How to grow great organizations with Lee Sentes – October 25, 2018

What an interactive session! Lee Sentes is an amazing leader who has established himself internationally and across Canada. It was a very profound and educational mixer.


Fun fact, Lee Sentes is a part owner of the Dock! Yes, that’s right the Dock, the organization where we host our events!

Lee Sentes’s Bio:

Lee Sentes works with organizations to strategize, take advantage of change, and prove impact. Lee has worked with and alongside hundreds of non-government organizations in a variety of contexts, living and working in seven countries since 1996. Much of his work has focused on international development NGOs, either as staff, or in partnership in developing countries.

Lee helped found Development Action in New Zealand in 2010 and moved the company to Canada in 2012. His work within Development Action has been varied, including conducting program evaluations, providing monitoring and evaluation advice to government Ministries, and facilitating many planning sessions. Lee has advised on dozens of funding applications and community development projects taking place around the world.

His other work hats include acting as Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University, teaching a range of subjects from cross cultural communication to organizational development in a variety of programs both online and in person. Lee also trains UNHCR staff Operational Data Management through the Commonwealth of Learning. For fun, Lee volunteers with NetSquared Victoria, BCspeaks, and Doing Good For Nothing. Lee is also a part owner of theDock, a co-working space for social purpose organizations in Victoria.



Build the right attitude with John Buxcey – September 20, 2018

Thank you, Mr. John Buxcey, for sharing your experience with us, it was such a profound event! We truly appreciate it!


John Buxcey’s Bio:

John Buxcey is a Sessional Instructor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education and an Occupational Health Advisor for the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. John is also a very successful rugby coach having won two BC Championships as a head coach and three as an assistant. John has been a popular speaker with the UVic Speaker’s Bureau for the past seven years. His topics range from “Unwritten rules in the NHL” to “Physically Literate for Life.”

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Personal Change Processes (how to win at being you)
  • Physical Literacy
  • Men’s Health
  • Adult Learning


June Social Event – June 28, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our very first social mixer on Thursday. It was a great success!


We had a great 50:50 winnings, lots of presents, food & drinks, a great laughter among friends, and of course, a very fun and engaging game of Pictionary, who knew we had so many great artists among VMBC’s guests?


Thank you all for making this happen, we will see you again in September!

P.S. We absolutely love our new venue at theDock

An Evening with Roger Junker – April 18, 2018

Roger Junker, one of the leading managers of Save-On-Foods talked about how to become a store manager and move through the ranks in the retail industry.


Roger Junker’s Bio:

Roger Junker, the Store Manager of Save on Foods at Saanich Plaza was born and raised in Castlegar, B.C. He started his career in the food retail industry when he worked for Safeway in 1983. He took some time off to attend Business School and; he returned to Safeway and ascended through various manager ranks including Produce Manager / Assistant Manager which is said to be the final and essential assessment to being a Store Manager. His journey in the FMCG industry took him to all of the Kootenay Stores, Vernon, Surrey, the Head office in Vancouver, Terrace, and eventually to Victoria. In 2014, he switched to Save on Foods while he was located at the Fort and Foul Bay store. Since, he has led the Save on Foods Tillicum store and now the Saanich Plaza location. He has trained 12 Store Managers who have been his assistants and his leadership has been credited as bar none.


Technology Adoption & Evolution Friend or a Foe with Paul Falohun – March 14, 2018

Paul Falohun talked about how to protect yourself and your business from cyber attacks and be more informed about the trendy cyber security risks of today.


Paul Falohun’s Bio:

Paul Falohun is a Senior Security Analyst with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) of BC. His main duty is to assist with the implementation of security initiatives across the Province.

Paul has consulting experience and has worked with 2 of the “Big 4” professional services firm. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Network Systems Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration, and is proficient in Russian language.

He currently serves on the board of ISACA Victoria Chapter as Certifications Director. Among others, Paul holds the following certificates:

  • CSX-F (Cyber Security Nexus Foundation)
  • CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)
  • COBIT 5 Business Framework for Governance
  • ITIL-F Certificate in IT Service Managemen

Pitfalls and Practicality for the Entrepreneurs with Larry Earnhart – February 21, 2018

For this monthly mixer our guest speaker, Larry Earnhart talked about what it means to be an entrepreneur. All VMBC guests learned a lot about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to master their craft.


Larry Earnhart Bio:

Larry Earnhart works for a company that has a government contract to turn Youth into Entrepreneurs. He has been an entrepreneur, owned a restaurant and a handyman franchise and currently has a business coaching business. He’s also been a financial advisor and worked in the chemical production industry in the U.S. as an Operations Manager, Lab Manager, Project Manager, Safety, Environmental and Quality Manager and Emergency Response Team Leader. He also teaches online business courses for University Canada West. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He’s also written a book: The Profit Machine.

Law of Attraction with Michael Losier – November 22, 2017

In this training presentation, expert Law of Attraction trainer, author and former Oprah & Friends radio host, Michael Losier, showed VMBC’s guests how to apply the Law of Attraction to their advantage so they can use Law of Attraction deliberately to attract more of what they want in their personal and business life.


Michael Losier’s bio:

Michael Losier is the author of the best-selling book Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t. Michael caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who interviewed him four times on her Soul Series™ radio show on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Michael went on to enjoy a year-long run hosting his own radio show on Oprah & Friends™ radio.

Every Friday he hosts a LIVE Facebook event with over 1.8 million views, with a lively, engaging show on the subject of Law of Attraction, N.L.P., and Life’s Purpose. He has the reputation of being the how-to guy for applying Law of Attraction to your life.