Out West Conference


1 Day・5+ Speakers・10+ Employers

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The first LGBTQ+ Recruitment Conference on the West Coast.

Out West is an annual conference where LGBTQ+ talent comes to meet some of Canada’s largest and most inclusive employers. Attendees will develop their professional skills through workshops, build their networks, and learn about LGBTQ support in the workplace from employers who lead the charge. Attendees will also have an opportunity to land coveted jobs and internships with companies who value diversity and inclusion.


September 20th, 2019


Marriot Pinnacle
1128 W Hastings St, Vancouver (map)

A launching pad for your career

Resumé Database

Your resumé will be added to our database and reviewed by participating companies. If they like what they see, you’ll get an interview!

Career Fair

You’ll have access to our exclusive career fair attended by LGBTQ+ friendly companies who all champion diversity and inclusion.


This is your chance to begin building your professional network. Out programming offers numerous opportunities to meet industry representatives and fellow peers.

Career Fair Companies

Our Career Fair connects you with top employment opportunities. Here is this year’s roster of LGBTQ+ friendly companies looking to hire:

Keynote Speaker

Parker McLean

Founder & Principal, Harc Creative

Inspired to help build queer presence in Vancouver’s entrepreneurial landscape, Parker McLean is founder and principal at Harc Creative, a brand strategy agency. Named a BC Business Top 30 Under 30 in 2017, Parker’s still trying to figure out what to do with kudos when most of the hard work lies ahead. Parker speaks, designs, loves and creates in Vancouver, BC.

2019 Conference Schedule


Join us for a day full of workshops, talks, and networking. Hear from LGBTQ+ industry leaders and meet some of Canada’s largest employers who are passionate about shaping the future of the Canadian workplace.

More details coming soon.

  • 10:30am - 12:30pm Career Fair
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch & Keynote
  • 2:00pm - 5:20pm Workshops (2 sessions)
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Evening Cocktail Reception


Who is the Out West Conference for?

It is for LGBTQ+ students and young professionals in search of inclusive workplaces, as well as employers who want to make their workplace more inclusive.

Why should I come?

This is your chance to make lasting relationships with others in our community and with employers who truly value diversity and inclusion. You will leave feeling inspired by our amazing panelists and speakers.

What is Start Proud?

Start Proud is a national non-profit facilitating the professional development of LGBTQ+ students and young professionals. We are many things, and one of those is conference makers. Click here for more info.

Can I come if I’m not LGBTQ+?

Yes! Allies are more than welcome.

I don’t think I can afford the conference. Is there funding available?

Yes, please visit our pricing page for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

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