Victoria’s techology sector celebrates with annual awards

Dann Gunn at the awardsVictoria’s tech sector celebrated its great, its good, and old faces and new ones earlier this month at the annual VIATeC Awards. More than 700 folks were in attendance at the sold-out show to see Quester Tangent named as Technology Company of the Year.

VIATeC’s Dan Gunn told the Times-Colonist:

“Quester Tangent is one of those really great stories for Victoria — a company working in a certain area that through strong management and strategy managed to double their organization in a short period of time and find a real niche for themselves. It’s also a great story to see a three-decade-old company have a strong surge 25 years in. That’s a good example to all established companies of what is possible.”

Quester Tangent is an electronics manufacturing firm with a pedigree of almost 30 years in the market. It began by developing ocean mapping gear and now creates monitoring units to provide detailed diagnostic data for rail systems.

Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion – Clayton Stark
VIATeC Member of the Year – Race Rocks 3D Inc.  
Emerging Technology Company of the Year – Tutela Technologies
Team of the Year – Vancouver Island Health Authority  IMIT PDM
Employer of the Year – Edoc Systems Group Ltd.
Executive of the Year – Stuart Bowness, MediaCore
Innovative Excellence – 3DA Systems Inc.
Online Strategy of the Year – Tap for Tap
Product of the Year – Latitude Technologies, IONode Flight Data Monitoring Device
Tech Company of the Year – Quester Tangent 
Education Champion – Dave Shortreed

UVic microscope workshops coming soon

The University of Victoria’s mega microscope is once again in the news. Workshops to train scientists on how to use the behemoth are slated to start this fall.

“We have bragging rights. We have the highest resolution in the world,” Elaine Humphrey, manager of UVic’s Advance Microscope Facility told the Victoria Times-Colonist.

Size does matter in this particular area of technology. The seven-tonne, 4.5-metre-tall microscope views objects at a magnification of up to 20 million times larger than what the human eye can see. Built in Japan by Hitachi, it arrived at UVic in parts a year ago. (Imagine putting it together? I hope they had more than an IKEA-style series of badly drawn diagrams.)

The workshops could have international appeal for chemists, electrical and mechanical engineers, biologists and physicists.  The Times-Colonist reports Redlen Technologies, a Victoria firm making high-resolution radiation detectors used in nuclear cardiology and baggage scanning, could be a possible customer.