2017 VIATEC Technology Awards Finalists Announced

Scott Phillips named 2017 Technology Champion
April 11, 2017  (Victoria, BC) – The Victoria high-tech sector has announced the finalists for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards. Winners will be revealed at the gala on the evening of June 2nd at the Victoria Conference Centre.
The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators that have driven the local tech sector to over $3.15 billion in annual sales and Victoria’s largest private industry.
After sifting through an outstanding 141 nominations, 48 finalists (35 companies) have been selected for 12 award categories, and an additional 4 recipients were selected for some prestigious awards.
Scott Phillips (StarFish Medical), will receive the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion, and RevenueWire will receive the VIATEC Member of the Year award.
Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC explained, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Scott Phillips for more than 15 years and I’ve seen his dedication to our tech community as a VIATEC board member, volunteer mentor, CEO round table chair and most importantly, as an example of how to join, lead and participate in building a strong tech community. Our tech community is stronger for having him among us and I think Colin Lennox would be proud to see Scott recognized in this manner.”
“RevenueWire and their team are model members. They come to every event we host with big smiles and network like crazy. They exhibit at events and make them better, they give us support and feedback at peer round tables and other meetings, they get behind VIATEC food bank challenges with big raises and fun ideas, and finally, RevenueWire CEO, Bobbi Leach, is a great board member,” commented Gunn.
Added to this year’s category roster is the Community Involvement Award which ParetoLogic will receive, and also the Newcomer Award which will go to Scott Lake.
“ParetoLogic has been a strong contributor to our community for years thanks to the passion behind the Pereira family and their team members,” continued Gunn.
Just in the past year ParetoLogic has contributed to 11 separate charities or initiatives, including some outside of Victoria: the Edward and Maggie Pires Center in North Goa, India; Change Heroes (they built houses in Mexico); and Canadian Red Cross (Fort McMurray Wildfires).
“It’s about time we recognize them for going way above and beyond.”
“The spell of Victoria’s charm and opportunity worked on Scott Lake, formerly of Shopify. Since moving here from Toronto, he’s shared a wealth of experience as an Executive in Residence for our Accelerator Program, and has even opened up as a speaker at one of our events. Scott has dived head first into our tech community, not wasting any time at all. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the first ever Newcomer Award.”
The Capital Investment Network (CIN) has introduced their own Angel of the Year Award which will be presented to Rasool Rayani at VIATEC’s awards gala. Rasool receives this award for raising the profile of local angel investing, demonstrating a high level of investor acumen, serving as a mentor to other angels and entrepreneurs and for setting a positive example within the angel community.
Over 60% of tickets have already sold to June 2nd’s gala which can hold 800 guests. The elaborate celebration is expected to sell out once again and promises to continue to raise the bar.
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The 2017 Finalists are:
Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees):
Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

  • ACD Systems International Inc.
  • Checkfront
  • Redlen Technologies Inc.

Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees):
(Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

  • KANO
  • Flytographer
  • Music Group Innovation Canada (TC Helicon)
  • Pretio Interactive
  • SendtoNews

Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees):
(Sponsorship available)

  • Iris Dynamics Ltd.
  • Momentum Dashboard
  • SilkStart

Emerging Technology Company of the Year:
(Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

  • FuturePay
  • LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.
  • Telmediq

Startup of the Year:
(Sponsorship available)

Product of the Year:
(Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Financial Services)

  • Redbrick’s “Shift”
  • Telmediq’s “Telmediq Communication Hub”
  • VRX Simulators’ “6-DOF Simulator”

Innovative Excellence – Software or Service:
(Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

  • LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.
  • SendtoNews
  • Suntracker Technologies Ltd
  • TrichAnalytics Inc.

Innovative Excellence – Hardware:
(Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

  • Iris Dynamics Ltd.
  • Ocean Networks Canada
  • Redlen Technologies Inc.

Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

  • Tim Collins, HP Advanced Solutions Inc.
  • Nicole Smith, Flytographer
  • Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D
  • Kim Krenzler, RevenueWire

Emerging Leader of the Year (New!):
(Sponsored by: Abebooks.com)

  • Jeremy Hoffman, Go2mobi
  • Eric Haight, KANO
  • Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks 3D
  • Hunter Macdonald, Tutela Technologies
  • Christina Seargeant, Workday

Team of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

  • Atomic Crayon
  • Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre
  • Codename Entertainment
  • RingPartner
  • Udutu Online Learning Solutions

Employer of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Megson FitzPatrick)

  • Go2mobi
  • Pretio Interactive
  • Redbrick
  • RevenueWire Inc.
  • Workday

The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion:
(Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

  • Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical

VIATEC Member of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)

  • RevenueWire

Community Involvement Award (New!):
(Sponsored by: City of Victoria)

  • ParetoLogic

Newcomer of the Year (New!):
(Sponsorship available)

  • Scott Lake

Angel of the Year (New!):
(Presented and selected by the Capital Investment Network)

  • Rasool Rayani

VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria’s biggest industry). 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. www.viatec.ca, www.forttectoria.ca