Ottawa Senators Founder Dr Bruce M Firestone to Speak at Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce AGM

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Jan 01

Never Backing Down—Creating a
Diverse, Innovative and Sustainable Future

ONTARIO (January 29, 2013)—Ottawa Senators Founder and not-for-profit
corporation’s Executive Director, Dr Bruce M Firestone, will be
giving the keynote speech at this year’s Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual General Meeting to be held the morning of Thursday February 28th, 2013.

His speech entitled Never
Backing Down—Creating a Diverse, Innovative and Sustainable Future will focus on a model of self-reliance
for towns, cities and counties determined to chart their own path toward a
better future for their communities. Professor Firestone will show how support
for entrepreneurs and a culture of entrepreneurship can create the right conditions
for economic takeoff in an increasingly competitive, interconnected world.

will combine local anecdotes with internationally known stories to show how
entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and artpreneurs are changing their cities and
towns irrevocably.

will be my third visit to Renfrew
County to talk about
these issues in the last year and I am really excited about what’s happening,”
Firestone said. “There is so much to see and do in Renfrew County—everything
from whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River, staying at Red Pine (Family) Camp,
canoeing and kayaking on the Petawawa River or in nearby Algonquin Park, going
to Fiddle Fest in Pembroke or attending one of the Taste of the Valley food and
craft fairs—there is a lot to build on.”

asked what the over-arching goal of his speech is, Firestone answers this way,
“Nothing is sustainable unless it’s also economically sustainable so the key
thing is that if the County of Renfrew, like every other community, wants to
hold onto its most important resource—its young people—they have to create the
right preconditions for economic development. To do that they need to
understand the work and research being done by people like Richard Florida and
Eric Kuhne and what it means to have a place that develops a dynamic creative

Logan, Manager, Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce added, “We are glad to
have Professor Firestone joining us at our AGM and we look forward to taking up
whatever challenges he is likely to throw at us.”

Read more at Ottawa Business Journal.


More About Renfrew & Area
Chamber of Commerce
The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization delivering
value to our business community with a focus on advocacy, education and
networking. We are recognized as the Voice of Business for Renfrew and
surrounding area, dedicated to working with stakeholders to help our community

Collectively Making a

More About Exploriem
Exploriem is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization. It provides
mentorship, conducts events, creates networking opportunities and provides
early stage funding and office incubator space to assist young entrepreneurs,
intrapreneurs and artpreneurs in the cities of Ottawa
and Gatineau as well as in Eastern Ontario and West Quebec.

is led by a team of executives including Executive Director, Professor Bruce M
Firestone and Assistant Director, Ms Erika Godwin. Governance is provided by a
Board of Directors made up of Larry Poirier, TUC Brands, Todd Jamieson,
Envision Online, Peter Hauderowicz, PODS Ottawa, Scott Williams, Founder, EyeVero
Marketing Communications Group. For more information, please follow @Exploriem,
@AthenaAwards, @BootstrapAwards, @ProfBruce and @Quantum_Entity

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More About Bruce M Firestone, B
Eng (Civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD
Bruce M Firestone is best known as a professor, entrepreneur and founder of NHL
hockey team, the Ottawa Senators and their home Scotiabank Place as well as
Author of Quantum Entity Trilogy, Entrepreneurs Handbook II and Urban Nirvana.

is Executive Director of, a Canadian registered Not-For-Profit
corporation focused on educating and mentoring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and
artpreneurs in Canada
and around the world. He is also coaching and teaching via Learn By Doing
School, an organization dedicated to providing student entrepreneurs with
access to research, education and a network of high achievers not available

Bruce has launched or helped launch more than 172 startups in fields including
tech, real estate, design, art and services. He advises clients on business
modeling, self-financing, smart marketing, social media, differentiated value,
strategic selling and business development, market channel development,
harnessing the Internet, urban design, real estate development, design
economics, product management, sponsorship and development economics as well as
issues related to entrepreneurial organizations including not-for-profits and

May of 2006, Dr Firestone joined the University
of Ottawa’s Telfer School
of Management at as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He has previously
taught or studied at McGill University (Bachelor of Civil Engineering), Laval
University, Harvard University, University of Western Ontario, University of
New South Wales (Master of Engineering-Science, Traffic and Transportation),
Australian National University (PhD in Urban Economics) and Carleton
University. Prof Bruce is now Entrepreneurship Ambassador for the Telfer School.

Firestone has been an operations research engineer, real estate developer,
hockey executive, professor of architecture, engineering, business and
entrepreneurship, real estate and mortgage broker (with Century 21 Explorer
Realty Inc), writer, researcher, columnist and novelist. He is a peerless
husband and father of five great kids and one fine grandson.

You can follow him on Twitter @ProfBruce and @Quantum_Entity and read his blogs and

You can find his novels at

You can engage with him on Facebook
via and as well as via LinkedIn at

His real estate interests are at,
YouTube channels include and You can also send the first
four chapters of Quantum Entity Trilogy to your friends for free from:

current motto is, “Making Each Day Count”


into Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame
-Awarded Canada 125 Anniversary Honorary Medal
-Former Member, Stanley Cup Monument Committee
-Member, Commercial Services Division, Ottawa Real Estate Board
-Honourary Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honour Society for
Collegiate Schools of Business, March 2008
-Exemplary Course Designation, Design Economics, Canada Architectural
Accreditation Committee, 2004
-Winner, Educator of the Year Award, OCRI EduGala, Ottawa, 2002
-Member, Ottawa Commonwealth Games 2014 Bid Committee
-Member, Community Budget Advisory Team, City of Ottawa
-Member, Kanata Economic Development Task Force
-Member, Ottawa International Airport Authority Planning Committee
-Founding Member of CIRA’s (Canadian Internet Registry Authority) Marketing and
Branding Committee
-Member, NHL Executive Advisory Committee, NHL Expansion Committee, NHL
Marketing and Public Relations Committee
-Member, Ottawa 67s Advisory Board, 1998/99

more information contact:
Ms Tammy Logan
Manager, Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce
info @

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