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    RingPartner Taps Andela to Create Global Workforce see more

    Victoria Tech Company Partners with Zuckerberg Backed Global Engineering Organization

    RingPartner Taps Andela to Create Global Workforce  

    Victoria, BC (Apr. 20, 2017) – RingPartner, one of the first performance marketing companies to focus solely on the click-to-call niche, is thrilled to announce they have partnered with Andela, a global engineering organization, to build upon their growing, talented workforce. Ultimately, RingPartner hopes that some of the intercontinental employees hired through Andela will be able to visit their team in British Columbia.

    RingPartner works closely with a select group of publishers to provide inbound consumer phone calls to advertising clients around North America. Their goal is to make it easy for businesses of every size to instantly link consumers to desired products or services in real time by enabling them to simply click on phone numbers with a mobile device. This eliminates the need for filling out online forms and ensures that businesses are connecting with the best possible prospects, which are delivered on a pay per call basis. RingPartner prides itself on its innovative approach to performance marketing and feels that utilizing Andela’s staff will help the organization leverage new skill sets to stay ahead of the competition.   

    Andela identifies the most talented international software developers based on psychometric test scores, take-home coding tests and in-person interviews, then hires them as full-time team members specializing in tech stacks like JavaScript and mobile development. After six months of participating in intensive simulations that challenge their expertise, these developers are distributed to high-growth companies such as RingPartner to create diverse global workforces with interdisciplinary knowledge.

    “Our team is extremely close, and our international developers are key members of our global workforce,” stated Todd Dunlop, CEO of RingPartner. “Thanks to the ease of video calling and live messaging like Slack, all of our employees have the tools to stay connected to each other, no matter where they are located.”


    About RingPartner

    Founded in 2013, RingPartner is the Pay Per Call exchange. RingPartner connects consumers through inbound phone calls to brands and businesses, big and small. These highly qualified calls are delivered to businesses at the exact moment that consumers are ready to take action and buy a product or service. RingPartner works on a pay per call basis, meaning that clients only pay for phone calls delivered to them in real-time. For more information please visit

    About Andela

    Andela is a global engineering organization that connects leading technology companies and talented software developers from around the world. We enable companies to build high-performing engineering teams while providing a platform for talented technologists to accelerate their expertise. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV (Google Ventures) and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders. For more information, visit

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    Gail Gregerson
    1 (888) 656-3726 ext. 230

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    Victoria yoga music and technology start up YogiTunes is partnering with Victoria Yoga Conference see more

    Victoria based music startup YogiTunes partners with Victoria Yoga Conference

    Victoria yoga music and technology start up YogiTunes is partnering with the 5th annual Victoria Yoga Conference, which takes place on the weekend of February 10th-13th, 2017 at the University of Victoria.

    YogiTunes will be showcasing performances from local DJ’s and artists as well as providing yoga playlists from the extensive YogiTunes catalogue. CEO Alex King Harris, who also performs as Rara Avis sees a natural synergy between yoga and music, which is borne out in the large number of yoga classes that now feature music. The Capital Region of Victoria is now home to more than 50 yoga studios and the Victoria Yoga Conference draws 600+ attendees with over 60 classes, live music and over 30 vendors and educators in the Wellness Market Place.  The Conference begins with an internationally known keynote speaker, Danielle LaPorte on Friday night, followed by two full days of workshops for everyone from beginners to yoga teachers and concludes on BC's Family Day with family centered yoga and workshops by donation.  The conference features west coast teachers and performers.

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    B.C. government announced today nearly $600,000 towards a partnership with key technology industry.. see more

    Source: Province of BC

    The B.C. government announced today nearly $600,000 towards a partnership with key technology industry partners to study the labour market needs in the tech sector.

    Led by the BC Technology Association (BCTA) and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), this technology Sector Labour Market Partnership project, worth nearly $600,000 to date, will help the government and project partners gain a better understanding of the current and future labour needs in this diverse and fast growing sector. As part of this project, the partners are also developing a comprehensive labour market strategy which will result in recommendations on deepening the talent pool for in-demand jobs in B.C.

    Since last October, BCTA and VEC, with support from the government through the Sector Labour Market Partnership Program, have been engaging with technology employers, educational stakeholders and the broader technology community to gain a better understanding of the labour needs in this sector. To help the industry take this important project further, the Province has recently committed additional support so they can complete a detailed labour market analysis and develop a strategy with key actions to address the sector’s labour market priorities.

    After the announcement, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond, and Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk, as well as project partners, met with programming students at the Lighthouse Labs Victoria campus, located in the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) offices within the Fort Tectoria building in Victoria.

    The project announced today is part of the government’s commitment to deepen B.C.’s technology talent pool through a variety of actions, including improving access to timely and relevant labour market information, as outlined in the #BCTECH Strategy. The 10-year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund to improve access to capital, as well as initiatives to increase talent development and market growth for tech companies to drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.

    In 2014, the B.C. government launched the Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer its education and training programs so British Columbians can get the skills they need to be first in line for jobs in the province.

    The Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement. The program helps employers understand and respond to changing labour market demands, and ensures that training and education programs in B.C. are aligned with industry’s labour-market needs and priorities.


    Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training–

    “The technology industry is an important part of our province’s economy, creating thousands of jobs and investments in B.C. To keep B.C.’s economy strong, diverse and growing, we need to ensure that technology employers have the talent they need to expand, and that British Columbians have the skills they need to work in this growing sector.”

    Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services—

    “Through the #BCTECH Strategy, we are committed to providing British Columbians with the tech skills they need to enter the marketplace and contribute to the growth of B.C.’s tech sector. Our strategy responds to industry’s needs: providing coding in K-12; expanding co-op programs; and adjusting the training and education in post-secondary institutions. Ensuring students and adults have the right skills means they can contribute through a variety of exciting fields such as creating a greener earth in clean tech or improving lives through life sciences.”

    Ian McKay, CEO, VEC –

    “Vancouver's economic growth, the fastest of any city in Canada , has been driven largely by its emergence as a global technology hub. The entrepreneurs in our city are creating businesses that attract local and global talent. The talent in our city has in turn attracted some of the most innovative companies in the world. However, the companies we speak with every day simply can't get enough of that talent to sustain their rapid growth and reach their full potential. The LMP strategy will help Vancouver and all of British Columbia overcome this challenge and reach our full potential, as a leader in today's fierce race for talent and as the global centre for technology and innovation.”

    Bill Tam, president, BC Technology  Association –

    “Talent is what fuels the B.C. technology industry. Building a solid foundation of human capital, whether home grown or globally sourced, is among our critical success factors. With growing concerns on the availability of talent, we’re pleased to be partnering with the province, the Vancouver Economic Commission and our industry colleagues on this Labour Market Partnership project.”

    Jeremy Shaki, founder, Lighthouse Labs –

    “Lighthouse Labs is committed to providing the industry specific training needed to support B.C.’s and Canada's growing tech industries. We’re proud to have graduated over 300 developers directly into B.C.’s talent pool in just over 2 years via our main Vancouver campus, as well as bring bootcamp education to the rapidly growing B.C. innovation hubs of Victoria and Kelowna. Training and fostering developer talent will continue to play a critical role in the success of our growing tech ecosystem. We're delighted to support the B.C. government’s initiative to work with industry to directly support the growth of the technology economy.”

    Ryan Stratton, founder and CEO, Craftt, Lighthouse Labs mentor-approved –

    “The craft beverage market is growing fast in B.C. Last year we created Craftt, a cloud native app designed for breweries to help manage their operations and logistics. We’re now working with 34 breweries across Canada and the U.S.

    “I joined the VIATEC Accelerate Tectoria program in 2014 and they were instrumental in helping me launch Craftt. One of our toughest challenges has been sourcing talent. Programs like Lighthouse Labs are helping to reduce this employment gap by training junior developers with practical, real world skills.

    “Like many other sectors, mentorship is a critical part of fostering talent in the technology sector. I’ve been working as a mentor for Lighthouse Labs students since they introduced the program in Victoria because it’s important to make the time and help shape future developers entering our community. It is impressive to see what these students can learn in such a short period of time.”

    Quick Facts:

    • British Columbia is a tech-driven economy. The various technology subsectors are: information and communications technology, cleantech, engineering, life sciences, and digital media.
    • The technology sector directly employs more than 86,000 people, and wages for those jobs are 60% higher than B.C.’s industrial average.
    • In 2013, the technology sector added $13.9 billion to B.C.’s GDP.
    • B.C.’s 9,000 technology companies combined generated $23.3 billion in revenue in 2013.

    Learn More:

    #BCTECH Strategy:

    Sector Labour Market Partnerships

    BC Jobs Plan:

    B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint:

    B.C. 2024 Labour Market Outlook: