As we gear up towards celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Vancouver and Whistler 2010 Olympic Games, we were reminded of one of the most influential and best-known entrepreneurs who contributed to bringing this amazing event to our city, and helped put Vancouver in the world map. For our first Vancouver Entrepreneur Meetup 2011 (and in collaboration with some of the City of Vancouver staff), we outdo 2010 and bring to you one of the most influential people in the city, Mayor Gregor Robertson! Mayor Robertson will kick off in great style the 2011 cycle of the Vancouver Entrepreneur Meetup!
Prior to entering politics, Mayor Robertson co-founded Happy Planet (http://www.happyplanet.com/), and grew the Vancouver-based socially responsible company up to 50 employees in 10 years. Happy Planet produces organic juices and promotes health and nutrition. For his achievements as a successful entrepreneur and community leader, Gregor was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by The Globe and Mail in 2004. In November 2008, the people of Vancouver chose Gregor Robertson as their new Mayor. He was elected on a platform of ending street homelessness in the City of Vancouver by 2015, and making Vancouver the greenest city in the world.
Mayor Robertson has indicated that he is deeply committed to building a sustainable and thriving economy in Vancouver. By working to foster economic hubs in the burgeoning green economy, including digital media, clean technology, and renewable energy, Mayor Robertson is working on establishing Vancouver internationally as the Green Capital—a City where going green is good for business. Vancouver was recently named the greenest city in Canada by Corporate Knights, as well as predicted to have the fastest growing economy in 2010 by the Conference Board of Canada.
We are very proud to bring Mayor Robertson to The Network Hub (http://www.thenetworkhub.ca) as a Featured Speaker at the Vancouver Entrepreneur Meetup, as part of our mandate is to raise awareness, foster and build community within the local entrepreneurial community and promote up-and-coming startups. We at The Network Hub feel proud of the contribution we have made (and continue to make) to the local entrepreneurial and startup communities and are honored that Mayor Robertson accepted our invitation. We look forward to Mayor Robertson sharing some insights from his entrepreneurial activity and how he has transferred those skills on to the policy world.
Come and raise a glass with us to welcome 2011! To a prosperous and exciting New Year!
The event is free to attend but we HIGHLY encourage you to bring a bottle of wine or juice to share with everyone!