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Insightful, Informative & Interactive


Élan is a celebration for the Francophone and Francophile entrepreneurs and organizations shaping the B.C. economy.

It is a one-day event full of resources and insights from leading speakers, experts and panelists from across Canada. Join the conversation and learn the latest trends and hot topics about Technology, Innovation, Immigration, Millennials and Sustainable Development. It is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Empowering Entrepreneurs

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Networking & Community Building

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Leading Experts & Speakers

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Celebration & Awards

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Donald Cyr, Executive Director, Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique

Conference: Gear Your Business For The Future



Michael Cocolakis, Director, Economic Research, BDC

In what main directions is our environment shifting? How will emergent demographic and technological trends impact your business? Which of those trends should you keep an eye on? And how can you best ensure you are ready for the next big thing?

Conference: Cultural Diversity in Business: Hiring and Management Practices

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Lionel Laroche, President, MultiCultural Business Solutions Inc.

For many Canadian organizations, cultural diversity presents an interesting blend of challenges and opportunities, shaping the way we think, communicate and respond in the business environment. This workshop, by way of explicative diagrams and entertaining anecdotes, seeks to explore the roots and ramifications of such cultural differences, and sets out to provide concrete management solutions to make the best of them.

Conference: Spurring Business Performance Through Sustainable Development

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Nicolas Gagnon, Executive Director, Centre québécois de développement durable
Laure Dupuy, Environmental Management Consultant

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Success Stories

Alexa Camargo, Co-founder, Albor Pacific
Aloïs Gallet, Co-founder, Albor Pacific
Dominique Melançon, Program Coordinator, ProductCare

It is becoming increasingly crucial for businesses to leverage sustainable practices and social responsibility as a means of outcompeting their rivals. Be it driven by consumer preferences, new supply requirements from economic actors both public and private, or the progressive implementation of ecologically smart funding schemes, in Canada as everywhere else, maintaining a sustainable profile is now of prime strategic importance to SMBs. With tangible examples and illustrative real-world business applications, come and discover the latest sweeping trends and the breadth of opportunities a greener world boasts!

Panel: Clients, Workers and Entrepreneurs: Millenials As Movers and Shakers

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Bénédicte Flouriot, Career and Leadership Coaching, Benedicte Flouriot Coaching
Catherine Légaré, President & Founder, Academos

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Emmanuel Mouchel, Independent eCommerce Consultant
Marc-Antoine Bélanger, Communication Marketing Consultant
Stephanie Descoteaux, President, Calculated Approach Consulting Inc.
Éléonore Jeanjean, talent acquisition advisor, Bardel Entertainment
Arnaud Petitvallet, Co-founder, Wize Monkey
Danielle Boyd,  Founder, The Balanced collective

The hubbub surrounding Millenials (also called Generation Y) integrating the business world is certainly not without grounds. Their ambitions, life styles and ethics clash with those of former generations, reshaping social norms. Our experts and panelists tackle the topic, aiming to debunk myths and secure a working grasp on Millennials as consumers, staff and entrepreneurs.

Conference: Better Life Through Web Technologies: Marketing in the Digital Age



François Charron, Co-founder of votresite.ca & Spokesperson of Branchons les PME

Entrepreneurs and managers need all available insights when it comes to ways the internet can boost their business’ bottomline. This conference is intended as a toolkit to help them optimize positioning on Google, zero in on their target market, and meet it where it matters.


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Suzanne Jacob, President, Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique
Padminee Chundunsing, President, La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
Dr Brian Conway, President, RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique

Celebrating the SDE’s 20th anniversary, and inaugurating the launch of the 35th edition of the Annuaire des services en français by the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique, as well as that of the Répertoire RésoSanté.

Lauriers de La PME Awards and Gala Dinner

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Jean-Guy D. Bigeau, President and Executive Director, Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE Canada)

Under the chairmanship of :
Michel Matifat, Chair of the board of directors, Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE Canada)

An award ceremony highlighting entrepreneurial excellence among francophone and acadian businesses in Canada. Learn more about the Lauriers de La PME Awards.



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