Build your network with professionals from across the country!

 

Business Crews is a unique way to create strong bonds with professionals who share similar experiences to yours.

 

 

Meeting format: speed-dating, small and large group discussions – virtual networking

Spring 2022 cohort: April 28 to May 27, 2022

For the next National Business Crews cohort, Toronto Region Board of Trade is teaming up with:

 

  • Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

  • Ottawa Board of Trade
  • Whistler Chamber of Commerce
  • Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
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    SESSIONS FROM APRIL 28 TO MAY 27, 2022

    MEMBER: $225 +tax

    NON-MEMBER: $305 +tax


     

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 11

    GROUP CONFIRMATION: Week of April 18

    BUSINESS CREWS, A UNIQUE WAY TO NETWORK

     

    You are given the opportunity to exchange successes and insights, find solutions to your challenges and build strategic relationships with other professionals:

    • Intelligent matchmaking algorithm to match you with participants that are compatible with your profession
    • A meeting weekly over a four-week period with the same group of 14 – 20 people
    • Meetings led by a seasoned facilitator to maximize your networking experience
    • An atmosphere of collaboration and support where you can learn from the experience of others

     

    WHY SHOULD YOU REGISTER?

     

    • Develop your professional network
    • Discuss and learn from the experience of others
    • Reflect and find solutions to business challenges and problems
    • Obtain references from potential clients
    • Promote your products or services
    • Discover new tools and resources
    • Share best practices and successes

     

    Step 1: Register online

    Click the above button to begin.

    You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the matchmaking questionnaire.

    Step 2: Fill out matching questionnaire

    Complete the matching questionnaire to identify your networking objectives and which types of profiles you wish to meet.


    Step 3: Receive your group details

    Using the data provided in the matching questionnaire, the algorithm will place you into a group according to your availability.

    You will receive an email regarding the assignment of your group during the week of April 18.



    When filling out your form, we ask that you identify four availabilities among the following dates:

     

    • THURSDAYS – April 28, May 5, 12 and 19
    • FRIDAYS – April 29, May 6, 13 and 27
    • TUESDAYS – May 3, 10, 17 and 24
    • WEDNESDAYS – May 4, 11, 18 and 25

     

    There are two available time slots for meetings: mornings from 11 AM – 1 PM ET, and afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 PM ET.




    FAQs

    A Business Crew is a networking group in which the participants meet on several occasions over a given period of time to help each other reach their professional goals.

    Each Crew meets four times.

    The meetings take place every week, over a one-month period (four weeks).

    The meetings for each Crew always take place on the same day of the week, and at the same time.

    A Crew is usually made up of 15 to 20 people.

    The meetings each last two hours.

    The facilitator suggests a topic of discussion and, in turn, Crew members are each invited to introduce themselves and speak about the proposed topic. The roundtable discussion is punctuated with exchanges and questions among members of the Crew.

    When you register to take part, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will allow us to create your profile based on a variety of points: your specialization, your goals, your interests, your network, etc.

    We then use various techniques and matching algorithms to assign you to a group of participants who are compatible with your profile. At first, you may not be able to see all of the ties that link you to certain participants in your Crew, but as the meetings take place, you will have the opportunity to hit it off and develop good chemistry with some of your colleagues.

    Unless otherwise requested, we always try to avoid assigning two competing companies to the same Business Crew. Sometimes, the subtle difference between competition and complementarity can be ambiguous for certain participants. For this reason, if there is any doubt, we may contact you by telephone or by email to validate your sector of activity and get your approval before matching you with certain other participants.

    No. We reserve the right to match you with the group of our choice based on an analysis of your profile. We receive hundreds of registrations for each cohort, making it impossible for us to allow each participant to approve the composition of each group. Trust us — the rate of satisfaction among previous participants was 88%.

    That is exactly what we hope for you. At the end of the last series of meetings, more than a third of the participants stated that they had been successful in selling their products and services through their group — either directly to other participants or by getting referrals for potential clients. Several participants also mentioned that although they had not yet made any sales, discussions were still underway.

    However, your Business Crew is also meant to help you build and strengthen your professional network, with regard to clientele, as well as in terms of suppliers, partners, and other forms of collaboration. Keep in mind that effective networking goes beyond simple business development. In fact, close to 90% of participants in the recent cohorts reported having engaged in useful exchanges with the other participants, either about business issues affecting them, new professional opportunities for their companies, or best practices relating to their profession. You may also learn about new suppliers and meet experts who can help make you stand out among your current clientele.

    In short, come with an open mind. You never know where your Business Crew may lead!

    Quite often, a member may have to miss a Crew meeting due to some unforeseen event or other engagement. This is not ideal, but you can always have a colleague replace you at a meeting you have to miss.

    If you have to miss a meeting and you are unable to find someone to replace you, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can invite a participant from another Crew to come take your place. That way, you will avoid penalizing the other members of your group by decreasing their networking opportunities.

    In any case, no refunds will be issued in the event of absences.

    The topics discussed are at the discretion of your moderator, based on the profiles and suggestions of the members of each group. The topics are chosen in such a way as to allow the other participants to get to know more about you and, consequently, to better help you. Also, regardless of the topic selected, at each meeting, you will have time to introduce yourself and to discuss your professional objectives.

    It is imperative that you quickly complete the questionnaire you receive by email after registering. The information gathered will allow us to create your profile based on a variety of points: your specialization, your goals, your interests, your network, etc. We will then use various techniques and matching algorithms to assign you to a group of participants who are compatible with your profile. This will increase your chances of meeting the networking goals you have set for yourself.

    The key to success is in the follow-ups you will make between each of your Crew’s meetings. Experience has shown us that participants with the best results are those who have active exchanges with their colleagues outside of the “official” meetings of each group, whether those exchanges are by email, by telephone, or by video conference. These follow-ups will allow you to further your relationships with each member and to increase opportunities to assist each other, which can help you reach your professional goals.

    Yes, you can make a request to do so. Simply mention it on the profile questionnaire you receive after registering.

    We strive to match 100% of the people registered for each cohort. However, due to availability, the number of registrations received, and non-competition requirements among participants in certain fields, we may have to refuse some registrations.

    An original concept of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, in collaboration with PairConnex