Marketers seem to network A LOT. There are a few big groups in Vancouver that put on some great monthly events including speaker series, luncheons and minglers at your favourite local watering holes. Go figure, marketers like to party.
Some of the larger and more well known groups are featured below. I've been to events with all of these groups and enjoy the diverse range of industry folks at each. Oh, and most of them are on Twitter and tweet about the events with #hashtags…and if you don't know what that means, perhaps you're in the wrong section of the site.
British Columbia Association of Integrated Marketers (BCAIM) – BC Chapter of the Canadian Marketing Association. Successful “Get Contagious” Conference and fantastic speaker series.
Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services (CSMPS) – Providing professional service providers and their marketers with opportunities for professional growth, education and networking.
Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) – CPRS Vancouver is a networking and professional development organization serving public relations practitioners in BC.
Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB) – National voice and de facto thought leader of the Canadian Interactive marketing and advertising industry.
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) – BC Chapter of the IABC, more than 600 members from the Lower Mainland business communications industry.
National Advertising Benevolent Society West (NABS) – Only charitable organization in Canada that provides assistance to communications and related industry professionals, who may need help due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties.
Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) – Non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects.
Vancouver Marketing & Communications Conferences
VISION Conference, BCAMA