Life in BC – CIBC Run for the Cure Charity Event


CIBC held a nice charity event last night at Canvas Lounge to help raise money for the yearly Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

The event featured an interactive art show, a silent auction and draw with all proceeds going towards the CIBC Run for the Cure and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. There was a guest appearance by SIndi Hawkins as well as performances by DJ Leanne, Ron Sombilon, Dallanah Gail Bowen and Micheal Creber. Guests dined on the tasty food prepared by Canvus Lounge’s own Executive Chef, Dobrosav Kovacevic and sample wines from two BC Wineries.

Canvas Lounge was a great place to hold Life in BC. The venue is very much like the ultra lounges you see in New York and Las Vegas. It’s not something you would expect to see in Vancouver. The event was a great success and a good kick off to this Sunday’s run. I was taken back by the number of suits in the audience. Then again, this was an event put on by a bunch of bankers. I guess I should have known better than to show up wearing an IZEA T-shirt.


October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Run for the Cure was created in back in 1992 by a small group of volunteers who wanted to raise awareness and funds for the cause. The first event took place in Toronto. Over 1,500 participants raised $85,000 – an outstanding success. Through the ongoing dedication of volunteers, this single Run event grew into what it is today – Canada’s largest single-day, volunteer-led fund raising event dedicated to breast cancer research, education and awareness.

Last year, 55 communities and 170,000 Canadians participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Together, $28.5 million was raised for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs. CIBC is the title sponsor and they’re hoping to top that figure this year.

This year’s Run will take place Sunday, October 4th, 2009. You can register for the Run here.





Photo credits: Ed Lau

46 thoughts on “Life in BC – CIBC Run for the Cure Charity Event”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    You can imagine my surprise when I show up with a tie on and see John so woefully under-dressed.

    You should be on one of those “worst dressed” lists somewhere.

    1. Ed Lau says:

      Actually, John was the one that told me that the dress code was “business casual”!

      As you can see, there is only one other guy in the room that didn’t know what that meant.

      1. chris says:

        You could have showed up in a Monkey suit

      2. Ricky says:

        don’t judge a book by its cover I guess.. maybe he is the one with the biggest phat check… maybe

        1. gaban says:

          agree with you ricky

          1. I disagree. If they are dressed way down and giving a huge check, they are probably doing it to get recognition, not for the actual good of the charity.
            I say that because they would be taking the attention away from the cause and directing it to themselves. It’s like giving a begger money then telling everyone around you to pat you on the back because you helped someone…

        2. nathan says:

          Well, it’s really difficult to give out opinions based on clothes so might as well ignore them. They’re not the main focus of the event anyways.

          1. nathan says:

            Well, attire does matter for some but not really for me. Just dress neatly and it’s ok..

    2. It is a reflection on the “dot com lifestyle” where traditional collar and tie values and limitations do not apply. For the life of me I can not comprehend why us humans have to continue to go to such lengths to make ourselves feel really uncomfortable in archaic clothing, whilst we’re expected to perform at our peak.

      Most days I don’t even wear shoes (the joys of working from home) and I haven’t worn a collar and tie for years. In fact, at present I don’t even own a suit. If really needed for a once-off event, I’ll go and rent one.

      1. Money-Era says:

        Working from your home barefoot is different than showing up on events like the one John is describing.
        By dressing adequately you show your respect to the other people and show that you understand and value what is going on.
        Also, this has a lot to do with etiquette.
        Moreover, if you look into the matter you find out that appropriate clothing is the door opener for almost all human relations: be it a meeting with a President, negotiations with business partners or partying with your best friends. Many nations (especially in Asia) have strict rules on that – dressing or behaving not right would mean failure for your attempts in whatever you want to achieve.

      2. If you buy a nice suit, it isn’t uncomfortable. 😉 The only thing in question might be a tie… and that’s not even a big deal.

        1. EarningStep says:

          lol.. i have to agree with you … 100% agree with you buddy…

      3. Nice suit pants are some of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. That damn tie is a different story however.

    3. Ben Pei says:

      LOL otherwise he will be in the “I am blogging this.” t-shirt..

  2. Ha ha! I did that once at my high school. I was to receive a scholarship from the deputy principal. Because it was the beginning of the summer vacation, I went there in normal everyday clothes. All the other recipients turned up in their school uniforms. Whoops!

    1. That sounds like something I would do. For graduation, I failed to consider that at 6′ my gown would not drape all the way to the floor… You wouldn’t think you’d have to be “business causal”… I never was one for ceremonies!

      1. Boy we can not forget such kind of incidence and this one always put smile on our face and some time embarrassing as well.

  3. It’s good to see that part of the dot com lifestyle is taking part in worthy charity work! Very inspiring.

    1. Its not , John Chow also wrote this

      I was taken back by the number of suits in the audience. Then again, this was an event put on by a bunch of bankers. I guess I should have known better than to show up wearing an IZEA T-shirt.

      So somewhere you will have to go according to the environment unless and until you have the confidence to change all other people according to you.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Its about standing out in the crowd..

  4. Was a pink ribbon (sorry, pink tie) part of dress code yesterday?

    1. You typeed wrong and after that you apologise and type correct … instead of that you could also use BACKSPACE … or you wanted to use pink ribbon intentionally 😉

      1. Good point ZK, thanks. Having sense of humor and be on the edge is a gift. 🙂 you’ve got it 🙂

  5. I always wish that charity event have a big success in each event. It is for humankind indeed.

    1. gaban says:

      seems you are a wise guy 🙂

  6. It is gratifying to see your support of charity events and promotion of charities, John. Giving back is such a great part of being a truly successful all-rounder, and I salute you for your efforts to promote and support charitable organisations and events.

  7. Money-Era says:

    It looks to me as if John is focusing on helping others not only by writing a great blog, but also by connecting with charities of all sorts.
    I think it is a very positive move. Smart and successful people tend to help others and John is certainly working on his image in a very positive way.

    1. Yah, i agree with you that john image is positive because it.

  8. It is a breast cancer this month..
    Always take care your health john/

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Doesn’t sound right there buddy.. lol

  9. I think wearing a suit sometimes helps people feel good about themselves, maybe gives them some pride or confidence. These are good things, but if you are successful and confident already, then flossing with a t-shirt is just plain cool.

    1. …Unless others at the event perceive it as disrespectful. When you’re at a charity, the event isn’t about you, it’s about the cause. Taking attention away from the cause or charity by under dressing is disrespectful in my opinion.
      Rocking a t-shirt for a business conference is a whole other thing, 😉

      1. Good point, I guess you’re right. You definitely have to take into account the context. At a charity event, it might be detracting. But at some yuppie political fund raiser, I would love to see it happen. I know this was for a good cause, but I still feel there might be some innocent aloofness tied into just wearing a t-shirt. I guess this perception would depend on how John is generally perceived.

        1. I think having a “so what/screw you” attitude about being under dressed would have been lame. Realizing that you made a mistake is totally different. I guess it’s about socially aware.
          I would feel bad for someone who showed up under dressed because they didn’t know what to expect.
          For a political fund raiser, a t-shirt would be awesome! 😉

  10. EarningStep says:

    this is nice event .. look like i have missed something

  11. Ben Pei says:

    You don’t seem to miss out any charity events! Nice guy John..

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      True, I often see John on charity events. It gives a good imagine of John for sure!

  12. fas says:

    Its good that you go to such events and not only to affiliate sumits

  13. Do you really think that the way you dress is so important? I think it is more important what we do then what we wear, just my 2cents, SY

  14. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    John I’ve always seen you attending charity event and you shared it with us here in this blog, I believe that this is one of the reason of how this blog grows right? 😀

    Doing charity is always the best thing ever, do it more if you afford to.

    1. Give back on your blog without expecting anything in return, and I think any blog will do well.

      1. Money-Era says:

        Applies to every day life as well – Give And You Shall Receive – like wrote Napoleon Hill in his book, right?

  15. Ms. Freeman says:

    John look out for the fashion police! 🙂

    It is a very good thing to support charities! 🙂

  16. gaiters says:

    Great turnout at the Denver version of the event this weekend!

  17. So why no pictures of the grub. You’re famous for your food pics, I was hoping to see some tasty delights.

  18. Hey John,

    I also appreciate your effort for the charity, charity becomes our duty when we earn sufficient.

    And talking about the dress code.. well being dressed nicely gives you a sense of confidence and responsibility.

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