Desk Bee Exchange Opportunity Available


Calling all social-impact loving, collaborative-minded, and organization mavens! Do you have some extra time on your hands? Are you interested in a barter exchange that will give you the opportunity to join Vancouver’s growing social impact community? Then read on!

You: A freelancer, entrepreneur, and/or a creative individual who has some free time on your hands. Maybe you are new to Vancouver, or perhaps you’re a long time resident who’s looking for a change. It’s possible that you’ve just finished some much needed soul-searching. In any case, you’ve decided that you want to connect your work to your values, and get more in touch with the social change space in Vancouver.

Us: A kick-ass community of over 150 individuals and organizations within the social entrepreneurship, sustainability, tech, and creative sectors all working to make the world a better place. Our mission is to support and amplify the social impact space in Vancouver; we do this by mixing one part shared-space with one part collaboration and a dash of love.

If this sounds like a match made in heaven, then we want YOU for our Desk Bee Exchange Program (DBEP)!

The HiVE ( has an on-going Desk Bee Exchange Program – a barter exchange program where in exchange for one weekly and one bi-weekly 4.5 hour shift as a community animator and receptionist in our co-working space, we’ll give you a HiVE Unlimited package (24/7 access to the space – worth $350/month) and $10 for lunch every week.

Your duties will consist of:

  • Giving tours of the space
  • Greeting visitors
  • Answering general phone/e-mail inquiries
  • Welcoming new members
  • Receiving debit and credit card payments from customers
  • Collecting the mail/receiving courier packages
  • Helping organize social events for the 90+ businesses in the HiVE
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Making sure the kitchen and common areas are tidy
  • Booking meeting rooms

We’re looking for two people who are available on Wednesdays and Fridays starting December 3, and are able to make a 3 month commitment.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email Melissa at as soon as possible. Also, let us know how you found out about the program!

The HiVE Vancouver is a non-profit society, and this is not a volunteer opportunity – it’s a barter exchange where you give your time in exchange for our services and lunch.

[UPCOMING EVENT] Charities Under Threat: Responding to federal charity-bashing and CRA Audits

Net2van facebook event cover Responding to federal charity-bashing and the CRA Audits November 13 2014

NetSquared Vancouver’s next event at the HiVE is a panel discussion on how advocacy NGOs are responding to difficult political climate. RSVP on Meetup for our November 13 event. Our events are free or by donation.

Federal cabinet ministers have called registered charities criminal organizations and terrorist organizations and the government has set aside $13 million for stepped up audits of charity activities by Canada Revenue Agency. This panel explores the effects on charities and their ability to pursue their societal Missions, the “best practices” that charities can pursue to minimize their risk of losing their charitable status, and the implications for society and democracy of the government’s actions. The panel will include a charity lawyer and a researcher whose thesis jump-started a national conversation on these issues. There will be time for questions.

RSVP on Meetup

When: Thursday, November 13 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: HiVE Vancouver, #210 – 128 W Hastings St.


  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Networking and snacks
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Presentation
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Q&A and Wrap
  • 7:45 – 9:30 PM: Post-event social!


Margaret Mason for Net2vanMargaret Mason, charity lawyer, Bull Housser

One of Canada’s leading lawyers for charitable and not-for-profit organizations, Margaret Mason is a frequent writer and speaker nationally. Her expertise includes corporate structuring and regulatory compliance for charitable organizations. Her practice spans a broad range of issues which affect charities and not-for-profits including tax exempt status, governance, international programs, and social enterprise.

Gareth Kirkby for Net2vanGareth Kirkby, Researcher, Professional Communicator

A former Webster Award-winning journalist, Gareth Kirkby’s recent Master’s thesis examined the impacts on charities of confrontational rhetoric and actions by the federal government. It triggered a national discussion this past summer. Gareth’s research involving interviews with charity leaders and experts, found government using CRA to target certain charity sectors, that an “advocacy chill” triggered by government actions is “muffling” and “distracting” charities from their Missions, that the government is attempting with some success to narrow society’s important policy conversations, treating some charities as national enemies, and that these cumulative actions are a threat to democratic decision-making.


Ethan Clow for Net2vanEthan Clow has been working in the nonprofit sector for several years. He was executive director of the Centre for Inquiry Vancouver, and is currently a community engagement consultant. Ethan has hosted two talk shows on CiTR 101.9FM, the campus community radio station at UBC. For several years he hosted Radio Freethinker, a show promoting science, critical thinking and secular humanism, and now he hosts The Sector, a podcast focusing on social justice, nonprofits and activism.


Event hashtag: #Net2van

Host: @Net2van @EthanClow and @NoahCab


Mobility Access: This venue does not have ramps and elevators and is not wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Access: Speakers at this event will use microphones.

Sight Access: Contact the organizers if you need an advance copy of the presentation.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the Net2Van community and events. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.

[UPCOMING EVENT] HiVE Talks: Denise Taschereau on Progressive Business and Progressive Politics

Thursday, November 6: HiVE Talks with Denise Taschereau – Progressive Business and Progressive Politics 
On Thursday, November 6 join Denise Taschereau, CEO and Co-Founder of Fairware, for a discussion on the role of business leaders and entrepreneurs in political advocacy at the HiVE. Denise will share a roadmap for engagement in both issues based campaigns and partisan politics and outline the potential and the pitfalls of taking your mission to the next level.
About Denise’s Work:  Denise is co-founder of Fairware, a Vancouver-based company with a mission to drive change through the simple act of buying. Founded in 2005, Fairware specializes in creating and distributing custom-branded sustainable products. Fairware’s clients include leading sustainable brands like AVEDA, Patagonia, Stonyfield Farms, Nature’s Path Foods, Vancity and the David Suzuki Foundation. Fairware specializes in creating and discovering ethically sourced products made with environmentally preferred materials. Prior to launching Fairware, Denise was the Director of Sustainability and Community for Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Canada’s largest outdoor retailer. She is a past co-chair of Vision Vancouver, Vancouver’s governing civic political party.
Suggested donation: $5, free for HiVE Members. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Register here.