The failure of Canadian policy

Plus, jobs at Slack, Google, and Electronic Arts

👋 Welcome back to VTJ’s Midweek Memo: your weekly digest of the city’s top tech events, personnel moves, job openings, and industry opportunities.

A quick note for you! We’re putting our weekly Morning Coffee meetups on pause as the community slows down for the summer. We hope to see you at our monthly WeWork morning coffees and our other community events.


🗓️ Thursday, June 27 | 🎟️ Buy tickets

🗓️ Thursday, June 27 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • Connect with local entrepreneurs and investors at Startup TNT’s weekly happy hour events in Vancouver.

  • Join every Thursday to meet a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals and engage in conversations about latest trends and strategies.


Exploring Canada's Blue Economy

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🗓️ Saturday, June 29 | 🎟️ Buy tickets

  • This business event features four floors of music, art, and entertainment across eight rooms, hosting over 1,000 attendees at the Vancouver Club.

  • Internet Masterminds takes over the Georgian Room to provide an exclusive premier lounge for our community. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere with music, casual conversations, and complimentary food sponsored by Nook Coworking.

  • What to expect:

    • Exhibition of some of the most iconic masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Art by the likes of Kiarash TK, Shwill, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Mr. Brainwash and Andy Warhol

    • Immersive Cocktail Stations designed to pair with each art collection

    • 24 DJs spinning music all night long across five stages of music

    • 1,000+ quality attendees including celebrated creatives, entrepreneurs, and influential professionals in Vancouver

    • Dress Code: Formal gala attire, no jeans, hoodies, puffy jackets, or graphic tees

  • VTJ readers can register for 15% off with the code “VTJcode”

🗓️ Wednesday, July 3 | 🎟️ Buy tickets at 50% off for VTJ readers

  • A conversation with Josh O'Kane, a business reporter with The Globe & Mail, Canada's largest national newspaper.

  • In 2017, a Google affiliate called Sidewalk Labs waltzed into Toronto with plans to reimagine urban planning “from the Internet up,” promising a utopia that would begin on 12 acres of brownfield land on Lake Ontario.

  • What happened instead was a two-and-a-half-year battle over the future of cities and their development, data regulation, and the power of the private sector in the public realm.

  • In this session, Josh O’Kane, author of the best-selling book Sideways: The City Google Couldn’t Buy, will unpack how Sidewalk struggled to translate its idealism into reality and the role of Canadian policy in that failure.

  • In a fireside chat, Josh will also reveal why the giants of Silicon Valley see cities as their next major frontier and what this means for the City of Vancouver as it continues to attract new tech investors.


Navigating Fintech's Regulatory Maze with Ease

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🗓️ Tuesday, July 9 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • You’re invited to join us every Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. - 10:00am to connect with the Vancouver tech community in an informal atmosphere.

  • Discover a new career, find your next co-founder, or learn something new – do it all at one of our upcoming coffee meetups.

🗓️ Tuesday, July 9 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • Do you work from home but miss the camaraderie of the watercooler? Join your local tech community for a free co-working day at WeWork!

  • ​On the first Tuesday of every month, Vancouver Tech Journal is taking over a large office at WeWork Main Street to provide a space for you to connect, share ideas, or just work in companionable silence.

🗓️ Wednesday, July 17 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • Trying something new for ECOMsquare’s monthly events. Introducing the new series ECOMsquare Flash Talks - an opportunity to hear and connect with ecommerce leaders in Vancouver. A space to share any insights and resources that could be helpful for other fellow ecommerce founders/owners, service providers, professionals and students interested in this field.

  • The events feature 2-3 industry experts/thought leaders that take the "stage", each armed with 5-10 minutes to share their game-changing strategies, trends, and secrets for ecommerce success. After each talk, you'll have 10 minutes to dive deeper into the topic with the speakers during the Q&A session.


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