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Apply to the CIX TOP 20

July 28th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

The Canadian Innovation Exchange is looking for the nation’s Top 20 hottest innovative
companies! All technology companies across Canada are invited to enter. The CIX Top 20
is chosen based on excellence in innovation, growth potential, competitive advantage
and strength of business model. Does your company have what it takes?
Enter the CIX Top 20 program!

CEOs and Founders of selected CIX Top 20 companies will receive the opportunity to engage
over 600 investors and peers at the 2015 Canadian Innovation Exchange. Network with
potential partners and investors, receive mentorship, and grow your business with this
chance in being listed in the CIX Hall of Fame.

No fee to apply. Deadline for entries for the CIX Top 20 is Friday, September 25, 2015
Click here to apply

6th annual NVBC Golf Tournament recap

July 14th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

This year’s NVBC Golf Tournament took place at Pagoda Ridge Golf Course in Langley.

After a bumpy first hole, the team of Fasken Martineau dominated the annual NVBC golf tournament, with seven birdies in the back nine. Kris Hartvigsen of Dooly Noted won longest drive, and David Goldsmith was closest to the pin.

With many prizes and lots of sunshine, fun was had all around.

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Board of Directors 2015-2016

July 14th, 2015 by Chris Maloney

We are pleased to announce our new board of directors, for 2015-2016:

  • Bob de Wit, CEO, Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association
  • Todd Farrell, President, entrepreneurship@UBC
  • Blaize Horner Reich, Dean, SFU Beedie School of Business
  • Steven Lukas, Partner, Fasken Martineau
  • Richard Mockett, Partner, Ernst & Young Vancouver
  • J. Brock Smith, Professor, Winspear Scholar, Peter B Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Wal van Lierop, President and CEO, Chrysalix Energy
  • Michael Volker, President, Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund (WUTIF), & President, GreenAngel Energy Corp.

We would like to thank our outgoing directors for their time and dedication:

  • Kip Morison, Chief Technology Officer, BC Hydro
  • Richard Sawchuk, Director, Ministry of International Trade
  • Daniel Shapiro, Professor, SFU Beedie School of Business

We’re hiring!

July 7th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

New Ventures BC is looking for a new Program Coordinator

Start date: August 17, 2015
Hours: 32 hours/week
Contract: One year, renewable (subject to funding)

The Job:

  • Manage all communications materials, including but not limited to:
  • All NVBC social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc)
  • The NVBC Blog and Website
  • The NVBC bi-weekly Newsletter
  • Help plan and execute program-related events, mentor sessions, intake panels, and other special projects.
  • Manage numerous NVBC programs, and partner programs.
  • Market our program to potential clients and customers.
  • Attend community events to help promote and showcase NVBC within the BC tech community.
  • Assist NVBC Program Manager Angie Schick with administrative tasks and projects.
  • Junior/Intermediate position with opportunity for experience and growth


  • Friendly, outgoing, and comfortable being the “face of NVBC” at community events.
  • Very social media proficient (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hootsuite, Slack, etc)
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite. Mac and PC. Can troubleshoot most tech.
  • Experience with event organization.
  • Minimum one year work experience
  • Extremely organized, with the ability to manage multiple projects at any given time.
  • Project driven. Flexible schedule, but not afraid to work more than 9-5 when necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Have an existing knowledge of the Vancouver Startup scene.
  • Self-directed, with excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Creative and innovative, always looking to move NVBC forward.

Please send your CV, cover letter, and expected hourly salary expectations to, no later than July 23rd, at 5pm.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Feel free to share this job posting with your community! 

Applications now open for Skyrocket’s annual Brand Prize contest!

July 7th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Submission for the 2015 Brand Prize opens on July 6. Sign up to stay tuned. See the 2014 Brand Prize winner.

Skyrocket is giving you the opportunity to win a visual identity and branding system.

What’s the process? Answer four simple questions on the Brand Prize website and you’re in. The contest is open for submissions until August 20th.

Find out more here