10 Vancouver business events to check out in April

Mar 29 2017, 8:16 pm

Springtime is a great time to expand your connections. Get networking with our checklist of Vancouver business events to check out this April.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section and business section.

BCAMA VISION Conference 2017


  • What: This one day conference is dedicated to the science and art of marketing innovation and offers attendees the opportunity to learn through an interactive, thought leadership approach. Featuring fresh insights, networking, compelling content, and a lineup of talented speakers.
  • When: April 4 from 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: The Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Tickets start at $380, available online via BCAMA

Change in the Making Conference


  • What: Join hundreds of professionals and business owners at Western Canada’s biggest Marketing and PR event – The Change in the Making Conference (CIMC). This is your opportunity to learn from industry leaders and horn in on practical digital marketing skills and trends while building lasting connections within the industry.
  • When: April 5 and 6 from 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
  • Price: Online, $349.00 – $898.85

The Vancouver Franchise Expo

  • What: Face-to-face discussions with North America’s hottest franchises, plus proven part-time business opportunities. Must attend seminars for aspiring business owners and countless opportunities to make a big, bold change.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 to 9 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $8 (2 for 1)

Vancouver Real Estate Forum

  • What: The largest annual conference on real estate investment and management in the region. Vancouver Real Estate Forum will deliver a fast-paced, information-packed program focusing on key issues and challenges facing real estate investors, developers, asset managers, brokers and other professionals active in every facet of commercial, industrial, residential and investment real estate.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • When: April 11 from 8 am to 5:30 pm
  • Register: Online, $465-$555

CEO Breakfast with David Labistour of Mountain Equipment Co-op

  • What: Join the UBC Sauder Club of Vancouver for an exclusive CEO Breakfast with the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), David Labistour, to hear about his journey to running one of Canada’s top outdoor retail businesses.
  • Where: YWCA Metro Vancouver, Welch Room 1, 4th Floor – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 from 7:15 to 8:45 am
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Leadership Series: Achieving Sustainable Growth with Earls Restaurant

  • What: Guests will hear from Mic Minhas, CFO at Fuller Family, which founded and still owns the Earls Restaurant chain. Earls has now grown to 62 restaurants and remains a private, family-owned business. Enjoy some delicious food and drinks from Earls and learn how the company stays competitive in Canada’s bustling restaurant market.
  • Where: Earls Yaletown Loft – 1095 Mainland St, Vancouver
  • When: April 18 at 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free for CYP Members, Non-Members: $50 +GST. This event is limited to Members of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals program and guests aged 35 and under.

Working With The Tech Start-Up

  • What: Legal counsel, in-house counsel, and tech industry experts will join forces at this program to discuss the key legal issues that the tech industry faces, giving the tech and legal industries a window into each other’s worlds to facilitate more successful working relationships.
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $350-$640

President Trump: The First 100 Days

Trudeau, Trump, speech to Congress

The White House/YouTube

  • What: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade dives into the first 100 days of the new US presidency, and discuss what the next four, or more, years could mean for Canada-U.S. relations, key BC industries, and your business.
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 24 at 11:30 am
  • Tickets: Online, $99 to $149

Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Business

  • What: Just because you know what social media is, does not mean that you necessarily understand how to use it to grow and develop your business. This workshop focuses on understanding social media, what is it and how it’s connecting people. Presented by Mhairi Petrovic of Out-Smarts Marketing Inc.
  • Where: Small Business BC – 601 W Cordova St
  • When: April 24 from 1 to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39

How to find a more meaningful and purposeful career

  • What: Join Vancouver Young Leaders to learn what your true calling is, how to find a job that aligns with your values, and how to interview for it and get hired.
  • Where: The AMP – 23 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 27 from 7 to 10 pm
  • Register: Online, Free

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