Category Archives: Sidney Breakfast Club

SBC meeting 10 March, 2016 – “Social Media Business Applications” – Paul Holmes – Smart Dolphins & Social Media Camp / John Juricic – Harbour Digital Media

Hi all.  I’m still tired of the rain but do enjoy our warm sunny days with early morning light for our breakfast meetings.

This month we have a topic that is a bit of a change of pace from our recent series on manufacturing; although directly applicable to manufacturers as well as most other types of businesses.  As I always ask our attendees about suggestions for topics and/or speakers, I recently got asked if we might look at a talk about the use of digital technology in our businesses.  I expect that our two speakers, Paul Holmes – Smart Dolphins/Social Media Camp & John Juricic – Harbour Digital Media who have a combined 40+ years dealing with technology business applications will ably respond to our topic request.

Paul and John will be discussing and answering questions on the topic of “Social Media Business Applications”.  Their theme will focus on the business and marketing strategies and experiences regarding Social Media implementation.

Please join us to find out more about one of the most powerful marketing processes available to business today!

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 10 Mar 2016

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 10th March, 2016 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke @ieee.org) only if you plan on attending. 

 

Bill Cooke, P.Eng

Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club

PS Canada’s largest Social Media Conference is coming soon to Victoria (http://socialmediacamp.ca/)

 

SBC meeting 11 February, 2016 – Paul Smith, Business Manager – Titan Inflatables Ltd. (Titan Boats)

Hi all.  February is here and I’m hoping our rain and dreary January soon changes to sun and brighter mornings.

We are, once again, given the opportunity to learn more about our local manufacturing sector.  This month, Paul Smith, Business Manager with Titan Inflatables Ltd. (Titan Boats) will talk about how this company, started in 1995 by John Stanners, grew from a basement operation to a successful, expanding company manufacturing Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) for Enforcement, Police and Search & Rescue agencies home and abroad.  Titan today, occupies 3 commercial buildings in the heart of the Sidney Industrial park and employs a skilled trade staff of 20 – 25 people.

I look forward to having you join us for the 2nd meeting of 2016 and find out more about our Sidney manufacturing community.

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 11 Feb 2016

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 11th February, 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

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SBC – Thursday / Jan. 14th / 7am – Dave Bukovec, General Manager of United Engineering

Happy New Year everyone!

We have the opportunity, once again, to learn from our positive (and negative) experiences from last year and plan for a successful 2016.

Last year was an “interesting” year for the manufacturing sector both in Canada and in our own community.  One of the most significant changes locally was the news last summer that the Ramsay Group, a family-owned metal works and industrial manufacturer that spanned 112 years and four generations in Greater Victoria would cease operations in a winding down of one of the region’s most durable companies. However, another local industrial player (Ian Maxwell, Ralmax Group owner) acquired the Ramsay Machine Works property and buildings and has since moved one of the Ralmax companies, United Engineering (established in 1921) into these facilities. Consequently, we are fortunate to have Dave Bukovec, General Manager of United Engineering as our speaker for this month’s meeting.  Dave will talk about:

“United Engineering Sidney/Victoria operations community impact and company future” 

Dave has said he would welcome an informative Q&A discussion.

I look forward to having you join us for this first meeting of 2016.

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 14 Jan 2016

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 14th January, 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

 

SBC – Dec 10th – Major Don Philip of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

Hi all,

Well December is here and the Christmas season fast approaching.  This is our last meeting for the year and once again is the opportunity to network with your friends and business associates before Christmas when many of us are entering into one of the busiest times of the year.  I hope to see you at breakfast to personally wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope you all have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends this 2015 holiday season.

This month’s meeting is going to be very interesting as we are welcoming Major Don Philip of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron as our meeting speaker.  Major Philip has been the Operations Officer for the Squadron and is currently Delta Flight commander responsible for mentoring junior aircrew.  Don, in a continuing role to increase community awareness about the Squadron’s mission will discuss “A view inside an Air Force Operational Squadron”Also, as many of you may be aware, 443 (MH) Squadron has been operating out of the Victoria International Airport for the past 25 years and most recently moved into a major new facility.

Consequently as an added bonus to our normal meeting talk, Major Philip will be conducting “A Tour of 443 (MH) Squadron Operations” immediately following our breakfast meeting.  This tour will be from 0900-1100.

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 10 Dec 2015

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 10th December, 2015 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke@ieee.org) only if you plan on attending.  Also, as we are also including a tour, please indicate in your RSVP if you will be attending the tour.  This tour RSVP is needed by 8 December.  Thank you. 

Best Wishes for the Christmas Season!

Bill Cooke, P.Eng
Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club
W Cooke Enterprises
2279 Adela Place
Sidney, BC V8L 1R1

SBC meeting 12 November, 2015 – Chris Edley, Manager, Camosun Technology Access Centre

Hi all,

I’m back from my travels over Thanksgiving and looking forward to once again hosting our monthly SBC meeting.  Thanks to John Juricic for hosting the SBC last month.

As many of you know, we have a very active manufacturing community both on the peninsula and in Victoria supported by many local organizations. One of our community’s greatest asset and supporter is Camosun College.  Specific to our manufacturing sector, the Camosun Technology Access Centre has been providing southern Vancouver Island manufacturers with access to a variety of specialized services and expertise for the past 4 years.  From this Centre, our speaker this month is Chris Edley, Manager who will be talking about Camosun’s latest initiative “The Interaction Lab – Federal investment at Camosun to support local manufacturers” made possible by a federal grant of $1.6M over the next 2 1/2 years from Western Economic Diversification.

Please join us at this meeting as Chris shares the details and discusses the impact this will have on the region’s industry.

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 12 Nov 2015

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 November, 2015 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

PS For those of you interested in finding our more about our local manufacturing sector, you may also want to take a look at a recently published article “Made on the Peninsula” in the peninsula SEASIDE MAGAZINE http://seasidemagazine.ca/made-on-the-peninsula-the-economic-powerhouse-at-the-heart-of-our-community/

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