Vancouver Economic Commission

January 19, 2015 11:00 ET

Vancouver Economic Commission Backs The HTML500, Provides Immediate Solution for Connecting Employers and Skilled Workers in City's Booming Tech Sector

VEC-sponsored career fair at event offers newly-minted coders exclusive access to Vancouver's hottest and most lucrative jobs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 19, 2015) - The HTML500 is the largest learn to code event in Canada and was extremely popular last year, with over 1,500 people on the waitlist after all 500 spaces were filled. This year the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is upping the ante for attendees of the event by funding an on-site career fair that puts coding graduates face-to-face with tech employers from around the City -- and taking it on the road to three other cities across Canada. With over a dozen employers attending the event, the fair is a critical addition to ensure top talent is secured for Vancouver's booming tech industry.

"Vancouver has become one of the largest tech centres in North America, and tech is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy," said Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission. "Matched with Vancouver's unique competitive advantages -- the low cost of doing business, our talent pool, world class livability and longstanding business support networks- we've created an ideal ecosystem to foster our growing tech sector. The need for tech-savvy workers is expanding daily."

There are thousands of open jobs in tech, innovation and digital entertainment right now and coming up in the next few quarters. This far exceeds Vancouver's supply of talented, available workers. The HTML500 platform will provide some immediate relief for local companies looking to fill these positions, and also increase the long-term supply by motivating future generations to code.

Some of Vancouver's hottest and fastest growing tech companies will be attending the career fair, offering exclusive access for coders to apply their in-demand skills in local tech jobs, with starting salaries nearly 70 percent higher than the industrial average, including:

  •, an easy way to order great meals for groups in offices, working with Vancouver and Toronto's top restaurants to curate menus. is looking for seven talented techies.
  • Bitlit, an app that allows you to turn your favourite books into e-books, for free. By taking a 'shelfie' of your book shelf, Bitlit tells you which books are eligible for download, to read on all your electronic devices. Bitlit is looking to hire three people.
  • Riipen, a service matching post-secondary students and business, to place tomorrow's grads in top-tier jobs that are the right fit. Riipen is aiming to take on 10 new employees.
  • Fortinet, a homegrown network security platform founded in Metro Vancouver which has since grown to a top global innovator in information technology infrastructure. Fortinet is looking for talent to fill 22 positions.

"Attracting smart, talented people to our company is key for Fortinet to continue to be recognized as a leader in Vancouver's tech community," said Joyce Chow, Senior Human Resources Manager at Fortinet. "Programs like The HTML500 and tech focused career fairs will help us achieve our strong demand for technical talent and growth plans for the years to come."

The VEC will be bringing growing and established Vancouver tech companies -- ones that continue their quest to fill immediate job openings -- with them across Canada for the career fair.

Tour stops include:

  • Vancouver: January 24, 2015, Rocky Mountaineer Station
  • Calgary, AB: January 31, 2015, Red and White Club, U of Calgary
  • London, ON: February 7, 2015, London Convention Centre
  • Toronto, ON: February 22, 2015, Mars Discovery District

Added McKay: "In addition to The HTML500, the Vancouver Economic Commission will continue to seek out effective ways in 2015 to connect local companies with the employees and partners they need to keep up momentum in driving the City's tech sector forward."

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 recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable businesses.

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.

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