2019 VIATEC Awards Finalists Announced

2019 VIATEC Awards Finalists Announced

Erin Athene named 2019 Technology Champion

April 24, 2019  (Victoria, BC) - The Victoria high-tech sector has announced the finalists for the 19th Annual VIATEC Awards. Winners will be revealed at the gala on the evening of June 14th at the Royal Theatre. 

The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators that have driven the local tech sector to $4.06 billion in annual sales and $5.22 billion in economic impact.

After sifting through an outstanding record-breaking 98 nominations, 49 finalists (from 35 companies) have been selected for 11 award categories, and an additional 4 recipients were selected for some prestigious awards.

VIATEC’s Member of the Year is going to Sang Kiet-Ly of KPMG for his dedicated involvement in VIATEC over many years, and for the continuous work he does with the tech community.

RingPartner will receive the Community Champion award for their outstanding charity efforts throughout the year in fundraisers such as the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge, Lawn Summer Nights and more, and Erin Athene of PurposeFive, is receiving the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion.

“Erin has been tireless in serving our tech community,” described Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “She started the local Ladies Learning Code chapter, served as an Executive in Residence in our Accelerator Program, created the Flip the Switch event for Women Leaders in Tech, has mentored dozens of entrepreneurs and started Purpose Five Social as a local startup. I’m sure I’ve missed a few things, but suffice it to say very few people have done more to support the growth of our tech sector and its community.

Women’s Equity Lab has been selected by the Capital Investment Network, as Angel of the Year. “I think it's fabulous that the Women's Equity Lab originated in Victoria and is now spreading to the Mainland,” stated Hannes Blum, 2018’s Angel of the Year recipient. “The collaborative approach of a large group of women with diversified backgrounds and experience provides a much easier entry point into early stage investing and also enables the companies to tap into a fabulous network through Women's Equity Lab participants. Every startup in BC should try to get Women's Equity Lab on board as an investor!”

Tickets for the gala event on June 14th at the Royal Theatre will go on sale May 8th.


The 2019 Finalists are:


Technology Company of the Year (30+ employees):
(Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)


Technology Company of the Year (11-29 employees):

(Sponsored by: Lazaridis Institute)


Scale-Up of the Year:

(Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)


Start-Up of the Year:

(Sponsored by: Bambora)


Product of the Year:

(Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Financial Services)


Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:

(Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)


Innovative Excellence - Hardware:

(Sponsored by: Wesley Clover)


Leader of the Year:

(Sponsored by: AbeBooks)


Emerging Leader of the Year:

(Sponsored by: Roy Group)

  • Brandon Wright, Barnacle Systems

  • Dr. Jillian Roberts, FamilySparks

  • Humaira Ahmed, Locelle

  • Lauren Welgush, Bambora

  • Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch


Team of the Year:

(Sponsored by Royal Roads University)


Employer of the Year:

(Sponsorship available for this category!)


The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion:

(Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)


VIATEC Member of the Year:

(Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)


Community Champion:

(Sponsored by: City of Victoria)


Angel of the Year:

(Selected by the Capital Investment Network, Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP)




VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry). We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs. www.viatec.ca, www.forttectoria.ca