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    Attendance ballooned to over 1,100 guests, making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in see more

    19th Annual VIATEC Awards shine spotlight on Greater Victoria’s #1 industry

     

    VICTORIA, BC (June 15, 2019) – Last night at the Royal Theatre, the VIATEC Awards celebrated the innovation and excellence of individuals and technology companies responsible for making Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia. 49 finalists were honoured, with 15 recipients receiving newly designed astronaut trophies (designed by local artist Russell Papp), at the elaborate show. Attendance ballooned to over 1,100 guests, making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the nation, and VIATEC’s most attended - ever.

    Erin Skillen took the reigns for the second year in a row as host for the production, bringing the perfect balance of humour, intelligence and attitude. With a theme of “There’s no place like home”, the night featured local variety show acts from Passion

    and Performance Arts Inc, Atomic Vaudeville and a powerful finale accompanied by the resident awards band, in what has become an annual tradition... flying inflatable Killer Whales. The stage was brought to life by immersive video projections from VJ Photon featuring seven flown screens featuring video projection mapping along with four laser banks and five giant disco balls all supported by the incredible stage crew of the Royal Theatre. Everyone continued the celebration at the After Party with local eight piece band The New Groovement.

    “It is our honour to produce a show that brings together and entertains our tech community and we relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of our top performing companies and executives,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “Each year gets more elaborate and we cannot say enough about our local arts community and what they bring to make this event the unique and anticipated festivity it is has become.”

    WINNERS :

    Technology Company of the Year (30+ employees):
    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Technology Company of the Year (11-29 employees):

    (Sponsored by: Lazaridis Institute)

     

    Scale-Up of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

     

    Start-Up of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Bambora)

     

    Product of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Financial Services)

     

    Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware:

    (Sponsored by: Wesley Clover)

     

    Leader of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: AbeBooks)

     

    Emerging Leader of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Roy Group)

     

    Team of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Royal Roads University)

     

    Employer of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: The VIATEC Foundation)


     

    NAMED RECIPIENTS (No finalists):

     

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology
    Champion:

    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

     

    VIATEC Members of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

    • Sang Kiet-Ly, KPMG

     

    Community Champion:

    (Sponsored by: City of Victoria)

     

    Angel of the Year:

    (Selected by the Capital Investment Network, Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP)



    Media Contact:

    Michaela Schluessel
    Community Manager
    VIATEC
    mschluessel@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 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, www.forttectoria.ca

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    Victoria’s high-tech community has raised $300,000 to help tackle the issue of local food security. see more

    Source: Times Colonist 

    Tech sector steps up for Mustard Seed

    Victoria’s high-tech community has raised $300,000 to help tackle the issue of local food security.

    During its annual awards show June 14, investor and former chair of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, Rasool Rayani, challenged the full-house audience to pledge money to the cause. They raised $200,000 on the spot.

    The money was combined with $100,000 from the Victoria Foundation, which will be given to the Mustard Seed Street Church to further develop its Food Security Distribution Centre.

    The centre, on Viewfield Road in Esquimalt, currently brings in about 1,815 kilograms of rescued produce each day and is part of the Food Share Network, a partnership of 50 organizations that operate food security programs in Greater Victoria.

    The Mustard Seed estimates more than 35,000 people in Greater Victoria seek a reliable source of food every month.

    Dan Gunn, chief executive of VIATEC, said raising that kind of money within minutes is just a small example of the local industry’s generosity.

    During the VIATEC awards more than 20 individuals and companies stepped up to fund the large donation. They were: Redbrick Technologies, Checkfront, Kixeye, Kano, Rumble, Scott and Jessica Lake, StarFish Medical, RingPartner, FamilySparks, Mark Longo, Stuart Bowness, Gord Macdougall, RaceRocks, Telmediq, Royal Roads University, FreshWorks Studio, Watershed, Quimper, VIATEC and the Victoria Foundation.

    Anyone wanting to donate: victoriafoundation.bc.ca/make-a-donation.

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    Proceeds will go towards the next phase of development of Food Security Distribution Centre. see more

    VICTORIA, BC (July 2, 2019) – On Friday June 14th, over 1,100 community members came together to celebrate the achievements made in the Greater Victoria technology sector for the annual Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council Awards at the Royal Theatre. The energy in the room was electrifying - so much so that when VIATEC Past Chair Rasool Rayani challenged the audience to raise funds to help food security in Victoria, $200,000 was pledged on the spot by a number of generous local tech companies and entrepreneurs. (See the full list below). The monies will be combined with an additional commitment of $100,000 from the Victoria Foundation for a total of $300,000.

    “Tech companies locate in Victoria for many reasons including the post-secondary schools, research facilities and quality of life,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “That said, most of the tech sector’s $4.06 billion in annual revenues are generated by selling our products globally. As a result, our 955 tech companies do not require the same kind of strong brand recognition locally that the other primary sectors of our economy rely on and they fly under the radar. We know that our members have always given back but, much of that giving has been quiet or anonymous. The VIATEC Foundation was created as a way to encourage, support and recognize the community support of local tech companies and the results of this impromptu campaign shows the impact they continue to have.”

    “The Food Rescue Project is innovative, inspiring and demonstrates how many entities, agencies and organizations can come together for greater good. We are honoured to assist our members in supporting such a great initiative.”

    The VIATEC Foundation, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, are putting the money towards the next phase of development of Food Security Distribution Centre. The 22,000 sq. ft facility at 808 Viewfield Road in Esquimalt currently serves as a central hub for the Food Rescue Project, which recovers and redistributes fresh healthy food that currently reaches about 35,000 people every month across the capital region. Consultation and planning is underway to further leverage the Centre to support the local food economy through such things as incubation and development of food-based social enterprises, processing and storage for local food production, or opportunities for food skills training and employment.

    Earlier this year, the Mustard Seed secured financing to purchase the Centre in partnership with the Victoria Foundation and a $2 million grant from the province. The Centre, which launched in 2017, is part of the Food Rescue Project, an initiative of the Food Share Network, a collaboration of more than 50 member organizations, including local non-profits, First Nations, School Districts and other organizations working towards a food secure region.

    For those that would like to take up the challenge, donations can be made to the VIATEC Foundation Fund at https://victoriafoundation.bc.ca/make-a-donation/ or by sending a cheque payable to the Victoria Foundation—with the memo line of “VIATEC Foundation Fund”—to Victoria Foundation, #200 - 703 Broughton Street, Victoria BC, V8W 1E2.

     

    Generous commitments so far: 


    About the VIATEC Foundation

    The VIATEC Foundation, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, was established by VIATEC to connect Victoria’s technology sector to the broader community. The foundation offers a mechanism for the tech sector to harness its collective charitable efforts to maximize the impact of the sector’s donations.

    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 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, www.forttectoria.ca

    Media Contact:
    Michaela Schluessel

    Community Manager

    VIATEC

    mschluessel@viatec.ca

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    As always, the night was filled with irreverence and a touch of pandemonium. see more

    Source: Times Colonist 
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    More than 1,100 people gathered in the Royal Theatre Friday night to celebrate the brightest lights of the high-tech industry.

    The 19th annual Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council awards handed out 15 trophies in what was the largest awards show yet. As always, the night was filled with irreverence and a touch of pandemonium — complete with flying inflatable whales — while the spotlight hit some of the best stories in the industry.

    “It is our honour to produce a show that brings together and entertains our tech community and we relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of our top performing companies and executives,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn.

    “Each year gets more elaborate and we cannot say enough about our local arts community and what they bring to make this event the unique and anticipated festivity it is has become.”

    Erin Athene was named this year’s winner of the Victoria tech sector's highest award, the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion. Athene has been a tireless servant to the community having worn several hats including starting the local Ladies Learning Code chapter and serving as a mentor in VIATEC’s accelerator program.

    Other winners were Women’s Equity Lab as Angel of the Year; Sang Kiet-Ly of KPMG as Member of the Year; and RingPartner, named Community Champion.

     

    Other Winners

    • Tech Company of the Year (30+ employees): Benevity

    • Tech Company of the Year (11-29 employees): RingPartner

    • Scale-Up of the Year: Tutela

    • Start-Up of the Year: Cuboh

    • Product of the Year: Limbic Media

    • Innovative Excellence, Software or Service: DreamCraft Attractions

    • Innovative Excellence, Hardware: RioT Technology Corp.

    • Leader of the Year: Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks

    • Emerging Leader of the Year: Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch

    • Team of the Year: Encepta

    • Employer of the Year: FreshWorks Studio

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    Boeing has made an ITB Investment Framework placement into Victoria-based RaceRocks. see more

    Source: RaceRocks 

    Boeing partners with Vancouver-based RaceRocks on data analytics project



























     

    The Boeing Company (Boeing) has made an Industrial Technological Benefit (ITB) Investment Framework (IF) placement into RaceRocks 3D Inc (RaceRocks) based in Victoria, BC. The data analytics platform will allow Boeing and other Aerospace and Defence (A&D) primes that collect and store big data to get data out of limited in-house IT infrastructures and deploy it to an ITAR and CGP compliant cloud based platform.

    The ITB IF placement will enable the R&D project, now in a prototype stage, to move into Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and through to commercialization and will allow highly scalable processing and use of industry best practices, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). Initial testing of the prototype has shown the ability to take a project that took 16 hours to solve with existing capabilities and solve it in 22 seconds. The increased efficiency and throughput this represents will greatly enhance the predictive maintenance capabilities of Boeing’s data scientists and support their various solutions for military aircraft In Service Support (ISS) and Performance Based Logistics (PBL) programs, as they will be able to iterate faster, on larger datasets, and deliver value to customers quicker.

    “Global competition in cloud-based big data is huge, but in the sub-sector of A&D, (ITAR & CGP) cloud-based solutions, there are currently few competitors. Amazon.gov is a relatively new service so each OEM is trying to understand the environment internally, but large primes have the added hurdle of complex IT, Legal, Security, contracting and HR constraints that will make this R&D take many years to implement instead of months. We are working to have a first to market solution that will win market share,” explains RaceRocks CEO, Scott Dewis.

    RaceRocks has been supporting Boeing Vancouver’s data science team for over a year, particularly on C-17, KC-135 and KC-46 programs. RaceRocks will be able to work outside the rigid processes that internal IT teams would need to go through, while still maintaining compliance with security and IT requirements. RaceRocks also currently supports other A&D primes with data analytics as a service– demonstrating a near-term market interest to exploit with a functioning data analytics production environment.

    “Through Boeing’s 100-year partnership with Canada and our industrial engagement programs, we are able to bring the best of Canadian industry to Boeing, and the best of Boeing to Canadian industry,” said Roger Schallom, Boeing senior manager, Canada, International Strategic Partnerships. “Boeing has contributed more than CAD$4 billion of economic benefit to Canada each year working with a strong team of Canadian partners and suppliers. Under active IRB and ITB programs, Boeing has completed more than CAD$11 billion in commitments and continues to provide opportunities for innovation and technology collaboration among other additional benefits.”

    RaceRocks 3D Inc:

    RaceRocks is a full-service provider of advanced data analytics that enable critical decision-making and Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) systems that enable people. We integrate technologies including augmented reality, simulation, games and video storytelling to transfer information in a format that is engaging, immersive and entertaining to achieve optimal training results. Incorporated in 2010, we are a woman and aboriginal managed small business located in Victoria, British Columbia, and we are proud of our diverse executive leadership, management, and workforce. This Platform as a Service R&D and commercialization project will allow RaceRocks to continue to organically attract a gender-balanced and culturally-diverse workforce adding an additional 8 people to our data team and allowing eventual growth to an additional 20 high-technology positions that align with Canadian Key Industrial Capabilities and priorities.

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    Anita Pawluk will become the company’s chief executive and retain the title of President. see more

    Source: RaceRocks

    RaceRocks announces new executive leadership

     



















     

    In preparation for CANSEC next week RaceRocks is excited to announce that Scott Dewis will be stepping down as CEO and Day to Day operations. Anita Pawluk will become the company’s chief executive and retain the title of President. Scott will shift to Executive Chairman and continue to build strategic partnerships as well as support the C-suite as required. Anita and Scott will be attending CANSEC to meet with all RaceRocks clients face to face. 

    I’m excited that Anita be given this chance to take the reins of the team we built over the last 8 years. Her leadership has made us what we are today and helped shape RaceRocks as an inclusive and gender balanced rising star in Canadian Defence industry. – Scott Dewis Executive Chairman

    Anita is a 5th Generation Vancouver Islander, with 25% Métis ancestry and family roots that include Louis Riel (Métis Leader – Canadian Politician). Anita is an experienced entrepreneur and owner of successful Startup companies in diverse fields such as technology, clean energy, construction and storage. 

    Anita has been honored by Victoria’s $5 billion technology industry with a nomination for Technology Leader of the Year at the VIATEC awards in June. She enjoys growing her team and working with clients and strategic partners to deliver innovative projects that help drive the state of the art in Technology Enabled Learning and Data Analytics. 

    RaceRocks is an aboriginal and woman managed western Canadian SMB that designs Virtual training systems to accelerate skills training for its airspace and defence clients. RaceRocks also utilizes big data analytics to deliver critical decision-making tools for In Service Support programs. Under Anita’s leadership RaceRocks became a top 75 Canadian Defence company and grew organically as a gender neutral and culturally diverse firm at the executive, management, and team levels. Anita is executing RaceRocks’ strategic plan to hire 80 Canadians over the next 4 years and create socio economic benefits in British Columbia.