ArticleAttendance 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.”
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)
Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks
Emerging Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Roy Group)
Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch
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
(Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)
Erin Athene, Mint CRO
VIATEC Members of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)
Sang Kiet-Ly, KPMG
(Sponsored by: City of Victoria)
Angel of the Year:
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
Tessa Bousfield posted an articleThe merged company will help the telecoms industry to understand and execute on opportunities to... see more
Comlinkdata has acquired Tutela. Together we are proud to bring together complementary data on consumer experience, network performance and subscriber behaviour. The merged company will help the telecoms industry to understand and execute on opportunities to better meet the needs and wants of consumers.
What added benefit will the merged company bring?
The mobile services landscape is being disrupted by new 5G networks, operator mergers, the growing number of MVNOs, and the entry of wireline ISPs into an already competitive space. In this environment, data-driven strategic investment is more important than ever for competitive differentiation and market success. With their respective industry-leading market and network quality of experience datasets, the Comlinkdata and Tutela teams will be uniquely capable of helping network operators and equipment manufacturers address these challenges worldwide.
Hunter Macdonald, CEO, Tutela added:
“Comlinkdata offer unparalleled market data and strategic analysis to telecommunications leaders to help them acquire and retain more customers, which perfectly complements our own offering and mission to help improve the world’s internet. Under this new combination, we look forward to continuing to provide our existing customers with industry-leading Quality of Experience insights, while also expanding our offering through new collaborations with Comlinkdata.”
Comlinkdata is the leading provider of telecom market data and insights in North America. It provides unique, real-time market performance data and pairs this with a team of telecom-savvy analysts to help clients identify, understand and execute on growth opportunities. The Boston-based company was founded in 2010 and is owned by Alpine Investors.
Charles Rutstein, CEO, Comlinkdata commented:
“We are very excited to welcome Tutela to the Comlinkdata family. The wealth of data collected from Tutela’s global panel of over 300 million smartphone users has led to its selection by global telecom leaders like Nokia and Telefonica as the standard for network experience measurement. As one team now with Tutela, we have unmatched data, platforms and expertise to tackle the most difficult questions that drive success for telecom operators.”
How will the merged company operate?
The combined company will continue to offer both Tutela and Comlinkdata services while looking for ways to add value and create new services through the integration of the two datasets. The Tutela founders, leadership team and staff will remain with the company. With even more scale and resources, the Tutela team will accelerate its efforts to grow its dataset, build new services and help clients generate and apply new insights to optimize their businesses.
Will Adams, Partner, Alpine Investors concluded:
“Alpine is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. By bringing together Tutela and Comlinkdata, we are doing just that – uniting two leading teams with complementary offerings to deliver new and innovative solutions for the telecom industry across the globe.”
To learn more about Comlinkdata and how our combined solutions can help your business, speak to your account representative or email email@example.com.
ArticleAs 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.
• 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