August People & Culture Events Calendar


TechVancouver August Edition

TechVancouver helps the city’s technologists expand their knowledge and network in the community.  Every month a set of highly curated leaders & innovators come together to share their expertise & experiences through panels and presentations.

TOPIC: The Vancouver Fintech Landscape


Henrique Dubugras, Founder & Co-CEO of Brex

Alex Norman, AngelList Canadian partner and active angel


BC Tech: Educational Series - Best Practices for Inclusive Hiring in Tech

There is a shortage of tech talent in BC. To tackle this pressing issue, one of the solutions for employers is diversifying their talent pool, which is proving to have real substantial, quantifiable financial benefits. The challenge is eliminating unintended barriers to reach and engage diverse talent effectively throughout the hiring process.

At this workshop, the audience will learn to do just that, starting with the job posting through to the interview and assessment processes. This session is for those in HR and People & Culture teams, or anyone who is interested in learning more about inclusive hiring.

About Carol Simpson

Carol Simpson is a tech professional holding technical to executive positions during her career. Her passion is normalizing neurodiversity in the workplace. Her clientele include SAP, Microsoft, Vancity, and ICBC.

About Focus Professional Services

Focus Professional Services is a tech talent provider, specializing in persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). From our candidate pool, you can contract the talent you require for specific periods of time or hire permanently. Many of our clients, if they are new to neurodiversity, choose to contract talent initially.


#BridgingTheGap Forums Youth Innovation Mastermind

The BridgingTheGap Youth Innovation Mastermind, organized by Lovell Corporation, brings together executive mentors with emerging talent aged 18-35 looking to build their career, scale a venture and/or pursue innovation. We strive to ensure the voices of future leaders are present, which includes those from marginalized and minority groups—such as youth from low-income areas, Indigenous, rural areas and women—who may currently face barriers but hold potential to actively contribute to society when given the chance to be heard, share their ideas and develop their skills.

The event is part of a cross-country tour meant to solicit ideas and solutions for the Government of Canada's National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Interactive thematic roundtable discussions will help them develop action plans for community challenges (i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)) and they’ll leave with the tools to take action.

Are you an experienced professional? We invite you to participate in this event as an executive mentor to share your insights and expertise with young people during the roundtable discussions.

Executive Forum

The BridgingTheGap Executive Forum will be taking place before the Youth Innovation Mastermind (3:00 - 6:00 PM) and is an industry training and networking event best suited for business owners, HR and management professionals, innovation firms and local investors. Programming focuses on helping attendees bridge opportunity gaps in the workplace to reduce inequalities, adapt to digital transformation, and recruit and retain the next generation of talent. Any executives interested in attending the Executive Forum can find more information here:

Event Host

Kelly Lovell, president and CEO of Lovell Corporation. A 16-time award-winning entrepreneur, Kelly Lovell is “BridgingTheGap” to prepare young people for the future of jobs and harness their passions to solve global challenges. Her global youth networks reach young leaders in 100 countries and her leadership impact has been recognized by distinguished leaders including the 72nd President of the United Nations’ General Assembly, the Queen of England, former heads of state and representatives of the G7, G20 and the High-Level Political Forum.

Lovell is also a three-time TEDx speaker, director of youth-led innovation for the United Nations' Blockchain for Impact group, a member of the a G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, and the youngest policy advisor for the W20 Digital Disruptors team and the Government of Canada’s Talent Cloud initiative—the latter aims to investigate the applications of disruptive technologies like blockchain and AI to support borderless talent mobility and bias reduction in the workplace.


The Women in Tech End of Summer Networking Party - By Women in Male-Dominated Industries

There are so many amazing groups for women in tech in Vancouver. It's about time we all got together for some fun! This event is a partnership between some of Vancouver's best Women in Tech groups in the city:

Come on out for a fun night of networking, drinks, and snacks where you can meet other women in similar fields, make professional connections, and find some new friends who get where you're coming from.

The event will run from 6:00 - 8:00 pm -- feel free to show up anytime your work or play is done for the day.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


On a scale of 1-10, how fun will this event be? It'll be easily 25 out of 10 on the fun scale.

Who is welcome at this event? This event is open to people who identify as women as well as any individual who is in a gender minority in their field. This includes trans individuals, genderqueer, agender, intersex, two spirit, and non-binary folks. If you are not sure if you are included, please err on the side of attending this event! Feel free to reach out to the Organizer, Holly Burton, with any questions and for an automatic welcoming face and first-friend.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event? Nope, as long as you know your name and it matches the one on our list, you'll be good to go.

If I can't make it anymore, what do I do? Unfortunately we don't have the bandwidth to process refunds, but you're free to give or sell your ticket to another lovely human who would like to attend. Just make sure to forward them your e-ticket, so we can scan it (since your name will be on the list, rather than theirs).

Will there be alcohol at this event? Yes. We will also have lots of soft drinks and non-alcoholic options.

What's the best way to get to the party?
The #2, #4, #7, #10 and #50 bus all have stops within a short walk to Central1. If you're driving, there is parking nearby in this location.

Do y'all have a code of conduct and/or harassment policy? Heck yes! We want all of our attendees to feel safe so we're dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone at our events. By attending this event, you agree to adhere to WIMDI's code of conduct, which you can find at

Will there be photography at this event? There will be photography at this event. By attending you consent to the terms laid out at We understand that photography may present a safety and/or privacy concern to some attendees. Due to the large attendee volume at this particular event and unstructured seating, we will be unable to accommodate specific requests to not be photographed. WIMDI and several of the other meetups collaborating on this event offer many other photography-free events, as well as more structured events where we can manage attendee requests for no photos. If photos at this event aren't a great fit for you, then we'd love to see your smiling face (or heck, even your grumpy face!) at one of our other events where we can collaborate with you on photography.

Madi Kot