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Givers Gain & Collaborators too

GIVERS GAIN – and COLLABORATORS TOO BNI, as we all know, is about building relationships, Givers Gain, Power Teams, referrals and so much more. Now a couple of members of the BNI Excellence chapter in Boisbriand, north of Montreal, are showing us all that collaboration can be a key part of the successful business mix as well. The two members, Web Developer Benoit Legault and Professional Coach Brigitte St-Germain, joined BNI around the same time in the winter of 2012. They had a One-to-One early on, partly because of their similar timing. As Brigitte explained the goals, clientele and methods of her...
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BNI Agora – Golfing for Breakfast $22,750

Golf is one of life’s true pleasures. At times a guilty pleasure when we should be doing something else. At times a frustrating pleasure when we can’t quite hit the drive, the approach or the putt the way Bubba, Phil or Tiger would, depending on what the shot is. At the very best of times, though, golf can feel like a deed well done. That was the case last June 19th when 128 individuals got together at Le Boisé Golf Club in Terrebonne, Qc., to play a round of golf, have a delicious supper and raise money for a really good cause. The event was the second annual BNI Agora Golf Tournament at...
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The Start of a Relationship – Bruce Elliott

Who doesn’t like to help someone?  No one – we agree. That’s because whenever you help somebody, you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself you smile and when you smile, it’s enjoyable to be around you. Being around you is one of the best ways to strike up a relationship and relationships are what BNI is all about. That’s what attracted Bruce Elliott to BNI 16 years ago. In his previous employment as Traffic Director for the City of London, the career Engineer spent more time telling colleagues and citizens what they could not do as opposed to what they could do. And...
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Finding the Fit – Guillaume LeTual

Guillaume LeTual didn’t join the first time he attended a BNI chapter meeting, or the second time or the third. He did join, however, after attending a business breakfast of the Place Ville Marie chapter a little more than three years ago. It was much farther from his home base in Laval, but that didn’t bother him. “The vibes were right for me, it was disciplined like I like it and it was about Business with a capital B,” says Guillaume. “The leads followed up with me the very next day.” Guillaume is a Visual Artist and Multimedia Technologist in the film, music and art world, and a Web...
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Appointments – BNI Canada New National Directors

BNI Canada has announced that Kai Bjorn and Derek Podorieszach are the new National Directors. They join the team of Nancy and Don Morgan, the couple responsible for bringing BNI to Canada 17 years ago. Kai has a sports background where performance was critical. He played for the Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was a member of the America’s Cup-winning Alinghi Team in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003 and he competed for Canada in Sailing at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Kai is a graduate of Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Qc.,...
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Success Stories:
Keeping the BNI Momentum going!

Vancouver Island’s newest chapter is also the fastest ever launched in the region!! Only three months after the first information session, the new BNI MOMENTUM chapter also enjoyed the largest chapter launch ever on the island! Headed by driving force and chapter president David Robertson, a mortgage broker with RBC Royal Bank, the new BNI Momentum chapter has just that – incredible momentum!! After only a couple of information sessions, this Courtenay/Comox group of savvy business professionals quickly grew and started their chapter training in September. David was extremely proactive (to put it...
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Success Stories:
After a year of perseverance, he gets his best referral!

After a year of perseverance, he gets his best referral! Marc Charette, a member of BNI Laval Affaires Plus was recently referred to Laboratoires Biron—and it turned out to be one of the finest referrals he’s received since joining BNI in 2007. Thanks to the referral, his company, Plani Bureau, will be furnishing the office space at Laboratoire Biron’s head office. And it’s a project that shows even more potential! The result of a lengthy process It took a year before real business resulted from what started out as a simple referral from Lyne Fortier, who was a BNI member in 2009-2010....
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Success Stories:
Long-Term Success That’s Made to Measure

Steven Berke is a tailor and a founding member of BNI Ville-Marie since 2005. In total, he received hundreds of referrals for his “Steven Berke” brand of tailor-made suits. One of these referrals generated $15,000 in business. He is currently the group’s president. Getting the best from the system At first, Steven was very shy, but his active participation in the group allowed him to structure his infomercial, speak in public, and create strong bonds with professionals from various fields. To develop his network even further, Steven also visits several other groups. Through these...
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