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    Attendance ballooned to over 1,100 guests, making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in see more

    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.ca, www.forttectoria.ca

  • Michaela Schluessel posted an article
    As 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.

     

    Other Winners

    • 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

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A total of $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed. see more

    Tech community continues support of local food bank with a $51k donation

    VICTORIA, BC - December 10, 2018 - A total of $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result from the 2018 VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge! The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound). This brings the total 2018 value to $51,716.40!

    It is our honour to continue to play a role in encouraging and directing the generous members of our community,” said VIATEC CEO, Dan Gunn. “The participants got creative with their fundraising this year; There were wine raffles, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, chili cook-offs, office parties, plenty of interoffice competition and even a push-up competition between two companies. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and it’s because of them that many families will have food on the table this holiday season, and throughout the year. All the credit goes to our members and donors and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

    Since its inception in 2002, $2,201,714.40 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, the challenge has raised a total of $2,253,420.80!

    The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound)

     

    This year’s top contributors:

    Greatest Per-Employee Contributor

    • 1st place: Aviary Technologies ($727 cash & food per employee)

    • 2nd place: RevenueWire ($309.10 cash & food per employee)

    • 3rd place: AES Engineering ($219.60 cash & food per employee)

    Greatest Overall Contributor

    • 1st place: RevenueWire ($12,364 cash & food)

    • 2nd place: Starfish Medical ($7,090 cash & food)

    • 3rd place: AES Engineering ($5,490 cash & food)
       

    A plaque presentation took place on December 7th at VIATEC and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Sweater Weather Get Together event, bringing out over 300 attendees.

    2018 Participants:

     


    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 (Technology is Victoria's #1 industry with a $4.06 Billion Annual Revenue, a $5.22 Billion Economic Impact and over 16,775 employees across 995 high-tech companies - and growing!)

    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

     

    About the VIATEC Foundation:

    A fund, held with the Victoria Foundation, that provides a simple way for VIATEC members to give back. Launched in June of 2017 (Raising $177,242 on its first day), the VIATEC Foundation is a result of seeing the philanthropic efforts of VIATEC Members being made privately or members lacking a direction for their goals. Because it is an industry that thrives on competition and challenges, VIATEC saw an opportunity to offer people a way to direct their generosity and show the Victoria community what’s possible.

     

    About the Mustard Seed Street Church:
    The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in Greater Victoria since 1975. The Mustard Seed’s operations are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest Food Bank, a Family Center, Hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as more traditional Church services.

    The Mustard Seed Street Church positively impacts, on average 5,000 individuals per month, with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running everyday.  With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis! www.mustardseed.ca

     

    MEDIA INQUIRIES:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director
    VIATEC
    Cell: 250-896-7668
    tbousfield@viatec.ca