• Clive Gorman posted an article
    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

  • Tango Financial posted an article
    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

  • Article
    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. 

  • Article
    The goal of this proposal is to extend the students’ experience beyond the classroom while... see more

    UVic offers up course to improve your requirements collection process

    Gathering, analyzing and communicating requirements is a key activity that can make or break a software project. At UVic we are teaching a course in which the students learn techniques for such activities. They typically apply them in student projects, gaining some insight into the difficulties but also strategies to overcome in the requirements engineering process. The goal of this proposal is to extend the students’ experience beyond the classroom while attempting to benefit the local industry in Victoria. 

    This project:

    1. Provides UVic’s graduates with the opportunity to learn about requirements engineering practices at Victoria’s software companies as well as
    2. Enhances the relationship between UVic’s Software Engineering entity and Victoria’s software industry

    ​Proposed involvement in this partnership
    The UVic students are enrolled in a Requirements Engineering course at UVic’s BSENG Program (Bachelor of Software Engineering) and conduct a course project. 

    In the second part of their project, this partnership allows them to also analyze a software company’s methods/processes to gather, analyze and communicate requirements with their customer base. The students are then tasked to produce a report on these practices. The report (1) reflects upon these practices relative to the techniques learned in the classroom and (2) recommend areas for improvements in the company’s processes/methods. 

    The software company agrees to be contacted by a group of students in the course (typically 5-6 students) and coordinates a number of visits to the company (as appropriate) during which the students learn about their methods/processes for requirements gathering, analysis and communication to their customers. 

    Period of involvement

    The UVic course runs for 13 weeks between January and beginning of April 2017.
    The students will be expected to conduct this study with the software company for about 6 weeks during mid February and late March. The companies are then invited to a final course presentation of all groups in the course and receive their report.

    Software companies who are already participating in this project include: BeanStream, sendwithus, SierraSystems, Checkfront and Referral Saasquatch. 

    We are looking for registrations no later than January 15th. To register, please contact Rob Bennett at 

  • David Davies posted an article
    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.

    Media Contact

    David Davies

    VP, Corporate Communications


    Toll-free: 855-590-1991


  • David Sovka posted an article
    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

    More information about the new Alberta Water Tool can be found at:


  • Article
    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.

    Media Contact

    Name: Tessa Bousfield,

  • VIATEC Accelerator company, Craftt, closes strategic partnership with ContainerWorld. see more

    Victoria, BC - December 14th, 2015 - Craft Technology Services Corporation (Craftt) is excited to announce a recent partnership with ContainerWorld Forwarding Services Inc., a leading logistics provider to the alcoholic beverage industry.

    ContainerWorld has made an equity investment in Craftt. The two parties have also entered into a consulting agreement in which Craftt’s web knowledge and expertise will aid ContainerWorld in improving the software and services they offer to their clients.

    “This is an ideal partnership for us and for ContainerWorld. Our services complement each other really well. ContainerWorld is the industry leader in logistics and Craftt is the easiest way for a brewery to manage their inventory and orders.” says Ryan Stratton, founder of Craftt.

    “Together, we can provide a full-service platform for breweries to manage their business all the way from manufacturing through to the product being delivered to their customers.”

    Craftt’s brewery management software is designed specifically to help craft breweries stop keg loss and get better insight and control over their inventory. With powerful reporting features, breweries can significantly reduce the time they spend on creating regulatory reports to send to the relevant governing bodies. The recent investment will go towards growing the development team, among other things, to further improve Craftt’s software.

    “We want to make Craftt the go-to platform for breweries, helping them manage their inventory, and their business, efficiently.” Stratton goes on to say. “Through this strategic partnership, we will be able to ensure craft brewers make the most of their time by simplifying these often complex aspects of the job.”

    Unlike spreadsheets or expensive, bloated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Craftt’s software makes it easy for every brewery employee to quickly access and manage their inventory and assets in real time through any smart device. Understanding current inventory and capacity levels allows breweries to make better decisions when it comes to production, customer orders, and distribution, and allows them to have a comprehensive overview of what resources are available in the brewery at any given time.

    Partnering with ContainerWorld will provide Craftt’s clients with additional benefits, giving them direct access to one of the best logistics and distribution companies in the beverage industry today.


    About Craftt

    Craftt is a Victoria, BC startup and part of the VIATEC Accelerator program. They build innovative tools and services to modernize and simplify the way beverage companies manage their business.


    About ContainerWorld

    ContainerWorld is a multi-faceted company based in British Columbia. They provide clients with worldwide door-to-door logistics services, including inventory management, freight forwarding, warehousing, and distribution.


    Media contact

    Ryan Stratton
    CEO, Craft Technology Services Corporation


  • Silkstart Importer posted an article
    The Victoria-based solar company saw its revenue increase to $15.7 million, compared with $9 million see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Carmanah Technologies reported a second-quarter profit of $10.3 million, according to statements released this week. The Victoria-based solar company saw its revenue increase to $15.7 million, compared with $9 million in the same quarter last year, when its profit was just $400,000. The company noted the difference was a recognition of $9.9 million in tax assets — investment tax credits and deferred income taxes which allow Carmanah to reduce taxes on current and future earnings realized within Canada. That was previously written off at the end of 2011 due to the uncertainty of usage.

    The company decided to reinstate the assets based on its financial performance over the past six quarters. “Carmanah’s second quarter was very eventful,” said chief executive John Simmons. “During the quarter our sales teams generated record levels of new orders, which led to record high revenues and a substantial book of open orders to be completed during the balance of the year.”

  • Silkstart Importer posted an article
    Royals Roads to help entrepreneurs at downtown Victoria office. see more

    Royal Roads University is putting out the welcome mat at a new downtown Victoria office set up to give a boost to local entrepreneurs.

    Director Geoff Archer said Wednesday that the message from the university’s Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies is: “Come and interact with us.”

    “What we are trying to do is engage with you in a way that is win-win for our students and for small-business owners in the Victoria area.”

    The centre has moved into Fort Tectoria, 777 Fort St., owned by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council. Fort Tectoria is a hothouse for innovation, serving as the base for Accelerate Victoria and the high-tech sector in the city’s core.

    Set up in 2007 with a $1.6-million endowment, the Douglass centre’s mandate is to engage with the community in entrepreneurship. But there is “very little awareness” of its existence, Archer said.

    He figures one reason for the centre’s low profile is the fact that it does not have a physical office or space at Royal Roads. “By moving downtown, we are flipping that switch.”

    Possibilities include entrepreneurship students developing business plans for local firms, he said.

    The head of a local company might have an idea for a new concept, or need to raise money from a bank or the creation of a more professional organization. An entrepreneur might have a new business in mind, or want to expand into a new market.

    “What they would like to take advantage of is the students’ need for a very practical project upon which they can demonstrate that they’ve been paying attention during their time at Royal Roads and they can synthesize all the aspects of their education,” Archer said.

    Businesses also can receive advice from Royal Roads faculty, who specialize in a wide range of sectors, he said.

    Further, the centre is available for Royal Roads graduates who would like a professional office space to use when meeting clients, Archer said.

    One example of a creative Royal Roads entrepreneurship student is Canadian Olympian skier Brad Spence, who is showcasing his Helmets for Heroes program to help raise money to battle severe illnesses facing children.

    The venture sees youngsters work with athletes to create a helmet design. Canadian cyclist Monique Sullivan, now participating at the Pan American Games, is wearing a helmet designed in collaboration with Joel Jamieson, 16, who received a kidney transplant last year.

    Entrepreneurs seeking an appointment with Archer to look at ways they can be helped are invited to send an email to

  • Silkstart Importer posted an article
    Tap for Tap promo gives developers a chance to win a free trip to Casual Connect USA see more

    Victoria based Tap for Tap, an app exchange designed to automate UA and monetization for mobile indie devs, is excited to share the news about a promotion they are running that gives developers a chance to win a free trip to Casual Connect USA in San Francisco August 11-13.

    Now apart of Pretio Interactive portfolio of innovative mobile advertising solutions, Tap for Tap’s new SDK release brings Pretio’s mediated moments-based ads to an audience of developers eager to increase revenue and engagement, while maintaining the precarious balance between in-game ads and user experience.

    Tap for Tap’s Integrate to Win Summer Promo is offering the first 100 developers to successfully launch an app live with their “Achievement Moment”- 1000 free users and a chance to win a Travel Package to Casual Connect in San Francisco. The package includes the developer’s conference badge, airfare, accommodations and an entertainment allowance. As a bonus, the contest winner will receive an automatic submission to Casual Connect’s Indie Prize Showcase, bypassing the initial round of judging.

    The Showcase is a great opportunity for developers to get exposure for their apps, and can drastically increase its chances of success.  Chris Lefebvre, Tap for Tap’s Director of Business development will be sitting as one of the judges for the event.

    Contest details can be found at For more information please contact Taylor Odgers by email: or phone: 250.634.3222.

    Media Contact

    Name: Taylor Odgers

  • Silkstart Importer posted an article
    About 24,000 square feet of space is being converted into a specialized lab at Camosun College see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    About 24,000 square feet of space is being converted into a specialized lab at Camosun College’s Interurban Campus where students will work on advanced manufacturing requests for industry — a first for a Canadian college.

    “This represents a real game-changer for us,” Tim Walzak, the college’s director of Camosun Innovates, said Thursday. “It greatly expands our space to do some very creative things.

    “Our prime focus is building inter-disciplinary space to allow our students and faculty to work on real world problems with our local industry partners.”

    Two industrial bays will be fitted out for what is called the Interaction Lab by spring 2016. The space is within an area that has been used for trades, but is being freed up now that a new trades building is being built.

    The Camosun lab is receiving $1.5 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada. Another $527,000 is going to the University of Victoria to improve its Centre for Aerospace Research laboratory.

    Industry partners approach Camosun for help sorting out challenges in a number of areas, whether technological or in the marketplace. Partners include Viking Air, Scott Plastics, StarFish Medical and Victoria Shipyards.

    “We then marshal our resources, our expertise, build teams of students and faculty, and try to get the right kind of funding in place to help them solve their problems,” Walzak said.

    Existing equipment at Camosun will form the nucleus of the new lab, he said. “But this particular initiative is brand-new and represents a considerable change for Camosun.”

    When Camosun talks about technology, that includes all applied disciplines, such as business, health and trades, said Tom Roemer, Camosun’s vice-president of strategic development.

    Innovation is a catalyst that helps prepare students for jobs, he said. Industry has said it wants to hire people with a more comprehensive understanding of how a complex business operates and how individual elements interact.

    For example, if a company creates a new product, there’s a business component to it, as well as market analysis, design, prototypes, proof of concept, manufacturing, automating manufacturing and supply chain.

    “All of these things are often overlooked when people get technical training,” Roemer said. The lab will bring all this together “grouped around a project that comes from industry.”

    This is one-of-a-kind facility in Canada, he said. The labs will include 3D scanning and digital modeling, 3D printing, composite-materials mould fabrication, manufacturing simulation, integrated production and manufacturing designing.

    Funds to UVic will see it add equipment and upgrade its laboratory to support the design, development, commercialization and certification of unmanned aerial vehicles and payloads at its aerospace centre.

    Forest-fire management will be one of the applications for the technology, UVic said in a statement. Other anticipated uses for aerial vehicles include wildlife monitoring, applications for agriculture, mining exploration using remote sensing technology and search and rescue.
    UVic has industrial partners such as Bombardier Aerospace, Rigid Robotics, Terra Remote Sensing and Boeing.

    Media Contact

    Name: Tim Walzak

  • Silkstart Importer posted an article
    Latitude's IONode FDM System FAA Certified for Airbus EC135 Airframes see more

    Victoria, BC Canada - July 22, 2015 - Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data monitoring, flight following, and Satcom solutions for helicopter fleets, has announced that the company's award-winning IONode™ ION100 Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) lightweight flight data recorder is now FAA certified for installation on all Airbus EC135 airframe types.  Also included is Latitude's SkyNode® S200 Satcom voice and data transceiver.   

    As the most advanced and feature-rich lightweight FDM system in the world, both individually and in a full satcom-linked system installation, the IONode ION100 is available in five models, each designed to meet specific flight data collection and forwarding requirements.  For the EC135, this includes collecting VEMD bus data along with the IONode's internal spatial and inertia sensor information.  

    Dynamic configurability of the IONode lightweight flight data recorder allows the IONode to remain adaptable to changing requirements.  The IONode's architecture of automated and pervasive networking underpins how Latitude's end-to-end FDM system collects, monitors, and relays the right information at the right time to the right stakeholders.

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    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 or call 1-888-966-5599.

    Media Contact

    Phone: (888) 966-5599

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    Over 7,500 athletes are set to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games see more

    Victoria, BC - July 22, 2015 - Over 7,500 athletes from across the Americas and the Caribbean are set to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games beginning July 10. They’ll be tackling over 50 sports, many of them outdoors on the lake, grassy field or BMX course.

    So they’ll want to be prepared for whatever the summer weather throws at them.

    To help athletes and coaches make important decisions on event day, the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is providing Environment Canada with a customized web portal for the Games to display up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and alerts.

    The weather data portal is available in both English and French and will allow coaches from 41 international sporting federations to prepare their athletes for possible storms, wind and heat—whether they’re trimming sails, swinging a golf club or sprinting the marathon.

    The portal may also help security teams, Games officials and venue managers make important decisions about delays or public notifications.

    The portal will generate real-time weather-related information provided by Environment Canada, including temperature, UV index, precipitation, humidity and wind. Users can also check links to radar, satellite and jetstream information or vital alerts such as lightning, air quality and wind.

    ONC operates world-leading cabled ocean observatories in the northeast Pacific and Arctic oceans. The ONC web interface provides free access to high-quality scientific data from the observatories to over 11,000 researchers and users in 160 countries around the globe.

    “It may seem strange that an ocean research facility is involved with the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in southern Ontario,” says Benoît Pirenne, ONC’s director of user engagement. “But ONC’s expertise in handling large datasets made it an ideal choice to stream wide-ranging, real-time weather information to the Games community and decision-makers.”

    ONC’s software team created an agile web interface for Environment Canada that streams the Games’ 30 different venues and 63 weather stations around southern Ontario. It operates on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The information is sourced automatically from fixed stations, vehicles and lake buoys.

    Pirenne expects up to 1,200 people a day will use the service. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Games by supporting everyone who needs to know immediate and updated information about the weather. So rain or shine, let the Games begin.”

    Media Contact

    Name: Virginia Keast

    Phone: (250) 853-3673

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    VIATEC Board Nominations Open see more

    If you would like to put your name forward as a candidate please click below to complete the nomination form! 

    VIATEC Annual General Meeting Board Nomination Form 

    Please review the expected commitment of VIATEC Board members:

    1. Must be a VIATEC member in good standing
    2. Review all materials sent out in advance of monthly Board meetings and attend meetings as often as possible (75% attendance required)
    3. May or may not participate in at least one Board committee (75% attendance required):
      a. Finance & Audit
      b. Governance
    4. Some board members will be “point” on specific strategic goals
    5. Participate in the annual strategic planning process
    6. Whenever possible, attend VIATEC events (seminars, conferences)

    This year VIATEC’s AGM will be held September 24, 2015 at Fort Tectoria – 777 Fort Street.
    Registration will start at 4:30 p.m.
    Our official AGM notice will be posted on the website the beginning of August, 2015

    Media Contact

    Name: Georgia Cowell