Our History


Microsoft technology and software products have been widely accepted and adopted by many companies as a corporate standard for their server and desktop environments. This rapid adoption of technology has led to a shortage of skilled workers with the experience and expertise to deploy many of the new tools. Many workers in other industry segments have noticed this and have begun re-training themselves in this area. Other workers in the computing technology sector that had been working with mainframe and mini-computer operating systems and technologies have also been engaged in this re-training effort. What is lacking is the experience and shared knowledge base of information that can help to mitigate the risks of deploying the newer technologies and take full advantage of the capabilities.

Created as the Vancouver NT Users Group in 1996, the group changed it's name to the Vancouver Technology User Group in 2002. Since the VANTUGs inception, the interest from the membership has been centered around learning both about the newer technologies as well to seek out other members that may have knowledge to share.

Many members already have developer, IT Pro, database or Office certifications.

The members are also looking to understand more about the layered products that work on top of the lastest Microsoft software environment. For example, Microsoft Exchange and the collaboration tools that are available to create solutions within corporations.

The hunger for information and knowledge sharing will always be there and VANTUG has played, and will continue to play, an important role in facilitating this.


Our Committment


Vision Statement

To be the best Information Technology Professional community in North America, by providing excellent value to our membership.

Mission Statement

To foster an active community of technology professionals in Vancouver and British Columbia, providing our members unique opportunities to enhance their skills and value.

Values Statement

VANTUG will maintain a high standard of conduct based on our published code of ethics.


Our Members


The VANTUG membership is continuing to grow and we now represent hundreds of technology professionals.

We are very proud of our group and all of the volunteers that make it the success that it is and continues to be. We are often praised by the speakers that attend our group meetings as we are very well organized and have GREAT attendance.

We would like to thank all of our current membership for their support and continuing to come out to our meetings.


Our Code of Ethics


It is the mission of this group to maintain a high standard of ethical conduct within the club and in relationships with the community and business associates such as hardware vendors, software vendors, etc.

The Group and its Members adopt the below prescribed rules of conduct. Failure of any Member to follow the prescribed rules of conduct will be reviewed by a Board of Ethics Panel for continued Group Membership eligibility.

  • Members will not use the Group name or its registered Logo in any activity that results in personal gain. The use of the Group name or the Group Logo may not be used without the expressed written permission of the Group.
  • Members will not use their Group affiliation to solicit any products, equipment, or favors from vendors without expressed permission of the Group.
  • Members will project an attitude of courtesy and respect for other Members, Group activities, and Group property.
  • Members will maintain a high degree of integrity within the community, and always act in the best interest of the Group when called upon.
  • Members will refrain from the exchange, copying, and distribution of copyrighted software.
  • Members will act in a polite and courteous manner during all Group activities. They shall freely and openly share their computer knowledge with other Members.