West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter October 14, 2015 
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Breakfast Meeting - Next Week!

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:00 am to 9:00 am
Hollyburn Country Club
950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver

Guest Speaker: Graham Lee, Creator, Ambleside Live!  President & CEO, GSL Holdings Ltd

Topic “From University idea to multi-million dollar business, to giving back to the community”

We hope you will join us for breakfast as our Guest Speaker Graham Lee shares his insights into what inspired him to create his company, how he turned it into a multi-million dollar business – with a huge ‘give back’ to his community.

Graham Lee was born and raised on the North Shore and graduated from the University of British Columbia in Business in 1987. He is President, CEO, founder and sole shareholder of GSL Holdings Ltd. Graham conceived GSL as a university project while attending UBC. Today, GSL is an award winning diversified investment company. 

Graham created Ambleside Live!, an outdoor venue at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver  which has recently featured musicians Kenny Chesney, Ed Sheeran, Sarah McLachlan and more. Graham has also created a new foundation in partnership with the Canucks Alumni and Boys and Girls Club for under privileged kids to have access to hockey programs.

Members $30  Non-members $40 (+GST)
Ticket includes a hot buffet breakfast

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Business after 5 

Tuesday October 27th
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Caffe Al Mercato, 2215 Marine Drive

Guest Speaker: Nina Leemhuis, CAO, District of West Vancouver

Topic: Our Competitive Identity: A Discussion with District of West Vancouver CAO Nina Leemhuis and New Chamber President Gabrielle Loren

Recent reports commissioned by the District of West Vancouver identify emerging trends in our population demographics, income levels and housing, and a shift in the economics of our local business community.

You are invited to a presentation by District of West Vancouver Chief Administrative Officer Nina Leemhuis,  who will provide a summary of the recently completed Resonance Report on the Competitive Identity of West Vancouver. Chamber President Gabrielle Loren will discuss how the Chamber has changed to be relevant and how we continue to support our members.

FREE for Chamber Members / Future Members $15 + GST

Includes appetizers and cash bar

Members must RSVP  as space is limited!  
Email your RSVP to:

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Raintree Financial Solutions is Canada’s premier private capital markets dealer. Founded in 2010, Raintree has aggregated almost $500 million in alternative investments making us one of the largest Exempt Market Dealers (EMD) in the country. We are dedicated to helping investors build their wealth responsibly through a variety of alternative investment opportunities. Raintree offers dealer services to qualified licensed Private Wealth Advisors like myself, and our clients in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.  

Given Raintree believes the investment industry is fraught with conflicts of interest, we are an independent investment dealer.  The investment products we offer to investors are selected based on their own merit.

We have developed creative internal systems to minimize the inherent conflicts that many other financial institutions face implicitly in their business.  As you do your research, you will find this is highly unusual in the Canadian capital markets. 

There is so much choice when it comes to investing. At Raintree, we believe that clients should be educated and have access to information to allow them to make empowered decisions.  Above all else, we want to change the way Canadian’s think about investing their money.
Mary Hill, MBA, PFP
(778) 990-1131


TONIGHT! 6:30pm @ West Vancouver Memorial Library launches 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan 

Join the Library on October 14 at the official Reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall — learn about what will guide the Library’s decisions over the next five years, and why. Free. No RSVP required. .Full Story

Also at the Library: October 15,  7:00 pm: Tech Talk – Tech Talks – Navigating the Digital Marketplace Join Cyri Jones, a founder of Zen Digital and an instructor at Capilano University, for a fascinating discussion about how to best market yourself, business, or group online.  Welsh Hall. Full Story

Chamber Christmas Dinner -Save the Date!

The annual Chamber Christmas Dinner will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Capilano Golf & Country Club.  Tickets will be available in the next few weeks.  We are looking for auction items - a great opportunity to showcase your business! If you would like to donate an item call the Chamber office (604-926-6614) or email

MLA Jordan Sturdy celebrating Small Business Month 
Submit your photo/video to showcase your business! All West Van and Bowen Chamber Members are invited to submit a 30 second video or a photo and statement on what they have been doing for “October is Small business Month”. Submissions will be included on MLA Jordan Sturdy’s website. Please forward finished photos/videos to Sharon Thompson no later than October 30th


The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is the # 1 plan in Canada!

For employee benefits, covering over 25,000 small businesses across the country. ALL types of businesses are eligible for the program - no industry exclusions! 


West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has partnered with First Data Canada to provide members with lower transaction costs, a robust user-friendly on-line reporting tool and the latest electronic-payment technology for business. 

Visa®  1.49%
MasterCard®  1.49%
Interac® Debit  $0.05

Please contact Honey Martin, your local First Data account executive.
Tel: 604-505-2430

Grow your client base and earn more money!

By attending our networking events you can develop valuable connections that lead to business growth and personal success.

Membership pays for itself…

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