Sponsored Content

The Agenda

Nourishment for the corporate mind and soul

SOCIALIZE HACKERNEST VANCOUVER TECH SOCIAL With more than 160 events in over 20 countries, HackerNest has a mandate to strengthen technology communities on a global scale by putting on events, hackathons and networking opportunities like this one. Their formula: “laid back atmosphere + free drinks + brilliant people = fireworks.” July 27. Free; GO 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FORESTS AND WATER IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT Forests and water—could that be more B.C.? Learn how you can help sustain natural ecosystems affected by climate change and other human-made disturbances from a panel of experts on subjects ranging from forest hydrology and ecohydrology to geomorphology and watershed management. Kelowna, July 6 and 9. $1,000; IMBIBE 16TH ANNUAL ENOLOGY & VITICULTURE CONFERENCE What’s not to like about a wine conference: information about cutting-edge research and technology for vineyards and wineries, practical panel discussions and networking events with wine and cheese. Find out how to make Italian Pinot Grigio wine, deal with fruit nutrition, manage botrytis and understand cluster health and more, or check out the vine disease clinic and barrel workshop. Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, July 20 and 21. $268 for 2 days (members); $330 for 2 days (non-members); $180/day (at the door); ENGAGE

TEAM GENIUS: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations Throw out everything you thought you knew about performance compensation, team-building exercises and what makes good chemistry for your organization. Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, exposes ground-breaking new ways of looking at how to reinvent your company’s team. He shares stories discovered throughout his career as a journalist and entrepreneur and answers a wide range of questions that most managers and executives will likely encounter. Harper Collins Canada. Available in hardcover July 7. $34.99; TRAIN THE ART & SCIENCE OF COACHING Celebrating its 10th anniversary in Vancouver, Erickson International is offering five three-day educational modules to help you build a successful coaching business. Established in more than 36 countries and 60 cities, Erickson coaching programs focus on communication skills combining neurolinguistic programming and coaching techniques that have been studied by many American therapists. Granville Island Hotel, limited to 50 seats; July 2 to 5 and July 23 to 26, 9:30 to 5:30. $899 to $1,565; LUNCH GRUB IN THE HUB: Exit Planning for Business Owners Planning ahead can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. Grub in the Hub offers free pizza along with bite-sized tips on how to plan your company’s exit strategy. Guest speakers Keith Brown of Financial Confidence Advisors and Chris Kassardjian, principal at CK Global Solutions, will discuss topics like building a road map, assembling the best team of advisors for your project and the all-so-important implementation of your plan. The Hub, July 17. Free (maximum 2 per company); READ CHINA’S DISRUPTORS: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies Are Changing the Rules of Business Get exclusive access to some of China’s largest and most disruptive companies courtesy of Edward Tse, an entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience who has worked with major multinational companies as well as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Chinese government. Tse investigates corporate powerhouses like Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group, Pony Ma’s online gaming businesses and technology giant Baidu, often referred to as the Google of China, to get at the heart of their success. Penguin Random House Canada. Available in hardcover July 14. $32.95; •