Network online and build lasting business relationships with participants from across Canada!

Network online and build lasting business relationships with participants from across Canada!

Based on past Business Crews programs, 3 out of 4 participants reported concluding a business deal with second, third and even fourth-degree connections of those they had met in their crew.

For the Fall 2021 National Cohort, the Toronto Region Board of Trade is teaming up with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Vancouver Board of Trade, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Whistler Chamber of Commerce and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce to offer this networking activity to participants from across Canada.

 

MEMBER: $225 +tax

NON-MEMBER: $305 +tax


Registration deadline: Monday, October 4

Group confirmation: Week of October 11

WHAT IS BUSINESS CREWS?

In partnership with The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), Business Crews is an intensive series of weekly meetings over the course of four weeks, during which you will network and have discussions with a small group of professionals, selected based intelligent matchmaking which pairs participants with others seeking similar business objectives and outcomes.

By participating in Business Crews, you will be building your network and creating lasting business relationships that will help you achieve your professional and business goals.

HOW DOES BUSINESS CREWS WORK?

Registrants will be assigned to a group of 15 – 20 people based on a unique algorithm that uses smart matchmaking technology to pair professionals based on their interest and business development needs.

Sessions will be led by an experienced facilitator in order to maximize your networking experience and help you develop deep and authentic relationships.

Participants will benefit from connecting with their group members and their respective networks.

REGISTER NOW

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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. 

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


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 after October 11. 

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

Thursday 11 AM – 1 PM ET

  • Oct 21
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 4
  • Nov 18

Thursday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET

  • Oct 21
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 4
  • Nov 18

Friday 11 AM – 1 PM ET

  • Oct 22
  • Oct 29
  • Nov 5
  • Nov 12

Friday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET

  • Oct 22
  • Oct 29
  • Nov 5
  • Nov 12

Tuesday 11 AM – 1 PM ET

  • Oct 26
  • Nov 2
  • Nov 9
  • Nov 16

Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM ET

  • Oct 26
  • Nov 2
  • Nov 9
  • Nov 16

Wednesday 11 AM – 1 PM ET

  • Oct 27
  • Nov 3
  • Nov 10
  • Nov 17

Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM ET

  • Oct 27
  • Nov 3
  • Nov 10
  • Nov 17

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