Douglas Weekly – February 26

Douglas Weekly - Feb 26


VIATEC Seeks Input from Victoria’s Tech Industry

Tech is Greater Victoria’s largest private sector industry. Last year, it generated over $4 billion in revenue. Dan Gunn, CEO of non-profit Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC), predicts even better industry performance in the coming years. “I think we’ll be as much as twice the size as we are by 2030, putting us over $10 billion in annual revenue,” he told Douglas late last year. 

Some of that success has to do with the work VIATEC does to promote Victoria’s tech businesses and industry. One of the ways it does that is with its economic impact studies that showcase industry performance to media, policymakers, government programs and academic institutions, in the hopes of attracting new talent and potential investors.

VIATEC says it has a 2023 study in the works, but the non-profit needs help. It relies on inputs from Victoria-based tech companies to provide up-to-date, accurate information about the state of the industry here. If you own a tech business, consider taking part in the survey. You’ll have to provide a 2023 employee count, estimated 2022 and 2023 revenues from your Greater Victoria operations, payroll expenses and municipal taxes.

Find the survey here, and read VIATEC’s 2018 Economic Impact Study here.


Modern Business Casual
Decoding today’s office dress code: Style still matters.

Fashion pundits say the new office look is “power casual.” Back in the day, business casual meant a navy blazer, crisp white shirt and creased trousers. Thanks to remote working that look morphed into sweatpants, a T-shirt and Crocs. Now that most of us are back in the office, at least part time, there is a new casual look. 

Read the full story in the latest issue of Douglas.


Coming up:  


February 28: Think Local First Business Mixer


March 1: Make it Safe Health and Safety Conference

March 6-7: B.C. Tourism Industry Conference

March 6-8: South Island Prosperity Partnership Rising Economy Conference  

March 8: Optimizing Talent and Compensation for Business Growth Breakfast

March 14: Victoria Chamber Emerge Connector

March 19-22: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training Event

March 21: Saanich Peninsula Chamber March Mixer

March 22: Victoria F*ckup Nights 


April 18: Saanich Peninsula Chamber April Mixer

April 23: Advanced AI: Friend of Foe — UVic Lecture


June 11-13: Local Government Management Association Conference