Looking for new opportunities to grow your career and wealth in the Comox Valley?
Futureproof 2013 is an all-day career skill and technology conference with the theme ‘Future proof your career.’ It is hosted by the Young Professionals Comox Valley at the Best Western Westerly Hotel Oct. 19.
“The event offers several fantastic speakers that will help you to increase your productivity and profitability, covering diverse subjects,” said co-organizer and YPCV professional development director Andy Eadie.
These include keynote speaker Guy Steeves, western director of Constant Contact, a successful internet marketing company worth more than $650 million. His topic is Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media.
Also on hand is Raphael Van Lierop who will discuss Crowd Source Funding your idea.
Attendees will be able to customize their experience depending on which speakers interest them the most.
“The intention of the conference is to provide education, enthusiasm and a fantastic networking opportunity for local businesses that are striving to thrive in an ever changing economy,” co-organizer Anya McLeod said. “We are so excited to have this event in the Comox Valley. This could really be the beginning of great things happening in the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island.”
The event is open to all ages. YPCV members get in free, non-members are $79 (earlybird) or $89 (regular). Students of North Island College are $49 which includes a special YPCV membership. Lunch and refreshments are included. The Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament will be sponsoring the event for Young Professional members. This is one of the largest fundraising initiatives in the Comox Valley and YPCV was a proud recipient of the funds in 2012.
“Futureproof is also about attempting to showcase all the things the Comox Valley has to offer for careers,” Eadie said. “Students will be able to network and hopefully make connections that could kickstart their future careers. YPCV felt this was a very important aspect of the conference to include students. They will be our future leaders if we can help attract, engage and foster their growth and development.”
Futureproof 2013 has support from Innovation Island, which will be hosting the business mentor panel.
To celebrate the success of the event, YPCV is hosting a masquerade themed Fall Fling with entertainment and appetizers. Earlybird tickets to this event only are $25. Tickets to both events can be found online at ypcv.ca/events. Proceeds of this event are going to the Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club.
YPCV aims to promote social interaction and assist in the professional development of the Comox Valley’s future leaders. The group is open to business professionals, employees and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who live or work in the Valley.