Looking for something fun to do or looking to meet like-minded people? Check out these events happening this month.


Pitch Night Vancouver

Host: Volition Events

Target: entrepreneurs, investors, educators, students, supporters

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Location: Fasken Vancouver

Cost: By donation

Register here

Summary: Sign up to pitch an idea or just sit back and listen to others’ ideas!

 

Accessible Employers 101: Building an Inclusive Workplace

Host: Presidents Group

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners, managers

Date: Tuesday, March 31

Time: 9am - 3pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre

Cost: Free

Register here

Summary: This development training workshop will help you learn more about how to accommodate different employees, be an inclusive employer, and much more!

 

B Corp 101 - Learning to Measure What Matters

Host: BDC and VEC

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Location: Vancouver Economic Commission

Cost: Free

Register here

Summary: Learn about how to get your business certified or just measure how much of an impact it is making in the community.

 

Is Running a Business Right for You & How to Do It Successfully

Host: Starfish Coaching

Target: Entrepreneurs

Date: Saturday, March 7

Time: 2pm - 2:30pm

Location: Online

Cost: Free!

Register here

Summary: Learn about what it takes to set up your business and get some guidance on running it successfully from a serial entrepreneur!

 

An Introduction to the Last Planner System

Host: LeanU Consulting

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers in the construction industry

Date: Friday, March 13

Time: 7:30am - 9am

Location: Accent Inns Burnaby

Cost: Free!

Register here

Summary: This workshop covers the 5 elements of the Last Planner System such as learning to master schedules, identify and remove constraints early into projects, and more!

 

Panel Series: New Decade of Social Impact

Host: RED Academy Vancouver

Target: Entrepreneurs, founders, business owners, managers

Date: Wednesday, March 11

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: RED Academy West Broadway

Cost: $5

Register here

Summary: Hear from experienced speakers and join an interactive discussion on how you and your business can influence social impact.

 

Beyond the Ping Pong Table: Creating a More Playful Workplace

Host: Playficient

Target: Founders, entrepreneurs, business owners, managers

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Mobify

Cost: $40-$60

Register here

Summary: Want to learn how to boost your business’ employment engagement rates? Come check out this workshop to learn how you can create a more playful workplace catered specifically to your business and your employees!

 

Vancouver Business Referral Networking

Host: BNI Fast Forward

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers

Date: Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 7am - 9am

Location: Chambar Restaurant

Cost: $35

Register here

Summary: Network with other local business owners, share what you do, practice public speaking, and ask for referrals all while enjoying breakfast!

 

For more events like these, visit smallbusinessbc.ca and review their event calendar. Please note all above event details have been taken from host descriptions and may be subject to changes.

Events

Looking for something fun to do or looking to meet like-minded people? Check out these events happening this month.


Pitch Night Vancouver

Host: Volition Events

Target: entrepreneurs, investors, educators, students, supporters

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Location: Fasken Vancouver

Cost: By donation

Register here

Summary: Sign up to pitch an idea or just sit back and listen to others’ ideas!

 

Accessible Employers 101: Building an Inclusive Workplace

Host: Presidents Group

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners, managers

Date: Tuesday, March 31

Time: 9am - 3pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre

Cost: Free

Register here

Summary: This development training workshop will help you learn more about how to accommodate different employees, be an inclusive employer, and much more!

 

B Corp 101 - Learning to Measure What Matters

Host: BDC and VEC

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Location: Vancouver Economic Commission

Cost: Free

Register here

Summary: Learn about how to get your business certified or just measure how much of an impact it is making in the community.

 

Is Running a Business Right for You & How to Do It Successfully

Host: Starfish Coaching

Target: Entrepreneurs

Date: Saturday, March 7

Time: 2pm - 2:30pm

Location: Online

Cost: Free!

Register here

Summary: Learn about what it takes to set up your business and get some guidance on running it successfully from a serial entrepreneur!

 

An Introduction to the Last Planner System

Host: LeanU Consulting

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers in the construction industry

Date: Friday, March 13

Time: 7:30am - 9am

Location: Accent Inns Burnaby

Cost: Free!

Register here

Summary: This workshop covers the 5 elements of the Last Planner System such as learning to master schedules, identify and remove constraints early into projects, and more!

 

Panel Series: New Decade of Social Impact

Host: RED Academy Vancouver

Target: Entrepreneurs, founders, business owners, managers

Date: Wednesday, March 11

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: RED Academy West Broadway

Cost: $5

Register here

Summary: Hear from experienced speakers and join an interactive discussion on how you and your business can influence social impact.

 

Beyond the Ping Pong Table: Creating a More Playful Workplace

Host: Playficient

Target: Founders, entrepreneurs, business owners, managers

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Mobify

Cost: $40-$60

Register here

Summary: Want to learn how to boost your business’ employment engagement rates? Come check out this workshop to learn how you can create a more playful workplace catered specifically to your business and your employees!

 

Vancouver Business Referral Networking

Host: BNI Fast Forward

Target: Entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers

Date: Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 7am - 9am

Location: Chambar Restaurant

Cost: $35

Register here

Summary: Network with other local business owners, share what you do, practice public speaking, and ask for referrals all while enjoying breakfast!

 

For more events like these, visit smallbusinessbc.ca and review their event calendar. Please note all above event details have been taken from host descriptions and may be subject to changes.

Events

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

It was in ’96 or ‘97 and they were a pair of Oxblood/Burgundy 7th Heaven Derby Swirl boots. I loved those boots. I wore them everywhere for years until they just couldn’t be repaired anymore and I had to let them go.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

They are like a breath of fresh air and a bit of sunshine. They are also a reminder that we don’t have to do things in a particular way just because that’s the way things have been done in the past. “Yes. Go ahead. Try it. Do more. What are you waiting for?” they say to me.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

It’s a bit like being in a not-so-secret club where you get comments/compliments on your footwear at random times from the nicest people. I’m also a bit amazed when I spot a pair in the wild in other countries and I feel compelled to say ‘Hi’, or at least give an involuntary guy nod to whoever is wearing them.

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

They are like a superhero cape, especially in Vancouver in the winter. Whenever I put a pair on, I’m ready for anything the city has to offer.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

14. Which is both fantastic and a little worrying.

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

It changes, but I always love putting on a pair of Oxblood Derby Swirl boots. I can wear them with pretty much anything and in any situation: casual, formal, pub, wedding, job interview, on the motorbike or just waking around the city.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

It was in ’96 or ‘97 and they were a pair of Oxblood/Burgundy 7th Heaven Derby Swirl boots. I loved those boots. I wore them everywhere for years until they just couldn’t be repaired anymore and I had to let them go.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

They are like a breath of fresh air and a bit of sunshine. They are also a reminder that we don’t have to do things in a particular way just because that’s the way things have been done in the past. “Yes. Go ahead. Try it. Do more. What are you waiting for?” they say to me.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

It’s a bit like being in a not-so-secret club where you get comments/compliments on your footwear at random times from the nicest people. I’m also a bit amazed when I spot a pair in the wild in other countries and I feel compelled to say ‘Hi’, or at least give an involuntary guy nod to whoever is wearing them.

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

They are like a superhero cape, especially in Vancouver in the winter. Whenever I put a pair on, I’m ready for anything the city has to offer.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

14. Which is both fantastic and a little worrying.

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

It changes, but I always love putting on a pair of Oxblood Derby Swirl boots. I can wear them with pretty much anything and in any situation: casual, formal, pub, wedding, job interview, on the motorbike or just waking around the city.

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC.

 

Linda Tommasini is currently the Director of Resources and Operations at UBC’s Sauder School of Business where she has been working for almost 20 years.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

I got them in 1974! They were off white dress shoes with a strap around the ankle and pointed toes. I loved those shoes. They fit like a glove and felt so soft - like I was wearing a slipper! The quality is unbelievable.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?  

Three words that come to mind are identifiable, unique, and Vancouver! I can recognize a Fluevog shoe when I see one.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

Not really; however, I do have a friend who constantly buys Fluevog shoes and I must say I am very envious. A cool thing I just found out is that when she no longer wants her Fluevogs and wants to buy another pair, there is a used Fluevog site she can sell them on. I love the idea - I think it is terrific and very sustainable. Kudos to them!

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

I feel like I am in heaven. They are just so comfortable and they make you feel like you do not have anything on your feet.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

I used to own several a long time ago but not anymore because my priorities as to where I spend my money has changed. Otherwise, I would be buying them!

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

The ones I initially bought (too many years ago) takes me back to that special event in my life. I worked very hard for those shoes and at the time, I was very young and it was a luxury for me to buy them. They were the BEST shoes I have ever owned!

 

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC.

 

Linda Tommasini is currently the Director of Resources and Operations at UBC’s Sauder School of Business where she has been working for almost 20 years.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

I got them in 1974! They were off white dress shoes with a strap around the ankle and pointed toes. I loved those shoes. They fit like a glove and felt so soft - like I was wearing a slipper! The quality is unbelievable.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?  

Three words that come to mind are identifiable, unique, and Vancouver! I can recognize a Fluevog shoe when I see one.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

Not really; however, I do have a friend who constantly buys Fluevog shoes and I must say I am very envious. A cool thing I just found out is that when she no longer wants her Fluevogs and wants to buy another pair, there is a used Fluevog site she can sell them on. I love the idea - I think it is terrific and very sustainable. Kudos to them!

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

I feel like I am in heaven. They are just so comfortable and they make you feel like you do not have anything on your feet.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

I used to own several a long time ago but not anymore because my priorities as to where I spend my money has changed. Otherwise, I would be buying them!

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

The ones I initially bought (too many years ago) takes me back to that special event in my life. I worked very hard for those shoes and at the time, I was very young and it was a luxury for me to buy them. They were the BEST shoes I have ever owned!

 

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC.

Harry Young is the Development Coordinator in the Development & Alumni Engagement Department for the Faculty of Education. Previously, he was the executive coordinator at UBC Library. He has been involved in UBC Library’s United Way campaign and launched the annual Spelling Bee in 2010. Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis and sometimes even serves as an on-court umpire for Tennis BC and Tennis Canada.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

1978 – If memory serves correctly they were clogs. Black suede on black leather. Handmade locally.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

Almost my very first job was as a sales clerk then store manager at Fox & Fluevog Boots & Shoes as it was known back then. In those days the shoes were mostly imported from Europe. Peter Fox began designing shoes while I was around but John Fluevog didn’t start designing until after I had left. So I didn’t really know about “Fluevogs” until much later.

That said, I loved working there and was pretty close with John in those days.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

I was 18 when I started working there while still living at home. I bought a lot of pretty outrageous shoes. My parents thought I was bonkers. I remember the high heeled men’s disco shoes from Spain. I think they were called “Misters”. About a 3 inch heel, burgundy leather with a brass toe. Very Saturday Night Fever. Then there were the red patent leather short cowboy boots with silver trim. And of course the Dr. Martens. Black suede with metal studs. White leather with black leather weaving. I thought I was so cool!

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

Not boring. I actually do have a few pairs of genuine Fluevogs that I bought some years ago. Love them and they wear incredibly well.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

Only 3 now, but back in the day I had upwards of 50 pairs! (We got a 50% discount!)

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

I have a pair of short boots made with multi-coloured suede inlays. The colours are quite muted, but they are still pretty groovy in my opinion.

Photo courtesy of Harry Young

Photo courtesy of Harry Young

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC.

Harry Young is the Development Coordinator in the Development & Alumni Engagement Department for the Faculty of Education. Previously, he was the executive coordinator at UBC Library. He has been involved in UBC Library’s United Way campaign and launched the annual Spelling Bee in 2010. Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis and sometimes even serves as an on-court umpire for Tennis BC and Tennis Canada.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

1978 – If memory serves correctly they were clogs. Black suede on black leather. Handmade locally.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

Almost my very first job was as a sales clerk then store manager at Fox & Fluevog Boots & Shoes as it was known back then. In those days the shoes were mostly imported from Europe. Peter Fox began designing shoes while I was around but John Fluevog didn’t start designing until after I had left. So I didn’t really know about “Fluevogs” until much later.

That said, I loved working there and was pretty close with John in those days.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

I was 18 when I started working there while still living at home. I bought a lot of pretty outrageous shoes. My parents thought I was bonkers. I remember the high heeled men’s disco shoes from Spain. I think they were called “Misters”. About a 3 inch heel, burgundy leather with a brass toe. Very Saturday Night Fever. Then there were the red patent leather short cowboy boots with silver trim. And of course the Dr. Martens. Black suede with metal studs. White leather with black leather weaving. I thought I was so cool!

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

Not boring. I actually do have a few pairs of genuine Fluevogs that I bought some years ago. Love them and they wear incredibly well.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

Only 3 now, but back in the day I had upwards of 50 pairs! (We got a 50% discount!)

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

I have a pair of short boots made with multi-coloured suede inlays. The colours are quite muted, but they are still pretty groovy in my opinion.

Photo courtesy of Harry Young

Photo courtesy of Harry Young

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