NetworkinginVan is privileged to have some fantastic feature writers for the site – sharing their insight on events, tips on networking, and more! Check out their blog posts here.

Chelsie Aichelberger

1001832_10151709717805170_2023392760_nCompany & Position:  Vector Aerospace – Marketing Projects Manager, Passionate about new ideas, new people and new opportunities. Fave Networking Events: Events where I can be myself and where motivational stories are told.  Vices: Running, yoga, jazzercise, travel, hysterical laughter with a good friend.

Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark

Company Position:  Communications Manager at Telus Fave networking events:  Y.E.S! Vancouver events and Dress for Success fundraisers Vices:  Graphic design, social media, exploring, white wine. 

Jordan Fernandez

Jordan Fernandez

Company and Position: Associate - Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Career Launch Program Fave networking events: Although I do not have a specific preference as to the ‘type’ of event, I tend to try and gravitate towards those events that allow me to meet entrepreneurs and innovators. More specifically, events where I can meet people that are passionate about creating something new and exciting, regardless of the field or industry. Also, events where inspirational stories are told! Vices: Whole Foods Chocolate Bundt Cakes!!; Traveling; Sour Watermelon Candy; Fashion and Clothing.

Carolyn Fung

Carolyn FungCompany & PositionNoise Digital, Account Manager. Writer, Modern Mix Vancouver Fave networking events: Events where stories and ideas are shared between people from all different walks of life. In particular events geared towards woman, small business owners, and entreprenuers. Vices: Whole Foods Desserts, Barre Fitness, Fashion magazines, hammocks, lazy summer days.

Gabrielle Garon

Gabrielle-Garon1-194x300Company & Position: HR Generalist Fave Networking Events: Learning events! I like to go to events where there’s facilitation of ideas, group discussions, and knowledge sharing. I also love charitable events – what’s better than a room full of people all passionate about a cause? Vices: black licorice, expensive cheese, and musicals.  

Karolyn Masters

Karolyn-MastersCompany & PositioniPartnerMedia, Inc., National Creative Director Behind The Smile, Founder Fave Networking Events: Being the social butterfly that I am, I truly love to attend most any event. My favourite way to network is to sit down and have a good chat with a new connection over coffee. I find it fosters a genuine interest, relationship and the focus to really understand their business and how I can best be of help to them. Vices: dancing, wine of the red variety, design, retail therapy and last but certainly not least, I sheepishly admit, my iPhone.

Darya Niknamian

Darya-Niknamian1.pngCompany & Position: Marketing and Communications Consultant pursuing opportunities in Europe Fave Networking Events: any events that foster people to think and have a dynamic energy. I love events where there is a lot of opportunity to ask questions and/or interactive elements where you leave inspired! Vices: ice cream, long hot showers, bad reality tv, and pumpkin spice lattes.

Michele Soregaroli

Michele Soregaroli

Company & Position: TransformationCatalyst Corp  | Differentiation Coach Fave Networking Events: Small groups with big impact
Vices: Red wine, artisanal breads, soft and gooey cheeses, creamy patés and pears poached in port

Tamara Von Dohren

Tamara-Von-Dohren-215x300 Company & Position:  Senior Promotions Coordinator of CKNW and AM730 Radio Stations Fave Networking Events: As a newbie to Vancouver, I like events that allow me to meet new people and learn about the city’s professional community. I also like events that share creative and inspiring ideas and give you lessons to take away and having a fundraising element is also a big plus. Of course anything that involves good food and wine is of interest too! Vices: Needless to say, red wine and good food, plus travel, cheesecake, jazz music, my gorgeous pup and anything French. Actually anything to do with Europe really. Head shot provided by Kate Williams, Adore Imagery