CanCon Podcast Ep. 67: Is Vancouver Canada’s next great tech hub?


This week, the CanCon Podcast hit the road and landed in Vancouver. BetaKit Editor in Chief, Douglas Soltys, sits down with a few members of the Vancouver tech scene to gain insight into what’s popping on the west coast.

First, Douglas interviews a familiar face – Jonathan Narvey, BetaKit’s former west coast editor – for an overview of the scene and to find out what it’s like to transition from reporting on startups to working at one. Joined next by Ray Walia, CEO of Launch Academy and Managing Partner at Victory Square Ventures, Douglas asks about the evolution of Vancouver’s tech ecosystem, Launch Academy’s new Startup Visa status, and the upcoming Traction conference. Finally, Douglas takes a moment with Sean Elbe, self-proclaimed CEO wrangler and Sector Development Manager of Technology at the Vancouver Economic Commission, to hear the city’s pitch on how it can become a global tech hub.

Have some hot takes on the topics that were covered? Maybe you want to suggest something for a future podcast! Perhaps you have a burning question about something you read in tech news that we didn’t cover. Email us, post a comment below with the answer or question, or better yet, rate CanCon 5-stars on iTunes and post your thoughts there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 67 (05/15/17)

Upcoming Tech Events in Vancouver
Traction Conference, May 31st and June 1st

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Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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