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Monday, September 26
 

11:00 PDT

HR for Startups
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.


At some point, you will have questions that impact you and your people.

This interactive session by Amui -- which provides start-ups with on-demand access to HR knowledge -- introduces the HR checklist you need to know about to minimize risk and help you make better decisions. Q&A will follow the presentation. 

Capacity: 25 people

WHY ATTEND: Learn how to make the right decisions about people in your company.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Guld

Allison Guld

COO/co-founder, Amui.co
Amui is a new way to deliver HR that answers the most basic questions all the way through to strategic workforce solutions. We believe there is a need to minimize risk and to provide access to knowledge so everyone makes better decisions.You can ask questions anytime which eliminates... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Lyster

Stephanie Lyster

CEO/co-founder, Amui.co
Stephanie has experience identifying and implementing strategic HR solutions including workforce planning, performance management, recruitment and change management. Her background in building people infrastructure for high growth companies cemented her belief that HR should not be... Read More →

Event Partners
avatar for Amui.co

Amui.co

Amui.co


Monday September 26, 2016 11:00 - 12:30 PDT
The Profile

13:30 PDT

LexTech West
Entrance to LexTech West is free for Vancouver Startup Week passholders who register using code "lextechwestvswpass". Please be sure to show your VSW pass at the door.


McCarthy Tétrault
 and the MaRS LegalX cluster have partnered to create #LexTechWest, a half-day conference that will convene entrepreneurs, lawyers and investors to explore and better understand the changing legal industry in Vancouver and across Canada.


The emergence of new technology is continuing to revolutionize how lawyers practice and how people access legal services. As entrepreneurship in the legal space continues to proliferate, a series of new challenges are beginning to emerge. From dynamic market needs to the rise of alternative providers, this event will explore how entrepreneurs and lawyers are navigating these new realities. 



Monday September 26, 2016 13:30 - 16:30 PDT
McCarthy Tetrault Offices
 
Tuesday, September 27
 

08:30 PDT

Know When to Pivot: Evolutions in a Shifting Market from a Retailer & Investor Perspective
Gain insight on how retailers like The Source and Frank & Oak — a portfolio company of Canadian venture capital firm Campfire Capital — have undergone major pivots and the challenges and opportunities they were faced with in the process.

This panel session will delve deeper into how early-stage companies have pivoted and evolved in their adoption of new business models, particularly in the case of Frank & Oak as it expands in real-time into new markets. These panelists will explore how more mature companies in the retail market, such as The Source, have innovated and evolved to attract new consumers. Know When to Pivot will explore business challenges, transformations, and innovations involved in the pivot process for both early-stage brands and mature, established corporations.

Capacity: 60 people

WHY ATTEND: Nearly every successful tech company has pivoted at some point in its existence. Come learn how to navigate one of the toughest decisions startups have to make.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Craig

Ron Craig

VP of Marketing and Business Development, The Source
Ron Craig is the VP of Marketing and Business Development at The Source. A senior marketing and multi-unit operations executive, Ron has 20 years of experience covering food-service, retail, business to business, e-commerce, gaming & entertainment, not for profit, and automotive service sectors. He is a fact-based decision maker with a track record of... Read More →
avatar for Richard Dirstein

Richard Dirstein

EVP Design and Innovation, Shikatani Lacroix
Richard leads the Shikatani Lacroix creative vision and produces results that flawlessly integrate with all aspects of a client’s business and design strategy. With over 21 years of industry experience, Richard provides our clients with strategic creative, effective and efficient design solutions for corporate... Read More →
avatar for Manica Gautam

Manica Gautam

Partner, Campfire Capital
Manica co-leads Campfire Capital, where actively she sources, investigates and conducts due diligence on investment opportunities in the early-stage consumer & retail industry.  She is also responsible for leading the firm’s overall fundraising initiatives and LP relations.  Prior... Read More →

Event Partners
avatar for Canadian Venture Capital Association

Canadian Venture Capital Association

Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association



Tuesday September 27, 2016 08:30 - 10:00 PDT
CodeCore

11:00 PDT

Prenups for Startups
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.


Frank discussions about tough issues are essential when negotiating the structure of founding teams so everyone is happy, motivated, and feels appropriately rewarded.

This engaging hands-on workshop will cover approaches to choosing a co-founder, agreeing upon co-founders’ roles and responsibilities, equity splits, and vesting, as well as departure of a founder from the team.

Capacity: 25 people

WHY ATTEND: Very few startups keep all their founders. Learn to navigate the rocky waters of founders fighting.

Speakers
avatar for Janine Thomas

Janine Thomas

Lawyer and Mediator, Janine Thomas Mediation
As a practising business lawyer for over three decades, Janine L. Thomas has successfully resolved disputes and contentious situations including: Disputes between business founders Shareholder disputes Partnership disputes Breach of contract, including unauthorized duplication... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00 - 12:00 PDT
The Profile

15:00 PDT

Workshops at Two Tall Totems

Meet our designers and developers, network, and chat about bleeding edge tech.  We have 3 workshops happening throughout the afternoon, come check them all out!

1. Three Cups of Chai: Extending Your Professional Network (30 mins)
- Our President Chris shares his tricks for growing your network in an fun, easy, time-efficient way.  Best for those starting out in the industry, or want to meet new people with a lasting impression.

2. Software Development: From Concept To Release (30 mins)
David Hobbs & José Antonio Hernández
- VP Operations David H and Business Manager Jose explains the journey of software development, from scribbles to code to the final launch.  Great for the curious, and the entrepreneur with The Big Idea.

3. Do’s & Don'ts of Software Development Design (30 mins)
Josephine Wong & David Drucker
- Our VP Design Josephine and UX Designer David D leads a conversation on what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to designing aspects of mobile applications.  See examples of apps that have the IT factor… and apps that don’t.  Perfect for designers and those of us who want beautiful (but functional) apps!

Capacity: 75

WHY ATTEND:

Here’s your chance to start a conversation with experts in mobile development.  Find out why Two Tall Totems is so keen on supporting the startup community.  Bonus: Join in a nerf gun battle and quench your thirst with the onsite kegerator


Speakers
avatar for Chris Hobbs

Chris Hobbs

President, Two Tall Totems
President of Two Tall Totems, a premium software team designing and developing mobile apps, complex websites, and enterprise software.

Event Partners

Tuesday September 27, 2016 15:00 - 17:00 PDT
Two Tall Totems

17:30 PDT

Workshop: Intro to Instagram Marketing
In this workshop, we'll be discussing what Instagram marketing is and how you can use it to engage with your customers, drive traffic to your website or business, and get sales.

You will learn about best practices and latest trends, dive into real-life examples, learn about the tools you need to stand out from the competition, and much more.

This workshop is ideal for both small and large business owners, community managers, social media specialists, communications professionals, consultants, and anyone looking to build their personal brand.

Tickets may be purchased individually for this event (use the code, "VSW100"): REGISTER HERE
(All Vancouver Startup Week passholders receive complimentary access) 

Capacity: 60 people

WHY ATTEND: Learn to harness the power of one of the most widely-used social media platforms.

Speakers
avatar for Conner Galway

Conner Galway

Director, Junction Creative Solutions
Conner Galway started at CapU business school, entered the corporate world and returned just a few years later, this time at the front of the room teaching digital marketing.

Event Partners

Tuesday September 27, 2016 17:30 - 19:30 PDT
Brainstation
 
Wednesday, September 28
 

11:00 PDT

Importance of Goal Setting (OKRs) for Your Startup
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) is a goal setting methodology used by such innovative companies as Google and LinkedIn. CEOs and leaders have found this methodology very beneficial by highlighting priorities on a quarterly basis, but more importantly, by helping create a strong alignment from team members all the way up to the company level.

This workshop will give you a background on OKRs, how to implement the methodology within your organization, and the benefits of having such a strong and reliable process.

Capacity: 50 people

WHY ATTEND: Learn the power of a practical tool that will pay dividends to your startup's operation.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Pat Fong

Wendy Pat Fong

Director, Talent & Operations, 7Geese
Bio coming soon!

Event Partners

Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00 - 12:00 PDT
7Geese

14:00 PDT

Top 4 Employment Law Issues for Startups
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

Erin Brandt, lawyer with Kent Employment Law, will discuss the following topics for an in-depth one hour discussion followed by a Q&A session:
  1. The legal distinction between an employee and an independent contractor
  2. Best practices for employment contracts
  3. Overtime minimum requirements
  4. Dismissing employees — how to calculate severance pay
Capacity: 12 people

WHY ATTEND:
Many startups take an ad-hoc approach to HR issues. Come learn how to get yourself out of trouble -- or better yet, from getting into trouble in the first place.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Brandt

Erin Brandt

Erin practices in the areas of employment and human rights law for Kent Employment Law, advising both employees and employers. She has appeared at both the British Columbia Supreme Court and Provincial Court (Small Claims), and has also participated in proceedings at the Employment Standards Branch and Human Rights Tribunal, as well as before various other regulatory... Read More →

Event Partners

Wednesday September 28, 2016 14:00 - 15:30 PDT
The Profile

17:00 PDT

Small Talks: How Space Can Help Foster a Great Company Culture
Company culture happens, whether you have two employees or a thousand. Engaged companies make intentional, strategic commitments to create a great company culture.

Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from successful Vancouver companies on how the design of space can potentially help foster great company culture.

5:00-6:00 - Networking
6:00-7:00 - Panel Discussion

CAPACITY: 100

WHY ATTEND: Learn what makes company culture great? Check out the video here

Moderators
avatar for Julie Campbell

Julie Campbell

Principal, SSDG Interiors
Creating space that promotes culture - Office design.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Enros

Kathy Enros

Vice President, Talent, ACL
Kathy Enros, Vice President, Talent, brings more than 20 years of human resources experience in the software, consulting, alcohol beverage, and retail industries. Most recently, Kathy was the senior vice president at Vision Critical for more than eight years. In this role, she was... Read More →
avatar for Alysia MacInnes

Alysia MacInnes

People Team Lead, A Thinking Ape
Alysia is the People Team Lead at A Thinking Ape, a Vancouver startup that builds strong social games for both Android and iOS. They have four live titles and one currently in development. At its core A Thinking Ape is about creating communities and it's own internal community has... Read More →
avatar for Ben West

Ben West

Co-founder, EventBase & Intergalactic Agency
Ben West is the co-founder of the companies Eventbase and Intergalactic Agency which maintain offices in Vancouver, Canada, and London, UK. Eventbase creates mobile apps for some of the world’s biggest events and brands including the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, London 2012 Olympics... Read More →

Event Partners

Wednesday September 28, 2016 17:00 - 19:00 PDT
ACL
 
Thursday, September 29
 

11:00 PDT

What can EDUcation do for you? Accessing Start-up Resources in University/Colleges

How can educational institutions and universities create innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities? What are some of the methods, programs, and best practices that allow universities to interface with the fast-paced world of startups? 

This panel will spark a conversation on how entrepreneurs, researchers, educators can all work together to build and catalyze ideas in the startup ecosystem.


Speakers
avatar for Kate Armstrong

Kate Armstrong

Director, Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Kate Armstrong is the Director of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a research lab that builds projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building. In 2013 she founded Design for Startups, which works with... Read More →
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Jerome Etwaroo

Associate Director, Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre, UVic
avatar for Ian Hand

Ian Hand

Executive Director, SFU VentureLabs
Executive Director, VentureLabs®, SFU
avatar for James McCartney

James McCartney

Makerspace Manager, BCIT
Applied Research Liaison Office, BCIT
avatar for Janice OBriain

Janice OBriain

Director, SFU's Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection
Associate Director, Venture Connection, SFU
avatar for Blair Simonite

Blair Simonite

entrepreneurship@UBC
Director, entrepreneurship@UBC


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00 - 13:00 PDT
VentureLabs®

13:00 PDT

HR for Startups
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

Amui provides start-ups with on-demand access to HR knowledge.

At some point, you will have questions that impact you and your people. Our interactive session introduces the HR checklist you need to know about to minimize risk and help you make better decisions. Q&A will follow the presentation.  

Capacity: 25 people

WHY ATTEND: 

Speakers
avatar for Allison Guld

Allison Guld

COO/co-founder, Amui.co
Amui is a new way to deliver HR that answers the most basic questions all the way through to strategic workforce solutions. We believe there is a need to minimize risk and to provide access to knowledge so everyone makes better decisions.You can ask questions anytime which eliminates... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Lyster

Stephanie Lyster

CEO/co-founder, Amui.co
Stephanie has experience identifying and implementing strategic HR solutions including workforce planning, performance management, recruitment and change management. Her background in building people infrastructure for high growth companies cemented her belief that HR should not be... Read More →

Event Partners
avatar for Amui.co

Amui.co

Amui.co


Thursday September 29, 2016 13:00 - 14:00 PDT
The Profile
 
Friday, September 30
 

10:00 PDT

Am I Crazy? Confessions of A Psychologist & Entrepreneur

One in five people experience mental illness. The rate is much higher for entrepreneurs with big dreams. Dr. Andrew Miki founded Starling Minds to build an online mental health program for employees to increase their resilience to stress and productivity. Little did he know that life as an aspiring entrepreneur would come with periods of overwhelming stress and sleepless nights. Andrew will share his experiences, thoughts on what makes entrepreneurs vulnerable to burnout, and how prevention can keep you moving towards your dreams.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Andrew Miki

Dr. Andrew Miki

Starling Minds


Friday September 30, 2016 10:00 - 11:00 PDT
BC Tech Innovation Hub