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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.”
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)
Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks
Emerging Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Roy Group)
Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch
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
(Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)
Erin Athene, Mint CRO
VIATEC Members of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)
Sang Kiet-Ly, KPMG
(Sponsored by: City of Victoria)
Angel of the Year:
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
ArticleAs always, the night was filled with irreverence and a touch of pandemonium. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Andrew Duffy
More than 1,100 people gathered in the Royal Theatre Friday night to celebrate the brightest lights of the high-tech industry.
The 19th annual Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council awards handed out 15 trophies in what was the largest awards show yet. As always, the night was filled with irreverence and a touch of pandemonium — complete with flying inflatable whales — while the spotlight hit some of the best stories in the industry.
“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 VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn.
“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.”
Erin Athene was named this year’s winner of the Victoria tech sector's highest award, the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion. Athene has been a tireless servant to the community having worn several hats including starting the local Ladies Learning Code chapter and serving as a mentor in VIATEC’s accelerator program.
Other winners were Women’s Equity Lab as Angel of the Year; Sang Kiet-Ly of KPMG as Member of the Year; and RingPartner, named Community Champion.
• Tech Company of the Year (30+ employees): Benevity
• Tech Company of the Year (11-29 employees): RingPartner
• Scale-Up of the Year: Tutela
• Start-Up of the Year: Cuboh
• Product of the Year: Limbic Media
• Innovative Excellence, Software or Service: DreamCraft Attractions
• Innovative Excellence, Hardware: RioT Technology Corp.
• Leader of the Year: Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks
• Emerging Leader of the Year: Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch
• Team of the Year: Encepta
• Employer of the Year: FreshWorks Studio
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RaceRocks announces new executive leadership
In preparation for CANSEC next week RaceRocks is excited to announce that Scott Dewis will be stepping down as CEO and Day to Day operations. Anita Pawluk will become the company’s chief executive and retain the title of President. Scott will shift to Executive Chairman and continue to build strategic partnerships as well as support the C-suite as required. Anita and Scott will be attending CANSEC to meet with all RaceRocks clients face to face.
I’m excited that Anita be given this chance to take the reins of the team we built over the last 8 years. Her leadership has made us what we are today and helped shape RaceRocks as an inclusive and gender balanced rising star in Canadian Defence industry. – Scott Dewis Executive Chairman
Anita is a 5th Generation Vancouver Islander, with 25% Métis ancestry and family roots that include Louis Riel (Métis Leader – Canadian Politician). Anita is an experienced entrepreneur and owner of successful Startup companies in diverse fields such as technology, clean energy, construction and storage.
Anita has been honored by Victoria’s $5 billion technology industry with a nomination for Technology Leader of the Year at the VIATEC awards in June. She enjoys growing her team and working with clients and strategic partners to deliver innovative projects that help drive the state of the art in Technology Enabled Learning and Data Analytics.
RaceRocks is an aboriginal and woman managed western Canadian SMB that designs Virtual training systems to accelerate skills training for its airspace and defence clients. RaceRocks also utilizes big data analytics to deliver critical decision-making tools for In Service Support programs. Under Anita’s leadership RaceRocks became a top 75 Canadian Defence company and grew organically as a gender neutral and culturally diverse firm at the executive, management, and team levels. Anita is executing RaceRocks’ strategic plan to hire 80 Canadians over the next 4 years and create socio economic benefits in British Columbia.