VIATeC’s New Home a Turning Point for Victoria Tech Sector

Nevin Thompson | Tech Vibes

After a stellar year in 2014, Victoria’s booming tech sector shows no signs of slowing down.

A report recently released by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) discovered at least 900 tech companies call the provincial capital home and directly employ 15,000 tech workers.

According to the report, Greater Victoria’s technology sector now generates $3.15 billion in annual revenues, with a total economic impact of $4 billion dollars.

Established Victoria tech companies such as Amazon’s Abebooks and Schneider Electric continue to help power Victoria’s tech sector.

The combined revenues of the Victoria tech sector’s 25 biggest tech firms measured by to revenues has reached $1.16 billion.

Attracted by Victoria’s tech talent, well-known companies from the US including Kixeye, Change.org, Zynga, and RealNetworks have all set up shop in Victoria.

“Victoria’s tech sector is vibrant and it’s diverse,” says Dan Gunn, who has been VIATeC’s CEO since 2005. “There’s also that ‘DIY DNA’ that makes Victoria such a creative, entrepreneurial place.”

And, to cap off 2014 as a big year for Victoria’s tech sector, VIATeC purchased and transformed a heritage building into a new community hub it calls Fort Tectoria.

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