10 Vancouver business events to check out in May

Apr 23 2018, 4:45 pm

Get connected this month. From VISION Conference 2018 to Codeday, here is our checklist of Vancouver business events in the city this May.

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

#YVRSocial – Spotlight On Video

  • What: An expert panel, moderated by Senior Marketing Strategist and Instructor Wahiba Chair, will shed light on how brands are using different types of video to drive results across all stages of the customer journey. The event will also discuss pre and post-production steps, the decision making process, and the metrics to look for in a video campaign.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Unbounce – 400-401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

So you want to be an Entrepreneur

  • What: This workshop explores the characteristics of entrepreneurs and analyzes participants potential to consider small business ownership as a viable career option. Free and open to all, but space is limited.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch – 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
  • Register: Online, by phone at 604-436-5400, or in person. Free

Business Mapping – Vancity Special Edition

  • What: This introductory seminar focuses on strategies to plan, key areas of a successful business, and financing options. Presented By: Dylan Hrycyshen, Small Business BC and a representative of Vancity.
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Waterfront Station, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $59

VISION Conference 2018


  • What: Whether you’re a marketer or an entrepreneur, this year’s VISION Conference will give you the space to consider what drives you, your organization, and your audience. By attending this immersive event, you’ll get to hear directly from the internationally-known, London-based marketing thought-leader Rory Sutherland. Sutherland, VISION’s keynote speaker, is the vice chair of Ogilvy & Mather Group and a popular TED Talks speaker with millions of online views.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm. Post-conference reception 5 to 6 pm
  • Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $125 – $495 – available via Eventbrite

Vancouver Design Week Open Studio

  • What: RED Academy presents interactive workshops where you can put yourself in the driver’s seat of the design process. They will be running activities on UX/UI (user experience/user interface), throughout the day, so pop in and out to get a taste of what RED has to offer.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: RED Academy -#200 1490 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

#BCTech Summit

  • What: The third annual #BCTECHSummit, hosted by the Government of British Columbia and BCIC, will take place May 14-16, 2018. The Summit will showcase BC’s vibrant technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the ways technology is fueling growth and innovation across all industries at an unprecedented rate. Connect with customers, investors, partners and talent who can accelerate the growth of your business.
  • When: Monday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Mining Our Future

  • What: Bryan Cox, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia, will speak about what is needed to ensure the B.C. mining industry is globally competitive and well-positioned to continue providing significant economic and social contributions and, importantly, creating the mining jobs of tomorrow.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Meeting Rooms 301-305 – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence

  • What: Every two years, Business in Vancouver seeks out the top projects in commercial real estate. The awards recognize quality and performance, innovation and creativity, teamwork and collaboration, as well as community and environmental awareness.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:15 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: The Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Annual Address by Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore

  • What: Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore outlines the role that Metro Vancouver plays in enhancing economic prosperity, embracing cultural vitality and social justice, and preserving a healthy natural environment in the Metro Vancouver region.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Pacific Ballroom – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

CodeDay Vancouver

Image: CodeDay

  • What: CodeDay is a worldwide event where programmers come together to build apps and games for 24 straight hours. The event is open to not just student programmers, but individuals of any other background and skill level. Complete rookies, seasoned veterans, HTML, C++, CodeDay is open to all. Because the event runs overnight, participants will have the option to sleep over at the venue or, more realistically, code through the night.
  • When: Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm the following day.
  • Where: Location to be announced
  • Tickets: Online, prices to be announced.

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