• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit are energizing the technology ecosystem across Canada. see more

    Kelowna B.C May 5th, 2016 - Talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit are energizing the technology ecosystem across Canada. According to independent technology analyst Carmi Levy, “All of the ingredients are there for Canada to be a tech powerhouse.” Unfortunately, many promising startups lack the funding needed to drive their companies forward. Non-profit organization Metabridge is changing that by connecting technology startups to Silicon Valley investors.

    On June 9th - 10th, fifteen of the best and brightest technology startups will congregate at an exclusive lakeside retreat in Kelowna, where they will be given the opportunity to meet with VCs and serial entrepreneurs from leading companies such as Google, AngelList and Omers Ventures. Investment opportunities, strategic partnerships and mentorship from leading tech entrepreneurs help the startups take their business to the next level, and it’s building Canada’s technology sector into the country’s fastest growing industry.

    The competition is stiff, but the rewards have been huge for previous winners encouraging more tech startups to apply said Executive Director, Sehra Bremner, "We had an overwhelming response to Metabridge this year. 109 companies applied, which is more than ever before. We are really pleased with the strength of all the companies that took the time to apply”.

    This year Metabridge has expanded its reach to establish Canada as a leader in supporting tech industries. The fifteen participants are based in cities across Canada and also include a start-up from Kenya. "Although we had startups apply from across Canada and other countries, this is the first time an international startup has made it to the final 15. We are excited to host our national tech retreat in Kelowna and to showcase these amazing companies and entrepreneurs by facilitating meaningful connections for them," said Steve Wandler, Metabridge Founder.

    The Metabridge 2016 Top 15 Startup companies are:

    Brightsquid (Alberta)
    Chalk (Ontario)
    Communitysift (British Columbia)
    Dive (Ontario)
    Drop Loyalty Inc. (Ontario)
    Flytographer (Victoria, BC)
    Lynk Jobs Ltd. (Kenya)
    Nobal Technologies (Alberta)

    Open Channel (Ontario)
    RentMoola (British Columbia)
    RingPartner Inc. (Victoria, BC)
    SilkStart (Victoria, BC)
    TalentClick (British Columbia)
    Tapplock (Ontario)
    Turnstyle (Ontario)
    Metabridge 2016 Sponsors: Accelerate Okanagan, BCIC, IBM, GoodSIR, Vanedge Capital, Gowling WLG, DIRTT, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commision, iNovia Capital, CDMN, City of Kelowna, Lawson Lundell, Silicon Valley Bank, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, FreshGrade, Kitsch Wines, Interior Savings, and IHE School.

    Media Enquiries:
    Sehra Bremner
    Executive Director  |  Metabridge
    sehra.bremner@metabridge.ca  |  250.864.3239
  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    CIN is hosting its fourth Pitch & Mix on Feb 17th at Fort Tectoria. see more

    The Capital Investment Network (CIN) continues to put Victoria angels on the map, proving that Silicon Valley isn’t the only place for companies to fundraise.

    CIN is hosting its fourth Pitch & Mix on Feb 17th at Fort Tectoria, an event that brings together local angels to see 10 presentations from pre-revenue to multi-million dollar enterprises.  Every company chosen to present has undergone a rigorous application and vetting process before making it to the stage. They’re given three minutes to pitch and then answer questions from an esteemed panel of experts. CIN has streamlined the process to create a fast-paced program with plenty of time for networking to encourage appointments between entrepreneurs and investors. Past participants have received up to $250,000 in a single investment from pitching in this event, demonstrating the impact of this new, but vital organization.

    Established in 2014, CIN founders recognized the potential for Victoria to become a powerful angel hub.  Since then, they have been dedicated to building a sophisticated investment community through providing opportunities for education and deal flow, helping grow the local economy from the bottom up.  What may surprise some skeptics is that CIN run completely by volunteers and has recently incorporated as a non-profit.

    With this change, CIN welcomes new board members, community leaders in their own right, including: Hannes Blum, Laurie Baggio, Briony Bayer and Rodger Bannister.  These champions bring critical expertise to CIN and are active in the organization’s development.  At this upcoming Pitch & Mix, CIN has partnered with VIATEC and the City of Victoria to kick off a series of events that converge on the City’s Reverse Trade Mission and Discover Tectoria.

    Companies that would like to be considered for this event should complete the application form http://capitalinvestmentnetwork.ca/entrepreneurs/ or contact Chrystal Phan at chrystal@capitalinvestmentnetwork.ca for more information.


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Dec 18th Deadline for #BCTECH Summit $400 Delegate Discount and B2B Meeting Applications! see more

    Technology is reshaping how we do business, transforming customer experiences and driving growth across all segments of our economy. The #BCTECH Summit is a two-day event (Jan 18-19) that will showcase BC’s vibrant technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the latest ideas that will drive a competitive advantage for BC.

    This event is for entrepreneurs, investors, industry buyers, researchers, students and government officials. It will allow them to come together to make new connections, nurture existing networks and exchange fresh ideas!

    To get the VIATEC Member discount code please contact tbousfield@viatec.ca by this Friday (Reg Early Bird Price is $499... You only pay $399). Please note there are a limited amount of discount passes available!

    Also due this Friday are applications for the #BCTECH Summit B2B Meetings. The #BCTECH Summit’s B2B meetings offer outstanding opportunities to build your business. These facilitated meetings match BC companies with customers, potential suppliers and government procurement specialists. Apply now for the opportunity to meet one-on-one with people who can accelerate the growth of your business. Click here for more info and to apply.

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    Latitude's complete product family on display at the Helicopter Association November 13-15, at Booth see more

    Victoria, BC Canada - November 11, 2015 - Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and Satcom solutions for helicopter operators, will be showcasing Latitude's complete product family at the Helicopter Association of Canada's 20th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, November 13-15, at Booth #409.  The Latitude sales team will be at the Latitude booth meeting with customers and channel partners wanting to learn more about Latitude's award winning IONode™ HFDM (helicopter flight data management) system and the company's SkyNode® voice and data transceivers.  In addition, Latitude will be demonstrating Latitude Flight Data Analytics™, Latitude's feature-rich web-based flight analytics platform, and the latest version of WebSentinel™, Latitude's web-based flight following, mapping, and messaging platform.    

    About Latitude Technologies:
    Latitude Technologies Corp., headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, is a manufacturer and provider of flight data monitoring, flight following, and satellite data and voice communications equipment and services.  Latitude's SkyNode® products are the most versatile and economical-to-operate aeronautical communication devices in the world.  The company's IONode™ is the industry's first lightweight flight data recorder and advanced data acquisition unit, capable of real-time event and exceedance alerts and automated post-flight wireless data transfer.  Latitude's DL150 FANS 1/A+ Data Link is the first lightweight multi-function SDU on the market.  Latitude provides reliable and secure aviation data and communication options for crew safety, fleet logistics, and operations and maintenance efficiencies with the WebSentinel™ flight tracking and Latitude Flight Data Analytics™ web-based data management platforms for desktops, dispatch centers, and mobile devices.   

    For more information about Latitude's flight data and satcom solutions, visit www.latitudetech.com or call 1-888-966-5599.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    There were hundreds of applications for the 15 awards handed out see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    November 10, 2015 - Victoria, BC - Companies and organizations with an eye on reducing their impact on the environment were honoured Tuesday night at the 2015 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards.

    About 160 people filled the Inn at Laurel Point to celebrate sustainability, in what organizer Jill Doucette hopes will be a launching pad for a bigger and more encompassing awards program in the future.

    “We expect it to be an even bigger success next year. We hope more people apply and attend and that we get more representation from up-Island and the Gulf Islands,” said Doucette, CEO of Synergy Enterprises. “We want to bring together more communities and cities to celebrate Vancouver Island’s sustainability.”

    There were hundreds of applications for the 15 awards handed out to recognize initiatives, projects and innovations that allow both communities and ecology prosper.

    Awards were given in a variety of categories including greenest businesses, stores and restaurants, as well as for climate action, transportation, food security and waste management.

    Doucette said the popularity of this year’s awards may be down to the fact businesses are taking environmental action on their own terms.

    “The awards are a chance to celebrate their commitment to sustainability,” she said, adding businesses being environmentally sustainable has become much more than an add-on. “Most of the applicants, those businesses and organizations, were doing it because they wanted to, that it was part of their value system instead of just a marketing tool.

    “And, in general, we’ve seen that at Synergy, the businesses [we work with] are more motivated by ethics than marketing and that’s a significant change from 10 years ago.”

    Ecostar Award Winners:

    • Greenest Office: Carmanah Technologies
    • Greenest Retail Store: Hemp & Company
    • Restaurant 1-25 Employees: Big Wheel Burger
    • Restaurant 25+ Employees: Pizzeria Prima Strada
    • Manufacturing Excellence: Oughtred Coffee & Tea
    • The Eco-Preneur of the Year: Abeego Designs
    • Technology Excellence: AXYS Technologies
    • Tourism Excellence: Inn at Laurel Point
    • Leadership In Construction: Kinetic Construction Ltd.
    • Water Stewardship: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society
    • Transportation: Habit Coffee
    • Food Security: Topsoil Urban Rooftop Agriculture
    • Climate Action: Emterra Environmental
    • Social Impact: Habitat for Humanity Victoria
    • Waste Management: Monk Office



  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Codename Entertainment has found “it” — the secret to the success of idle gaming. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Somewhere between the ones and zeros, buried within the world of heroic fighters and imaginative villains, Codename Entertainment has found “it” — the secret to the success of idle gaming.

    Just don’t expect a concrete definition of what “it” is. While the success of the company’s most recent game, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, has meant the Victoria studio is expanding its ranks and is on the hunt for more office space, chief executive Eric Jordan admits nailing down the reason is difficult.

    “No one really knows why it works so well, but we all have our theories,” said Jordan.

    Crusaders of the Lost Idols follows a group of fighters that take on a variety of villains, including a giant panda with lobster claws.

    Jordan believes idle games tend to resonate with players because of the gaming loop they offer. A player gets gold, levels up, gets more gold, becomes more powerful so they can get more gold, then they can level up again and so on.

    Idle games allow players to put as much time and effort as they wish into a game as they do not require “active play.” Players can leave them to idle and play themselves.

    “What sets our game apart from others in the genre is you can either take it as it comes and be very simple or spend a lot of time with it and get into the complexity of the game. Either way you can feel really good about your progress,” Jordan said. Another feature of these games is there’s little or no downside to making a wrong move.

    It’s hard to argue it has appeal.

    Earlier this year, Crusaders debuted at top spot on Kongregate.com’s (the largest dedicated webgaming site in the world) idle gaming chart and since then it has expanded its reach to more than five million unique plays on Kongregate, Armor Games and Facebook.

    It remains the top-rated idle game on Kongregate and was recently launched on Steam, the largest PC gaming platform in the world.

    There are plans for a mobile version to be launched early next year.

    While Codename does not divulge revenue, the success of the game has meant the company has doubled its monthly revenue, which translated into expansion from 11 staff to 14 with plans to add to that number.

    “We are bursting at the seams here, and our lease is up early next year so we are probably looking at new space,” said Jordan.

    The gaming sector in Victoria has been growing. A Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council study in 2014 found 20 studios employing about 250 people.

    “It’s still a young sub-sector of tech in Victoria, but it has developed quickly,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn. “The 20 or so companies are really good at working together to support each other and to address shared challenges. This has allowed them to do a very effective job of telling their story which has increased awareness and interest.”

    Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps suggested Codename is an example for other firms to follow.

    “Successes like this breed further success and help our city become even more of a hub for this kind of independent game development,” she said.

    To celebrate the success of the game, Codename is held an invite-only event on Saturday, October 24 at Fort Tectoria, featuring a presentation from provincial Technology Minister Amrik Virk and entertainment from local band Towers and Trees, which composed the music used in the game.

    “In today’s ever-evolving music world, you're always on the hunt for cool new ways to push yourself as an artist and reach new audiences. Art and music are such a huge part of the video game industry so the partnership feels very natural,” said Adrian Chalifour of Towers and Trees.

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    CAMACC and Revolution 3D Printers among winners at Peninsula Chamber Awards see more

    CAMACC Systems Ltd. took home two honours at this year’s Crystal Awards, handed out Thursday evening by the Peninsula Chamber at Butchart Gardens. The advanced technology company that builds and installs custom video-surveillance gear was named business of the year, in the category of 16 or more employees, and also employer of the year. CAMACC Systems is based at 200-2261 Keating Cross Rd., and has offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and the U.S.

    Revolution 3D Printers won the New Product/Service Award. Revolution 3D Printers is a Canadian manufacturing and R&D company that manufactures 3D printers, with a focus on technologically innovative product development. They provide their customers with a complete 3D printing solution.


    • Business of the Year (1-15 employees): BMT Group Services
    • Business of the Year (16+ employees): CAMACC Systems Inc
    • Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Beacon Community Service
    • Contribution to the Community: Sidney Meet-Up
    • Green Business of the Year: Island Return-it Recycling Centre Sidney
    • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Seaside Magazine
    • New Business: Man Cave on Beacon
    • Employer of the Year: CAMACC Systems Inc.
    • New Product or Service: Revolution 3D Printers
    • Outstanding Customer Service: Curves Sidney
    • Newsmaker of the Year: Panorama Recreation Centre
    • Lifetime Achievement: Ginny Alger

    Source: Times Colonist

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The founder of Flytographer will appear on CBC TV’s business reality show Dragon’s Den on Wednesday see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    Victoria’s Nicole Smith has made a pitch to the Dragons. The founder of Flytographer will appear on CBC Television’s business reality show Dragon’s Den on Wednesday in a pre-recorded episode.

    Her company has a downtown Victoria office, where staff work with about 300 photographers in 160 cities around the world. Flytographer lines up photographers for customers who want memorable photos for everything from honeymoons to holidays.

    Dragons’ Den participants are not permitted to reveal the results of their bid for money. Business people appear before a panel of entrepreneurs to seek funding for their ventures.

    If a verbal deal is struck on the show, the business person and the entrepreneur enter into discussions, to try to finalize a formal agreement. That may or may not happen. 

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Companies are chosen by a committee made up of technology experts/investors from across the country. see more

    TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Innovation Exchange announced the 2015 roster of 20 innovative technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program. Companies are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology experts and investors from across the country.

    Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.




    The 2015 CIX Top 20 are (in alphabetical order):

    • Aislelabs Inc., Toronto
    • Beagle Inc., Kitchener
    • Control, Vancouver
    • LeadSift, Halifax
    • Miovision, Kitchener
    • PiinPoint, Kitchener
    • Plooto, Toronto
    • Plum.io, Waterloo
    • Q4 Web Systems, Toronto
    • Redtree Robotics, Waterloo
    • RtTech Software, Moncton
    • Rubikloud Technologies, Toronto
    • SilkStart Technology Inc., Victoria
    • SkySquirrel Technologies, Halifax
    • Statflo Inc., Toronto
    • Synbiota Inc., Toronto
    • Thalmic Labs, Kitchener
    • ThinkData Works Inc., Toronto
    • Trulioo, Vancouver
    • Venzee Inc., Vancouver

    "This year's Top 20 is one of our most impressive cohorts to date," said Robert Montgomery, Co-Chair of CIX. “We have many industries represented and we believe - especially in an election year - that these companies personify the potential Canada has to become a global innovation leader.”

    Each company will be at CIX 2015 on November 17 where their CEO/Founder will tell us why their product/service is so innovative to a crowd of over 650 investors and peers in the Canadian technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be interactive sessions led by some of Canada’s top business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.

    For a detailed description of each company’s product and service offering, visit http://www.canadianinnovationexchange.com/top-20/2015-top-20/

    These companies join an elite list of hot Canadian tech companies, many of which were first discovered at CIX. Past Top 20 alumni include Achievers, Axonify, Breather, Busbud, Chango, D-Wave, Figure 1, Frank & Oak, Hubba, IGLOO, Influitive, Kobo Books, Nuology, ScribbleLive, UrtheCast, Vidyard, Wattpad and Wealthsimple to name just a few. Link to CIX Top 20 Alumni.

    The other Co-Chairs of CIX are Rick Nathan, Managing Director, Kensington Capital, John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures, Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner, iNovia Capital and Paul Lee, Managing Partner, VanEdge Capital. Link to CIX Advisory Board .

    CEO/Founders of the Top 20 companies opened the TMX market this morning – link to the video

    Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX)
    The Canadian Innovation Exchange is the ‘must attend’ event for leaders in Canada’s innovative economy. In its 8th year, the CIX repeatedly attracts 650+ technology industry leaders, tech entrepreneurs and investors (VCs, angels and accredited investors) from across the Canada and the United States. This exclusive event showcases Canada’s most innovative and promising young tech companies and provides the tools to networking, build new relationships and increase deal flow. CIX facilitates hundreds of new relationships and has fostered hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions.

    Media wishing to set up interviews, learn more about the CIX Innovator of the Year Award or attend CIX on November 17th in Toronto should reach out to Borjana Slipicevic contact information below.

    Media contact: Borjana Slipicevic Proper Propaganda (778) 858 2595 borjana@properpropaganda.net

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The event will take place at Inn at Laurel Point on Nov 10th, from 6-9pm. see more

    Victoria, BC - October 15, 2015. Are you or do you know of a business, person, group, organization that is green and contributing to sustainability in our region? The EcoStar Awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership.

    The event will take place at Inn at Laurel Point on Nov 10th, from 6-9pm. Tickets for the event and application forms for awards are available online at www.ecostarawards.com. The following award categories are available to local businesses, organizations and individuals:

    • The Eco-Preneur of the Year - Honours the work of an individual who has started an impactful eco-venture
    • Greenest Office - Office-based business with impressive environmental practices & policies
    • Greenest Restaurant - Recognizing one small & one large restaurant that demonstrate action to reduce waste, energy, water consumption, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions:
      o Small restaurant 1-25 employee
      o Large restaurant 25+ employees
    • Greenest Retail Store - Honouring a progressive retail business which has reduced environmental impact in both operations & products sold
    • Technology Excellence - A technology based business that is addressing environmental issues with their product
    • Tourism Excellence - Honours a business that is setting an example for eco-tourism and/or green hospitality
    • Manufacturing Excellence- A local manufacture who is addressing environmental issues in their product or operations
    • Leadership In Construction - A construction company with a track record for environmental excellence
    • Water Stewardship - An organization or business that has shown commitment and results in water protection
    • Transportation - An organization that is shifting towards low or zero emission transportation www.ecostarawards.com info@vigreeneconomy.com
    • Food Security - An organization or business working to secure and localize the food economy
    • Climate Action - An organization or business that is working to reduce/mitigate greenhouse gas emissions
    • Social Impact - An organization that has made significant impact on addressing social needs
    • Waste Management - An organization or business that has managed and measurably reduced and diverted waste

    The deadline for nominations and applications is October 21st at 4:00 p.m. Information about the awards program and how to apply can be found at www.ecostarawards.com. The host of the new Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards is Synergy Sustainability Institute (SSI). SSI is a non-profit with a mission to catalyze the green economy on Vancouver Island. Other SSI projects include the Vancouver Island Green Certification Program (www.vigbc.ca) the Food Eco District Project (www.get-fed.ca) and the Vancouver Island Green Economy Working Groups (www.vigreeneconomy.com). In addition, SSI engages in cutting-edge research in UltraEfficient Buildings.

    Media Contact

    Kimber Parmar
    Administration and Communications Assistant Synergy Sustainability Institute

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    Startup Canada announced the regional winners and runners-up of the 2nd annual Startup Canada Awards see more

    The movers and shakers of  Canada’s entrepreneurship movement to be celebrated nationwide

    October 2, 2015, OTTAWA, ON – Today, Startup Canada announced the regional winners and runners-up of the second annual Startup Canada Awards. Winners will be celebrated and recognized during special grassroots events featuring a reception, ceremony, and fireside chats in communities across Canada this fall.

    “These winners are architects of a better future for Canada for entrepreneurs,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “As champions of the entrepreneurship movement, they deserve to be celebrated to the highest degree. Thank you and congratulations to all nominees and winners for elevating the efforts, ambitions, and standards of success for the entrepreneurship community locally and across Canada.”

    Click on the links below to see the winners from each region:

    The Startup Canada Awards can be likened to the Oscars for the Canadian entrepreneurship community – celebrating and recognizing the individuals, communities and institutions that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

    The names of the regional winners will be pushed forward to the National Adjudication Committee and the national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale at the CN Tower in Toronto on Dec. 1.

    Regional events will be held throughout Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour, which launches Oct. 14 in Halifax, N.S., and will land in six major cities before concluding in Toronto on Dec. 14. The national tour will provide on-site inspiration, mentorship and training to thousands of entrepreneurs.

    The community can join in the celebration and conversation by attending one of the upcoming grassroots events:

    The Startup Canada Awards are proudly supported by Intuit CanadaTruShield Insurance,UPS CanadaWolf BlassMNP LLPScotiabankBDC, and TELUSThe Startup Canada Awards are also supported by Fluid Review by Survey Monkey and Rideau Hall.

    For more information on the Startup Canada Awards, visit www.startupaward.ca.

    Press Contact:

    Kathryn Forrest

    Communications and Marketing Manager, Startup Canada

    1-844-782-7801 ext. 106


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Victoria is reaching across the border to strengthen the city’s economy. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Victoria is reaching across the border to strengthen the city’s economy.

    This weekend, a 31-person trade mission led by Mayor Lisa Helps will be in San Francisco to showcase Victoria companies, meet potential clients, promote Victoria as a destination and work on academic partnerships to create research opportunities.

    The team includes B.C. Technology Minister Amrik Virk and representatives from the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC), Greater Victoria Development Agency, Tourism Victoria and the post-secondary education sector.

    The budget for the trip is $34,000, with the city’s share $5,000.

    “We’re hoping to highlight the already strong connections between Victoria and San Francisco,” said Helps, noting high-tech and tourism have for years been closely tied to the Bay area.

    But Helps is also going recruiting. Building on a provincial initiative that saw a B.C. booth at the Calgary Stampede imploring former residents to come home, Helps said they will be taking a come-back-to-Victoria message to Canadian workers and entrepreneurs in the area.

    “We will be saying for those of you who are Canadian and living down there come home and bring your business back to Victoria, to British Columbia,” Helps said.

    She will also be showing off the city’s draft economic action plan, and hopes the plan to establish a business hub at City Hall will show potential businesses, investors or start-ups that the city is committed to helping business grow.

    The city’s high-tech industry sees the trip as a chance to cement relationships and reach out to those who missed the recent Experience Tectoria event.

    “We are using this trip as a way to connect with those who couldn’t make it this year to open their eyes to the investment and partnership opportunities in Victoria’s tech sector with the aim to bring them to the city in the coming year to meet local entrepreneurs and see first hand the innovation in our tech sector,” said VIATEC's Executive Director, Dan Gunn.

    Paul Nursey, chief executive of Tourism Victoria, said they saved up sales calls for this trip.

    “We have lots of reason to go to San Francisco, primarily for sales meetings,” he said. His group will meet with convention bookers and meeting planners by day and join the trade mission for functions in the evening.

    Nursey said he’s selective about trade missions as they require discipline and strong focus to have any kind of success.

    “This one made a lot of sense for us,” he said. “San Francisco is a very important source market.”

    Gunn agrees, noting “trade missions are hard to get right.”

    “We’ve learned over the years to set aside all the time required to support the planned agenda while hustling to fill all remaining gaps with one-on-one relationship building meetings to maximize on the opportunity,” he said. “Trade missions offer unique benefits due the many connections a large group can bring when they all go to the same place at the same time.”

    During the visit, Helps will host a luncheon and expects to meet with representatives from Apple, tech campus Rocketspace, venture capital firm Blumberg Capital, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

    There is also a reception for 80 influential Bay area business people that will feature discussions with Jeff Mallett, co-founder of Yahoo, and James DeGreef, co-founder of GenoLogics Life Sciences Software and chief executive of ChatterBlock.

    The trade mission team will get together this fall to outline results of the trip.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Mayor Lisa Helps will lead ‘Team Victoria’, a 31-person, multi-stakeholder trade mission to San Fran see more

    VICTORIA, BC On Sunday, Mayor Lisa Helps will lead ‘Team Victoria’, a 31-person, multi-stakeholder trade mission to San Francisco, California. The team will include the Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, and representatives from the Greater Victoria Development Agency and Greater Victoria’s high-tech, tourism, business and education sectors. Together, they seek to build and enhance strategic relationships with key influencers of North America’s epi-centre of innovation and technology.

    “Two weeks ago we unleashed Victoria’s draft economic action plan Making Victoria – Unleashing Potential, and now we’re taking it on the road,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “I’m thrilled to be leading this diverse and influential group of leaders to San Francisco.”

    The trade mission provides an opportunity to showcase and grow Victoria’s local tech companies, with the goal of attracting investment and talent to the region, and building investor and entrepreneur relationships. Over two days, ‘Team Victoria’ members will meet with potential clients, promote Victoria as a destination, and work to build academic partnerships to foster research opportunities and job development networks. 

    “British Columbia is committed to growing our economy and strengthening our technology sector,” said Minister Virk. “San Francisco has a large Canadian talent pool that we are going to continue to engage, to build and strengthen our industry, seeking growth and partnership opportunities that will enhance our tech strategy. Our similar markets, low corporate tax rates, and a strong angel investor community makes our province the place to invest.”

    In addition to the scheduled partner meetings, Mayor Helps is hosting a luncheon. Guests include representatives from Apple, Rocketspace, Blumberg Capital, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Rocketspace is a premiere technology campus in San Francisco, exclusively designed to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and corporate innovation professionals succeed. Blumberg Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm that specializes in providing seed funding to technology companies. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is a partnership of business with labour, government, higher education, and philanthropy that works to support the economic vitality and competitiveness of the Bay Area and California.

    "We are thrilled that our three-year Trade and Investment Program, launched in 2014, can serve as a catalyst to make this initiative come together in alignment to all stakeholders,” said Dallas Gislason, Economic Development Officer for the Greater Victoria Development Agency. “The fact that this effort achieved such strong buy-in region-wide is very telling about the importance of the San Francisco area to many sectors of our economy here at home."

    On Tuesday evening, close to 80 Bay Area influencers will attend the ‘Team Victoria’ reception at the Aquarium by the Bay, where they will have the opportunity to network with trade mission members and enjoy a “Fireside Chat” with Jeff Mallett, co-founder of Yahoo! and James DeGreef, co-founder of GenoLogics Life Sciences Software and CEO of ChatterBlock.

    “It is vital that we continue to build relationships in San Francisco and the Bay Area. It's only a two-hour flight away and provides the world's largest concentration of tech investors, advisors, partners and customers,” said Dan Gunn, Chief Executive Officer for VIATEC. “We will be meeting one-on-one with existing key contacts to keep them up to speed on the opportunities in our local tech scene while leveraging the group of community leaders on the trade mission to draw out potential new partners that are interested in building stronger ties to our local innovators and entrepreneurs.”

    ‘Team Victoria’ members plan to hold a report-back session later this fall to outline opportunities and relationships that developed from the trip. The estimated budget for the trade mission is $34,000. Each team member is contributing towards the cost, with the City of Victoria providing $5,000. 

    Create Prosperity Through Economic Development is a key objective of the City of Victoria’s strategic plan for focus and investment over the next four years. The trade mission to San Francisco supports this objective and includes some members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity. Established in April, the Task Force has developed Making Victoria: Unleashing Potential, a draft economic action plan to grow Victoria’s economy. The draft plan is available for public input until September 30. For more information: www.victoria.ca/prosperity.

    Greater Victoria Development Agency Quick Facts:

    Greater Victoria's largest industry is high-tech, with an economic impact exceeding $4 billion annually. Many local firms rely on global connections to grow their business and create jobs. These companies directly employ 15,000 Tectorians.

    Tourism is Greater Victoria's second largest industry with $1.9 billion in economic impact and over
    22,000 jobs.

    There are over 40,000 students enrolled in the region's three post-secondary education institutions.
    Each year several co-op students get placements at companies in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Companies like Google, Oracle, Tesla, HP and others provide unparalleled opportunities and
    connections for local students.

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    BOTTOM: ‘Team Victoria’ Delegation Members


    For More Information:

    • Mayor Lisa Helps    
      City of Victoria
      Cellular: 250.661.2708    
    • Tasha Schollen
      Communications Director
      Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
    • Dallas Gislason
      Economic Development Officer     
      Greater Victoria Development Agency
      Office: 250.360.3478 Cellular: 250.812.0510
    • Dan Gunn
      Chief Executive Officer
      Office: 250.483.3214  dgunn@viatec.ca


    The ‘Team Victoria’ delegation includes the following people:

    • Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
    • Councillor Margaret Lucas, City of Victoria
    • Jocelyn Jenkyns, Deputy City Manager, City of Victoria
    • Kerri Moore, Manager of Strategic Relations and Business Development, City of Victoria
    • Honorable Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
    • John Jacobson, Deputy Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
    • Nick Facey, Chief of Staff for the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
    • Dallas Gislason, Economic Development Officer, Greater Victoria Development Agency
    • Kathryn Dafos, Project Coordinator, Greater Victoria Development Agency
    • Dan Gunn, CEO, VIATEC
    • Rob Bennett, COO and Program Director, VIATEC
    • Paul Nursey, President and CEO, Tourism Victoria
    • Rob Ringma, Director of Sales, Tourism Victoria
    • Geoff Dickson, President and CEO, Victoria Airport Authority
    • Brent Sternig, Director, Research, Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization, University of Victoria 
    • Terry Cockerline, Director, Alumni Relations, University of Victoria
    • Curran Crawford, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria
    • Tom Zsolnay, Associate Vice President of Alumni and Development, University of Victoria
    • Margaret-Anne Storey, Software Engineering Program Director, University of Victoria
    • Jody Kitts, Development Officer, Engineering and Science, University of Victoria
    • Gloria Darroch, Program Manager, Co-op and Career Centre, Peter B Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
    • Evelyn O’Connor, Senior Account Executive, Victoria Conference Centre 
    • Monika Lebedynska, Senior Account Executive, Victoria Conference Centre
    • Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover and Alacrity Foundation
    • Richard Egli, Managing Director, Alacrity Foundation
    • David Miller, Cube Global Storage
    • Rajkumar Padmawar, President and CEO, ASASoft
    • Will Fraser, CEO, Referral SaaSquatch
    • Karl Swannie, CEO, Echosec Systems Ltd.
    • Jim Hayhurst, President/CEO, Pretio Interactive
    • Bob Husband, Managing Partner, Arbutus Cove Enterprises
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    VIATEC Members Elect Board of Directors for 2015-16
    In addition, VIATEC alters its mandate AND its name

    Victoria, BC - September 25, 2015 –VIATEC members and guests attended the Annual General Meeting of VIATEC at Fort Tectoria on September 24, 2015. They came to hear an annual briefing, to elect seven board members and enjoy a networking event. Acting Chair, Colin How and Executive Director, Dan Gunn presented a review of the past year, plans for the coming year, and held the general election for the new board.

    A few special resolutions were also passed to alter the constitution of VIATEC. The organizational mandate of VIATEC changed to include not just technology, but also innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to this, the name of VIATEC has changed from “Victoria Advanced Technology Council” to “Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council.” The acronym remains the same, with the minor change of a capitalized “E”.

    Seven members were elected to the 14-member board of directors at the AGM, including the following:

    • Jim Balcom - Redlen Technologies
    • Robert Cooper - PlusROI
    • Ho Kim - CAMACC Systems
    • Bobbi Leach - RevenueWire
    • Alex Mendelev - TinyMob Games
    • Christina Seargeant - MediaCore
    • Brad Williams - Sockeye Technologies

    They join the following returning board members:

    • Sage Berryman 
    • Scott Dewis - RaceRocks 3D
    • Colin How - Edoc
    • Jennifer Jacques - Schneider Electric
    • Mark Longo - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
    • Rasool Rayani 
    • Tim Teh - KANO/APPS

    VIATEC would like to thank the following outgoing Board of Directors (not returning):

    • Elizabeth Dutton - UsedEverywhere.com
    • Jim Hamilton - Insight & Innovations Consulting Services 
    • Gerry Wight - Vivitro Labs

    To see the bios of the 2015-16 board, please click here.

    All positions within the Board remain the same: Ho Kim as Board Chair, Colin How as Vice-Chair, Brad Williams as Chair of the Finance Committee, Alex Mendelev as the Chair of the Governance Committee, and Robert Cooper as Chair of the Membership Committee. 


    The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) is the conduit that connects people, knowledge and resources to help grow Greater Victoria’s successful technology sector.

    Since VIATEC’s inception in 1989 the Greater Victoria tech sector has grown to 884 known high-tech companies, with 23,000 tech jobs and generating in excess of $3.15 billion in annual revenues, with a $4 billion economic impact.


    Dan Gunn, Executive Director

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    An Invitation for Your Tech Start-up

    Sunday November 8th, 10am-4pm, Royal BC Museum

    What looks like a trade show, feels like a farmers' market, and builds community like a block party? We invite you to have a table and do a Flash Presentation at Living the New Economy Victoria’s Third Annual Opportunity Fair! Join up to 45 other entrepreneurs and project leaders who will fill the room with the excitement of their innovative businesses and enterprising ideas. This day is free to the public and is about creating a thriving, regenerative economy in the Victoria region. 

    Present Your Opportunity. Take your passion to the next level, test run your idea with a receptive public, enlist support, connect with local entrepreneurs, investors and community! The event will support you with a wide audience of potential clients or customers and other resources to help move your existing businesses or emerging ideas ahead. 

    To register, submit your application at: www.livingtheneweconomy.com/opportunity-fair.

    Contact Sally Ross at opportunityfair2015@gmail.com for more information.