• The OneFeather team has made a number of additions to the OneFeather app. see more

    We’re proud to say OneFeather builds software specifically to be used by First Nations. The app is able to utilize certain data sets unique to First Nations, and OneFeather’s authentication and verification systems, along with email verification, provide a level of security unavailable through any other existing software.

    The team is always making improvements and enhancements to the OneFeather app. Here are some of the latest updates to make voting management and community engagement more efficient, and even more secure than before.

    What’s New With the OneFeather App

    The OneFeather team has made a number of additions to the OneFeather app that make it easier to understand and communicate with members and communities.

    For example, we’ve added new member profile features like gender, dates record for the deceased, and greater range of classifications for members.

    Increased Security and Data Protection

    Overall, the OneFeather app now offers increased data security and protection, thanks to upgrades to our backend architecture.

    We have also added a detailed immutable log feature that logs every transaction, interaction and activity associated with a voting event.

    This feature is essential for audit purposes, as it provides a level of granular detail not available with any other voting software, while still protecting voter anonymity for every ballot cast.

    In addition, data is encrypted from end-to-end including during transmission and storage. No data is stored on any device at any time.

    What’s Next for the OneFeather App

    Coming down the pike are new quick reference graphs on the OneFeather app dashboard, increased member reporting features, and client-defined fields for member data collection and management.

    Have Questions? Contact Us!

    If you have any questions at all about the OneFeather app or our election services, please contact us. We also offer a free demo of the OneFeather app.

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    Codename Entertainment announced today the hiring of veteran Wizards of the Coast Producer see more

    VICTORIA, BC – May 28, 2018 - Codename Entertainment announced today the hiring of veteran Wizards of the Coast and Dungeons & Dragons Designer and Producer Chris Dupuis. Dupuis will be overseeing the design, production, and development of the studio’s officially-licensed Dungeons & Dragons game, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, as well as the award-winning Crusaders of the Lost Idols.

    "It is an honor to join Codename, and I am excited to be a part of the dynamic video game sector in Victoria," said Dupuis. "This talented team loves games in all forms, which suits me perfectly. I’m looking forward to diving into our current live service games and helping to grow Codename Entertainment’s impressive portfolio in the future."

    Dupuis' own award-winning achievements include credits as both a designer and a developer on dozens of major tabletop, role playing, and board games, including:

    • Betrayal at Baldur's Gate
    • Heroscape
    • Risk Legacy
    • Lords of the Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport
    • Temple of Elemental Evil and other D&D Adventure System board games
    • Magic The Gathering: Born of the Gods
    • Kaijudo TCG
    • Dungeon Command
    • Battleship Galaxies
    • Mice & Mystics

    “Hiring Chris and adding to the existing talent at the studio has been an enormous achievement,” said Eric Jordan, Codename Entertainment's CEO. "Chris has an impressive resume of world-class games under this belt, and we're delighted to be able to bring him to our beautiful city."

    Dupuis will also be participating in a fireside chat for the local Victoria chapter of the Independent Games Developer Association, discussing his wealth of experience making globally-recognized and much-beloved board games. The event is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm at Fort Tectoria. Head to for more information.

    About Codename Entertainment

    Codename Entertainment Inc. is the award-winning indie video game studio based in Victoria, British Columbia. The studio's latest game, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, is a Top 25 free-to-play games on Steam, Top 100 Most Played Steam games by concurrent players, and has racked up more than 3 million cumulative plays since launching in September 2017. The studio's previous game, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, has remained popular since launching in 2015. It has stayed in the Top 1% of games by concurrent player count on Steam. It's also one of the Most Played games out of more 117,000 on, and it is consistently ranked in the Most Popular Games on

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    LenderSpotlight named Product of the Year at the Mortgage Awards or Excellence. see more

    Tango Financial, a Fintech company supporting Canadian Mortgage Brokers, recently received a series of industry awards by three of their subsidiaries, LenderSpotlight, DocAssist and Premiere Mortgage.

    On May 3rd, LenderSpotlight ( was named Product of the Year at the Mortgage Awards of Excellence in Woodbridge, ON. This event celebrates leadership, achievement and the pursuit of distinction in Canada’s mortgage industry. The award is a particular honour because it’s chosen explicitly by Canadian mortgage brokers as a “unique product which has empowered the mortgage broker channel and has expanded the mortgage broker’s ability to be competitively differentiated in the marketplace.”

    “At a time when the mortgage industry is becoming more complex for brokers to navigate, we’ve built LenderSpotlight to make it more accessible than ever before,” said Ryan Stratton, CTO of Tango Financial, “By collaborating closely with mortgage brokers, we can quickly develop the features that brokers want to use.”

    LenderSpotlight’s platforms currently track almost 4,000 products and rates across 60 lenders. The application is used by about 40% of Canadian mortgage brokers, who perform approximately 40,000 rate searches and 20,000 policy guideline searches each month. “Encouraged by how passionate the industry is about LenderSpotlight, we’re investing significant resources into building exciting new technology for the mortgage industry,” commented Alan Harder, CMO at Tango Financial.

    Just two weeks prior on April 20th, DocAssist (, Tango Financial’s underwriting and back office service for mortgage professionals, was named Service Provider of the Year at the Canadian Mortgage Awards in Toronto -- for the second consecutive year. Kerry Butler, Director of Operations at DocAssist, reacted to the announcement by saying, “Receiving this recognition a second time from the leading independent awards event for the mortgage industry speaks to the value that this on-demand support system continuously delivers to brokers across Canada.”

    This year’s Mortgage Awards of Excellence also honoured Tango Financial’s Premiere Mortgage as the Regional Brokerage of the Year for Atlantic Canada. This award identifies one brokerage in each region that has achieved the most success and growth while delivering an exceptional experience.

    “Premiere Mortgage is thrilled to have been awarded the Regional Brokerage of the Year,” said Don MacVicar, President of Premiere Mortgage, “a reflection of the accomplishments of our incredible team of mortgage professionals. We are also proud to stand together with our family at Tango Financial, delivering cutting edge technology and services to the Canadian mortgage industry.”

    Tango Financial looks forward to providing more connections, resources, and innovations that will not only help their network of companies succeed, but also drive the industry forward.

    About Tango Financial

    Tango Financial focuses on delivering an era of change for the mortgage industry by developing advanced technology and uniting brokers who are best in class. Tango offers a range of products and services that help brokerages and agents streamline their business by leveraging innovative integrated technology-based services, including LenderSpotlight, DocAssist, PayAssist and STREAM5 Marketing.

    In late-2017, Tango came together with three other industry leaders, Premiere Mortgage ( in Atlantic Canada and Ontario, Paragon Mortgage ( in British Columbia and Alberta, and Compass Mortgage ( based in Kelowna, British Columbia. The merger process has resulted in the formation of the largest independent brokerage operation in Canada. Paragon and Premiere each have over 10 years of mortgage provision experience, while Compass has been in business for more than six years and proved itself to be one of the fastest growing brokerages on the West Coast. Tango’s MortgagePal ( has been operating for over six years on Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC.

    If you’re a driven broker looking for the right support and advanced technology to assist you in serving your clients better, send an email to

    If you're a passionate developer or designer that values community and wants to work on projects that have real industry impact, send your resume to

    Media Contact:

    Alan Harder
    Tango Financial
    T: 778-628-1438

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    Digital ( is dedicated to helping small businesses. see more

    Canadian Mentorship Challenge Launches to Mentor 10,000 Entrepreneurs

    Ottawa, ON (Wednesday, October 2, 2013) The Canadian Mentorship Challenge is a national initiative that aims to collectively mentor 10,000 enterprising Canadians over the course of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), November 18 - 24, 2013.

    Last year, Startup Canada launched the first Canadian Mentorship Challenge, partnering with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and CATAAlliance, to respond to a call to action from entrepreneurs to increase awareness about the value of mentors and the opportunities for mentorship. This year, the Challenge is being powered jointly by Startup Canada and CYBF to showcase how mentorship’s transfer of knowledge and ideas contributes to the success of startups and mobilizes communities of people to build systems that create profit and prosperity for all.

    “Canada has been recognized as one of the top countries for entrepreneurs and the overwhelmingly positive response we received from participants in last year’s challenge reaffirms the value of mentorship to entrepreneurs,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “Small businesses are an integral part of the Canadian economy and we need to ensure that we are continuing to equip Canadian entrepreneurs with the tools needed to succeed.”

    “Good mentors are often the key to small business success, which is why mentoring is a core component of our program to help young people launch startups,” said Julia Deans, CEO of CYBF. “Mentors give tangible, experience-based business advice, support and encouragement to help entrepreneurs through the realities of starting and sustaining a business.”

    This year’s Challenge will kick off GEW by unveiling Canada’s Top 10 Mentor Rock Stars. These inspiring individuals will be nominated by their communities for their contributions in volunteer work and leadership development. Nominations are being accepted until October 25.

    Last year’s Canadian Mentorship Challenge winner was British Columbia’s Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC), which hosted more than 4,500 entrepreneurs for three days of events. They competed with organizations and individuals across 10 provinces; collectively mentoring more than 10,000 entrepreneurs. At a single event, 400 tweets reached an audience of more than 100,000 people in one day.

    Organizations and individuals can participate in this year’s Challenge by registering a mentorship event at by October 22.

    Digital ( is dedicated to helping small businesses. We review software and publish a library of resources on everything people need to start and grow a business; from idea and formation to financing, building a website and disaster-proofing systems.

    For more information on the Canadian Mentorship Challenge, other mentor events happening across Canada, or mentorship’s role in business, visit Follow the Challenge and contribute to the conversation by searching #mentorscan on Twitter or following @Startup_Canada, @GEWCanada and @CYBFCanada for updates and other entrepreneurship news.

    For more information:
    Matt Seniuk –
    Paul Gagnon-

    About the Canada Mentorship Challenge
    The Canadian Mentorship Challenge is a nation-wide challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 (November 18-24, 2012) to encourage organizations and groups across Canada to organize mentorship events in their communities in an effort to collectively mentor more than 10,000 enterprising Canadians over the course of the week. The idea for the Canadian Mentorship Challenge was inspired through feedback from entrepreneurs during Startup Canada’s 2012 National Tour. From March to September, Startup Canada visited 10 provinces to consult with more than 20,000 Canadians and brainstorm solutions to the top challenges facing entrepreneurs on local, regional and national scales. For more information on the 2013 Canadian Mentorship Challenge, visit

    About Startup Canada
    Startup Canada is a grassroots movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity by strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship culture and ecosystem through: supporting vibrant startup communities; igniting mainstream cultural campaigns; providing a platform to connect the community; and, serving as a voice for entrepreneurs to decision makers. We are proudly supported by Microsoft, Gowlings, Intuit, Scotiabank, LaBarge

    About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation
    The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, low-interest financing of up to $15,000, and industry-leading mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. CYBF’s co-financing partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada, leverages CYBF’s application process to provide up to $30,000 in additional support for CYBF entrepreneurs. 

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    PlusROI now works directly with a full Agency Team at Google. see more

    Performance marketing agency PlusROI Online Marketing Inc has been selected as part of an elite group of Priority Agencies in Canada as part of Google's improved partnership model. As a result, PlusROI now works directly with a full Agency Team at Google who provide personalized help with strategic planning, onboarding, training, strategic insights and support for optimizing Adwords clients' account efficiency.

    Google also gives PlusROI personalized assistance with advanced Analytics and measurement tools, as well as troubleshooting support for Google Analytics and all features of Google Adwords. This helps PlusROI’s clients achieve better results with valuable advertising budgets.

    "It's a real honour to have been selected as one of a handful of elite Canadian companies in Google’s new Priority Agency program,” says PlusROI President and founder Rob Cooper. “This builds on the existing Google Partner Program and offers some very significant value to our agency and our clients.” 

    PlusROI’s approach to online advertising is to focus on results and limit client risk. This powerful new program can definitely help us provide our clients with a competitive advantage," says Cooper.

    No strangers to Adwords, PlusROI's current and past clients managed through their Google Client Centre have generated almost 7 million paid advertising clicks, over 100,000 "conversions" (purchases, leads, signups, etc) and over CDN $4 million in advertising spend.

    PlusROI President and founder Rob Cooper has been managing Adwords teams since his introduction to Adwords in the highly competitive downloadable software industry in 2005. Managing Partner Rian Bowden began his Adwords career in Shanghai in 2006, selling English language training programs internationally through Adwords and SEO.

    PlusROI Online Marketing was even the recipient of the 2014 VIATeC Technology Awards Online Strategy of the Year Award for a successful highly targeted national advertising effort.

    Clients such as Company Capital, which provides working capital financing to small businesses across Canada, also have great things to say about PlusROI's Adwords services.  

    "We teamed up with PlusROI to help us grow our on-line leads by 50%," says Company Capital VP of Marketing Bruce Marshall. "Among other things, PlusROI completely re-built our website and re-vamped and expanded our Adwords campaigns. The results have been exceptional – in just 6 months our website visits are up 150% and our on-line leads are up 170%. The most important results are we have increased our new customer counts by 125% over the same period last year."

    PlusROI also helps out on the non-profit front, offering advice and helping non-profit organizations like The Canadian Animal Assistance Team, Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Victoria and the Victoria International Cycling Festival set up and run Adwords campaigns through the very generous Google Grant program.


    PlusROI Online Marketing Inc was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in beautiful Victoria BC. PlusROI provides online advertising, search engine optimization, web marketing and website development services.

    More information is available through or

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    Name: Rob Cooper

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    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    A week ago, Donna Henschell relocated to Victoria from Kelowna to become one of almost 500 workers in Shaw Communications’ new call centre at Uptown.

    “I look at this as a huge opportunity for my career,” Henschell, 54, said Thursday. After 15 years with Shaw in Kelowna, she jumped at a promotion to supervisor, overseeing a group of 20 staff.

    Henschell is among 30 Shaw employees who moved to the capital region after the telecommunications, television and Internet company announced in February it was restructuring its call centres in Canada. A total of 123 company employees have relocated to new locations.

    The move brings Henschell back to the city where she was born. She left at age two but is making new memories by touring the region, visiting the Fairmont Empress and admiring the view from Dallas Road.

    “I feel very lucky, very blessed.”

    When Henschell and her semi-retired husband sell their home in Kelowna, the plan is to buy another house in the capital region. In the meantime, she is renting.

    Shaw has expanded an existing call centre in the capital region, which had 150 staff, and is moving into 31,500 square feet of space at Uptown.

    Conversations with customers create a low hum throughout the space, on the second floor of the clock-tower building. By the end of July, the company aims to have about 500 employees on the call centre payroll.

    Shaw has expanded over four decades and bought other cable systems, each with their own call centre, Chris Kucharski, senior vice-president of the consumer division, said Thursday.

    It was time to realign those centres to reflect Shaw’s current operations and plan for the future, he said.

    Shaw already has about 600 employees working in Greater Victoria on other duties, he said.

    Each call centre specializes in two or three disciplines, he said.

    The centre at Uptown is focusing on “loyalty care.” That means retaining customers, as well as billing and payment solutions, said Sarah Miller Wright, Shaw’s vice-president of customer-care operations.

    Front-line workers, who deal with customers, earn from $31,000 to $45,000 annually, Miller Wright said. About 80 per cent are full time and 20 per cent part time.

    Greater Victoria’s call centre includes 30 supervisors, two managers and one director, along with the agents who speak with customers and support staff, Kucharski said.

    Shaw has about 150,000 customer accounts in Greater Victoria. All of Shaw’s call centres are located in communities served by the company, he said.

    Like the call centre it houses, Uptown is bringing new jobs to the capital region. Heavy machinery is now at work on the north end of the Saanich complex to prepare the site for a new Whole Foods Market due to open next year. Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate was 6.1 per cent in April, up from five per cent in March.

    A Central Saanich call centre employing 248 people closed in 2008. In that case, the parent company was headquartered in the U.S. and moved operations south of the border. At the time, it was difficult to hire and retain staff and the increasing value of the loonie against the U.S. dollar created an financial model that wasn’t sustainable.

    The Canada Contact Centre Association, which represents the country’s call centres, states on its website that its members employ more than one million Canadians, making it one of the largest employer sectors in the country.

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    Surinder Kumar started a high-tech firm and grew it into a global player employing hundreds of people. Now, he has his eye...

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    Surinder Kumar started a high-tech firm and grew it into a global player employing hundreds of people. Now, he has his eye on repeating the feat, starting in the kitchen.

    Kumar, who left as chief executive of Victoria-based Vecima Networks this year, is about to open a new Indian restaurant called Indyoga in downtown Victoria.

    But Kumar is not content with simply opening an eatery. His goal is to spread his vision for a philanthropic and gastronomic endeavour that will spread around the world.

    “Vecima started with one person and grew, so why not,” Kumar said.

    “I want to use my success in Vecima. It has given me the financial wherewithal to do all this.”

    By all this, he means a vision for a massive chain of restaurants all working from the same playbook — providing a modern take on Indian food, with an emphasis on healthy eating, and using some of the profits to fund charitable endeavours around the world.

    It’s big-idea thinking, but that’s what helped make Kumar a success with Vecima, which designs and manufactures products for broadband access to cable and wireless networks.

    The firm recently posted a profit of $19.2 million for the 2013 fiscal year compared with $13.3 million the previous year. It also reported cash on hand of more than $31 million.

    “I have lots of interests, ” Kumar said.

    “I could have gone another way, but the concept of leveraging the money to help both North America [by promoting healthier eating] and other people in the world [through the charitable giving] is kind of what’s driving me.”

    Kumar said the new restaurant is also creating jobs.

    “I hope this becomes a big operation.”

    He said he has even teased his son, Sumit, who succeeded him as chief executive officer at Vecima, that the new venture could grow to the point he might be tempted to come and work for his father again.

    Kumar wants to expand soon, though he will spend a few months seeing how the concept is working in the flagship Victoria restaurant.

    Kumar suggests that initially half of the profits from Indyoga will be used to fund expansion of his new concept in cities around North America — all of the restaurants will be company owned, with local managers. Other profits will provide a consistent and steady flow of money to charities.

    That philanthropic bent has always been part of Kumar’s makeup.

    For years he has combined two of his passions, philanthropy and food, by putting on Indian feasts to raise money for various charities.

    In 2011, he aimed to raise $10,000 for Horn of Africa Famine Relief through Save the Children Canada with a multi-course Indian dinner for 200.

    And he did the cooking.

    The new restaurant is an extension of that endeavour, he said.

    “And it’s a way to honour my mom in a way,” he said, noting he learned to cook by watching her and marvelling at her ability to squeeze a lot out of a small budget.

    “I saw how ingenious she was, what she could do with very little money to feed a large family [with eight children].”

    Indyoga will offer traditional dishes, Indian fusion items and some recipes inspired by his mother’s cooking that Kumar has tweaked and experimented with over the years.

    Kumar has written out the recipes, designed the dishes and broken down the concept for the 15 staff who will start at the restaurant. He even trained the cooks at his kitchen in his home.

    But Kumar said he will be found only occasionally “playing” in Indyoga’s large kitchen.

    The restaurant, which will seat 60 people, has a simple, modern design with Indian flair.

    The space was gutted after Kumar bought the two-storey building at 1015 Fort St.

    He completely refitted it for the restaurant.

    There is also a completely renovated space on the second floor that could be used to expand the restaurant or leased out.

    “You know the more we do with this, the more I believe in the concept,” Kumar said, as the finishing touches were being put on the seating area Thursday.

    “I’m not nervous or worried just excited.”

    Finishing touches are also needed in the kitchen and washrooms, but Indyoga is expected to be open for lunch and dinner sometime next week.

    Media Contact

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    Westmont, IL (December 5, 2013) - The Interim HealthCare franchisee, Salo, Inc., has implemented Procura Home Care Software as their end-to-end enterprise...

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    Westmont, IL (December 5, 2013) - The Interim HealthCare franchisee, Salo, Inc., has implemented Procura Home Care Software as their end-to-end enterprise solution across their 47 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky. Salo, Inc. is the largest franchisee in the Interim HealthCare network. They employ close to 5,000 caregivers in five states caring for approximately 8,000 patients on a weekly basis.

    Interim HealthCare®, the franchisor, is the nation's oldest leading home care and medical staffing company. Founded in 1966, there are more than 300 locations nationwide with approximately 75,000 health care workers.

    "Working closely with Procura, we discovered that not only were we receiving a comprehensive enterprise system that seamlessly integrates across all locations within our agency, but that we were establishing a partnership with a company known globally for building successful relationships with customers of our scale and magnitude." comments Tony Ott, Chief Information Officer for Interim HealthCare. "As of today, we have 47 locations and close to 700 users on Procura and we have seen significant improvements in scheduling, back office operations, clinical care coordination, and business intelligence reporting. We're confident that our partnership with Procura will enhance our operations and ultimately allow us to provide even better patient care."

    Interim HealthCare provides a broad array of home care services including senior care, pediatric nursing, intravenous (IV) therapy, and hospice care. They understand that employing a home healthcare professional is an important decision. Interim values the importance of delivering high quality home care as well as treating each patient with genuine compassion, kindness and respect. Through this understanding, Interim HealthCare has become a name that is trusted by physicians, patients, clients and their families in the home health industry.

    "Our partnership with Interim HealthCare is another example of how we work closely with our clients during an implementation to ensure that Procura is configured to meet their needs in the ever-changing healthcare industry," states Scott Overhill, President of the Procura Group of Companies. "Our international presence has strengthened our product lines through access to global healthcare best practices. This allows us to meet the individual needs of our clients and enhance our client's business processes while optimizing patient care."

    About Interim HealthCare

    Interim HealthCare, founded nationally in 1966, is a leading home care, hospice and healthcare staffing company. Interim's more than 300 independently owned and operated franchise locations provide a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing services. Interim HealthCare is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service through franchisees who employee more than 40,000 healthcare workers such as nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare personnel to approximately 50,000 people daily. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit

    About Procura

    Procura is the post-acute software vendor of choice for home, community and aged care organizations across North America and Australia. Over 10,000 users at more than 1,400 customer sites use Procura to manage over 160,000 employees. Our customers include four of the five largest national providers of care in Canada, Kaiser Permanente and Interim HealthCare in the U.S.A. and the four largest providers of care in Australia. Procura is headquartered in Victoria, BC and has offices in Chicago, IL, Boca Raton, FL, and Toowong, QLD.

    Procura provides a fully integrated back office, clinical and mobility solution that decreases costs, and enables your organization to improve the quality of care. Our workforce management tools, clinical content and business intelligence provide efficiencies and controls that will help you drive your organization towards stability and growth.

    For more information about Procura, please contact Carl Queton at 1.877.776.2872 or visit our website at .

    Media Contact

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    Phone: (877) 776-2872

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    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Lindsay Kines

    Growing up in Alberta in the 1960s, before the Oilers and the Flames and before the rest of the National Hockey League arrived on the scene, Chris Gainor dreamed of going to the stars rather than becoming one.

    It was the time of the space race and Apollo missions, of Neil Armstrong and the moon landing and one small step for man.

    “Back then, there were a lot of people interested in what the astronauts were up to and I was one of those,” Gainor, 60, says. “I wanted to be an astronaut more than I wanted to play in the NHL.”

    The dream faded over the years, but his passion for space never did. It stayed with him through stints as a reporter at the Vancouver Sun, editor at the Medical Post, and communications officer with the Hospital Employees’ Union and later the B.C. NDP government.

    Even as he toiled in those jobs, Gainor continued to study astronomy and space exploration on the side. He is currently second vice-president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

    In fact, it was while attending a meeting of space enthusiasts in Toronto a number of years ago that he got an idea for his first book.

    “Unbeknownst to me beforehand, there was a reunion of all these people who had worked on the Avro Arrow and then subsequently worked for NASA,” he says.

    “So I spent a good part of that weekend sitting around listening to these guys.”

    His subsequent book, Arrows to the Moon, told the story of Canadian and British aerospace engineers who went to work on the Apollo missions after the Canadian government killed the Avro Arrow.

    Gainor went on to write three more books and earn a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Alberta before finally getting that long-awaited call from NASA.

    The space agency recently tapped Gainor and a team from Foresight Science and Technology Inc., a global consulting and market research company, to write a book on the post-launch era of the Hubble Space Telescope.

    The team, which includes California writer John D. Ruley, will also gather documents and oral histories for a companion online archive available to future researchers.

    “The deal is that I have three years to work on it and, at the end of the three years, I’m supposed to give them a publishable manuscript,” Gainor said. “Also, along the way I’ll be doing some articles for popular and academic publications relating to the book.”

    It’s a big project, but Gainor’s lifelong fascination with the subject gave him a head start. After he got the contract, he went rooting around in the basement of his Sidney home to see if he had any relevant information. He found a treasure trove of material.

    “I’m a bit of a pack rat, and I was amazed how much stuff I found in relation to Hubble — some of which is actually going to help me,” he said.

    In addition to a number of books as well as videotape of servicing missions, he has the famous Newsweek magazine from July 1990 shortly after NASA launched Hubble only to discover that it had a defective mirror.

    The headline? “Star Crossed: NASA’s $1.5 Billion Dollar Blunder.”

    Gainor said the flawed launch nevertheless made for a compelling story “about how people pulled together and figured out a solution to this problem. And the solution wound up working so well that probably a lot of people have forgotten that the mirror was defective.”

    Today, Hubble is more beloved than ridiculed, having opened up our understanding of the universe and made astronomy a much more co-operative science, he said.

    “When Hubble obtains data and sends it down to Earth, it’s given to whomever the investigator was who proposed it be used in that way. But then, a year later, it becomes public domain, so any scientist can look at that data or anybody in the public.”

    So popular has Hubble become that NASA caused a public outcry when it cancelled a fifth servicing mission in 2003 after the Columbia disaster. The backlash — Gainor still has his “Save Hubble” T-shirt — eventually led to the appointment of a new administrator who approved the final servicing mission.

    “It’s a robot that has a big presence in popular culture and social media,” said Gainor, who will be heading to Baltimore and Washington to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch on April 24, 1990.

    “There are Hubble tweets and Hubble Facebook and T-shirts and dresses and all sort of Hubble products.”

    Gainor hopes his book will be equally accessible to the public, while also serving as a resource for scientists and historians.

    “I would hope that scientists and people like that who come along in the future would use this book as a kind of reference, like ‘Why did they do this’ or ‘Why did they do that?’”

    Sounding like the old newshound he is, Gainor says: “I think it’s a helluva story.”

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    January 29, 2014 (Hamden, CT) - Simione Healthcare Consultants, the industry leaders of home health and hospice consulting, announce the Simione Financial...

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    January 29, 2014 (Hamden, CT) - Simione Healthcare Consultants, the industry leaders of home health and hospice consulting, announce the Simione Financial Monitor, an essential business intelligence and benchmarking tool, is to be integrated with Procura. "We are very happy to be moving forward with such a great product and company," stated Bill Bassett, Vice President, Product Management. "As the post-acute care business continues to evolve, managing the financial efficiency of the agency is a core success factor. Adding the Simione Financial Monitor to our set of healthcare technology solutions will help customers better manage the complexities of their operations."

    Robert Simione, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants states, "We are very excited to work with Procura and their US clients to provide an easy way to upload information and compare their performance to industry benchmarks. This now streamlined data process allows these users to real-time financial dashboards and benchmarks, quickly and easily."
    The Simione Financial Monitor is an essential analytical decision making tool for today's reimbursement age that is moving home care and hospice organizations further than they ever dreamed.

    About Procura

    Procura is the multinational post-acute software vendor of choice for home, hospice, private duty, community and aged care organizations across the United States, Canada and Australia. Our software solutions currently serves over 10,000 users at more than 1,400 customer sites, who use Procura to manage over 1.35 million patients/clients and 160,000 employees daily. Our customers include four of the five largest national providers of care in Canada, Kaiser Permanente and Interim HealthCare in the US, and we are one of the leading vendors of aged, disability, community and home care in Canada and Australia. Procura is headquartered in Victoria, BC and has offices in Chicago, IL, Boca Raton, FL, Sydney, NSW, Melbourne, VIC, and Toowong, QLD.

    Procura provides a fully integrated back office, clinical and mobility solution that decreases costs, and enables providers to improve the quality of patient care. Our workforce management tools, clinical content and business intelligence provide efficiencies and controls that will help you drive your organization towards stability and growth.

    For more information about Procura, please contact Carl Queton at 1.877.776.2872 or visit our website at

    About Simione Healthcare Consultants

    Founded in 1966, Simione™ Healthcare Consultants embodies a diverse group of business talent in 23 states to provide accessible, cost-effective business solutions for the home health and hospice industry. Simione supports performance improvement across the healthcare continuum, engaging hospitals, health networks and agencies for more effective delivery of home health and hospice care. More than 1,000 organizations use Simione's experts and tools to improve care, reduce costs, and minimize risk to drive business performance. For more information, visit

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    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    May 2, 2015. Victoria, BC - The Greater Victoria Development Agency is angling for a bigger piece of the lucrative international-student market with a new program called Education Victoria.

    Launched Friday in concert with the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, Camosun College and Tourism Victoria, the campaign is hoping to bring more international students to the Island as both an economic development driver and community builder.

    “This represents a significant opportunity not only for economic reasons, but it represents our city’s connection to the world,” said the development agency’s Dallas Gislason. “It brings diverse perspectives to the learning environment which deepens the learning experience for all students.”

    Gislason said those students are potential residents and workers in a market that faces a labour shortage over the next 10 years.

    But the big driver is money.

    Gislason noted international student programs represent an $8-billion bump to the Canadian economy and about $1.8 billion in B.C., where it generates about 21,000 jobs.

    The average full-time student will spend $30,000 annually when in the city on tuition, housing, transportation, food and entertainment, he said.

    UVic has about 2,000 international students; Camosun and Royal Roads each have about 1,000.

    All three schools say they have the capacity to see that number grow. To do that, the $40,000 program will piggy-back on Tourism Victoria’s marketing know-how and will focus heavily on social media campaigns, some ads and trade shows.

    There is also a new website ( that went live Friday and lays out the advantages of going to school in Victoria.

    Later this month, the program will be shown at ICEF Montreal, the country’s premier education networking event that connects educators with more than 330 student recruitment agents from around the world.

    Tourism Victoria chief executive Paul Nursey said getting behind the program — offering their intellectual property — was an easy decision and reflects a more collegial and collaborative approach to both economic development in Victoria and selling the city to the world.

    Gislason said after the ICEF show in Montreal, he expects the schools will select specific target markets — likely Vietnam, Mexico and perhaps South Korea — where they will deploy the campaign.

    He said the student recruitment program could become a template to be used to attract companies and investment to the area.



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    Name: Dallas Gislason

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    Victoria, BC: Gender equality is a hot topic in the tech sector with

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    Victoria, BC: Gender equality is a hot topic in the tech sector with companies, organizations, and government getting behind the Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) movement. Engenuics, a young tech company in Victoria, is participating by pushing the scope of the dialogue. Women and other gender identities are underrepresented, but so are people from diverse backgrounds, particularly from lower income families. Engenuics has put together a series of week-long summer camps for youth aged 13 and up with unique content, a low student to teacher ratio and access to mentors who are passionate about a variety of areas in tech.

    The course content has been carefully crafted to present students with a non-traditional approach to learning. Studies show that girls tend to use technology primarily for communicating with friends, while boys use it more for playing games. This trend is starting to change as a wider variety of games become more accessible and appealing to girls. In order to appeal to both interests Engenuics has consciously chosen course material that merges communication and games. The course material will be delivered using a combination of traditional teaching styles and will incorporate stories and relatable analogies to communicate abstract concepts. This presentation style is paired with shorter periods of instruction followed by small, achievable exercises to give students more opportunities to practice what they learn.

    Engenuics believes that the tech sector needs people from all walks of life and identities in order to bring the innovation and imagination required to identify and solve current and future problems. Since the learning curve in tech tends to be high and often requires an upfront cost in terms of equipment, the very nature of the industry can be limiting. To address the issue of accessibility, Engenuics is inviting companies to sponsor seats ($299/seat) and will match all contributions. By pushing back against these cost related barriers, Engenuics hopes to captivate more young, creative minds with the possibilities in tech.

    The camps use a circuit board with buttons, lights and wireless capabilities to make an interactive tic tac toe game. Students can learn how to build the board, program it to play tic tac toe, and write an app to connect the board to a smart phone. The company hopes to ignite passion and creativity in youth by giving them hands on experience with engineering tools, such as soldering irons, design software and coding platforms. 

    Media Contact:

    Emily Elias
    Engenuics Technologies Inc.

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    McClatchy to publish SendtoNews’ sports video content across its extensive network of news websites see more

    New York, NY - SendtoNews Video Inc. (“SendtoNews”) is pleased to announce a new syndication partnership with McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) , one of the largest newspaper publishers in the United States. The agreement will see the rollout of SendtoNews’ sports video content across McClatchy’s digital publishing operations, which reach vibrant communities ranging from Sacramento to Fort Worth to Miami.

    “We are very pleased to welcome McClatchy to our publishing network,” states Matthew Watson, Executive Chair of SendtoNews.  “McClatchy is a force in the US publishing market with such iconic brands as the Miami Herald ( and the Kansas City Star (  They currently operate 29 dailies across 28 markets, all of which are growing faster than the US average.   McClatchy’s digital properties and engaged, loyal readership add significant strength to our growing North American publisher network.”

    “We are excited to join SendtoNews as a publishing partner,” states Andrew Pergam, Head of Video for McClatchy. “SendtoNews will instantly expand our sports coverage exponentially.  The exclusive Major League Baseball content alone will have high appeal with our audience.”

    About McClatchy

    McClatchy is a 21st century news and information leader, publisher of iconic brands such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats.

    McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI. For more information, visit:

    About SendtoNews

    SendtoNews is North America’s leading Sports Video Ad Platform serving an expanding publisher network of more than 1500 news properties. SendtoNews generates over 200 million monthly video views through the distribution of exclusive and semi-exclusive content from 75+ sports leagues, including the NBA, MLB, NFL, NASCAR, PGA Tour, NCAA and Premier League Soccer. 

    SendtoNews' sports video content is both VAST and VPAID compliant and the architecture of its video player technologies, as well as its independent analytics partnership, addresses market needs for transparency around viewability and invalid traffic.

    For brand advertising inquiries, please email For content distribution inquiries, please email  You can also visit, follow us @sendtonews or call toll free 855.590.1991.

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    David Davies

    VP, Corporate Communications


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    Foundry Spatial released a new online tool that provides detailed information about Alberta’s water see more

    Victoria, BC – June 1, 2016 – Today award-winning environmental science and consulting firm Foundry Spatial released a new online tool that provides detailed information about Alberta’s water resources at a fraction the cost and time of traditional water reporting methods.

    The Alberta Water Tool provides accurate, real-time information on surface water resources, existing water allocations, and the needs of the natural environment through a point-and-click map that allows users to select a specific waterbody, and generate a comprehensive, up-to-date report in seconds.

    “This is disruptive technology in action,” says Ben Kerr, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Water Scientist at Victoria-based Foundry Spatial. “Normally, it would take a professional hydrologist two weeks and $20,000 to prepare the kind of report we literally do in seconds, for about 1% of the cost.”

    Visit the Alberta Water Tool:

    Developed to help scientists, industry explorers, communities and government decision-makers, the Alberta Water Tool uses innovative technology to collect and analyze data for each watershed, including estimates of water flow for rivers, lakes and streams, watershed characteristics such as land cover, climate and impacts from predicted future climate change across west-central Alberta.

    “The best decisions are made when you have the best information,” says Kerr. The Alberta Water tool draws hydrological data from 30,600 surface and groundwater allocation points, and 185 hydrometric stations, for 181,000 unique watersheds in Alberta.

    “This is a first in Alberta, but it builds on water resource mapping work we originally did in British Columbia,” says Kerr, who was the lead developer on the project. The first version of the engine powering the Alberta Water Tool was developed in 2012 for the Northeast Water Tool for the BC Oil and Gas Commission. It was recognized by a BC Premier’s Award for Regional Innovation, an award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and also won an Environmental Innovation Award at the Global Petroleum Show.

    Today the Alberta Water Tool incorporates hydrology modelling science generated from the Integrated Assessment of West Central Alberta project, and is supported by several associations whose membership needs support for sound water management planning, including the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and 12 oil and gas industry companies currently operating in west-central Alberta. The development of the technology was supported by both the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Tecterra.

    “The Alberta Water Tool will shake up traditional water research methods,” admits Kerr, “But that’s a good thing because now resource management experts can replace repetitive, time-consuming data gathering tasks with higher-order impact analysis and planning work.”

    The Alberta Water Tool and its forerunner in BC are unique in North America as a water-resource decision-support tools. But not for long.

    “This is just the beginning,” says Kerr. “We’re very excited to be rolling out sophisticated tools that support sound water resource management in other regions across Canada and the USA. Water is one of the biggest issues we are going to face in the future, and we need to better understand our water resources today in order to plan for tomorrow.”

    Media contact:

    David Sovka


    About Foundry Spatial

    Based in Victoria, BC, Foundry Spatial is an environmental science and consulting firm. Our expert team of scientists and programmers builds helpful tools that turn raw data into meaningful information for smart, sustainable, resource management decision-making. We have a proven track record, having delivered hydrology modeling and decision support tools for more than one million km2 of Western Canada. For more information, visit


    About the Alberta Water Tool

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    Download the 2014 Greater Victoria Technology Sector Economic Impact Study see more


    Earlier in 2014 VIATeC decided to commission a study to get some new numbers about the size and scope of Greater Victoria’s advanced technology sector.

    We spent time surveying local companies and then commissioned an independent professional researcher to collect and analyze the data using a rigorous methodology.

    The result was the “2014 Greater Victoria Technology Sector Economic Impact Study.”

    Download the 2014 Greater Victoria Technology Sector Economic Impact Study

    Some notable results of the 2014 Economic Impact Study:

    $3.15 billion in annual revenues

    According to our latest economic impact study, the 884 local companies that make up Greater Victoria’s advanced technology sector now generate an estimated $3.15 billion in annual revenues.

    23,000 local tech professionals

    According to VIATeC’s just-finished economic impact study, Greater Victoria’s tech sector that now directly employs 15,000 people as well as more than 3,000 consultants and advisers, plus another 5,000 individuals working in technology for companies outside the high-tech sphere.

    $4 billion total economic impact

    The total economic impact Greater Victoria’s tech sector has on our local economy now tops a $4 billion ($4.03 billion to be precise; see below for an explanation of “total economic impact”).

    Highlights from the 2014 Greater Victoria Technology Sector Economic Impact Study

    $4.03 billion: Total economic impact of Greater Victoria’s tech sector

    $3.15 billion: Estimated annual revenues of Greater Victoria’s tech sector

    884: Number of tech companies in Greater Victoria’s tech sector

    15,000: Number of people directly employed by technology companies

    $1.16 billion: Combined revenues of the top 25 companies based in Victoria (VIATeC 25)

    Direct Economic Impact Vs. Indirect Economic Impact

    • The direct impact – representing the total output (revenues) directly generated by companies in the sector – is estimated at $3.15 billion.
    • The indirect impact – representing the impact of those businesses who supply inputs to the technology sector – is estimated at $876 million.
    • Combined, the total economic impact of the high technology sector within the Greater Victoria region is estimated to be $4.03 billion.

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    Name: Tessa Bousfield,