Owning an online registration company has some advantages.
One is that I get to work from home on Vancouver Island most of the time and
catch the ferry over to the office in North Vancouver when required.
When I saw the email for the MPI AGM come in, I noticed that it started earlier
than most meetings and was ending by 7. This worked out perfect for me as I
could catch the first ferry to Vancouver in the morning and then catch the last
ferry home. It would be a long day, but that’s the nature of commuting from the
The AGM went as expected, although if you were expecting long, drawn out
proceedings, you would have been disappointed. Ryan met all of the official
requirements of an AGM, but managed to do it in record time.
Next up was the speaker for the event, Rob Gialloreto – President and CEO of
Tourism Victoria. Rob caught everyone’s attention with an interesting glimpse
into his past using a series of photos. If you missed it, he briefly showed an
image related to a point in his past such as an activity that he participates
in or his family, as he mentioned it in the talk. I’ve seen a few speakers use
this style of opening and it is an entertaining and memorable way to get
Overall, it sounds like fairly good news for our industry, although growth will
be slow and we still need to be changing and working hard to secure business.
The point that really stuck with me from the presentation was the slide about
the need to be creative. This started me thinking about how increased creativity
in my company can win more clients. A few ideas have come to mind and I will be
exploring them more in the near future.
There was more time for networking after the event and an opportunity to speak
with board members about their specific roles.
I left the event on time and even had time to grab a coffee to help keep me
awake for the ferry ride home. I made it to the ferry by 8:45, just in time to
buy my ticket for the 9PM ferry home, only to be informed that the last sailing
during the week to Nanaimo is now 7PM!
Somehow I missed that update from BC ferries, so it cost me a night in the
Horseshoe Bay motel, which I found out is the only accommodation in all of West
Vancouver aside from a few bed and breakfasts.
Jim is the president of ePly, an event registration software that makes a breeze. For more