Roundtables

Roundtable

Roundtables


“Why should I join a Roundtable?”
 

VIATEC’s roundtables provide members with a great opportunity to meet, network, and exchange ideas, information and expertise with peers in a focused environment. Regular attendance is expected to create a group of recognizable and reliable contacts able to share challenges and lessons learned.
 

Roundtables are also a great way to get the dirt on what other local companies are up to, a convenient source of professional development, and a solid excuse for arriving to work a few minutes late.

 

“Ok I’m sold, now how do I join?”
 

Option 1: Start showing up around town at random times and locations in the hopes of walking in on a roundtable meeting.


Option 2: Browse the various active roundtables listed below to see which group(s) catch your fancy. If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

Be sure to specify which roundtable(s) you are interested in joining!

 

  • Anything and everything that you want and need to know about manufactuirng, this is the place to meet the people who do it, plan it, live it & breathe it, and you often get free coffee & other treats when we tour many of our local manufacturing facilities.

     Who:

    Anyone who is interested in manufacturing. We welcome those who...

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    Anything and everything that you want and need to know about manufactuirng, this is the place to meet the people who do it, plan it, live it & breathe it, and you often get free coffee & other treats when we tour many of our local manufacturing facilities.

     Who:

    Anyone who is interested in manufacturing. We welcome those who are merely thinking of manufacturing opportunites to those that have been involved in manufacturing over many years.

    Examples of topics covered:

    • Working with Contract Manufacturers
    • Manufacturing, Academia and Government: Navigating SR&ED and an introduction to MITACS
    • Review of ERP Systems

    When:
    This group meets quarterly.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

  • Did you know there are at more than 25 bioscience and biotech companies in Greater Victoria? Meet up with those firms and share ideas by joining our new monthly evening Roundtable, featuring regular guest speakers from top companies and institutions from around the world, social and business networking, topical discussion sessions, and more!

    Who:

    Anyone who is interested in biotech and bioscience. We welcome those who are merely thinking of life sciences opportunities to those that have been involved...

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    Did you know there are at more than 25 bioscience and biotech companies in Greater Victoria? Meet up with those firms and share ideas by joining our new monthly evening Roundtable, featuring regular guest speakers from top companies and institutions from around the world, social and business networking, topical discussion sessions, and more!

    Who:

    Anyone who is interested in biotech and bioscience. We welcome those who are merely thinking of life sciences opportunities to those that have been involved in biotech and bioscience over many years.

    Examples of topics covered:

    • Guest speakers from top companies and institutions from around the world 
      (member companies, scientific-services vendors, therapeutics firms, diagnostics)
    • Social and business networking
    • Topical discussion sessions

    When:
    This group meets monthly starting at 5:30pm.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

  • Members of the Business Development Roundtable meet to network and share ideas, information and expertise. Regular attendance is expected to allow participants to contribute to the discussions, analysis and problem-solving process. This creates a group of recognizable and reliable contacts within the tech community to assist with decisions and assessments in a complex working environment.

    Who:
    Participants are experienced sales...

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    Members of the Business Development Roundtable meet to network and share ideas, information and expertise. Regular attendance is expected to allow participants to contribute to the discussions, analysis and problem-solving process. This creates a group of recognizable and reliable contacts within the tech community to assist with decisions and assessments in a complex working environment.

    Who:
    Participants are experienced sales leaders (including those who lead other sales people, generate strategy or are responsible for managing a sales channel or channels) working in Greater Victoria based companies. They possess years of applied experience/training and are able to participate and contribute at a strategic level.

    Examples of topics covered:

    • Developing and Nurturing the Pipeline before the Pipeline
    • Secrets of Google Adwords
    • How to Conduct a Web Demo

    When:
    This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

  • The VIATEC CEO Roundtable enables members to meet with peers in a friendly and constructive setting to discuss key issues encountered while running their companies. Regular attendance is expected to allow participants to contribute to the discussions, analysis and problem-solving process.

    Who:
    CEO, President, VP, COO or Senior Executives of Greater Victoria based companies with revenues exceeding $500K.

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    The VIATEC CEO Roundtable enables members to meet with peers in a friendly and constructive setting to discuss key issues encountered while running their companies. Regular attendance is expected to allow participants to contribute to the discussions, analysis and problem-solving process.

    Who:
    CEO, President, VP, COO or Senior Executives of Greater Victoria based companies with revenues exceeding $500K.
    (Cannot be a service provider).

    Examples of topics covered:

    • Attracting Talent to Victoria
    • The Mechanics of Selling Your Business
    • Creating a Winning Strategy

    When:
    CEO Roundtable meetings occur on the first Friday of each month.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

  • Members of the Marketing & Product Management Roundtable meet to network and share ideas, information and expertise.  Following the ProductCamp format, the audience is actively involved, in an exercise or application of a technique or process which has been presented by the session leader.  The group focuses on providing tools and information that our members can actually use in their day to day job, and on builidng strong professional relationships between...

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    Members of the Marketing & Product Management Roundtable meet to network and share ideas, information and expertise.  Following the ProductCamp format, the audience is actively involved, in an exercise or application of a technique or process which has been presented by the session leader.  The group focuses on providing tools and information that our members can actually use in their day to day job, and on builidng strong professional relationships between members.

    Who:
    Participants are Product and Marketing Professionals working in Greater Victoria based companies. Some members come with years of applied experience/training, while others are new to the profession.  The main requirements are a desire to learn, and a commitment to participating actively in the discussions.

    Examples of topics covered:

    • Market Research Best Practices
    • The Product Development Process
    • Marketing Tools for Corporate and Product Marketing

    When:
    This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

  • Nick Duncan, the former Director of Development from Procura, has graciously volunteered to get the software development roundtable going again. Thanks, Nick!

    Who:

    Participants are the senior people focused on leading and managing the software development process in their tech companies. They possess years of practical experience/training and are able to participate and contribute at a strategic level.

    Examples of topics covered:

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    Nick Duncan, the former Director of Development from Procura, has graciously volunteered to get the software development roundtable going again. Thanks, Nick!

    Who:

    Participants are the senior people focused on leading and managing the software development process in their tech companies. They possess years of practical experience/training and are able to participate and contribute at a strategic level.

    Examples of topics covered:

    • We may wish to discuss different development strategies, or recruiting strategies, or different ways of working with the rest of the management team.

    • We’d love to hear from you on what kind of theme(s) you are interested in exploring and how that might impact your organization and the community as whole. Also, how would you like to get involved? A presentation? A workshop?

    When:
    This group meets monthly.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

  • The Video Game Industry Roundtable brings together industry and supporters in order to foster the growth of a vibrant and significant video game industry in Greater Victoria.  This aim is accomplished through:

    • Increasing coordination and communication between industry participants
    • Acting as the steward of our collective vision for building our video game sector
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    The Video Game Industry Roundtable brings together industry and supporters in order to foster the growth of a vibrant and significant video game industry in Greater Victoria.  This aim is accomplished through:

    • Increasing coordination and communication between industry participants
    • Acting as the steward of our collective vision for building our video game sector
    • Identifying new opportunities for strengthening our sector
    • Working together to maximize these opportunities

    Who:
    Participants are individuals based in Greater Victoria who either run game studios with 5+ employees or individuals from organizations which support the growth of the video game sector.

    Examples of topics covered:

    • Assembling video game industry economic analysis and promo video
    • Coordinating Video Game Industry presence at Discover Tectoria and GottaCon
    • Interfacing on policy activities with DigiBC 

    When:
    This group meets every two months.

    How to join:
    If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at rbennett@viatec.ca. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration. 

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