The Tech Collective

The Tech Collective was founded to inspire and assist companies to build community impact programs, collaborate with one another on common interests/causes, and ensure the sustainability of our community’s grassroots events such as Tech Pong and Tech’s Got Talent. Together, we can elevate and expand the impact of these initiatives across the province for generations to come.

Annual Events

Since 2014, the community’s two anchor events have raised nearly $300,000 for local charities. If you haven’t participated yet, make this your year!

Advisory Team

To learn more about our founding advisory team, check out their profiles:

Brittany Neale
Brittany is a Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant at Traction on Demand. Prior to joining Traction, she spearheaded a community engagement program with Appnovation, focusing on the growing alignment between the not-for-profit and technology space. 

Prior to moving to the west coast, Brittany was living and working in South Africa for Grassroot Soccer, an organization dedicated to educating youth on HIV/AIDS through the medium of soccer. Brittany holds a Bachelors of Social Science in International Development & Globalization from the University of Ottawa. 

Outside of work, Brittany volunteers with Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland. You can always find her outside playing soccer and enjoying hiking trails. 



Corey Black
Corey is the senior editor at Chimp, leading its content and communications channels, along with overseeing the company’s public engagement work. Prior to Chimp, Corey led publicity and public engagement at CBC News, helping to boost the profile of its journalism and programming across the country. Some of Corey’s other roles include speaker manager at TEDxToronto and a Canadian government funded human rights project in Nepal. Corey holds degrees in politics from Queen’s University and The University of Edinburgh.



Erika Finlay
Erika is the Community Engagement Manager at Unbounce, leading the charity initiatives and engaging with the communities of Vancouver, Montreal and Berlin. 

In her pre-Unbounce life Erika spent time adventuring in the Sea to Sky corridor and promoting cultural tourism at Arts Whistler. Prior to that spent a few years traveling to all corners of BC with Science World’s On The Road program and then settled under the dome running programs, curating galleries and working on sponsorships and donations.

Erika currently volunteers for the New Leaf Project an innovative and disruptive model currently working to combat homelessness in Vancouver. She sometimes uses her studies in History & Psychology to win trivia games and secretly analyze people. Out of office you can find her on a board somewhere up the Indian Arm or half-way down Whistler Blackcomb.  



Judy Boxer
Judy is the Community Engagement Manager, at Chimp. Her role involves helping charities, companies and communities raise more money for the causes they stand for. Prior to Chimp, Judy worked in corporate relations at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Program Director at The Learning Buddies Network, and CSR Intern at lululemon athletica. Judy earned her MBA from SFU after completing a Bachelor of Arts and Science at McGill University. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, biking, and travel.



Katie Golbey

Katie is the Traction for Good Coordinator.  In her role, she is responsible for Traction On Demand's non-profit and community engagement outreach program.  Before joining Traction she was a Nursing Supervisor working in the Community in some of the most complex and challenging areas in the lower mainland.   Previous non-profit experience includes working closely with The Shanti Uganda Society, a local charity who aims to improve infant and maternal health in Uganda.   
 
When she's not working on her non-profit initiatives, she's looking after her three little boys.  In her scarce but valuable remaining free time, you'll find her shredding the hills on her mountain bike.

Michelle Malpass

Michelle is the Director of Community Performance at Traction on Demand. She leads their community program, Traction For Good, which focuses on enabling non-profits to become more efficient through the use of technology, and empowering staff to become philanthropists. 

Michelle’s former roles include Executive Director of the Take a Hike Youth Risk Foundation;  Marketing Coordinator for the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and an Associate with a fundraising consulting company. She truly believes that companies have an incredible opportunity to create positive change if they ‘give what their good at’ in a meaningful way. 

Michelle earned her BA in Communications and played varsity softball at SFU. She is passionate about the outdoors, playing hockey, and supporting great causes.  She calls her workdays her ‘days off’, with three young kids keeping her busy at home!


Rocky

Rocky Ozaki

Rocky is the Vice-President of Community at the BC Tech Association where he passionately fosters all forms of collaboration throughout the BC tech ecosystem. 

He was a founding event organizer of both TechPong and Tech’s Got Talent, but admittedly has weak skills at ping pong and lip syncing. 

Rocky actively supports the Big Brothers program and his Church community. 

FAQ

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. 

If you have additional questions, please email tech_collective@wearebctech.com

No, The Tech Collective does not accept or distribute any charitable donations. 


There is currently no cost of membership. However we do anticipate having a modest annual fee ($100) once the founding partner call-out ends after Tech Pong 4.0.


Not yet. However, we are in the process of developing a manifesto and criteria for membership into The Tech Collective.  A formal designation will be awarded to all companies who meet the criteria.



Unfortunately not.  However, that doesn’t mean you cannot access our resources, participate in events, or offer you time, talents and treasures to our causes!



Yes, to be member of The Tech Collective, you must be a technology company.  However, any company may access our resources, participate in events, or offer you time, talents and treasures to our causes!

No, but we encourage you to join as there are a lot of benefits of being a part of our broader community! Learn more here.

No, we encourage tech companies of all sizes to join!