World of Walas & Passive House Canada Social

Join us for drinks after the first day of Buildex at the Irish Heather!

At the end of the first day of Buildex, come and join other industry professionals to discuss new concepts and discoveries you made! Not attending Buildex? Come anyway and hear other people’s learnings firsthand!

This event is partially sponsored and co-organized in unique collaboration with Passive House Canada.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Address: The Irish Heather Long Table, 210 Carrall St, Vancouver
Fee: $15 + tax, includes canapés and a drink

6.30pm Arrival and mingling
6.45pm Welcome and a word from our sponsors
7pm Networking and sharing your learnings

This event is brought to you by World of Walas, in partnership with ZEBx and Passive House Canada, sponsored by SIGA Cover.

Register via Passive House Canada.

Enjoy a social evening at the Walas Innovation Centre and discover architectural trends and differences from across the Atlantic. Join our diverse audience featuring architects, engineers and European innovators to learn the latest European trends and how impactful they will be in Canada.

We will hear from the international speaker, author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, and World of Walas CEO Gerben van Straaten while enjoying fantastic Italian food, kindly sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce.


For almost 30 years, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West (ICCC) has championed  business, trade and investment exchanges between Italy and Western Canada.

As one of the most active and respected bilateral trade organizations in the west, the ICCC customizes business solutions for Italian and Canadian companies wishing to enter international markets. One of its latest ventures is the which lets you discover genuine Italian design sources in Vancouver.

During this trade mission, the ICCC featured flavours of Italy at an architectural and design event held at the Walas Innovation Centre.

Between February 11th and 15th, World of Walas will be organizing a 5-day trade mission with 11 innovation European companies. For 5 full days, participants will engage with the BC market, connect with local experts, counterparts and potential customers, and showcase their innovations at Western Canada’s largest building conference. The mission is designed to connect European innovations in sustainability to the North American market and to open dialogue in how to bring innovations to new markets.

On Monday, February 11th, our partners will join us as we explore the market, and receive exclusive presentations from the Vancouver Economic Commission on Vancouver’s Sustainable City Strategy, the British Columbia Provincial Energy Step Code Building Program, and the Federal Government of Canada on Canada’s Innovation Business Development support programs.

On Tuesday, February 12th, our partners will join us on a guided tour of British Columbia Institute’s for Technology (BCIT) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) survey the market by experiencing the leading innovations present in British Columbia through their centre for Zero Emission Buildings, Centre for Architectural Ecology, Smart Grid Oasis, Gateway Solar Panels and High Performance Building Lab.

In the evening, we’ll be hosting a special Architect Evening and Social, where our CEO, Gerben van Straaten will give a presentation to the community and network of urban professionals that we have grown for the past 4.5 years in Vancouver. Our partners will be able to mingle with the leaders and key stakeholders of Canada’s urban development economy.

Join us on Wednesday, February 13th, when we collaborate with Passive House Canada to join the Passive House building community in Vancouver and our partners in European Innovations for a fun night of drinks, appetizers and casual networking.

On Wednesday, February 13th – Thursday, February 14th, World of Walas will return to Buildex in to present the 2019 European Innovation Pavilion. Buildex is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. Over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attract over 14,000 attendees annually.  World of Walas was asked to build on the success of the European Pavilion in 2018 with an expanded program. Our CEO, Gerban van Straaten will be presenting an international Keynote (Session T34) at Buildex. Click here to register.

Finally, our partners will join us once again at our Centre for Innovation for one-on-one meetings on Friday, February 15th, where they will follow-up with leads, and potential business opportunities before concluding their trade mission.

For more information on the World of Walas Trade Mission, please visit

Learn more here for our Wednesday Social with Passive House Canada.

Learn more here about our Tuesday Architect Evening and Social.

If you are interested in Wednesday, February 13th – Thursday, February 14th Buildex European Innovation Pavilion, please contact us at to learn more.

On Thursday, February 14th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, World of Walas CEO, Gerben van Straaten, will present an international keynote at BUILDEX 2019, Western Canada’s Largest Urban Development Conference.

Keynote Description (Session T34 at BUILDEX 2019):

“Urban development means more than just real estate and district design. Urban development brings together the activities, desires and interests of people, companies and the cities they inhabit. It unites them into a living and a liveable whole – economically, socially, sustainably, ecologically and financially. Attend this keynote to learn from a leading urban planner on why it is so important to give people ownership of their community and ways in which we can help understand how citizens want to live now and into the future.

Gerben van Straaten will share first-hand insight into waste management, biomass and renewable energy, highlighting how planning for the future begins with a holistic understanding of how neighborhoods interact and perform. Gerben will also address how partner networks, collaboration, and innovation can be a catalyst for thinking locally while acting globally without the need for significant government support.”

Click here to register!

DBC meets VSO on Tuesday January 22, 2019, 6 PM – 9 PM.

The Dutch Business Club is proud to host an inspiring evening with very special guests from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. They are honoured to have Maestro Otto Tausk, VSO Music Director, as their special guest for this evening.

Kelly Tweeddale, VSO President, will give a presentation about the VSO Timpani Fundraising Campaign. Those “flashing kettledrums” are a staple to the orchestra’s sound and VSO intents to invest in their artistic assets to celebrate their iconic 100-season mark”.

Furthermore, the evening will also have a musical surprise by the VSO which will be announced at a later date.

Don’t miss out on this special event and thank you in advance for your support!

(All DBC Members will receive a personal email with a discount code. Please stay tuned.)

We only accept credit card payments for this event – no cash payments at the door.

After last year’s successful inaugural NED Event, the Dutch Business Club invites you to NED 2018 at Dudoc Vancouver on November 13, 6-9pm, 1489 Frances Street.

Inspired by the world-renowned TED Talks where experts from many disciplines talk about an idea, project or topic, the Dutch Business Club is once again organizing an inspiring mini-conference for Vancouver’s Dutch and Canadian business community. Our talented speakers have a strong Dutch connection and are working on the cutting edge of their respective fields: Sustainability & Environment, Architecture & Design, Art & Music and History.

And, of course, there will be appetizers and refreshments before and after the event.

Doors open at 6pm for networking and welcome drinks. The official program starts at exactly 6:30pm.

We are proud to present the following speakers:

  • Klaas Hofstra – Owner at VIH, Adverio Engineering, SPS (Sustainable Planet Solutions)
  • Huub Timmenga – Consultants in Sustainable Agriculture, composting and bio-energy
  • Colette Parras – Adjunct Professor at UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Malcolm Bromley – General manager of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
  • Frans Tjallingii – Chair of New Leaf Project Foundation, supporting social change in communities.

Moderated by Tjerk Weidema. All presentations are in English.

Date: November 13 – 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: 1489 Frances Street
Vancouver, BC
Unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wauthuth Territory

$35.00, Members 25% off

Join the Red Fox Society to mark a decade of children and youth leadership programs in east Vancouver. The family-friendly festivities begin at 4 pm with special programming at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 3.

Red Fox programs are fun while also making a difference for kids’ physical activities, nutrition and leadership skills. On October 3, participants will showcase some of the things learned and, for attendees who are game, youth will provide tips on using stilts, hand designed hula hoops, diablo and flower sticks!

Many have supported the Red Fox Healthy Living Society over the decade but, when key funding was cut last year, organizers realized the importance of more people being aware of the range of programs and their impact on hundreds of kids.  If you already know about Red Fox, you understand what fun you may have on October 3 with the Active Play, Environmental Art and Feasting activities. If you are just finding out about Red Fox, you are invited to come and discover more!

At 6 pm, a celebration begins recognizing youth achievements and honouring long time community champions. Popular and provocative word artist, Kimmortal, will perform and throughout the event, the youth’s PowWow Drummers will play and J Peachy Gallery will lead interactive art activities. There is a cash bar from 6 – 8 PM.

As part of the evening’s FUNdraiser to support Red Fox programs, original art made by the youth will be auctioned off.   There will also be beautifully crafted Red Fox stilts, hula hoops, and flower sticks available to purchase.  All funds raised will support east Vancouver Red Fox initiatives for children and families.

The Red Fox Healthy Living Society also has programs now in many Metro Vancouver communities and as far east as Maple Ridge.

Tickets are free for children under 12. For others, tickets are $25. Bannock and beverages will be provided.

Cycling and Dutch biking enthusiasts, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are releasing their new book, Building the Cycling City, at Dudoc on Thursday, September 13.

Long-time lovers of cycling in the Netherlands, the authors will convey their enthusiasm about the Dutch approach and provide insights into the lengthy, not always easy, route to becoming the world’s top cycling nation.  For years, the Dutch had to overcome many of the same challenges other car-clogged countries face, and, says Chris Bruntlett,  “Their story is an important model for moving the rest of the world toward a more human-scale, bike-friendly future”.

Having cycled regularly in 5 Dutch cities, Chris and Melissa continually discovered ideas and approaches which are gradually informing other cities around the world and provide some concrete examples in their book.  On September 13, they will also be joined by guests José Besselink, an urban planner from the City of Rotterdam, and Marijn Kik, a mobility advisor from the City of Utrecht, who will provide their own tips on making streets more bike-friendly.

After book releases in New York, Boston, Washington DC and several eastern Canadian cities, Chris and Melissa are looking forward to the Vancouver launch celebrating the book’s many stories with fellow cycling enthusiasts.  Brent Toderian, city planner and urbanist, says “You don’t have to love the Dutch way of building cities to love this book — you just need to love great storytelling, and want YOUR city to be better.”

Co-sponsored by the Dutch Consulate in Vancouver, the evening is a chance to toast Building the Cycling City and  dream about how to improve biking in our neighbourhoods. The Bike Valet will provide secure (and free!) parking.

Date: September 13 – 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: 1489 Frances Street
Unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wauthuth Territory
Vancouver, BC

Bruntlett and Bruntlett make the definitive case that cycling cities are livable cities. But unless we all demand more, as the Dutch have and continue to do, we’ll compromise our health, the safety of our children, and our pocketbooks. For anyone who cares about how cities transform to become places for people, this book will show you how it is done.
– Jennifer Keesmaat, former Chief Planner, City of Toronto & CEO, Creative Housing Society

(Photo Credits: Modacity)

Join us on Friday, June 29th, to celebrate Earth Charter Day and the start to summer!

This year’s theme is “Embrace a Sustainable Lifestyle”. The afternoon will be an opportunity to envision a more people-oriented Frances Street.   As part of the festivities, you will be introduced to new curbside summer seating being built in front of Dudoc Vancouver and Earnest Ice Cream. This will be a welcome place to pause and engage with friends rather than rushing through to the next appointment.

Indoors, the parklet coordinator will highlight some unusual local heritage happenings and also introduce some sustainable options being considered for the future! Visitors of all ages can plant seeds to grow in their gardens, design food art or interact over the delicate balancing act of creating a large-scale Jenga building!

The Parklet structure is being built by TradeWorks, a local social enterprise, and LifeSpace who are providing self-watering planters. There will be herbs to enhance your ice cream!  Earnest Ice Cream and MET, a long time neighbourhood business and leader in environmentally friendly printing, are partners in creating this new neighbourhood space.

Earth Charter Day at Dudoc is a free public event, everyone is welcome!

Date: June 29, 1-4pm

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Location: Shared space between Dudoc Vancouver and Earnest Ice Cream

1489 Frances Street

Unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wauthuth Territory

Vancouver, BC

We present the new collection of Canadian-Russian artist Natalia Vetrova that explores the intersection of realism and conceptualism, and our relationship with the past and the present. The exhibition celebrates the wonders and achievements of centuries with their time-honored great conceptions give a strong basis for creating self-awareness in this contemporary world with its new technologies and high-speed communications

Dates: July 5-7, 11 am – 8 pm.
Location: 1489 Frances St
Vancouver BC
Entrance is free.

About the artist:

Influenced by both realism and conceptualism, Natalia Vetrova displays in her work excellent technical and painterly skills that borrow heavily from classical and mythological motifs. She uses these motifs to conceptualize timeless anxieties such as those connected to the reconciliations of past and present, memory and loss.

Vetrova’s paintings reflect a deep understanding of the dimensions of time and space. This understanding arises from an ongoing meditation on the harmonization of past, present, and future.

Although her work contains the atmospherics of classic surrealism, Natalia’s compositions are still whimsical and strangely moving. Communicating by means of a personal iconographic system steeped in mythology and classical ideals, Natalia’s artistic identity revitalizes cultural memory.

This event is part of the Art, Architecture and Design Series: Between Time and Space.

Schedule of events:

July 5, 6-8 pm – Collage workshop

July 6, 6-8 pm – Food design workshop

July 7, 6-10 pm – Closing reception

If you have any questions please contact Dudoc Vancouver at or +1 604 681 2971

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