LinkUp is back for the 4th year, and 2019 is bringing the most exciting event to date! We wanted to do things a bit different, while still maintaining the same goals: to connect Kamloops entrepreneurs to all the resources and programs available to make them successful. That’s why with this year’s theme, Adapt and Innovate: The Future of Local Business, we are connecting entrepreneurs to resources they need to innovate or expand their business, as well as giving an inside look at other entrepreneurs’ experiences through these processes.
Year by year, the world of business and entrepreneurship is changing, and with that change comes the need to innovate. Innovation isn’t just incorporating new technology; it can also be introducing new products, improving your existing services, implementing new marketing techniques, accessing new programs to expand your business’ reach or anything that makes your business run smoother and more efficient. This year, we want to connect entrepreneurs to these opportunities by putting them in a room with the local, provincial and federal organizations that offer programs, incentives or other resources. However, we’re not stopping there!
For over twenty years, Max Valiquette has been at the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Anointed by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential Marketers,” Max has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world to help them transform their organizations, their businesses, and their brands. He is an award-winning marketer and market researcher; an author; a broadcaster; and a journalist who relishes engaging with audiences. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called him a “don’t miss” speaker.
Max’s entrepreneurial drive led him to found Youthography, the ground-breaking Millennial Marketing company. He is currently the Chief Strategy Office at Diamond Integrated Marketing.
Over the course of his career, Max has worked on brands including Nike, Budweiser, Coca-Cola and everything in between. He won multiple awards for the ground-breaking anti-smoking campaign Stupid.ca; and acts as an advisor for various charitable organizations and techspace start-ups. Max also sat on the Board of the Canada Media Fund, Canada’s largest single cultural endowment, for three years helping to transition it towards a more digital future.
When he’s not on stage, Max is on Entertainment Tonight or MTV talking about popular culture; speaking to the Wall Street Journal or NPR about organizational transformation or innovation; or writing about marketing and branding for Strategy and hosting their Agency of the Year awards.
Max’s presentations are filled with information and insights, actionable recommendations for your audience, extremely engaging entertainment, and customized content. His favourite thing in the world – after his family and the 1994 Montreal Expos – is to connect with an audience and help them learn, transform, and prosper.
With LinkUp 2018 being a sold-out event, we want to offer a new style to the 2019 event to keep things fresh. So fresh that we had to change our logo colour to keep up! This year, by popular demand, we are offering three roundtable discussions from local entrepreneurs to compliment the two panels from local, provincial and federal organizations, as well as the tradeshow and networking times. The roundtables will feature entrepreneurs who are at different stages of their business, have incorporated some innovation in their business, or have expanded their business using various resources. We will, of course still have our fantastic lunch served by Romeo’s kitchen, and will be rounding out the event with an all-star keynote that will be speaking to innovation and the future of local business.
Remember, LinkUp 2018 was a sold-out event.
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Kamloops has an outlook for modest and consistent GDP growth of 2% annually to 2022, increasing from approximately $4.4 billion in 2018 and up to $4.8 billion in 2022.