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Join us LIVE over on our Facebook Page, at 10am today for an interactive Q&A with Tommy Club Founding Patron, Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE and ‘Declassified’ Podcast host, Michael Coates.

Former Gurkha officer, combat helicopter pilot and Specialist Military Unit officer, Ash is taking on a huge challenge on behalf of RBLI –  completing a full marathon by running more than 4600 lengths of his hotel quarantine room in Sydney, Australia!

Ash is completing this challenge in memory of his grandfather Flt Lt Eddie Preedy RAF, who was a navigator in 617 (Dambusters) Squadron during WW2 and to raise vital funds for the veterans supported by RBLI.

If you would like to find out more about the challenge and support Ash, please visit his JustGiving Page.

Have you got a Tommy in your garden? Want to win an exclusive prize?

We would love to see all of your amazing Tommy gardens!
Be it a Tommy Planter, Plant Pot Tommy, Hedgehog HQ, Tommy Bench or Garden Tommy, head over to our Facebook Page by clicking the button below and comment your photo for a chance to win one of three exclusive prizes!

Father’s Day is coming! Stuck for gift ideas?

Get a FREE ‘Happy Father’s Day’ Tommy card with the purchase of any item from the RBLI Father’s Day collection. Just use the code FATHERSDAY21 at checkout.

A Tommy would make a perfect gift for a father or grandfather with a military connection, or a supporter of our armed forces and veterans.


Ever wanted to view the world from a different angle?

Why not sign up for a skydive and raise money to support our veterans. Make an unforgettable memory and experience a euphoric moment!

We have three locations to choose from including Cambridge, Headcorn and Wiltshire. The set date for 2021 is November 7th, if you cannot make this date, fear not we can arrange a date for 2022.

Last year a 100 year old veteran jumped out of a plane to raise money for RBLI and tick another thing off his bucket list – what’s your excuse!?

Sign up by emailing or via our website 👇


Thank you Shepherd Neame!

We are so delighted that our amazing partner, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, have been able to open their doors again and welcome the Great British Public back!

Did you know that many of their pubs have signed up to Pennies, the Digital Charity Box where customers are invited to make a 25 pence donation to charity when they spend over £30. This simple and fantastic scheme has raised over £9,000 for our work with veterans. Now their doors are back open, every pint and every Sunday roast really does make a difference. What more excuse do you need?!

Thank you Shepherd Neame for always going the extra mile to support our work with veterans and people with disabilities, even throughout the pandemic.

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A great Canadian wine tasting – June 30th

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Get ready for Canada Day celebrations around the Bay Area.
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Canada Week featured event

Order online & join our wine tasting

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LAST DAY TO ORDER: Wednesday, JUNE 16, 2021
TASTING DAY: Wednesday, JUNE 30, 2021 | 5 – 6:30 PM

This year we are delighted that VJ from Kascadia Wine Merchants is mixing things up with a unique east coast vs. west coast wine pack. We have sourced a Bordeaux red wine from the diverse wine-growing province of British Columbia, and a classic Rosé from third generation Italian winemakers from the Niagara Peninsula.

Sign up for this intriguing duo by next Wednesday (shipping is included) and plan your tasting at home. The next question is, will you share this with someone special or keep it all to yourself? Such a unique opportunity to taste two great Canadian wines!

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Merci and thank you to the Canadian Consulate in San Francisco
for their support of Canada Week 2021

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Missed #MeetTheFellows? Check out the recordings | Members in the news & community updates

An update from another one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Looking to get to know the exceptional founders who make up this year’s C100 Fellows cohort? Find all the segments from Meet the Fellows at 48Hrs on C100’s YouTube Channel or click any of the following to watch specific segments:

Meet the Fellows is a part of C100’s flagship program, 48Hrs, which has seen over 300 alumni startups come through the program including, but certainly not limited to; Clearco, Wealthsimple, Sonder, Mejuri, Borrowell, Koho and many more.

Learn more about the C100 Fellowship here.


Stay tuned because there are a TON of announcements coming up that we can’t wait to share with you all. C100 Members, you will all get a first look at the upcoming Annual Member Town Hall taking place on June 29th, 2021. Stay tuned or apply today to join as a Member and attend the Town Hall!


🎉Vancouver-based seed investment firm Version One Ventures, co-led by Boris Wertz (C100 Charter Member) and Angela Tran (C100 Charter Member & Board Member), has successfully closed two new funds following a big year. Learn more about the $70-million Fund IV and $30-million Opportunities II fund in Boris’ post here. Congratulations Boris, Angela & the entire version one team!

🌱Applications close on Friday for RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator, a 12-month program designed for 10 exceptional female entrepreneurs in the Cleantech space. RBC is a proud foundational partner of C100.

🚀DMZ (Corporate Member) has updated its incubator model, introducing a new 18-month program designed to take a more customizable, hands-on approach for founders. Looking to apply or know someone who should? Applications (found here) are due at the end of July.

🤝Montreal-based Lightspeed, led by Co-Founder & CEO Dax Dasilva (C100 Charter Member), is set to acquire two California e-commerce companies for a total of $925-million. The deal included Ecwid, an e-commerce platform for small businesses, and NuORDER, a wholesale software provider. Both acquisitions are expected to close during the 3rd quarter of 2021 and remain subject to approval.

📣 Kirstine Stewart (C100 Charter Member) has been appointed by the Canadian government to the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology.

🛍 A group of current and former Shopify execs are ramping up investment efforts, paying it forward by investing in Canadian founders as angels or at the seed level (article from The Information – subscription required).

🦄 Toronto-based chatbot provider Ada, led by Co-Founder & CEO Mike Murchison (48Hrs ’18), has joined the latest slew of Canadian unicorns following a $130-million raise, led by Spark Capital and backed by Tiger Global Management.

📥Futurpreneur’s Canada Black Entrepreneur Startup Program​ is designed to support Black entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39, providing up to $60,000 in startup loan financing and up to two years of mentorship, plus access to resources and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs across Canada. Learn more here. This program is funded by RBC, with additional loan financing from BDC.

👋 Entrepreneur First (EF), which opened its North American HQ in Toronto last September, has announced the six startups founded and funded through EF’s first Toronto cohort. If you’re an investor interested in meeting with a specific EF company, you can schedule time with the founders here.

📣 Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (Founder & Chairman of the BoardList, former President of Stubhub & C100 Charter Member) and Jeffrey Housenbold (who recently stepped down as a Managing Partner of SoftBank Vision Fund) have formed a new SPAC called LTV Capital Partners.

🧠 Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has launched a new stream focused on scaling companies focused on work in the field of neurotechnology, neuromonitoring, and brain-machine interfacesApplications for the Neuro Stream at CDL are open until July 30.


Consider deepening your engagement with C100 as a Member.

C100 Members are entrepreneurs, investors, and operators in the technology field, with a special focus on Canadians living abroad who wish to connect with one another and to give back to Canada’s ecosystem. They enjoy high-value, intimate virtual events, a Members-only C100 Slack space, and exclusive Member communications. All prospective Members must have their application sponsored by at least one active C100 Member.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today!

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News and events for the Bay Area Canadian community

An update from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Countdown to another (but more open!) COVID-19 Canada Week in the Bay 2021

With vaccinations on the rise and restrictions on the decline (Breaking News about Canada/US border restriction changes!), the Digital Moose Lounge is looking forward to bringing our local Canadian community back together, little by little.

For Canada Week 2021, we will be partnering again with the Bay Area community to bring you both virtual and live opportunities to kick off summer, from small to (well) medium events.

Canadians all over the world have been dealing with challenging times not only due to COVID-19, racial tensions at home and abroad, and now the horrific news coming out of Canada around the remains of 215 children found at what used to be a Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops. Canadian communities everywhere care deeply about equality and justice. We hope that by bringing our community together, outside of Canada, we can find support for each other.

In this update:

mooseMoose Events for Canada Day: Get your pastrami and poutine picnic on with Augies, taste some great Canadian wines with Kascadia (ORDER BY Wednesday, June 16) and take part in the DML’s first ever Canadian vs. American Snack Off!

📆 Other events will be coming soon to our Canada Week calendar! Today, we share the link for the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Royal Canadian Legion.gifRoyal Canadian Legion’s “Commemoration Day” on July 1st honours the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel during WW1.

In case you missed this:
Last month, we hosted three great student panelists during our Chesterfield Chat: Exploring Post Secondary Options in Canada. If you missed this event, you can still view the recording online for a limited time (until June 30th, 2021).

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Augies and the Digital Moose Lounge bring you… a Canada Day Picnic!

This is an exclusive event for DML members and their families. (Augies is currently closed to the public). Outdoor seating will be available for up to 24 people on a rotating, first-come first-serve basis.

Augies is located at 700 Essex Way in Berkeley.

Please RSVP on Facebook so we can get a head count. Pre-order details coming soon…


This year we are delighted to mix things up with a unique East Coast vs. West Coast wine pack. We have sourced a Bordeaux red wine from the diverse province of British Columbia, and a classic Rose from third generation Italian winemakers from the Niagara Peninsula.

Included in your $65 wine package:

1.5 hrs wine tasting experience co-hosted by our Board Chair, Sarah Price and VJ Gandhi, Founder of Kascadia Wine Merchants. VJ is also a proud Canadian citizen living in San Jose, with epicurean taste and unafraid to take risks to pursue her deepest passions!

Order here! (deadline is just one week away!)

Canadian vs. American Snack Off

JULY 1, 2021 | 5 – 6:30 PM

Have you ever wondered if foods and snacks taste different when made in the U.S. vs Canada? Join us for a special edition of Virtual DML Happy Hour where we’ll play a taste test game with popular snack foods from both countries.

One lucky participant will win a $50 gift pack sponsored by Canadian Food to USA. We will have plenty of time to meet other Canadians and celebrate Canada Day together!

Canadian Food To USA is the original Canadian online grocery store — since 1999, the same year The Digital Moose Lounge was founded in Silicon Valley!

Shop here to get your favourite products, foods and beverages conveniently shipped to your home across the border. With more than 300 items, they offer brands like Tim Hortons Coffee, Old Dutch, Habitant, Vachon Cakes, St. Hubert, Swiss Chalet and many more.

RSVP and details to come…

Every year the Canadian Expat Meetup group in San Francisco gathers at a local pub. Details for an outdoor Canada Day celebration will be finalized this week and we encourage everyone to check the Meetup event page for details!
Join Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 (representing the San Francisco Bay area), along with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, as they present a virtual Commemoration Day service at 10am (Pacific) on Thursday, 01 July.  If you wish to participate and watch the virtual service, please register at:

While July 1st is Canada Day, for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians it is also Memorial Day or Commemoration Day – a day when we remember the tragic events of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

Merci and thank you to the Canadian Consulate for their generous and ongoing support of our annual Canada Week activities!

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