1 On the way to C2 Montreal, we stopped at Arthur Quentin, a lovely shop housed in three heritage row houses offering home goods, accessories, clothing, cookware, and other decorative items. http://www.arthurquentin.com
2 Some of Arthur Quentin's kitchen supplies include these colorful and fun butter dishes by Japanese maker, Bee House.
3 These saltboxes are also made by Bee House.
4 Flatware and cutlery are displayed in vintage metal post office letter cubby holes. The store originally opened in 1975 as an antiques and curios shop, and has since expanded to include many more retail products.
5 Here is an array of stainless steel cookie cutters and other kitchen gadgets.
6 Here is a stack of pie tins by Gobel, the French company known for producing quality bakeware since 1887.
7 The home goods were also very pretty - in this corner, a large selection of bedding and pillows.
8 Nearby was an exquisite bakery. Simplement D Liche offers gourmet cupcakes, designer cakes, cookies, cake pops and more. http://www.dliche.ca
9 Cornet creme de guimauve, or marshmallow, with Fruit Loops - a fun twist on the traditional sugar ice cream cone.
10 Simplement D Liche was founded by business partners Robert Plante and Ken Lee, who left successful careers in the finance and pharmaceutical industries, to pursue their entrepreneurial passions for baking. They are best known for their delicious cupcakes, which come in a large array of shapes, themes and flavors.
11 My first appearance at the C2 Montreal business conference was a "Meet and Greet" event. This display of refreshments was provided for the attendees. It includes a white themed set-up of cookies, cupcakes and other sweets by a local weddings and events planner.
12 The "Meet and Greet" audience was filled with employees from Newad, a Canadian media company focused on reaching influential adults through indoor advertising. http://www.newad.com
13 I was interviewed by Lotfi El-Ghandouri - entrepreneur, consultant, author and international speaker. I spoke about being an entrepreneur, and building a brand.
14 I also did a second "Meet and Greet" for members of Tourisme Montreal - a private, non-profit organization, that works to promote the city as a premier travel destination. President and CEO, Yves Lalumière, asked me several questions about business development. http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/
15 After the Q&A session, I took a few photos with attendees from Tourisme Montreal.
16 We passed by this exhibitor with a display of robotic arms and pens that automatically drew people's faces. Here I am listening to how these devices actually work.
17 Subjects sit for brief 'portrait' sessions, so cameras at each station can record five different perspectives. Then, a mechanical arm draws the portraits based on those findings. It was very interesting.
18 The C2 conference was held in Montreal's Arsenal - an 80-thousand square foot exhibition space, mostly devoted to contemporary art. As we walked through the venue, we visited many different vendors and entrepreneurial exhibits. http://www.arsenalmontreal.com/
19 This is a giant pool of balls, where attendees could actually jump in and "swim" around scores of bubble-like balls.
20 I watched as visitors took turns playing in the pools.
21 I spoke with C2 VP of Partnerships, Chloe Langevin - I was thinking it would be so much fun to build one for my grandchildren.
22 At the "Lab", teams of five work together to build these above ground tubes and pathways throughout the space during the course of the conference - it was a team building exercise and business communications project.
23 These are not real gardeners, but performing acrobats "tending" their futuristic suspended crops as part of the conference entertainment.
24 I also toured some of the space with Will Travis, Executive Chairman of Sid Lee USA. Sid Lee is a producing partner of this one-of-a-kind conference. We participated in a brainstorming exercise that included an inspirational walk through fake snow.
25 The conference was decorated to inspire creativity - here were some large origami cranes "flying above the trees".
26 Artist Lian Benoit was commissioned to create this collaborative artwork for C2 participants - it involved the all-familiar Post-It notes, which visitors used to build the art piece while following a paint-by-number inspired diagram.
27 Outside was a large food court. Trucks and lots of vendors were gathered in this area. It was also a great place for networking participants.
28 Rides along the Lachine Canal were also provided. The Lachine Canal is located near the Arsenal and passes through the southwestern part of the Island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, running from the Old Port of Montreal to Lake Saint-Louis.
29 We were brought samples from each of the food truck vendors.
30 Of course, a trip to Canada isn't complete without poutine. Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds topped with a gravy and other specialty foods - this one had some sausage - so delicious!
31 We also got a sampling of soft tacos.
32 And, a serving of tasty falafel
33 Here's a lobster roll and a burrito.
34 One of the other speakers at the conference was Massimo Bottura, an Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, Italy. I briefly ran into him in one of the conference green rooms.
35 I also stopped for a photo with conference speaker, P.K. Subban, professional hockey player and philanthropist.
36 P.K. and I participated in a Mindball Stunt. Mindball is a two-person game controlled by players' brain waves. The goal is to control a ball's movement across a table using only attention and concentration. P.K. won the first round, but I won two out of three.
37 I was then interviewed by creative strategist, Justin Kingsley. We discussed organic farming and the environment. I talked about my farm, and how I raise chickens for eggs and grow my own vegetables. We also talked about the food movement, and the importance of sustainability.
38 Here I am with Justin and P.K.
39 After a full day at the conference, we stopped for a quick dinner at Le Vin Papillon. Co-owner and chef, Frederic Morin, visited our table along with chef and co-owner at Le Vin Papillon's more vegetable-focused addition, Marc-Olivier Frappier, and chef de cuisine, Stephanie Cardinal. http://vinpapillon.com
40 Chef Frederic and his partners own three restaurants - Joe Beef, Liverpool House, and Le Vin Papillon. Frederic also signed copies of their book, "The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts".
41 Le Vin Papillon uses fresh, organic herbs and greens whenever possible. Here is the garden behind the restaurant.
42 Some of the dishes we enjoyed included razor clams with pea-shoots.
43 Celery root with cheese - this was so delicious.
44 A carrot sandwich - paper thin and fluffy. It was also very good.
45 Stuffed fried ravioli
46 For dessert, sorbet with strawberries and rhubarb.
47 And macarons decorated with pea shoot leaves.
48 Suroosh Alvi is co-founder of Vice Media, a leading American-Canadian digital media and broadcasting company that's working to expand and evolve the communications industry. He also spoke at the conference and stopped by to say hello. It was a fun day in Montreal. http://www.vice.com/