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Vancouver Enterprise Forum
Time Centre, SFU Harbour Centre
7337 – 515 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Telephone: 778-782-7991
Email: admin@vef.org

Our Vision and Mission

VEF Vision: To be the premier networking event in Vancouver for technology entrepreneurs.

VEF Mission: To bring sponsors, speakers, members and partners together in a fun, relevant and vibrant event each month, designed to stimulate ideas, conversations and connections.

In Brief

Established in 1988, the Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs in Greater Vancouver.  VEF strives to create and catalyze collaborations, supporting technology entrepreneurs with the tools and mentorship they need to successfully launch and grown their enterprise.  VEF seeks to expand the involvement of academic supporters and industrial partners at its events, so that the knowledge and innovation we cultivate in our post-secondary communities can pollinate industry and further propel British Columbia's technology forward.

Eight events are held each year – usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month from September through May. Many of our events sell out with an average of 200-250 attendees per event.  Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, mangement talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

Our yearly events schedule aims to bring you quality events with great speakers.  Monthly topics include:
September - Angel Investment
October - Cloud Computing 
November - Wearable Tech
January - Mergers & Aquisitions
February - Event in Collaboration with NSERC
March - Cleantech
April - Digital Media
May - New Technologies
 
Our events platform of choice: Picatic will be updated as information on speakers and event content is established.
 

VEF has approximately 2000 members and subscribers to event marketing communications along with a social media following of 4,000+.  As a not-for-profit B.C. Society, VEF is supported by its sponsors, members, volunteers, and by event attendees.

For more information on VEF or to volunteer contact VEF Manager. The VEF Manager contracts to VEF on a part-time basis.

 

Board of Directors

Tim Swanson (Past Chair)

Corporate Recruiters Ltd.

Tim Swanson is Executive Recruiter at Corporate Recruiters Ltd. He has been working with Mulitnational Fortune 50 companies as well as emerging start-up companies to commercialize their products.

Keith Spencer (Secretary)

Fasken Martineau

Keith is a partner with the Technology and Intellectual Property Group and chairs the Vancouver office's Securities and Technology Business Unit. Keith's clients range from start-up to multi-national technology & telecom companies.

Dave Thomas

Rocket Builders

Dave is an executive, business consultant and advisor for a number of technology companies and manages the Rocket Builders 'Market Readiness Program'.

Ian Heine (Treasurer)

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ian is a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is the National Tax Leader for PwC's Technology Practise. Ian provides tax consulting 

services for technology focused organizations that...

Amy Rae

Vanedge Capital

Amy is is a Principal at Vanedge Capital, a new venture capital fund focused on investments in interactive entertainment and digital media businesses.

Brent Holliday

Garibaldi Capital Advisors

Brent is Founder & CEO at Garibaldi Capital Advisors, a mid-market M&A and capital raising advisory services firm focused solely on the Canadian technology market.

Divesh Sisodraker

ScribbleLive

Divesh is Executive Vice President Corporate Development at ScribbleLive.

Matthew Carlson (Chair)

Colliers International

Matthew is Vice President at Colliers International, Vancouver's top commercial real estate firm, and has a long standing history supporting entreprenuership and the technology sector. 

Milun Tesovic

MetroLeap Media

Milun is Co-Founder & CTO at MetroLeap Media Inc., CTO for MetroLyrics at CBS Interactive Media Group. He is also on the Advisory Board and Partner at Thomas Franchise Solutions and supports the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

Rolf Dekleer

Growthworks Capital Partners

Rolf Dekleer has eighteen years of operating experience with technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Schlumberger. He has extensive experience in product management and business development, including 10 years with...

Sean Elbe (Chair)

Vancouver Economic Commission

Sean is the Sector Development Manager, Technology at the Vancouver Economic Commission.

Syed Hasan

Responsetek

As the President & CEO of ResponseTek, Syed is a proven leader with a wealth of experience in managing success. Prior to founding ResponseTek, Syed spent over 7 years as an international corporate strategy and e-commerce consultant. Syed was head of the e-commerce strategy group for...

Operations Committee