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  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The AGM held on September 27th saw highly qualified candidates and a great recap on a successful yea see more

    VIATEC’s 2018-19 Board of Directors elected

    The AGM held on September 27th saw highly qualified candidates and a great recap on a successful year at VIATEC

    VICTORIA, BC (September 28, 2018) - The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday evening at Fort Tectoria with 49 in attendance. There were 14 candidates for the 7 seats available on the board.

    VIATEC thanks everyone who ran and congratulates those who were newly elected and re-elected.

    The 2017-2018 VIATEC Board of Directors are:

    1. Jim Balcom, Redlen Technologies Inc (returning)

    2. Robert Bowness, BC Pension Corp (returning)

    3. Robert Cooper, PlusROI Online Marketing Inc (returning)

    4. Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D Inc (re-elected)

    5. Christina Gerow, Workday (returning)

    6. Bobbi Leach, RevenueWire Inc. (returning)

    7. Justin Love, Limbic Media (returning)

    8. Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover (re-elected)

    9. Masoud Nassaji, DoubleJump (returning)

    10. Ashton Scordo, BCI Private Equity (newly elected)

    11. Erin Skillen, FamilySparks (newly elected)

    12. Brad Williams, Flytographer (newly elected)

    13. Mike Williams (newly elected)

    14. Justin Young, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (newly elected)
       

    The following positions were also assigned and voted for by the board:

    • Bobbi Leach, Board Chair

    • Brad Williams, Vice Chair

    • Rasool Rayani, Past Chair (ex-officio)

    • Robert Bowness, Chair of the Finance Committee

    • Owen Matthews, Chair of the Governance Committee

    • Chair of the Foundation Committee to be announced
       

    “We are honoured that so many members put their names forward to serve on the board,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “It was not easy for our members to choose but they did a great job electing a board that closely reflects the broader membership and the VIATEC team is looking forward to working with them.”

    Full bios of each board member can be found here.

    Photos from the event can be found here.


    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Dan Gunn, CEO
    VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@viatec.ca

  • Humaira Ahmed posted an article
    This startup used its tech to help women recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. see more

    When Humaira Ahmed, the Founder & CEO of Locelle Digital, a networking and mentorship platform for women, began hearing from her app members about the struggles they were facing as a result of the pandemic, she got curious about the impact it was having on women in particular. When she encountered the startling findings of McKinsey Global Institute’s regressive effects of COVID-19 on gender equality, as the leader of a social impact startup, she knew she had to move fast. She sent out a survey to explore the type of support her members needed during this time. The survey results revealed that 85% of women using the Locelle app wanted mentorship and 30% wanted to be mentors. Ahmed and her team quickly developed a mentorship program unlike any other. 

     

    "With a focus on action rather than conversation, we wanted to develop something concrete to help women recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. We started with matching technology to curate connections for mentees that aligned with their career goals. Then we measured the impact in quarterly reports to provide a tangible way for our mentees to see how mentorship has influenced their professional development and growth,” says Ahmed.

    Locelle’s new mentorship program, Mentor Moments, is a fully-managed, 1:1 mentorship program designed to empower women in the workplace with tailored guidance aligned with their individual career goals and vision. What makes this different from most mentorship programs is the emphasis the Locelle team puts on professional development and career advancement. The team is dedicated to making space for mentees and mentors to get the most out of this relationship by taking the heavy-lifting off their hands in these 4 ways:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Locelle does mentorship a little differently. With the Mentor Moments program, mentees have access to a team of world-class leaders who they can rely on based on their individual career goals and needs. Locelle’s community of mentors include industry leaders like:

    • Manpreet Dhillon, CEO & Founder of Veza Global, who recently launched a free online resource for Canada’s technology industry that provides access to best-in-class Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) resources and tools.

    • Stephanie Redivo, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Program Lead, Translink, who is an active member and speaker in the global women in tech community. She regularly inspires employees to be their best selves and do their best work through inclusive behaviour.

    • Hurriya Burney, Vice President at RBC, Commercial Banking, who is dedicated to helping new immigrants, minorities, and ambitious women build confidence in the Canadian workplace. 

    • Nataizya Mukwavi, Founding Executive Director of Black Women Connect Vancouver, who has created a collective of women who leverage their strengths, embrace their diverse experiences, build meaningful relationships, and celebrate Black excellence in B.C.

    “My mentor really helped bring more clarity to the direction I want to go. Her approach was just what I needed to carve out an initial path to my purpose. I’m so glad I took a chance on being a part of this program and look forward to more sessions,” says one mentee, a Sales & Marketing Manager at a tech company.   

    You’re invited to The Power of Mentorship Panel & Info Session on Thursday, October 1 at 12pm PDT. This FREE virtual event is ideal for professional women who want to find a mentor, and who are interested in exploring ways the Mentor Moments program can help them advance in their careers. Attendees will hear from a panel of mentees and mentors who will share their mentorship stories, along with tips on how to get the most out of this program. Reserve your spot for this event before Oct. 1. 

     

    About Locelle Digital, Inc.

    Locelle (pronounced Lok-elle) is a global platform created to connect, empower and advance women.  Through mentorship and career development opportunities, Locelle delivers professional growth to individual professionals and teams. Locelle’s private networking and fully-managed mentorship program is powered by matching technology. Becoming a member gives women in the workplace the chance to instantly start growing their communities, take steps toward advancing their careers, and begin making meaningful connections with like-minded women and industry leaders – all on one platform! The Mentor Moments program manages all the heavy-lifting of scheduling, feedback, matching and impact reporting, that way professional women can pour all their focus into their career development goals. Locelle is excited to announce that it was recently selected to be part of the 4.0 Cohort of the Women in Cloud (WIC) Microsoft Cloud Accelerator.

    For more information, contact Humaira Ahmed, Founder & CEO

    T: 250.514.8182 | E: humaira.ahmed@locelle.com

    Website URL: Locelle Digital Inc.

    Social media: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram  

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    August 30th deadline! see more

    Seattle Angel Conference accepting company applications

    (Deadline: Aug 30)

    The Seattle Angel Conference, slated for November 14, 2018, is currently accepting applications for participating companies. The deadline is looming on August 30, 2018.

    The Seattle Angel Conference is a program for companies and new investors to engage in Angel Investing. We will gather 20-40 Angel Investors and raise a fund of $150+K . Our goal is to look at companies that are at or near first revenue, who would find an Angel Investment valuable.

    We do a review of all the companies and provide feedback. The application deadline for companies is August 30th. Over the 12 weeks from the first week in September until the final event on the 14th of November, the investors will engage with some of the companies, selecting companies until they select a final winner at the final event.

    The calendar looks something like:

    • Aug 30 - Deadline for companies
    • Sept 4 - SAC XIV First meeting/review (Investors Only)
    • Sep 11 - SAC XIV Select 24 Quarter-Finalists (Investors Only)
    • Sep 18 - SAC XIV 3-minute pitch night #1 (investors and Quarter-finalists)
    • Sep 19 - SAC XIV 3-minute pitch night #2 (investors and Quarter-finalists)
    • Sep 25 - SAC XIV Select 12 Semi-Finalists (Investors Only)
    • Oct 2 - SAC XIV 10 minute pitch night #1 (Investors and Semi-finalists)
    • Oct 3 - SAC XIV 10 Minute pitch night #2 (Investors and Semi-finalists)
    • Oct 9 - SAC XIV Select 6 Finalists (Investors Only)
    • Oct 16 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors + Founders) (Group work)
    • Oct 23 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors Only)
    • Oct 30 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors Only)
    • Nov 6 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors Only)
    • Nov 13 - SAC XIV Mixer (Investors and finalists)
    • Nov 14 - SAC XIV Final Event (public) 12:30 to 6:30

    All of the events will be held at Microsoft Building 99.

    You can read more about the project at http://seattleangelconference.com.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    In addition to purchasing a company application ticket to the final event, you will need to complete a profile on Gust.com, and submit it to the Angel Conference (https://gust.com/organizations/seattle-angel-conference) before Sept 4th.

    Additional details here: http://www.seattleangelconference.com/p/entrepreneur_14.html.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    July 6th: topics will range from personal empowerment to education you can use for your own business see more

    Connecting Curious Minds: Entrepreneurial Expo & Conference coming to town

    VICTORIA, BC (April 4, 2018) - On July 6th, Genesa CPA Corp from Vancouver is partnering with Your Entrepreneurial Society of Victoria to bring to you an entrepreneurial expo and conference. The event is an all-day conference taking place at the Da Vinci Centre.

    The event will consist of exhibitors, workshop facilitators, and guest speakers; topics will range from personal empowerment to education you can use for your own business. All exhibitors, workshop facilitators, and guest speakers will be entrepreneurs from Vancouver Island and Vancouver; all which have unique personal stories of entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box visions for their business.

    If you're looking for inspiration, a shift in mindset, and valuable business education - this is the right event for you. Student, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, we invite you to come connect with other like-minded individuals.

    Genesa Corp. is a unique accounting firm in Vancouver that operates on the premise of empowerment through personal leadership and building genuine relationships. Through corporate culture building and freedom of creativity in their work culture; they want entrepreneurs to feel the importance of playing big with your vision. With a positive but gradual shift in how businesses are choosing to operate – they are here to share with you the power of this shift.

    Between April 4-8, Genesa Corp will be in Victoria meeting with interested entrepreneurs to become an exhibitor, workshop facilitator, and/or guest speaker: info@genesacpa.com or 250-532-0989

    To get tickets: www.connectingcuriousminds.eventbrite.ca
    Instagram: @connectingcuriousminds
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/214664112613997/

    **VIATEC Members receive Gold Priority Seating! Email tectoria@viatec.ca for the promocode. **