When it comes to the tech conference circuit outside of Silicon Valley, Canada is probably not top of mind for most people, but I’ve got a feeling that’s slowly changing. Last week, Vancouver hosted the fourth edition of the GROW conference, a two-day event (plus one for outdoor activities around the city) that brings together startups from all over Canada and the West Coast. Four years ago, the inaugural event attracted 400 people. This year, over 1,200 made the trip to Vancouver’s Convention Center, which will also play host to TED next year.
To me, GROW has become one of the premier networking conferences, as it’s a great way to take the pulse of the Canadian startup scene. As with many things Canada, it’s easy to underestimate the role of the tech industry there. In British Columbia, more people now work in tech jobs than in fields like mining…
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