November 9, 2000 For immediate release:
Silicon Valley North's first Executive Golf Auction a success.
Strong response leads to regional affiliates and a year-round charity auction.
OTTAWA, CANADA - November 9, 2000 - Ottawa's charity Executive Golf Auction, which saw 47 high tech executives put themselves up for bid for a round of golf, is growing into a year-round charity auction. Now called Executives On Auction the expanded initiative is inviting new partners to join from high tech regions across North America. Montreal and Toronto are the first two regions to join the Auction. They will share the site tools, business model, and work together, to facilitate networking, pubicity, and fund-raising across North America's high tech centres.
Launched in late June 2000, Silicon Valley North's Nortel Networks Executive Golf Auction hosted an ensemble of prestigious executives from high tech companies such as Nortel Networks, Mitel Corp., Tundra Semiconductor, and PMC-Sierra. The executives were posted on an online auction site, where bidders competed for a chance to play a round of golf with them. Each game was played free of charge at the mutual convenience of the participants at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Proceeds went to Compassion in Action, a charity dedicated to helping those afflicted with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia.
Winning bidders had the opportunity to network with the 47 participating executives, including such high tech leaders as Rod Bryden, CEO of the Year; OCRI Chairman and former Nortel Networks VP David Mann; and Jim Roche, President of Tundra Semiconductor.
"It was a unique opportunity for people to get extended quality time with some of high tech's finest, while helping a very worthwhile cause," said John Ernst, director of marketing strategy firm, Frontier Strategies, and auction founder. "We received tremendous support from Nortel Networks, our sponsors, the media, executives, and now, from new regional partners."
The positive response to the summer auction has led into a year-round format, where executives and winning bidders can team up for events such as hockey games and concerts. The NHL's Ottawa Senators Foundation and Canada's National Arts Centre have donated free seats for their games and performances.
Affiliate partners from across North America will work together on the ExecutivesOnAuction.com web site, enabling bidders and executives from different regions to network together. Each region will organize its own executive recruiting and choose its own charity to support. Franchises benefit by networking with the executives they recruit, the corporate exposure, and helping a charity.
"We're now talking with interested partners in New York, Vancouver, San Francisco, and London England, and have regional partners in Toronto and Montreal." said Ernst. "The Toronto franchise, which has chosen to support World Vision, is a high tech executive recruitment firm that will enjoy the opportunity to help charity and meet the executives in its local auction."
"TalentLab are proud to be involved in the Toronto Executive Auction, we think that it is an excellent vehicle to build relationships at the leadership level but also to contribute to charity through our WorldVision partnership," said Alan Kearns of TalentLab.
Starting the Montreal auction, Marc Merulla, President of H2O Adventures, said "We are looking forward to working with Executives on Auction in developing an exciting program that the Montreal community will be proud of."
This summer's Nortel Networks Executive Golf Auction, which raised nearly $22,000 for their charity, Compassion In Action, and had the support of 23 sponsors, was a great success according to David Mann, former VP of Nortel Networks, and Compassion in Action board member.
"Our goal is to use the funds to build Canada's first research and treatment centre for Canadians afflicted with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia," said Mann. "We have achieved a new level of awareness and support, and are happy to be part of the auction. "Having golfed with a number of the executives and bidders, I know the format works."
You can visit the Executives On Auction Web site at: http://ExecutivesOnAuction.com
For more information, please contact:
Compassion in Action
Toll Free: 1-877-437-HOPE
TalentLab / Toronto Auction Affiliate
(416) 203-6444 ext.222
H2O Adventures / Montreal Auction Affiliate