Tessa Bousfield posted an articleIt is considered the local tech industry’s highest honour see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Darron Kloster
UVic professor named region’s tech champion
University of Victoria entrepreneurship professor Mia Maki, who operates Quimper Consulting and is a tireless and passionate mentor in the region’s tech sector, is receiving the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion.
It is considered the local tech industry’s highest honour and will be presented to Maki during the 17th annual VIATEC Technology Awards gala on June 15 at the Royal Theatre.
“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,” said Dan Gunn, VIATEC’s chief executive. “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,” said Gunn. “If you give me an hour to talk about Mia Maki, it still won’t be enough time.”
The VIATEC awards ceremony will held at the Royal Theatre for the first time, allowing for 1,400 to attend, instead of the prior limit of 800.
The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in B.C., as well as the leaders, creators and innovators who have driven the local tech sector to $4 billion in annual sales, creating Victoria’s largest private industry.
After sifting through a record-breaking 181 nominations, 54 finalists from 44 companies have been selected for 11 award categories, and an additional five recipients were selected for awards.
For the first time, 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.
Hannes Blum has been selected by Capital Investment Network as Angel of the Year.
LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. posted an articleLlamaZOO is excited to announce it has been selected as a finalist at the 2017 VIATEC Awards. see more
LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. is excited to announce it has been selected as a finalist in two separate categories for the 2017 VIATEC Technology Awards: Emerging Technology Company of the Year, and Innovative Excellence
Over the past year, LlamaZOO has gone from pre-revenue, to securing leading veterinary schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Missouri, and the University of Saskatchewan as paying customers. We have also gone from an incomplete product available only via private beta, to unveiling the world’s first VR/AR canine dissection, and to gaining happy student customers from over 70 schools across every continent but Antarctica!
The VIATEC Technology Awards celebrate the achievements of the technology companies and individuals responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest-growing technology region in British Columbia (it’s also the Victoria Tech Sector’s largest celebration of the year - featuring live music, costumes, over 850 attendees, flying inflatable orcas, and in a previous year involved a world-record-setting lightsaber battle).
It’s been amazing year for LlamaZOO, and we are proud to be nominated for these awards alongside fellow Victoria-based tech companies such as Futurepay, Telmediq, and SendtoNews. We wish all of the finalists good luck, but we very much look forward to adding another robot trophy (or two) to the LlamaZOO office.
Excited words from LlamaZOO's co-founders, Charles Lavigne & Kevin Oke:
Charles: “At LlamaZOO we’ve been committed to creating disruptive technologies and bringing them to unforeseen spaces since day one.
Our comprehensive virtual 3D canine cadaver for education and professionals in VR is a world first, we’ve disrupted how GIS and shore flood lines are visualized for insurance and municipalities, and now we’re expanding our AR/VR platform to industry sectors such as mining and training. Since the last VIATEC awards we’ve been very busy presenting at the inaugural VRVCA in Beijing, as SXSWedu Launch finalists in Texas, unveiling our VR experience in Las Vegas, and finally being invited by Microsoft to demo on their future realities floor at BCTech.
We’re excited to come home to Victoria and receive recognition after such an incredible year!”
Kevin: “Winning Startup of the Year at the VIATEC Technology Awards two years ago was a very pivotal time for LlamaZOO, and was followed by our first round of investment, and first university partnerships. It’s an honour to be recognized again for what we’ve accomplished, and we’re excited for awards night!”
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The winning companies for each category will be announced during the 2017 VIATEC Technology Awards Show, which takes place June 2nd at the Victoria Conference Centre.