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  • in reply to: Next Members’ Meeting: October 17th, 2020 #25131
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    I sent this email but I never got the invitation.

    After disappearing from the list, more than once, whether because of the incompetence of the people managing the IVRPA site, which NEVER happened when Sam Rohn and I were managing, I was denied access to members’ meetings?

    I do not understand your vision of democracy.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Paying your dues #24937
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    HEY! Are you listening? WAKE UP DIRECTORS! HOW MUCH?

    It’s an official question to Loren Price, Matt Rowell and Gavin Farrell. All other members of the actual BoD are involved in the mismanagement from 2017 to 2019 and the Belfast organization refused to produce a financial report.

    Anyone in the bunker have the guts to give numbers?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Financial statement for 2017 #24322
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    I have planned, organized and carried out 2 conferences for IVRPA. I know that planning is paramount, even if the numbers on paper are going to change. There is too many variable in the equation of a conference to be on target from day one. But the follow-up is the most important pas of the job. The organizer have to monitor income and expenses, make adjustments along the way and report to the BoD. As an administrator you have to follow up so that the budget is respected. Vienna seems to be uncontrolled and no one seems to be responsible for that. That’s not healthy corporate behavior.

    As the 2017 budget report is dated Dec. 31st 2017 nothing will be added.

    I certainly do not want to change anything on this financial report. But I have questions.

    1. Did the BoD approved a budget for Vienna?
    2. Did the Board of Directors follow up on the budget implementation?
    3. Has the $23,126 advance to Florian Frey been recovered?
    4. What is the amount of the compensation Florian Frey got?
    5. What are the other expenses  associated to Vienna in the list of expenses Conference Video Equipment and Travel.

    I discovered that travel expenses for Tokyo has been deviated to an unpublished financial report for IVRPA 2018. This type of manipulation lowers Tokyo’s costs but is certainly not a good example of transparency.

    The only conclusion that this report allows is that the association in 2017 has spent US$ 22,898.39 more than it had earned in that year.
    Calling that sum a loss is improper and creates a misleading narrative.

    But… Name it the way you want, loss, red number, operating deficit, or even investment, that money is gone. Is this red figure is an investment? Well, show me the plan that gives value to the members.

    The only way to have clarity about this is a detailed report of all earnings and expenses of 2017. Something that the treasurer, president and board of that time seem to have failed to produce.

    So Vienna was mismanaged. The saddest thing is that the problem seems to be recurring. There is no financial statement for IVRPA 2018 and Tokyo financial statement is incomplete. And we haven’t seen the one for 2019. Belfast was a year ago. The BoD is accountable to its members. When are we going to see people accountable for their actions.

    Experience is the fruit of unrepeated mistakes. Why, given the black hole of 2017, did the directors of 2017 not simply resign or be fired for not delivering on their commitments?

    Something not so easy as mid of 2017 accounting was transferred from our former accountant to the current accountant, and due to handling of local VAT the accounting for the Vienna conference was done by an accountant in Vienna.

    Not so easy? Why did the BoD decide to use a different accounting firm?  Everything was fine before. Accountants does that all the time.
    We should not be led to believe that IVRPA’s accounting is complex. It is not when you do it on time. I have been there and done that.

    However, we all want transparency and look forward to present the missing reports to the members asap.

    Don’t stop at words.
    I worked hard for 2 years growing the asset of IVRPA like never before. It was an opportunity to create wealth and return value to members. Instead, since 2017, year after year, our assets are melting like snow.

    I am very disappointed.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: BoD Confidentiality Agreement??? #24175
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    “The NDA is merely a formality to remind board members that discussions through private channels should remain private”

    This NDA has no value for me. I am not ashamed of what I have done in the past. This NDA protect incompetent, liars and cover up BoD members who mismanaged IVRPA.

    The Law of Silence
    I once asked to get a report on all expenses reimbursed to BoD members, mostly for flights and hotels. The answer I got was the equivalent of “Forget it”. As a member, what was the message from the BoD? That it was none of my business? Why would anyone want to hide information? That’s normally when I start asking questions. Because there’s no smoke without fire.

    Overindulgence
    I finally discovered that within less than 15 months (Sept 2016 to Dec 2017), a member of the board of directors, attended 5 or even 6 events organized by OsloVR, a business cluster of company involved in the VR industry? Do you know how many new members from Norway we have since IVRPA started to invest in VROslo events? ZERO! No gain at all. This is certainly not a good score. Again, BoD members of IVRPA are not accountable for their incompetence. But we have to keep this a secret.

    Deceit
    If the people on the board are bound by an NDA, aren’t they also required to tell the truth? All the truth? All the time? How do you explain that a BoD member can lie brazenly to other people on the board?

    While working to recover from the incredible timeframe imposed but the 2019 team, we have been told that the livestream of Belfast has been very popular. This statement led me to believe that we had to put a rush to repeat the experiment. Fortunately, I had the reflex to ask for verifiable information such as the number of members, cost of production, etc. Finally,  only 2 members who subscribed to the livestream… WOW… TWO! And that was successful? No! It’s not only a total fail but the proof that someone was lying. In a real team, there can be no liar. It is shameful.

    Well, as I certainly understand why some discussion has to be private, IVRPA is not a private held corporation and it belongs to members. Never forget that.

    Experience is the fruit of unrepeated errors. When year after year some financial reports are incomplete or literally nonexistent, like Vienna 2017, financial reports for IVRPA 2018, Belfast 2019, when the problem is repeated year after year, IVRPA does not need an NDA but a serious cleanup to get rid of his incompetence which prevents IVRPA from moving forward.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: IVRPA Status Report #23964
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    Being an active member of the board of directors from 2014 to 2016, I have a very different point of view.

    As with most things described as dire, the situation with the IVRPA wasn’t as bad as reported.

    From my standpoint, the situation is much worse than I expect, and certainly much worse than when I left in December 2016. The financial situation has deteriorated and the profit in the financial statement, when they exist, are painted in red. As a business man, red numbers is not an option and reveal a weak management.

    I don’t know how you can say that Loren. How can you evaluate the performance of IVRPA when financial reports are not available? When financial reports reveal that some expenses have been hidden under false wording. In the real world, when an administrator fails to run the business or hide the truth, the role of shareholders is to fire these weak administrators.

    Most of the problems were a result of in-fighting amongst the Board

    On my very first meeting of the board of directors, within a few minutes, a unbelievable fight broke out. I had two options, leave this weird group or try to do something to bring it back to something positive. At that time, in-fighting was already part of the DNA.

    Here is a comment from Keith Martin I got in reply to the original poster.

    “From MY perspective, Jürgen Schrader was both the instigator of attacks and absolutely provoked the attacks on him. He is a liability, and while I recognize the need to calm things down, this kind of whitewashing is not acceptable.”

    Here is another quote from Keith Martin which is public in his resignation letter from the 2019 BoD…

    “It’s been an interesting period, but it has been increasingly marred by a surprisingly large amount of infighting and, for want of a better word, back stabbing”

    There is also an interesting quote from Donald Bain who is a former member of the board of directors of IVRPA.

    I had withdrawn from active participation in the IVRPA before Jurgen took over. I was amazed and appalled to hear that he had been elected president. Through more than a year of weekly on-line meetings where we basically rebuilt the organization to be more professional and effective he had nothing to say. I mean literally, he sat through all those meetings without contributing. He seems to fancy himself a great wit, but it often misfires and offends people, myself and Bill Bailey notably. – G. Donald Bain

    During 2019, there was an historic number of resignations. You do not need a PhD on human behaviour to realize that there are eels under the rocks.

    So if all these never ending in-fightings are the consequence of personal conflict, what is the common point between the period of Donald Bain, the years preceding my arrival, what I could observe during my 3 years on the board of directors and the debacle of 2019? To ask the question is to answer it.

    The only way to correct this is to have a paid staff to look after the day-to-day operations… groups like our’s contract with AMC’s, Association Management Companies

    Unfortunately, I do not agree on this statement. Normally, when all BoD members do their jobs, it is an easy task. I know that because I did it for 2 years in recent years. As an example, some might think that managing the membership is a tedious task. It’s not. I can even tell that it’s a fun job. I always enjoyed it, even if sometimes members were angry. I remember a famous sponsor who quit during preparation of Las Vegas 2014. oH my God!… He was ANGRY! But after a few long conversations, I changed this agressivity into an opportunity and the revenue from sponsors reached summit. There is opportunity that a clerk won’t see. But if a BoD member who is supposed to manage the membership does not do his job, it’s another story.

    The communication with the members is one of the most important jobs. Personally, I used Mailchimp a lot, I was working with Keith Martin. I was writing the rough and Keith was going over my bad English to make it a symphony! Communication has to come from a team of people involved in our industry, not an unknown clerk who don’t know what we are talking about or who know the issues we face every day.

    In my plan, there was a budget to subcontract certain aspects aimed at developing services to members, adding value to membership. Not to remove tasks which should be don by elected members.

    Additionally, we are creating a Manual of Operations to make the transition from Board-to-Board go smoother. It shouldn’t be as difficult as this transition has been. Former Board members can attest to this.

    I will certainly not be against this, the transition for 2020 never happened.

    I know there have been calls for Jürgen to resign; I was one of those that called for his resignation. Since assuming my seat on the Board, I’ve had a chance to review everything and don’t see the need for him to resign.

    I already sent an email to Jürgen Schrader asking him to resign. Why? He is a conflicting person and a poor leader. Since 2017, the financial management is a mess and some of the decisions taken has proven to be disasters. He never dares to respond.

    If Jürgen decides to run for the Board again in December when his term is up, he can submit his candidacy, and you will be able to vote at that time if you want him to remain on the Board.

    Of course he can, it’s democracy. During the 2019 election, I asked Jürgen Schrader a question…

    What do you want to do during the next 2 years that you haven’t been able to realize during the last 8 years?

    I never got the answer. Lately, I intercept a communication between him and another BoD member where he said.

    “I discussed with Mrs. X that we best open a members forum for the election only. And once the candidates posted their statements that post will be closed for comments”

    But… But… What is the purpose of this way of doing? Muzzle the members? This is not democracy. This is not my way of doing things.

    And, regarding the past; It’s just that, the past. It’s not the future. We can learn from those mistakes and move on. Nor is it productive to argue about who did what to whom. There’s not much we can do to change what happened in the past, outside of apologizing.

    Experience is the fruit of unrepeated errors. The BIGGEST problem at IVRPA is that irresponsible person are not accountable for their fails.

    I never hid that the BoD needs a severe clean up. It still has to be done.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Do we have a venue for 2020??? #23741
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Yes we are progressing as quickly as possible on this subject. We will do a public announcement shortly.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: immediate resignation of Juergen Schrader #23541
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    Gentlemen, there is indeed an issue in terms of leadership (or lack thereof) with IVRPA. However, to me, the problem was evident before Mr. Schrader stepped to fill the vacancy of president after Mr. Martin left.

    I think your vision is a bit short in time. This problem has been going on for far too long. This problem was already there when I land on the BoD 2014. From a businessman and a manager standpoint, it was a shameful mess and I assure you, Keith Martin was not on the BoD.

    From my standpoint, 2014 was a terrible year for IVRPA. The treasurer and the CEO just resigned on my first meeting. An horrible crash. The BoD could not access the bank accounts. The Las Vegas 2014 conference had problems. We could not send the money to secure our conference venue. The local organizer refused to continue working with the organizer from the BoD. A total mess.

    This organizer noticeably needed help. So I jumped in. Create the first instance of the web site for this event, publishing talks, built the list of speakers, bio and presentation, editorial online, publishing data from sponsors, preparing an automated process to build the program. Nevertheless, the organizer never hesitate to associate my name to the friendly epithet of “idiot”.

    Leadership, is not expressed by the words of one person but by actions of a group of people who have a common goal.

    Don’t worry Jürgen, we will take care of the IVRPA.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020 IVRPA BOD election start #23503
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Last year, on the first minute the election was over, the results were online. What is going on? There is nothing to fix or play with.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020 IVRPA BOD election start #23502
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Loren, your question was

    How many current members have voted?

    This is the answer you got

    Only the election manager can see the number of voters.

    Not true from Nov. 10-19 (Jürgen Schrader and Karyn Laudisi add full access during 10 days)
    True from Nov. 20-24 (last 5 days) After we asked an independent observer to see exactly what some BoD members were seeing.
    For 66% of the time, Mr. Schrader and Mrs. Laudisi had full access to sensitive information. So it’s a 1/3rd truth.

    Debriefing of the last 2 elections and update of the bylaws.
    One of the last thing on my list being the order of the list of the candidates… I would like to know in which alphabet of the galaxy does the letter “Z” comes before F, P, R and V? Curiously there was 7 candidate statement and the first 2 were not in our group.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23452
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    There is an important detail, members need to login FIRST. They can then access the page to vote. Otherwise the forum is not visible.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23442
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    If this is not sorted ASAP I suggest that the election is deferred to give members adequate time to vote AFTER every member is sent a link to the voting location

    Login first THEN click on this link…

    2020 IVRPA BOD election start

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: What's the purpose of the IVRPA today? #23411
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    I find it very distressing to find that a person like you, no longer finds a good reason to subscribe to an IVRPA membership.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23398
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Here is a message I got from Thomas Erh.

    Interestingly, some time ago, I tried to access my IVRPA account, which honestly telling you, I never used it. And I found out that my account is closed !!! In theory I should have my active account by 2023!

    When I gave my talk in NY, at the time chaired by Carlos, he offered me $ 500 to help with expenses. Then I chose to convert this amount into annuities which at the time would give 10 years (even without knowing if until then the Association would continue to exist!)

    When I was on the BoD, I followed what Carlos dealt with Thomas. Please renew this membership.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23340
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    So my understanding is that Aleksandr Reznik is not responsible for ethic and the good conduct of the election? Who is it?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23304
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    So you changed your mind and decided to change the rules! This is way beyond my understanding of any form of democracy.

    Does than means that every time a BoD member or even 4 members change their mind after the period to send a candidate statement can get an extension? The dates were very well known. Nobody is supposed to ignore the bylaws. I was on time, you and all other 3 were not. You cannot argue on this. You all had my candidate statement on time and you did not honour the democracy and bylaws.

    The bylaws are written in a one bit form, black and white, not rubber which stretch at will in any directions. Amendments to the laws are mostly caused by abuse.

    It is clearly time for a thorough reform of the bylaws.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23300
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Personally I didn’t know I had to apply, so, yes I was late.

    Jürgen Schrader, could you explain how come you were late and deserved an extension?

    Weren’t you fully aware that there was a limit to send a candidate statement?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020 Conference location #23299
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    I second the fact that the conference need more planning. When I was on the BoD, while I was working for Prague, I was having discussions with Québec and Vienna. It is how it should always be. And there is many reasons for that, from the members standpoint but also for the organizer.

    IVRPA should restart to alternate between Europe and America and maybe Asia.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23294
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    I wish we would live in a perfect world but we are not.

    PS: please dont even bother in replying me as I am not spending another hour and a half of post writing in this topic. If more doubts a neutral court can clarify if it is fraud or slander.

    Sorry but I cannot stay silent. Too many torn truths.

    He was also encouraging candidates to submit statements on time, to avoid last-minute website issues. Anyway, the organizers of the election made an exception and extended the deadline so that there was no candidate affected.

    This is torn truth! Accommodate who?

    Personally I didn’t know I had to apply, so, yes I was late.

    Karyn admit that without this change she would have never been on the BoD 2019. Nobody is supposed to ignore the law and the bylaws are quite clear on this. The BoD went beyond the bylaws. And what about Jürgen Schrader he was not aware of the deadline? This would be a quite bold statement. I asked him how come he was not on time but I never got the answer.

    I am also of the philosophy that it is not only power what should drive one person’s interests at the IVRPA. It should be contributing. So, after losing at the elections and instead of complaining, I joined as volunteer, the team who organized Belfast 2019. All of this to say… there is always a chance to help regardless of the name of the position one has.

    Power should certainly not be the first and not even the 10th reason to be on a BoD. A few years ago, I ask all BoD members to subscribe to a daily newsletter about leadership because leadership has always been a problem.

    Contributing? On my second IVRPA conference, I wanted to share a unique way to calibrate our equipment and I did it. That was my first contribution.

    I did not experience any fraud in those elections. Extended deadline for one person=extended deadline for more people. The more candidates we have, the better for the organization. If a fraud is considered to have happened, it can have also legal implications and one is free to take actions. Anyone can contact the election manager who was Aleksandr Reznik, since this is an accusation directly to him and active IVRPA Directors by November 2018.

    Sorry but there are rules in the bylaws. This is simple. It’s not an open house where the more we are, the more fun we are going to have! It’s not a clown show but a democratic action.  Come on!

    I contacted everyone, including Keith, Sam, the whole BoD and I even post it on a public forum just to be sure that I had a time stamp. And Sam told me that this last action really upset the BoD members because I had a proof that I was on time…

    And please don’t lecture me on what I could do. I could have contact the Masschusset Govt but this would have had serious consequences on our NPO status. It’s not because a branch is rotten that you have to cut the entire trunk.

    But one thing I will say and I want to place great stress on it: I am tired of this in-fighting between members. This brings nothing positive to the IVRPA. Anyone who fills these new spots, I hope they are people who can look at the future, forgive/forget personal differences and not dwell on the past.

    The past is the guarantor of the future. The number of resignations since 2 years shows that there is something very wrong. This in-fighting is not new it’s a long story.

    I just wanted to get a fair election.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23261
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Your reference to another post is very instructive on how the BoD used to deal with questions they do not want to deal with. It’s full of torn truth and half-truth with threats to the effect that any other comments on this subject will be deleted… It’s love this democracy.

    If I was flagged as a spammer, it’s because

    1. The rules were not programmed correctly.
    2. Or some people did not have the knowledge to manage the rights and privileges of members.

    It turned out that your problem to manage IVRPA’s system became my problem. I am asking questions and I expect to get answers. And BTW, my account is still, after all these months not 100% functional. The super database pro Mr. Leon is not the fastest guy in the west.

    I became a spammer because of what? Some people didn’t like a legitimate question? Like “What do you want to do during the next term that you haven’t been able to do during the last 10 years?”  I taught that between rants from other BoD members you should have found time to think about it and answer me. You never dare to answer.

    I still think that 2017 election was a fake election. Karyn just told me that she didn’t know that she had to send a candidate statement… Come on! It’s written in the bylaws! No BoD member should plead ignorance of bylaws. And you also forgot to send your candidate statement? Did you also forgot that you had to?

    I only want the shenanigans to stop. Is that clear enough?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23260
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Yes I did read all your reply. Wishful thinking is not acceptable. I was expecting a yes or no. Not a maybe.

    Ignoring bylaws will no longer be an acceptable excuse to restart the process.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: IVRPA Project to fight the 6,754, 400 Patent #23258
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Gathering forces to fight this Patent would certainly help. How many companies could be sued?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Election Call #23255
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    You are going to act as the election manager?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: IVRPA Project to fight the 6,754, 400 Patent #23253
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    This is a project for IVRPA. I do not remember exactly why it has been put on the side because there is very important issues related to this patent.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: SXSW #23252
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Bringing new sponsors is certainly a great achievement. I know how hard it is to get new sponsors.

    As a business owner, we had a ROI for new customers. It is a lot more expensive to acquire a new customer than do whatever to keep this client happy. When I was on the BoD, I tried to apply the same rules.

    I do not see Facebook or Blend Media in the sponsor’s list. Are they already gone?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23251
    Luc Villeneuve
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    I spammed the forum! That is a lie. Please if you want to have a discussion, you will have to tell the truth and ONLY the truth.

    You didn’t know that you had to apply? This is a nonsense. You were surrounded by people who knew exactly how an election at IVRPA works. In addition, everything is written in black on white bylaws. Don’t you ever read the bylaws. And does Jürgen Schrader also forgot? Do I really look like a fool, a stupid guy who can be made to believe anything?

    If asking Jürgen Schrader what he wanted to do during the next 2 years that he hasn’t been able to do in the past 10 years was a spam, we will have to edit the Wiki page. Asking question during an election is just a right. I never got the answer from JS but I got rant from people who knew that it was a great question. How dare you say that I spammed the forum. Does asking legitimate questions is spamming? Not getting the answer is a shame.

    Refrain from name-calling? When I made mistakes, I never hid. You can write my name. I apply the same rule to others. I never hide myself if I do a mistake. I am a grown up person and I never hide myself.

    Karyn Laudisi, Jürgen Schrader, Michael Kolchesky and the great Florian Frey have NEVER transmitted their candidate statement in time. NEVER. You were out of the race. What is so difficult to understand?

    The list of candidates was full and consisted of Kyle, Al Caudullo and me. The seats were full. So please, stop lying and say that it was to accommodate me that the nomination period has been extended.

    But you didn’t answer my question…

    ARE WE GOING TO GET ANOTHER FAKE ELECTION?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Statement from the Board of Directors #23245
    Luc Villeneuve
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    This is an interesting story, I knew some bits but certainly not everything.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: SXSW #23242
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Can we have an answer on this one?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Statement from the Board of Directors #23240
    Luc Villeneuve
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    OK … We are the attackers now?

    I offered you, more than once, an elegant way to leave the BoD.

    When are you going to realize that you are not the man for the situation?

    But if you think that I am actually attacking you now, wait until I publish details.

    Rest assured, I am certainly not going to use half-truths or torn-truths like what we got in the last newsletter, it is going to be the truth and all the truth.

    Why don’t you just resign.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Statement from the Board of Directors #23213
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Think agin. Has the negativity come from this BoD? Or rather from the people this board has removed (for a reason)?

    So you are saying that all that negativity comes from ONE member? I am not a negative person but I am ANGRY, looking at what you did, and what you didn’t do.

    So if you really want to put some energy into the association, help us to find a concept that meets current market demands as the message Bill Bailey has sent is pretty clear: a business model that solely embraces 360 degree DSLR photography is not sustainable. And adding a bit of 360 video these days by far is not enough.

    While I was on the BoD, I brought some new ideas. Most suggestions were thrown away without any investigation. I got the “This has been tried before”. I also got the “This will not happened” after a suggestion I did during a Member’s meeting and a huge applause. My understanding was that this guy on the stage had more power that all the members in the conference room.

    I did a survey the other day and out of 58 persons, 57 asked for a general election to start with a clean table.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Statement from the Board of Directors #23187
    Luc Villeneuve
    Luc Villeneuve
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    Yes, but we do not know the extent of the damage.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

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