Sponsorship Opportunities

Did you know…

  • $2,000 can get you started with a high-profile sponsorship at The Vancouver Board of Trade?
  • There are 200 events and activities to help raise your profile and showcase your products and services?
  • Many current sponsors consider The Board an integral part of their strategic marketing plans?
  • The post-event summary and photos of an event – with a link to your web site as an event sponsor – is archived on indefinitely?

Imagine the possibilities! Why wouldn’t you reach out to over 5,900 members of Western Canada’s leading business organization and beyond?

For a customized sponsorship experience, contact Lisa Kaisers, Partnership Development Manager at 604-640-5484 or email 

A taste of the benefits for events:

  • Name and corporate logo in all printed flyers, e-blasts, weekly newsletter and advertisements
  • Name and corporate logo on posters and table cards at the event
  • Named table adjacent to the Speaker's Table
  • Table guests invited to a private reception with guest speaker (pending speaker availability)
  • One seat at the Speaker's Table next to or close to the guest speaker(s)
  • Multiple acknowledgements as event sponsor in the Chairman’s opening and closing remarks
  • Opportunity to speak at the event (i.e., introduce or thank the speaker on behalf of The Vancouver Board of Trade and sponsors)
  • Company’s link on
  • Post event coverage on
  • Social media – Facebook presence, one “tweet” on Twitter




Distinguished Speaker Program and Special Speaker Program (DSP, SSP)

Focus on top of mind business-related issues presented by business, government and global speakers on regional, national and world affairs and economic development. They often feature federal and provincial ministers, chief executive officers of leading corporations and influential thinkers and decision-makers from around the world.

Whether your sponsorship is geared towards alignment on a specific issue or you’re simply looking for maximum impact for your sponsorship investment, DSPs and SSPs attract movers, shakers and decision makers—just the people you want to reach.

Pacific Economic Forum (PEF)

Presents speakers, seminars and conferences featuring renowned world leaders who come to address and engage Board of Trade members and their guests on topics of broad, international interest. Since the Forum’s inception in 2007, speakers have included The Honourable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States; Stephen R. Covey, leadership authority and best-selling author of The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness; Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; David Dodge, Governor of the Bank of Canada; and Philip Chen, CEO, Cathay Pacific Airways.

With very high-profile guests, PEF events are nearly always sold-out, and attract a large and diverse audience of Vancouver-area business and community leaders as well as local, regional and national media attention. PEFs deliver big audiences and high impact exposure for sponsors.

Special Forums

Being the premier business organization and speaker platform in Western Canada, The Board regularly hosts special forums to stimulate discussion and encourage people to come together to address urgent concerns. These forums have included the B.C Economic Forum, Pacific Gateway Forum, a Climate for Change, the Metro Forum and P3 Forum.

As touch points for important community action, these forums attract the most engaged members of society at all levels and are an excellent opportunity to reach a large audience of influential leaders.

Distinguished Author Series (DAS)

This popular series provides members an opportunity to hear from a variety of well known and best-selling authors from a wide range of disciplines. Authors have included Peter C. Newman, Diane Francis and most recently, Jeff Rubin.

These events attract those who are interested in the latest business intelligence and offer sponsors premium visibility at events that are most often an exclusive engagement with the author.

Members’ Orientations

At these introductory events, members learn the Secrets of Positive Networking™ as well as about the benefits of The Board before going on to practice their newly acquired skills at a wine and cheese reception, attended by up to 250 other members.

For sponsors, these events are a great point-of-entry to reach a broad range of members and begin building your corporate presence.

Networking Roundtables – Members and Future Members

Dedicated to networking, these events attract Board members looking to develop new, productive business relationships and expand their professional networks.

As an entry-level sponsorship opportunity, Networking Roundtables are a great place to gain consistent exposure without breaking the budget.



Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This is where The Board’s diverse membership gathers each June to welcome the incoming chair and new board of directors.

Think all AGM’s are boring and stuffy? Think again. The Board knows that if you want people to show up and pay attention, you need to give them something special and our AGMs do just that with keynotes like Stephen Covey, Rex Murphy and Rick Mercer. With a large captive audience and plenty of buzz, it’s a great place to raise your sponsorship profile.

Governors’ Banquet

To honour their commitment and contribution to The Board, each spring the immediate past chair is inducted into the Council of Governors at a black-tie gala event. This special evening also features a top-notch keynote speaker, a salute to a prominent company or industry and presentation of the Rix Center Corporate and Community Citizenship Awards (2009 was the inaugural year for these awards which recognize and celebrate the achievements of engaged leaders).

Attracting the who’s who of the local business world in addition to philanthropists and celebrities, this is a premier event on Vancouver’s social calendar and the perfect sponsorship opportunity to put your company on center stage.



The Company of Young Professionals and Leaders of Tomorrow (CYP, LOT)

CYP gives young professionals the opportunity to become engaged in their community by attending hot-topic events, meeting prominent business leaders and fostering leadership through engagement. Leaders of Tomorrow is a student mentorship program that matches emerging leaders with seasoned business professionals.

Together, CYP and LOT deliver some of the liveliest, most interesting and engaging events The Board has to offer. If you’d like to have a presence with the upcoming generation of business leaders and decision-makers, this is where you’ll find them.

Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC)

Offering unique opportunities for women to be involved in the social and political issues The Board tackles, as well as outstanding relationship-building and networking activities, WLC has added a more relaxed and approachable dimension to the programming offered by The Board and given members permission to reach out and connect like never before. Since its inception in the fall of 2007, the WLC’s exclusive “All Access” networking events have become a huge hit. With some speaker events, the WLC also hosts small private circles where WLC members can meet before or after the event with the guest speaker.

For sponsors, WLC events offer an exciting new opportunity to make an impact in the community and build your profile within an increasingly powerful demographic.

The Rix Center for Corporate Citizenship & Engaged Leadership

Through education, programs and events, The Rix Center endeavours to not only recognize and celebrate the achievements of engaged leaders, but also to encourage and inspire others to develop the skills necessary for engaged leadership.

If you’re looking for a sponsorship opportunity that is in alignment with and promotes the importance of values-based community leadership, The Rix Center can help deliver your message to the audiences you want to reach.