Dan fell in love with Victoria the moment he first landed here in 1998. Upon returning home to Ontario, he built a mahogany sea kayak because he knew he was coming back for good.
After being accepted by Royal Roads University to their degree in Entrepreneurial Management, Dan transferred from Trent University where he started in Political Science after accidentally getting elected to Georgina City Council when he was 22. Fortunately for Dan, one of his RRU profs was Doug Taylor, the then CEO of VIATEC. They hit it off and two weeks after graduating Dan started on a 7-month contract.
Dan loved how the not-for-profit world allowed his entrepreneurial spirit to flourish while making a difference helping other entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Having previously operated his own IT support company and a publishing company, Dan knows how tough starting a business can be and he takes great satisfaction from playing any role he can in helping others achieve their goals.
15 years later, Dan's 7-month contract has turned into career and in 2005, he was promoted to leading the organization. A lover of creativity and innovation, Dan takes pride in VIATEC's unique approach to serving its members. The lines between Dan's work and personal life blur in every imaginable way and VIATEC and its events are more likely to be influenced by Burning Man and Tall Tree than any other typical event.
Outside of work, Dan spends every moment he can with his 4-year old son Max and his wife Jeanie. Besides music and art festivals, he loves playing guitar, glamping and watching The Big Lebowski.
As VIATEC's Chief Operating Officer and Program Director, Rob supports the development of start-up and early stage companies through a variety of programs and resources, most notably the VIATEC Accelerator Program. He has personally been involved in multiple local tech companies as a programmer, founder, angel investor, mentor and coach. He's passionate about the growth and development of the tech community, and you can easily spot him at a variety of community events (he's 6'5" tall!).
Originally from the sunny Okanagan, but realizing she was not a winter lover, Michelle made her way west to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Genetics. In 2001 she was offered a job with a biotechnology firm and made Victoria her home. Tired of cloning trees, Michelle began her career with VIATEC in 2007.
When Michelle is not knee deep in budgets and expenses you'll find her on a yoga mat, tending to vegetable patio garden, or reading a favourite book. She thrives on learning and has currently obtained a certification in holistic nutrition and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Healthy Beet Nutrition.
"The energy and creativity that percolate from working with entrepreneurs and the amazing team at VIATEC is extremely gratifying but to know we've had a hand in helping others reach their stars is astounding"
Native to Vancouver Island, Georgia is the 4th generation. The Island provides her family the diversity that is required for their lifestyle and the Gulf Islands where she enjoys boating, camping, fishing and a great round of Frisbee golf.
With a biology background in Pathogenic Bacteria's and a Diploma in Business Management. Georgia brings more than 18 years experience in a Managing position. Her talent to manage time keeps the team fashioned and the office functioning in top-notch condition.
She is the main contact for all inquiries regarding membership. Her resourcefulness to assist VIATEC members on a day-to-day basis provides her with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment knowing that she is working in a innovative and entrepreneurial community.
Some of her other Mad Hatter hats entail accounts receivable, administration, procurement, and negotiations.
Tessa Bousfield is the Marketing & Events Director for VIATEC. Her primary responsibility is leading all of VIATEC’s flagship events from concept to planning, logistics to sponsorship and design to promotion... all while staying on her toes for last minute improvements and ensuring VIATEC’s edge stays sharp.
Tessa has always had a desire to be a part of her community. At the age of 14 she helped launch a Youth Committee dedicated to running community charity events, cleaning up streets and coordinating fun events for fellow youth. She’s also run a college newspaper, taught dance, worked security for fairs and mastered the art of hospitality.
After studying Applied Communications in college, she put her unique skill collection towards event planning and marketing for not-for-profits. Greater Victoria’s technology sector was always one she saw as leading the way for change in the community, so she found her career with VIATEC.
Tessa takes pride in VIATEC’s reputation which is a council that does everything out of the ordinary (makes a LOT of noise), while still following its key focus areas: Regional and Sector Promotion, Networking and Connections, Talent, Education and Mentoring.
But it’s when an event is in full swing, when she sees the celebration and feels the electricity in the air, that she really appreciates creating something undeniably awesome for such a talented group of people.
The #1 tool to create a successful event: A hard-working, passionate team
The most unexpected skill gained through VIATEC: How to properly inflate an Orca whale and successfully launch it into a crowd.
Dominic is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree. He specialized in entrepreneurship and has been interested in the world of start-up business ever since.
If you come across Dominic and find yourself cranking your head back to say “hello”... no need to ask because, yes, he has played basketball…
Dominic was a member of the Vikes varsity basketball team during which time he had the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for the national championship tournament. He still pounds the hardwood but these days Dominic is playing for a different prize which usually consists of a case of beer and a t-shirt.
As Engagement Concierge, Dominic ensures the efficient day-to-day operation of VIATEC programs, and supports the work of accelerator start-up companies, executives in residence and the management team.
Forrester has had anything but a typical upbringing. Forrester’s sense of curiosity for people and culture was sparked by spending a considerable amount of his childhood being immersed in different cultures and living in countries around the globe such as South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Forrester returned to Victoria to complete his secondary school education. He then furthered his learning at the University of Victoria, where he successfully earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Soon after graduation, Forrester took some time to travel and explore his interests. He swam with Hawksbill Turtles while earning his Open Water Diver Certification in Bali, Indonesia, became a Mentor with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization, and on his spare time you might find him tinkering around with various wood working projects, or shooting some hoops on the basketball court.
As the Facilities Manager for VIATEC, Forrester is excited to help local techies and entrepreneurs find success by making the most of the facilities at Fort Tectoria.