We welcome you to the site of Executives on Auction, a networking venue where participants share quality time together to help the bottom lines of charities.
For some people, executive-level networking is as easy as calling their friends. For others, a chance to dine or golf with a top executive can open a door to a new venture. It has happened. Executives on Auction opens networking opportunities, with the quid pro quo being a donation to the executive's favourite cause.
The executive nominates a charity, and the winning bid for the executive goes directly to the charity. At a mutually convenient time the winning bidder meets the executive in a hosted meeting at one of the donated meeting venues.
EOA was first launched in the summer of 2000 by Mr. Ernst, President of FrontierStrategies in Ottawa, Ontario, and was called the 'Executive Golf Auction.'
With help from Bill Turner, a high tech sales professional, they encouraged the media, several important business organisations, and nearly 50 executives to join together to create the first 'executive golf auction, which raised nearly $20,000 for a single good cause.
Reformatted in 2001 into a multi-charity, multi-venue auction, Executives on Auction, has since been organised by Mr. Ernst, volunteering his time to help good causes and business networking in Ottawa.
There have been eight Ottawa editions of the Executive Auction, two Business-Media Auctions, and parallel Executive auctions licensed in five other cities (Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Denver).
EOA is run entirely on a volunteer basis. Through the kindness of promotional sponsors and venue donors the winning bids go directly and entirely to charities.
Who is involved?
From the beginning, EOA has worked with a variety of generous sponsors without whom it wouldn't have happened.
Sponsors of previous auctions include: The National Arts Centre, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, The Canadian Golf and Country Club, Eagle Creek Golf Club, Brymark Productions, Les Suites Hotel, Magma Communications, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, Guardian Capital Advisors Inc., Eagle Professional Resources, the Brookstreet Hotel, Restaurant e18hteen, West End Station, La Vecchia Trattoria and Il Piccolino restaurants.
Business association support has come from CATA Alliance, TEXEC, OCRI, Ottawa Life Sciences Council, Innovators Alliance, the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, DigitalEve Ottawa, Wired Women Ottawa and Gatineau's Regroupement des gens d'affaires.
Similarly, the Ottawa area media have been equally integral to the EOA process, providing editorial and advertising support, with more than twenty media personalities volunteering to join the auction.
A list of participants, excluding bidders.