ULI BC: What's Next | How Vancouver's small businesses can thrive when government pandemic support runs dry?


2020-12-15T12:00:00 - 2020-12-15T13:00:00

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    Although this event is complimentary, registration in advance is required in order to receive virtual meeting link.

    ULI BC has brought together this exceptional panel today to tackle the lessons learned in the small business community so far in this pandemic — but we'll also explore the lay of the land out there right now as our region and province tangles once again with out-of-control COVID-19 infections and the toll that this pandemic continues to take on the local small business community.  

    Each of our panelists brings a unique standpoint and set of skills to this conversation, which we hope will detail a shared experience during this challenge, but most importantly will also help to create a roadmap about how your business can survive and thrive as we stare down this second wave together.



    David Gens

    CEO and Founder, Merchant Growth

    David Gens is the CEO and Founder of leading Canadian fintech company, Merchant Growth, and a Director of the Canadian Lenders Association. More than a decade ago, David set out to help support Canadian small businesses by providing financing that’s rooted in technology. Merchant Growth has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to small businesses across the country. Recently, Merchant Growth has expanded into e-commerce lending to help support brick and mortar companies that need to pivot due to COVID-19.


    Tony Vecchio

    Lawyer and Co-Founder, Slater Vecchio

    Tony Vecchio, is a lawyer and co-founder of Slater Vecchio law firm, which he launched in 1998 with Michael Slater. Tony’s practice focuses on personal injury law and class action suits and Tony has been counsel on some of the largest cases in British Columbia. During the pandemic, Slater Vecchio has been increasingly supporting clients in the area of business interruption insurance claims caused by COVID-19 restrictions and uncooperative insurance providers. Tony was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2012.


    Craig Stanghetta

    Principal & Founder, Ste. Marie Art Design

    Craig Stanghetta is co-owner of Pepinos, Caffe La Tana and Savio Volpe is also the founder of Ste. Marie, a Vancouver design studio that works with both independent businesses and developers to create engaging and active mixed-use and hospitality projects. His team is responsible for the design of many of the city's most successful and beautiful restaurants including Kissa Tanto, Bao Bei, Homer Street Cafe, Flourist, and Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.


    Susan Carter

    Partner, DIALOG

    Susan Carter: Principal at DIALOG, eternal optimist, innovator, and a thought leader in imagining new urban environments with her clients, to make visions for the future - a reality. Susan is a veteran when it comes to designing commercial spaces across Canada that engage and promote a community to thrive. Ever the curious student; Susan is passionate about how sustainable and innovative design directly impacts the human experience. When not designing the evolution of what a mixed-use environment can be; you’ll find Susan with a glass of buttery chardonnay, cracking open the conversation at a dinner party.