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    Half of the board seats are now held by women for the first time see more

    Half of the board seats are now held by women for the first time

    VICTORIA, BC (September 24, 2020) - The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually for the first time today and the record setting number of votes has led to the organization boasting a board with half its seats being held by women for the first time.

    VIATEC thanks everyone who ran and congratulates those who were newly elected and re-elected.
     

     

    The 2020-2021 VIATEC Board of Directors (Newly Elected) are:

    1. Darren Beckwith, Barnacle Systems
    2. Sarah Gulbrandsen, RingPartner
    3. Corina Ludwig, FunctionFox
    4. Christina Jones, RaceRocks
    5. Rachel Greenspan, Tiny Capital
       

    The 2020-2021 VIATEC Board of Directors (Returning/Re-Elected) are:

    1. Robert Bowness, BC Pension Corp (returning)
    2. Christina Gerow, Workday (returning)
    3. Mon Gill, Cuboh (returning)
    4. Justin Love, Limbic Media (returning)
    5. Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover (re-elected)
    6. Jason Morehouse, Checkfront (returning)
    7. Masoud Nassaji, DoubleJump (returning)
    8. Erin Skillen, Amira Health (re-elected)
    9. Brad Williams, Echosec (re-elected)

    The following positions were also assigned and voted for by the board:

    • Board Chair - Brad Williams
    • Vice Chair - Justin Love
    • Chair of the Finance Committee - Robert Bowness
    • Chair of the Governance Committee - Erin Skillen
    • VIATEC Foundation Committee - Robert Bowness

    “For the first time, our board consists of half the seats being filled by women,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “This is uncommon for almost any type of board and is especially unique in the tech sector. We are proud that our ongoing efforts attracted so many highly qualified women as nominees and that our members put their support behind them. Diversity, equity and inclusion remain top priorities for VIATEC and the makeup of our new board will go a long way to demonstrating the importance and impact of diversity on our organization and community.”

    Gunn continued, “VIATEC has long enjoyed significant interest in our annual board elections and this year not only carried on that tradition, but I think it was even more impressive due to the diversity and quality of the candidates. It must have been very tough for each of our voting members to choose from the great roster that came forward. We hope the candidates not elected this year will continue to participate in our tech community and put their names forward again soon.” 

    “We updated our voting process this year to provide a platform for online advanced voting and with 3x more votes than we typically see in person, we are confident this new approach is the most convenient and inclusive for our members.”

    Full bios of each board member can be found here.

    VIATEC’s 2019-2020 Annual Report can be found here.

     

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Paula Parker
    Community Manager
    VIATEC
    pparker@viatec.ca
    Cell: 604-440-2686

     

    *7 board members were elected. Additionally, the 8th highest vote receiver was appointed to a one-year term following the AGM, making the final count of 8 seats filled.

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Its work to help members during the COVID-19 pandemic has earned VIATEC a major reward. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Its work to help members during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic has earned the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council a major award from the Technology Councils of North America.

    VIATEC, which represents nearly 500 local companies with combined revenue in excess of $4 billion, was singled out during TECNA’s annual Innovation Awards this week for going above and beyond with its initial COVID response and plan of action.

    “This is a really big deal for us — we were up against the largest organization of our kind in Canada, Communitech out of Waterloo, and two state-wide organizations that have considerable resources and profile,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn. “To be selected from among them was a pleasant surprise.”

    TECNA represents about 60 technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies across North America.

    Gunn estimates that between rent, staff time, donations and free services, the organization’s COVID response added up to about $250,000. But what set them apart was the suite of things they put together early in the COVID-19 outbreak.

    They immediately offered to defer membership dues, make the job board free for members and waive rent for early-stage companies that are based at VIATEC’s 777 Fort St. headquarters.

    “It was a hit to revenue, but it was an investment we wanted to make to help our members and companies deal with all the uncertainty they were facing,” said Gunn.

    The organization also established a constantly updating online resource centre with details of the various aid programs being offered, including links to more information.

    “We tried to distill it down to make it available for members to quickly understand the programs that may be available to them and how to get access to them,” he added.

    VIATEC also created a return-to-office handbook that offered a checklist to ensure companies were returning to work safely, while its foundation donated $10,000 to the Rapid Relief Fund in Victoria and supported a community garden established for families in need to grow their own food.

    Gunn said they also facilitated a number of virtual workshops, and the chief executive breakfast club met more often to compare notes on best practices and ways to get through the pandemic.

    Gunn said only a few members actually took them up on the offer to defer membership dues, and they can boast a 95 per cent membership renewal.

    VIATEC has also launched what it calls a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop series. The program is being offered for free to anyone, regardless of location or sector.

    aduffy@timescolonist.com

     

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    The tech sector in Greater Victoria has a total economic impact of $5.22 billion and employs 16,775 see more

    VIATEC releases Economic Impact Study of the Technology Sector in Greater Victoria

    There is a total economic impact of $5.22 billion and the sector employs 16,775 people.

    VICTORIA, BC (October 15, 2018) - The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC), has surveyed local technology companies and commissioned an independent researcher (Alan Chaffe, senior economics lecturer at the University of Victoria), to collect and analyze the data - releasing a brand new Economic Impact Study. 

    The study shows there has been a growth of 30% since the last study was released in 2013:

    The technology sector in Greater Victoria has a total economic impact of $5.22 billion and employs 16,775 people.

    The tech sector contributes significantly to employment and economic output in both the local community, as well as throughout the Province of British Columbia. Growth in revenue and the number of technology firms for Greater Victoria outpaces the national average.

    Greater Victoria is home to a vibrant, diverse, and successful technology sector that has been a major driver of innovation and economic growth for the BC economy. The technology sector in Greater Victoria has experienced significant growth over the past decade—with industry revenues (direct impact) increasing from $1.0 billion in 2004 to $4.06 in 2017. This represents a more than fourfold increase over this period.

    The combined direct ($4.06 billion) and indirect ($1.16 billion) economic impact of the technology sector in Greater Victoria for 2017 was $5.22 billion—a 30% increase from the $4.03 billion estimated in 2013. The technology sector is responsible for a substantial portion of the region’s employment. In 2017, there were 16,775 employees in the sector.

    The technology sector in Greater Victoria is expected to continue to grow. The number of technology firms in Greater Victoria is expected to increase, reaching over 1,000 before 2020. VIATEC recently adopted a strategic plan focused on supporting the region’s tech sector in growing to $10 billion in annual revenues by 2030. Based on the findings of this study, it is expected that this goal will be achieved if not surpassed in that time frame.

    Click here to download the full 2018 Economic Impact Study.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Dan Gunn
    CEO
    VIATEC
    dgunn@viatec.ca
    250-882-2820

     

    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.

    Our Focus Areas are: Regional and Sector Promotion, Networking and Connections, Talent and, Education and Mentoring. www.viatec.ca

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The Digital Economy Restart, Recover, Reimagine program, also known as DER3 launches today. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    A built-on-the-Island program designed to help companies transition to the digital economy or expand their digital footprint is about to spread across the province and allow some Island tech firms to flex a bit of their muscle.

    The Digital Economy Restart, Recover, Reimagine program, also known as DER3, developed by the Innovation Island ­Technology Association in ­Nanaimo, will be offered in regions throughout B.C. starting Monday.

    The program, which has been operating out of Nanaimo since April, offers one-to-one business and technical expertise for companies hoping to improve their digital capacity and give them the tools they need to respond to the current pandemic and expand to new markets.

    Graham Truax, executive director of Innovation Island, said the program has been a boon for some businesses in the mid- and north-Island, and they are optimistic it will see the same kind of adoption as it is unveiled around the province.

    Truax said Innovation Island has worked with nearly 400 companies of all sizes, from all sectors and with varying degrees of digital literacy.

    “This program covers everything from the absolute basics to stuff on the cutting edge, based on where a company is at,” he said, noting they have linked companies with no web presence to experts that have guided them into the global marketplace, and at the same time helped established technology firms pivot when their markets disappeared during the pandemic.

    The expanded program, funded out of a $2.95-million infusion from Western Economic Diversification, is also expected to be a shot in the arm for local tech companies and the regional technology associations that will administer the program.

    “For us, it’s a nice little stretch from having a mandate of helping technology companies thrive and succeed to helping main street adapt,” said Dan Gunn, chief executive of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC). “We happen to know a lot of people with the skills and resources that would be helpful to main street. The goal is to provide support and resources to help more typical companies and businesses to adapt their models and approach to the realities of the pandemic.

    “And it’s probable it will mean improvement for them beyond the pandemic.”

    Truax said he has seen some success stories already out of the mid-Island, with old-school companies now finding strong sales online with an improved online presence and enhanced digital marketing.

    “Some of them have ­wondered why they didn’t do it 20 years ago,” he said.

    Gunn said he’s not sure what the uptake will be like in Victoria, but he said VIATEC has a target of working with at least 180 companies to start.

    “I don’t think there’s any question there are more than 180 businesses that can benefit from experienced advice from subject-matter experts to help them move their business forward utilizing more digital tools and approaches,” he said. “The real key will be how many will want to and take the time and do the work to make the change.”

    Links to application forms for businesses wanting to take part in the program are online at VIATEC.ca and Innovatebc.ca

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Announcing the new online leadership series: Leading in a Changed World for executives and founders. see more

    Announcing the new online leadership series: Leading in a Changed World for executives and founders.

    VICTORIA, BC (September 14, 2020) - In partnership with Accelerate Okanagan and Western Economic Diversification Canada, VIATEC and Leadership Mentor Ian Chisolm from the Roy Group are introducing a highly interactive, four-part online series: Leading in a Changed World designed specifically for executive leadership teams and founders.

    Due to the vast changes in the last six months, business leaders have been steering the ship in uncharted waters, forced to implement rapid changes to stay afloat in “the new normal”. This leadership series beginning September 30th, will help them navigate the next phase of the journey.

    “These are unprecedented times for the modern workforce,” says Sarah Gulbrandsen, President & COO of RingPartner. “People are looking to their leaders for reassurance, guidance and honesty. Through this training, I hope to gain additional tools to better serve my team during this tricky time.”

    By the end of the four weeks, participants can expect to:

    • Understand the difference between simple, complicated, complex and chaotic systems, and learn the leadership approaches most effective within each
    • Discover what the uniqueness of our times means for you as a leader and how the people you work with respond to change
    • Learn how routine and new practices can lead to increased resilience even during uncertain circumstances
    • Strengthen your understanding of skills and approaches, like GROW model coaching, to build confidence and competence in others
    • Engage in leadership ‘drills’ to practice skills so they’re easily transferred to your work

    To help make this program as accessible as possible, VIATEC is subsidizing the cost by 50%.

    When we emerge from this crisis, the conversation will turn to those who stepped up: the leaders,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “Our goal is to make the most of this time by not only filling any learning gaps, but using this as an opportunity to catapult our leaders’ development to the next level with practical, relevant skills. Although the tech community has been more robust than most during the COVID crisis, we know that some of the members who need this the most may be struggling.” 

    Roy Group Partner, Ian Chrisholm is a trusted advisor to the VIATEC community and has previously worked with VIATEC in the Leader’s Discipline. For graduates of the Leader’s Discipline, this series is a chance to apply learned skills to the unique challenges facing businesses today, and deepen their practice. For those new to Roy Group programs, it’s a practical introduction to skills that can be applied immediately.

    Click here to learn more and view the schedule for Leading in a Changed World.

     

    MEDIA CONTACT: 

    Tessa Bousfield
    Branding & Events Director
    VIATEC
    tbousfield@viatec.ca
    250-896-7668
     

    ABOUT VIATEC:
    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. VIATEC's mission is to cultivate the most cohesive tech community in the world by providing resources to tackle shared opportunities and challenges while boosting a sense of belonging and shaping our region. (Victoria's biggest industry is tech!). www.viatec.ca 

     

    ABOUT ROY GROUP:
    Roy Group is a leadership development firm based out of Victoria, BC. Through in-person and virtual programs, Roy Group works with leaders who are compelled by the idea of inviting the practice of leadership from everyone in their organization. There are no experts — only practitioners of varying capability. Their philosophy is unique, and will change the way you and your organization view leadership. www.roygroup.net  

     

    ABOUT ACCELERATE OKANAGAN:
    Accelerate Okanagan is the tech accelerator that provides the necessary tools, disciplines and structure required for success, in an innovative not-for-profit, zero-equity-stake model that works better, in a place where people live better. www.accelerateokanagan.com 

     

    ABOUT WESTERN ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION CANADA:
    For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. They aim to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development. www.wd-deo.gc.ca 

     

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    “This is a huge event for us, and the majority of the exhibitors are hiring..." see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    With a focus on drawing new talent to the industry, Victoria’s burgeoning high-tech sector will throw back the curtain and show off what makes the industry tick as the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council puts on its Discover Tectoria event this week.

    The free, day-long showcase of the kinds of companies that make up the sector and the sort of innovation that has set them apart on the world stage, expects to welcome about 3,000 people Thursday at Crystal Garden.

    “This is a huge event for us, and the majority of the exhibitors are hiring, so that’s the biggest push this year,” said Tessa Bousfield, VIATEC’s events director.

    The event will feature a “career corner” where anyone, from those considering a career change to those somewhat curious about working in tech, can discuss how they should go about it and how to choose the best employers.

    There will be more than 75 tech companies — from start-up experimental technology firms to established gaming and engineering outfits — research projects and interactive displays for the public to check out to better understand what’s driving and growing the industry.

    The Victoria tech sector, which collectively has more than $4 billion in annual revenues from its 904 companies, has also set a goal for its own growth.

    It wants to have its firms, which employ about 20,000 people, more than double their existing combined revenue to $10 billion by 2030.

    “VIATEC is committed to helping innovators grow their companies, and Discover Tectoria gives our local tech companies a platform where they can be seen and heard by investors, media, job seekers and youth,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn.

    “This event draws big crowds, many of which will make up the leaders and vital team members of our community in the immediate and near future.

    “There’s no better way to inspire our future tech workers than filling a space with all the opportunities, creative minds and unworldly inventions.”

    Some of the other key features of this year’s event are:

    • Startup Alley, where you can get a sneak peek at the future of Tectoria.
    • UVic’s Research District for new projects in development.
    • The Women in Tech Lounge for networking and discussions among women in tech.
    • The Leadership and Talent Theatres that will feature a line-up of talks and panel discussions throughout the day.

    Discover Tectoria is free, and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Crystal Garden.

    aduffy@timescolonist.com

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    VIATEC hosts their FREE biennial tech expo at the Crystal Garden Feb 27, 2020 from 11am to 6pm see more

     

    DISCOVER TECTORIA TO SHOW OFF LOCAL TECH WITH ONE-DAY EXPO

    VIATEC hosts their FREE biennial tech expo at the Crystal Garden Feb 27, 2020 from 11am to 6pm

    Victoria, BC (February 25, 2020) - Discover Tectoria is an exposition of more than 75 Greater Victoria tech companies, research projects, interactive displays and community partners that showcase Victoria's largest industry! It's one of the only events where locals and visitors come together under one roof to discover the innovation that's stemming from right here in "Tectoria". Attendees get to interact with the people and their creations to better understand who and what is driving Victoria's largest industry, leading to potential careers, connections or simply an appreciated knowledge. 

    VIATEC created this event to open the eyes of potential employees, investors and policy makers to the vibrancy and potential of the local tech scene... not to mention inspiring tomorrow's inventors. Exhibitors get the opportunity to demonstrate their leading edge work to thousands of attendees who in turn, get an insider’s view into this fast changing and vibrant industry. It is also an opportunity for local and visiting investors to effortlessly check out up-and-coming businesses. 

    FEATURES:

    • Main floor Tradeshow
      (local companies demonstrating products and looking for talent)

    • Startup Alley, sponsored by Work BC
      (get a sneak peek at the future of Tectoria)

    • The University of Victoria Research District
      (see some amazing projects post-secondary students have put together, including the UVic Formula Hybrid car outside in the courtyard)

    • The Leadership & Talent Theatres
      (a line-up of great talks and panel discussions throughout the day)

    • Career Corner (NEW)
      (Job seekers get access to additional resources that will help them navigate a career in the tech industry)

    • The Women in Tech Lounge (NEW)
      (Presented by Locelle Digital and sponsored by Used.ca, pop in for networking and discussions among women in tech)

    • Partner Row, sponsored by Royal Roads University
      (a group of incredibly useful organizations that serve businesses and the community)

    • An exclusive Executive Breakfast prior to the show at the Parkside Hotel

    “VIATEC is committed to helping innovators grow their companies and Discover Tectoria gives our local tech companies a platform where they can be seen and heard by investors, media, job seekers and youth,” explains Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “This event draws big crowds, many of which will make up the leaders and vital team members of our community in the immediate and near future. There’s no better way to inspire our future tech workers than filling a space with all the opportunities, creative minds and unworldly inventions.”

    Media are encouraged to attend Discover Tectoria and also get in on numerous tech story ideas for the future. The event is the ideal place for media outlets to capture the vibrancy and diversity of the local tech scene all in one room. Please contact VIATEC below if you would like to attend and if you need help arranging interviews or photo-ops.

    FILES:

    1. For the full Program and Exhibitor Map, click here
    2. [Exhibitor Directory 2020]
    3. [2018 Video Recap]
    4. [2017 Photo Gallery]

     

    MEDIA CONTACT: 

    Paula Parker
    Community Manager
    pparker@viatec.ca
    Cell: 604-440-2686

     

    A BIG thank you to our sponsors!

     

    DiscoverTectoria.com


    ABOUT VIATEC:

    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. VIATEC's mission is to cultivate the most cohesive tech community in the world by providing resources to tackle shared opportunities and challenges while boosting a sense of belonging and shaping our region. (Victoria's biggest industry is tech!).

    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.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    CEO Dan Gunn spoke with Gregor Craigie, CBC about this year's event... see more

    On The Island with Gregor Craigie | Live Radio | CBC

    VIATEC Food Bank Challenge pits local tech companies against each other for a good cause. CEO Dan Gunn spoke with Gregor Craigie about this year's event...

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    New hires will help VIATEC’s strategic goal on getting Victoria's tech sector from $4 billion to $10 see more

    New hires will help VIATEC’s strategic goal on helping Victoria's tech sector get from $4 billion to $10 billion in revenues by 2030

    October 30, 2019 (VICTORIA, BC) - VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council) is excited to announce the creation of four new roles taking its full-time head count from 7 to 11.

    The new crew members include:  

    • Lindsay Richmond as Director of Leadership & Learning
    • Jacquelyn Novak as Director of Ecosystem Talent & Strategy
    • Sadie Evans as Marketing & Communications Manager, and
    • Carly McGregor as Community Engagement Manager

    VIATEC originally announced a planned addition of three new positions but the quality of the candidates was so impressive, they decided to create a fourth role to make room for their top choices.

    “VIATEC has had an exciting history,” said Dan Gunn, VIATEC’s CEO. “We are one of the first organizations of our kind in the country and, thanks to an amazing community, we have a reputation for getting a lot done with a small crew. As our tech community has grown in size and prominence, so has the potential and expectations of VIATEC. All of this momentum has led to this watershed moment. We have worked hard to capture the imagination of our partners from the Private and Public sector and, thanks to their belief in our vision of supporting the growth of the local tech sector to $10billion in revenue by 2030, we are surging forward with a significant expansion in capacity, resources and programming. The level of interest and quality of candidates that came forward was beyond our expectations and we are excited to welcome four more incredible people to our crew.”

    Lindsay Richmond has been hired as the Director of Leadership & Learning. Originally from Toronto, Lindsay brings over a decade of experience designing training solutions for a wide range of clients, including TELUS, Bell and Voodoo Games. She got a taste of Victoria’s tech community when attending this year’s VIATEC Awards and has been hooked ever since. Her goal at VIATEC will be to inspire leaders to tackle challenges in creative ways and apply new skills to achieve sustainable success, while also working directly with members to address more specific learning and development needs.

    “I’m thrilled to advance the development of VIATEC’s Leadership Program. The creation of a sustainable program to support our highest potential leaders will benefit the entire community,” said Richmond.

    Jacquelyn Novak has been hired as the Director of Ecosystem Talent & Strategy. A world traveller via her career and overseas sports coaching, Jacquelyn brings a solid background in human capital consulting at Deloitte, with a specialization in strategic talent. She’s passionate about optimizing talent and her work has already had a tremendous impact on the organizations and industries she’s worked with. Jacquelyn will develop and optimize talent acquisition strategies and create talent pipelines for future hiring needs for the local tech community, including executive and leadership roles.

    “I am thrilled to join the VIATEC team and help our members tackle one of their biggest challenges… people. Not just people, but amazing, talented people that will help this industry continue to grow at an impressive rate!”

    Sadie Evans has been hired as the Marketing & Communications Manager. Joining VIATEC from Ingrooves Music Group, Sadie is a people-person with strong project management and communication skills, along with a creative arts background writing and performing with Victoria’s artistic community. Sadie will build and maintain relationships with the tech community by sharing their stories, letting everyone know what VIATEC is up to and supporting VIATEC’s strategic plans, communications and events. 

    “I am excited to dive in and really get to know VIATEC’s membership and community,” said Evans. “VIATEC is an essential component of Victoria’s ecosystem and I could not be more thrilled to be joining this
    bustling environment and exceptional team.”

    Carly McGregor has been hired as the Community Engagement Manager. With a resume and presence that just couldn’t be ignored, VIATEC created this additional position in order to add Carly’s skills in outreach, logistics and fundraising through the MS Society, to its roster. Carly’s goals will be to create stronger connections with members and partners, help them create more impact through VIATEC Foundation initiatives and to strengthen the connections members have to VIATEC. 

    “I look forward to learning more about the creativity and passion our local tech sector
    boasts, and strengthening relationships to build an even stronger tech community in Victoria,” said McGregor. 

    “As a result of these new roles, VIATEC will have more than 50% more resources dedicated to serving our tech community,” continued Gunn. “That alone is a big leap, but I’m confident that as our new crew members ramp up new programming and enhanced communications and engagement, this is going to provide even more impact and value to our members.” 

    For a full list of VIATEC’s Crew members and their bios, click here.

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    About the 10/2030 Plan:
    VIATEC's strategic goal is focused on helping Victoria's tech sector from $4 billion to $10 billion in revenues by 2030. VIATEC believes the biggest thing holding back the growth of the tech community (just like everywhere), is the ability to attract experienced, senior talent. The tech community needs people who have scaled big, know what it takes and how to do it. 

    The emergence of more locally founded and built anchor companies is a long-term goal, and in the meantime, VIATEC has set out to identify the highest potential leaders and companies and provide them with advanced skills training. They're not turning their back on medium sized companies, lifestyle ventures or start-ups; They're focusing on building great leaders and every organization needs those. Programs that support the highest potential leaders and ventures will benefit the entire community. 

    Imagine Greater Victoria’s $4.06 billion tech sector and its 16,775 employees were one entity. That would make it a Fortune 500 company (or at least close). The vast majority of companies that size have programs designed to identify their top performers and their highest potential team members so that they can provide them with professional and personal development and training.

    That's what VIATEC wants to do. Offer a Top Talent program to their members so they can build the leaders they need to take us to $10 billion.

    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. 

    Media Contact:
    Dan Gunn
    CEO
    VIATEC
    dgunn@viatec.ca
    C: 250-882-2820

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    "We are delighted to have Mon Gill and Jason Morehouse join the board..." see more

    The AGM held on September 26th saw highly qualified candidates and a great recap on a successful year at VIATEC

    VICTORIA, BC (September 27, 2019) - The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday evening at Fort Tectoria with 51 in attendance. There were 13 candidates for the 7 seats available on the board. 

    VIATEC thanks everyone who ran and congratulates those who were newly elected and re-elected. 
     

     

    The 2019-2020 VIATEC Board of Directors (Newly Elected) are:

    1. Mon Gill, Stocksy United

    2. Jason Morehouse, Checkfront 
       

    The 2019-2020 VIATEC Board of Directors (Returning/Re-Elected) are:

    1. Robert Bowness, BC Pension Corp (re-elected)

    2. Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D Inc (returning)

    3. Christina Gerow, Workday (re-elected)

    4. Bobbi Leach, RevenueWire Inc. (re-elected)

    5. Justin Love, Limbic Media (re-elected)

    6. Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover (returning)

    7. Masoud Nassaji, DoubleJump (re-elected)

    8. Ashton Scordo, BCI Private Equity (returning)

    9. Erin Skillen, FamilySparks (returning)

    10. Brad Williams, GRT Holdings (returning)

    11. Mike Williams, Wesley Clover (returning)

    12. Justin Young, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (returning)
       

    The following positions were also assigned and voted for by the board:

    • Bobbi Leach, Board Chair

    • Brad Williams, Vice Chair

    • Robert Bowness, Chair of the Finance Committee

    • Justin Love, Chair of the Governance Committee

    • Dan Gunn, Rasool Rayani, Co-Chairs of the VIATEC Foundation Committee

    “VIATEC has long enjoyed significant interest in our annual board elections and this year not only carried on that tradition, but I think it was even more impressive due to the diversity and quality of the candidates,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “It must have been very tough for each of our voting members to select just seven candidates. We hope the candidates not elected this year will continue to participate in our tech community and put their names forward again soon.” 

    “In the meantime, we are delighted to have Mon Gill and Jason Morehouse join the board. Their backgrounds, roles, experiences and networks make them uniquely qualified to help VIATEC set and deliver on its strategic priorities.”

    Full bios of each board member can be found here.

    Photos from the event can be found here.

     

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Dan Gunn, CEO
    VIATEC
    250-882-2820

    dgunn@viatec.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A recent newcomer to Victoria is Mario Zimmer, Country Manager of Daitan Group see more

    Victoria is an attractive place for many tech companies to set up shop. Warm weather (at least for Canada), the island lifestyle and a supportive community are just some of the reasons people end up staying here from all parts of the world. 

    A recent newcomer to Victoria is Mario Zimmer, Country Manager of Daitan Group, a Brazilian- based custom software development company. In October 2018, Daitan made their Canadian headquarters right here in Victoria.

    After considering options south of the border, the company decided that Canada would be the best spot for the expansion of their business. Victoria was a natural first choice as it offered many amenities and was the warmest place they could find in Canada. 

    VIATEC sat down with Mario to hear about his journey in tech and find out what he loves about Victoria...

    Q&A with Mario Zimmer

    Where did you grow up?
    I grew up mostly in Belo Horizonte, where I was born and in Ouro Branco, a small countryside city. They are in Minas Gerais state, in Brazil.

    Where did you go to school? What did you study?
    I did a technical course in electronics and then I did electrical engineering. After that I did some post-graduation courses in computer networks and the PMP certification. I also did dozens of specific courses and training, always focusing on what was best for my company and my career.

    What did you want to be when you grow up? What/where do you want to be in 10 years?
    As most of Brazilians, when I was 10 I wanted to play football in a professional league! At some point in my childhood, I also wanted to be an astronaut or a car racing driver. When I turned 14, I definitely knew that I would be an Engineer!

    Tell me about what your business does and your role at the company?
    Daitan is a company that does custom software development; we build software for our clients. Most of the time, the software that we code is the product that sustains our clients - the heart of their business.

    What are some things people may not already know about your company and/or product? 
    We are all for long-term partnerships with our clients and with our colleagues. We do some transactional work, but our business model is based on long lasting relationships; not enforced by contracts, but by the will to remain in the partnership. This provides the stability that the company needs, and so the employees can live their lives and create their families.

     

    What introduced you to this field of work?
    Since my internship, I have always been involved with software development. My role has changed around the product life cycle, but I was always in touch with the development teams.

    What’s been one of your greatest accomplishments? 
    There are many things that I am proud of in my professional life. I helped build a product and I established it around several countries. I helped shape one entire unit inside my company, creating all basic procedures and fundamentals. When I think about great accomplishments, I think of my son! I am so proud of him. He is so polite, smart, intelligent.

    Are your skills self-made or did you learn them in school?
    I guess that’s a bit of both. I also learn with other people. I had some good mentors in my life, like my father and some managers. I also like to observe what works and what doesn’t for others, and try to use that in my favor. Last year I went back to school and studied Data Science for 4 months in the point of view of managers and executives.

    Who are your mentors? How did you meet them? What do they do for you?
    First is my father. He was a model of honesty. Every time I changed jobs I talked to him and he gave me great advice. I had some mentors during my career and I believe that most of the managers I had since I started working contributed to my career. 

    Outside of work and family, what do you love to do? What are you passionate about? 
    I love to resolve problems, find a solution and explain it. If I have to create a PowerPoint, an excel spreadsheet, and a graphic, that it is perfect. As you can see, I talk too much, so talking to resolve a problem is one of the things that gives me a sense of fulfillment.

    What’s something most people don’t know about you?
    I love to play guitar and sing rock n’ roll music!

    What do you enjoy most about Victoria? 
    It is calm, beautiful, organized and offers lots of places to be with my family!

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    There's a big difference between being a top tech city, and being recognized as a top tech city... see more

    Source: markstoiber.com ("Didn't see it coming" podcast)
    Author: Mark Stoiber

    Quick, name two top tech cities. San Francisco, and, ummm…

    Exactly.

    Being a top tech city and being known as a top tech city are two quite different things. It’s an important difference, too. In a world where tech workers are in high demand, and cities are falling over themselves to secure tenants like Amazon and Facebook, being recognized as a tech city can have a very big bottom line impact, indeed.

    The difference maker, I believe, is brand.

    Here in Victoria BC, my hometown, we’re blessed with an exploding tech sector. Even better, we have an amazing tech city brand. At least part of that is due to the hard work and creativity of people like Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC.

    I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dan and unpack the elements of the Victoria tech city brand. Among other things, we dug into…

    • What’s in a name – and why Tectoria (the name created as an umbrella for everything from conferences to VIATEC’s building) is a great one,
    • The complexities of creating a tech brand in a city where virtually none of the stakeholders – tech companies – sell their products,
    • The brand power in Fort Tectoria – an HQ that is open to the public as well as VIATEC staffers and stakeholders
    • The connection between tech, spilled wine bottles, and inflatable killer whales,
    • Creating a consistent brand code, and ensuring that code is based on the true personalities that live it,
    • Why orange is cool, especially as light bulbs in windows of tech companies,
    • The power of metaphors in describing an industry that is often criticized for hyper-complex, unintelligible communication,
    • Origin stories, and why they work for VIATEC like they worked for Superman,
    • Why evangelists are so much better than ad campaigns, and
    • Why tech industry leaders are coming to Victoria to study how Dan and VIATEC pulled this off.

    I hope you enjoy the conversation. As you might guess, it’s jam-packed with brand information anyone can use – and there’s nary a tech term in the entire 30 minutes!

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    VIATEC is drafting in reinforcements. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Victoria’s tech sector seeks to groom leaders to fuel growth

    With an eye on its lofty goal of helping Victoria’s tech sector grow to $10 billion in annual revenues by 2030, the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council is drafting in reinforcements.

    VIATEC is on the lookout for three new staff to focus on establishing new leadership, human resources and engagement programs for the organization and the broader tech sector.

    Dan Gunn, VIATEC’s chief executive, said while the sector is thriving its growth has been held back by a lack of seasoned talent and leadership.

    Collectively, VIATEC companies claim a $5.22-billion annual economic impact, which includes wages, spending and combined annual revenue of its 955 companies of about $4.06 billion.

    “It is imperative that we attract more talent, while also supporting leadership development among our members for them to reach their full potential,” he said.

    To that end, VIATEC is hiring what it calls a leadership director who will develop a leadership training program for the region’s senior executives, and a director of talent, who will design and implement new programs to establish supply routes for skilled workers and managers.

    “In a city of our size, we can’t attract all that much experienced leadership talent,” said Gunn, noting tech leaders tend to be attracted by a broad spectrum of opportunities. “So we have to build our own.”

    VIATEC hopes grooming new leaders from within Victoria’s tech sector will result in enhancing and growing the companies they work with and the sector.

    The new director of talent will be tackling another of the sector’s biggest issues — the workforce.

    “That role is about finally trying to quantify, coordinate, research and analyze the [human resources] situation,” said Gunn.

    Gunn said the hope is they can dive into the talent recruiting and retaining issues faced by companies of all sizes and by doing that determine what kinds of jobs are difficult to fill, why that’s the case and what steps they can take to address it.

    That role is likely to include creating materials, presentations and displays to sell Victoria as an option to prospective workers around the world. Gunn said they are not looking for a recruiter, but someone to do a proper analysis of the labour force situation and establish programs that will address the issues the tech sector faces.

    Gunn said they are also looking for a new community manager to build and maintain relationships with the organization’s nearly 500 members.

    “For the past few years we have offered pilot programs focused on leadership development and our members have told us that it has been very impactful and for many, the most valuable thing we have done for them,” Gunn said. “We are excited to be moving forward with new resources aimed specifically at addressing these key challenges to give our community another advantage, so that our members can focus on building their products, markets and revenues.”

  • Article
    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.

  • Article
    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