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Vancouver Economic Commission Takes Career Fair on the Road as Part of Premier Learn-To-Code Event, The HTML500

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2015) - The HTML500, the largest learn to code event in Canada, is headed to its last stop in Toronto. The extremely popular event launched last year in Vancouver, where over 1,500 people were waitlisted 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 Toronto coding graduates face-to-face with tech employers from Vancouver. With over two 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 our City's economy," said Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission. "While we are working locally to develop and hire tech employees, we face a challenge that our demand far exceeds our supply of talent."

McKay added, "We are so confident in what Vancouver has to offer in terms of opportunity that we are also actively courting employees across Canada, as part of the career fair at The HTML500."

There are thousands of open jobs in tech, innovation and digital entertainment right now and coming up in the next few quarters. 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. Vancouver-based entrepreneurs and companies are rapidly growing and expanding to new markets across the country, including, a corporate food concierge. Working with Vancouver and Toronto's top restaurants to curate menus, is an easy way to order great meals for groups in offices. is looking for seven talented techies to join their team.

"As a rapidly expanding company, is excited for opportunities to attract smart, talented people and continue to grow coast-to-coast," said Ryan Spong, CEO of "Programs like The HTML500 and tech focused career fairs will help us achieve our strong demand for technical talent and accelerated growth plans."

Over two dozen other companies will join on the hunt for top talent including TELUS, Riipen, The Personnel Department, AURO, and Canadian Web Hosting. 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 included:

  • Vancouver, BC: 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

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.

Media Contact:
Tania Parisella
Vancouver Economic Commission
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