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.
Not many people decide where they will attend college while they’re still in grade 5, and actually follow through. Tessa first visited Victoria when her class from Burnaby took a field trip to learn about the Legislature. As she ate her paper bag lunch beside the “Welcome to Victoria” flower sign in the inner harbour, she took it all in, sighed with relief, and told her best friend, “I’m going to move here one day.”
Sure enough, she moved to Victoria at the age of 18 and lived at the Ocean Island Backpackers Inn for 5 months in order to meet new people and get to know the city. She took every “-ology” course Camosun College had to offer before submerging herself in the Applied Communication Program and graduating in 2009 (writing, graphic design, video, radio, photography, communications). While in school, she was the Editor in Chief for Nexus Newspaper and travelled across Canada for Canadian University Press Conferences.
Tessa started her career with the Victoria Chamber before finding VIATEC. She worked for VIATEC from 2011-2013 before heading to Vancouver. She returned in March, 2015 after getting some experience in the hospitality and retail industries, and couldn't be happier to be home and working with her favourite team.
At VIATEC, she is responsible for all of VIATEC's flagship event planning, visioning, promoting and wrangling. These events include Discover Tectoria, the VIATEC Awards, Experience Tectoria, F*ckUp Nights and VIAfests. She also maintains sponsorship relationships, is a pro and chucking inflatable whales at music festivals, and she handles all VIATEC communication: Weekly newsletter, alwayscheckthebside.com, tectoria.ca, news releases, social media channels, and the website. In addition to events and communication, Tessa creates the bulk of VIATEC's graphic design and brainstorms innovative (insane) ideas with the CEO.
In her “free” time, Tessa performs with a local dance crew, hikes trails with her husband and Cocker-Pug, avoids cooking and serves on the Advisory Board for Camosun College’s new Communications Department.
Molly is passionate about creating ways for people to feel connected and inspired. She previously worked as VIATEC's Events Manager and in Community Engagement for the City of Victoria, Events for Alberta Theatre Projects, and Production for Theatre Calgary. She holds degrees in Arts and Commerce.
Molly is energized by positive people, the great outdoors, new experiences, and hanging with her hubby and their spunky daughter Avery. She moved to Victoria from the prairies in 2014, and still can’t get over the novelty of going paddleboarding after work!
Acting as VIATEC’s Facilities Manager, Sean Bennett is responsible for keeping Fort Tectoria Mission Ready. From troubleshooting network issues to installing feature walls in our cozy Fort, Sean’s able to make it happen.
Sean attended Camosun College in 2012 where he took his Entry Level Training in the Electrical industry. Shortly after adding tools to his belt, Sean took a General Labourer role at Point Hope Shipyard. Having the chance to work with many industry veterans on over 15 vessels has opened Sean’s eyes to the wonderful world of creativity and innovation.
In March of 2014, Sean accepted the role as VIATEC’s Facilities Manager where he was tasked with creating the transition that brought VIATEC to it’s current home, Fort Tectoria.
A passion for video games, technology, and island living help remind Sean that he’s chosen the right place to build upon his fundamentals.