500 Coffees #59 – Marcella Munro


59 weeks ago I read a theory that going for 50 coffees with people you’ve never met is the entrepreneur’s equivalent to the theory that doing anything for 10,000 hours will make you an expert on it. While I got the idea, 50 coffees was far easier than practicing something for ten years, so after completing that challenge I decided to make a major commitment and publish 500 over the next few years. In this series I introduce you to interesting Vancouverites, many of whom I had never met before. It’s an exercise in networking for myself and for V.I.A. while also being a platform through which I to introduce you to some people who are doing really cool stuff in the city you live in.

Name: Marcella Munro
Occupation: Principal
Beverage: Latte

Meet Marcella Munro. Principal at Earnescliffe Strategy Group, Vice President of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vice Chair of the Dr Peter Aids Foundation, former Co-Chair of Vision Vancouver and someone who very much looks forward to elections, budget days, and digging in to all-things-politics.

We sat down at Tableau on Melville, which I sometimes frequent for lunch as it’s by the V.I.A. office but previously didn’t know was open for breakfast coffees. I learned that Marcella was once a journalist for CBC, then worked for Cressey, and it seems like her current position at Earnescliffe is perhaps the best job that someone in politics could hope for. They essentially exist to get business and government talking, and while I’m still a bit hazy as to how that actually works I find it really cool that their office has people from all ends of the political spectrum working for their clients. “Multi-partisan” is what it’s called, meaning that it’s completely by design that Marcella’s co-workers don’t share her political opinions nor party ties. She’s an NDP supporter and in the coming weeks she’ll be taking time off from her position at Earnescliffe to go and volunteer in the war room of Adrian Dix whom I featured in COFFEE #57. I personally wish that the provincial election was tomorrow but, as I said in the intro, she’s very much looking forward to a drawn out battle, spending time strategizing on how to help the BC NDP win the upcoming election.

Follow Marcella on Twitter at twitter.com/marcellam

Oh! And as we were finishing up she told me a bit about the Dr Peter Aids Foundation and how the mother of Dr Peter (may he rest in peace), serves meals at their centre and is a character that I should meet. I hope you also get to meet her in one of these upcoming Coffees!

Stay tuned for 441 more!

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