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HAPPEN's mandate is to reduce the time required for mid- to senior level managers and executives  in career transition to regain employment and provide members with the tools to manage their careers.

Our Strategies

  • Providing regular networking forums for members to exchange experiences, ideas, contacts and job leads.
  • Providing seminars and workshops that cover relevant skills that will shorten the search process.
  • Introducing all members to our digital coaching services, including all our most popular  presentations.
  • Providing weekly, categorized job opportunities to the "hidden" job market.
  • Publishing and distributing candidates' profiles to employers and human resources professionals.
  • Providing members with a 24/7 networking connection we call Happen-link.
  • Offering members access to a list of Approved Service Providers, to assist in all areas of job search.
  • Offering members our unique personal marketing strategies call "Marketing Letters".
  • New services being added all the time.

Board of Directors

Jim Geraghty

Jim Geraghty

President

Jim is the president of his own “Marketing Agency” called TellSell Marketing Services Inc. The name TellSell is derived from his belief that if you can TELL or communicate your story effectively, you will SELL your product or service. TellSell successfully introduced In-store couponing to over 1500 Non-Foodl retailers in the early 90’s.

Throughout his career Jim has been “downsized” 3 times and as a result has been fascinated by the challenges this process presents Individuals.  Accordingly, he has been involved with many transition organizations such as Executives Available in Montreal, Thorn, Stevenson and Kellogg, Bootstraps, Knightsbridge and most recently as president of HAPPEN

Today HAPPEN is Canada’s Largest Network for Career Minded Professionals and Executives in Transition. HAPPEN’s core strength is that it holds regular face-to-face meetings in a number of locations, that give its members direct access to the “Hidden Job Market” where over 80% of all opportunities are found.

In HAPPEN’s 25 + years existence, we have helped over 30,000 individuals find meaningful employment through a combination of structured networking, relevant speakers, effective on-line tools and specialized workshops. Currently HAPPEN members are finding work in an average of 20 weeks.

Recently HAPPEN partnered with a team of experienced Professionals with first-hand knowledge of running a Non–Profit Organization plus a proven record of using digital media to effect tangible growth in memberships, services and corporate support.

As HAPPEN has a large and diversified pool of experienced talent we recognized the ever-changing demands of the workplace and accordingly, we are pleased to announce that as a result of these recent initiatives we have re-launched the NEW HAPPEN that will take happen beyond helping members find their next position but also focus on managing one’s career with a view to income for life.

905.338.917

Eric Vengroff

Eric Vengroff

Executive Director

Eric is a seasoned business executive and serial entrepreneur, who's also a Google-certified marketing and customer acquisition specialist. His years of line management experience with internet marketing, website development and design, as well as development and management of social networks make him ideally suited to growing and sustaining HAPPEN.

His work at CARP has provided a broad base of expertise in issues relating to the aging and technology, the nature of work and retirement, and the 50+ demographic in North America and Western Europe. This knowledge base encompasses income needs, health issues, housing and residential alternatives, market access to medications, and recreational activities.

While living in Houston, Texas, he built commercial and residential developments, including affordable senior's housing.

His early career in information systems provided grounding and experience in building large-scale database and infrastructure systems for a continent-wide network of computers for the largest integrated floor-covering operation in Canada.  He was a former President & CEO of Fifty-Plus.Net (now ZoomerMedia Ltd.) in October, 1999 and produced the IPO of Fifty-Plus.Net International Inc.

He served on the board of FPN and ZoomerMedia Ltd from 1999-2008 and continues to serve on boards of private corporations & charitable organizations.

416 801-4366

 

Mary Ann Freedman

Mary Ann Freedman

Board Member

Mary Ann Freedman is a highly respected marketer with a notable reputation for delivering sustainable results in a variety of sectors including professional services, technology and home and health care services.

She has established herself as a credible expert on the changing demographics of seniors and its impact on Canada’s home and health care services. Mary Ann has passionately provided more than 20 years of strategic marketing counsel to organizations targeting the 50+ consumer segment.

Mary Ann is also a leader in marketing professional services in Canada. Recognized as one of the first professional marketers to apply strategic marketing approaches to the legal and accounting firms.

Prior to starting Freedman & Associates in 1985, Mary Ann held influential sales and marketing management positions with Bell Canada, Metroland Printing & Publishing and Thorne Riddell (now KPMG), where she established the firm’s first marketing department.

A native of Saint John, NB, Mary Ann's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and additional studies at the University of Southampton (England) and the University of Toronto. When Mary Ann isn’t planning client campaigns, she can be found on the tennis court or, most recently, on the golf course learning to hit her first hole in one.

 

Advisory Board

Mike Salveta

Mike Salveta

Recruiting

Media Relations, Webmaster, Blog Master, Volunteering

Chris Rogiers

Chris Rogiers

Webmaster

Administration, Bookkeeping

Eva

Eva

Speaker Coordinator

Joan

Joan

Office Manager / Bookkeeper