• LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. posted an article
    LlamaZOO one of Top 10 education startups worldwide in SXSWedu’s 2017 Launch Competition see more

    LlamaZOO one of Top 10 education startups worldwide in SXSWedu’s 2017 Launch Competition

    March 14, 2017 - LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. (LlamaZOO), was recognized as one of the 10 most innovative education startups worldwide after presenting at last week’s SXSWedu Launch competition in Austin, Texas. SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest (SXSW) family of conferences and festivals, which are internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals.

    LlamaZOO reached the SXSWedu Launch finals in part due to the success of its 3D veterinary anatomy software, EasyAnatomy. LlamaZOO’s proprietary process for converting MRI and CT images into 3D anatomical models has made EasyAnatomy the most medically accurate virtual guide to canine anatomy available, and paved the way for EasyAnatomy’s world’s-first launch in virtual reality.

    EasyAnatomy is revolutionizing veterinary education by providing students and educators with an engaging and convenient evolution from 2-dimensional textbooks and ethically-contentious cadaver dissection. The application has been purchased by top veterinary medicine schools including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Missouri, and the University of Saskatchewan. 

    “EasyAnatomy has been making an international impact in veterinary education since its initial launch last fall, and it’s icing on the cake to be recognized for innovation on the global stage at an event as prestigious as SXSW” said LlamaZOO co-founder and CEO, Charles Lavigne. “To be the only Canadian company to reach the finals in Austin provided us with further encouragement to represent the tremendous wealth of tech talent back home in British Columbia, particularly in AR/VR.”

    LlamaZOO will again have the opportunity to demonstrate their AR/VR innovations and technology platform during the #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver, March 14-15. During the summit LlamaZOO will exhibit their groundbreaking VR/AR canine dissection on both the Microsoft Hololens and HTC Vive, from their booth on the Microsoft sponsored “Future Realities” floor.

    “For a growing company, it’s encouraging to see the BC Government and organizations such as Microsoft increasing the spotlight on AR/VR technologies and companies” said co-founder and VP Sales, Kevin Oke. “It’s validation for the innovation already occurring in BC, and the potential yet to come, and LlamaZOO’s aim at the #BCTECH Summit is to exceed expectations.”

    About LlamaZOO
    LlamaZOO is a leading education technology company that develops award-winning interactive software. The company’s proprietary platform provides a means of interacting with and viewing complex data and structures as 3D models in Virtual and Mixed reality. LlamaZOO is headquartered in Victoria, BC, and has previously been awarded “Top Regional Startup” by BCIC New Ventures, the VIATEC Startup of the Year Award, and the “Innovation Award” at the Greater Victoria Business Awards.

    Media Contact:
    Charles Lavigne, Co-Founder & CEO, charles@llamazoo.com

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Salaries for technology professionals in British Columbia have risen once again, indicated by.... see more

    HR Tech Group’s annual BC Tech Salary Survey finds double-digit salary increases for some positions, high paying jobs in VFX/animation

    Source: HR Tech Group

    Vancouver, BC – September 21, 2016.  Salaries for technology professionals in British Columbia have risen once again, indicated by results from HR Tech Group’s annual BC Tech Salary Survey, released today.

    Overall, salaries for intermediate technology professionals in British Columbia went up 5.8% from the previous year, according to HR Tech Group’s findings. The increase demonstrates that companies are growing and prioritizing retention to keep their employees engaged. 

    Tech jobs with the highest salary increases include: 

    • Product Development Managers: up 16.5%
    • Sales Managers: up 10.5%
    • Senior Animators: up 7.6% 

    The 2016 BC Tech Salary Survey, conducted for HR Tech Group in partnership with Willis Towers Watson, includes data about 15,904 individual salaries from 112 companies. 

    “Tech salaries in BC are growing faster than the national average,” says Allison Rutherford, Executive Director of HR Tech Group. “In 25 years of conducting the BC Tech Salary Survey we have not seen such large salary increases. This demonstrates what tech companies across the province are experiencing first hand: there is increasing competition for tech talent in BC.” 

    “HR Tech Group’s BC Tech Salary Survey has been instrumental in responding to the growing needs of BC’s technology sector,” said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent is an important component of the #BCTECH Strategy, and we are thrilled that an increasing number of tech companies recognize that we have the talent and are choosing to open offices in BC.” 

    This year’s survey expanded to include British Columbia’s growing visual effects/animation industry.

    Ten major film and/or animation companies took part in survey, including SONY Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic and Technicolor’s MPC. Some of the highest salaries in that industry include Specialist Lighting Artists and VFX Artists ($105,000/year) and Senior Animators ($93,000/year). 

    “The VFX/animation sector is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing industries in the BC economy and the increased participation from these firms in the BC Tech Salary Survey proves that,” explained Rutherford. “HR Tech Group is pleased to be able to showcase, in detail, how much this industry is thriving and providing high-paying jobs in our province.” 

    While visual effects and animation jobs are finding their place among the top paying jobs in BC, more traditional technology positons in the software industry remain lucrative and also saw steady gains: 

    • Junior Software Developers (with two to four years of experience) earned an average salary of $75,400/year (up from $73,000 in 2015).
    • With four or more years of experience behind them, Senior Software Developers earned an average of $93,900/ year, up 5.4% from the previous year.

     A full version of the BC Tech Salary Survey is available for purchase online at hrtechgroup.com. This year, HR Tech Group is also providing the BC Tech Salary Survey for Startups, which is a condensed version of the survey that provides the same in-depth information, but for 10 roles that are crucial to startups. Learn more about both surveys, here.



    About the BC Tech Salary Survey

    HR Tech Group, in partnership with Willis Towers Watson, releases the annual BC Tech Salary Survey. For more than 20 years this Survey has been the definitive resource for the high tech sector in BC. While the survey is based in BC, the data is relevant for all Canadian high tech markets, with several national and international organizations participating.

    About HR Tech Group

    HR Tech Group is an association of human resources professionals employed in B.C. tech companies. The group produced the leading BC Tech Salary Survey, and provides new and benchmark data that keeps members up to speed on local business practices in tech. HR Tech Group serves over 150 mid to large member companies in all tech sectors including ICT, film/ VFX, digital media, clean tech and life sciences.

    Media Inquiries:

    Alison Gallagher
    Talk Shop Media


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Archipelago develops and implements CCTV-based monitoring and review solutions... see more

    Source: BCIC

    Tech innovations are changing how we live and work in every sector of the economy. #BCTECH Transformations profiles BC companies that provide technology that is helping natural resource industries increase their productivity and competitiveness. Part 3 of the series looks at how Victoria’s Archipelago Marine Research is a major part of a transforming commercial fisheries industry. 

    Whether you’ve enjoyed the water off British Columbia’s south coast or dined at an area restaurant, you have felt the benefits of Archipelago Marine Research. Through a commitment to fisheries, coastal communities and industry regulators, Archipelago assists multiple facets of the commercial fisheries industry.

    Archipelago develops and implements CCTV-based monitoring and review solutions for commercial fishing fleets. The company’s deep understanding of electronic monitoring software and hardware enables them to provide fishers and industry regulators with quality, customized insight. Once installed, Archipelago’s onboard monitoring system can help reviewers verify fishing times and locations, identify size and species of catch, and display fishing activity in real time. Archipelago also trains and certifies fisheries observers for at-sea and dockside monitoring.

    The past

    “Fishermen don’t like having someone or something looking over their shoulder,” says CEO Shawn Stebbins.

    Due to this feeling, fishers were not always willing to consider efficiency tools. Trip decisions were made on a hunch and without the proper data and analytics. Commercial fishing is also an industry that is at the whim of the weather; this means that fishers need to make the most out of opportune days. So, they’re warming to the idea of using monitoring and review technology to improve their expeditions.

    The future

    “The importance and value of having quality datasets and preparation is really being seen,” says Stebbins.

    In addition to the value observers and electronic monitoring solutions have had on the industry, Archipelago has facilitated a focus on environmentalism. The organization works alongside other industries who share space with marine land to ensure environmental factors are accounted for. They’re also fierce advocates for sustainable fishing.

    “This focus has extended from fishermen to restaurants to consumer,” says Stebbins. “There’s a desire to do things better and more sustainably than in the past.”

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    B.C. government announced today nearly $600,000 towards a partnership with key technology industry.. see more

    Source: Province of BC

    The B.C. government announced today nearly $600,000 towards a partnership with key technology industry partners to study the labour market needs in the tech sector.

    Led by the BC Technology Association (BCTA) and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), this technology Sector Labour Market Partnership project, worth nearly $600,000 to date, will help the government and project partners gain a better understanding of the current and future labour needs in this diverse and fast growing sector. As part of this project, the partners are also developing a comprehensive labour market strategy which will result in recommendations on deepening the talent pool for in-demand jobs in B.C.

    Since last October, BCTA and VEC, with support from the government through the Sector Labour Market Partnership Program, have been engaging with technology employers, educational stakeholders and the broader technology community to gain a better understanding of the labour needs in this sector. To help the industry take this important project further, the Province has recently committed additional support so they can complete a detailed labour market analysis and develop a strategy with key actions to address the sector’s labour market priorities.

    After the announcement, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond, and Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk, as well as project partners, met with programming students at the Lighthouse Labs Victoria campus, located in the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) offices within the Fort Tectoria building in Victoria.

    The project announced today is part of the government’s commitment to deepen B.C.’s technology talent pool through a variety of actions, including improving access to timely and relevant labour market information, as outlined in the #BCTECH Strategy. The 10-year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund to improve access to capital, as well as initiatives to increase talent development and market growth for tech companies to drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.

    In 2014, the B.C. government launched the Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer its education and training programs so British Columbians can get the skills they need to be first in line for jobs in the province.

    The Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement. The program helps employers understand and respond to changing labour market demands, and ensures that training and education programs in B.C. are aligned with industry’s labour-market needs and priorities.


    Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training–

    “The technology industry is an important part of our province’s economy, creating thousands of jobs and investments in B.C. To keep B.C.’s economy strong, diverse and growing, we need to ensure that technology employers have the talent they need to expand, and that British Columbians have the skills they need to work in this growing sector.”

    Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services—

    “Through the #BCTECH Strategy, we are committed to providing British Columbians with the tech skills they need to enter the marketplace and contribute to the growth of B.C.’s tech sector. Our strategy responds to industry’s needs: providing coding in K-12; expanding co-op programs; and adjusting the training and education in post-secondary institutions. Ensuring students and adults have the right skills means they can contribute through a variety of exciting fields such as creating a greener earth in clean tech or improving lives through life sciences.”

    Ian McKay, CEO, VEC –

    “Vancouver's economic growth, the fastest of any city in Canada , has been driven largely by its emergence as a global technology hub. The entrepreneurs in our city are creating businesses that attract local and global talent. The talent in our city has in turn attracted some of the most innovative companies in the world. However, the companies we speak with every day simply can't get enough of that talent to sustain their rapid growth and reach their full potential. The LMP strategy will help Vancouver and all of British Columbia overcome this challenge and reach our full potential, as a leader in today's fierce race for talent and as the global centre for technology and innovation.”

    Bill Tam, president, BC Technology  Association –

    “Talent is what fuels the B.C. technology industry. Building a solid foundation of human capital, whether home grown or globally sourced, is among our critical success factors. With growing concerns on the availability of talent, we’re pleased to be partnering with the province, the Vancouver Economic Commission and our industry colleagues on this Labour Market Partnership project.”

    Jeremy Shaki, founder, Lighthouse Labs –

    “Lighthouse Labs is committed to providing the industry specific training needed to support B.C.’s and Canada's growing tech industries. We’re proud to have graduated over 300 developers directly into B.C.’s talent pool in just over 2 years via our main Vancouver campus, as well as bring bootcamp education to the rapidly growing B.C. innovation hubs of Victoria and Kelowna. Training and fostering developer talent will continue to play a critical role in the success of our growing tech ecosystem. We're delighted to support the B.C. government’s initiative to work with industry to directly support the growth of the technology economy.”

    Ryan Stratton, founder and CEO, Craftt, Lighthouse Labs mentor-approved –

    “The craft beverage market is growing fast in B.C. Last year we created Craftt, a cloud native app designed for breweries to help manage their operations and logistics. We’re now working with 34 breweries across Canada and the U.S.

    “I joined the VIATEC Accelerate Tectoria program in 2014 and they were instrumental in helping me launch Craftt. One of our toughest challenges has been sourcing talent. Programs like Lighthouse Labs are helping to reduce this employment gap by training junior developers with practical, real world skills.

    “Like many other sectors, mentorship is a critical part of fostering talent in the technology sector. I’ve been working as a mentor for Lighthouse Labs students since they introduced the program in Victoria because it’s important to make the time and help shape future developers entering our community. It is impressive to see what these students can learn in such a short period of time.”

    Quick Facts:

    • British Columbia is a tech-driven economy. The various technology subsectors are: information and communications technology, cleantech, engineering, life sciences, and digital media.
    • The technology sector directly employs more than 86,000 people, and wages for those jobs are 60% higher than B.C.’s industrial average.
    • In 2013, the technology sector added $13.9 billion to B.C.’s GDP.
    • B.C.’s 9,000 technology companies combined generated $23.3 billion in revenue in 2013.

    Learn More:

    #BCTECH Strategy: https://bctechstrategy.gov.bc.ca/

    Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program:www.workbc.ca/sectorlabourmarketpartnerships

    BC Jobs Plan: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

    B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/Training-Education/B-C-s-Skills-for-Jobs-Blueprint.aspx

    B.C. 2024 Labour Market Outlook: https://www.workbc.ca/Statistics/Labour-Market.aspx

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Lighthouse Labs was created as an experiment in 2013 by a group of software developers... see more

    Last March they brought their lab to Victoria, right to Fort Tectoria. They’ve partnered with VIATEC, Metalab, Ladies Learning Code, and Emplomacy to immerse their bootcamp students right in the middle of the local tech community.

    Click here to read the full blog on Tectoria.ca!