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About VIATEC

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.

VIATEC started in 1989, when a community of technologists and entrepreneurs joined together to share information on how to build companies and support the tech industry. Since then Victoria’s economy has changed dramatically and its brand has been transformed.

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.

A Message From the CEO

Thanks for your interest in VIATEC. I hope this will help you better understand what and who we are. Even better, I hope it makes it clear how to get involved. I’d like to take a minute to highlight something crucial to the vibrancy and impact of our local tech sector: The community.

Many are surprised to discover that tech is our largest private industry and I often get asked, “How did this happen?” “Why is there a thriving tech sector in Victoria… a tourism and government town on an island… in Canada?”

We have some obvious advantages:

  • 3 post-secondary institutions bringing together over 40,000 students that are eager to learn, innovate and build making us Canada’s Smartest City.
  • World-class research facilities like the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence and Ocean Networks Canada attracting top researchers and conducting ground-breaking research and analysis.
  • An economy that includes robust tourism and government sectors which provide stability, predictability and diversity that increase the overall critical mass of the community. This, in turn, increases our infrastructure, culture and provides stable jobs for the partners of risk-taking entrepreneurs
  • Exceptional Lifestyle. I mean, if you can start a company anywhere, wouldn't you do it in a place that’s postcard beautiful, benefits from the strengths of Canada and has the best weather in the nation?

What is not as easy to see is the sense of community among the people that live here. There’s something that happens when really talented people that can live anywhere all choose the same place. They tend to have a longer term view and a willingness to do what is right for the greater good.

In the tech sector, our members’ willingness to work together, support each other, learn from each other and tackle challenges together gives us a huge leg up. Maybe it’s because most of the revenues for our sector come from off the island and, as such, most of our members are not in competition but, daily we see first hand an ‘esprit du corps’ that is remarkable. That attitude created our organization and our entire tech sector has benefitted from that collaborative spirit.

- Dan Gunn, CEO, VIATEC

Focus Areas

Serve as the primary promoter and definitive source of information on the local technology sector. (Technology is Victoria’s #1 industry with a $4.06 Billion Annual Revenue, a $5.22 Billion Economic Impact and over 16,775 employees across 995 high-tech companies - and growing!)

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FAQs

Q. Which membership is right for me?

A. If you work for a company, "Company Member" is the correct choice. A "Student Member" is for an individual who is enrolled in full-time studies and is located within the Greater Victoria area. An "Individual Member" is someone who supports VIATEC’s initiatives and is not associated with a company (job seekers/retired tech employees).

For Sustaining Patron or Community Builder memberships please see the list of benefits here, (which include free job postings!). These membership levels allow companies who are now in positions of leadership to ‘give back’ to the community and help support VIATEC in their financial initiatives.

 

Q. How much is a company membership?

A. All company memberships are tier-based, starting at $400, and the price increments are determined by the amount of employees you currently have in the Greater Victoria area. A Technology Startup (a company less than three years old), receives a discount.

 

Q. Is my company a Technology Member or Service Member?

A. In order to be classified as a Technology member you must have one of the following in proprietary products or services:

  • 50% of your revenue must come from a technology product, or
  • 50% of your revenue must come from a technology platform, or
  • 25% of your revenue must be for research and development, or
  • Hold a patent

VIATEC Crew

Dan Gunn

DAN GUNN

CEO

Rob Bennett

Rob Bennett

ROB BENNETT

COO, Program Director

Tessa Bousfield

Tessa Bousfield

TESSA BOUSFIELD

Branding & Events Director

Georgia Cowell

Georgia Cowell

GEORGIA COWELL

Member Relations Manager

Michelle Gaetz

Michelle Gaetz

MICHELLE GAETZ

Operations & Finance Manager

Dominic Ohl

Dominic Ohl

DOMINIC OHL

Program Coordinator

Eve Olynyk
EVE OLYNYK

Community Talent Development Manager

Lindsay Richmond

Lindsay Richmond

LINDSAY RICHMOND

Director of Leadership & Learning

Paula Parker
PAULA PARKER

Community Manager
(On Mat Leave)

Program Staff

Shelley Voyer
SHELLEY VOYER

Executive in Residence: Accelerator Program.
Program Manager: Women's Entrepreneurship Program.

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BRAD VAN VUGT

Executive in Residence: Accelerator Program.

Mark Grambart
MARK GRAMBART

Executive in Residence:
Accelerator Program.

Todd Dunlop
TODD DUNLOP

Entrepreneur in Residence, Accelerator Program

Board of Directors

Brad Williams
BRAD WILLIAMS

VIATEC Board Chair, VIATEC Board Member

Justin Love
JUSTIN LOVE

VIATEC Vice Chair, VIATEC Board Member

Robert Bowness
ROBERT BOWNESS

Finance Committee Chair, VIATEC Foundation Committee, VIATEC Board Member

Erin Skillen
ERIN SKILLEN

Governance Committee Chair, VIATEC Board Member

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DARREN BECKWITH

VIATEC Board Member

Christina Gerow
CHRISTINA GEROW

VIATEC Board Member

Mon Gill
MON GILL

VIATEC Board Member

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RACHEL GREENSPAN

VIATEC Board Member

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SARAH GULBRANDSEN

VIATEC Board Member

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CHRISTINA JONES

VIATEC Board Member

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CORINA LUDWIG

VIATEC Board Member

Owen Matthews
OWEN MATTHEWS

VIATEC Board Member

Jason Morehouse
JASON MOREHOUSE

VIATEC Board Member

Masoud Nassaji
MASOUD NASSAJI

VIATEC Board Member

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VIATEC Foundation

The VIATEC Foundation, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, is designed to focus the social conscience of the tech industry. Upon its launch in 2017, the Foundation raised $166,000 and since then, a Committee has been recruited and a framework for giving was developed, that will support our community in areas of need that are important to Victoria’s technology ecosystem.

The first round of grants was distributed in 2018 and included $10,000 for the Mustard Seed Food Bank (in addition to the 2018 Food Bank Challenge), $15,000 for the Food Rescue Project and $15,000 for James, the Robotic Butler, an Esquimalt High School Student Project.

VIATEC was able to provide scholarships for 10 women entrepreneurs for the Flip the Switch conference held in November, 2018.

The VIATEC Foundation held a donor appreciation event at the food security distribution centre on June 4, 2018 where donors witnessed first-hand the amazing potential of the centre to reduce food insecurity in the local community.

Most recently, the VIATEC Foundation donated $10,000 to the Times Colonist Rapid Relief Fund in response to COVID-19 relief efforts in our community.

For more information on the VIATEC Foundation, or to donate, please contact Dan Gunn at dgunn@viatec.ca.

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