About Us

About Us

As we all know, the Vancouver Lower Mainland is a special place that bring and inspires people from all over the world. The purposes of Vancouverentrepreneur.ca is to provide a central location for all local aspiring entrepreneurs or even accomplished entrepreneurs to come to find out what’s going on in the community and get the resources and inspiration they need from others. Most importantly it is to deliver insightful podcast interviews from all types of entrepreneurs and find out what makes them successful no matter if they are just beginning or have been at it a long time. Join our newsletter and stay up on all the news and find our what the local entrepreneurs are up to and you just might learn something new.

The Host

My name is Robert Szmigiel. I was born and raised in Vancouver, grew up here until I was 18, then moved to California and got my degree in Marketing and Advertising from San Jose State University. I have been working abroad and recently just came back to the west coast. I’ve been an Internet Marketing Manager for over 10 years working internationally for companies in Canada, Costa Rica, Antigua, Malta, US, Brazil and Panama. I have won several international awards for my work on brands and marketing and now I wanted to bring all the experience I have worked some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the world that have built small, medium and large companies.

In all the places I’ve worked, coming back to Vancouver, I’ve seen and met a whole new breed of entrepreneurs and that are determined to make a difference in their community and create products and services that are making an impact to the world internationally. The intention of this website and podcast is to bring out the Vancouver entrepreneurs/businesses to the rest of the world, or just like me when I was traveling, reaching out to fellow “Vancouverite’s” who are working or travelling internationally and they want to stay in touch with what’s going on in British Columbia.

This is the place to do just that. Whether you’re at the gym, going for a walk, driving in your car, waiting for a plane or listening at home, you can get some insight to some of the brightest minds and innovative in businesses that Vancouver has to offer.

I’ve started lots of businesses, failed at some, was successful at other, kept going and started another. This is a new venture for me, and if I’m going to write, profile and interview entrepreneurs in Vancouver, then I better be one.

So, as this business starts and grows, everyone can watch it progress and just like a pet or plant, we can all be witness to one another great BC company develop over the years and say we were there since the beginning and watched it grow through the years and stages just like any business transforms.

Thanks for coming along and joining us in our journey to give the entrepreneurs, businesses and province a global voice most importantly for joining me and our fellow Vancouver Entrepreneurs, we hope you stay with us and listen to what they have to say, or even better, get inspired to become one.

Contact Us

    Jen Ray Interview

    May 21st 2018

    Jen is the Director & Owner of Dancinema. Dancinema is a Canadian and American-based company founded in Vancouver that fuses the arts and industries of Dance & Film through productions, education and events. Next up is the 3rd annual Cascadia


    Diana Pederson Interview

    May 10th 2018

    Diana Pederson is the Founder and CEO of Dragonfly MedTech, an early stage startup company in Vancouver who is building clinic software to enable medical doctors to provide a treatment solution for concussions. She is originally from Seattle where she


    Melanie Ewan Interview

    April 16th 2018

    Melanie Ewan is Managing Partner at local startup advisory firm, Volition, where she oversees operations and communications, in addition to working with entrepreneurs on funding research and grant writing projects. As COO and Head of Research at Women in Tech


    Praveen Varshney Interview

    December 26th 2016

    Praveen Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991. He is a director or officer of various publicly traded companies including Mogo and Hempco Food


    Arran Stephens Interview

    December 26th 2016

    Arran Stephens was born in 1944 and was raised on Vancouver Island. His parents pioneered sustainable farming in the 1950’s and advised Arran to “leave the earth better than you found it.” After pursuing art and having several successful exhibitions


    Terry McBride Interview

    December 11th 2016

    Today we are with Terry McBride who is the current CEO of YYoga and one of the three founding members of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions (independent record label), Nettwerk Management (artist and producer management), Nettwerk One