Millennials are taking on leadership roles faster than the previous three generations. In response to this, the Company of Young Professionals (CYP) program was created for people under the age of 35 to help accelerate career growth.

Launched in 2007, CYP is a vibrant network for emerging leaders to acquire the skills needed to advance their careers.

Through CYP, you can accelerate your career progression like no other program in the country by:

Developing key leadership skills
Meet and learn from top industry executives and access professional development opportunities to build and refine your leadership style

Growing your professional network
Access more than 100 Greater Vancouver Board of Trade events annually and meet high-performing, likeminded young professionals from across the region

Acquire innovative industry insights
Gain cutting-edge insights and ideas from different sectors that you can directly apply to your own business

Participating in community service initiatives
Create a positive impact in our region through advisory, volunteering, and consulting initiatives

Meet the Company of Young Professionals

Being a part of the CYP has been the most valuable association I've been involved with since post-secondary. It has this great ability to provide unique experiences, mixing in networking with Greater Vancouver's top business organizations in a comfortable environment. I love being able to connect with other goal oriented young professionals, both in and outside my industry. They push me to grow in both a personal and professional capacity. I've been able to apply the skills I've learned in all areas of my life. I highly recommend this program to any growing young professional.

April Yau

Major Tom

Who should join the CYP program?

Whether you're new in town and want to get plugged into the local business community, a seasoned Vancouverite who wants to build your network and grow as a professional, or a recent graduate of our Leaders of Tomorrow mentorship program, this is the place for you!

What makes CYP different from other professional associations?

CYP is an exclusive and vibrant community of emerging leaders in the Greater Vancouver business community. We also host fun and interactive events, such as our Leadership Cafes, our series of networking events, and our annual TED-inspired forum, CYPx. In addition, we offer Members the opportunity to participate in a Peer Leadership Forum group, where you will share career advice in an intimate group of other young professionals — often developing close friendships along the way.

How do I complete the Engaged Leadership Certificate?

All CYP Members have the option of completing our highly regarded three-year Engaged Leadership Certificate. The certificate recognizes those who are active in the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's programs while meeting specific requirements in leadership, networking, volunteerism, and innovation. Upon completing the certificate, graduates are recognized at our annual Young Professionals Leadership Forum in May. Want to learn more? Email