10 Vancouver business events to check out in September

Aug 25 2018, 6:47 pm

Build your network with these 10 Vancouver business events happening around Vancouver in September. Vancouver Startup Week 2018, Cannabis Investors Forum, and more.

AI & Big Data: better customer engagement and smarter business decisions

  • What: Discuss and learn about the impacts of big data and artificial intelligence on eCommerce and omnichannel retailing. Featuring speakers Nancy Blair, CIO at Mountain Equipment Co-op, Milan Veverka, Partner at Keboola, and more.
  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: MEC Head Office – 1077 Great Northern Way Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, free

Growing Global – Importing Success

  • What: The objective of this meetup is to provide information and insights on the process importing. Government agencies, as well as companies, are invited to share the services available, their experience and knowledge regarding entering foreign markets and the process of importing. Featuring speakers Heather Craig, Acting Area Import Coordinator – Western Area (BC/AB/MB/SK), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mild Rungmongkonsawad, Founder and CEO, Panda Coconut Chips. Hosted by Laura Aveledo.
  • When: Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC, Suite 54 – 601 West Cordova St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Ascent in Action: A Conversation with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz



  • What: A special presentation by Rob Katz on the transformative addition of Whistler Blackcomb to Vail Resorts’ growing network of unique destinations. Learn more about Vail Resorts’ commitment to delivering the Experience of a Lifetime, and how a business model built on leadership, data and sustainability creates resiliency for communities and a competitive advantage for North America’s highest valued travel and leisure company.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Time: 11:15 am
  • Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel – Coal Harbour Ballroom 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $69-$138

SPARK Play: Humanizing the Workplace with Empathy and Compassion

  • What: SPARK Play is a quarterly interactive training session that inspires more creativity, human connection, and fun for the community of business owners, leaders and teams. In this workshop, Culture Leaders from Microsoft Canada, Lululemon, Left and RightMesh will share how their organizations create psychological safety by implementing empathy and compassionate training programs.
  • When: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 am
  • Where: The Post at 750 – 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

The Future of the Asia Pacific Economy and Trans-Pacific Trade

  • What: The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s policy expert Stewart M Patrick speaks to what the implications are or could be of the US’s non-participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, especially as China proceeds to deepen trade and economic engagement around the world through the Belt and Road Initiative and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: SFU Harbour Centre Campus – Room 1400-1410, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Business Excellence Series: Women in Business

  • What: The panel of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders will share insights into career advancement through networking and mentorship. The discussion will examine the connection between a strong network and career success; how to break into the right networks; and will offer tangible advice for women at all stages in their careers.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: The Shangri-La Hotel, Conway Room – 1128 West Georgia Street Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, $59-$69

Small Business BC – Ladner Popup

  • What: Learn the key steps in the business start-up and growth process, while learning about the support services available at every step of the way. There’s also the opportunity to book a free 15 to 20-minute consultation with a Small Business BC business advisors (subject to availability).
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Of Vancouver Delta Community Office – 5225A Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Startup Week 2018

  • What: Vancouver Startup Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends to build momentum and opportunity. Vancouver Startup Week events are not organized by one central body, but instead by dozens of amazing community partners which in turn are supported by the non-profit Vancouver Startup Society. Last year brought together more than 3,000 people at over 70 events, including tech showcases, panel discussions, office visits, networking breakfasts, and investor lunches.
  • When: Monday, September 24 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online

Cannabis Investors Forum

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  • What: Legalized recreational cannabis comes to Canada this fall, and companies and investors have been anticipating this event for some time. This Business in Vancouver Investors Forum examines the best options for those seeking a return on investment in the fast-developing industry.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Shangri-La Hotel – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59-$69

Regional Export Strategy: World Trade Centre Vancouver

  • What: World Trade Centre Vancouver unveils their signature research initiative, The Regional Export Strategy Developed in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, this unique piece of work will provide industry and government with an understanding of priority markets, sectors, and opportunities to both enhance international trade and strengthen Vancouver’s gateway.
  • When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Time: 12:15 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – East Building Meeting Rooms Parkview East 1-3 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $69-$99

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