

You can see that the Social Media Camp community is a diverse one, and we’d like to invite you to join us.

Don’t miss the 7th annual event, May 5th to 7th, 2016, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


Location: Roku Cafe (717 Douglas St.)
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Paul Krismer,
Chief Happiness Officer and founder of The Happiness Experts Company


YES is very excited to announce that our Downtown March Mixer will take place at Roku Cafe on Thursday, March 24th from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  Please save the date, and come JOIN YES for great evening of entrepreneurial networking — come out be part of the action!

We are very excited to announce that the guest speaker will be Paul Krismer, Chief Happiness Officer and founder of The Happiness Experts Company.

Paul is a noted public speaker and corporate trainer. His authentic and passionate commitment to his subject matter shines through his work. Playful and captivating storytelling complements his intelligent and accessible presentation of the science of happiness. His teaching is powerful, authoritative, and convincing. At the same time, Paul is exceptionally practical. He makes real his conviction that happiness is for everyone. And indeed, everyone leaves his presentations inspired to put their learning into practice.

Paul Krismer has a proven track record as an inspirational leader. For twenty years, he has served in senior management roles—overseeing hundreds of staff, multi-million dollar projects, and cheerfully growing future leaders. As a Certified Executive Coach, Paul is appreciated for his kind-hearted, yet relentless pursuit of the client’s best life. Helping people to reach greater happiness and success is his trademark promise. His forthcoming book, “Whole Person Happiness” aims to give everyone access to his expertise. As a teacher of cutting edge positive psychology, he is truly a “Happiness Expert”.

Paul is a proud member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

The Young Entrepreneurs Society of Victoria is a group of enthusiastic business people dedicated to community improvement. Through our charity work and our regular Inspirational Speaker series, we seek to ignite the enterprising spirit in each of our members and facilitate entrepreneurial networking.  The new YES office space will provide an innovative, inviting and vibrant work environment that will bring together passion, purpose and people.  Come out and be a part of the action!

All mixers are open to non-members, and we encourage everyone to come out and experience how joining YES will grow your business and give back to the community!

For all upcoming events, check out our Facebook page and the YES website. Also, get your Membership today on the YES webpage!

See you there!



“What a fun event last night: from shooting arrows (Clash of ArrowsDidier Vincent) to hearing about all of the great community events- Mitzi Dean, Rob Michaels from Ocean 98.5, coming up to our brilliant Guest Speaker –Susan Low, and to Christine Henry Arts and Joanie McCorry, who helped capture the evening wonderfully. Thank you guys so much and thank you everyone for making it out and joining us at the amazing space hosted by Olympic View Golf Club!!




Great to see so many of the YES Directors out as well – Joe Girard, Kurtis Brown, Melanie Hammond, David Vanderlee, Olga Minko…all helping make sure the evening was a great success.”


– Philip Bisset-Covaneiro