On April 21st, C100 Charter Members (the most successful Canadians in tech in Silicon Valley) and honored guests headed to Google Headquarters in Mountain View for our annual Charter Member dinner. We look forward to our annual CM dinner as a time to take a step back and recognize our amazing Charter Members for all of their hard work and commitment to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs.
We kicked off the night with a cocktail hour to give Charter Members and friends a chance to catch up and most importantly to sign our Canadian flags to honor outgoing co-chair Lars Leckie and our Executive Director, Atlee Clark. Atlee and Lars, we are happy you aren't going far!
Google CFO Patrick Pichette, the ricipient of this year's Icon of Canadian Entrepreneurship award, arrived early on his awesome Boosted Board.
To kick off dinner, Don Listwin, founder of the Canary Foundation, challenged Charter Members to double our participation and fundraising efforts for this year's Canary Challenge ride that benefits early cancer detection research. To uphold our C100 tradition of 50% better every time, we are shooting for 80 riders for this year's event on September 27th, 2014. Lars will be leading training rides with free drinks throughout the summer! The first ride is May 16th. Don't miss it.
During the official passing of the torch, C100 founding members Anthony Lee and Chris Albinson and co-chair Katherine Barr thanked Lars Leckie for his dedication to C100 as co-chair over the last two years. Thanks for making us 50% better Lars!
We are thrilled that Lars was able to convince Scott Bonham to take on the task of being our next C100 co-chair! Scott, we know we will take us to new heights as we continue to support the next generation of billion-dollar Canadian companies.
Our wonderful Executive Director, Atlee Clark will be leaving the C100 this summer. Atlee's enthusiasm, humor and can-do attitude have shaped the C100. As Chris Albinson mentioned, Atlee, you are the heart and soul of the C100 and we love you!
A new C100 tradition began when 2013 ICE recipient Rob Burgess presented his Hockey Night jacket to 2014 ICE award winner, Patrick Pichette.
To close the evening, Global TV's Tom Clark (most importantly Atlee's amazing father) interviewed Patrick. I think we all could have listened for another hour or two!
"I won the lottery and I am forever indebted to Canada. I have an obligation to make a contribution and I think as Canadians, we all have that in our gut." Thank you Patrick for all that you do!
Special thanks to our C100 premier sponsors BMO, BDC and KPMG and to Silicon Valley Bank and Cliff Lede Vinyards for providing the wine!