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Manager, Events — Job ID 202124

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.


The Opportunity

As ventureLAB’s Manager, Events, you will lead the development and execution of ventureLAB’s signature events, creating meaningful, profitable, memorable and innovative experiences for all attendees. Our event formats are ever-changing in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and are expected to be delivered in a virtual or hybrid format in the short-term. You will also be responsible for all operational implementation and post-event activities.


Reporting to the Director, Marketing, you are 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. The Manager, Events, will work collaboratively with the External Relations, Marketing & Communications team as well as cross-functionally with other departments including Partnerships, Programs, and Venture Growth, to conceptualize, execute, and promote ventureLAB’s signature events. 


About You

You are a self-initiating, detail-oriented team player with a passion for creating and executing engaging, inspirational event experiences, and you find creative ways to bring our audiences together to build a sense of community. 


You challenge the status quo and are motivated and driven to seek out new challenges in an evolving, fast-paced environment, while working collaboratively to achieve shared goals. We are looking for a creative thinker with a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, who will create events that champion ventureLAB’s mission, vision, impact, and values for diverse audiences. 


What You’ll Work On

  • Spearhead a variety of ventureLAB’s external events, owning all project management and end-to-end planning and execution.
  • Strategically implement new, innovative ideas including, event formats, sponsors, vendors and content.
  • Create detailed proposals for all events, including goals & objectives, milestone dates, venues/platforms, vendors, sponsorship and budgets.
  • Identify and secure speakers, moderators, special guests, and/or entertainment for events.
  • Maintain efficient and proactive communications with all event stakeholders; including pre-event marketing collateral, and communicating event details.
  • Determine budget requirements, prepare budgetary recommendations and negotiate agreements with external vendors.
  • Develop comprehensive ticket revenue strategies in order to maximize event profitability 
  • 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. 
  • Develop sponsorship strategies and sell event sponsorship packages to attract event partners and sponsors
  • Research industry events to participate in to maximize exposure with our target audience in innovative and cost effective ways.
  • Maintain a calendar of events and develop event best practices, guidelines and templates to create consistency across events



  • Completion of a relevant post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree program in marketing, events, business administration or related fields
  • 3-5 years experience in event planning, marketing, or a related field, preferably in the technology sector
  • 2 years of experience in virtual, in-person and/or hybrid event management, including speaker outreach, sponsorship experience and vendor relationship management
  • Experience coordinating large and small-scale events and conferences
  • Strong project management skills and ability to meet project deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to establish priorities and handle multiple assignments concurrently in an evolving work environment
  • Experience with Eventbrite and digital platforms such as Zoom or similar
  • Passion for the ventureLAB Mission, Vision and Culture Values


Additional Assets

  • Experience working with Eventbrite, Zoom, Asana and Mailchimp is an asset 
  • Experience in a startup and/or not-for-profit environment



$55,000/annum. Please note this is a one-year contract position with the possibility of extension.


How to Apply

Apply by Sunday, November 14th to quoting “Manager, Events – Job ID 202124” in the subject line. Include your resume 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.

position type Full Time
Location Remote
Deadline November 14, 2021
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