October Speaker via ZOOM: Ian Tostenson, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

Top Restaurant and Food Services Expert to headline our first ZOOM meeting on October 2.

We all know what Covid has done to our ability to enjoy eating out in our favourite restaurants. Take-out and delivery has taken off in its place as restaurateurs struggle to stay afloat.  What does the future hold for restaurants? Who will survive? What would it take to get you out dining again? This is your opportunity to send your questions for Ian Tostenson to address in his talk by sending them to Robert Grose at groser3@gmail.com.  Please don’t be shy and do it soon.

As this will be many of our members first Zoom experience please read carefully the Zoom instruction from Bea, our Zoom master. For those wanting to try it out beforehand please see Bea’s trial training session.  We need everyone to be able to sign in easily and we’re here to help you.  Based on the success of this program, this maybe the new Probus meeting normal until we are able to meet as a group again

Ian Tostenson Bio:

As the dynamic, passionate and forward-thinking President & CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Ian Tostenson combines energy and integrity with proven achievement in all areas of business. Ian spent most of his career as (CEO/President) successfully growing Cascadia Brands, which owned, Calona Vineyards, Sandhill Vineyards, Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Granville Island Brewing, Grady Wine Marketing and Potter Distilling.

He is an appointed director to the Premier’s Permanent Small Business Roundtable (advising government on issues and opportunities for small business) and took on the challenge as an appointed member of BC’s Climate Team to chart out BC’s carbon future. Ian was BC’s second chairman for the BC Wine Institute, a finalist in the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He served on the Board as a Director and President of the David Foster Foundation for over 22 years, which continues to create a lasting legacy for the benefit of families with children requiring life threatening organ transplants. He speaks to this cause regularly as well to the cause of H.A.V.E. CAFÉ, which he co-founded, sharing a passion to change lives in the downtown Vancouver eastside. Ian took on the role of Chair of Ridesharing in BC and was successful in its eventual approval.

Today his passion is to work overtime to help restore the Restaurant Industry amid its worst crisis ever. The BCRFA Covid19 crisis work has been recognized by the Premier of BC, Lieutenant Governor and the Provincial Health Officer. Above all else, Ian is a coach and mentor to not only those in the business and his community service. Ian uses a love for innovative thinking, technology, music, sports and awesome people to lead the way in business and life.

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