10 Vancouver business events to check out in October

Oct 2 2017, 12:10 am

Networking, panel discussions and more. No matter how you’re growing your business or career, you need to check out our list of 10 great business events happening in Vancouver this October.

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

Volunteer Futures Symposium 2017 – World Of Opportunity

  • What: Join BC Association For Charitable Gaming and Volunteer BC for their annual training event for volunteers, non-profits and charities.The symposium features keynote addresses, workshops and sessions with opportunities to network with colleagues and volunteers from across BC.
  • When: Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5
  • Time: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel – 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $200

2017 Fastest Growing Companies Reception

  • What: Meet and mingle with some of BC’s fastest growing companies when Business in Vancouver presents the 2017 Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies Reception.
  • When: Wednesday, October 11
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where:  Telus Garden – 5th Floor – 510 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, subscribers: $85, non-subscribers: $95

Palme Bleue Small Business Awards

  • What: An evening to celebrate and recognize the success and excellence of the francophone and francophile businesses and entrepreneurs of Greater Vancouver. The 5th anniversary special edition of the Gala will highlight the past winners of the Palme Bleue awards.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Terminal City Club – 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online,

Connect to the Future: Careers in BC Cleantech

  • What: A free conference to learn more from cleantech CEOs and start-up experts. Gain insight into an industry leveraging renewable materials and energy, decreasing natural resources use, and reducing emissions and waste.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

CEO Speaker Series – Defining Moments in Leadership

  • What: In this panel session, four experienced tech CEOs will discuss some of the defining moments along their journey and the lasting impact these meaningful experiences have had on their leadership. Exclusively for CEOs and Presidents of technology companies.
  • When: October 17
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Vancouver Rogers Small Business Centre Event

  • What: Network with other small business owners, gain valuable insights and meet with trained small business specialists.
  • When: October 19
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Store – 2097 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Vancouver Aquarium’s Toast To The Coast Gala

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  • What: Sip and savour your way through the galleries of the Vancouver Aquarium as you go on a culinary journey celebrating the conservation of our oceans at Toast to the Coast. Food and beverages are included with the ticket price, and all proceeds support the Vancouver Aquarium’s research, education and direct action programs that benefit ocean conservation.
  • When: October 20
  • Time: 6 pm VIP pre-reception, 7:30 pm main gala
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $150-$1500

4th Annual Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Show

  • What: Make connections with businesses and individuals from across the region and hear from industry leaders on topics that matter to your business. This event features exhibitors and attendees from a wide variety of industries.
  • When: October 24
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver-BC Ballroom – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Business in Vancouver’s Brokers & Bankers Panel

  • What: Business in Vancouver is bringing together brokers and bankers to argue their cases on where your money belongs as an investment.
  • When: October 26
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49-$59

Art Of Leadership


  • What: The Art of Leadership brings together the most respected names in thought leadership in a place of inspirational interaction. The conference is built around the stories, ideas, discoveries and collaborative moments that drive achievement. The 47th US Vice President Joe Biden headlines alongside Canadian anchor and author Amanda Lang, author and Executive Creative Director formerly with Cirque du Soleil Welby Altidor, and New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Tasha Eurich and Vince Molinaro.
  • When: October 26
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $499-$1249 plus gst

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