The 2019 VIATEC Awards

14 Jun 2019
4:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Event Details

EVENT DETAILS

Head to www.viatecawards.com for the official event site!

The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies and individuals responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest-growing technology region in British Columbia.

Join us for an evening of rocket-fuelled entertainment, celebration, and more fun than grown-ups are used to! 

This year's event will take place at the Royal Theatre!


AGENDA: (click here for full details)

  • 4:30pm-6:30pm: Networking Pre-Party (Distrikt Nightclub)

  • 6pm: Doors to the Royal Theatre lobby (and bars) open

  • 7pm: Theatre doors open - find your seats

  • 7:30-10pm: VIATEC Awards show (there will be an intermission)

  • 10:30pm: After Party at Capital Ballroom!

19th Annual VIATEC Awards shine spotlight on Greater Victoria’s #1 industry

VICTORIA, BC (June 15, 2019) – Last night at the Royal Theatre, the VIATEC Awards celebrated the innovation and excellence of individuals and technology companies responsible for making Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia. 49 finalists were honoured, with 15 recipients receiving newly designed astronaut trophies (designed by local artist Russell Papp), at the elaborate show. Attendance ballooned to over 1,100 guests, making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the nation, and VIATEC’s most attended - ever.

Erin Skillen took the reigns for the second year in a row as host for the production, bringing the perfect balance of humour, intelligence and attitude. With a theme of “There’s no place like home”, the night featured local variety show acts from Passion

and Performance Arts Inc, Atomic Vaudeville and a powerful finale accompanied by the resident awards band, in what has become an annual tradition... flying inflatable Killer Whales. The stage was brought to life by immersive video projections from VJ Photon featuring seven flown screens featuring video projection mapping along with four laser banks and five giant disco balls all supported by the incredible stage crew of the Royal Theatre. Everyone continued the celebration at the After Party with local eight piece band The New Groovement.

“It is our honour to produce a show that brings together and entertains our tech community and we relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of our top performing companies and executives,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “Each year gets more elaborate and we cannot say enough about our local arts community and what they bring to make this event the unique and anticipated festivity it is has become.”

WINNERS :

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)

 

Team of the Year:

(Sponsored by: Royal Roads University)

 

Employer of the Year:

(Sponsored by: The VIATEC Foundation)


 

NAMED RECIPIENTS (No finalists):

 

The Colin Lennox Award for Technology
Champion:

(Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

 

VIATEC Members of the Year:

(Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

  • Sang Kiet-Ly, KPMG

 

Community Champion:

(Sponsored by: City of Victoria)

 

Angel of the Year:

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



Media Contact:

Michaela Schluessel
Community Manager
VIATEC
mschluessel@viatec.ca

 

About VIATEC

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.cawww.forttectoria.ca

 

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)

Award Category Descriptions:

  • Technology Company of the Year (11-29 and 30+)
    These companies are the foundation on which our $4 billion tech sector was built. They are established with a sizeable headcount and they are bringing in considerable revenues. They are growing, expanding and taking the time to give back to our community as mentors, advisors and cheerleaders for the up and coming tech companies. Judges will consider growth, impact, product innovation, market share and community involvement. This award has three categories based on company size.
     
  • Scale-Up of the Year
    These are the Greater Victoria companies that have figured out what their chosen market wants, and they've got busy selling and scaling revenues. They're young with stable products, and focused on sales. They've left the launchpad, and are headed for the stars! Judges will evaluate revenue growth and team growth over multiple years, and good old business fundamentals.
     
  • Startup of the Year
    These are some of Victoria’s newest tech companies. It’s early days but they are getting investor and customer interest (if not already raising money and sales), based on the prototypes and/or early product versions. Judges will consider the market opportunity, executive leadership, investment and your required letter of support.
     
  • Product of the Year
    This category is where the innovation rubber hits the road. These products have market traction and that means sales. Judges will consider total sales and sales growth, customer adoption, market share along with market disruption and level of innovation.
     
  • Innovative Excellence (Software or Service, Hardware)
    This category is for those companies on an entirely different wavelength. They have researched and designed an emerging, innovative service, process or product that is expected to revolutionize a sector, method of business or way of life. Judges will consider just how disruptive this tech is likely to be. Prior commercial success is not a priority.
     
  • Leader of the Year
    These hot shots have had a significant impact on the success of an organization as a direct result of their leadership and are respected by their peers. For this award, executives are considered to be those that typically hold senior titles, eg. CEO, CFO, COO, President, Vice-President. Nominated companies are required to provide revenues from the last 3 years as well as other indicators requested by judges (eg. number of employees).
     
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
    These are the up and coming executives that have started to breakthrough as valuable leaders to a local tech firm. They're young or at least new to leadership, but they have demonstrated dedication, passion and an ability to inspire others. Judges will consider role (less than 5 years in role), impact and related career highlights e.g. glowing anecdotes from their colleagues.
     
  • Team of the Year
    Much of a company's success is a result of having hardworking and dedicated employees. This employee or team have the perfect mix of outstanding initiative and service delivery, have had a significant impact on the company for which they work and exude great personality or team dynamic while getting it all done.
     
  • Employer of the Year
    These are the companies who never forget to pause and take the time to think about their staff and provide a positive work environment. This award is based on a company survey of staff and is the tech company most respected and appreciated by their staff.

    APPOINTED AWARDS:
     
  • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
    Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least 10 years. Their long-standing support has been instrumental in Greater Victoria ‘s continued success on the world technology stage. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
     
  • VIATEC Member of the Year
    Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
     
  • Community Champion
    This category is for a tech company making an effort to improve our community and being successful at it on a regular basis. Efforts can include (and are not limited to): supporting charities with monetary funds or non-perishable donations, putting on fundraising events, volunteer work or creating a foundation/scholarship and time spent on volunteering. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
     
  • Angel of the Year
    Description coming

Thank you to our incredible Sponsors! 

Interested in joining this impressive roster and supporting the tech community? Contact Tessa at tbousfield@viatec.ca.

 

GALLERY

2019 Highlight Reel by Riptide Studios:

2019 Photo Gallery by Trevor Ball Photography:

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Distrikt Photo Booth:


Royal Theatre Photo Booth:

 

14 Jun 2019
4:30pm - 10:00pm PDT

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