ArticleLast week, Smart Dolphins was awarded the 21st Best Workplace™ in Canada see more
Author: Dave Monahan
Smart Dolphins awarded 21st Best Workplace in Canada
Last week, Smart Dolphins was awarded the 21st Best Workplace™ in Canada – in the Less than 100 Employees by Great Place to Work Canada.
This might be the most affirming business accolade Smart Dolphins has received…so far.
"Recognition always feels good. More so, this acknowledgment goes beyond our great employee perks and benefits."
This is a proof Smart Dolphins has built something special. There is a broader mechanism and momentum that exists that enables us to be on a Best Workplaces™ in Canada list.
The way I see it, you can’t have a great place to work without great people. Further, great people only stick around when they can produce great results. All this implies that we have all this great stuff rallied around some great ideas. Our approach is unique and valuable, and this is making a difference.
Today, Smart Dolphins is 19 years old. I started it in the back room of my Victoria, BC house with the simple hope of building a “real business”. It always feels like there is more to do to build a truly sustainable and great business. Being #21 "Best Workplaces in Canada - Less than 100 Employees" should be enough to confirm that my original goal was met. Let's keep going!
I can’t wait to see us at #1 on this list! Maybe next year?
I am so incredibly grateful and lucky to have been a part of this upward spiral. Thank you to all our awesome Dolphins and Allies (Customers) for helping us get here.
See the full list of National Winners at: https://www.greatplacetowork.ca/en/best-workplaces/best-workplaces-in-canada-2019-less-than-100-employees
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.
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
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A list of 50 companies as being one of the best technology workplaces in Canada see more
Source: Times Colonist
Smart Dolphins top workplace
Victoria’s Smart Dolphins, an IT services firm, has been named to a list of 50 companies as being one of the best technology workplaces in Canada. The 18-year-old company, which has 20 employees, was cited for its health and wellness plans, commitment to continued education and professional development and a bonus system that gives employees a taste of success — as the company does well, so will they.
The list was put together by Great Place to Work Canada, which regularly publishes national lists of top workplaces.
ArticleBBB brings virtual cybersecurity to businesses Island-wide - Free virtual CyberSecurity Awareness Event on your computer terminal March 23Free virtual CyberSecurity Awareness Event on your computer terminal March 23 see more
Free virtual CyberSecurity Awareness Event on your computer terminal March 23
Business owners and their employees need to be as educated as ever on how to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from cybersecurity threats. The Better Business Bureau wants to cover the Island in safety with its inaugural free virtual CyberSecurity Awareness Event.
“We’ve always done a shredding event once a year, very popular, because everybody needs to shred their important documents,” said Rosalind Scott, president and CEO of the BBB. “I can’t do a shredding event for the entire Island but I can do a cyber security event for the entire Island.”
Nanaimo, Duncan, Saanich, West Shore and Victoria chambers and and sales and marketing executive all participating in the March 23 event.
“That’s a lot of organizations all participating at once,” says Scott. “That way it allows people not only participate but they get really excited about it.”
The virtual presentation is designed by Smart Dolphins IT Solutions Inc. for businesses of all shapes and sizes. It explores the tools and habits you need to become a malware and computer security savvy user.
“The video presentation is directed at businesses but consumers equally need to be involved in Cyber Security,” Scott said. “After the fact we’ll make ht presentation available, so those who miss it can still access the information.”
ºVisit bbb.org/vancouver-island/cybersecurity-awareness-day for more information and to register for the virtual event.
“Everybody is at risk. I deliver workshops on scams and frauds. I start by saying every single person in this room has been scammed,” she said. “It happens to everybody, it may be a little tiny scam or it may be a big one. We have had people pretend to be us and reach out, because you can trust the Better Business Bureau but you can’t trust the summer pretending to be the Better Business Bureau. … All of us need to be mindful of these things.”
Winners include 4 VIATEC Members see more
2017 Greater Victoria Business Award Winners Announced
Winners include 4 VIATEC Members!
Congratulations to all of the incredible businesses who were nominated, the finalists and ultimately the winners of this year's 2017 Greater Victoria Business Awards.
If you weren't able to join us for the gala event at The Fairmont Empress, you will be able to enjoy the evening vicariously. Watch these great videos of the finalists here. To obtain a copy of the program guide check out our May Business Matters in print or online in early May.
And the winners are...
Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Flytographer — video [VIATEC Member]
Finalist: Coastal Community Credit Union & Insurance — video
Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Innvo8 Digital Solutions Inc.
STS Pain Pharmacy — video
Finalist: Outlooks for Men — video
Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by Sierra Club of BC and Horne Coupar
Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. — video
Finalist: City Green Solutions Society — video
Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University
Rachel Paish, Passion & Performance — video
Finalist: Glen Smethurst, Van Isle Paint and Island Digital Marketing — video
Non-Profit of the Year; sponsored by Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Lifetime Networks — video
Finalist: Our Place Society — video
Chamber Member of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada
Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing — video
Governors' Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
TELUS Victoria Community Board - video