Practical Ideas for Entrepreneurs
YES Talks aims to provide people in business with streetwise/practical ideas that they can immediately incorporate into their businesses. YES 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.
2019 YES Talks
When: Thursday June 6th, 2019
Where: The Pinnacle at the Pier
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 cash bar reception with complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres.
Danny Sitnam - President & CEO Helijet
Danny Sitnam is President and Chief Executive Officer for Helijet International Inc. and is responsible for the overall Financial, Commercial and Operational facets of Helijet International Inc. and its respective operating business units: Helijet Scheduled Service, Helijet Charters, Helijet Air Medical and Pacific Heliport Services Ltd.
Danny is a founding shareholder and principal of Helijet and has established this industry renowned company as the "Largest scheduled helicopter airline in the world". Celebrating 33 years in service, Helijet has boarded over 2.5 million passengers on its scheduled helicopter airline.
Daniel has driven and mentored diversity at Helijet, establishing his company as British Columbia's premier air medical service provider utilizing state of the art helicopters and turbojet aircraft technology. Helijet also operates a growing helicopter and turbojet charter presence as key clients continue to recognize the company's significant dedication to service and safety standards throughout their business model. In his capacity as President, Mr. Sitnam oversees a Company with over 170 professionals, generating annual revenues of $ 40,000,000.
Daniel received his commercial helicopter pilot's license in the lower mainland of Vancouver in 1975 and at 20 years of age, went Northbound flying missions in the forestry and mining sector throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the North West Territories. He has accumulated over 5,000 helicopter flight hours on numerous helicopter types, and to date continues to maintain his flying license privileges.
During his flying career, he has served as a Chief Pilot and Operations Manager for small to medium sized companies, as well as a key navigator on several large helicopter contracts for the respective helicopter firms he was employed with.
Mr. Sitnam established, in conjunction with a former business partner, what has become one of Western Canada's largest and most successful helicopter flight training schools.
Daniel has received several awards and has been recognized within the business community for his entrepreneurial efforts and long-term commitment to the aviation industry in which he is deeply involved. He and his company continue to be active within the Community representing several aviation businesses associations and their ongoing industry efforts, in conjunction with supporting endless non-profit organizations through cash and trade donations.
Daniel was nominated and inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2017.
Daniel resides in West Vancouver with his wife Laura. They have a daughter Corra-Rose and son Owen.
Katt Stearns - Owner Katt Stearns Consulting
Katt Stearns is the founder of Katt Stearns Consulting. Often referring to her career as the “accidental entrepreneur”, Katt became immersed in the music industry back in 2004 after moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to follow a passion. Shortly after arriving, Katt started her own agency working alongside the Junos, Canadian Country Music Association, BC and Sask Music, and numerous labels and musicians, handling artist relations, marketing and management. She used her 5 years of experience in the music industry and transferred it over to a career in digital marketing where Katt now operates a highly successful digital marketing consulting company. Over the years she has worked with numerous small and medium-sized organizations including Destination BC, BC Hydro and Fortis BC. In addition, Katt has a strong passion for sustainability and community projects working with a handful of nonprofits on their boards. Katt is the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Digital Marketer of the Year Award.
Neil Belenkie - Co-founder Sploda Technologies inc.
A winner of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, Neil specializes in closing deals.
Neil’s is currently a co-founder of Sploda.com, a Tinder-like platform that uses due diligence to connect investors to companies. Neil is also the CEO of The $2,000 Coffee and the Mayor of Belcarra.
Neil’s leadership experience includes being CEO of a publicly-listed multinational biotech Sirona Biochem. He was a Co-founder of The GrowthPoint Group and RevGen and has led companies and transactions in multiple industries all over the world.
Neil is a father of four who married way up, a keynote speaker and try-hard woodworker.
Claire Booth - FOunder & Ceo Lux insights
Claire Booth is the author of the best-selling The Achiever Fever Cure and has been featured on CTV, Global and CBC. She is the founder and CEO of Lux Insights, a market research agency with offices in Vancouver and Seattle and the 2019 winner of Small Business BC’s Best Employer award. She has 20 years of experience in consumer insights working with some of the world’s most recognized brands. Claire is an adjunct professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, has been recognized as a top-three finalist for business person of the year in her home town of North Vancouver, is a board director at cutting-edge theatre The Cultch, and is a Big Sister. She swims with the NorthShore Masters swim team and is a regular climber at Base5.