Event Manager - Job ID 202303


Date Published:

February 14, 2023

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2023

About ventureLAB

ventureLAB is a not-for-profit leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada. Our organization is led by seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders with decades of industry experience in building IP-rich start-ups, scale-ups, and global multinationals to help businesses scale. Located at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor in York Region, ventureLAB is part of one of the biggest and most diverse tech communities in Canada. Since 2011, ventureLAB has enabled over 2,000 tech ventures to create over 4,000 jobs and raise more than $200 million in investment capital through our initiatives focused on raising capital, talent retention, technology and IP commercialization, and customer acquisition. Together with our community of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and partners, we enable technology startups to accelerate the commercialization of transformational products on a global scale. ventureLAB is home to the Hardware Catalyst Initiative — Canada’s only lab and incubator for hardware and semiconductor-focused companies. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada — for global markets.

Our Mission

We grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada.

Our Vision

Born Global. Built to Scale. Inclusive by Design. Inspire a new generation of global founders who choose Canada to scale IP-rich tech titans creating innovative hardware and scale-ready enterprise software solutions that transform communities and establish a blueprint for a more sustainable, inclusive tech ecosystem.

Our Values — Team RIVIR

Relentless: We are tenacious, resilient, resourceful, and open-minded. We follow through and remove barriers so others can succeed.
Inclusive: We embrace diverse opinions, ideas, and perspectives to make better decisions. We empower each other to do better, we are positive, and we do not judge ourselves or others.
Visionary: We inspire a prosperous future predicated on diversity and inclusivity for our clients, partners, and community.
Innovative: We ensure everyone is able to contribute to new innovative ideas and strategies. We are curious and ask questions for clarity.
Results-Driven: We are proactive and decisive. We do what we say we will do. We are accountable. We have fact-based discussions and challenge each other respectfully.

ventureLAB is made up of passionate, driven individuals, and is growing quickly. It is a fast-paced, flexible environment where individual contributors make a big difference and work collaboratively to achieve shared goals. We are proud to be one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and a Great Place to Work®.

The Opportunity

ventureLAB is seeking a Manager, Events, who is passionate about creating memorable experiences with engaging content and creative elements. You have a keen understanding of event sponsorship strategy and fundraising methodologies. You enjoy networking and connecting people with our brand, creating meaningful, profitable, memorable and innovative experiences for all attendees.

The Manager will report to the Director, Events, Sponsorships & Partnerships, and work collaboratively and cross-functionally with other departments and steering committees to conceptualize, execute, and promote ventureLAB’s events.

About You

● You are a self-initiating, detail-oriented team player with a passion for creating and executing engaging, inspirational event experiences
● You are creative and think outside the box to bring new and exciting ideas to engage our audiences in the ever-changing post-pandemic events world
● You enjoy collaborating with others and can communicate effectively
● You strive on building relationships and motivating others to achieve common goals for the organization and our founders
● You are agile and think quick on your feet when things don’t go as planned
● You are a critical thinker who is well organized with outstanding time management to execute immediate tasks while planning for future events
● Will support in the creation of events that champion ventureLAB’s mission, vision, impact, and values for diverse audiences
● You have a strong customer service mentality and relationship management skills

What You’ll Do:

Event planning, support & execution:

● Provide support required to ensure the efficient and effective planning of internal and programmatic events
● Provide cross-departmental support in the execution of events such as program graduations, program launches etc., aimed at highlighting entrepreneurs successes
● Assist in the execution of internal ventureLAB corporate meetings (i.e Town Halls, AGM, BBQs)
● Work cross-departmentally to offer support in utilizing event tools and strategies for event planning
● Management of ventureLAB event calendar, event tracking metrics, and event intake forms
● Maintain efficient and proactive communications with key event stakeholders such as speakers, sponsors, and management
● Support the development of sponsorship strategies for internal events
● Work cross-departmentally to implement new event formats, tools/resources, vendor lists and develop new and efficient ideas to automate processes
● Work closely with the marketing team to develop and promote events while gaining optimal participation and exposure by using a variety of social, email, advertising and other tactics.

ventureLAB annual HardTech Conference:

● Support in the development, planning and execution of ventureLAB’s annual HardTech Conference
● Support with communications to key stakeholders such as speakers, sponsors, and management
● Support with event metrics, wrap reports, and various presentations before, during and post events as applicable
● Support with securing aligned sponsors, speakers and other stakeholders
● Support the development of sponsorship strategies for the main conference and pitch competition
● Work cross functionally with steering committee to ensure the success of the conference and long term vision is being achieved
● Working cross functionally with the Marketing department to develop a strategic marketing plan for materials such as newsletters, social messaging, partner/founder promotional packages and more

Qualifications & Skills:

● Completion of a post-secondary education in Hospitality Management, Event Management or a related field with 3-5 years of event planning experience, preferably in a not-for-profit or government organization
● Experience with industry best practices to deploy various meetings, delivering in an in-person, virtual or hybrid environment, and comfortable using technology to facilitate events and planning activities
● Experience with preparing and executing various communication materials to stakeholders
● Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team
● Ability to anticipate and plan for different and worst case scenarios (i.e EAP Plans) and demonstrate strong conflict management skills
● Proficient with Microsoft Office and G-Suite
● Demonstrates great interpersonal skills along with excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Must be a hands-on self-starter with the ability to manage multiple tasks and shifting priorities
● Experience working with start-ups is an asset
● Experience working in the tech ecosystem is an asset

How to Apply

Apply by March 10, 2023 to hr@venturelab.ca quoting “Event Manager – Job ID 202303” in the subject line. Include your resume, salary expectations, and a brief note telling us why you’d be a great addition to the ventureLAB team. Early submissions are encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

At ventureLAB, we value diversity, inclusion, and respect. Diverse experience, perspectives, and backgrounds bring great ideas and create stronger teams — we embrace it, because we know that by including everyone, we all thrive. Accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted.