5 Events to Know About: May 28 to June 3

Participate in Bike to Work Week, get your business prepared for the Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw and support two Vancouver Island tech businesses as they head to the BC Technology Impact Awards in Vancouver.

Challenge yourself to bike to work every day this week

When: Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 1
Where: Various locations
Why: The 24th annual Victoria Bike to Work Week kicks off on Monday, making this the perfect week to try bike commuting if you’re brand new to it. Share the bike lanes with other bike commuters, and if it’s on your way, try to use the new separated bike lane on Fort Street, which had its grand opening yesterday. Stop by some of the celebration stations throughout the city on your way into (or home from) work for the chance to win prizes and chat with bike mechanics.

Learn how the Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw could affect your business

When: Monday, May 28
Where: City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
Why: The new bylaw will come into effect on July 1, meaning Victoria will join Montreal, Seattle and the state of California in banning single-use plastic bags. If you’re not sure about the specifics of the bylaw, attend an hour-long Business Information Session at City Hall on Monday morning. Ask your questions and learn how you can best prepare. For those who own a restaurant, a restaurant-specific info session is also hosted on Monday, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Connect with the local tech community

When: Monday, May 28
Where: Stembolt, 844 Courtney Street
Why: HackerNest Tech Socials are fun, relaxed meet-ups that take place in cities all around the world. The Victoria branch of this meet-up takes place Monday night and follows the same format as the other HackerNest Tech Socials: tech-enthusiasts arrive and share conversation over drinks, it’s as agenda-free as that. No need to come prepared with an elevator pitch or startup idea — this is just about networking and supporting the local tech community.

Attend a film festival that celebrates our natural environment

When: Wednesday, May 30
Where: Capitol 6 Theatres, 805 Yates Street
Why: The Georgia Strait Alliance presents its ninth annual Festival of Ocean Films this Wednesday. Victoria is the first stop on the tour (the festival also makes its way to Pender Harbour in June). The festival’s feature film, Sea of Life from the filmmaker Julia Barnes, is an award-winning creation. Also in the festival is the short film The Hundred Year Old Whale about the killer whale that lived on the west coast for more than a century. Attend the film festival and show your support for the Georgina Strait Alliance as it works to restore marine environments and promote sustainability.

Discover who the province’s most forward-thinking changemakers are in the technology industry

When: Friday, June 1
Why: Even though the 25th annual BC Technology Impact Awards are in Vancouver, the event should be on your radar. The awards recognize the innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers making British Columbia’s tech ecosystem what it is. While the majority of the shortlisted companies this year are based in Vancouver, Qualicum Beach-based Cloudhead Games and Victoria’s LlamaZoo Interactive are both finalists for Startup of the Year. Keep track of the awards on social media and show the Vancouver Island-based tech companies your support.