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    PARTNERS IN

    BUILDING NETWORKS

    TO ACHIEVE AMAZING

    RESULTS

    CONFERENCE PROGRAM

    SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017

    ENCANA EVENT CENTRE

    REGISTRATION $195.00

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    Community Futures Peace Liard and the South Peace Economic Development Commission are pleased to

    present the 2nd Annual South Peace B2B (Business to Business) Expo.

    The Business Expo has been developed to reconnect our South Peace business operators with one another, (Dawson

    Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Pouce Coupe and Electoral Area D&E); to examine the potential of new opportuni-

    ties that may be available by networking locally and to provide the opportunity for business operators to share their

    current business offering's with others.

    There are always changes affecting our communities due to the weather that influences the success of our agricul-

    ture economy, oil and gas prices and coal prices. The region is experiencing a resurgence in the oil and gas industry

    as well as mining, wind mill farms and Site C. Many businesses are coming out of the economic slump the South

    Peace has experienced and moving forward. Some businesses will feel the effects of that slump for another year.

    Today gives everyone a chance to talk to other businesses and create new alliances. We are pleased to have Drag-

    on’s Den Manjit Minhas give a presentation on how important networking is to growing your business as well as

    speaking about Minhas Brewery. Building Blocks to Achieve Amazing Results will provide opportunity to get to know

    more people and grow your existing network.

    I want to thank our generous sponsors, our staff at Community Futures and the staff at the Encana Event Centre for

    their hard work in bringing this event to you.

    Hopefully you will find this conference beneficial and the SPB2B 2017 will be a great networking experience for you.

    WELCOME

    Sue Kenny,

    General Manager

    Community Futures

    Peace Liard

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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    PARTNERS

    SILVER

    BRONZE

    Photography by Tryna Gower

    FRIENDS OF SPB2B

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    KEYNOTE SPEAKER/

    Manjit Minhas

    DRAGON’S DEN

    Manjit and Ravinder Minhas (siblings) are Petroleum Engineers by profession, were born and raised in Calgary and

    still call Calgary home. Manjit (age 19 at the time) and Ravinder, at the age of 18 decided to start a company

    called Mountain Crest Liquors Inc. (MCLI). The mandate of Mountain Crest Liquors was to bring design, create

    recipes, and market high quality premium liquor and sell them at a discounted price in Alberta.

    The consumers loved the beer so much that they suggested the slogan ‘Damn Good Beer’ and Manjit and

    Ravinder happily obliged. The “Damn Good Beer” slogan can now be found on many of their Canadian beers –

    including Mountain Crest Classic Lager, Mountain Crest Blonde and Clear Creek Ice. Of course, they also have an-

    other 20 craft and session types of brews in almost all genres of beers produced in the world.

    The consumers loved the beer so much that they

    suggested the slogan

    “Damn Good Beer”

    Russ Beerling, is former business owner of Moose FM, Energetic

    City.ca, Big Ideas Marketing Company, and a small billboard com-

    pany. His is now partner in a new marketing business under the

    name ESR Business Solutions Inc.

    Russ has been involved with Community Futures for several years

    now, sitting as a board member, a director, business advisory

    board and Past Chair. He also sat on the B.C. Community Futures

    Provincial Board of Directors, representing the Northeast Region.

    Being a business owner has helped Russ to understand the chal-

    lenges faced with business today.

    MASTER OF CEREMONIES

    Russ Beerling, Partner, ESR Business Solutions Incorporated

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    SPEDC CHAIR & MAYORS PANEL

    Director

    Electoral

    Area D/

    Leonard

    ACTING

    MAYOR/

    Rochelle

    Galbraith

    Mayor/

    Don

    McPherson

    Leonard Hiebert, elected as the

    Electoral Area ‘D’ Director in a by-

    election in 2014, lives in Tomslake,

    BC. He was re-elected as Director for

    Electoral Area ‘D’ in the 2014 Local

    Government Election and Chairs the

    SPEDC.

    Since then he worked in the medical

    field in Grande Prairie and LaCrete,

    Alberta. He is now the Operations

    Manager for Koala-T First Aid Ser-

    vice. Leonard has lived in Saskatche-

    wan, Manitoba, Alberta as well as in

    Rochelle was first elected to the

    District of Chetwynd Council in

    2011 and reelected in 2014 .

    Rochelle attended Northern

    Lights College, the Justice Insti-

    tute of BC and Royal Roads Uni-

    versity, and received a Level 2

    Leadership Certificate from the

    Local Government Leadership

    Academy. She is currently work-

    ing for Northern Lights College

    as the Community Adult Literacy

    Coordinator.

    Don McPherson has served the

    District of Tumbler Ridge for 13

    years as Councillor and then

    elected Mayor during the 2014

    Local Government election.

    Don McPherson is a long term

    resident of Tumbler Ridge,

    going into business for himself

    as the owner / operator of the

    local Shell Gas Station, a compa-

    ny that he successfully ran for

    18 years. .

    Mayor/

    Dale

    Bumstead

    Director

    Electoral

    Area E/

    Mayor Dale Bumstead was born and

    raised in Dawson Creek and has

    raised his family here. He is married

    to LuVern and they have three adult

    children and six grandchildren. Dale

    enjoys spending time at the family

    cabin at One Island Lake with his

    family. Dale worked his 32 year ca-

    reer with ICBC, the last 12 years as

    Regional Vice President of Operations

    and Vice President of Broker Rela-

    tions and Sales.

    Dan Rose, elected as Director

    for Electoral Area ‘E’ in No-

    vember 2014, lives in

    Groundbirch, BC. He served

    as the Electoral Area ‘E’ Alter-

    nate Director for Tim Caton

    from 2005 to 2011.

    Dan has lived in Groundbirch

    since 1990 where he and his

    wife Wendy operate a ranch-

    ing business. They have a

    daughter and two sons who

    PRRD DIRECTOR CITY OF DAWSON CREEK

    PRRD DIRECTOR/CHAIR OF SPEDC District of CHETWYND DISTRICT OF TUMBLER RIDGE

    Acting

    Mayor

    Andre

    Lavoie

    VILLAGE OF POUCE COUPE

    Councillor Lavoie has served as a

    Councillor since being elected in a

    by-election on March 22, 2014, He

    was re-elected in the November

    2014 Election for a four year term

    with the Village. He was Acting

    Mayor from Jan to April 2016 and

    appointed as Director of the Peace

    River Regional District . Presently

    sitting as Alternate Director for the

    PRRD. wide mobile homes to trav-

    el into the Peace Country.

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    BUILDING NETWORKS TO ACHIEVE AMAZING RESULTS

    (Left) Paul Wiest, President of Cornerstone

    Group of Management Consultants Ltd.

    works to achieve extraordinary results with

    his clients in the areas of strategy develop-

    ment, project design and implementation,

    organizational leadership, and business and

    corporate training. Our approach is to uti-

    lize creative and innovative solutions that

    meet the client’s needs.

    (Right) Robert Gaudet, Associate of Corner-

    stone Group of Management has worked as

    an owner/consultant of Focus Management

    Development assisting international clients

    in the design, development, implementa-

    tion and support of work processes and

    change management utilizing proprietary

    tools unique to FOCUS.

    FACILITATOR/

    Paul Wiest, President

    FACILITATOR/

    Robert J Gaudet, P. Eng.

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    Tryna Gower/PHOTOGRAPHER

    Karleigh Nickel/PHOTOGRAPHER

    Award winning entrepreneur, photographer and author, Tryna Gower,

    has been around the block for over 20 years creating image work for

    many companies all over the world. Using her photographic and intuitive

    skill set she continues to see new ways of transformation and success for

    people and business. Passionately she strives to set a new standard of

    energetic wellness and awareness in the professional world so people

    can create with more capacity by releasing what is no longer serving

    them.

    A photo can speak a thousand words about you and your business,

    so please join me for your new free business photograph.

    What is life without Love? Love that soothes the soul? There are many

    different types of love, and with you I share my love of photography. My

    Heart and Soul is put into my work. I often hear a song and tell myself if

    there could be a soundtrack to my life that song wou