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BCHRMA Annual Conference @ Convention Centre

BCHRMA Annual Conference @ Convention Centre, May 4-6th, 2010

Altitude Recruiting has been a member of BCHRMA for several months and has been going to all the different round tables. It has been tremendously helpful to meet industry professionals and sharing their concerns, knowledge, tools of the trade, joys, and stories. It was too soon for us to exhibit as we were still working on the new brand, so I encouraged a good friend Steve Carmichael of Wild Bills (BC Largest Entertainment Supplier of mobile casinos) to exhibit. He got a corner lot and was ready for action. So I went to help him.
A typical BCHRMA conference gets close to 1,200 visitors to the tradeshow and conference each year; this year there was 600! I don’t even think I saw 600…. as they would rush in during meal time, and rush out. The exhibitors mostly networked among themselves.
I really liked the fresh red roses that Bruce Anderson of HRA Employee Solutions gave out, as well as the Dilbert squeeze toys that Working.com (from the Province Paper) distributed. Monster.com was screaming and hooting to get people involved so they could win the big plush monster toy, while Workopolis had an Olympic Plinko board (unfortunately, I was not gold medalist material, got bronze), which resulted in a fabulous key chain.  CTC Train Canada gave out really nice pens and T-shirts, but the coolest business card I collected from this conference would have to be from Van Houtte Cafe.
I promoted Wild Bills to everyone who came by our booth, and gave them a party invitation, as Wild Bills is our Viva Las Vegas Style entertainment! We probably gave out 60 invitations.  People really like casinos, and entertainment. Their eyes light up when I tell them Wild Bills has sumo wrestler suits, and dunk tanks! The ladies seem to like the inflatables for family-style events, but the themed events really get everyone smiling! My friend Jennifer Madigan from L 2 Accent Reduction Centre was an exhibitor there, and they came by to chit chat. Jennifer confessed that for her wedding, she had wanted to do Vegas style casinos, but couldn’t find a supplier. I suggested she can use Wild Bills to do an anniversary party later.
I met some familiar faces like Mr. Vonn Parker, HR Director at Great Canadian Casino, and made some new friends. I think the lack of traffic is just a reflection of the current economy. One thing I took away was that people like the new brand!

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