• Sadie Evans posted an article
    Two Victoria tech companies recognized by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 see more

    VICTORIA, BC - November 12, 2019 - Two Victoria technology companies have been recognized by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 awards. SendtoNews was recognized as one of the Deloitte Fast 50, and Checkfront was listed as one of Deloitte’s Companies-to-Watch. 

    The Deloitte Canada Fast 50 program lists Canada’s fastest-growing tech companies. It was created to recognize “innovation, rapid revenue growth, and entrepreneurial spirit.” The awards feature four categories including the Companies-to-Watch awards, and the North American Technology Fast 50 ranking.

    For SendtoNews, the largest digital sports video platform in North America, this was the third year in a row they made the Fast 50 ranking. 

    “Sustainable growth at these rates is a testament to the quality of our offering combined with the hard work and dedication of our team along with our publishing, content and advertising partners,” says Matthew Watson, CEO of SendtoNews. “Perhaps, most exciting is the fact that in many ways, we are just getting started.”

    Checkfront, a cloud-based booking managment application and e-commerce platform, was awarded its spot in the Companies-to-Watch list in recognition of its strong growth and potential to earn future Fast 50 recognition.

    "The entire Checkfront team is proud to be named one of Deloitte Canada’s Companies-to-Watch,” said Checkfront’s CEO, Jason Morehouse.“As the industry continues to mature, more travel brands look to list their experiences online, making this an exciting era for Checkfront. It is wonderful to be recognized for our achievements so far, and we will continue our commitment to sustainable growth, innovation and excellence in the work we do every day.”

    Overall, BC firms held 10 of the 50 spots in the Fast 50 rankings, evidence of the rapid development and success of the west coast tech scene.


  • David Davies posted an article
    STN is recognized for their brand-safe, industry-leading video technology, content and monetization see more

    SendtoNews (STN), owner and operator of North America’s foremost digital video distribution platform, has been selected the Best Ad-Supported Video Service at the 2019 Cynopsis Model D Awards.

    The 2019 Cynopsis Model D awards celebrate digital platforms that excel in online video content, advertising and technology and are at the forefront of their respective fields. SendtoNews has created a premium advertising offering within trusted brand-safe sites and content, which allows publishers to adopt their best of breed video technology, offer premium content to their audience while also increasing their revenue at no additional cost.

    “Our video platform has become the trusted resource for publishers for video content, technology and monetization,” says Matthew Watson, CEO of SendtoNews. “It is an honor to be recognized by an industry leader like Cynopsis and this is a success we share with all of our content, publishing and advertising partners”.

    Cynopsis, the go-to industry resource for television and digital media news, selected SendtoNews for their advanced video technology, including “Smart Match”, an AI-powered player that reads a publishers article, then instantly selects and embeds the most relevant content from STN’s library of over 600,000 videos.  The positive impact on the publishers is transformational in terms of increasing utilization of video content and resulting revenue, and all while freeing up editors and journalists to focus on producing great editorial. For more information on SendtoNews, please visit

  • Sadie Evans posted an article
    Douglas Magazine 10 to Watch Awards nominations open see more



    VICTORIA, BC, October 17, 2019 - Know a great Island business that’s three years old or less? (It could even be your business!) The deadline for Douglas magazine’s 10 to Watch Awards — the popular annual competition that recognizes the very best of Vancouver Island’s new businesses — is November 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.


    The exposure winners receive through 10 to Watch gives them well-deserved applause, builds brand recognition and shines the spotlight on the Island’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Past winners include TOPSOIL, Roll Focus Productions, Flytographer, Pretio Interactive, Rumble Energy Drink and 95 other impressive local enterprises. 


    The deadline for nominations for 10 to Watch is November 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. After the deadline, all qualified nominees will be sent an application form to fill out, which includes details such as a short biography, indicators for success and how the business contributed to the community and/or environment.


    Winners of 10 to Watch will be recognized at the invitation-only 10 to Watch Awards Gala in the spring and will be showcased in the April/May edition of Douglas magazine.


    Visit for the nomination form and more information.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Attendance ballooned to over 1000 guests making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind... see more

    17th Annual VIATEC Awards prove 
    Greater Victoria’s #1 industry not slowing down

    VICTORIA, BC (June 18, 2018) – Last Friday 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. A record breaking total of 54 finalists were honoured, with 16 recipients receiving new robot trophies (designed by Russell Papp), at the elaborate show. Attendance ballooned to over 1000 guests making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the nation.

    Known for going over the top in the crowded pantheon of business award galas, Erin Skillen took the reigns as host for this year’s production. Billed as an “Art Deco Cabaret”, the night featured five variety show acts from Atomic Vaudeville and a powerful finale accompanied by "the Choir and the Chorus" and, in what has become an annual tradition, flying inflatable Killer Whales. A stunning set designed and built by local artist “Jimbo” Insell and Studio Robazzo framed the stage and was brought to life by immersive video projections from Hololabs and reactive lighting by Limbic Media. The resident “Vecima Ritz” live band brought the audience to their feet, and everyone continued the celebration at the After Party with local talents Rara Avis and Distant Grand.

    “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.”

    To see the finalists for the following categories, click here.


    Technology Company of the Year
    (50+ employees)

    Sponsored by Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP


    Technology Company of the Year
    (11-49 employees)

    Sponsored by University of Victoria


    Emerging Technology Company of the Year
    Sponsored by KPMG LLP


    Startup 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

    Delta-X Research

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware
    Sponsored by BDC


    Team of the Year
    Sponsored by Royal Roads University


    Employer of the Year
    Sponsored by Engaged HR


    Leader of the Year
    Sponsored by Corporate Recruiters


    Emerging Leader of the Year
    Sponsored by Roy Group

    NAMED RECIPIENTS (No finalists):

    Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
    Sponsored by Reed Pope LLP

    • Mia Maki

    Angel of the Year
    Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,
    and Presented by Capital Investment Network

    • Hannes Blum

    VIATEC Member of the Year
    Sponsored by Cox Taylor Lawyers

    • Jim Hayhurst & Ian Chisholm


    Community Champion
    Sponsored by the City of Victoria

    For full profiles on all the finalists, photos and more, please visit

    Media Contact:

    Dan Gunn


    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.,


  • David Davies posted an article
    SendtoNews selected as a finalist in the 2019 AdExchanger Awards see more

    SendtoNews has been named as a finalist in the inaugural AdExchanger Awards in the Best Publisher-Side Technology category!  We’re being recognized for our video distribution platform and Smart Match player technology, which uses artificial intelligence to instantly populate any publishers sports article with the most relevant video from over 75 organizations like MLB, NBA, NFL and the PGA TOUR.  

    “This is an extremely exciting event to be a part of,” says Matthew Watson, SendtoNews CEO. “AdExchanger is a go-to resource for industry news and these awards are sure to live up to their already impressive standard.  Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to all our partners who helped us get here.” 

    SendtoNews’ AI-powered Smart Match video player provides publishers a seamless way to integrate enhanced content, technology and monetization solutions to their video strategy. Publishers have seen an 11x increase in revenue as well as a 3.9x increase in time on page after implementation of STN Smart Match

    The AdExchanger Awards celebrate the strongest achievements over the past year by leaders in the marketing and media industries.  The awards will take place on April 29, 2019 over the course of their Programmatic I/O conference in San Francisco.  Along with SendtoNews, finalists for awards spanning over 20 categories include Google, Adobe, USA Today, The New York Times and Uber. 


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Among the semi-finalists are Victoria's own Barnacle Systems (BRNKL) and Locelle Digital Inc see more

    Barnacle Systems and Locelle make it to Small Business BC's Top 10 Best Concept List

    The Small Business BC Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs. These awards are a celebration of the contributions small business owners make to their local communities and to the global economy. It's free to enter and open to all new and existing small businesses in BC.

    The votes have been tallied and the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the 2019 Small Business BC Awards have been announced. Among the semi-finalists are Victoria's own Barnacle Systems (BRNKL) and Locelle Digital Inc, both of which are in the Top 10 for Best Concept. See the Top 10s for each category right here.

    What's next:

    1. As a Top 10 finalist, they'll be given one month to provide the expert panel of judges a more detailed application outlining why they deserve to win the award. These applications will be assessed to narrow down competition to the Top 5 finalists.
    2. Come February 4th, the Top 5 in each category will be required to make a ten minute pitch explaining why their business trumps the other finalists in their category. If they can convince the judges that their business really is the best, then they’ll be selected as the winner.
    3. February 21st: Awards Gala! Each winner will be recognized with a cash prize in the amount of $1,500,  a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, business mentorship from the award sponsor and the opportunity for extensive media exposure.

    About Barnacle Systems:

    Barnacle Systems Inc. is a boat security and monitoring company based in Victoria. Founded in 2017, the team at Barnacle has developed an innovative new surveillance product for the marine industry called BRNKL.

    BRNKL is for boat owners who need to be able to check in on their vessel remotely from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. BRNKL is also for yacht monitoring and charter companies who need a simple dashboard outlining the health and status of all their boats.

    Like a ‘home security system for your boat’ users can see inside of their vessel(s) using an onboard camera while also monitoring critical alerts such as anchor drag, low batteries, loss of shore power and high-water.  Unlike standard marine electronics that provide monitoring while you’re on board, BRNKL has a built-in global cellular service. So, whether you’re at the dock, at home, or halfway around the world your boat is at your fingertips.

    About Locelle Digtial:

    Locelle is a next-generation women-only networking platform providing a safer and easier way to meet up with like-minded women (friends, mentors, business connections). Unlike Facebook, Bumble, Meetups, Slack and other platforms, we create real connections by finding nearby matches based on interests, location, activities and time using our proprietary technology. Our business model is B2B2C with users from SAP, Microsoft, IBM on the platform.

    Companies have challenges attracting and retaining women employees, especially in the current social environment, where movements like #metoo and #timesup bring about diversity and inclusion initiatives. Highly topical for the above challenge is social isolation, which affects millions of women around the world and have chronic long-term condition in terms of impact they have on health & well being. Since launching a month ago, Locelle has already made many meaningful connections for women in Victoria and Vancouver.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Nominations for B.C.'s outstanding business women in private or public sector companies see more

    2019 Influential Women in Business Awards: Nominations Open

    It’s that time of year again! Business in Vancouver is seeking nominations for B.C.'s outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. 

    Our intention is to give worthy individuals the recognition they deserve as well as to use their example to inspire other Influential Women in Business to achieve similar success. Five winners and one Lifetime Achievement Award winner will be profiled in a February issue of Women in Business Magazine and honoured at a special awards luncheon in early March 2019. Each winner will share their leadership lessons to an audience of Vancouver’s business community.

    Honourees are influential leaders in their industry and the business community at large, committing time and resources to mentor other women in business and contribute their expertise on corporate and not for profit boards. They are chosen based on the criteria of professional accomplishments, influence, and business community involvement. For more information about the awards process, visit




    As a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle Pockey dedicated herself to making a positive difference in the world – from energy, mining, environmental and Indigenous issues to increasing the economic success and impact of women. Michelle worked tirelessly for 20 years advancing women in business, law, First Nations and non-traditional sectors. She was an inspiration to others every day of her life until her passing from cancer in June 2016.

    To help support Michelle’s legacy and advance other women along their leadership journeys, Business in Vancouver and Minerva BC have partnered to recognize this exceptional female leader through the creation of the Michelle Pockey Leadership Award. This Award will give first priority to an Indigenous woman and single parents, and second priority to women pursuing law, justice, Indigenous or environmental studies. The Award is intended to support the successful nominee's tuition, housing or childcare in the pursuit of post-secondary education or entrepreneurship. 

    The Award and a donation cheque will be presented at Business in Vancouver's Influential Women in Business Awards in March 2019. For more information about the awards process, visit  


  • Yushi Li posted an article
    Creality Studio has been listed on 2018’s Ready to Rocket List see more

    Victoria, BC (March 16, 2018): Creality Studio Inc., being the pioneer of innovatively using machine learning and AI technology in AR/VR games, has been recognized as an “Emerging Rocket” on 2018’s Ready to Rocket ICT List. 


    The annual 2018 “Ready to Rocket” lists provide accurate predictions of private companies that will likely experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. 


    “We know  AR/VR, as an innovative digital media, opens up the possibility of creating more immersive experiences. With our proprietary real-time machine learning technology, Creality aims to help further enrich Human-AI interactions in VR/AR to become more intelligent, responsive and engaging. Monsters in our upcoming VR game Edge of Atlantis can learn from the user’s complex bodily movement and decision patterns to adjust their fighting strategies, parry, dodge, and combo their move, which creates personalized, dynamic and engaging VR experiences for the audience like never before.” Said Ren-Yuan Wong, the Founder & CEO of Creality Studio.


    Creality Studio: Founded in Feb. 2017, Creality Studio creates next-generation machine learning powered interactive AR/VR digital media and business solutions. Creality Studio is honored to be in Viatec Venture Acceleration Program.


    Media Contact:
    Yushi Li
    Co-Founder & COO

  • David Davies posted an article
    SendtoNews Ranked #1 as the Fastest Growing Media Company in Canada and #5 overall. see more

    SendtoNews named Canada’s Fastest-Growing Media Company

    –Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

    Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked SendtoNews #1 media company in Canada and #5 overall on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.   

    SendtoNews made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 7,260%.  

    “It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”  

    PROFIT 500: Canada’s fastest-growing marketing and media companies                                              

    PROFIT 500: The Complete Ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

    About the PROFIT 500

    For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit or  

    About Canadian Business

    Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country's premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada's business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at

    About SendtoNews

    SendtoNews is North America’s leading sports video content and advertising platform. The company has created an expanding publisher network that now includes more than 1600 sports news properties across North America including USA Today, LA Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune,  Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The New York Post and more.
    SendtoNews currently generates over 200 million monthly video views through the distribution of exclusive and co-exclusive content from 75+ sports leagues, including top tier organizations such as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA TOUR, NCAA and Premier League Soccer.

    For more details, visit or call toll free 855.590.1991.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    RevenueWire CEO Bobbi Leach named the gold-level winner for Female Executive of the Year in Canada. see more

    Source: RevenueWire

    RevenueWire CEO Wins Gold at 2016 Stevie Awards

    VICTORIA, BC, November 21, 2016 – The annual Stevie Awards gala in New York saw RevenueWire CEO Bobbi Leach named the gold-level winner for Female Executive of the Year in Canada. The award recognizes the business achievements of female executives in Canada since July 1, 2015.

    “This Stevie award is dedicated to the entire team of talented people I get to work with at RevenueWire,” said Leach. She added, “it was inspiring to hear about the many great success stories of female-led companies from all over the world.”

    Widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, the Stevies received over 1400 entries this year in 90 categories. Finalists were chosen by 110 business professionals from all over the world while 5 specialized judging committees determine gold, silver and bronze placements.

    Leach has been CEO of RevenueWire since 2009. Over that time, the company has seen top line revenue grow by over 400% and the number of employees has increased from 15 to over 80.

    About The Stevie Awards
    Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

    About RevenueWire

    RevenueWire helps software and subscription companies sell online. Our RevenueWire Commerce platform enables turnkey ecommerce, payments and subscription management through a single cloud-based platform. Our dedicated and experienced team actively connects our clients with more ways to earn money whether it’s boosting sales, optimizing subscriptions or offering upsells and cross-sells.

    Press Contact
    Scott Daly
    (250) 298-6040 ext. 7229

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    In granting the award, Cisco singled out Boardwalk's dedication to the Cisco partnership that has... see more

    Charter Subsidiary Boardwalk Communications Wins Award of Excellence at Cisco Summit

    VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - November 14, 2016) - Boardwalk Communications (Boardwalk), a recent acquisition of Charter Telecom Inc. (Charter), both Victoria-based information technology (IT) leaders, has received the 2016 Architectural Excellence, Enterprise Networking award for Canada from Cisco Systems, Inc., the world's largest networking company.

    Boardwalk's Vice President of Sales, Philip Stone, accepted the award at the Cisco Partner Summit on November 1, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

    In granting the award, Cisco singled out Boardwalk's dedication to the Cisco partnership that has resulted in tremendous growth, year after year:

    "Selling to all segments with an increasing focus on healthcare-specific solutions, Boardwalk grew their Enterprise Network business over 100% in fiscal year 2016 (FY 16) -- earning them the award for Architectural Excellence -- a first for Boardwalk."

    It's this kind of performance that drew the attention of Charter, which is also having an award-winning year -- Charter was recognized as one of North America's "20 Most Promising IT Infrastructure Solution Providers" for 2016 by U.S.-based CIOReview magazine.

    Discussions between the two companies led to the acquisition of Boardwalk by Charter; the purchase was announced on April 4, 2016.

    At the time, Charter president Kelly Michell called it "a coming together of highly-recognized, industry-respected, like-minded organizations with well-aligned values and operating principles."

    The deal allows for the creation of a national network technology leader that will offer a full spectrum of products and services to customers across Canada. The combined company will add Cisco solutions along with product offerings from current partners: Juniper Networks and Avaya.

    Said Charter's Michell: "Together, Charter and Boardwalk are exponentially more capable of providing clients with powerful IT solutions to their business problems. We now have the capacity of the bigger IT companies in the field without losing focus on the impeccable customer service and understanding of business needs that has brought us both to this point."

    About Charter

    Charter was founded in 1997 and ever since it has continued to lead the way in technology innovation, customer service, operational excellence, and cutting-edge solutions. Charter provides communications technology expertise thereby helping clients grow, maximizing their assets and speeding up business process.


  • LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. posted an article
    LlamaZOO Interactive wins $10,000 Top Regional Startup Award in 2016 BCIC New Ventures Competition see more

    LlamaZOO Wins $10,000 Top Regional Startup Award in BCIC New Ventures Competition


    BCIC New Ventures Competition Awards Ceremony, Vancouver, BC - September 26, 2016 - ​LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. ("LlamaZOO") was named the Top Regional Startup winner in the 2016 BCIC New Ventures Competition. This award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize, and recognizes LlamaZOO as the top placing venture located outside Metro Vancouver in New Ventures BC’s annual province-wide business competition for early stage tech companies.


    “We have made several tremendous advancements over the past few months, both with EasyAnatomy specifically, and overall as a company. Winning this award is greatly appreciated recognition for our progress as a business, and for our team’s huge effort over the summer.” said LlamaZOO’s co-founder and CEO Charles Lavigne.  


    This year’s BCIC New Ventures Competition began with over 165 entrants. The field was then narrowed down to a final 10 companies over three rounds of pitch presentations and consolidated business plan submissions. Previous winners of the competition have gone on to experience exponential growth and be acquired by multi-million dollar companies, and include MediaCore (acquired by Workday), GenoLogics (acquired by Illumina), and Vonigo.


    “Charles and I made a conscious decision to build this company in Victoria, and we have received fantastic support from the local community all along the way.” said Kevin Oke, co-founder and Vice President of Sales. “We’re very happy to help shine some light on the amazing tech ecosystem Victoria has to offer.”


    The Top Regional Startup award comes on the heels of LlamaZOO's invitation to China to attend the inaugural meeting of the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA), and the launch of its subscription-based software application for the veterinary education market - EasyAnatomy. EasyAnatomy has found significant early traction, with customers including major institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, home of the oldest medical school in North America, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the oldest schools of its kind in Canada, along with individual veterinary students from over 30 schools across five continents.



    About LlamaZOO

    LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. is an early-stage software company focused on developing EdTech software that delivers interactive 3D content while incorporating learning techniques guided by cognitive neuroscience. The company was founded by video game industry veterans Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke. In just over a year the pair have gone from meeting in a coffee shop over an idea, to developing a prototype and partnering with leading international universities, raising $500,000 in private equity funding, growing the company to 14 full-time staff, and being selected by Microsoft as a "first wave" developer for Hololens.


    Media Contact

    Beca Espírito Santo 

    Communications Coordinator


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Nominations now open for 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards on June 24th. see more

    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 24, 2016

    Victoria, BC (April 11, 2016) – Nominations are now open for one of the largest and most elaborate technology sector award shows in the country, to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Nomination form here and Tickets available here). 

    Last year’s VIATEC Technology Awards Show brought out an impressive 750 attendees for the second year in a row, the highest attendance it’s seen since it started in 2001. This year’s event is expected to sell out again, with half the tickets already sold. The extravagant show has rapidly become known as a unique event focused on entertaining the crowd with humor and irreverence, while shining the spotlight on some of Victoria’s most impressive technology companies.

    Whether it’s Bloomberg Media, The Toronto Star or Vogue Magazine, the world has realized that Victoria is young, culturally vibrant and a cool city. With tech 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,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “It's 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, 13 awards that come in the form of custom metal fabricated robots known as “Freddys”, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

    • Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    • Startup of the Year

    • Product of the Year

    • Innovative Excellence

    • Executive of the Year

    • Employee/Team of the Year

    • Employer of the Year

    • Creative Excellence

    Hand selected by VIATEC:

    • VIATEC Member of the Year

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    Given the broad range of established technology companies we have in Greater Victoria, we have added to the ‘Technology Company of the Year’ category this year,” says Gunn. “This change will allow us to recognize more of the deserving companies and allow companies of all sizes to stand among their peers.”

    Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Creative Excellence Award open to non-tech). Please note  nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC. This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

    Media and Sponsorship Contact:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director

    Bonus Material:
    To view last year's winners click here.
    To get a glimpse into what the event is like, watch this video.

    Award Categories Descriptions:

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees, 11-49 and 50+)
      SPONSORED BY: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
      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.

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year
      These are the companies that are about to really hit their stride. They're young, but they have a stable foundation. Judges will consider traction, revenue and team growth, product breadth and acceptance, and good old business fundamentals.

    • Startup of the Year
      SPONSORED BY: University of Victoria
      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 pitch deck.

    • Product of the Year
      SPONSORED BY: RBC Commercial Services
      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
      SPONSORED BY: Grant Thornton LLP
      This category is for those companies on an entirely different wavelength. They have researched and designed an 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.

    • Executive of the Year
      SPONSORED BY: Corporate Recruiters
      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).

    • Employee/Team of the Year
      SPONSORED BY: Thompson Cooper LLP
      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
      SPONSORED BY: Megson FitzPatrick
      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.

    • Creative Excellence
      Greater Victoria is overflowing with creators, innovators and entrepreneurs - and they're not limited to the technology community. This award recognizes those non-tech companies that inspire us all by demonstrating excellence in innovation, entrepreneurship and a commitment to creativity. This category does not require nominees to be VIATEC Members.

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
      SPONSORED BY: Reed Pope Law Corporation
      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. The recipient of this award is selected by VIATEC.

    • VIATEC Member of the Year
      SPONSORED BY: Cox Taylor
      Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. The recipient of this award is selected by VIATEC.


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    10 to Watch winners include three VIATEC Members and a VIATEC VAP Program Participant! see more

    Douglas Magazine is excited to announce the winners of their seventh annual 10 to Watch Awards. These awards highlight the very best of Vancouver Island’s new businesses.

    Victoria, BC - April 7, 2016 - The winners were announced at an awards ceremony last night at The Union Club in downtown Victoria and were selected by an independent panel of judges that included business owners and representatives of the University of Victoria Peter Gustavson School of Business and Royal Roads University School of Business. The 2016 10 to Watch winners include three VIATEC Members and a VIATEC VAP Program Participant!

    The winners are:

    “These 10 winners are an inspiring group who dare to think different,” says Lise Gyorkos, whose company Page One Publishing produces Douglas magazine. “Not only do they demonstrate innovation and a dedication to their businesses, they embody the entrepreneurial spirit that the 10 to Watch Awards were created to champion.”

    Now in their 7th year, the 10 to Watch Awards recognize Vancouver Island's best new companies, which have been in business for three years or less. Previous winners include: DeeBees Organics, Flytographer, Indochino, SendtoNews, Rumble Energy Drink, Parc Modern Interiors, Cook Culture and Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.

    Douglas is Vancouver Island’s business magazine, published by award-winning Page One Publishing. Page One also publishes YAM Magazine, Victoria’s lifestyle magazine, and Salt, a Vancouver Island travel and lifestyle magazine for Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver readers.

    Douglas Editor-in-Chief, Kerry Slavens and select winners will be available for interviews, upon request. 

    For further information and interviews, contact:

    Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Magazine

    Cell: 250-516-0152

    Phone: 250-595-7243




    E-Quick Eco Courier (Victoria),

    Can a courier company make the world a better place? E-Quick Eco Courier is a zero-emissions courier, delivery and distribution system that promotes sustainability and environmental awareness in everything it does.

    Easy Job Quote (Victoria),

    An online marketplace that brings homeowners and contractors together for a fair bidding process, Easy Job Quote helps homeowners prepare projects for tender and its blind bidding system simplifies the process for contractors.

    Echosec (Victoria),

    This tech company is making waves globally with its location-based social-media monitoring and analytics platform. From city happenings to war zones, Echosec takes you beyond the nightly news, straight to the people posting.

    Enigmatic Events (Victoria),

    This event planner helps your business by facilitating team building. Enigmatic Events provides a "gameful" way of doing meetings, allowing for real results that carry over into a business’s project work.

    Joma Environmental (Victoria),

    A triple-bottom-line company focused on protecting the quality of our drinking water, soil and air, Joma Environmental’s waste and recycling systems manage contaminated-site remediation, emergency–spill response, hazardous waste-disposal and ecological reclamation.

    LlamaZoo Interactive (Victoria),

    An edtech platform that allows veterinary students to learn anatomy from 3D digital models instead of textbooks and dissection, LlamaZoo helps students become more engaged and universities reduce the big costs of running labs.

    Resthouse Sleep Solutions (Duncan),

    Sleep specialists who know that one-size-fits all doesn’t work when it comes to bedding, Resthouse Sleep Solutions focus on customized solutions and organic options to help its customers get the best night's sleep.

    TellWell (Victoria),

    A self-publishing company that gives its authors 100-per-cent net royalties, TellWell makes its money on services rather than mark-up and book sales, keeping its authors’ best interests at heart.

    The Wandering Mollusk Oyster Catering Co. (Victoria),

    This boutique catering company’s passion for oysters is turning Victoria into a mollusk-lover’s paradise, as The Wandering Mollusk brings its ocean-to-table philosophy and a contagious enthusiasm for the seafood to its venues.

    Toque Catering (Victoria),

    A catering company that knows farm-to-table is more than a trend, Toque Catering uses local and sustainable products in its aim to fill an untapped niche in a Victoria market that craves upscale comfort food and customizable menus.

    Athena McKenzie | Associate Editor
    Page One Publishing Inc
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