So you want to start extending your network, meeting new people, developing yourself and having a good time while you're at it…well you've come to the right place! While not inclusive of every networking group in the city, this will give you a good snapshot to begin with.
Click on the groups below to go directly to their event pages. Featured events will run on the homepage. Click to each date to see the different events.
Check out the Women section on this website for networking events and groups targeted at women, even though in most cases the men are still welcome!
BC Business – They run a few of their own events per year including the Top 100 Luncheon which has less than 100 tickets left to see and hear Jimmy Pattison live.
BNI Canada – Search for a chapter in your area. The BNI strategy relies on a business networking strategy that generates business referrals within many diverse networks. BNI relies on structured business groups wherein each member carries the otherâ€™s business cards.
Business in Vancouver – Signature events include Top 40 Under 40 and their “Colour Series”.
Downtown Vancouver Business Group (DVBIA) –Â Non-profit society governed by a volunteer board of directors who equally represent both property and business owners from within our 90-block area.
EWomenNetwork-The Vancouver chapterÂ is very vibrant and welcomes both men and women, and runs one Accelerated Networking event with a speaker, and two smaller Strategic Business Introduction events per month. Non-members are welcome.
Meetup.Com – Read about the best & biggest Vancouver Meetup Groups in Desiree Dupuis' blog post. Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups, making it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Networking with Purpose – We are Networking with the purpose of ending homelessness by 2015. We do this by donating 90% of all profits to a different charity working in the Downtown Eastside. Events are enhanced by various sponsors. Each company will have their own table and do a 90 second presentation on their company and products & services they provide. This will be followed by a chance to visit industry leaders at their tables!
Rotary Club of Vancouver – Service club dedicated to improving the lives of others both in our community and around the world. Includes speaker events, special events and fundraisers.
Small Business BC – British Columbia's premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services.
Social Butterfly Club – The Social Butterfly Club has over 5,500 members in the Lower Mainland, and around the world. Members are business professionals and entrepreneurs from a wide range of career fields and expertise between the ages of 20-70 who love to network, explore and grow personally.
Vancouver Board of Trade -Hundreds of events per year on a variety of topics, industries and awards.
Vancouver Business Network Forum – Multicultural business network group that helps entrepreneurs grow by giving them the opportunity to network and present their business live and online.
Vancouver Executive Association – Meets weekly at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver where members enjoy a luncheon program that allows for the informal exchange of ideas, information and business insights.
Vancouver Minglers – Minglers Business Socials are held once a month at selected downtown Vancouver Venues. Striving to make Vancouver a world class city throughÂ warmth, sociability, etiquette and attitude, one cocktail at a time.
Young Presidents' Organization – YPO membership is open to individuals who are responsible for the full operation of a qualifying corporation or division. The candidate must have at least 50 regular, full-time employees or the equivalent under his or her control. More on qualification here.
“Tell me what company you keep and I'll tell you what you are.” – Cervantes, author of Don Quixote