A new pilot at the helm

Plus, uncovering opportunities in the Blue Economy


Welcome to this week’s Sunday Briefing. In this issue, read about Flytographer’s new COO, a survey for companies working in the Blue Economy, funding for First Nations clean energy projects, and Google recognition for a local company.

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People Moves: Flytographer announces Paulina Cameron as new COO

Image: Paulina Cameron

Originally published in the Vancouver Tech Journal

Flytographer, the Victoria-based platform connecting travellers with local photographers across over 350 cities, welcomed Paulina Cameron as its new COO. Cameron is the former CEO of The Forum, a charity that supports women entrepreneurs, and the author of Canada 150 Women, which profiles inspiring female role models.

Cameron joined the company “to build on their tremendous legacy and drive our next growth goals forward,” she shared. “After a decade of leading in the ecosystem, supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs while spearheading my own ventures, I am honoured to dive into scaling a local, woman-founded business whose ethos resonates deeply with my own.”

Cameron shared that she first met Flytographer’s founder and CEO, Nicole Smith, through The Forum when Smith won its ‘Pitch for the Purse’ competition in 2018. The two continued to connect when Smith joined The Forum as a board member months later.

“[Nicole] built Flytographer with an incredible trajectory, and I feel so connected to the magic of capturing life’s most precious adventures – celebrating meaningful moments feels like the best antidote to time just flying by,” Cameron said.

Flytographer is hiring for multiple roles right now, including a Director of Growth Marketing, Fractional CFO, and Controller.


Guy Kawasaki to Kickstart INNOVATEwest!

INNOVATEwest proudly announces Guy Kawasaki as the opening keynote speaker. The legendary Chief Evangelist of Canva and former Apple influencer, Guy is a beacon of tech innovation and modern marketing wisdom. His illustrious career, marked by transformative ideas and 15 influential books, has redefined industry standards and inspired global audiences. From revolutionizing Apple's approach to democratizing design through Canva, Guy's insights promise to ignite the spark of creativity in every attendee. Join us to be part of the next wave of innovation led by the visionary Guy Kawasaki.

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📰 More Victoria innovation news

🌅 Deep blue sea: The Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable technologies (COAST) and the University of Victoria’s Impact Investing Hub launched the BC Blue Economy Survey to uncover opportunities, challenges, and gaps in the sector.

💨 The wind in the willows: The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce announced that three Indigenous communities on the South Island will receive $792,000 from the First Nations Clean Energy Fund.

🌤 Charlie St. Cloud: Victoria-based Premier Cloud received the Google Cloud Infrastructure Services Specialization, a recognition within the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program that exhibits the technical expertise of a Google Cloud partner in specific cloud solutions and service domains.

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