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Tech community continues support of local food banks with $72,000 donation

Tech community continues support of local food banks with $72,000 donation

Tech community continues support of local food banks with $72,000 donation

A total of $53,523.82 in cash and 1,733lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result from the 2017 VIATEC Food Bank Challenge! The weight in food is equal to $4,897.50. This, combined with the CEO’s “Steppin’ Up” stair climb fundraiser which brought in $13,884.00, brings the total 2017 value to $72,012.23!

“It is our honour to continue to play a role in encouraging and directing the generous members of our community,” said VIATEC CEO, Dan Gunn. “All the credit goes to our members and donors. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

Since its inception in 2002, $2,129,692.17 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, we’re now at $2,201,704.40!


This year’s top contributors:

Greatest Per-Employee Contributor:

  • 1st place: Econics ($340 per employee)

  • 2nd place: RingPartner ($281.17 per employee)

  • 3rd place: Flytographer ($142.94 per employee)

Greatest Overall Contributor:

  • 1st place: StarFish Medical ($9,563.80 cash & food)

  • 2nd place: Schneider Electric ($9,282.24 cash & food)

  • 3rd place: A TIE! RingPartner & RevenueWire ($6,470.00 cash & food each)

  A plaque presentation took place on December 14th at VIATEC’s “Very Orange Christmas” event. Click here for the photo gallery.


2017 Participants:

  1. AES Engineering

  2. Avocette technologies

  3. Bambora

  4. Codan Radio Communications

  5. Econics

  6. Flytographer

  7. FunctionFox

  8. Illumina, Inc.

  9. Latitude Technologies Corporation

  10. Limbic Media

  11. Pacific Landing

  12. RaceRocks 3D Inc.

  13. RBC Commercial Financial Services

  14. RevenueWire

  15. RingPartner

  16. Rooof

  17. Schneider Electric

  18. SilkStart

  19. StarFish Medical

  20. Stocksy United

  21. Vecima Networks

  22. VIATEC

  23. Vigil Health Solutions Inc.




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.

About the Mustard Seed Street Church:
The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in greater Victoria since 1975. The Mustard Seed’s operations are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest Food Bank, a Family Center, Hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as more traditional Church services.

The Mustard Seed Street Church positively impacts, on average 5,000 individuals per month, with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running everyday.  With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis!


Dan Gunn


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