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JFS 18th Annual Innovators

Lighting the Way: 18 Years of Chai Impact

JFS 18th Annual Innovators

Lighting the Way: 18 Years of Chai Impact

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May 28, 2024 6:00 PM PDT - May 28, 2024 9:00 PM PDT
D6 Lounge (Parq Vancouver)
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2X8

Join us for an unforgettable evening of inspiration, entertainment, and giving. This year marks the 18th or Chai, anniversary for the JFS' most significant fundraiser, JFS Innovators.

This prestigious event attracts over 400 attendees including corporate and political leaders, philanthropists, and thoughtful leaders, and is dedicated to fostering community innovation and leadership. Headlined by influential thinkers and change-makers, Innovators has successfully raised over $5 million in the past 17 years, supporting vital JFS programs for individuals and families in need.

This year’s milestone will be celebrated with a reimagined evening cocktail reception, where the contributions of corporate partners will be specially acknowledged. 


Your participation in this Innovators is a step toward positive change. Together, we can create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the event itself. Join us in making a difference and leaving a lasting legacy. 

Click HERE to buy your tickets before it sells out.

For more information or to explore sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shirlyn Baskette at

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the Changes?

After thoughtful deliberation, we've transitioned from the conventional luncheon format to an evening cocktail reception this year. This shift enables us to uphold the event's sustainability amidst escalating costs while offering enhanced networking opportunities for our esteemed sponsors and guests.

Overview of the Event

Mark your calendar for May 28, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the exquisite D6 Bar and Lounge, nestled within the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel. This sophisticated indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge offers mesmerizing vistas of the Vancouver skyline, promising an unforgettable experience for our anticipated 400 guests.

Seating Arrangements

D6 Bar and Lounge provides various seating options, including chairs, couches, and high-top tables spread across the venue. Additionally, a spacious furnished outdoor patio will be available, weather permitting, ensuring ample seating for at least 50% or more of our guests at any given time.

What to Anticipate

  • Engaging discussions with like-minded individuals devoted to community impact.
  • Culinary delights featuring fish and vegetarian options, along with Kosher choices.
  • Thoughtfully curated beverages, encompassing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic selections.
  • An engaging program showcasing insights and special moments spotlighting JFS's invaluable initiatives.
  • Exclusive auction items, a Fund-a-Need initiative, and the excitement of a thrilling 50/50 raffle, accompanied by live entertainment.

Bronze Sponsors

Bogner Developments

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Capital West Mortgage Inc.


Goldman Investments

Keil Investment Group

Lanyard Financial

Porte Communities

Community Partners

BMO Private Investment Counsel Inc.


Engel & VÖlkers

Stan Shaw

Candice and Todd Thal

Yael Dirnfeld, Director Private Banking - Scotia Wealth Management

Thank You to Our Committee

Candice & Todd Thal - Committee Chairs

Tamar Bakonyi

Justine Fisher

Jessica Hanick

Cydney Shapiro


Organized by
Jewish Family Services Vancouver
For over 85 years, Jewish Family Services (JFS) has worked tirelessly to provide social services to improve the wellbeing of people living in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We acknowledge that we work and will host this event on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and pay our respect to elders both past and present.
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