At Smythe we believe in sharing our knowledge with our clients and the community. Here are some upcoming and recent events that Smythe has been involved with. If you would like one of our professionals to speak at your event, please contact us.

Upcoming Events

June 14, 2018 | Langley, BC

Langley Open House

We are pleased to host our open house on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at our Langley Office. The evening is sure to be full of good food, drinks and networking with the Smythe team and local Langley business community as we celebrate our continued growth as a firm and expansion into the Fraser Valley.

If you would like to join us, please register on our events page or contact us.

Recent Events

February 6, 2018 | Vancouver, BC

Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit 

Smythe is excited to have hosted our annual Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit Luncheon this year, with guest speaker Bradley Chisholm. This year’s topic was focused on good governance. If you are interested in attending this event, or others in the future, please contact us.


February 8, 2018 | Nanaimo, BC  +  March 8, 2018 | Vancouver, BC

This Way Out – A Guide to Selling Your Business

Selling a business is a complex process that requires a plan. Unfortunately, most business owners are too busy running their day-to-day operations to plan their exit, leaving money on the table. Smythe Advisory is pleased to have hosted two seminars aimed at helping you understand how to evaluate your transition options, maximize the value of your business and successfully navigate the sales process. If you are interested in selling your business or would like to know more about the process, please contact one of our trusted Chartered Business Valuators.


November 15, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

Proposed Tax Changes: What Business Owners & Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Put on by Family Enterprise Exchange and co-hosted by Smythe and ZLC Financial, this event discussed the proposed tax changes by the Department of Finance aimed at owners of private corporationsThe tax burden on entrepreneurs and business owners will suffer major increases as a result of these changes. We joined one of Canada’s most respected business analysts, Michael Campbell, alongside Smythe Tax Partner Sindy Wong CPA, CA and Garry Zlotnik FCPA, FCA, CFP, CLU, ChFC as they shed light on, and provided their thoughts on how these proposals will directly affect your business.


October 4, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

Women’s Social Reception

Smythe hosted our third annual Women’s Social Reception on Wednesday, October 4 at Cactus Club Coal Harbour. The evening was spent networking over wine and hors d’oeuvres with leading Vancouver business women. If you are interested in attending this year’s event please contact us.


June 1, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

2017 Traction Conference

Smythe was a proud sponsor of this year’s Traction Conference. In addition to day of networking, Traction Conf. brought founders and growth leaders from some of the fastest growing companies to share their secrets for acquiring explosive growth and revenue. Over the two day conference, attendees had the chance to listen to over 30 of the most influential names including Uber, Linkedin, Atlassian, Instacart, AppDynamics, Eventbrite, Twilio, SurveyMonkey, Trello, Credit Karma, Moz, Prezi and more.


February 7, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit 

Smythe is pleased to have once again hosted our annual Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit Luncheon. This year’s topic was focused around fraud prevention and included presentations by Partner, Anita Johnson and Senior Manager, Ben Capps. If you are interested in attending this event, or others in the future, please contact us.


Archived Events

October 5, 2016 | Vancouver, BC

Women’s Networking Event

Smythe is pleased to have hosted our second annual Women’s Networking Evening on Wednesday, October 5 at Giovane Cafe in the Fairmont Pacific Rim.


September 30, 2016 | Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Startup Week

Smythe co-sponsored the official closing party of #VSW2016. In addition to a night of networking, food and drinks, 99designs & Hired founder Matt Mickiewicz shared key lessons on growing a successful emerging tech company, and Peter McCullagh of TenX Ventures shared his experience helping to grow tech companies that have exited for a combined $10B.


September 28, 2016 | Nanaimo, BC

Nanaimo Grand Opening

Smythe was pleased to host an office warming for our brand new location in Nanaimo where people had the opportunity to meet the Smythe Nanaimo Chartered Professional Accountant and Debt Advisory teams. 


February 11, 2016 | Vancouver, BC

Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit 

Smythe hosted the annual Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit Luncheon. Margaret Mason, Partner, Charities & Tax Exempt Organizations at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP discussed the new Societies Act and transition of pre-existing societies. 

Download the new Societies Act presentation


September 25, 2015 | Vancouver, BC

0 to 100: Accelerate Your Tech Business at Vancouver Startup Week

Smythe was pleased to present  0 to 100: Accelerate Your Tech Business in collaboration with Boast Capital, Launch Academy, Dentons and Vancouver Startup Week. As the official Friday Night Social of #VSW2015 we hosted an expert panel featuring founders from the fastest growing Vancouver companies:

  • Kenneth Loi, Co-founder & COO, Procurify (Seed stage)
  • Tanis Jorge, Co-founder, Trulioo (Growth stage)
  • Ian Crosby, Co-founder & CEO, Bench (Growth stage)
  • Sean Clark, Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer, SHOEme (Pre-IPO)


July 22, 2015 | Vancouver, BC

Women’s Champagne Reception at St. John 

Smythe and St. John Boutique Vancouver presented the Women’s Champagne Reception held in downtown Vancouver. We enjoyed a late afternoon of networking with leading business women in Vancouver.


March 24, 2015 | Vancouver, BC

Let’s Talk Charities & Not-for-Profit with Faye Wightman

Topics presented by one of Canada’s foremost philanthropic leaders, Faye Wightman included:

  • Good governance and the risks of not having it in place
  • How poor governance resulted in a turn for the worse; what went wrong and what can we learn from this
  • Imagine Canada Standards Program and why it can be useful to all charities and not-for-profits

Download the presentation slides on Governance by Faye Wightman.


February 12, 2015 | Vancouver, BC

0 to 100: Accelerate Your Tech Business

Smythe Ratcliffe was pleased to present our interactive seminar 0 to 100: Accelerate Your Tech Business in collaboration with Boast Capital. Our interactive seminar discussed the business fundamentals needed to take your company from 0 to 100

Download presentation slides here


May 28, 2014 | Vancouver, BC

Cross-Border Business Forum

Forum locations included: Terminal City Club, Oceanic Plaza, Rogue Kitchen & Wet Bar, Lift, Joe Fortes & Edible Canada.

Smythe Ratcliffe hosted our 6th annual Cross-Border Business Forum. This year our breakfast presentation and discussion panel was followed by two breakout sessions with focuses on Europe and Mexico (and other Latin America) business planning considerations, as well as two separate seminars for US Estate Planning for Canadians and Let’s Talk Technology. 


February 11, 2014 | Vancouver, BC

Build Your Tech Business: Tax Accounting, Legal and SR&ED Essentials

Smythe Tech, Boast Capital and Lawson Lundell were proud to present the accounting, legal and SR&ED essentials needed to build your tech-based business.


February 6, 2014 | Vancouver, BC

Let’s Talk Not-for-Profit

Thank you to everyone who attended our not-for-profit seminar which focused on accounting, legal and other topics that impact not-for-profit organizations. A special thank you to our guest speakers Margaret Mason and Michael Blatchford of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP. For presentation materials from this event click here.












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