100 Year Journey Leadership Network

Whether starting a fresh journey or breaking new ground, we all benefit from wisdom and connections that only come from lived experience. The 100 Year Journey Leaders Network gathers the best and the brightest, across disciplines and generations to inspire the future.

About the Leadership Network

The 100 Year Journey Leaders Network will gather the best and the brightest, across disciplines, to inspire and guide tomorrow’s leaders.

For the past many years, the 100 Year Journey Project has worked to disseminate the stories of the early days of our community, the stories of our pioneer families helping each other and helping others. These stories continue to inspire our work and, we hope, start ripples of inspiration in our community that will become waves of impact in the future.

The Leadership Network is enlisting the support of leaders in our community, ranging from business to politics and the professions through to creative industry, to create an accessible body of specialized expertise and experience. Unlike other mentorship programs, our intention is to work with young people early in their career, or anyone just beginning their journey of achievement, who are looking for experienced guidance to overcome challenges and maximize opportunities.

Often, in our lives it’s that one phone call, that one email, that one coffee date with the right person at the right time that makes all the difference — those conversations are what we will be facilitating through the 100 Year Journey Leadership Network.

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Founding Members

The following individuals were enthusiastic in being the first to join the 100 Year Journey Leadership Network.

  • Avtar Bains

    Avtar Bains

    Avtar founded Premise Properties in 2012. Prior to establishing Premise Properties, Avtar spent over thirty years with Colliers International. In addition to leading Premise Properties, Avtar currently holds four board positions with Aspen Properties, Morguard North American Residential REIT, Peterson and UBC Properties Trust.

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    Baltej Singh Dhillon

    In 1991, Baltej Singh Dhillon became the first member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police permitted to wear a turban — as part of his Sikh religion — instead of the Mounties' traditional cap or stetson. Dhillon's request that the RCMP change its uniform rules triggered a national debate about religious accommodation in Canada.

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    Dave Mann

    Dave is the founder of Isle of Mann Group and Mannkind Charitable Society. Dave Mann immigrated to Canada in 1975 as a teenager with only two dollars and went on to founding the Mannkind Charitable Society to provide support for those in need in 2009. Dave strongly urges those around him to believe in the abundance of sharing.

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    Manjit Minhas

    Manjit Minhas is a Canadian entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist. She is co-founder of Minhas Breweries & Distillery, manufacturer of beer brands such as Mountain Crest Classic Lager, Boxer Lager, Lazy Mutt Ale and Huber Bock. She specializes in marketing with interests in branding and sales.

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    Mobina Jaffer

    Mobina Jaffer is a Canadian Senator representing British Columbia. She is the first South Asian woman appointed to the Upper House. She is currently a sitting member on the Standing Senate Committees on National Security and Defence, Finance, Official Languages and Internal Affairs, and the Senate Subcommittees on Veterans Affairs and Diversity.

  • Praveen Varshney

    Praveen Varshney

    Praveen Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991. He is a Toniic member and a long-time member of both EO Entrepreneurs Organization & TiE (Founding Director). He is also a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Awards

  • Shachi Kurl

    Shachi Kurl

    As the head of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl uses data to consider today’s most critical questions. In her frank and compelling talks, Kurl shares how to get to the heart of our major cultural, economic, and political shifts—and find common ground during times of upheaval.

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    Dr. Shimi Kang

    She is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, bestselling author and speaker. She is former medical director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital.

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    Steve Rai

    Steve Rai has served with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for 29 years. He immigrated to Vancouver with his family at a young age. Prior to joining the VPD, he served with the Canadian Forces Reserves while also completing his BA at the UBC. He then went on to further his education with a MA in criminal justice from the UFV

  • Vikram Vij

    Vikram Vij

    Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is co-owner, with his ex-wife Meeru Dhalwala, of the Indian cuisine restaurants Vij's Restaurant and Rangoli Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also owns My Shanti, a restaurant in South Surrey, BC

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