November/December 2015

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18 | Ignitemag.ca | November | December 2015 When I'm hiring, a candidate who belongs to an industry organization has an advantage: Virkram Vij may have left Dragons' Den, but your audiences can still soak up the wisdom of the guru of Indian food. Who: Vikram Vij is the owner of Vij's Restaurant, Vij's Rangoli and My Shanti, and food truck Vij's Railway Express. Vij is also the creator of Vij's At Home, a line of prepackaged gourmet curries. In addition to Dragons' Den, he was a judge on CBC's Recipe to Riches, Top Chef Canada and Chopped Canada. He received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and is co-author (with his wife, Meeru) of Vij's: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey. What to expect: "I don't talk about books and stats because I never followed them" says Vij of his speaking style. "I love to bring out stories of my past and make fun of myself and talk about where I went wrong." Key messages: Vij aims to offer entrepreneurs encouragement and hope: "Keep your focus. Don't run after money and fame: follow your passion." Be sure to leave some time for a Q&A: "I love talking to the audience and answering questions. It's an honour to be asked to come and speak to people." thelavinagency.com good to know Take our latest poll and see up-to-the minute results at ignitemag.ca Poll Results from ignitemag.ca Straight talk about the most buzz-worthy speakers SPEAK EASY: by Laura Bickle Yes 31% No 23% Occasionally 46% MEETINGS AT CINEPLEX Auditorium rentals at 162 locations across Canada MEETINGS SCREENINGS ™/® Cineplex Entertainment LP or used under license. TOWN HALLS ROAD SHOWS SHAREHOLDER MEETINGS EVENTS@CINEPLEX.COM 1.800.313.4461 CINEPLEX.COM/GROUPEVENTS

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