What's the Victoria connection between MLB, the NFL, and Bloomberg?

Plus, meet Ocean Networks Canada's president and CEO, Kate Moran.

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Briefing. In this issue, read about the acquisition of Victoria’s STN Video, a Tiny pet acquisition, EV chargers from the City, and big, big batteries on Vancouver Island.

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Victoria’s STN Video acquired by Minute Media

Photo: Minute Media

Major League Baseball, the National Football League, Variety, and Bloomberg are just a few of the big-name brands whose content you can access online thanks to STN Video. STN holds partnerships with every major league in the U.S. and reaches tens of millions of unique users through its online video platform.

It’s no doubt a big part of what tempted Minute Media, a global technology and content business, into acquiring the Victoria company.

“STN Video was built for distribution partners who care about content, user experience, and monetization,” said Matthew Watson, CEO of STN Video. “We are thrilled to continue our journey with Minute Media to maximize our global video reach for content providers and advertisers across their unique platforms.”

The acquisition of STN will bring additional technology capabilities, distribution, and sports highlight content rights to Minute Media’s ecosystem of owned sports content brands, distribution partners, and advertisers.

“With STN’s sports content highlight rights and award-winning video technology, Minute Media’s partners and clients will have access to a 360 degree view of the sports industry, combining content from athletes, teams, creators, and now, leagues,” said Asaf Peled, founder and CEO of Minute Media.

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Kate Moran, a pioneer in technological innovation to support ocean-and-planet sustainability, was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in June 2023. Credit: Ocean Networks Canada

Meet a member: Kate Moran, president and CEO, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)

The organization: ONC’s world-leading ocean observatories bring data to the surface, accelerating scientific discovery and delivering solutions that support ocean-and-planet sustainability for future generations.

The CEO: Moran has led ONC for over a decade, taking over as president and CEO in 2012. She is a registered professional engineer, a fellow of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers, and was selected as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the class of 2022.

Career highlights:

  • Seconded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she served as an assistant director and focused on Arctic, polar, oceanic, and climate policy issues, as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Co-led the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s Arctic Coring Expedition, which successfully recovered the first paleoclimate record from the Arctic Ocean.

  • Led one of the first offshore expeditions to investigate the seafloor following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

INNOVATEwest's Speaker Lineup Reveal!

INNOVATEwest (IW) unveils its power-packed lineup of over 70 speakers, including names from heralded 'centaurs' of SaaS (Clio and Jobber) and top global investors like CapitalG, Bessemer Venture Partners, and more. But the highlight?

Top business leaders from Microsoft, Google, Damon Motors, and Frontier Collective.

📰 More Victoria innovation news

🐶 If only I could have a puppy: Victoria’s Tiny announced its definitive agreement to acquire WholesalePet, one of the largest marketplaces of its kind in the United States.

⚡️Shock me like an electric eel: The City of Victoria put out the call for business owners, commercial land owners, and property managers to express their interest in hosting city-owned electric vehicle chargers. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is February 16.

🔋Start me up: Vancouver-based Energy Plug shared their interest in partnering with the Malahat First Nation to bring Canada’s first Indigenous-led gigafactory to Vancouver Island. Although negotiations are still underway, a formal groundbreaking is planned for February, according to Energy Plug’s president and CEO.

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