This past spring and summer I was blessed to have visited some really beautiful locations while travelling for business and pleasure.
In March, the weather in Seattle was warm and a welcome break from our Ontario winter as the two Alex’s from HomeGrown Hydroponics and I launched the new Dutch Nutrient brand at the Maximum Yield Trade Show.
At the end of June, I travelled with Ian and his wife Lori, from Quinton Steel in Guelph, to PEI to attend the SEUS-CP Conference.
The Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) is a strategic partnership between states in the southeastern United States and member provinces from Canada. Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Member provinces include Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Québec. The alliance works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its member states and provinces. Delegations, led by state governors, provincial premiers or their designees, comprise business and industry leaders from a wide variety of industry sectors.
These conferences are a great opportunity to build linkages with key international leaders. I also got to play a few links at Crowbush!
In July, my wife Sue and I hosted 300+ attendees at the largest SOTOS Syndrome conference ever held at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort at WDW Orlando. Being Disney fanatics, this was even more exciting than usual. Families came from around the globe to hear internationally renowned experts on genetics report on their ongoing studies of this rare (1 in 20,000 births) disorder. Of course, no conference at Disney World would be complete without visits from three very special guests: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Jake’s favourite, Donald Duck.
To learn more about Sotos Syndrome: www.sotossyndrome.org.
After a few days unwinding at Vero Beach and some golf at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, it was on to Atlanta for a visit with our long-time client-friends, EarthCon Environmental. Here you can see Anthony and me deeply engaged in a planning meeting:
Then for our final stop, we dropped in on Barrack and the gang in Washington, DC. It was so cool to see that a Mac Classic like I worked on in college is actually in the National Museum of American History—man I’m getting old!
Summer drew to a close with two successful Rotary events: Cambridge Ribfest in early August (last year MoreSALES won a Community Support award for Best Event) and the Annual Golf Classic at Galt Country Club on August 20th, which raised $15,000 for local and international charities.