Skål Vancouver March Minutes 2018

March General Meeting Agenda

March 14th, Vancouver Convention Centre

President Michael will open the meeting

Tonight’s dinner is about recognition.  Tonight, we recognize our annual Bill Rowe Tourism Award recipient the Vancouver Convention Centre, we recognize a new Skålleague joining us, we recognize our amazing guests joining us this evening.  And I wish to recognize our powerful female professionals that we are fortunate to have as members of our club as we celebrate international women’s month.

Full update on the joint Vancouver and Victoria Skal Club dinner event February 23rd

Check-in Team:  David and Fikriye

 Raffle:  Steven Chen and Ron

 Toast to Queen: Altan

 SKAL Toast: Mark Nichols (President Skal Calgary)

 March Birthdays:

  • Scott Johnson
  • Rudolf Tize
  • Stephen Peters
  • William Whyte
  • Joyce Hayne
  • Lisa Jackson


  • Harvey has a guest
    • Karen Lewis GM Land and Sea Tours
  • President Michael has 3 guests:
    • Gail Watson – Women’s Speaking Association
    • Judy Adams, Absolute Spa
    • Michelle Cameron-Coulter.  Michelle is a six-time World Champion and the first-ever Albertan to win a Summer Olympic Gold Medal
  • Guests from the Skal Club of Calgary
    • President Mark Nichols
    • Vaughan Payne
    • Randy Williams
  • Shamir has 3 guests:
    • Marion Harper-Treskin
    • Mike Truscott JW Marriott
    • Yaseen

Welcome to all Guests 

Ivano – Skal Canada Membership Drive Raffle donations by next week

Housekeeping item:

Moving forward Skål Vancouver will be moving away from drink tickets and towards cash bars.  As of the June 2018,  drink tickets will not be sold at the Skål dinners.  Starting at the September dinner event cash bars will be available. Skål Drink tickets will be honored until the end of the February 2019 dinner meeting.

Michael spoke to the theme of the evening; Recognition

In honour of International Women’s Month, we want to celebrate the professional females of our membership.  I would like to take a moment to recognize these members who are with us tonight:

  • Joyce Hayne – Publisher EMC Publications
  • Lisa Jackson – GM The Georgian Court
  • Fikriye Topkaya -Young Skål
  • Doris Hager – Owner/Principle Hager Design
  • Ayako Kawamukai -Young Skål
  • Brianne Kelly – Young Skål
  • Eda Koot – GM The Pacific Gateway Hotel

As leaders in our industry, we have a responsibility to set the example and guide the way, it is our responsibility to ensure we continue to Push for Progress

It is my pleasure to introduce to you Ms. Gail Watson. Tonight we celebrate our Bright and Brilliant women who serve with commitment and passion in our industry.

Gail has organized a way to bring together the strong minds of our members to brainstorm and strategize how Skal Vancouver can lead the way for women in our industry to grow and develop.

Gail Watson is a massive community influencer, president & CEO of one of the biggest speakers groups in the world exclusive for women.  is  THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission.

Gail is dedicated to empowering women to authentically express themselves, build a thriving, prosperous business and cause serious transformation in the lives of their clients, companies, communities and the world.  With the mindset of “I am all in” and “how can I serve you?”, she is a dynamic leader who is frequently invited to play with top CEOs, Celebrities and Media Gurus.

Tourism Award to Vancouver Convention Centre: BoMembereber Harvey Lee presented the award:

Harvey advised this award is given to a local individual, corporation or organization that had significantly contributed to the success and growth of the tourism industry in Vancouver and British Columbia. Skål Vancouver is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the Annual Bill Rowe Memorial Tourism Award is the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Ken Cretney, President and CEO BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) received the award.  All members gave Ken a standing ovation.

 Draw Prizes – Ron and Steven Chen  wines and other prizes

  • Wine – James Chase
  • Wine – Doris Hager
  • Golf Balls – Yassen
  • Marriot Weekend Package in Victoria Value $1000 – Judy Adams
  • Absolute Spa gift package Value $350 – Michelle Cameron-Coulter

Grand Prize Draw for 2018, $2500 (this Prize will be drawn at the Christmas Lunch at the Arbutus Club in December

  • President Mark Nichols of Calgary Skal Club
  • Jim Whyte
  • Michael Kaile

Thank you to the venue: Michael Kaile thanked Ken and the entire kitchen and caters teams for an excellent dinner and first class service

 Upcoming Meeting: April 11th, The French Table on Main Street

 Meeting Adjourned





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