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BNI Canada membership fees will increase on October 1, 2012. The last fee increase took place in June 2010. (Some Ontario regions implemented the fee increase in December 2010.) The BNI Canada fees reflect the cost of doing business related to increased cost of living indexes along with any program enhancements designed to provide a better program for BNI members.

There will be further information about the adjusted fees released during mid-summer.

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BNI Canada National Conference – A Sharing Experience

The 2012 BNI Canada National Conference lasted only three days but much was accomplished in the meetings at Montreal’s storied Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in the first week of May.

We wish to immediately thank FLS Transport Inc., www.flstransport.com and BRAJAY International Inc., www.brajay.com for their co-sponsorship that made this BNI National Conference possible. We also wish to thank the trade sponsors who also contributed.

The event brought together networking champions from across the country for a Gi More

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 constantly telling people what they cannot do is not really conducive to striking up a pleasant, lasting re More

BNI on the Best-Seller List!

Well, not exactly.

But our founder and guiding light, Dr. Ivan Misner, was on the top of nine best-seller lists just this past February. They included top spot for the English-speaking world’s online bookselling giant Amazon.com, in the following categories: Business & Investing, Business, Management & Leadership, Marketing, Marketing & Sales, Sales & Selling, Professional & Technical, Motivational and Movers & Shakers.

The book on top of all of these lists was Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think, co-authored by Dr. Ivan Misner, Haze More

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 Development / Design specialist for the world of E-Commerce. He can make your company’s name pop up at the top of most lists on a Google search. It’s called search engine optimiz More

The Hard Path Is Easier – BNI Canada Podcast

Today’s podcast focuses on the theme “Taking the hard path often makes life easier, while taking the easy path often makes life harder.”

When a BNI group takes the easy path and doesn’t hold members accountable, the results is that the chapter struggles. Groups that work hard to maintain attendance and quality referrals flourish. If you do the hard work up front, in the long run, it’s easier to keep your group going well…

Listen here : The Hard Path Is Easier – BNI Canada Podcast

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The Big ”GIVE”

Foundation - BNI Canada

If BNI had a vocabulary that was limited to just three words, GIVE would be one of the three. That’s because while all BNI members know that Givers Gain, most of our chapters are now giving to their favourite local charities as well. In all, BNI Canada gave more than a quarter of a million dollars to charities in 2011 and that number is expected to increase in the coming years.

The number will increase because the number of BNI chapters is on the rise and the gross revenue of all the Canadian chapters is expected to grow. An equally important reason for the increase, though, is the fact BNI expects to receive authorization from the Canadian government during 2012 to More

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., and joined the ranks of BNI Canada in 2005.

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What’s New?: Champagne Evening Bubbles Over with Success

Congratulations to the marketing committee of the BNI Victoriaville Premier chapter, which held a highly memorable champagne evening on November 2. On the menu at this grand event: champagne, gourmet bites, advice from a sommelier, a silent auction—and 160 very satisfied guests!

The “5 à 7″ cocktail party had three main goals: first, to give the Victoriaville Premier chapter greater visibility; second, to raise funds for Mia Couture, a young girl suffering from septo-optic dysplasia, also known as De Morsier syndrome; and lastly, to raise money for the Victoriaville Tigres players’ scholarship fund and, at the same time, finance the rental of an arena box from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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What’s New?: Forty Plus

In January, BNI shines a spotlight on the newest groups to surpass the 40-member threshold: West Vancouver’s BNI Lions Gate, Ottawa’s BNI Westboro and Toronto’s BNI GTA.

  • BNI Lions Gate
  • BNI Westboro
  • BNI GTA – Greater Toronto Area

BNI Lions Gate

Located in the city of West Vancouver, British Columbia, BNI Lions Gate has 54 members from the following (more…)

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