Lighthouse Labs

January 07, 2015 13:00 ET

The HTML500 Links Job Seekers to Career Opportunities, Encourages Attendees to Bring Resumes

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 7, 2015) -

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Vancouver January 24, 2015 The Rocky Mountaineer Station - 1755 Cottrell St. Vancouver, BC
Calgary January 31, 2015 Red and White Club, U of Calgary - 1833 Crowchild Trail NW Calgary, AB
London February 7, 2015 London Convention Centre - 300 York St. London, ON
Toronto February 22, 2015 MaRS Discovery District - 101 College St. Toronto, ON

The HTML500, Canada's largest learn to code event, was created by Lighthouse Labs with job seekers and career changers in mind. After creating their own landing page through an easy, hands-on HTML and CSS curriculum, participants can immediately apply for jobs and explore career opportunities at The HTML500's on-site career fair presented by founding partner, Vancouver Economic Commission. The career fair is a new feature to The HTML500 experience, boosting networking opportunities between participants and recruiters.

"Basic programming knowledge is quickly becoming a prerequisite to entering the job market as more companies across all sectors embrace technology. We strongly encourage participants to bring their resumés so they can apply for the technical and non-technical jobs available at the career fair," says Jeremy Shaki, Lighthouse Labs co-founder.

Across Canada, the need for digital literacy increases as the technology sector grows. In B.C. alone, there are 84,000 technology jobs and the sector pays 66 per cent higher wages than the industrial average, according to the most recent British Columbia Technology Report Card.

"At the end of the training day, 500 British Columbians will have new and improved digital literacy skills they can start using right away," says Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services. "This is a fantastic event that boosts our skilled workforce, creates job opportunities for individuals and helps meet the growing needs of B.C. employers," continues Virk, who speaks on behalf of The HTML500's founding partner BC Innovation Council.

The HTML500's learn-by-doing approach mirrors Lighthouse Labs 8-week coding bootcamp. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop to the event. Internet connection and lunch will be provided.

"Vancouver continues to rise as a global tech hub, boasting homegrown, internationally-recognized start-ups," said Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission. "Our support of the career fair will help our partners in the technology sector, and the many other sectors that rely on technology today, meet their need for highly-skilled people. It will also showcase Vancouver, a city that is innovative, creative and sustainable, with world-class livability and solid business support networks."

The HTML500's 2015 National Founding Partner, TELUS, will also be participating at the career fair. "We're looking forward to joining attendees at The HTML500 event, sharing our expertise and meeting participants at our career booth," said Shawn Mandel, Vice-President at TELUS digital. "We're always looking for talented individuals to join our team who have a passion for the web and all things digital and can thrive in a collaborative, customer-focused and fast-paced environment."

Check out TELUS digital's latest job postings at

About Lighthouse Labs and The HTML500

Lighthouse Labs is an immersive coding education boot camp that provides hands-on training in web and mobile software development. Through a mixture of lecture and lab environments, students are given the opportunity to work on open source and real world projects with the support of instructors. Students acquire practical coding skills in multiple programming languages that prepare them to enter the workforce after this intensive 8-week training program. Lighthouse Labs created The HTML500 to champion digital literacy in Canada. The HTML500 gives access to anyone who is looking to make the first step towards digital literacy.

Twitter: @TheHTML500 - #HTML500


TELUS (TSX:T) (NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.5 million customer connections, including 8.0 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.45 million Internet subscribers and 888,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider. To learn more about TELUS visit

TELUS digital is dedicated to building innovative, data-driven, customer-focused digital experience for TELUS customers. Our Future Friendly culture fosters collaborative learning and innovative, out-of-the-box thinking in a relaxed environment. TELUS digital uses customer insights, validated data and analytics to build our knowledge and understanding of design from the perspective of our customers. To learn more about TELUS digital visit

About the Vancouver Economic Commission

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to strengthen the city's economic future by supporting existing businesses, attracting foreign investment and promoting international trade. The VEC strives to position Vancouver as a globally recognized city for innovative, creative and sustainable business.

About the BC Innovation Council

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in British Columbia. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs. With our partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC. The BC Venture Acceleration Program's delivery partners offer support for early stage technology companies by critically evaluating the fundamentals of their business idea and developing their entrepreneurial skills. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.

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