Victoria, BC - April 25, 2012 – An abundance of nomination packages have been reviewed in order to announce the finalists of the 2012 VIATeC Technology Awards. There is an enormous amount of tech talent in Greater Victoria, and the submission count VIATeC has received over the last 30 days proves this point.
The VIATeC Technology Awards, scheduled for May 31, 2012, celebrates the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia. Now in its 11th year, the awards provide well deserved recognition for some of Victoria's most innovative firms and a great opportunity for the local tech community to gather and celebrate each other's successes.
"We look forward to another exciting night of recognition and networking. We are proud that so many look forward to this event and honoured to play a role in highlighting the people, companies and innovations that make technology Victoria's largest revenue producing industry,” explains Dan Gunn, Executive Director of VIATeC. “We've received so many nominations this year, that we have split the Innovative Excellence Award into three categories and separated the Employee/Team of the Year Award into two. We are thankful to everyone that takes the time to nominate and get involved each and every year.”
The finalists for the 2012 VIATeC Technology Awards are:
Technology Company of the Year:
-Contech Enterprises Inc.
-HP Advanced Solutions Inc.
-UNIT4 Business Software
Emerging Technology Company of the Year:
-First Light Technologies Ltd.
-Tutela Technologies Ltd.
Product of the Year:
-Carmanah Technologies, EG Series Solar LED Outdoor Lighting System
-RevenueWire, CallStream Program
-ShipConstructor Software Inc., AutoCAD based CAD/CAM Program
Executive of the Year:
-Ron deBruyne, CEO, Edoc Systems Group
-Troy Griffiths, President & CEO, Vigil Health Solutions
-Darren Larkins, CEO, ShipConstructor Software Inc.
-Shelley Zapp, President, UNIT4 Business Software
Innovative Excellence - Software:
-Applied Brain and Vision Sciences
-Bet Smart Media
-Udutu Online Learning Solutions
Innovative Excellence - Hardware:
-First Light Technologies Ltd.
-iBoard Canada Manufacturing Inc.
-ViVitro Labs Inc.
Innovative Excellence - Process:
-Q5 Innovations Inc.
-Race Rocks 3D Inc.
-Saanich School District – SD #63
Online Strategy of the Year:
Employee of the Year:
-Rian Bowden, PlusROI Online Marketing Inc.
-Loren Stewart, KANO/APPS
-Mark Waldie, ShipConstructor Software Inc.
Team of the Year:
-GeoDigital International, Production Lead Team
-KANO/APPS, Creative Team
-Race Rocks 3D Inc., Artists and Developers Team
-Neverblue, Cross Functional Team
-YUPIQ, Development Team
Employer of the Year:
-Smart Dolphins IT Solutions
*Please note recipients for the following awards will be announced later: Education Champion, Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion, VIATeC Member of the Year, 20 Seconds to Tectoria - video challenge.
Congratulations to the finalists and to everyone that was nominated. The winners will be announced at the awards gala on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Visit the official Tech Awards web site at www.viatecawards.com for more information.
The Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) is the conduit that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow a successful technology sector in Greater Victoria.
The organization was founded in 1989 to promote and enhance the development of the local advanced technology industry. With only a handful of known technology companies, the ambitious mandate to facilitate the development of our region as a global centre of excellence for advanced technology was set.
The Greater Victoria tech sector has grown to over 800 known technology companies, employing more than 13,000 people and generating in excess of $1.95 billion in annual revenues with an economic impact of $2.65 billion, making advanced technology Greater Victoria's #1 private industry.
Most recently VIATeC has been blanketing the city with messaging about our diverse economy, and the career and investment opportunities within it with the “Tectoria” branding campaign.
VIATeC is intended to be the first place that people contact for information or assistance related to advanced technology in Greater Victoria. VIATeC's membership, which currently stands at over 375 annually, elects VIATeC's Board of Directors, which in turn provides guidance to the Executive Director. www.viatec.ca
About VIATeC Technology Awards
The Technology Awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia.
The awards recognize individuals, companies and employers behind all of the hard work in the technology industry. They are given the opportunity to stand out in front of their peers for their great accomplishments achieved throughout the year. Finalists and recipients will be recognized in front of over five hundred executives, senior decision makers, government representatives and the media at the awards gala scheduled this year on May 31st.
This event is a great opportunity to network with industry pioneers, while applauding the technology community's success for making Greater Victoria a leader in advanced technology in Canada. www.viatechawards.com