Ilya Brotzky


CEO, VanHack

Ilya Brotzky is the CEO and founder of VanHack, one of the world’s largest recruitment communities specializing in helping companies hire trusted tech talent fast. He is a true evangelist for hiring globally and building diverse teams.

After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics and Management, Ilya landed an opportunity working in the mining industry in Brazil. At this time, he also created a crowdfunding app for the homeless, leading him to work for one of the country’s most successful early-stage accelerator. There, Ilya discovered a community of talented software engineers interested in relocating to Canada but challenged by the language requirements and soft skills required to work abroad. 

Upon moving back to Vancouver in 2015, Ilya founded VanHack as a way of empowering global tech talent looking for opportunities to build a life in Canada.

Today, VanHack has a network of over 350,000 tech professionals, from over 120 countries and has helped over 600 companies including Rogers, Brex,, and Skip the Dishes hire and relocate 1500+ developers to cities across North America and Europe. 

As a founder, entrepreneur, and thought leader, Ilya has a deep understanding of the current state of the workforce, the next generation of work, and how to attract and retain tech talent.

Outside of work, Ilya enjoys swimming, hockey and travel.