Category Archives: Sidney Breakfast Club

SBC June 8th – Ray Brougham, President of Rainhouse Canada

Hi all.  Summer seems to finally be upon us so I am looking forward to sunny warm weather and much, much, less rain.

However, an important note first: This upcoming meeting is the last meeting before the summer with a restart of meetings on 14 September, 2017.

As many of you know, we have been running a speaker theme recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Sidney Breakfast Club.  At our last meeting we were joined by a number of people that were instrumental in either starting this club in 1992 or participated in the early years.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all as I believe this group really facilitated the tremendous success of our technology/manufacturing sector on both the Peninsula and throughout the Greater Victoria area.

Now that we have brought our 25th anniversary themed talks to a close, I am happy to introduce Ray Brougham, President of Rainhouse Canada as our speaker this month.  Ray, as many of you may remember from a previous talk he gave us was the founder of Prototype Equipment Design and consequently will be talking to us about “Adventures in Rebranding”.  ie, same company, new name and repositioning to grow and sustain market share.

For those of you that have been around for a while, you will have seen a number of our local companies start up, grow and then “change names / rebrand”.  Now is your chance to find out why this happens as Ray talks about the challenges faced by well-established owner operated companies and gives us some valuable insights into the challenges, risks and rewards of rebranding.

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 8 Jun 2017

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

Please join us on Thursday 8th of June, 2017 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke @ieee.org) only if you plan on attending. 

Thank you.

Bill Cooke, P.Eng / Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club

e-mail: cooke@ieee.org

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SBC May 11th – Bill Cooke, P.Eng., Chair, Sidney Breakfast Club

Hi everyone. In continuing with our SBC 25th year anniversary theme, our meeting this month will feature a talk given by our beloved SBC leader, Bill Cooke, P.Eng., Chair, Sidney Breakfast Club. 

Bill is a registered Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience working in the technology and advanced manufacturing sector for a number of companies and organizations across Canada.  He has been the general manager of two advanced manufacturing companies as well as co-founding and managing two consulting companies since moving to Sidney in 1982.  He joined VIATeC in 1998 working as a project manager for 5 years and then CEO before retiring in 2005 to continue working with start-up and early-stage companies.

On May 11th, as an SBC member since 1993 and volunteer chair since 1997, Bill will lead a discussion celebrating: “A 25 year history of the Sidney Breakfast Club“.

The SBC, founded by Dr. Rick Hudson in 1991/2 started with 20 member companies as a forum for high technology owners to get together.  Known as “the Breakfast Club”, these entrepreneurs of knowledge-based corporations in the region met monthly to discuss areas of common interest and concern.

Join Bill to hear more about the history and future of this group as it continues to grow and contribute to our local community economy. We are expecting some “original” member company participants to join us and share their experiences. This will be a one of a kind and a can’t miss meeting! This time around, please RSVP john@harbourdigitalmedia.com if you plan on attending.

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 11 May 2017.

 

SBC April 13th – Roberto Racca, CCO, JASCO Applied Sciences

Hi everyone and welcome to Spring and our continuing SBC 25th year anniversary theme.

The meeting this month will feature a talk given by Roberto Racca, CCO, JASCO Applied Sciences.  JASCO (www.jasco.com) is a local Canadian corporation with fully owned operating companies in 5 countries and has, for over 35 years, provided services and equipment for the estimation and measurement of underwater noise and its potential effects on aquatic life.    

Last month, Terry Curran talked to us (YouTube Link) about some of the early history of IOS and local marine science and technology companies so, we are very fortunate this month to hear more about one of these very companies.  Roberto, who first started consulting with JASCO in 1986, later served as VP for R&D and took up the role of President & CEO in 2000 with the acquisition of the company by himself and two partners.  His talk, “Growing a niche company into a world leader”, will lead us through the eventful history of JASCO from its inception as a near-dedicated consulting firm to its position today as one of the most globally recognized names in the science and technology of underwater acoustics and bioacoustics.

I look forward to hearing more about one of our local company success stories and expect this will be an interesting and informative talk and follow-on discussion.

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 13 Apr 2017

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

Please join us on Thursday 13th Apr., 2017 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke @ieee.org) only if you plan on attending. 

(we had over 40 attendees last month, so please rsvp at your earliest convenience)

Cheers,

Bill Cooke, P.Eng / Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club

e-mail: cooke@ieee.org / cell +1 (250) 881-4590

SBC March 9th – Terry Curran, P.Eng.

Continuing with our SBC 25th year anniversary theme, we are lucky to have one of the region’s original Industry builders and leaders speak to us this month.

Terry Curran, P. Eng.,  joined the embryonic Institute of Ocean Sciences in 1973 as a project engineer, and in 1980 became the Industrial Liaison Officer as well as Chief of Engineering Services.  He retired from IOS in 2012, and works part time for the Pacific Salmon Foundation creating and populating a website for marine data for BC.

Our topic on March 9th will be: “Early history of the Institute of Ocean Sciences and the local Marine Science and Technology Companies, 1970 – 2000”

In this talk, Terry will discuss the founding principles of the Institute of Ocean Sciences and the related development of the marine science and technology companies from an insider’s point of view.  Much of the growth occurred in the 1980s, and various federal policies and programs contributed to the resulting success of local companies.  Policy changes in the early nineties lead to the creation of the Sidney Breakfast Club, and a changed role for IOS.

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 9th Mar 2017

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 7am and please RSVP (john@harbourdigitalmedia.com) only if you plan on attending.

 

SBC January 12th – David Fissel, Board Chair and Jan Buermans, Product Division Manager, of ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.

Happy New Year Everyone.  Welcome to 2017!  After several weeks of over-eating & drinking, I am ready to get back at it…I think…LOL. I will be hosting our first meeting of 2017 while Bill is out of town.

Our speaker for the Thursday / January 12th / 7am meeting will be David Fissel, Board Chair and Jan Buermans, Product Division Manager,  of ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. 

Starting 40 years ago, David was a founding principal in ASL and for much of this time, he was the President & CEO. Jan Buermans has been with ASL since 2001 in product sales positions and recently he took on full responsibility of the Product Division. Our topic on January 12th will be “ASL: Adapting and Thriving under Changing Markets”.

ASL provides Oceanographic Consulting Services and Products to global markets. ASL provides Scientific Consulting Services in oceanography and sea ice, remote sensing, and custom engineering of ocean instruments. Its Product Division, started in 1996, offers three lines of highly advanced and specialized aquatic acoustic instruments. ASL also operates the largest commercial ocean equipment lease pool in Canada.  ASL is employee owned and has over forty highly qualified personnel.

In this talk, David and Jan will present lessons learned over the past forty years, in dealing with changing markets. ASL has developed products and services for several market sectors with a global reach. As a multi-market niche-based company, understanding emerging market needs along with the R&D required to provide the competitive product/service mix, is critically important.  ASL addresses these business challenges through a strategic market-driven approach to business planning along with recruiting and retaining employees who are up to this challenge.”

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 12 Jan. 2017

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 12th Jan., 2017 at 7am and please RSVP (john@harbourdigitalmedia.com) only if you plan on attending.

SBC meeting 8 Dec 2016 – Sven Tjelta, owner of S.O. Tjelta & Associates

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our final meeting of 2016! It will be Santa Claus time before we know it.

Our speaker this month will be talking about manufacturing start-ups. Sven Tjelta has been a business consultant through S.O. Tjelta & Associates for over 50 years, with offices in Langley BC, Seattle WA, Atlanta GA, and in Norway. His consulting practice included many start-up businesses for clients and many of his own, the most recent being Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. right here in Sidney, BC. He has helped raise seed capital for many of his clients as well as his own companies. Sven will talk about some client’s start-ups and of course, Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc.

Sven’s speaking topic will be “The Trials & Tribulations of Manufacturing Start-ups”.

As an entrepreneur Mr. Tjelta has owned and successfully operated businesses in the following sectors: auto collision repair, real estate, construction, health care facility, industrial electronics services, mortgage business, bio-medical technology, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOS), private placements, medical care clinics, debt counseling, marriage counseling. Three of Mr. Tjelta’s most successful start-ups were “hi-tech” electronics manufacturing, marine telecommunications and an electronic research laboratory.

In his four decades of professional management consulting, Mr. Tjelta has personally advised and consulted to all primary industries: construction, retail, agriculture (including horticulture), service, government, transportation, manufacturing and resource (forestry, mining, aquaculture).

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: SBC Agenda – Dec 8th

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 8th December., 2016 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke@ieee.org) only if you plan on attending.

Cheers,

Bill Cooke, P.Eng
Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club

e-mail: cooke@ieee.org
cell +1 (250) 881-4590