Practical Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs 


The Young Entrepreneurs Symposium aims to provide young people in business with streetwise/practical ideas that they can immediately incorporate into their businesses. Y.E.S. Talks feature a selection of notable speakers, all with varied backgrounds, from the business community who all own active businesses and all advise business owners in their respective areas of expertise. Each speaker will address three topics that they are passionate about with the goal that their stories and experiences will resonate with everyone on some level.




When:         Thursday June 1st, 2017

Time:           12pm-6pm

Where:       The Pinnacle at the Pier

For:            Young Entrepreneurs 


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Ticket to the 2017 Young Entrepreneurs Symposium

Your ticket includes:

  • a light sandwich lunch with coffee and tea service;

  • presentations from the four speakers;

  • panel session with the speakers and a moderator where the floor will be opened up to questions; and 

  • post-session reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

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2017 Speaker Lineup



Excelling as a player, coach, general manager, director of soccer operations, and now president, Bob Lenarduzzi has been involved with Whitecaps FC for four decades.

Playing with his hometown Whitecaps FC (1974 to 1984), Lenarduzzi was the North American Soccer League's all-time leader in games played with 312. A key member of Vancouver’s championship-winning team in 1979, Lenarduzzi was the only Canadian to win the North American Soccer League’s Player of the Year award.

Internationally, he represented Canada 47 times as a player, helping them qualify for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. For his efforts, Lenarduzzi was named among CONCACAF’s top 30 players of the past century.

As a player/coach, he won four straight Canadian Soccer League (CSL) championships and was twice named CSL Coach of the Year. He went on to coach Canada's men’s national team from 1992 to 1997.

Lenarduzzi served as the general manager and director of soccer operations of Vancouver 86ers and Whitecaps FC from 1988 to 1993, and 1998 to 2007. In 2000, he received the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division Executive of the Year award, while he was also a member of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Steering Committee.

A father of two, Lenarduzzi has been inducted into the North American Soccer Hall of Fame, the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the Order of British Columbia — the highest form of recognition that the province can extend to its citizens — for his contribution to the sport of soccer.

Andrea scott, Co-Founder Skoah Inc.


Andrea Scott is the co-owner, co-founder of skoah Inc and CEO of skoah Franchising Inc. skoah is a Vancouver based company with 15 locations in Canada and the USA. skoah is a facials only, membership concept with a proprietary skin care product line and began in 2001. The company is on a rapid expansion path with a target of 250 franchised locations in the next 5 years. skoah has created a new category in the health and wellness space that focuses on empathy and personalization. Her vision through franchising is to create an opportunity for others to become entrepreneurs and to mentor and support those on their journey to business ownership through skoah. 

Andrea is a former elementary school teacher who then went on to run her own Sales and Marketing company in the fashion industry. She also ran her own PR and Communications Consultancy working with some top brands including Happy Planet, Grouse Mountain Resorts. She is the former Brand Manager of Lululemon Athletica. Andrea is skilled at building a strong culture and a company based on Core Values and Goal Setting. 

In 2016 she won the Veuve Clicquot Canadian Business Woman Award and has been a YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominee twice. She is an active mentor of women in business and volunteers time with the Forum For Women Entrepreneurs. Andrea is on the Board of Directors for Coast Mental Health in Vancouver, BC and is a speaker at numerous events focused on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Core Values and Goal Setting. Andrea is also a mother of 4 children under the age of 10. 

Steve de jong, president & CEO integra gold 


Mr. de Jong has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Integra Gold since 2012. Under his leadership, Mr. de Jong has attracted a high calibre team of geologists, engineers, entrepreneurs and consultants to advance Integra Gold’s Lamaque project towards production. He has been instrumental in the financing of the Company, having raised over $120 million in equity at subsequently higher prices since assuming the Chief Executive Officer position, despite the recent challenges faced by the mining sector.

Integra Gold’s strong financial positon has enabled an aggressive exploration and growth strategy which underpins the Company’s proven ability to create value in all market conditions. Mr. de Jong has embarked on a number of innovative, unconventional and creative initiatives including the transformative and opportunistic acquisition of the Sigma-Lamaque Mill and Mine Complex, valued at over $100 million, the $1 million Integra Gold Rush Challenge and the #DisruptMining event at PDAC 2017.

Mr. de Jong holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University and is also a Director of Eastmain Resources Inc. and GFG Resources Inc.

Andrew hall, co-founder Mealshare


Andrew Hall is a passionate young social entrepreneur.

Andrew is the Co-Founder of Mealshare. Mealshare partners with restaurants, and places their logo next to a few menu items. When a customer orders a 'Mealshare Item,' they get their meal, just like normal. And, they also provide one meal to someone in need! Buy one, give one. In under four years, Mealshare has grown to over 275 partner restaurants across the country, and served more than one million meals to youth in need. Andrew's been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30  winner by both BC Business and Corporate Knights magazine, and Mealshare was honored to be Social Enterprise of the Year by Air Miles in 2016.

Andrew recevied a BCom degree from the University of Victoria. After graduating, he worked in consulting with Deloitte for a few years before following his passion to create a business that makes a difference. When Andrew's not growing Mealshare he's running, hiking, travelling, exploring personal development, or trying something new. 



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