VITP Thought Leadership Series
VITP launched its Thought Leadership Series in 2010 for the purpose of bringing together members of the community with leaders in the business sector. These events provide individuals with the opportunity to share ideas and inspire each other. Thought Leaders in our community provide information and share some of their innovations, which can be valuable advice to new start up businesses. Networking is also a huge part of the start up process for entrepreneurs and therefore is also a main part of the Thought Leadership Series
One of VITP’s strategic goals is to bridge the gap between University of Victoria and the business industry. VITP’s already strong connection with the University of Victoria provides added value to both the technology park and the community, as opportunities of networking and the exchange of new ideas are possible. UVic is a constant source of fresh and innovative ideas and provides our park with academic resources, research platforms, and enthusiastic student employees. Through our Thought Leadership Series, we hope to encourage student ideas and provide networking and business opportunities for these future leaders. By giving students a chance to listen and interact with thought leaders in our industry, we are planting the seed of inspiration and creating the opportunity for lasting connections.
We’ve had the opportunity to work in partnership with the Gustavson Mentor Program at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. The Gustavson Mentor Program is one of the special features of the MBA or BCom degree — an unique opportunity for students to keep perspective, develop insights and think through their career plans and choices. The program creates connections and relationships that enrich the learning, careers and lives of both students and mentors.The mentor program only succeeds with the personal support provided by members of the business community, many are Gustavson alumni. This willingness of mentors to “give back” leads students to speak of their mentor relationships as “the best thing that happened to them” during their time at Gustavson.
If this sounds like an experience you would like to get involved in or if you just would like to learn more, let’s talk. Please email Robin Dyke, Mentor Program Director, or phone 250-589-4815.
Some of our past Thought Leadership Speakers include:
- Art Aylesworth –President at Armada Pacific Strategies Inc.
- Anthony Sukow – Executive Vice President at Terapeak
- Troy Griffiths –President and CEO at Vigil Health Solutions
- Jim Hayhurst Sr.- The Right Mountain Theory
- Rob Dyke- CEO at The Carbon Solution
- Kevin Roberts- World Wide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi
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