So, yesterday was the regular season opener game for the Vancouver Canucks so NPY wore this t-shirt, whatever good that does. It’s kind of cute but I still do not fully understand wearing a jersey with a player’s name and number on it. I’ve been a bit busy so I have not yet asked about his reaction to Ryan Kesler’s recent interesting photos. Like many Vancouverites, NPY is a fan of Mr. RK17.
I joined Vina attending a speakers series called Engage 2011 (Vancouver version will be October 26) with 25-minute talks about various aspects of leadership. BNN news anchor Howard Green hosted, interviewed, and provided a small talk of his own about executive compensation. Lee-Anne McAlear, an innovation expert, kicked things off talking about the innovation model. In a refreshing turn, Howard Green sat down and casually talked to/interviewed the newest Dragon to CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Bruce Croxon whose entrepreneurial start was in a little website called LavaLife. Dr. Samantha Nutt wrapped up the first part with stories from her work in war-torn African countries, a call to action because the violence and devastation affects us and we are not powerless.
At first I thought we would enjoy a talk by renowned sex educator Sue Johanson and Vina rued having to take off and go to work but Johanson was only there to say a few words and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Speakers Bureau. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, 19th prime minister of Canada, was sandwiched between two electric speakers and talked about the capital assets of being a “former” somebody, using herself as an example–still with clout, but with freedom to pursue her projects. Mark Tewksbury, Canadian gold medallist Olympian in swimming, wrapped things up on a high note, highlighting leadership traits mentioned in his new book, interspersed with hilarious Olympic stories.
It was really nice and intimate and although I did not personally interact with any of the speakers, I felt so much smarter, patriotic, and more empowered!
* NPY’s Picture of the Day. While I’m in Toronto and he is in Vancouver, 3400km away, we will try to share with each other (and consequently this blog) pictures that capture our day.