How Putting Employees First Boosts Your Brand

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Date(s) - 01/02/2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nita Lake Lodge Train Station






Thank you for making our February 1st Whistler Open Forum Event a huge success!

Thank you to our speakers, Diana Mulvey of Seeds Consulting, Caroline Bagnall of Connect Hospitality Strategies and Maya Maute of Vancity for sharing your knowledge and expertise on ‘How Putting Employees First Boosts Your Brand’.

Perhaps cliche but nonetheless, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Sponsors.







Here are some photos from our event by Photographer Extraordinaire, Jessie McNaught


^ Left – Right: Diana Mulvey, Cathy Goddard, Maya Maute, Caroline Bagnall


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^ Mentorship & networking is a big part of the Whistler Open Forum Speaker Series – we learn from each other, right?





^ Cathy Goddard chatting with Vancity’s Maya Maute.  So appreciative of their sponsorship support!



^Nita Lake Lodge was our venue and accommodation sponsor.  One of my favorite Whistler places that supports this speaker series and Lighthouse’s Mentor program.



Event Details:

The paradise we call Sea to Sky Corridor also presents a challenging employment landscape. Whether you are an employer or an employee, attending this Whistler Open Forum on February 1st is a must.

Recent studies show that consumers are more likely to purchase from brands if employees are treated well. Further, they may even be willing to pay more and recommend the company’s products or services to others.

How can a business bolster its brand through worker policies and practices?

Our knowledgeable panel of speakers will share how to transform employees into brand ambassadors. You will learn from case studies at leading organizations and get the brand-building tools you need to shift your hiring, compensation and retention practices.

Here is just some of the knowledge you will garner from this event.

  • Clarity on how your brand is a reflection of your employees and the benefits of building synergy between them.
  • How a ‘living wage’ impacts our local communities and why it is considered one of the best local economic development strategies businesses can implement.
  • Ideas on best practices for small and medium sized businesses that you can use to optimize your recruitment and training dollars for an effective retention strategy.

This event will sell out so don’t miss a chance to arm yourself with insight on a hot topic relevant to our communities.

About Our Guest Speakers

These three community leaders have their fingers on the pulse of business in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Take a look at their bios here.


Diana Mulvey of Seeds Consulting

Diana advises conscious brands on corporate strategy, marketing and communications projects through her company, Seeds Consulting, a Certified B Corp. Her background includes experience as a national marketing manager in the financial sector and as a marketing director for lululemon, where she scaled its grassroots community relations approach leading up to its IPO.






Caroline Bagnall of Connect Hospitality Strategies Inc.

Caroline is a Hospitality & Tourism Professional, Adult Educator, and Whistler Experience Coach. At the helm of Connect Hospitality Strategies, she brings a customized approach to project management and workforce education for organizations that want to be profitable and develop customers for life. Her experience spans the organization, planning, execution and service of client events garnered from an impressive career as Senior Manager of Whistler Conference Centre, Instructor at Capilano University and Assistant Director, Food/Beverage at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Caroline’s widely-applauded communication skills, industry expertise and practical experience are augmented by professional certification in adult and ongoing education and facilitation skills.



Maya Maute of  Vancity

Maya is a supply chain professional with experience working at various management levels in Canada and abroad.  Her background is in the financial services sector in supply management and information technology. Her expertise is in supplier selection, competitive bidding and contract negotiations, helping organizations implement sustainability, ethical and environmental practices into their supply chains.  Maya was part of the team that implemented the living wage at Vancity, whereby becoming one of the largest employers in Canada to implement a living wage. Click here for more information on Vancity’s commitment to the living wage.


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