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  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017 see more

    Nominations open for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards

    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017

     

    VICTORIA, BC (March 10, 2017) – Nominations are now open for one of the largest and most elaborate technology sector award shows in the country, to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Nomination form here and tickets available here).

    Last year’s VIATEC Technology Awards Show brought out an impressive 850 attendees, the highest attendance it’s seen since it started in 2002. This year’s event is expected to sell out again. The extravagant show has rapidly become known as a unique event focused on entertaining the crowd with humor and irreverence, while shining the spotlight on some of Victoria’s most impressive technology companies.

    “Whether it’s Bloomberg Media, The Toronto Star or Vogue Magazine, the world has realized that Victoria is young, culturally vibrant and a cool city. With tech being the #1 industry in a region that has so much going for it, you better believe we pull out all the stops to make sure this event reflects the innovative minds and community spirits that have reshaped our community to be known as a hotbed of vibrant companies and exciting ideas,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “It's a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policymakers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.”

    In total, 15 awards that come in the form of custom metal fabricated robots known as “Freddies”, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

    • Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    • Startup of the Year

    • Product of the Year

    • Innovative Excellence

    • Leader of the Year

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)

    • Employee/Team of the Year

    • Employer of the Year

    • VIATEC Member of the Year

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)

    • Community Contributor (New)


    Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC). This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Monday, March 27th.


    Bonus Material:
    To view last year's winners click here.
    To get a glimpse into what the event is like, watch this video.

    Media Contact:
    Dan Gunn
    CEO
    dgunn@viatec.ca
    250-882-2820

    Sponsorship Contact:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director
    tbousfield@viatec.ca

    About VIATEC:
    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs. www.viatec.ca


    Award Category Descriptions:
     

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees, 11-49 and 50+)
      These companies are the foundation on which our $4 billion tech sector was built. They are established with a sizeable headcount and they are bringing in considerable revenues. They are growing, expanding and taking the time to give back to our community as mentors, advisors and cheerleaders for the up and coming tech companies. Judges will consider growth, impact, product innovation, market share and community involvement. This award has three categories based on company size.
       

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year
      These are the companies that are about to really hit their stride. They're young, but they have a stable foundation. Judges will consider traction, revenue and team growth, product breadth and acceptance, and good old business fundamentals.
       

    • Startup of the Year
      These are some of Victoria’s newest tech companies. It’s early days but they are getting investor and customer interest (if not already raising money and sales), based on the prototypes and/or early product versions. Judges will consider the market opportunity, executive leadership, investment and your pitch deck.
       

    • Product of the Year
      This category is where the innovation rubber hits the road. These products have market traction and that means sales. Judges will consider total sales and sales growth, customer adoption, market share along with market disruption and level of innovation.
       

    • Innovative Excellence
      This category is for those companies on an entirely different wavelength. They have researched and designed an emerging, innovative service, process or product that is expected to revolutionize a sector, method of business or way of life. Judges will consider just how disruptive this tech is likely to be. Prior commercial success is not a priority.
       

    • Leader of the Year (previously “Executive of the Year”)
      These hot shots have had a significant impact on the success of an organization as a direct result of their leadership and are respected by their peers. For this award, executives are considered to be those that typically hold senior titles, eg. CEO, CFO, COO, President, Vice-President. Nominated companies are required to provide revenues from the last 3 years as well as other indicators requested by judges (eg. number of employees).
       

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)
      These are the up and coming executives that have started to breakthrough as valuable leaders to a local tech firm. They're young or at least new to leadership, but they have demonstrated dedication, passion and an ability to inspire others. Judges will consider role, impact and related career highlights e.g. glowing anecdotes from their colleagues.
       

    • Employee/Team of the Year
      Much of a company's success is a result of having hardworking and dedicated employees. This employee or team have the perfect mix of outstanding initiative and service delivery, have had a significant impact on the company for which they work and exude great personality or team dynamic while getting it all done.
       

    • Employer of the Year
      These are the companies who never forget to pause and take the time to think about their staff and provide a positive work environment. This award is based on a company survey of staff and is the tech company most respected and appreciated by their staff.
       

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
      Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least 10 years. Their long-standing support has been instrumental in Greater Victoria ‘s continued success on the world technology stage. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
       

    • VIATEC Member of the Year
      Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
       

    • Community Involvement Award (New)
      This category is for a tech company making an effort to improve our community and being successful at it on a regular basis. Efforts can include (and are not limited to): supporting charities with monetary funds or non-perishable donations, putting on fundraising events, volunteer work or creating a foundation/scholarship. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)
      An individual new to Victoria that is making a big impact by joining and supporting the local tech scene. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The deadline to nominate companies and individuals is April 27 at 4 p.m. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Darron Kloster

    Victoria’s tech sector is casting around to find its best and brightest for 2016.

    The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council has opened nominations for the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards, which will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre June 24.

    The deadline to nominate companies and individuals is April 27 at 4 p.m.

    The awards are billed as a means of increasing a company’s profile with local media, policy makers. and their peers, which can translate into making it easier to hire, find customers and raise investment.

    This year, the awards have added two new technology company of the year awards to be able to recognize companies in three size categories.

    “Given the broad range of established technology companies we have in Greater Victoria, we have added to the technology company of the year category,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn. “This change will allow us to recognize more of the deserving companies and allow companies of all sizes to stand among their peers.”

    There are 13 award categories, 11 of which are open for nominations, while VIATEC selects the winners of the VIATEC Member of the Year and the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion.

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

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

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

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

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

    Media Contact

    Kimber Parmar
    info@vigreeneconomy.com
    Administration and Communications Assistant Synergy Sustainability Institute