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.

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    Megan Williams Interview

    June 29th 2018

    Megan is the award-winning author of Our Interrupted Fairy Tale. She is also the co-author of a children’s book with her award-winning, 10-year-old step-daughter, Madison. After 3 years of helping writers publish their books off the side of her corporate


    Merideth Shutter Interview

    June 17th 2018

    Merideth is an entrepreneur and mother of three from Vancouver. She is the Founder of PROtect…Smart Personal Safety. The development of PROtect came together organically. She had one too many close encounters in her professional life where she was alone


    Ilya Brotzky Interview

    June 9th 2018

    Ilya is the CEO and founder of VanHack. After graduating from Cornell University with a Degree in Applied Economics and Management, Ilya spent 4 years working in the Brazilian startup scene where he joined the country’s most successful early stage


    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