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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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    The world of work is changing dramatically. Going and gone are corner offices and 9-to-5 work days. see more

    Source: Douglas Magazine 
    Author: Alex Van Tol

    Keep Your Team Together in a World of Working Remotely

    The world of work is changing dramatically. Going and gone are corner offices and 9-to-5 work days. In many workplaces, some employees work on site, others pop in via video, and still others share “hot desks” or text in from co-working spaces. According to a Global Analytics survey, 80 per cent of employees want to work remotely part or all of the time.

    Remote working has big advantages — and big worries. In fact, a major fear for employers is the loss of control once they open themselves up to hiring remote workers.

    And that fear is not unfounded — when you hire remote employees, you do lose that in-house contact, be it the simple water-cooler exchanges or the regular in-person conversations that make it so easy to stay up to date on what’s happening.

    To read more click here

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    A total of $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed. see more

    Tech community continues support of local food bank with a $51k donation

    VICTORIA, BC - December 10, 2018 - A total of $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result from the 2018 VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge! The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound). This brings the total 2018 value to $51,716.40!

    It is our honour to continue to play a role in encouraging and directing the generous members of our community,” said VIATEC CEO, Dan Gunn. “The participants got creative with their fundraising this year; There were wine raffles, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, chili cook-offs, office parties, plenty of interoffice competition and even a push-up competition between two companies. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and it’s because of them that many families will have food on the table this holiday season, and throughout the year. All the credit goes to our members and donors and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

    Since its inception in 2002, $2,201,714.40 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, the challenge has raised a total of $2,253,420.80!

    The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound)

     

    This year’s top contributors:

    Greatest Per-Employee Contributor

    • 1st place: Aviary Technologies ($727 cash & food per employee)

    • 2nd place: RevenueWire ($309.10 cash & food per employee)

    • 3rd place: AES Engineering ($219.60 cash & food per employee)

    Greatest Overall Contributor

    • 1st place: RevenueWire ($12,364 cash & food)

    • 2nd place: Starfish Medical ($7,090 cash & food)

    • 3rd place: AES Engineering ($5,490 cash & food)
       

    A plaque presentation took place on December 7th at VIATEC and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Sweater Weather Get Together event, bringing out over 300 attendees.

    2018 Participants:

     


    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 (Technology is Victoria's #1 industry with a $4.06 Billion Annual Revenue, a $5.22 Billion Economic Impact and over 16,775 employees across 995 high-tech companies - and growing!)

    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

     

    About the VIATEC Foundation:

    A fund, held with the Victoria Foundation, that provides a simple way for VIATEC members to give back. Launched in June of 2017 (Raising $177,242 on its first day), the VIATEC Foundation is a result of seeing the philanthropic efforts of VIATEC Members being made privately or members lacking a direction for their goals. Because it is an industry that thrives on competition and challenges, VIATEC saw an opportunity to offer people a way to direct their generosity and show the Victoria community what’s possible.

     

    About the Mustard Seed Street Church:
    The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in Greater Victoria since 1975. The Mustard Seed’s operations are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest Food Bank, a Family Center, Hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as more traditional Church services.

    The Mustard Seed Street Church positively impacts, on average 5,000 individuals per month, with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running everyday.  With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis! www.mustardseed.ca

     

    MEDIA INQUIRIES:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director
    VIATEC
    Cell: 250-896-7668
    tbousfield@viatec.ca


     


     

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    RingPartner, a digital marketing company, requires employees to work in the office from 10am-3pm... see more

    Source: Firenewsfeed and CTV Vancouver

    Victoria tech company hopes to entice new talent with five-hour work days

    A Victoria technology company has switched to five-hour work days in an effort to attract new employees.

    A boom in the tech industry has meant that companies have had to offer more than a unique workplace and cutting edge perks to draw in potential new talent.

    RingPartner, a digital marketing company, requires employees to work in the office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with any remaining work to be done where and when they choose.

    According to Katie Hoffman, the risk manager for the company, the shorter hours and later start time make work the least hectic part of her day, as the mother of four children between the ages of one and seven.

    “(Before) I had two minutes to get dressed, grab my lunch if I remembered it and then I would get to work and brush my teeth,” Hoffman told CTV Vancouver.

    Hoffman also said core work hours have been like a “gift” and something others have showed an interest in.

    Not only is RingPartner attracting new talent, but core work hours have shown their value in improved results, according to the CEO, Mike Williams.

    “It’s really about the value and the results that they can drive rather than the time that you put into the office,” said Williams.

    The boom in the industry is in part due to larger companies such as Amazon and Microsoft moving into the province, but also an increase in demand for tech workers in nearly every industry.

    According to the B.C. Tech Association, companies will have to get even more creative, as they estimate by 2021 that there could be close to 30,000 unfilled positions.

    With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Bhinder Sajan

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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 www.ringpartner.com.

    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 www.andela.com.

    Media Contact:
    Gail Gregerson
    gail@ringpartner.com
    1 (888) 656-3726 ext. 230

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    RingPartner is happy to announce Mike Williams has been appointed as the company’s new President. see more

    April 26, 2016, Victoria, BC: RingPartner, the pay per call exchange, is happy to announce that Mike Williams has been appointed as the company’s new President.

    For the past three years, Mike has served in a variety of roles at RingPartner, most recently as the company’s VP of Marketing & Operations. Mike has a solid advertising technology background and has worked with a variety global brands over the last ten years.

    In Mike’s new role, he will oversee RingPartner’s daily operations and implement the CEO’s vision. Serial entrepreneur, Todd Dunlop, will continue as RingPartner’s CEO and will partner closely with Mike to continue to grow RingPartner in Victoria, BC.

    “Mike has been pivotal to RingPartner’s success from the very beginning,” said RingPartner’s CEO, Todd Dunlop. “This is a natural next step for both Mike and the team at RingPartner. We remind ourselves daily that our partners continue to work with us because we we are ruthlessly committed to partner success. Mike has already grown a team dedicated to our partners and will continue to make this a focus in the years to come.”

    In the coming year, RingPartner plans to aggressively grow their operations based in Victoria,BC. Coming on the heels of the recent launch of the RingPartner Self-Serve call marketplace, the team plans to launch additional tools and services to better service partners in the pay per call marketing space.

    About RingPartner: RingPartner is the pay per call exchange. RingPartner works with distribution partners around the globe to engage consumers when they are ready to take action and call about a product or service. These highly qualified calls are then delivered to advertisers at the exact moment that consumers are ready to buy. For more info visit www.ringpartner.com.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Tectorian of the Week: Flytographer, RingPartner & SilkStart! see more

    These three local Victoria companies were in Kelowna June 9-10 connecting with Silicon Valley investors at Metabridge 2016. Out of 109 applicants, they made it to the top 15!

    Click here to read more: http://tectoria.ca/flytographer-ringpartner-silkstart/ 

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The launch of RingPartner Self Serve, a marketplace to purchase calls. see more

    Victoria, BC, January 19, 2016:  RingPartner, the pay per call exchange, is pleased to announce the launch of RingPartner Self Serve, a marketplace to purchase calls. Through RingPartner Self Serve, advertising clients big and small have the ability to create, customize and control their own pay per call marketing campaigns.

     

    RingPartner Self Serve operates through a proprietary, easy to use, real-time call bidding platform. The platform allows clients to choose from over 150 different business categories, set daily budgets and customize call campaign geo-targeting. The industry leading system also allows clients to determine the best time of day to receive the calls generated through their campaigns. Additionally, RingPartner Self Serve offers access to detailed campaign reports, so that clients are always able to easily track their campaigns’ performance.

     

    “The Self Serve marketplace is a natural next-step for RingPartner,” said Todd Dunlop, CEO of RingPartner. “We recognized a need for a pay per call bidding platform that would allow advertisers of all sizes to customize and scale their own campaigns.”

    To celebrate the launch of RingPartner Self Serve, all new advertising clients will receive a $50 bonus towards their account, when they sign-up with their first $100. Additionally, all clients receive free access to RingPartner University to learn how to navigate the RingPartner Self Serve platform and learn firsthand from a team of performance marketing experts how to be successful with pay per call marketing.

     

    About RingPartner:

    Based in Victoria BC, RingPartner is the pay per call exchange. RingPartner works with exceptional distribution partners to engage consumers when they are ready to take action and call about a product or service. These highly qualified calls are then delivered to advertisers at the exact moment that consumers are ready to buy. For more information please visitwww.ringpartner.com.

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    Media Contact:

    Sarah Gulbrandsen
    Email: sarah@ringpartner.com
    Phone: 1.888.656.3726 ext.228