VIATEC Awards

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    Attendance ballooned to over 1000 guests making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind... see more

    17th Annual VIATEC Awards prove 
    Greater Victoria’s #1 industry not slowing down

    VICTORIA, BC (June 18, 2018) – Last Friday 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. A record breaking total of 54 finalists were honoured, with 16 recipients receiving new robot trophies (designed by Russell Papp), at the elaborate show. Attendance ballooned to over 1000 guests making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the nation.

    Known for going over the top in the crowded pantheon of business award galas, Erin Skillen took the reigns as host for this year’s production. Billed as an “Art Deco Cabaret”, the night featured five variety show acts from Atomic Vaudeville and a powerful finale accompanied by "the Choir and the Chorus" and, in what has become an annual tradition, flying inflatable Killer Whales. A stunning set designed and built by local artist “Jimbo” Insell and Studio Robazzo framed the stage and was brought to life by immersive video projections from Hololabs and reactive lighting by Limbic Media. The resident “Vecima Ritz” live band brought the audience to their feet, and everyone continued the celebration at the After Party with local talents Rara Avis and Distant Grand.

    “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.”

    To see the finalists for the following categories, click here.

    WINNERS: 

    Technology Company of the Year
    (50+ employees)

    Sponsored by Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

     

    Technology Company of the Year
    (11-49 employees)

    Sponsored by University of Victoria

     

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year
    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

     

    Startup 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

    Delta-X Research
     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware
    Sponsored by BDC

     

    Team of the Year
    Sponsored by Royal Roads University

     

    Employer of the Year
    Sponsored by Engaged HR

     

    Leader of the Year
    Sponsored by Corporate Recruiters

     

    Emerging Leader of the Year
    Sponsored by Roy Group

    NAMED RECIPIENTS (No finalists):

    Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
    Sponsored by Reed Pope LLP

    • Mia Maki
       

    Angel of the Year
    Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,
    and Presented by Capital Investment Network

    • Hannes Blum

    VIATEC Member of the Year
    Sponsored by Cox Taylor Lawyers

    • Jim Hayhurst & Ian Chisholm

     

    Community Champion
    Sponsored by the City of Victoria

    For full profiles on all the finalists, photos and more, please visit www.viatecawards.com

    Media Contact:

    Dan Gunn
    CEO, VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@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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    2018 VIATEC Technology Awards Finalists Announced

    Mia Maki named 2018 Technology Champion
     

    April 10, 2018  (Victoria, BC) - The Victoria high-tech sector has announced the finalists for the 17th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards. Winners will be revealed at the gala on the evening of June 15th at the Royal Theatre. Moving venues is a first for the elaborate celebration and will allow an increase from the prior limit of 800 attendees to as many as 1400.

    The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators that have driven the local tech sector to over $4 billion in annual sales and Victoria’s largest private industry.

    After sifting through an outstanding record-breaking 181 nominations, 54 finalists (from 44 companies) have been selected for 11 award categories, and an additional 5 recipients were selected for some prestigious awards.

    For the first time ever, VIATEC’s Member of the Year is going to two individuals instead of a company: Jim Hayhurst (Pretio Interactive) and Ian Chisholm (Roy Group), for their dedicated involvement in bringing F*ckUp Nights to Victoria and continuing to champion it.

    StarFish Medical will receive the Community Champion award for their outstanding charity efforts throughout the year and Mia Maki (Quimper Consulting and University of Victoria), is receiving the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion.

    “Mia has participated and supported our local tech community since 1993 and she deserves to be held up as an example of what a Technology Champion looks like,” explained Dan Gunn, VIATEC’s CEO.

    “From being behind the scenes on some of Victoria’s largest private placements, to starting up the precursor to VIATEC’s CFO Roundtable, working her way up as CFO and COO of IVL Technologies and then starting her own consulting firm - Mia has shown determination, passion and longevity in Victoria’s tech community.”

    “Not only has she worked in the tech community and consulted for some of Victoria’s most well known tech firms, but she has also shaped some of our community’s brightest minds and provided major opportunities while teaching Entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria,” continued Gunn. “If you give me an hour to talk about Mia Maki, it still won’t be enough time.”

    Hannes Blum has been selected by the Capital Investment Network, as Angel of the Year. Last year’s Angel of the Year, Rasool Rayani added, “I have had the privilege of counting Hannes as a friend, collaborator and mentor. He is incredibly deserving of this recognition for the energy, capital and support he has provided to many start ups both as an Angel Investor and as a active member of Canada’s Entrepreneur community. Hannes’ integrity and commitment to supporting and challenging founders to meet their world changing goals is a unique and powerful contribution.”

    Tickets for the gala event on June 15th at the Royal Theatre will go on sale to the general public soon.


    The 2018 Finalists are:

    Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees):
    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    • Bambora

    • Checkfront

    • Vecima Networks

     

    Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees):

    (Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

    • Flytographer

    • JSF Technologies

    • Kano

    • RaceRocks

    • VRX Ventures

     

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

    • Alta Bering Management Technology Consultants

    • Appreciation Engine

    • Certainty Software

    • EyeSpy Innovations

    • FreshWorks Studio

    • HYAS Infosec

    • LlamaZOO Interactive

    • TrichAnalytics

     

    Startup of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Bambora)

    • Barnacle Systems

    • Creality Studio

    • Pani Energy

    • Purpose Five

    • VitaminLab

    • YogiTunes

     

    Product of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Financial Services)

    • Abeego Designs

    • Checkfront

    • Limbic Media

    • REinVR Real Estate in Virtual Reality

    • Telmediq

     

    Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    • AmbientEase

    • Certn

    • Delta-X Research

    • LlamaZOO Interactive

    • Schneider Electric

    • Udutu

     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware:

    (Sponsored by: BDC)

    • ASAsoft (Canada)

    • DreamCraft Attractions

    • Iris Dynamics

    • Latitude Technologies

    • SunTracker Technologies

    • Timberstone Tools

     

    Leader of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

    • Valerie Foster, JSF Technologies

    • Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks

    • Nicole Smith, Flytographer

     

    Emerging Leader of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Roy Group)

    • Brandon Wright, Barnacle Systems

    • Sarah Gulbrandsen, RingPartner

    • Logan Volkers, SaaSquatch

     

    Team of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Royal Roads University)

    • Caorda

    • Quester Tangent

    • SaaSquatch

    • Schneider Electric

    • Youneeq

     

    Employer of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Engaged HR)

    • Bambora

    • Enrollment Resources

    • Kano

    • Workday

     

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion:

    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

    • Mia Maki, Quimper Consulting & University of Victoria

     

    VIATEC Members of the Year:

    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

    • Jim Hayhurst (Pretio Interactive) & Ian Chisholm (Roy Group)

     

    Community Champion:

    (Sponsored by: City of Victoria)

    • StarFish Medical

     

    Angel of the Year:

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

    • Hannes Blum
       

    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. www.viatec.ca, www.forttectoria.ca

     

    www.viatecawards.com



     

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    Nominations open for the 18th Annual VIATEC Awards
    Winners to be announced on June 14, 2019 at the Royal Theatre

    VICTORIA, BC (March 5, 2019) – Nominations are now open until April 1st for one of the largest and most thrilling technology award shows in the country. This year, the VIATEC Awards will be held on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at the Royal Theatre.

    Last year’s show saw a record breaking 1100+ attendees with a new format at the Royal Theatre (previously being held at the Victoria Conference Centre). This gala brings the community together to enjoy a night of unexpected entertainment and celebration of the best and brightest local technology companies and the show is expected to reach a new record attendance this year.  

    “VIATEC’s key roles include convening our tech community, promoting our tech sector and holding up examples of people and companies doing it right… the VIATEC Awards cover all three,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “We are honoured to once again put our hearts and souls into delivering a memorable and fun evening where our members can laugh, shine and learn more about each other.”

    VIATEC recently released an Economic Impact Study that shows the technology sector in Greater Victoria has a total economic impact of $5.22 billion and employs 16,775 people.

    “With tech still being the #1 industry in a region that has so much going for it, you better believe we pull out all the stops to make sure this event reflects the innovative minds and community spirits that have reshaped our community to be known as a hotbed of vibrant companies and exciting ideas.”

    The VIATEC Awards a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policymakers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.

    In total, 15 awards that come in the form of a locally custom-made robot trophy, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

    1. Emerging Leader of the Year
    2. Leader of the Year
    3. Innovative Excellence - (Software/Service)
    4. Innovative Excellence - (Hardware)
    5. Product of the Year
    6. Team of the Year
    7. Employer of the Year
    8. Start-Up of the Year
    9. Scale-Up of the Year
    10. Technology Company of the Year (11-29 employees)
    11. Technology Company of the Year (30+ employees)

    In addition to the above categories are the following appointed awards, which will have recipients revealed when finalists are announced:

    1. Angel of the Year
    2. VIATEC Member of the Year
    3. Community Champion
    4. Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). For more information on nominating, click here. You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC). This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Monday, April 1st. Completed supporting info surveys will be due on April 5, 2019 by 4pm.

    Ticket sales to be announced.

    www.viatecawards.com

     

    Bonus Material:

     

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

    Sponsorship Contact:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director
    tbousfield@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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    Source: GlobalNewsWire

    Vecima Networks Honoured With Multiple Award Wins

    VICTORIA, B.C., June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX:VCM), an experienced designer and manufacturer of innovative technology solutions, is delighted to announce recent award wins that honour the company.

    2018 BC CFO Awards
    Mr. John Hanna, Vecima’s Chief Financial Officer, was honoured as the winner in the Small Public Company category at the 2018 BC CFO Awards Gala held on June 7th at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. The BC CFO Awards are a partnership between the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and Business In Vancouver magazine. These awards recognize the top CFOs in the province with the honourees chosen based on their performance relating to corporate growth, overall performance and execution, sound business principles, and reporting.

    2018 Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
    Vecima Networks was announced as the winner in the Innovation category at the Victoria Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Awards held on May 10th at Victoria’s Fairmont Empress. The Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the city’s largest business association, funded by businesses to support business interests.

    2018 VIATEC Awards
    Vecima took top honours in the category of Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees) at last Friday’s 2018 VIATEC Awards Gala. VIATEC, the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, is an organization dedicated to the development and promotion of the Greater Victoria technology sector.

    “We’re thrilled that Vecima’s team has been recognized by these distinguished organizations,” said Sumit Kumar, President and CEO of Vecima Networks. “We are especially proud to see John’s accomplishments formally recognized as it speaks to the competence and caliber of our management team.”

    About Vecima Networks
    Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX:VCM) is a globally recognized leader in creating breakthrough technology solutions that empower network service providers to connect people and enterprises to information and entertainment worldwide. Vecima products for the cable industry allow service providers a cost-effective Last Mile Solution® for both video and broadband access, especially in the demanding business services market segment. Vecima’s Video Content Delivery and Storage business, operated under the Concurrent brand, includes solutions and software for industries and customers that focus on storing, protecting, transforming, and delivering high value media assets. Vecima also provides fleet managers the key information and analytics they require to optimally manage their business under the Contigo, Nero Global Tracking, and FleetLynx brands. For more information, please visit www.vecima.com.

    Vecima Networks
    Investor Relations - 250-881-1982
    invest@vecima.com

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    Jim Hayhurst named 2016 Technology Champion


    May 11, 2016  (Victoria, BC) - The Victoria high-tech sector has announced the finalists for the 15th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards.

    After sifting through a record-breaking 189 nominations, VIATEC has announced it’s 58 finalists for its 13 award categories; the largest amount of finalists the event has ever enjoyed. The awards will be handed out at a gala on the evening of June 24th at the Victoria Conference Centre.

    VIATEC also revealed that Jim Hayhurst will receive the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion and Ladies Learning Code will receive the VIATEC Member of the Year award. 

    Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC explained, “Jim Hayhurst, CEO of Pretio Interactive, has played a key role in our community as a leader of initiatives, a spokesperson, a supporter and a role model. He understands what it takes to shape a strong and vibrant community and we are honoured to recognize him as the Tech Champion he is. I think Colin Lennox would have been very proud to see the award named after him bestowed on such a stand-up guy.” 

    “Ladies Learning Code have really made a difference in our community in a short time,” commented Gunn. “Their efforts to teach valuable coding skills to women of all ages is playing a significant role in encouraging more of them to enter the tech sector and to use those skills as entrepreneurs. Their events not only sell out but they manage to engage the entire tech community as teachers, mentors, sponsors and supporters. That is exactly the community mindedness and focus we need to continue to grow our local tech scene. It is our honour to hold them up as an example.”

    The record number of finalists were pulled from a total of 189 nominations (which blew away the previous record by over 50%). There were so many incredible candidates that multiple awards have been split into sub-categories.

    “We have never witnessed this level of excitement about the VIATEC Awards,” explained Gunn. “On top of the record breaking nominations, we have seen tickets selling faster than ever.” Over 600 tickets have already sold and steps are being taken to increase capacity to as many as 850 which would see the Victoria Conference Centre bursting at the seams.

    The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators that have driven the local tech sector to over $3 billion in annual sales and Victoria’s largest private industry.

    Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

    The 2016 Finalists are:

    Technology Company of the year has been split into three categories based on employee count.

    Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees):
    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    • Beanstream
    • CGI
    • Redlen Technologies
    • Schneider Electric

    Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees):
    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    • Checkfront
    • Codename Entertainment
    • Go2mobi
    • Redbrick
    • Workday

    Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees):
    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    • Flytographer
    • Revolution3D Printers
    • SilkStart 

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

    • Crowd Content
    • Echosec
    • Industrial Plankton
    • LlamaZOO Interactive
    • Stocksy United

    Startup of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

    • Craftt
    • FuturePay
    • Green Sky Labs
    • Ripebasket Technologies
    • Tellwell Talent

    Product of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Services)

    • Giftbit (Digital Gift Cards)
    • Codan Radio Communications (Stratus)
    • RevenueWire (Constant Content)
    • Checkfront (Online booking) 
    • Codename Entertainment (Crusaders of the Lost Idols)

    Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:
    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    • Echosec
    • Foundry Spatial
    • Go2mobi
    • LlamaZOO Interactive
    • RaceRocks 3D

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware:
    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    • DreamCraft Attractions
    • Holografyx
    • LimbicMedia
    • Redlen Technologies
    • Revolution3D Printers

    Executive of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

    • Brad Williams - Redbrick
    • Brianna Wettlaufer - Stocksy United
    • Scott Dewis - RaceRocks 3D
    • Shaun Jamieson - SilkStart

    Employee of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

    • Aleksey Vorona - xMatters
    • Aurora Walker and Rob O’Dwyer - Pretio Interactive
    • Matt Martin - Crowd Content

    Team of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

    • Archipelago Marine Research
    • Atomic Crayon
    • Change.org
    • HP Advanced Solutions
    • Smart Dolphins
    • StarFish Medical 

    Employer of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Megson FitzPatrick)

    • Carmanah Technologies
    • ChatterBlock
    • GlobalWide Media
    • RingPartner
    • Semaphore Solutions

    Creative Excellence:
    (Sponsored by: AbeBooks.com)

    • Island Circus Space
    • Monkey C Interactive
    • Victoria Hand Project

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion: 
    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

    • Jim Hayhurst - Pretio Interactive

    VIATEC Member of the Year: 
    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

    • Ladies Learning Code


    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 recently 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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    On June 2, the team at Udutu was honoured to receive the award for Team of the Year see more

    Source: Udutu.com

    There is a U in Team

    Udutu is a small but accomplished team of software engineers, instructional designers, graphic artists, animators, multi-media professionals and managers that has always collaborated to successfully tackle any project that has come our way. From small course development projects with impossibly short deadlines to large scale development projects, the team has always come together to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

    On June 2, the team at Udutu was honoured to receive the award for Team of the Year at the 2017 VIATEC Awards. VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council) is a member-driven not-for-profit organization that was created by the Victoria Technology Industry to help it grow and succeed.

    In December 2015 Udutu was hit by the sudden and unexpected death of one of its founders and the chief programmer and technical architect of its software, Kris Noesgaard. Apart from the emotional loss of a team member, it left the company in what seemed like an insurmountable predicament as it came at a time when we had committed to a major development project which Kris had conceived but not documented.

    Meng Dong and Jason Syrotuck, (a student intern) stepped up to the plate to take control of the projects Kris had been working on, and to understand his code. Jason’s work term came to an end and a couple of months later Meng added Chelsey Foster, a graduate student from UVic, to the team.

    Together the technical team worked hard to understand the logic and find the pieces Kris had been working on, and continued with the customer driven projects he had started while maintaining and improving the existing applications from which the company earns its revenue.

    By late 2016, not only did they have things operating smoothly again, but two massive development projects were back on track. Chelsey had begun to experiment with, and substantially improve, parts of the original tools that had begun to show their age. She added many new features that had been on our “wish list” for years.

    Thanks to the hard work of the development team, Udutu received glowing letters of support from clients:

    What makes them a special team is not just the ability to solve current problems, but their intuition and skill in anticipating future potential issues and developing solutions before we encounter them.  This is the hallmark of team innovation and collective intelligence applied in real world applications for cross-cultural utilization.

    Beyond their superior technical and creative skills, are the hearts of true servant-leaders in their field and organization.  It is this level of extraordinary service during routine and ‘crisis’ times that keep us loyal to this company and greatly appreciative of these individuals.  Working together, our team and the Udutu team highlight the benefits of finding and collaborating with the best and brightest in the L&D industry.   I sincerely hope you recognize this humble, yet brilliant software engineer team of Meng Dong and Chelsey Foster at Udutu.  From seemingly unsurmountable catastrophic loss, to leading new innovations in the field, seems like just the type of team and company that VIATEC would want to highlight to the world.”

    This recognition for team of the year proves that there is a U in Team.

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    He accepted the award in front of 813 rowdy, lei-wearing, Tiki-cocktail drinking tech workers. see more

    Source:  Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Technology sector honours local champion

    Amid the annual pandemonium that is the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council’s award show — flying inflatable whales, palm trees, music, Polynesian dancers and a touch of time travel — Dan Gunn asked a good question.

    Why did VIATEC wait so long to name Scott Phillips as its technology champion?

    “He’s exactly what the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion is all about,” said the VIATEC chief executive.

    Phillips has worked over the last 18 years building Starfish Medical into a world leader in medical device manufacturing while helping to grow the Victoria tech sector by volunteering his time and sharing his expertise with start-up companies and his peers.

    On Friday night, he accepted the champion award in front of 813 rowdy, lei-wearing, Tiki-cocktail drinking tech workers.

    “I’m grateful. I really am to be seen as a founder and that what I do in the tech community is valued,” said Phillips in an interview. “I have caught this community-building disease from somewhere, and have been quietly working in the background to connect people and to support organizations like VIATEC.”

    At the same time, Phillips’ company has grown significantly.

    In March, Starfish announced it had acquired Toronto medical-device designer Kangaroo Group in order to attract more business from the medical-technology hubs of the eastern U.S. The acquisition took Starfish to 130 employees.

    Phillips, who joked Starfish is an 18-year-old overnight success story, said the projects they work on take several years to come to market, and even then it takes years to develop a good reputation and trust level with clients.

    “We are starting to see that now,” he said.

    On Friday, it was about the then-and-now as VIATEC’s annual awards show married steam-punk time travel with South Pacific flare for something it called Tiki Time Travel. With a massive coconut as part of a set and a Tiki time-machine car, the event provided irreverence and noise while celebrating the tech sector.

    “This is a great way for us to hold up examples of some of our leading companies so people can recognize them, which I think is important because it’s motivating for other companies to see what’s possible and motivating for teams that there is some level of recognition,” said Gunn.

    “It’s also come to represent the tech sector as it’s a somewhat edgy, largely irreverent event. We work hard on the entertainment and wow component.”

    This year that included Polynesian dancers, Atomic Vaudeville’s cast performing the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, an immersive video experience and time travel taking the entire room through the decades.

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    VIATEC award winners

    • Company of the Year

    50+ employees: Checkfront

    • Company of the Year

    (11-49 employees): SendtoNews

    • Company of the Year

    (1-10 employees): Momentum Dashboard

    • Emerging Company of the Year

    Telmediq

    • Startup of the Year

    HYAS Infosec

    • Product of the Year

    VRX Simulators

    • Innovative Excellence Software

    TrichAnalytics

    • Innovative Excellence Hardware

    Redlen Technologies

    • Team of the Year

    Udutu

    • Employer of the Year

    Go2mobi

    • Leader of the Year

    Kim Krenzler, RevenueWire

    • Emerging Leader of the Year

    Hunter Macdonald, Tutela Technologies

    • Newcomer of the Year

    Scott Lake

    • Capital Investment Network's Angel of the Year

    Rasool Rayani

    • VIATEC Member of the Year

    RevenueWire

    • Community Champion

    ParetoLogic

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    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Darron Kloster

    Starfish boss the tech champion

    Scott Phillips, the chief executive of medical-device maker StarFish Medical, will receive the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion at this year’s VIATEC awards. Phillips will be honoured at the 16th annual awards ceremony June 2 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

    The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest-growing technology region in the province, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators who have driven the region’s largest private industry to more than $3.15 billion in annual sales.

    After sifting through 141 nominations, 48 finalists have been selected for 12 award categories, and an additional four recipients were selected for individual awards.

    “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Scott Phillips for more than 15 years and I’ve seen his dedication to our tech community as a VIATEC board member, volunteer mentor, CEO round table chair and most importantly, as an example of how to join, lead and participate in building a strong tech community,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC, or Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council.

    “Our tech community is stronger for having him among us and I think Colin Lennox would be proud to see Scott recognized in this manner.”

    RevenueWire will receive the VIATEC Member of the Year award, ParetoLogic will get the Community Involvement Award and the Newcomer Award will go to former Spotify executive Scott Lake.

    The Capital Investment Network has introduced its Angel of the Year Award, which will be presented to Rasool Rayani.

    • Company of the Year

    (50+ employees):

    ACD Systems International Inc.

    Checkfront

    Redlen Technologies Inc.

    • Company of the Year (11-49):

    KANO

    Flytographer

    Music Group Innovation Canada (TC Helicon)

    Pretio Interactive

    SendtoNews

    • Company of the Year (1-10):

    Iris Dynamics Ltd.

    Momentum Dashboard

    SilkStart

    • Emerging Company of the Year:

    FuturePay

    LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

    Telmediq

    • Startup of the Year:

    Clixxa

    FreshWorks Studio

    HYAS Infosec Inc.

    Pixel Cents

    Purpose Social

    • Product of the Year:

    Redbrick’s "Shift"

    Telmediq Communication Hub"

    VRX Simulators’ "6-DOF Simulator"

    • Innovative Excellence Software or Service:

    LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

    SendtoNews

    Suntracker Technologies Ltd

    TrichAnalytics Inc.

    • Innovative Excellence Hardware:

    Iris Dynamics Ltd.

    Ocean Networks Canada

    Redlen Technologies Inc.

    • Leader of the Year:

    Tim Collins, HP Advanced Solutions Inc.

    Nicole Smith, Flytographer

    Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D

    Kim Krenzler, RevenueWire

    • Emerging Leader of the Year:

    Jeremy Hoffman, Go2mobi

    Eric Haight, KANO

    Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks 3D

    Hunter Macdonald, Tutela Technologies

    Christina Seargeant, Workday

    • Team of the Year:

    Atomic Crayon

    Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre

    Codename Entertainment

    RingPartner

    Udutu Online Learning Solutions

    • Employer of the Year:

    Go2mobi

    Pretio Interactive

    Redbrick

    RevenueWire Inc.

    Workday

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    2017 VIATEC Technology Awards Finalists Announced

    Scott Phillips named 2017 Technology Champion
     

    April 11, 2017  (Victoria, BC) - The Victoria high-tech sector has announced the finalists for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards. Winners will be revealed at the gala on the evening of June 2nd at the Victoria Conference Centre.

    The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators that have driven the local tech sector to over $3.15 billion in annual sales and Victoria’s largest private industry.

    After sifting through an outstanding 141 nominations, 48 finalists (35 companies) have been selected for 12 award categories, and an additional 4 recipients were selected for some prestigious awards.

    Scott Phillips (StarFish Medical), will receive the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion, and RevenueWire will receive the VIATEC Member of the Year award.

    Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC explained, “I've had the pleasure of knowing Scott Phillips for more than 15 years and I've seen his dedication to our tech community as a VIATEC board member, volunteer mentor, CEO round table chair and most importantly, as an example of how to join, lead and participate in building a strong tech community. Our tech community is stronger for having him among us and I think Colin Lennox would be proud to see Scott recognized in this manner.”

    “RevenueWire and their team are model members. They come to every event we host with big smiles and network like crazy. They exhibit at events and make them better, they give us support and feedback at peer round tables and other meetings, they get behind VIATEC food bank challenges with big raises and fun ideas, and finally, RevenueWire CEO, Bobbi Leach, is a great board member,” commented Gunn.

    Added to this year’s category roster is the Community Involvement Award which ParetoLogic will receive, and also the Newcomer Award which will go to Scott Lake.

    “ParetoLogic has been a strong contributor to our community for years thanks to the passion behind the Pereira family and their team members,” continued Gunn.

    Just in the past year ParetoLogic has contributed to 11 separate charities or initiatives, including some outside of Victoria: the Edward and Maggie Pires Center in North Goa, India; Journey, previously Change Heroes (they built houses in Mexico); and Canadian Red Cross (Fort McMurray Wildfires).

    “It’s about time we recognize them for going way above and beyond.”

    “The spell of Victoria’s charm and opportunity worked on Scott Lake, formerly of Shopify. Since moving here from Toronto, he’s shared a wealth of experience as an Executive in Residence for our Accelerator Program, accompanied Mayor Helps to San Francisco on a trade mission to help explain the merits of building tech companies in Victoria, and has even opened up as a speaker at one of our events. Scott has dived head first into our tech community, not wasting any time at all. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the first ever Newcomer Award.”

    The Capital Investment Network (CIN) has introduced their own Angel of the Year Award which will be presented to Rasool Rayani at VIATEC’s awards gala. Rasool receives this award for raising the profile of local angel investing, demonstrating a high level of investor acumen, serving as a mentor to other angels and entrepreneurs and for setting a positive example within the angel community.

    Over 60% of tickets have already sold to June 2nd’s gala which can hold 800 guests. The elaborate celebration is expected to sell out once again and promises to continue to raise the bar.

    Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

     

    The 2017 Finalists are:

    Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees):
    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    • ACD Systems International Inc.

    • Checkfront

    • Redlen Technologies Inc.

     

    Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees):
    (Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

    • KANO

    • Flytographer

    • Music Group Innovation Canada (TC Helicon)

    • Pretio Interactive

    • SendtoNews

     

    Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees):
    (Sponsorship available)

    • Iris Dynamics Ltd.

    • Momentum Dashboard

    • SilkStart

     

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

    • FuturePay

    • LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

    • Telmediq

     

    Startup of the Year:
    (Sponsorship available)

    • Clixxa

    • FreshWorks Studio

    • HYAS Infosec Inc.

    • Pixel Cents

    • Purpose Social

     

    Product of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Financial Services)

    • Redbrick’s "Shift"

    • Telmediq’s "Telmediq Communication Hub"

    • VRX Simulators’ "6-DOF Simulator"

     

    Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:
    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    • LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

    • SendtoNews

    • Suntracker Technologies Ltd

    • TrichAnalytics Inc.

     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware:
    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    • Iris Dynamics Ltd.

    • Ocean Networks Canada

    • Redlen Technologies Inc.

     

    Leader of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

    • Tim Collins, ESIT Advanced Solutions
      (Previously HP Advanced Solutions)

    • Nicole Smith, Flytographer

    • Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D

    • Kim Krenzler, RevenueWire

     

    Emerging Leader of the Year (New!):
    (Sponsored by: Abebooks.com)

    • Jeremy Hoffmann, Go2mobi

    • Eric Haight, KANO

    • Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks 3D

    • Hunter Macdonald, Tutela Technologies

    • Christina Seargeant, Workday

     

    Team of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

    • Atomic Crayon

    • Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre

    • Codename Entertainment

    • RingPartner

    • Udutu Online Learning Solutions

     

    Employer of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Megson FitzPatrick)

    • Go2mobi

    • Pretio Interactive

    • Redbrick

    • RevenueWire Inc.

    • Workday

     

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion:
    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

    • Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical

     

    VIATEC Member of the Year:
    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

    • RevenueWire

     

    Community Involvement Award (New!):
    (Sponsored by: City of Victoria)

    • ParetoLogic

     

    Newcomer of the Year (New!):
    (Sponsorship available)

    • Scott Lake


    Plus:

    Angel of the Year (New!):
    (Presented and selected by the Capital Investment Network)

    • Rasool Rayani
       

    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. www.viatec.ca, www.forttectoria.ca

    www.viatecawards.com

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    Nominations open for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards

    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017

     

    VICTORIA, BC (March 10, 2017) – Nominations are now open for one of the largest and most elaborate technology sector award shows in the country, to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Nomination form here and tickets available here).

    Last year’s VIATEC Technology Awards Show brought out an impressive 850 attendees, the highest attendance it’s seen since it started in 2002. This year’s event is expected to sell out again. The extravagant show has rapidly become known as a unique event focused on entertaining the crowd with humor and irreverence, while shining the spotlight on some of Victoria’s most impressive technology companies.

    “Whether it’s Bloomberg Media, The Toronto Star or Vogue Magazine, the world has realized that Victoria is young, culturally vibrant and a cool city. With tech being the #1 industry in a region that has so much going for it, you better believe we pull out all the stops to make sure this event reflects the innovative minds and community spirits that have reshaped our community to be known as a hotbed of vibrant companies and exciting ideas,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “It's a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policymakers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.”

    In total, 15 awards that come in the form of custom metal fabricated robots known as “Freddies”, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

    • Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    • Startup of the Year

    • Product of the Year

    • Innovative Excellence

    • Leader of the Year

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)

    • Employee/Team of the Year

    • Employer of the Year

    • VIATEC Member of the Year

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)

    • Community Contributor (New)


    Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC). This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Monday, March 27th.


    Bonus Material:
    To view last year's winners click here.
    To get a glimpse into what the event is like, watch this video.

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

    Sponsorship Contact:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director
    tbousfield@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 recently 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


    Award Category Descriptions:
     

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees, 11-49 and 50+)
      These companies are the foundation on which our $4 billion tech sector was built. They are established with a sizeable headcount and they are bringing in considerable revenues. They are growing, expanding and taking the time to give back to our community as mentors, advisors and cheerleaders for the up and coming tech companies. Judges will consider growth, impact, product innovation, market share and community involvement. This award has three categories based on company size.
       

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year
      These are the companies that are about to really hit their stride. They're young, but they have a stable foundation. Judges will consider traction, revenue and team growth, product breadth and acceptance, and good old business fundamentals.
       

    • Startup of the Year
      These are some of Victoria’s newest tech companies. It’s early days but they are getting investor and customer interest (if not already raising money and sales), based on the prototypes and/or early product versions. Judges will consider the market opportunity, executive leadership, investment and your pitch deck.
       

    • Product of the Year
      This category is where the innovation rubber hits the road. These products have market traction and that means sales. Judges will consider total sales and sales growth, customer adoption, market share along with market disruption and level of innovation.
       

    • Innovative Excellence
      This category is for those companies on an entirely different wavelength. They have researched and designed an emerging, innovative service, process or product that is expected to revolutionize a sector, method of business or way of life. Judges will consider just how disruptive this tech is likely to be. Prior commercial success is not a priority.
       

    • Leader of the Year (previously “Executive of the Year”)
      These hot shots have had a significant impact on the success of an organization as a direct result of their leadership and are respected by their peers. For this award, executives are considered to be those that typically hold senior titles, eg. CEO, CFO, COO, President, Vice-President. Nominated companies are required to provide revenues from the last 3 years as well as other indicators requested by judges (eg. number of employees).
       

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)
      These are the up and coming executives that have started to breakthrough as valuable leaders to a local tech firm. They're young or at least new to leadership, but they have demonstrated dedication, passion and an ability to inspire others. Judges will consider role, impact and related career highlights e.g. glowing anecdotes from their colleagues.
       

    • Employee/Team of the Year
      Much of a company's success is a result of having hardworking and dedicated employees. This employee or team have the perfect mix of outstanding initiative and service delivery, have had a significant impact on the company for which they work and exude great personality or team dynamic while getting it all done.
       

    • Employer of the Year
      These are the companies who never forget to pause and take the time to think about their staff and provide a positive work environment. This award is based on a company survey of staff and is the tech company most respected and appreciated by their staff.
       

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
      Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least 10 years. Their long-standing support has been instrumental in Greater Victoria ‘s continued success on the world technology stage. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
       

    • VIATEC Member of the Year
      Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).
       

    • Community Involvement Award (New)
      This category is for a tech company making an effort to improve our community and being successful at it on a regular basis. Efforts can include (and are not limited to): supporting charities with monetary funds or non-perishable donations, putting on fundraising events, volunteer work or creating a foundation/scholarship. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)
      An individual new to Victoria that is making a big impact by joining and supporting the local tech scene. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

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    Source: CHEK News

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards were handed out tonight in Victoria.

    They celebrate the achievements of tech companies and individuals helping to make Greater Victoria the fast growing tech hub in the province.

    A full house of more than 800 people was on hand for the event at The Victoria Conference Center.

    Winners included  Schneider Electric, Go2mobi, Flytographer, Stocksy United, Green Sky Labs and Ladies Learning Code.

    (A full list of tonight’s winners is included below)

    “A lot of people hear tech and they think software, they think digital but there are a lot of products that are made here that are advanced manufactured and very complicated systems that are sold around the world.” said VIATEC CEO Dan Gunn.

    The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council was started in 1989.

    VIATEC  helps promote the area’s tech sector, Victoria’s biggest industry worth an estimated $4 billion a year.

    The winners of the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards are:

    Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

    Startup of the Year

    (Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

    Product of the Year

    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Services)

    Innovative Excellence – Software or Service

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    Innovative Excellence – Hardware

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

    Executive of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

    Employee(s) of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)\

    Team of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

    Employer of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Megson FitzPatrick)

    Creative Excellence

    (Sponsored by: AbeBooks.com)

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

    VIATEC Member of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    58 finalists were selected from the 189 nominations and a total of 15 awards were presented. see more

    The 15th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards saw over 800 guests and 15 award winners

    Victoria, BC (June 25, 2016) – Last night, the Victoria Conference Centre’s Carson Hall transformed into an extravagant, gritty carnival to celebrate 15 winners of the coveted “Freddy” (robot trophy) at the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards Show.

    The sold-out event saw 802 attendees, a new record, pack the room the gala event known across the province for its recognition of innovation and excellence in Victoria’s advanced technology sector.

    58 finalists were selected from the 189 nominations and a total of 15 awards were presented.

    “It’s great to see how the tech sector has taken hold in our region and it is our honour to recognize the people, products and companies that are reshaping our community,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. Like the tech sector, our once little event has grown into a significant production and we truly appreciate how much our members and guests enjoy the night.”

    The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia. They also provide well-deserved recognition for some of Victoria's most innovative firms and a great opportunity for the local technology community to gather and celebrate each other's successes.

    Known for going over the top in the crowded pantheon of business award galas, the VIATEC Technology Awards ceremony is noted for actually entertaining the 800 plus technology community members, investors, government decision-makers, academics and media who attend.

    This year’s theme was “Gritty Carnival” which symbolized the growing creativity and strength of Victoria’s technology sector. A live band with a guest appearance from Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason, performers from Island Circus Space including a trapeze artist overhead, interactive decor and guest costumes rounded out the entire evening.

     

    The winners of the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards are:
     

    Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

     

    Startup of the Year

    (Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

     

    Product of the Year

    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Services)

     

    Innovative Excellence - Software or Service

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

     

    Executive of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

     

    Employee(s) of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

     

    Team of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

     

    Employer of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Megson FitzPatrick)

     

    Creative Excellence

    (Sponsored by: AbeBooks.com)

     

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

     

    VIATEC Member of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)


    Media Contact:

    Dan Gunn
    CEO, VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@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 recently 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


    Thank you to the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards Sponsors!

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    The Victoria Conference Centre’s Carson Hall transformed into an extravagant, gritty carnival on June 24, 2016 to celebrate 15 winners of the coveted “Freddy” (robot trophy) at the VIATEC Technology Awards Show.

    The sold-out event saw 802 attendees, a new record, pack the room the gala event known across the province for its recognition of innovation and excellence in Victoria’s advanced technology sector.

    58 finalists were selected from the 189 nominations and a total of 15 awards were presented. Click below to watch the recap video captured and edited by  Riptide Studios!

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Victoria’s high-tech sector has a new champion — Jim Hayhurst, the CEO of Pretio Interactive. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Victoria’s high-tech sector has a new champion — Jim Hayhurst, the CEO of Pretio Interactive.

    The announcement was made as the Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council released the finalists for its 15th annual tech awards, which will be handed out June 24 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

    Hayhurst will receive the sector’s highest honour, the Colin Lennox Award as Technology Champion. The award is named after the mentor to tech companies who died in 2004.

    “Any time you get recognized by your peers, it’s super cool. What’s really special about this

    is that, though I never met Colin Lennox, I’m told he and I shared a lot of the same values,” said Hayhurst. “He was very much about connecting people and ideas, not just the technology, to grow our community. “He was also a passionate supporter of Pearson College, where I was a trustee for many years. So I’d like to think he’d be pleased with my carrying on some of his work.”

    Hayhurst said he was surprised by the award, and was lost for words when he was informed. “Which is not something I’m known for,” he said.

    Dan Gunn, chief executive at VIATEC, said Hayhurst has made a point of being active in the community and getting things done.

    “Jim Hayhurst has played a key role in our community as a leader of initiatives, a spokesperson, a supporter and a role model. He understands what it takes to shape a strong and vibrant community and we are honoured to recognize him as the Tech Champion he is,” said Gunn. “I think Colin Lennox would have been very proud to see the award named after him bestowed on such a stand-up guy.”

    VIATEC has also revealed that Ladies Learning Code will receive its member of the year award.

    “Ladies Learning Code have really made a difference in our community in a short time. Their efforts to teach valuable coding skills to women of all ages is playing a significant role in encouraging more [women] to enter the tech sector and to use those skills as entrepreneurs,” said Gunn.

    Hayhurst said the technology sector in Victoria has never been stronger.

    “But we’re at a critical point. We’re not under-the-radar anymore, so there’s a higher level of expectation. Like any enterprise, getting from start-up to where we are now may seem like the hard part. But scaling even further —and staying true to what makes us unique — will require a clear sense of who we want to be as a sector and how we fit in with the broader community,” he said.

    The 15th annual awards show promises to be the biggest yet, given the massive increase in nominations this year — VIATEC received a record 189 nominations for 13 award categories.

    To this point more than 600 tickets have been sold, with expectations the event could be expanded to handle as many as 850 people.

     

    2016 VIATEC Award Finalists

    • Company of the Year (50+ staff):

    Beanstream

    CGI

    Redlen Technologies

    Schneider Electric

    • Company of the Year (11-49):

    Checkfront

    Codename Entertainment

    Go2mobi

    Redbrick

    Workday

    • Company of the Year (1-10):

    Flytographer

    Revolution3D Printers

    SilkStart

    • Emerging Company:

    Crowd Content

    EchoSec

    Industrial Plankton

    LlamaZOO Interactive

    Stocksy United

    • Startup of the Year:

    Craftt

    FuturePay

    Green Sky Labs

    Ripebasket Technologies

    Tellwell Talent

    • Product of the Year:

    Giftbit (Digital Gift Cards)

    Codan Radio Comm. (Stratus)

    RevenueWire (Constant Content)

    Checkfront (Online booking)

    Codename (Crusaders/Lost Idols)

    • Innovation Software/Service:

    EchoSec

    Foundry Spatial

    Go2mobi

    LlamaZOO Interactive

    RaceRocks 3D

    • Innovation/Hardware:

    DreamCraft Attractions

    Holografyx

    LimbicMedia

    Redlen Technologies

    Revolution3D Printers

    • Executive of the Year:

    Brad Williams – Redbrick

    Brianna Wettlaufer – Stocksy United

    Scott Dewis - RaceRocks 3D

    Shaun Jamieson – SilkStart

    • Employee of the Year:

    Aleksey Vorona – xMatters

    Aurora Walker and Rob O’Dwyer – Pretio Interactive

    Matt Martin – Crowd Content

    • Team of the Year:

    Archipelago Marine Research

    Atomic Crayon

    Change.org

    HP Advanced Solutions

    Smart Dolphins

    StarFish Medical

    • Employer of the Year:

    Carmanah Technologies

    ChatterBlock

    GlobalWide Media

    RingPartner

    Semaphore Solutions

    Creative Excellence:

    Island Circus Space

    Monkey C Interactive

    Victoria Hand Project

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    Source: Gustavson School of Business
    Author: Rob Bennett

    I’ve had a lot of roles over the years from co-founding Municipal Software and Datamat Services, angel investing in Teampages, Oprius and Simation, to my role as a BCIC accredited mentor and my participation in the Gustavson School of Business mentor program. The two common themes in my varied roles has been coaching and working with a wide variety of stakeholders – two things that have prepared me well for my work at VIATEC. And speaking of my work at VIATEC…

    One day, the then Chair of VIATEC, Art Aylesworth, stopped by the office and saw me hanging a disco ball from the ceiling. He asked me how I was doing. I responded, “Really well, Art”, which I think Art took as a pat response. So he pulled in closer to me and said, “Rob, no, really – how’s it going?” I said, “Art, every day I do something I’ve never done before, and will never do again!”

    Whether it’s dressing up in a foam finger at a golf tournament declaring that “Tech is #1”, or as Darth Vader welcoming guests at VIATEC’s Tech Awards and leading the World’s Largest Indoor Light Sabre Battle, or as Jolly Old St. Nick during VIATEC’s Member Christmas Party, there have certainly been a lot of firsts in the last 5 years of working with VIATEC!

    But here’s the amazing part – even the serious days are truly remarkable. I get to work with a number of very successful, insightful and generous people in our community who are interested in seeing entrepreneurs and their companies grow. Through programs like ICE at UVic, or working with the faculty and staff at the business school or the Faculty of Engineering, or our own Accelerator Programs, there are some incredible people who offer sage words of advice for entrepreneurs that are dedicated to their dreams. These people have “been there, done that;” they get involved because it is the right thing to do, and also sometimes because they’re willing to place a financial bet on the entrepreneur and their team. It’s quite humbling and mind-blowing all at the same time, and I continue to learn from these very accomplished people on a daily basis.

    And then there’s the entrepreneurs – from every walk of life. Their passion is inspirational, and the energy they put towards their ventures is awesome. These people want to change the world, and we have a community of others that wish to help them. Is there anything better than that?

    Oh yeah, one more thing that just has to be said. Events. VIATEC EVENTS. There’s a bit of a reputation that VIATEC has built over the years about having kick-ass events. From the VIATEC Technology Awards to Discover Tectoria, from multi-day events held annually like Experience Tectoria to one-evening events like the monthly VIAfest meetings, or the many festivals that we support around the community. There is always something happening – an excuse to meet people, get caught up and learn from each other. Although there is always a serious thread to every event, fun is the priority. A tremendous amount of work is done by the very accomplished team at VIATEC and our events typically go off without a hitch. To be part of Team VIATEC is an amazing experience unto itself – it’s truly remarkable what such a proficient – and prolific – team accomplishes.

    Today I’m preparing for five companies to come and interview with our crack Executive-In-Residence team to get access to our Accelerator Program. We’ve met with all five already, and I’m quite excited about what each of these companies has to offer. The mere thought that one of these companies, or one of the alumni from the program, could grow to become the next Hootsuite or Shopify makes one pause to think a bit. And to be someone that has perhaps said something or done something to help along the way makes this one of the most fulfilling roles I’ve ever had!

    Rob Bennett is the Chief Operating Officer and Program Director for VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), and it’s the best “job” he’s ever had!