I was recently invited to present at a Business Partner seminar put on by ESRI Canada in Vancouver (thanks Paul!) It gave me an opportunity to learn the latest from ESRI (Canada) with respect to changes happening in their partner program, and recent news from an ESRI platform technology perspective. Most importantly, it gave me the chance to talk to other partners about a lot of the success (and, pragmatically speaking, a few challenges) we've encountered as an ESRI Business Partner since 2001. Overall, a great experience.

skytrainOn a related note, being in Victoria (and separated from Vancouver by a large body of water!), the most efficient way to make my way to the event was by plane, and at this time of year, fog plays havoc with float plane schedules. As a result, I was a bit perplexed - how do I get there? Ferry? Helijet? Puddle jumper? Great - puddle jumper; but how to get from YVR, downtown? Aha! The new Canada Line! Opened with much ballyhoo recently for Vancouver 2010, this new light rail/subway line runs from the airport to downtown Vancouver. I hopped on the clean, "new car smell" train and arrived downtown 25 minutes later, and only $3.25 poorer. Awesome! If you're coming to Vancouver for the Olympics, consider this option vs. the lengthy taxi lineup you're sure to encounter...