Hope’s Idea Exchange starts April 12

The four-part series will cover a range of business topics

The inaugural Idea Exchange series presented by the Hope & District Chamber of Commerce kicks off next week.

John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, will speak about community and business transformation during a dinner at Hope Golf Club on April 12. One of the many priorities for Hope is to generate a vision, brand and economic viability. Winter will bring his vision on what communities, people and businesses need to do to make that happen.

“He’s well-positioned in his role to discuss small-town issues,” said local chamber president Glen Ogren. “It’s definitely about innovation and it’s about providing insight. It’s about doing things maybe a little bit outside the box that we may not have thought about in a small community before.”

The dinner with John Winters will be followed by an interactive round table discussion on topics such as branding, marketing and business positioning on April 18 at Hope Golf Club.

Advantage Hope hosts the third event of the series on May 4 at Grace Baptist Church. Participants will join more than 125,000 leaders from around the world to take part in Leadercast, a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia. Twelve speakers will take the main stage to talk about choices, what leadership is, and provide motivation and inspiration. Participants will hear from people such as CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author John Maxwell, and Burberry chief executive officer Angela Ahrendts.

“Some of these leaders are inspirational enough to really challenge the way you’ve done things and thought of things, and I expect those to really make a long-term impact,” said Tyler Mattheis, executive director of Advantage Hope. “It will be a spectacular learning day. By rubbing shoulders with your peers, you can apply these principles and ideas right where you live. You can immediately have a difference here.”

The Idea Exchange wraps up with another interactive round table discussion on financial planning, social media and exit strategies on May 16 at Hope Golf Club.

For more information the events, contact the chamber at 604-869-3111 or email info@hopechamber.bc.ca.