Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, TELUS Garden is perhaps the most anticipated real estate development in the city's recent history. We are delighted that the Executive Chair of TELUS, Darren Entwistle, has invited Friends & Company to hold the very first community event in what will soon become the world headquarters for TELUS. TELUS has proudly been the Presenting Sponsor of Friends & Company since our inception. As always, this event will benefit the anti-bullying and gay-straight alliance work of Out in Schools.
TELUS Garden is a stunning mixed use commercial / residential complex that covers en entire city block on Georgia Street between Seymour and Richards and on Richards Street between Georgia and Robson. The development comprises over a million total usable square feet and construction costs are estimated at $750 million. It will bear the coveted LEED Platinum certification for enviornmental sustainability. It is scheduled for completion in September 2015.
Our host and speaker will be TELUS Executive Chair, Darren Entwistle.Darren will share insights with us about how being leaders and innovators in the areas of workplace diversity and inclusion have given TELUS an edge in a highly competitive market.
Darren is one of Canada's highest profile business leaders. He first joined TELUS in 2000 as President and CEO, and until his progression to Executive Chair in May 2014, he was the longest-serving CEO amongst global incumbent telecom companies. Under Darren's leadership, TELUS has evolved from a regional telephone company serving Western Canada into a national data and wireless leader. Notably, since the beginning of 2000, TELUS is the global leader amongst all telecom service providers with a total shareholder return of 304%, outpacing the number two incumbent by 95%. Darren holds a BA (Honours) from Concordia University, an MBA in Finance from McGill, and a Network Engineering Diploma from the University of Toronto. He has received numerous honourary doctorates and sits on serveral philanthropic boards. Darren received both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) in recognition for being a Canadian business leader who has made exemplary contributions to the community and to Canada as a whole. Darren and his family live in Vancouver.
This event is generously presented by:
This event will once again be hosted by none other than our very own resident Friends & Company emcee, the ever-charming and always entertaining Joan-E (Robert Kaiser), Vancouver's most recognizable drag queen. Joan-E is a long time and highly respected fixture in Vancouver's LGBTQ philanthropy and entertainment communities. He serves as Director of LGBTQA Special Projects at TELUS, a role he carries out both as Robert and Joan-E. He is a two-time recipient of medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, having been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in community service and again in 2012 when he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.
Delicious canapes, prepared and served by David Hawksworth's award-winning culinary team, will be served (vegan and gluten-free options will be available). Complimentary award-winning wine from Le Vieux Pin, BC's leading boutique winery and complimentary drinks from the bar will be included. Beats will be spun by our live DJ. And just for attending, you will have a chance at winning lots of fabulous door prizes (including the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools, and of course, lots of opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones!
Tickets are $50 each (plus a small ticket processing fee that is charged by our ticket management provider). Registration starts at 5:30. The event wraps up around 8:00. Due to great interest that has been expressed in this event and speaker, we anticipate a sell out so please don't delay in getting your tickets.
Join us after the event at xy (1216 Bute Street), the newest and hottest bar in the Davie Village, and enjoy a complimentary vodka drink from xy and Absolut.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom our events would not be possible. Please take a moment to check them out! And please be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events!
On behalf of Out in Schools, we would like to thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our sold out events to date! Together, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools, money that directly enables Out in Schools facilitators to reach students all over BC. On top of this, our corporate sponsors and community partners have given many tens of thousands more to Out in Schools at Friends & Company events throughout the year. All of this is undeniable proof that together, we can make a difference for young LGBTQ people in our communities. Thank you.