Nominations open for the 19th Annual VIATEC Awards

Nominations open for the 19th Annual VIATEC Awards
Winners to be announced on June 14, 2019 at the Royal Theatre

VICTORIA, BC (March 5, 2019) – Nominations are now open until April 1st for one of the largest and most thrilling technology award shows in the country. This year, the VIATEC Awards will be held on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at the Royal Theatre.

Last year’s show saw a record breaking 1100+ attendees with a new format at the Royal Theatre (previously being held at the Victoria Conference Centre). This gala brings the community together to enjoy a night of unexpected entertainment and celebration of the best and brightest local technology companies and the show is expected to reach a new record attendance this year.  

“VIATEC’s key roles include convening our tech community, promoting our tech sector and holding up examples of people and companies doing it right… the VIATEC Awards cover all three,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “We are honoured to once again put our hearts and souls into delivering a memorable and fun evening where our members can laugh, shine and learn more about each other.”

VIATEC recently released an Economic Impact Study that shows the technology sector in Greater Victoria has a total economic impact of $5.22 billion and employs 16,775 people.

“With tech still being the #1 industry in a region that has so much going for it, you better believe we pull out all the stops to make sure this event reflects the innovative minds and community spirits that have reshaped our community to be known as a hotbed of vibrant companies and exciting ideas.”

The VIATEC Awards are a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policymakers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.

In total, 15 awards that come in the form of a locally custom-made robot trophy, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

  1. Emerging Leader of the Year
  2. Leader of the Year
  3. Innovative Excellence - (Software/Service)
  4. Innovative Excellence - (Hardware)
  5. Product of the Year
  6. Team of the Year
  7. Employer of the Year
  8. Start-Up of the Year
  9. Scale-Up of the Year
  10. Technology Company of the Year (11-29 employees)
  11. Technology Company of the Year (30+ employees)

In addition to the above categories are the following appointed awards, which will have recipients revealed when finalists are announced:

  1. Angel of the Year
  2. VIATEC Member of the Year
  3. Community Champion
  4. Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). For more information on nominating, click here. You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC). This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Monday, April 1st. Completed supporting info surveys will be due on April 5, 2019 by 4pm.

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Media Contact:
Dan Gunn

Sponsorship Contact:
Tessa Bousfield
Marketing & Events Director



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.,