6 Days in June

Mayor Robertson’s Awards of Excellence

WHEN: June 23 WHERE: Vancouver Playhouse The City of Vancouver launches its first awards ceremony for individuals, businesses and organizations that make a positive impact on the city (free; vancouvereconomic.com).2014 B.C. Economic Summit when: June 8-11 where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport As the provincial and federal governments finalize conditions enabling construction of LNG export facilities and infrastructure in B.C., the province’s business community is beginning to assess what opportunities lie ahead. Presented by the Economic Development Association of B.C., the summit features speakers from the provincial cabinet and private industry ($635; edabc.com).Surrey Board of Trade AGM and Dinner WHEN: June 18 WHERE: Eaglequest Golf Course, Surrey The Surrey Board of Trade looks back on the past year of business in the province’s second-largest municipality at its 50th annual general meeting and president’s networking dinner ($40; businessinsurrey.com). Perfecting Your Pitch and Exit StrategyWHEN: June 4 WHERE: SFU Segal School of Business, Vancouver Your startup should be thinking about its exit strategy from the get-go, or so argues mergers and acquisitions adviser Basil Peters (pictured). Hosted by the B.C. Innovation Council, this two-hour seminar on startup financing features Peters and investor David Shore ($20; newventuresbc.com). 2014 Torch Awards when: June 19 where: Four Seasons Hotel, VancouverThe Better Business Bureaus of B.C. and Yukon recognize businesses that have demonstrated a solid commitment to ethics, sustainability and integrity in the region this year ($55; smallbusinessbc.ca).2014 VIATeC Technology Awards when: June 20 where: Victoria Conference Centre As Victoria’s third-largest employer, the technology sector has come to play an increasingly important role in that city’s economy. The 2014 awards, hosted by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council, celebrate the most successful startups and technology companies from the south Island ($175; viatecawards.com).