Victoria’s technology industry has attracted a record number of investors to its annual fall showcase. Experience Tectoria will bring 36 investors to the city from around North America in order to get a sense of what makes Victoria and the sector tick.
“We need to drive home just how vibrant our community is and bringing the leaders and opinion-shapers of our industry to our doorstep is the best way to really open their eyes,” said Dan Gunn, chief executive of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council.
The three-day investor summit, which starts Thursday, pairs investors with local technology entrepreneurs who will show off the city through a series of networking sessions, public and invitation-only events and demonstrations. Experience Tectoria coincides with the annual Rifflandia Music Festival which helps to show off the city’s vibrancy. Events include Launch & Learn — a chance for local firms to share their latest news — Demo Camp, and a F**k-up Night, where people share stories of failed projects.
Meanwhile, the search is over for those hunting for a search- engine marketing summit. Fort Tectoria, the home base of VIATEC at 777 Fort St., will be playing host to the Island’s first search engine marketing summit Oct. 4. Tickets and information are available at semsummit.ca.
Tourism Victoria appointment
Tourism Victoria has appointed Miranda Ji as its director of sales for the Victoria Conference Centre and Business Events Victoria. Ji, who most recently was Tourism Victoria’s corporate sales manager, will be in charge of the Victoria Conference Centre and Tourism Victoria meeting sales teams and will guide the integration of the two as they come together formally in January. Ji has worked in senior sales management roles with the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour and Starbucks.