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Victoria's Tech Scene Shines at the 2023 VIATEC Community Awards Masquerade Gala

Victoria's Tech Scene Shines at the 2023 VIATEC Community Awards Masquerade Gala

VIATEC Technology Sector Events Leadership Entrepreneurship CEO

Masquerade Elegance Meets Tech: Highlights from Victoria's Dazzling VIATEC Awards Night.

December 1st, 2023

VICTORIA, BC – The VIATEC Community Awards 2023 at Carson Hall, Victoria Conference Centre, was an unforgettable night, not just for the awards but for the spectacular masquerade costume ball theme. Guests were dressed to the nines, donning playful masks and adding an air of mystery and excitement to the evening.

The night kicked off with a beloved tradition - a creative challenge sponsored by KPMG that saw each table competing in decorating their own masks. The competition was fierce, but The City of Victoria table clinched the win with their ingenious Star Wars-themed masks, crafted in just 10 minutes!

Our amazing band, the Astrobots featuring Todd Hooge, Dave Dahlberg, Bil Underwood, and Paul Karin-Gronow, truly rocked the night away. They played classic covers with a twist, altering lyrics to match our tech world and the awards being presented.

Kim Persley and Benji Duke from “Quiz This” were our MCs for the night, bringing an eccentric game show vibe that had everyone in stitches. Their quirky skits and engaging antics kept the audience thoroughly entertained.

As the night hit its peak, the attendees dove into the 'Orca Toss Chaos' – a hallmark of wild fun unique to the event. Picture a sea of smiling faces, with inflatable orcas flying through the air. It was akin to a tech carnival, with everyone fully immersed in the action. This quirky tradition has become their way of declaring, 'In the tech world, Victoria knows how to throw a party!

Special thanks to our sponsors for their invaluable support. Your contributions have been essential in making the VIATEC Community Awards 2023 not just possible, but a remarkable celebration of our vibrant tech community.

2023 Award Recipients (The stars of the night!):

Anchor Company of the Year (30+):
(Sponsored by: Alacrity Canada)

Scale Company of the Year (11-29):
(Sponsored by: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP)

Growth Company of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Cindicates)

Startup of the Year (<10):
(Sponsored by: Bloom Technical)

Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

Emerging Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Women's Equity Lab)

Employer of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Giftbit)

The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion:
(Sponsored by: Reed Pope)

The Janet Baird Award for Community Champion:
(Sponsored by: The City of Victoria)

Inclusion Champion:
(Sponsored by: Redbrick)

Social Impact Award:
(Sponsored by: UVIC Coast Capital Innovation Centre)

VIATEC Member of the Year:

Innovative Excellence - Hardware:
(Sponsored by: Roy Group)

Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:
(Sponsored by: Roy Group)

Product of the Year:
(Sponsored by Acera Insurance, formerly Megson FitzPatrick)

Media Contact:

Dan Gunn



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.

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