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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CANADA: Business Breakfast Clubs, Canada’s Own Breakfast Business Referral Club

by Kensel Tracy
Canadian Bureau Chief

When you meet with Hector Lamerock about Ottawa based Business Breakfast Clubs of Canada or B.B.C. as it is called you see a happy smiling Canadian of Irish decent and know right away that he likes people. An ex bank manager, the 74 year-old has a great big smile and firm hand shake and welcomes you warmly to his breakfast club. This man knows networking. When I called him for a meeting, the first thing he said is “well sure, but it will have to be early, is 7:00 am too early for you”. Hector gets up early 4 mornings a week to have a coffee and go to a B.B.C. meeting somewhere as the main owner and ambassador of B.B.C. Canada.

His breakfast clubs start early with plenty of coffee, are fun and lively and Hector seems to know all the members personally. Starting the clubs 10 years ago mainly in Ottawa and expanding throughout the region and in Canada’s east coast, BBC now boasts some 400 member all meeting once a week for breakfast.

Hector was a past BNI member and had setup a number of clubs for the previous BNI Eastern Ontario Regional Owner, Todd Evans. Hector soon realized he had the knack for getting people to work together and soon setup his own club that was cheaper than BNI and had fewer restrictions. “There was not a lot wrong with BNI, only I thought I wanted a friendlier and cheaper alternative that would basically provide the same service” says Lamerock.

His clubs are patterned after the BNI concept which only allow one member form a business category to join, have a strong referral component; the usual infomercial and 10 minute presentation. They are run in various locations and at various times all in the morning. The meetings usually last approximately 1 hour, which is also one-half an hour quicker than the competition. What members seem to like is the lack of formal attendance rules and the lower price since it only costs $250.00 per year to be a BBC member. Members can join for 6 months as well so as a low cost alternative to other networking clubs, BBC attracts a variety of members that like the flexibility and lower cost.

BBC Clubs meet weekly and offer the alternative. Clubs are found in various parts of Ottawa, the St. Lawrence Seaway Valley, and Halifax and throughout the province of Nova Scotia. The clubs compete with BNI, BoB Clubs, Chambers of Commerce and other networking clubs in the region. For more information, you can contact Business Breakfast Club Canada Inc. or Hector Lamerock at or see

Kensel Tracy is the Marketing Coach and Senior Partner with the Corporate Coachworkz Inc. a business coaching company located in Ottawa and in Chelsea, Quebec. He is also the President of Business over Breakfast Clubs, opening up in cities all across North America. If you have an interesting story on networking in Canada, he can be contacted at

For more information, please visit Kensel's TNNW Bio.

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