What Is Business Without Community?

When you make the community an essential part of your business, you can build structures that will help grow and enhance your business for years to come. At the next EOCC Inc. event Building Business Bridges, we’ll discuss how to combine community and business to promote growth.

The event aims to bring together over 250 curious minds united by a passion for business and serve as a platform for sharing ideas and connecting with like-minded professionals. Attending this mixer is also an exceptional opportunity to learn from and be inspired by Edmonton’s top executives, as well as meet potential business partners or clients.

Leading to and following the 40-minute panel discussion, guests will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and the businesses working to shape and grow our city.

Our panel discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • How to combine community and business to promote growth.
  • How to leverage partnerships to ensure business development.
  • How collaboration with customers and other organizations help develop successful products and services.
  • How strategic alliances help you further your contacts, in turn allowing for growth.
  • How engaging with community stakeholders can benefit the business.

Don’t miss the opportunity to grow your business connections, listen to our insightful speakers, and enjoy complimentary tapas and drinks.

Come network with us at Muttart Conservatory on July 5, where we’ll learn and build bridges together!

Notable Speakers:

Catherine VuOwner of Pro Active IT Management

Rebecca SmillieOwner of Purpose Collective

Dianne YoungFounder of Young Team & Associates

Jane Flower, VP of the Alberta Motor Association

About the Speakers

Catherine Vu

In 1997 Catherine Vu co-founded Pro-Active Computer Solutions, taking a risk as a women entrepreneur in a male-dominated sector. In 2003, Catherine bought out her partner, transforming the original company into Pro-Active IT Management Inc. The Pro-Active team continues to grow, building expertise on their quest for thought and action leadership in the information management industry.

Pro-Active IT is now a recognized force within the Alberta IT community, including participating in special Silicon Valley development projects. Building on a foundation of best-in-class practices, technical expertise and responsive customer service with integrity, Pro-Active IT has grown from humble roots into a thriving, customer-centric, Computer Solutions Company with customers across Alberta who are raving fans.

As an immigrant to Canada, Catherine believes in ‘paying it forward’ and is dedicated to giving back to her community. Her recent support includes Alberta Easter Seals, Winnifred Stewart Association, AB Cancer Foundation Bust a Move, and Suit Yourself, and just to name a few. Catherine’s philanthropic work raises tens of thousands of dollars annually in the community. Pro-Active IT is proud to sponsor and participate in numerous charitable events and campaigns throughout the year.

Rebecca Smillie

Rebecca Smillie is a corporate social responsibility and community investment strategist who drives companies to build impact through game-changing execution. With a strong focus on impact driven programming and a talent for building robust sponsorship partnerships, Rebecca matches trackable impact with the advancement of business.

As the founder of Purpose Collective, Rebecca works with a diverse group of corporate clients that range from construction groups to festivals. In her free time, Rebecca is a committed member of the Stollery Women’s Network and volunteer adult-raiser with Dogs With Wings Assistance Society.

Dianne Young

Dianne Young, an experienced business strategist, has a proven track record of establishing credibility and forging strong working relationships with business leaders, employee groups, all levels of government and key community influencers.

Dianne is a Founder of Young Team & Associates, an organization that offers extensive experience in strategic and operational planning, brand management and differentiation and positioning strategies.

Before devoting her work to Young Team & Associates, Dianne served as a President and CEO at Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dianne has also been very active in the community throughout her career and helped raise over $100 million to benefit a number of non-profit organizations.

Jane Flower

Jane joined the Alberta Motor Association as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications in March 2013, returning to her hometown of Edmonton after spending 15 years in Calgary. After completing a Master of Arts degree at the University of Alberta in 1994, she joined the editorial staff of an academic Accounting journal where she acted as Managing Editor for three years before a career change took her to Calgary. She joined the marketing team at what was, at the time, Western Canada’s largest integrated marketing agency, Parallel Strategies, where she quickly rose through the ranks from Digital Account Manager to Vice President and Lead Brand Strategist. While working at Parallel Strategies, she also completed her Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Entrepreneurship called and in 2001, backed by the personal financial support of her boss at the time, she opened a boutique marketing agency specializing in end-to-end delivery of integrated marketing campaigns for medium-sized businesses. Over the course of the next 11 years, she and her business partner grew the agency into one that had clients around the globe – from Calgary to Toronto, San Francisco to Tokyo – and a reputation for high-touch, hands-on, strategic marketing solutions that delivered big results for the brands they worked on.

Family called her home to Edmonton in 2012 where she worked for DDB Canada as Account Director and Brand Strategist before landing at AMA. Her portfolio at AMA includes Brand and Corporate Reputation, Communications and Content, Creative Development, Research and Insights, Engagement and Acquisition.

In her spare time, she has been known to teach courses in marketing, brand and service design for some of the province’s leading Universities and Colleges and one day plans to write a book on the subject.

Notable Sponsors:

Title Sponsors

  • Lexus of Edmonton
  • Imagine Health

Gold Sponsors

  • Yorkton Group International Ltd.
  • Katherine Deypalubos of RBC Wealth Management
  • Heritage Valley Capital
  • EOCC Inc.
  • Rayacom
  • The Mortgage Experts of CIBC Mortgages
  • Law Contractor
  • FEMME Medical Concierge

Silver Sponsors

  • Hudsons Bay
  • Vida Floral Studio
  • Gem Gallerie
  • 9 Round
  • Jin Media
  • Lux Steakhouse + Bar94
  • Divine Spine
  • Goat Locker
  • Hudson’s on 109
  • Gia
  • BLVD
  • Pro-Active IT Management
  • Purpose Collective
  • Alberta Motor Association
  • Young Team & Associates

*Full sponsor list still developing.