The Tech Collective

The Tech Collective was founded to inspire individuals and companies in the tech industry to collaborate with one another on common interests and causes. Together, we can elevate and expand our impact across the province for generations to come. The Tech Collective provides resources, blog posts, events and monthly newsletters all focused on community engagement and using tech to grow and empower those around you. 

There is no cost for membership in the Tech Collective and you will enjoy the following benefits:

• Access to upcoming social events, volunteering opportunities and panels put on by The Tech Collective

• Promotion of your company and its community events

• Monthly newsletters with events, resources and way to get involved in our community

• Collaboration opportunities with other members in the tech industry: Hearing about great community investment opportunities, learning how other companies have set up their community engagement programs, sharing in best-practice exchanges

Tech Collective Blogs

Past Events

Beach and Brews – September 2019 

The Tech Collective brought together local tech companies for a fun and impactful beach cleanup, supported by City of Vancouver and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Measuring Social Impact with Guest Speaker Meagan Sutton – May 2019 

As a Social Impact Coach at Social Venture Partners (SVP), Meagan was able to give invaluable advice on how to measure your community program, what to track and how to evaluate your strategy.

Tech Collective Social – January 2019

A networking event geared towards building connections between tech companies, and sharing our community engagement goals for the year

Roundtable and Social – October 2018 

A social where we gathered to hear stories of successful and sustainable partnerships between local nonprofits and tech companies.

How to Build a Meaningful Community Engagement Program – May 2018

As winners of the BC Tech Association’s Technology Impact Awards for the “Community Engagement” category, Allocadia, Left and Traction on Demand shared the ins and outs of their community programs, the why behind their giving initiatives, how they got their community programs started, and tips and tools for you to create your own.

The role of philanthropy in BCs tech sector – April 2018 

Microsoft and CHIMP’s Community teams explored how philanthropy can play a key role in BC’s thriving tech sector and create vibrant work cultures.

Advisory Team

Chelsea Keenan
Marketing Specialist at Avigilon
Emma Cheung
Corporate Communications Coordinator at Avigilon
Erika Finlay
Community Engagement Manager, Unbounce
Georgie Marks
Community Partnership and Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand
Lar Quigley
Senior Manager, Members
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Michelle Malpass
Director of Community Performance, Traction on Demand
Naomi Mador
Manager, Internal Communications & Engagement at Allocadia
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Shirley Loi
Community Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand

FAQ

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions

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

There is currently no cost of membership.

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

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

Marketing Specialist at Avigilon

Chelsea Keenan

Chelsea has a passion for people and corporate culture, employee engagement and community investment — as a Marketing Specialist at Avigilon, she is inspired to create a lasting impact on the way employees feel about their workplace. When she’s not at the office, you’ll find her either teaching a yoga class or exploring the local mountains.

Corporate Communications Coordinator at Avigilon

Emma Cheung

Emma is passionate about community and bringing people together for change. As the Corporate Communications Coordinator at Avigilon, she able to make a meaningful impact through their Corporate Social Responsibility Program, as well as help, nurture corporate culture from within through internal communication and strategy.

Community Engagement Manager, Unbounce

Erika Finlay

Erika is a connector, community builder and people-first communicator. As the Internal Communications & Engagement Manager, she leads the charity initiatives and employee engagement for the Unbounce team in both Vancouver and Berlin. Currently pursuing an MA in Professional Communications & Culture at Royal Roads University she has become a radical prioritizer.

Community Partnership and Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand

Georgie Marks

Georgie is passionate about advocating for and supporting businesses to take an active role in their communities. Prior to moving to Canada and joining Traction on Demand, Georgie worked at a nonprofit working to connect and inspire young people to strengthen their communities. She moved to Canada to get outside and spends her days off hiking, camping and skiing.

Senior Manager, Members

Lar Quigley

Connections & Engagement Propagator.

Director of Community Performance, Traction on Demand

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!

Manager, Internal Communications & Engagement at Allocadia

Naomi Mador

Naomi manages Allocadia’s community engagement program, focusing on building relationships and having meaningful impact. She also runs various employee engagement programs and communications initiatives at Allocadia.

Previously, Naomi worked in the non-profit sector on social impact projects. Her favourite things are learning about people, getting outside to explore BC, adventures around the world, and anything to do with amazing food. Naomi enjoys volunteering with Ronald McDonald House, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and YWCA.

Community Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand

Shirley Loi

Shirley is the Community Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand. In her role, she is responsible for Traction’s non-profit and community engagement program.