VIATEC names finalists for its 2023 Community Awards

Plus, Indigenous technology, local asteroids, and Victoria tech successes.


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VIATEC names finalists for its 2023 Community Awards

The word is out — VIATEC has announced its list of 50 finalists for its annual Community Awards.

For over 20 years, the awards have brought the tech community together to connect, spotlight, and celebrate some of the year’s most notable companies and individuals within Victoria’s $5 billion (or maybe even $6 billion) tech sector. This year, the selection committee has aimed to increase inclusivity and foster a sense of belonging.

There are 10 categories for the awards, ranging from Victoria’s startup standouts to established anchor companies. Handpicked from 120 hopefuls, these finalists represent the best of technology in B.C.’s capital.

The finalists include:

The final awards ceremony takes place Thursday, November 30 at the Victoria Conference Centre. The community is invited for a night of celebration, networking, and fun — with a twist. This year’s theme is a costume masquerade, where attendees are encouraged to come as they wish they were.


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📰 More Victoria innovation news

🥇 Tech that empowers: Victoria-based Jeff Ward was highlighted for his work supporting Indigenous peoples using technology. Ward’s company, Animikii, is the first Indigenous Certified B Corporation in Canada and is mandated to have fifty percent Indigenous and fifty percent women and non-binary people on its board.

⭐ Land among the stars: Two Victoria locals, Chris Gainor and Lauri Roche, learned that their dedication to education about the solar system had earned them a special honour — asteroids named after them by the International Astronomy Union.

👁️ See it all: Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies was featured as one of the region’s many tech success stories. Redlen uses cadmium, zinc, and telluride to develop “the world’s most advanced CZT sensors.”

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