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NAMIC Annual Convention - Where The Industry Comes Together, A NAMIC Event | September 25-28, 2016 | Vancouver, B.C.

Optional Activities


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NAMIC Annual Convention Golf Outing to Benefit the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation
Saturday, September 24, 8:00 a.m.

The golf outing is always a great way to kick off the convention week as you reconnect with NAMIC friends on the golf course. Join us for a golf scramble at Furry Creek Golf Course. This 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Muir Graves, offers panoramic ocean views and fjord-like vistas. It is just 35 minutes north of Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Registration for this event can be made while completing your online convention registration.

Interested in becoming a golf outing sponsor to benefit the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation? Click here for more details.


NAMIC Prayer Service & Breakfast
Sunday, September 25, 8:00 a.m.

A Sunday morning tradition, this event is non-denominational and includes song, scripture readings, and a brief presentation.

Many churches are grappling with how to step into the future as vital participants in their local neighborhoods and communities. Listening is the place to begin. Listening with openness and expectation that the clues on how to join with the work of the Spirit can be found in the stories we share and the relationships we build with others. During the Prayer Service and Breakfast, you’ll hear stories about the challenges and lessons learned by the Missional Network, an organization that works with churches and their governing bodies across Canada and the United States.

If you are interested in participating in the NAMIC Choir, please indicate so on your registration form. Please contact Larry Baile if you have any questions.

Tickets to this breakfast are $39, and can be purchased when registering for the convention. A limited number will be available for sale on Saturday at the NAMIC Event Information Desk.


NAMIC Merit Society Luncheon
Monday, September 26, 11:45 a.m.

Join fellow members of the NAMIC Merit Society at this optional luncheon where new Merit Award recipients will be recognized and the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation NAMIC Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented.

The NAMIC Merit Society is designed to encourage professional development of individuals associated with NAMIC member companies and to recognize those who demonstrate educational attainment and service or contributions through NAMIC or state/provincial association activities. For more information about the Merit Society, please contact Tonya Suits.

Tickets to this lunch are $25, and can be purchased when registering for the convention. A limited number will be available for sale at the NAMIC Event Information Desk.


Fun Run and Walk to Benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

The 13th annual Fun Run and Walk will take place along the idyllic waterfront from the downtown Vancouver Convention Center to the Stanley Park Rose Garden and back. It’s a great way to work in a healthy activity during the busy convention schedule, while benefiting a worthwhile cause.

Participants can choose between a 5K run and a 3K walk. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund children’s cancer research. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this activity on your convention registration form. You can also sign up on-site at the NAMIC Event Information Desk, starting Saturday, September 24 through the day on Monday, September 26.

Registration cost is $40 per person. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Tentative Agenda

6:30 – 6:50 a.m.

Check-in and race day registration – will be located near the Vancouver Convention Center – exact location to be announced.

6:50 – 7:00 a.m.

Race instructions and announcements.

7:05 a.m.

Race starts

7:30 – 7:40 a.m.

Race finishes – walkers and runners return to their hotel.

St. Baldrick's Foundation | Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer Founded by members of the insurance industry, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most-promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer – one in five does not survive. Since 2006 St. Baldrick’s has committed more than $101 million in research grants and the Foundation now funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.


PFMM Credit at Convention

The NAMIC Professional Farm Mutual Manager designation provide 36 comprehensive hours of education and information on vital issues that will benefit both the new and experienced farm mutual managers in the areas of strategic business management, financial management, and underwriting and claims. Completion of all three modules and one additional NAMIC in-person event, excluding the Annual Convention, makes a qualified farm mutual manager eligible for the PFMM designation.

This year the Strategic Business Management module of the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) curriculum will be featured. These sessions are designed for those working towards their PFMM designation.

To ensure you get credit for these PFMM courses, please select PFMM Credit at Convention as an event option when registering for the convention. To review more information on this module please visit the PFMM Credit at Convention page.


Tour Information

Venue West Conference Services, Ltd., NAMIC's official Destination Management Company, is offering multiple optional tours to convention attendees, including pre- and post-convention options. They will be handling all arrangements, including advance ticket orders, questions about the tours, and on-site distribution of preordered tickets at their tour desk, which will be located close to the NAMIC Event Information Desk in the Vancouver Convention Center, starting on Saturday, September 24. To register for these optional tours with Venue West Conference Services, Ltd., please click here.

Tours being offered include:

Saturday, September 17 – Saturday, September 24th

  • Alaska Cruise Pre-Conference Tour
    Experience the beauty and grandeur of the mountains, wildlife, sea life and the Glaciers of this spectacular part of the world! Gold was found in the Yukon in 1896 and then in Alaska in 1897! Visit the boomtowns of the Gold Rush days. Enjoy a train ride to the top of the historic Chilkoot Pass. Or, take a helicopter flight to the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. All this and a pampered life on board a luxury cruise ship, where guests enjoy dining extravaganzas, exceptional entertainment nightly and the comfort of a deluxe stateroom. Boarding for the cruise will occur from 12 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.

Saturday, September 24

  • Whale Watching | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Passengers will enjoy the adventure of a lifetime through excellent customer service, first class vessels, the highest possible safety standards and added value from an on-the-water education of the west coast eco-system. The professional Naturalists will entertain and educate you during a 3 to 5 hour whale watching tour, starting in the picturesque West Coast fishing village of historic Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands.

    The extensive whale spotting network has a 90% sighting success rate. While we journey to find Orcas, Majestic Humpbacks and other whales, you’ll have the opportunity to see a diverse marine ecosystem, including bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles, and seals.
  • Vancouver City Tour | 1:30 – 5 p.m.
    Join other attendees for an enjoyable tour aboard a deluxe motorcoach that promises a diverse and interesting sampling of the city sights. The adventure begins with a drive through world-famous Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre forest set in the heart of downtown. The Park's scenic drive includes a stop at Totem Poles and Prospect Point, providing excellent views of the North Shore and Lions Gate Bridge.

    The guests will pass by the beautiful English Bay area, one of Vancouver's most diverse neighborhoods. Other tour highlights include, Yaletown, Granville Island and exotic Chinatown, the second largest such community in North America, with stops at Queen Elizabeth Park and Gastown with its quaint cobblestone streets, steam clock, and unique shops all housed in turn-of-the-century buildings.
  • Walking Tour of Gastown and Chinatown with Tasting at Steamworks Brew Pub | 2 – 5 p.m.
    Enjoy a private guided walking tour of historic Gastown with its cobbled streets, lampposts, unique shops, and restaurants followed by a walk through the bustling district of Chinatown. This informative walking tour will culminate in a visit to Steamworks Brew Pub situated on the waterfront in Gastown.

    For nearly 20 years, beer aficionados have been migrating to Steamworks Brew Pub for a taste of these unconventional beers. Now, with the advent of their bottled beers, you can take the brewpub experience home with you. You will be treated to a flight of its famous craft beers (4 samples) while enjoying a mixture of delicious canapes and learning the history of the beers and brewery. An experience not to be missed!

Sunday, September 25

  • Sea to Sky Tour | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Experience the spectacular views of Howe Sound, where the ocean meets the mountains in the Sea to Sky country. The adventure starts with a tour along the coastal highway to the Britannia Mine Museum, a national historic site. Learn of its 70 year history as you travel by underground train to see the mucking machines, ore carts, lime tanks and much more. In addition, guests will be treated to a stop at Shannon Falls, one of North America’s highest waterfalls with a vertical of more than 1,000 feet.

    The tour then proceeds to the spectacular Sea to Sky Gondola, located in Squamish, which is the heart of the world-famous Sea to Sky Corridor. When you reach the summit of the gondola ascending Mount Habrich, you are greeted with breathtaking panoramic views of the coastal mountain range, the Stawamus Chief, and Howe Sound. This beautiful deep-in-nature setting is an unbeatable location to have lunch and relax before heading back to Vancouver.

    On the return trip, the tour will have a picture stop at Prospect Point in Stanley Park and then pass by the beautiful beach area of English Bay before returning to the hotel.
  • Grouse Mountain/Capilano Suspension Bridge | 12 – 5 p.m.
    This tour will surprise participants with the natural beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore and spectacular city, mountain, and ocean views. A deluxe motorcoach will take you along the Stanley Park causeway and over the impressive Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, winding up the Capilano Canyon to the base of Grouse Mountain, where guests ascend by gondola to Grouse's 3,700-foot-high vantage point. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Vancouver and the Gulf Islands as you explore the summit.

    Another highlight is a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Nature Park. When built in 1888 this bridge was the first of its kind spanning 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. Experience the newly opened Cliffwalk, a cliffside journey through rainforest vegetation to previously unexplored areas of this breathtaking park.
  • Vancouver City Tour | 12:30 – 4 p.m.
    Join other attendees for an enjoyable tour aboard a deluxe motorcoach that promises a diverse and interesting sampling of the city sights. The adventure begins with a drive through world-famous Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre forest set in the heart of downtown. The Park's scenic drive includes a stop at Totem Poles and Prospect Point, providing excellent views of the North Shore and Lions Gate Bridge.

    The guests will pass by the beautiful English Bay area, one of Vancouver's most diverse neighborhoods. Other tour highlights include, Yaletown, Granville Island and exotic Chinatown, the second largest such community in North America, with stops at Queen Elizabeth Park and Gastown with its quaint cobblestone streets, steam clock, and unique shops all housed in turn-of-the-century buildings.

Tuesday, September 27
Featured on the agenda for spouse/guest participation.

  • Visit to Lonsdale Quay Market | 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Guests will board the SeaBus for a scenic crossing of Burrard Inlet to Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver’s waterfront public market. There will be time to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast at the market and shopping at its many unique stores as well as a stroll through the exciting marketplace.
  • Parks, Homes and Gardens Tour | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    This tour is an ideal opportunity to visit some of Vancouver's most spectacular gardens, including the magnificent Rose Gardens in the world-famous Stanley Park; Nitobe Memorial Gardens at the University of British Columbia; Shaughnessy Heights district with a higher-than-average proportion of heritage houses from the first half of the last century; and finally the picturesque Queen Elizabeth Park, once an abandoned rock quarry, now a 130-acre vista of spectacular sunken gardens and decorative parkland.

Wednesday, September 28

  • Seawall Bike Tour | 1-4 p.m.
    The bike tour begins at the entrance to Stanley Park, Vancouver’s world-famous 1,000-acre rainforest peninsula, where guests will enjoy an easy cruise on a flat ocean-front bike path. Along the way, the guide will stop at beautiful lookouts and interesting sites to tell stories about Vancouver's past and present while also giving an opportunity to take photos of Vancouver’s dramatic coastal vistas.
  • Walking Tour of Gastown and Chinatown with Tasting at Steamworks Brew Pub | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Enjoy a private guided walking tour of historic Gastown with its cobbled streets, lampposts, unique shops, and restaurants followed by a walk through the bustling district of Chinatown. This informative walking tour will culminate in a visit to Steamworks Brew Pub situated on the waterfront in Gastown.

    For nearly 20 years, beer aficionados have been migrating to Steamworks Brew Pub for a taste of these unconventional beers. Now, with the advent of their bottled beers, you can take the brewpub experience home with you. You will be treated to a flight of its famous craft beers (4 samples) while enjoying a mixture of delicious canapes and learning the history of the beers and brewery. An experience not to be missed!

Thursday, September 29

  • Whistler Alpine Excursion | 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Travel to Whistler, one of North America’s greatest ski and outdoor resorts and co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games. Experience the stunning Sea to Sky Highway that overlooks spectacular Howe Sound with its striking views of the waterways and Coastal Mountains. In Whistler, guests will have free time to explore the village and enjoy lunch at one of the many fine restaurants. Ready for more adventure? Try the optional gondola ride to the top of Whistler Mountain for amazing views and vistas. The park and forest surroundings offer wonderful hiking trails and bicycle paths. Stops also include Shannon Falls, Canada’s third highest waterfall.

To register for these optional tours with Venue West Conference Services, Ltd., please click here.

Posted: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:26:57 AM.

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