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  • Coming soon: AGM 2018!

    May 06, 2018



    Please join us at our 2018 Annual General Meeting and help us toast the best of Downtown Vancouver. This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. We’ll be in the Emerald Ballroom, which looks out onto Canada Place, the Convention Centre, and downtown Vancouver’s stunning waterfront landscape. There will be photo opportunities at every turn, plus some fun surprises that are sure to delight!

    Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Time: Registration at 3:30 pm, Program 4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Location: Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
    1038 Canada Place Way, Emerald Ballroom, 3rd floor

    Cost:
    This event is free to DVBIA members, but requires pre-registration. Please note, membership must be current within a year.

    Following the AGM business, we will recognize our Downtown Appreciation Award winners. This year’s honourees include Façade Fest, Smak, the Vancouver Foundation, Malte Kluetz of the Christmas Market, and the late Bing Thom.

    Enjoy cocktails, canapés, and the amazing company of your downtown colleagues at our 2018 AGM. We hope to see you there.

    Register at www.downtownvancouver.net/er/agm2018.

    Need to activate or are unsure if your membership is current? Please email register@downtownvancouver.net.

  • New Office Towers

    May 06, 2018


    By the year 2023, Downtown Vancouver Central Business District (DVBIA) area will be adding 9 new office towers. The combination of all upcoming towers will provide additional 3,355,226 sq. ft. of officespace in the downtown BIA boundary.

    Building Name: 1133 Melville
    Developer: Oxford Properties
    Total Gross Floor Area: 620,389 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 36
    Expected Completion Date: Unknown
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - dailyhive
    - rezoningvancouver
    - skyscrapercentre

    Building Name: Burrard Place
    Developer: Reliance Properties
    Total Gross Floor Area: 150,000 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 13
    Expected Completion Date: 2020
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - renx
    - urbanyvr

    Building Name: Bosa Waterfront Centre
    Developer: Bosa Development
    Total Gross Floor Area: 355,000 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 30
    Expected Completion Date: 2021
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - thinkbosa
    - urbanyvr

    Building Name: Vancouver Centre II
    Developer: GWL Realty
    Total Gross Floor Area: 371,000 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 33
    Expected Completion Date: 2021
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - dailyhive
    - vancouvercentre

    Building Name: 400 W. Georgia
    Developer: Westbank
    Total Gross Floor Area: 350,000 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 24
    Expected Completion Date: 2020
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - westbankcorp
    - urbanyvr

    Building Name: 601 West Hastings

    Developer: PCI Developments
    Total Gross Floor Area: 220,000 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 25
    Expected Completion Date: 2021
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - bharchitects
    - pci-group

    Building Name: 675 West Hastings
    Developer: Uptown / Musson Cattell
    Mackey
    Total Gross Floor Area: 158,837 sq. ft.
    #Floors: 28
    Expected Completion Date: Unknown
    Status (proposed, approved): In process
    Sources:
    - rezoningvancouver
    - dailyhive

    Building Name: The Post
    Developer: QuadReal
    Total Gross Floor Area:
    -13 million sq. ft. office.
    -35% to be occupied by Amazon.
    -220,000 sq. ft. retail.
    #Floors: 17
    Expected Completion Date: 2023
    Status (proposed, approved): Approved
    Sources:
    - quadreal

  • Granville Spotlight: Meinhardt

    May 04, 2018

    We chatted with the store manager of Granville Street’s Meinhardt to get the lowdown on what it’s like serving up delicious fresh food in the heart of the city. Hear about what’s next for the grocery chain and what their day-to-day looks like at Granville and Dunsmuir!



    1)  First off, tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been with Meinhardt and how did you get started in the business?

    My name is Marissa and I am the Store Manager of the Pacific Centre Meinhardt; I have been with the company for the past 8 years. Even to this day, I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into the store.

    My very first impression of Meinhardt was the gorgeous cascade of white orchids on a very large vase covered by fresh florals, the beautiful pastry showcase, accompanied by an extensive salad selection that connects to the Deli and cheese array across from it. It’s what drew me farther into the store.

    I remember thinking to myself “I would love to be a part of this establishment”.

    Fast forward 4 years: one day as I was walking down the street, I encountered an ad that stated “Meinhardt is hiring”. I knew I had to be there, I applied immediately and the rest – is history.

    2)  Now tell us about your business. What is Meinhardt, and what is the key to its success?

    Meinhardt Fine Foods is a place where passionate people create culinary excellence, provide a compelling line of signature items and deliver it all in a fresh and exciting environment to “feed your curiosity”. Back in 1996, Linda Meinhardt founded our specialty food store and gained its success and reputation by filling the store shelves up with the most beautiful, unique and exclusive grocery items.

    Today, consumer’s dietary needs are continuously shifting. Our chefs at Meinhardt strive to keep up with the health trends and are constantly adapting with the everchanging needs. The ingredients we use in our food are local, sustainable, and ethically sourced; we believe in the “Think globally, act locally” mindset. To add to that, most of our food items are made fresh from scratch and with love in our kitchen (yes, even the salad dressing!).



    3)  Why did you choose to locate on downtown Granville Street?

    We made the decision to open a location at Pacific Centre in 2012 because we wanted to be in the heart of Vancouver. Without a doubt, Vancouver is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. We want to be able to grow together with Vancouver.

    We saw that there was a gap in the marketplace where people are looking for convenient, fresh, on-the-go selections. We have been the go-to destination for locals to source premium grocery products typically not found elsewhere for the past two decades for our South Granville neighbourhood. We wanted to be able to bring that to downtown as well.



    4)  What’s next for your business? Any plans for changes or expansion?

    Upcoming in June 2018, we will be opening our third location at Ambleside Beach! As some of you may be able to tell, each of our stores cater to a very different demographic. While our South Granville location caters to families and Pacific Centre location caters to the working population, our beachside location will incorporate an upscale café concept. Our goal is to introduce a unique café and shopping experience in West Vancouver. This location will have 28 inside seats and 20 seats on our outdoor patio, a full-service barista coffee bar featuring a custom-designed premium coffee and loose teas menu, complemented by a wide selection of house made fresh-baked goods. Our Ambleside location will also feature an artisan ice cream bar with special flavours to match your seasonal needs.

    As for our Pacific Centre location, we’re looking to expand our catering offerings in the coming year. Our patio will be opened again for the warmer days in Vancouver for you to enjoy the sunshine!



    Moreover, we have begun implementing a new program where we prepare food tastings and samplings almost every weekday not only to introduce the products but also the owner and producer behind each brand. We believe in supporting local entrepreneurs and want to be able to bring our local brands closer to our community. You can find all of our food demonstrations on our Twitter @meinhardtfoods!

  • Celebrating Sustainability

    May 03, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association is committed to helping downtown businesses have a positive social, economic, cultural and environmental impact on society. So much of what we do revolves around finding new ways to make the city more vibrant and liveable, but it’s not just limited to activities around economic development. With the bigger picture in mind, the DVBIA recently asked ourselves how we, as an organization, can help facilitate a robust and resilient community that’s focused on not only economic, but also social and environmental successes.



    With a renewed focus on sustainability goals, we began to seek out Vancouver’s leaders in sustainability, and we were pleasantly surprised with the results. We learned about amazing sustainable practices that festival organizers were utilizing. We saw local businesses using compostable materials that were game-changers for their environmental impact. We heard from building owners who had found inventive ways to reduce their carbon footprints. And through partnerships such as the ones we have with Bullfrog Energy, HUB cycling, and My Green Space, the DVBIA renewed our own commitment to making Vancouver’s downtown core even more environmentally friendly.

    The City of Vancouver has also set lofty goals when it comes to sustainability, including its “Greenest City Action Plan” which provides a great benchmark for how we can become global leaders. The plan outlines measurable and attainable targets, and represents a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability and becoming the world’s greenest city by the year 2020. As part of this plan, the City recently announced a consultation process that will help to shape a new single-use item strategy. Single-use items currently cost Vancouver taxpayers about $2.5 million per year to collect from public waste bins and to clean up as litter in our parks, streets, and green spaces. Moving towards a system that will help address the environmental impact (not to mention the cost pressures) of these items is another step in the right direction toward becoming the greenest city.
     
    From the municipal to the corporate to the individual level, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to things we can do to help make Vancouver more sustainable. The important thing is just to find something that works for you, and to stick with it. The steps that we can all take together can do a lot more than just assuage our collective guilt about environmental issues; they can make a real, tangible impact on our environment.
     

  • DVBIA Does #BIABC2018

    May 01, 2018



    The BIABC + IDA Pacific Northwest Regional Conference was held in Kelowna in April. The theme of the conference was innovate & inspire and our DVBIA Placemaking Lead, Tara Gloster, attended to share our innovative and inspiring laneway learning guide based on our recent More Awesome Now laneway project.

    There was a lot to take away from the various sessions at the conference, which covered issues such as bike culture and bike sharing, as well as walkability and how people interact with the public realm. Other topics that were addressed included densification, retail strategies, safety and health issues in the changing climate and the key to successful partnerships, among others. The main takeaway was that incredibly successful, impactful and large scale initiatives can be achieved when everyone works together, including city departments, BIAs, businesses and the community. This isn’t brand new information, but it was reinforced in a meaningful way, and some successful partnership projects were highlighted to inspire attendees.

    Tara’s session— titled “Revitalizing Laneways: A toolkit for transforming public spaces”— was a full house with lots of engaging conversations and questions from those who attended. Some people in the room had done similar projects and wanted to learn how to build on these, while others hadn’t yet completed revitalization projects of this nature but were keen to learn how to implement something similar in their own area.

    Those who attended Tara’s session took away not only the physical laneway learning guide but also some creative inspiration and the tools and knowledge to revitalize innovative laneways in their city. Making the network of activated laneways worldwide – that is the dream.

    If you would like a digital copy of the learning guide please visit our website downtownvancouver.net/files/laneway. If you have any queries regarding the toolkit, you may contact Tara via tara@downtownvancouver.net.

    #BIABC2018

  • DOXA Film Festival returns

    May 01, 2018



    In an era of “fake news” and global uncertainty, the 2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival comes to the rescue with a program of 93 films (shorts and features) that offer radical and transformative ideas through music, art, and the power of people working together to create and share solutions.

    DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 3 –13, 2018 in Vancouver BC. See the full program here: www.doxafestival.ca.

  • Little Free Library

    May 01, 2018



    Next time you’re in a public plaza downtown, you might notice some new colourful additions. That’s because a Little Free Library program has officially launched, just in time for the summer Perch season!

    The Little Free Library program is an international non-profit with the goals of inspiring a love for reading, building community, and sparking creativity, which is already happening in our downtown core. Thanks to the help of SFU Contemporary Art students, eleven newspaper boxes that were headed to the scrap yard were redesigned with unique images that depict a love of reading in Vancouver. Carrying on with the sustainability theme, these “libraries” are a book exchange for lightly used books -with the policy of “Take a Book, Leave a Book”. With a constant turnaround of used books in the Library, there should be  a book for everyone!

    The eleven Little Free Libraries can be found on an interactive map, and they are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    For more information on the Little Free Library program, including how to start your own, visit littlefreelibrary.org

  • Vancouver Design Week

    May 01, 2018



    May 7, 2018 will mark the return of Vancouver Design Week (VDW), a week-long celebration of world-class local design talent born from a wide variety of disciplines. Inspired by Vancouver’s most impactful designers, artists, architects, creators and spaces, VDW invites attendees to take part in thinking about design on a global and sustainable scale through a variety of city-wide workshops, events and activities.

    The celebration’s full schedule of events and showcases are to be nestled among some of the city’s most vibrant districts including Downtown, Gastown/Railtown, Lonsdale, Chinatown, Armoury and Mt. Pleasant and UBC. The official interdisciplinary design festival holds IMPACT as its central theme and will be held from May 7 to 13 at some of Vancouver’s most evolved and unique spaces, studios, firms and ateliers.

    From talks to tours, exhibitions to workshops to a variety of exciting parties, design from all disciplines will open its doors to conversations, installations and celebrations of all scales, uncovering the unique design ecosystems that shape, define and sustain our city. At VDW, design process, practice and perspectives are showcased through a wide range of independent and collaborative programming.

    vancouverdesignwk.com

  • FREE Rooftop or balcony gardens

    Apr 07, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA wants to help your business become more sustainable. Through a partnership with local start-up MyGreenSpace we are offering a limited supply of garden kits and 1 hour workshops on how to use them.
     

    • Grow food for the office
    • Add greenery to your outdoor space
    • Improve air quality
    • Reduce rain run-off

    Kit includes:

    • Cedar planter (locally sourced, locally made) – floor or raised styles available
    • Soil and seeds (organic)
    • Free delivery
    • 1-hour workshop at your office lead by a My Green Space Founder (first 6 businesses to respond)
    • How to set up your garden
    • Into to the My Green Space support app

    Eligibility:

    • You are a DVBIA member business
    • Your business has outdoor space for a kit (patio, balcony, rooftop)

    Claim yours now - First come, first serve!
    Express your interest in a planter kit by e-mail to harpreet@mygreenspace.co
    Include the name and address of your business in your initial e-mail.

  • Capture Photography Festival this month

    Apr 07, 2018



    Capture Photography Festival
    runs from April 3-29, and includes a lot of activations that will take place in the downtown Vancouver core.

    Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Festival strives to nurture emerging talent, engage community, and spark public dialogue about photography as an art form and a vessel for communication.

    Each April, photography is presented at dozens of galleries and community spaces throughout Greater Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs, alongside an extensive Public Art Program and an Events Program that spans tours, films, artist talks, and community events.

    There will be a free community “photowalk” to take place on Saturday April 28th from 1-3 with Street Dreams Magazine. Participants will follow a group of dancers from Arts Umbrella around the downtown core for the opportunity to photograph them.

    Additionally, there will be a year-long public art installation of the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation – “In the Belly of a Cat”.

  • Cherry Blossom Fest is back!

    Apr 07, 2018



    The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival non-profit society was founded in 2005 and led by a dedicated board of directors, supported by its launch partner, the Vancouver Board of Trade as a Spirit of Vancouver initiative. With their help, the first Festival was produced in 2006, and in 2007, formal recognition of the Festival’s objectives qualified it for charitable status.

    The Cherry Blossom Fest objectives included public education through seasonal, cherry themed, city wide viewing programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. The DVBIA is a proud sponsor of the Festival.

    Check out the calendar of events by visiting vcbf.ca

  • DVBIA IN THE NEWS

    Apr 07, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life. Here’s where we were featured in the month of March.

    • City Councillor wants Robson Square roadway reopened to traffic Daily Hive

    • Parking taxes in Vancouver Steele Talk CKNW

    • At nearly 30%, could parking taxes drive business out of downtown Vancouver? Global BC

    • Junos drop into Vancouver, send music-biz ripples around the city Vancouver Sun

    • For some, Vancouver’s nightlife is a nightmare. Could the solution be a ‘Night Mayor?’ Global BC

    • Vancouver’s second 30Network Innovation Lab launches civic engagement sessions Business in Vancouver
  • Utility wrap artist call

    Apr 05, 2018



    The City of Vancouver is looking for artists to create digitized vinyl designs for up to 30 utility boxes throughout the city! The box wraps are intended to support artistic excellence and innovation while enlivening the cityscape.
     
    Application deadline is April 25th, 2018, guidelines can be found online.
    For more information, please visit the website:
    vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/utility-wrap-artist-call.aspx

  • Granville Street spotlight: Adidas

    Apr 05, 2018



    For this month’s spotlight on a Granville Street business, we caught up with Paul Simons, the manager of Granville’s Adidas store. Have a read to learn why they landed on Granville Street and what we can expect next from the location!

    1. First off, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started with Adidas.
     
    I started with adidas in 2005. I’ve always had an affinity for footwear and based on its history, adidas has always been my preferred sports brand. The opportunity came up through a friend in the business and I couldn’t say no. It’s been an amazing ride ever since.
     


    2. Now tell us about your business – how does the Adidas brand remain strong?

     
    adidas literally has something for everyone. Within our Originals brand we have classics such as the Stan Smith and Superstar models, as well as apparel like the Beckenbauer track suit that people have been wearing for over 40 years. We also have new “heritage inspired” designs (new products that take design cues from the classics) like the NMD, Prophere and the recently launched Deerupt. It’s a great balance between timeless classics and cutting edge innovation. That’s what is really pushing things forward right now.
     
    The Sports Performance brand caters to athletes of all levels. We really strive to find items for our customers that will help them perform better at whatever they are doing. From the casual athlete to the professional we’ve got you covered!



    3. Why did Adidas choose to locate on Granville Street?

     
    Granville Street is constantly evolving and reinventing itself which keeps things exciting. It’s a main artery through downtown Vancouver, not to mention it’s amazing neon past. When adidas is  scouting locations for inline stores they typically search in areas just of the main strip but with a vibrant feeling, Granville street is definitely that! The adidas Originals store here in Vancouver was actually the first inline adidas store opened in Canada.
     


    4. What can we expect next from your store and the Adidas brand?

     
    Lot’s of exciting things! Many many more big product launches and events that highlight the collaborative nature of the adidas brand, while showcasing local creative talents within our city. Our Sports Performance store is getting a new façade to match the newly renovated Originals store, they should reopen sometime in June. We’ve got World Cup coming up too so there’s lots of things happening!

  • Help shape the City’s single-use item strategy

    Apr 04, 2018


    Are you a small business owner?

    You can attend a small business consultation meeting on April 11th to help the City of Vancouver shape their single-use item strategy!
    Owners of small businesses that distribute single-use items are invited to attend a consultation meeting to discuss the draft strategy with City staff. Translation services will be available upon request.

    Location:    

    • 511 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    Dates:        

    • April 11, 2018: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
    • April 11, 2018: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Register: Call 3-1-1 to register in English, or (604) 829-9500 if you require translation. Registrations are due by April 9, 2018. Presentations will be given in English so please indicate on the call if you require translation services at the meeting.

    Provide feedback online: Residents who are unable to attend the open house event can review the draft strategy online and provide feedback through an online comment form.

    More details are online here

  • YMCA Youth Employment Bootcamp Program

    Mar 29, 2018


    Who knew, the YMCA offers a range of Employment and Work Ready Programs that serve the local community?! They're gearing up for another year of training programs and in search of local businesses that are looking to recruit! Some of the benefits they offer employers are:

    • A wage subsidy reimbursement of $8.00 per hour, provided by the Federal Government for up to 30hrs per week (12 weeks total)
    • An assessment of the job seekers interests and experience made previous to the interview to ensure the candidates fits with the needs of your business
    • Interview process, allowing employers to meet with the candidate and assess the potential fit
    • On the job support provided to both the employer and participant
    • Supporting participants to gain valuable skills, experience and relationships

    What do others from DVBIA think of our services?

    "Working with the YMCA to find the right candidate for our growing company was a dream come true. It has been the easiest recruitment experience we've had to date, and the level of support around on-boarding, training and additional education was beyond anything I could have imagined. I can't stop referring my friends to the YMCA when I hear them say they're looking to grow their team!"-Jennifer Kobelt, UpMedia

    If you have hiring needs this year they'd love to hear from you. Please contact Elly Roper, Job Developer at Robert Lee YMCA: 604-673-6194

  • DVBIA going even greener with Bullfrog

    Mar 11, 2018


    We are proud to announce that we’re going even greener! The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is the first business improvement association in Canada to power their offices with Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider. DVBIA joins the growing number of Canadian organizations supporting green energy across Canada with Bullfrog Power.

    “The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association has made the environment an essential part of our commitment to sustainability,” said DVBIA Board Chair, Dani Pretto “That is why we are proud to be partnering with Bullfrog Power to support renewable energy for our downtown Vancouver office.”

    Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power’s producers put green electricity and green natural gas onto the grid and pipeline to match the amount of conventional electricity and natural gas that the DVBIA’s facilities use. Across Canada, Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities. Bullfrog’s green natural gas is sourced from a unique methane-capture project situated on one of Canada’s landfill sites. Bullfrog also uses the support of its customers to help fund new community-based green energy projects across Canada.

    Speaking to the DVBIA’s sustainability goals, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said, “I’m thrilled and grateful that the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association made the smart choice to partner with Bullfrog Power and become the first BIA in the country to switch to Bullfrog’s renewable energy to power its operations.” The Mayor went on to note, “Vancouver is leading all other Canadian cities on the green energy front, and the DVBIA’s choice to go renewable with its energy needs is an example of one of many simple, yet impactful actions local businesses and organizations can take to help us achieve our greenest city and 100 per cent renewable goals.”

    In addition to choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power, the DVBIA has four sustainability milestones, which include:

    • Locals and business support arts and culture

    • Network of ecologically vibrant green space

    • Partners and businesses adopt sustainability practices in operations as they relate to waste reduction and energy consumption

    • Downtown stakeholders are educated and supported in social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability

    “We are excited to welcome the DVBIA to the bullfrogpowered community,” said Anthony Santilli, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bullfrog Power. “By choosing green electricity and green natural gas, the Downtown Vancouver BIA is helping to reduce our dependence on polluting forms of energy and transition Canada to renewable energy sources.”

  • St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2018

    Mar 11, 2018


    It’s almost St. Paddy’s Day, which means it’s time to don your greenest apparel and head to the pub for a pint of green beer. Looking for the ideal Irish destination? Granville Street has got you covered. Read on for more information!

    Irish Pubs on Granville

    Other Granville hot spots that will be embracing the St. Patrick’s Day spirit:

  • Download the laneway learning guide

    Mar 11, 2018



    More Awesome Now is a pilot group and program that takes existing, underutilized laneways and reshapes them into engaging public spaces that are accessible by everyone and contribute to the livelihood of the city. It is an experimental approach to urban design that reshapes these existing laneways in areas such as the financial, entertainment, and fashion districts into animated pedestrian zones that complement the already-thriving micro-cultures of these areas.

    Reimagining and reconfiguring these utilitarian corridors as vibrant recreational, commercial, and performance spaces injects a new type of fine grain activity into the urban commons, increasing the public pedestrian area of the city by as much as 30 per cent. Over time, this could develop into a robust network of interconnected lanes, each with its own sense of place and continually-evolving identity.

    Our Laneways Learning Guide is now available online for anyone to view and download. Now anyone can take action and make Vancouver more awesome with an inventive and impactful laneway! To download your copy, please click here.

     

  • Granville Spotlight: BrainStation

    Mar 11, 2018



    Kyle Treleaven gave us the 4-1-1 on another of Granville Street’s gems: BrainStation.

    1. First off, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started with BrainStation.
     
    I was born in Ontario, grew up in Whistler, went to college in Victoria and now call Vancouver home. Through that journey, technology was always a fascination of mine but I never took it seriously as growing up in Whistler was about playing in the mountains. However, it was in Whistler that I was given an opportunity that put me on the path of pursuing a career in technology. To begin with, I was always on the growth teams, either sitting with the Marketing team or on the Sales team. Through those experiences, I started to really pay attention to User Experience and how customers engaged with online products. Which led me to focus on e-commerce as creating a good UX experience with the right brand message showed results from the efforts. It was really rewarding and challenging, so I focused on e-commerce for about 6 years which took me to an Info Session at BrainStation. I had hit a ceiling of what I had self-taught myself and I wanted to take my skills to the next level, so I actually attended the first ever Info Session that BrainStation had in Vancouver. That day started my journey with BrainStation and 2 years later launching the 20,000 sq. ft. campus at Granville and Pender.



    2. Now tell us about your business – what is BrainStation, and what is the key to its success?


    BrainStation is a global leader in digital skills training, empowering individuals and organizations to achieve digital success through courses, workshops, events and corporate training. We have an amazing community throughout North America with a Campus in New York and Costa Rica of students, educators and thought leaders that all feed off each other. We foster an ecosystem of knowledge sharing, mentorship, and empowerment in an accessible and inclusive campus located in the heart of Vancouver.



    3. Why did you choose to locate on Granville Street?


    Granville Street has a long history and the building has an interesting past of tech companies like Bench, Unbounce, and BuildDirect once calling it home. We wanted a space that created an environment that is focused on the students and helping them achieve their learning goals. Accessibility was also a focus and being next to Waterfront Station was a perfect fit.  We needed a location that fits our sibling companies as well, which is Konrad Group Consulting, Techvibes and Quantum Coffee.

    4. What’s next for your business – any plans for changes or expansion?

    This Summer we are expanding within our building as we will be launching a Data Science Career Transformation course. We look to continue to have thought leaders in our classrooms and events with some amazing panels this Summer so I hope to see you join our Community!

    https://brainstation.io/contact

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