It's Almost Time for the 4th Annual interVivos Patio Party!

Edmonton's downtown core will be shaking next week with beats, art and entertainment courtesy of Latitude 53 and interVivos.

Come down to Latitude 53 Art Gallery (10242 106 Street) on Thursday July 17 from 5pm to 9pm for THE patio party of the summer. Feel free to stop by anytime and bring your friends. While the event is free, a $5 donation to Latitude 53 is suggested.

There's so much on the table for you and your friends:

  • We will be featuring the musical stylings of DJs James Murgatroyd, Polyesterday & Thomasculture.
  • 3 different styles of dance will be performed throughout the evening.
  • Indulge in the diverse art and installations courtesy of Latitude 53, featuring Incubator artists Robyn Stuart & Matt Whitson.
  • Sip on drinks from the gallery bar and enjoy hors d'oeuvres provided by Kelly’s.
  • Strike a pose at Latitude's photo wall.
  • Win door prizes!
  • Find out more about engaging in your city with interVivos.
  • Mix and mingle with the fantastic people of Edmonton!

We're getting our social media on too. Follow the conversation at #l53patio and at #intervivos.

Click here for a video from a past interVivos Patio Party.

Please feel to join us at the after party at Red Star (from 9 till late)! Red Star is located at 10534 Jasper Avenue.

Questions? Email connect@intervivos.ca.

interVivos Presents: The Second Annual Citizen Edmonton

Want to get more involved in your community? Not sure how to get started? Want to hear about different types of citizen engagement? Want to find out what motivates engaged citizens? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Citizen Edmonton is just for you!

Edmontonians who are involved in their community, in a variety of different ways, will come together to share their experiences and knowledge with you. Confirmed "Citizen Edmonton" panelists include:

• Chevi Rabbit-Social Activist
• Chris Buyze-Chair of Downtown Edmonton Community League
• Ian O'Donnell- Community Volunteer
• Jen Banks-Make Jen's Day
• Mike Hudema-Social Activist
• Nathan Ip-School Trustee
• Vivian Abboud- Community Volunteer

The evening will begin with a quick panel discussion before you get a chance to chat one-on-one with each of the panelists in a rotating, small group format. Check out this video from last year's event to see what it was like.

Join us Monday, June 16 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at The Common (9910-109 Street). Tickets are $15 if purchased now or $20 at the door. Light snacks will be served. Tickets are limited, so RSVP soon to reserve your spot.

Thanks to JGR Communications for their generous sponsorship of this event.

Have questions? Email connect@intervivos.ca

MINBID & interVivos present: FIRESALE - A VIP Art Auction

Imagine a party where art collectors can discover artists when they are fresh/new and affordable! Welcome to MINBID Art Auctions.

On May 23, MINBID will pave the way for Edmontonians to explore the underbelly of the Canadian art scene. Representing over 50 Albertan and Canadian artists, MINBID is setting the stage for a truly electrifying night of art, food, libations, music and so much more. Experience local food and cocktails from the Yellowhead Brewing Company,local and international wines, a selection of Cognac picked specifically for the evening and music by YEG’s top DJs.

MAY 23rd, 2014  8-11PM

Morris Private Lofts

10154-103st

Edmonton, AB

 

All tickets (including food and drink):

$40 Regular

$60 Cognac Experience

Tickets: http://www.minbidauctions.com/

Drink Menu:

Yellowhead Premium Lager

2 Yellowhead Premium Cocktails

A Selection of local and international wines

A selection of Cognac and Cocktails*

*Only available to Cognac Experience tickets holders

Food/Cocktail Menu will be released prior to the event.

MINBID is proud to partner with interVivos. interVivos will take the stage for a few minutes to talk about their mentorship program.

Check out the last event:

http://www.minbidauctions.com/minbid-5/

Are you an artist? Apply to show with MINBID:

http://www.minbidauctions.com/artist-review/

interVivos Spring 2014 Mentorship Program

ARE YOU:

  • A young professional who wants to connect?
  • Looking for a MENTOR but not sure where to start

PRESENTING – interVivos Spring 2014 Mentorship Program:

  • 15-20 protegés such as yourself are introduced to 15-20 potential mentors at our pairing event on May 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm.
  • 4 minute conversations are had so each mentor can discuss goals and expectations with you.
  • At the end of the pairing event, mentors and protégés select their top 5 choices confidentially and interVivos notifies participants of pairings within 2 weeks. Note—there is a very small chance of going unpaired.
  • Mentors and protégés agree to meet a minimum of 3 times for 1 hour over the 6 month program (June-November 2014).
  • An informal contract is signed at the pairing event by mentors and protégés.
  • interVivos performs check-ins throughout the process.
  • Protégés pay a one-time fee of $40 that covers the cost of running the program.

DETAILS OF PAIRING EVENT:

  • Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:00pm
  • Location: The Pint off Whyte (8032 104 Street)
  • Light snacks will be provided.
  • RSVP:http://www.intervivos.ca/rsvp/

RSVP today – spots for this program fill up fast!

CONFIRMED MENTORS:

1. Amanda Vella is the Director of Finance, Business Planning and Performance Improvement at Canadian North. Her goal in becoming a mentor is to offer someone else the same benefit she has received from her mentors. Her preferred mentor/protégé activity is wine at OJs. Her favourite thing about YEG is the river valley.

2. Bill Craig is the Director/Co-found of Genuine Wealth Inc. and Craig & Kumar Management Consulting Inc. His goal in becoming a mentor is to share his experiences with an up and coming professional. His preferred mentor/protégé activity is a coffee at Wild Earth Café or a meeting at his downtown or home office. His favourite thing about YEG is the people, opportunities and quality of life.

3. Eric Petersen is a Financial Planner with Prosperity Engine Inc. His goal in becoming a mentor is to share his experiences with someone motivated to put what he learned to work. His preffered mentor/protege activity is grabbing a coffee or lunch at a small, local establishment. His favourite thing about YEG is how we still have a small town friendliness even though we are becoming a large city.

4. Gilles Prefontaine has a few positions, including: Councilor with the City of St. Albert, School of Business instructor with MacEwan University, Chair of Junior Achievement and Entrepreneur. His goal in becoming a mentor is to share his experiences and perspectives with young professionals seeking to make a difference in our community. His preferred mentor/protégé activity is a glass of red wine at Privada in St. Albert. His favourite thing about YEG is the strong entrepreneurial spirit.

5. Grant Lovig is currently semi-retired and was previously President of Company's Coming Publishing Limited. His goal in becoming a mentor is to encourage young, would-be entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. Grant also expects to gain fresh new insights during the interaction. His preferred mentor/protege activity is coffee and cinnamon buns at the Sugar Bowl. His favourite thing about YEG is cycling the river valley.

6. Grant Marsden - bio forthcoming

7. Jacqueline Biollo works with the Edmonton Police Service and a Songbird's Solo, Executive Management Consulting. Her goal in becoming a mentor is to help a protégé identify a different perspective about options and alternatives, and be strategic about their choices. Her preferred mentor/protégé activity is whatever is comfortable and convenient for both. Her favourite thing about YEG is the endless possibilities no matter what your interests are.

8. Justin Archer is the Managing Director of Berlin Advertising and Public Relations. His goal in becoming a mentor is to share some of what he has learned with others. His preferred mentor/protege activity is coffee at Credo/Cavern or Lunch at Mercer/Blute Plate Diner. His favourite thing about YEG is any day it isn't freezing.

9. Karen Lynch is a consultant to provincial non-profit organizations in addition to her work with ATB. An experienced mentor and protégé, Karen is looking to continue sharing her experiences with a new protégé. Her preferred mentor/protégé activity is carrot cake at Vi's For Pies or Saturday brunch at La Dauphine. Her favourite thing about YEG is living in the river valley, libraries that defy the expected architecture, summer festivals and long spring nights.

10. Lynn Wyton - bio forthcoming

11. Mack Male is a Product Development Manager at Questionmark Computing Ltd. An experienced protégé, Mack is looking to return the favour of his many mentors and has a lot to offer about Edmonton, social media, technology, politics, and business. His preferred mentor/protégé activity is coffee at Credo or anywhere downtown. His favourite thing about YEG is the spirit and energy captured by Make Something Edmonton!

12. Mary Sturgeon is the Executive Director of Make Something Edmonton. In addition to her many years of experience in communications and marketing, Mary's job has given her an outlook on Edmonton that is quite far-reaching. Her goal in becoming a mentor is to share these experiences as well as learn from her protégé. Her preferred mentor/protégé activity is coffee or a cocktail after work. Her favourite thing about YEG is the way people befriend you immediately.

13. Scott Gordon is the VP of Sales and Product Development at Press'd The Sandwich Company. His goal in becoming a mentor is to help a young and ambitious up and comer carve a path for themselves with the knowledge and experience he has gained along the way. His preferred mentor/protégé activity is a coffee shop downtown or on Whyte Ave. His favourite thing about YEG is the people.

14. Scott Riddell a branch manager with ATB Financial. His goal in becoming a mentor is to act on his belief in education by sharing his experiences with a protégé. His preferred mentor/protégé activity is a one on one coffee or lunch meeting at his bank branch or close by. His favourite thing about YEG is the different seasons.

15. Vieri Berretti is the owner of The Mongolie Grill and does many roles in the organization, including providing the vision and plan to achieve it. His goal in becoming a mentor is to learn as much from the protégé as they hope to learn from him. He is happy to meet anywhere for the mentor/protégé meet ups. Since it's his hometown, he loves everything about YEG.

Takin’ Care of Business

You think you know your manners? You have no idea.

interVivos invites young leaders and seasoned leaders to attend an exclusive business etiquette workshop called Takin’ Care of Business on Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Latitude 53 (10242 - 106 Street).

The workshop is led by business etiquette professionals from VIP Protocol and costs $50. You will be provided with light snacks at the event and a professional headshot. Yes, the cost of the headshot is included in your registration fee!

Business etiquette is more than please and thank you. Business etiquette will teach you how to conduct yourself at networking events, in a meeting, at a job interview and while entertaining clients. It helps you develop relationships that can make your career and will set you apart from your competition. During the workshop, you will learn:

  • The perfect handshake
  • The art of the introduction
  • The business card exchange
  • How to be a pro networker

Spots for this workshop are limited. Questions? Email connect@intervivos.ca.

To RSVP please click here.

interVivos Presents: The Fall 2013 Mentorship Program

Looking for a mentor but having no luck finding one? Don’t know where to look for a mentor? If you answered yes to either question, the interVivosFall 2013 Mentorship Program is made just for you.

How does our program work? Fifteen protégés will meet with fifteen influential and esteemed mentors from a variety of careers and backgrounds at an introductory pairing event. This pairing event takes place on Wednesday, November 27 from 5:30-8:00 pm at The Pint Off Whyte (8032 - 104 Street). At the event, mentors and protégés will discuss their goals and what they would like to achieve from the mentorship program. Click here for a video debrief from the Spring pairing event.

At the end of the pairing event, the protégés and mentors submit their pairing preferences to interVivos. Based on these preferences, interVivos will pair up protégés with mentors. Protégés and mentors commit to meet three times over the course of the six-month program. Protégés are charged $40 for the program which includes the cost of the pairing event and the administrative costs to run the program. Find out more about our program by clicking here.

What have mentors and protégés said about our mentorship program?

  • “I have found a mentor that is going to extend past the six months of this program who I feel is genuinely interested in my outcome as a young professional”.
  • “The ability to connect with young up and coming professionals is a great opportunity to share years of knowledge”.
  • “Great program, it was great to learn from someone outside of my industry”.

We only have space for 13 protégés for the Fall 2013 Mentorship Program. RSVP here.

Questions? Email connect@intervivos.ca.

Confirmed Mentors

1. Bev Therrien is a Senior Business Officer for Western Economic Diversification Canada. Throughout her career, she has explored being: an academic, a researcher, a policy analyst, on the fast track for management, a stay-at-home parent, a project manager, a mentor to students, and a relationship manager. She brings a wealth of knowledge from this experience in addition to being an experienced mentor.

2. Candas Jane Dorsey has over thirty five years professional experience as a science fiction writer, editor, educator, mentor, community developer and activist. She has held many elected positions in voluntary organizations and has run for municipal office. As an interVivos mentor she wants to help a protege get a running start on a life of community service. 

3. Cary Williams is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He has spent five years managing three departments for an international textiles wholesaler and five years as a financial advisor managing his own practice.  Cary is also the former chair of the City of Edmonton’s Next Gen Initiative. Cary looks forward to helping a protege figure out their path to success.

4. Chris Henderson is a consultant in public relations at Calder Bateman. The focus of his practice at Calder Bateman is on community engagement, communications, government relations and social media. He is looking for a protégé who is still trying to understand where to put his or her efforts to begin a career.

 5. Dawn Newton is public affairs professional with more than a decade of experience in areas including:community investment, media relations, marketing, issues management, stakeholder engagement and government relations. Dawn currently works for Telus. She is an experienced mentor and is looking tomeet new bright minds, share experiences that may help to launch careers and learn more about younger generations.

 6. Eric Petersen is a financial planner who has been personally vested in start-ups to seasoned businesses since his early twenties. He currently sits on three non-profit boards and has been involved with Scouts Canada for over 15 years as a leader. He is a returning interVivos mentor.

7. Erin Elizabeth Ross is a painter and multidisciplinary artist.  Since receiving her BFA from the UofA in 2006, she became a full time artist and has been represented in commercial galleries since 2008.  She has worked in numerous private and public collections, installing a public art piece for the Edmonton Arts Council in May 2013. Erin wants to help a protege define and achieve his or her goals.

 8. Greg Campbell is a computer engineer by trade and has worked for various small and large companies. Throughout his career, he has been a serial entrepreneur and started Spieker Point in 2005. As an experienced mentor, he is looking to assist a young professional in developing their business’ “peripheral vision”.

 9. Irene Martin is the executive director of the Alberta Senior Citizens Housing Association. She is a highly motivated leader, growing tremendously from nearly 20 years in her current and past leadership positions. Highly self-motivated, most of her career was built while being a single parent, learning and attending courses along the way. She is looking forward to learn and grow personally from helping others reach their full potential.

 10. Lisa Hagen is the Director of Strategy with Creative Loop. She has been a mentor with several post-secondary institutions and served on the organizing committees of many industry groups. She is seeking to mentor anyone looking to move into the digital side of marketing/communications, or those who may be looking to start their own business/consultancy. Lisa is a returning interVivos mentor.

 11. Mary Sturgeon is a communications and public relations professional with over 25 years of experience. She is the current project manager for Make Something Edmonton, a resource hub for people who wish to start or build something and an initiative that collects “made in Edmonton” anecdotes and shepherds the Edmonton story. She is looking forward to assist someone in reaching their professional goals.

 12. Neil Mathew Salsbury is an Investment Advisor with Servus Wealth Strategies. Over the past decade he has built a career around helping businesses and people manage their investments, however he gets the greatest satisfaction from his work in the community.His hope for the mentorship program is to be able to connect with an individual and help them achieve their goals.

13. Ryan Neuman is the owner of Onsite Group, an architectural millwork, furniture manufacturing and upholstery company.  He gained valuable experience working in manufacturing, retail and management prior to starting his own company.  Ryan looks forward to sharing his experiences and energy with someone who wants to make a difference in the world but doesn’t know where to start.

Getting Edmonton’s Youth to Connect, Contribute and Care

With election season upon us, it’s the perfect time of year to be talking about how to better engage youth with their civic institutions. As we move closer and closer to the municipal election on October 21st, we’re likely to hear a lot about how to turn young residents into young voters.

Since 2010, members of NextGen, City of Edmonton staff, Councillor Don Iveson, and an 11 member Engagement Advisory Committeehave been working with community leaders, civic administrators and youth themselves, to come up with ideas and a plan for better engaging young people when it comes to getting involved in their communities.

On Tuesday September 17th, years of research and hard work came together with the release of NextGen’s strategy to increase youth engagement. The report, titled Connect, Contribute, Care: Municipal Engagement Recommendations for Edmonton’s Next Generation, makes recommendations to the city, businesses and communities on how they can better draw youth into an active civic life.

The city is already working on implementing some of the reports recommendations by incorporating alternative media to spread the word about the municipal election to reach younger voters. With an election specific Twitter account (@EdmElections ), a new, interactive Edmonton Elections app (available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry), and more advanced polling days in convenient locations like recreation centers, the city is hoping to reach and encourage more young people to vote this October.

Here at interVivos, we also try to offer opportunities to help young people find ways to contribute to their communities. Our mentorship program helps connect young professionals to more experienced mentors while our events like Citizen Edmonton and The Mayoral Event help connect young people with causes they care about and opportunities to get more actively involved in them.

We hope that this report and its recommendations help to encourage more businesses, non-profits and community organizations to actively partner with youth to help build the next generation of civic leaders.

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