Why Join BNI
Changing the Way the World Does Business
BNI (Business Network International) was founded in 1985 and is now considered the leader in business networking.
With more than 211,000 members in over 7,800 chapters worldwide, BNI has truly become an essential network for entrepreneurs in diverse business sectors.
Why Join BNI
Our management team is passionate about creating an exceptional culture that fosters collaboration and cooperation.
Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI and is also an author, a humanitarian and expert in the field of business networking.Read More
Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI and is also an author, a humanitarian and expert in the field of business networking. Dr. Misner travels the world discussing referral networking and personal and professional development. He has been featured in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Wall Street Journal and on networks such as CNN and MSNBC. Named “One of the Top Networkers to Follow” by Forbes Magazine, Dr. Misner has written over 21 books and has taught business management at several universities. In 2016, Dr. Misner was awarded the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. He is also the past recipient of the Red Cross “Humanitarian of the Year” award and is the co-founder of the BNI Foundation. Dr. Misner also sits on the University of LeVerne Board of Trustees. When Dr. Misner isn’t traveling or giving speeches, he enjoys spending time with his wife Elisabeth on Lake Austin and exploring vineyards across the globe.
Kai Bjorn is BNI Canada’s National Director and has been part of the organization for over 10 years. Kai’s background in professional sports makes him a natural leader with a keen focus on success.Read More
Kai Bjorn is BNI Canada’s National Director and has been a proud member of the organization for over 10 years. Kai’s background in professional sports makes him a natural team player with a keen focus on success. His primary function as National Director is to support all Executive Directors across Canada in achieving their goals; something he deeply values. Kai’s passion is connecting with people and promoting the development of meaningful, long-term relationships. It’s the creation and maintenance of these key relationships that are the basis for all good--and profitable--business. Leading a group of like-minded professionals with those goals is a natural fit for Kai. This commitment to team building in a community comes from his time as a pro athlete with the CFL and Olympic sailor. Kai still loves to sail when he can, and enjoys family time with his wife and children.
Johanne Clément is the Administrator at BNI Canada and her role is to answer any questions members have with BNI Connect, the online networking platform that all BNI chapter members use.Read More
Johanne Clément is the Administrator at BNI Canada and her role is to answer any questions members have with BNI Connect, the online networking platform that all BNI chapter members use. Johanne joined the organization in 2014 and enjoys connecting with members across the country to help them gain the most out of their online BNI experience. Her client relation skills were honed through a career in admin work at a music school, retail, and as an electrologist. Her lifelong passions are gardening and spending time with family; both of which consume a good portion of her leisure time. Johanne also likes to travel whenever possible and you can usually find her reading a good book in the evenings.
Joyann Cox joined BNI Canada in 2014 as the E-store Administrator. Her primary responsibility is to ensure accurate order fulfillment of BNI branded materials to all the Canadian chapters.Read More
Joyann Cox joined BNI Canada in 2014 as the E-store Administrator. Her primary responsibility is to ensure accurate order fulfillment of BNI branded materials to all the Canadian chapters. Evidently, Joyann is meticulous. Joyanne came to BNI from retail and transport arenas where she developed skills in customer service and product management. Her time as an executive secretary for a transport company trained her to be detail-orientated and efficient; skills that along with teamwork and people relations in retail translate well to BNI. She is a people person and loves being a team member at BNI HQ where she connects with so many BNI members across Quebec, Canada, and occasionally, in the U.S and Europe. In her off time, Joyann loves spending time with her family best, and is a great reader of mystery and fantasy novels. She enjoys being transported into another world and is crazy about Disney World. Her dream is to visit the ‘the happiest place on earth’ every year.
Richard Cox is BNI Canada’s Director of Operations.He started in the organization as a member in 2004 and has 25+ years experience as a Business Development Consultant.Read More
Richard Cox is BNI Canada’s Director of Operations. He started in the organization as a member in 2004 and has 25+ years experience as a Business Development Consultant. He picked up this skill during his time as Manager of Computer Operations at Bombardier Aerospace. During his career, Richard has held many roles in BNI, including Ambassador and Director Consultant. Richard subscribes to the philosophy of work hard to succeed. While working on his days off isn’t uncommon, he believes in complete rejuvenation through quarterly vacations. Some of his favourite trips include Disney World and all-inclusive beach vacations. He also visits his hometown of Colorado every year to stay close to his roots; an important entrepreneurial quality.In the summer, he’ll be at his seasonal campsite in Chateaugay, New York and in winter, you’ll find him working on a jigsaw puzzle or watching a movie. Richard is dedicated to helping members reach their business goals using the BNI structure. The secret to Richard’s success is his attention to detail and having a passion for what he does.
As the Accounting Manager, Janet Bjorn is in charge of accounts receivable/payable. She coordinates with the Bookkeeper and Accountants, and is basically in charge of all things finance-related.Read More
As the Accounting Manager, Janet Bjorn is in charge of accounts receivable/payable. She coordinates with the Bookkeeper, Accountants and Franchisees, and is basically in charge of all things finance-related. Janet came to BNI Quebec’s office under the previous owners in 2007 to “fill in” while the owners, her sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Don Morgan, found a permanent replacement. But Janet never looked back, and now does the bookkeeping for both BNI Quebec and BNI Canada. She stayed with the company because BNI’s philosophy aligned well with her personal philosophy; one which reflected the values of teamwork and success in both career and her personal life--and still do to this day. When Janet is not working, she’s spending time with her three children and six grandchildren who all live within 10 minutes of her. While family is her passion, sports will always play an important role in her life. Janet was a member of the Canadian National Ski Team and continues to ski recreationally now, including twice a year with her sister in Colorado. Janet also enjoys sailing, which she used to do competitively as well.
The best way to find out more about how a BNI works is to attend a meeting at one of the chapters in your area, meet other entrepreneurs and see for yourself!
After visiting us, there is no doubt you will decide that BNI is worth your time and you should join. Then you can get involved by officially joining the chapter you have chosen!
Networking and recommendations are good. But with BNI, you will also develop long-term relationships that will become much more than just exchanging business cards.
People who give more, receive more. This simple rule will help you throughout your life. Once you have joined BNI, giving and receiving will be part of your everyday habits. Then you will see your business grow!