Where we’ll be: Vancouver Startup Week

Check out our four VTJ-presented events, plus one bonus evening.

Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) kicks off this Friday, June 2, and we’ve been promised that it’s coming back with a bang. In-person for the first time since 2019, the event brings together thousands in the Vancouver tech community for a full week of panel discussions, fireside chats, workshops, showcases, and networking, all held at different venues around the city.

And where can you find us, you ask? Check out these four VTJ-presented events (plus one more):

Carbon reduction: The Broad Spectrum of Solutions

Kick off the week learning about Vancouver’s place in the carbon reduction landscape and what we can expect in the future. This isn’t a VTJ-hosted event, but it’s moderated by our talented staff writer, Allison Gacad.

When: Friday, June 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: e@UBC at Robson Square (Room 1900, 800 Robson Street)


  • Nicolas Pocard, vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships, Ballard Power Systems

  • Laura Guzman, vice president of partnerships, Hydra Energy

  • Rohan Kulkarni, CEO, Rohe Homes

  • Sasan Pasha, CEO and founder, Senso Drive Technology

  • Moderated by Allison Gacad, junior staff writer, Vancouver Tech Journal

VTJ x Frontier Collective | Why Your Co-foundership Should Be in the Spotlight

The biggest threat to new ventures doesn’t come from a lack of capital, supply chain issues, or anything outside the company. Instead, problems are a little closer to home, with sixty-two percent of businesses failing due to conflicts on the founding team. Join us to learn how you can mitigate co-founder friction and build a stable business relationship.

When: Monday, June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: BCIT Tech Collider (555 Seymour Street)


  • Tanis Jorge, co-founder of Trulioo and founder of The Founders Hub

  • William Johnson, founder of Vancouver Tech Journal

Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee, hosted by Switchboard

A special Vancouver Startup Week edition of our weekly morning coffee series.

When: Tuesday, June 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Where: The Switchboard office (Suite 800, 1040 West Georgia Street)

Who: The Vancouver tech community

VTJ x CTO.ai | AI and The End of Work As We Know It

Sit in on a conversation with local founders as they explore how AI is reshaping the digital landscape, from coding new products and automating tasks to enhancing decision-making processes. Is the future of work no work at all? Are engineers going to be obsolete? What are the evolving skill sets, opportunities, and challenges that people and businesses must understand in the new AI-driven era?

When: Wednesday, June 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: BCIT Tech Collider (555 Seymour Street)


  • Kyle Campbell, CEO of CTO.ai

  • Red Robinson, Lead Product Manager, AI

  • Sophie Berger, co-founder and CTO, Zeeno

  • Moderated by: William Johnson, founder of Vancouver Tech Journal

VTJ x Toast | Breaking Barriers: How Female Founders are Excelling

Join an engaging discussion on the unique challenges and opportunities facing female founders. Our panel of successful female entrepreneurs will share their insights and experiences, highlighting the ways in which women are breaking down barriers and driving innovation in the startup world.

When: Thursday, June 8 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: BCIT Tech Collider (555 Seymour Street)


  • Jamie Samhan, founder and CEO, Hop Wellness

  • Hannah Todd, co-founder, Londre Bodywear

  • Selene Dior, founder and CEO, Vitae Apparel

  • Oyeta Kokoroko, founder and CEO, Okoko Cosmetiques

  • Moderated by: Vivian Liu, founder, Making Auto Easy

If you still don’t have your ticket to Vancouver Startup Week, you’ll want to get yours now. Fear not – you can still get 20 percent off using the code VSWxVTJ20.

We’ll see you there.

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