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26 CONFERENCES And CONVENTIONS To Attend In 2017

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Already enjoy this year’s Taboo Naughty but Nice Show or Vancouver International Wine Festival? Here are 26 more of the Vancouver’s biggest and best conferences, conventions, expos and summits to check out for all of 2017:

26  VIDTALKS
March 16, 2017
Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

If you’re trying to grow your personal or business brand through YouTube marketing check out VIDTALKS 2017. The two focus areas of the conference are content marketing and influencer marketing with video on YouTube. Featured speakers include Adam Hendle, Sunny Lenarduzzi, Corey Vidal and Rachel David.

25 Vancouver Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix
February 17-19, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

A tournament of wizards and magic! This is Magic: The Gathering on another level, in a Grand Prix tournament series which features fierce competition, artist signings and side-events. The tournament is open to Magic players of all age.

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24 BC Farmer’s Markets Conference
March 3-5, 2017
Inn At The Quat, New Westminster

The 18th Annual BC Farmer’s Markets Conference brings you Farmers’ Markets for All. Farmers market organizers, growers, small scale food processors, artisans, agriculturalists and community leaders will all be under one roof to network, learn and inspire the province’s local food sector. There’s workshops, a tradeshow , selection auction, awards and of course a dinner banquet!

23 UBC Finance Conference
March 3-5, 2017
Fairmont Chateau, Whistler

The 7th annual Winter Finance Conference by UBC Vancouver covers everything finance related. If you have a fancy for finance check it out. Speakers include professors from all over the world including Canada, USA, Australia and France.

22 Tedx Stanley Park Conference
March 4, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The local, self-organized speaker conference is back with Tedx Stanley Park featuring TedTalks video and live speakers to Inspire Brave Actions. This year’s speakers include Bill Stainton, Ashley Zahabian, Vikram Vij, Elizabeth May and more.

TedX Stanley Park
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21 The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
March 4-5, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Looking for your next outdoor activity or travel adventure? The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show 2017 features over 250 exhibitors and 60 adventure presentations. So whether you like camping, scuba diving or extreme adventure travel destinations, all your needs are covered.

20 BC Tech Summit
March 14-15, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

The largest tech conference in British Columbia returns with the #BCTECH Summit, presented by the Province of BC and the BC Innovation Council. The province’s technology industry is on display to showcase ideas, gadgets, innovations and opportunities. Whether you’re a techie, entrepreneur, or investor this conference promotes getting connected with tech business growth.

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19 Real Talk Summit
March 18, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Man Talks presents the Real Talk Summit featuring Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle LaPorte, Connor Beaton, Brian Scudamore, Al Jessa, Treya Klassen and Giovanni Marsico. These leaders highlight solo-entrepreneurship, social-entrepreneurship and big thinking for a summit event designed to connect entrepreneurs from around the continent.

18 CIMC
April 5-6, 2017
Squamish, BC 

#CIMC2017 is Western Canada’s largest marketing and PR conference. Squamish will be host to the learning, networking and of course partying. There are over 2 dozen speakers from organizations like DailyHive, Canada Post, YouTube, Cineplex, GM, Facebook, VISA, IBM, Adobe, RBC, Microsoft, Interact, Google, P&G and more.

Canadian Internet Marketing Conference
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17 Vancouver Job Fair
March 22, 2017
Vancouver Public Library

The 3rd annual Vancouver Job Fair is presented by YWCA Metro Vancouver and WorkBC Centres for job seekers to meet with local employers that are hiring. Employers include Earls, Edgewater Casino, Canada Armed Forces, Impark, Hudson’s Bay, Shaw, Safeway, Starbucks, UPS etc.

16 IA Summit
March 22-26, 2017
Hyatt Regency Vancouver

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is hosting the IA Summit conference to bring together information architects. This year’s theme is Designing for Humans and will explore user experience designs, content strategies, information space etc.

15 Vancouver International Auto Show
March 28-April 2, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

450 new and customized vehicles will be on display at the 2017 Vancouver International Auto Show for collectors and enthusiasts to hum and haw over. Your favourite luxury brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, McLaren and Porsche will all be there. There are also 2 car giveaways and a free Volkswagen Playcare Centre to drop kids off at.

14 The Art of Leadership for Women
April 5, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Bring out your inner Oprah at The Art Of event focused on Leadership for Women. The ‘high-impact’ conference includes customized training, learning experiences, and insight from today’s top women leaders.

The Art of Leadership for Women conference
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13 TED Conference
April 24-28, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

The sold out TED Vancouver Conference 2017 celebrates ‘The Future You’. The week-long conference will discuss how we as people will connect and interact, thrive collectively and adapt to change. The future is now!

12 Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show
April 28-30, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Whether you’re inked or an artist or both, get inspired at the 2017 Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show. It features over 150 tattoo artists, over 100 vendors and entertainment.

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11 Consumer Virtual Reality (CVR)
May 5-7, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Dive into a virtual reality experience at the second annual Consumer Virtual Reality event in Vancouver. Consumers, developers, businesses and techies get together to celebrate consumer virtual reality and augmented reality technology. This year promises to be bigger and better than last, they’ve even added a more day and exhibit space!

10 Art! Vancouver
May 25-28, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

An art fair for all! Art! Vancouver is an international art fair featuring top galleries and artists for collectors and enthusiasts to experience. There will be art tours, guest speakers, a charity auction and more.

Veg Expo
May 28, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Get your veg on! Veg Expo 2017 presented by Choices Markets is all about sustainability vegetarianism and veganism. Over 200 vegetarian & vegan products and services will be showcased for veggie heads and those thinking of changing their lifestyle. Get your plant-based living on!

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Canadian Gaming Summit
June 19-21, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Gaming professionals unite! The Canadian Gaming Summit is an annual conference and exhibit highlighting all sectors of gaming. There’s plenty of interaction, education, information and connections to be made in the gaming community.

Unbounce Call To Action Conference
June 25-27, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Unbounce’s annual marketing conference brings together a ton of professional marketers to learn ‘actionable marketing tactics’ from the best in digital marketing. It’s a great place to learn from guest speakers and make marketing connections within the industry.

Anime Revolution
February 12-13, 2017 (Winter)
April 9, 2017 (Play)
August 4-6, 2017 (Summer)
Date TBD (Spring)

Anime Revolution has a series of events this year including Summer, Winter, Play and Spring. They bring together the anime community and culture like no other.

Luxury & Supercar Weekend
September 9-10, 2017
Vandusen Botanical Garden

Luxury lifestyle to the max. The 8th installment of the Luxury & Supercar Weekend showcases automotive design, fashion, watches, jewellery and speciality foods, wines and spirits. This is the way to end summer with a VROOM. One Pagani in black please.

luxury super car weekend
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Vancouver International Travel Expo
September 29-30, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

The second year for the Vancouver International Travel Expo looks to top its 400 travel agents and 6000 consumer turnout from last year. This is your chance to explore the travel industry and meet face-to-face with travel companies, brands, services, agents and experts.

Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo
October 12-15, 2017

The 4th annual Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo celebrates everything eerie over four day. Halloween arts, performance, cosplay, film, comics, anime, games and makeup are all on exhibit.

Vancouver Home & Design Show
October 26-29, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

The fall Vancouver Home & Design Show features more than 325 exhibitors to spark your inner designer-self. The show focuses on all things design, entertainment and home improvement.

Fan Expo Vancouver
November 10-12, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre

Get an ultra-dose of everything pop culture at Fan Expo Vancouver with thousands of other fans, over 500 exhibitors and over 250k square feet of shopping. The three day celebration of pop culture unites fans and their television, movie and comic book icons with celebrity photo sessions, autograph signings, panel discussions and more. Last year featured a special LEGO booth, the cast of Dragon Ball Z, the cast of FOX’s Lucifer, a Pokémon Go lure party and tons of cosplay!

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By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

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