The Tech Collective:

Uniting tech companies for the greater good

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 Blog

Past Events

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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.

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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.

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Tech Collective Social – January 2019

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

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Roundtable and Social – October 2018

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

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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

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

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Erika Finlay

Social Impact Manager, Unbounce

Erika is a connector, community builder and people-first communicator. As the Internal Communications & Engagement Manager, she leads the equality 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.

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Shirley Loi

Community Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand

Shirley is the Community Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand. In her role, she is responsible for driving Traction for Good’s mission of giving what we’re good at and giving to causes that are closest to Tractionites’ hearts. Prior to joining Traction on Demand, Shirley was the Manager, Events and Corporate Engagement at Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Foundation. Mentorship is near and dear to Shirley and she volunteers as a Big Sister and YWCA High School Mentor.

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Naomi Mador

Manager, Internal Communications & Engagement at Allocadia

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.

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Georgie Marks

Community Partnership and Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand

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.

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Michelle Malpass

Director of Community Performance, Traction on Demand

Michelle is the Director of Community Performance at Traction on Demand. She leads their community program, Traction For Good, which focuses on enabling nonprofits to become more efficient through the use of technology, and empowering staff to become philanthropists. Michelle’s former roles include Executive Director of Take a Hike 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!

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Lar Quigley

Senior Manager, Corporate Relations

Connections & Engagement Propagator.

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Laura Zubick

Social Impact Manager

Laura is a purpose-driven communicator, strategic thinker, and relationship-builder who is passionate about driving corporate citizenship. As the Social Impact Manager, she leads the corporate social integration strategy and initiatives for the Unbounce team in both Vancouver and Berlin. When not in the office you'll find her hiking, cycling, practicing yoga, or coaching BCIT's JDC West NFP team.

FAQ

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Is the Tech Collective a registered charity?

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

How do I join the Tech Collective?

What does it cost to join?

There is currently no cost of membership. However we do anticipate having a modest annual fee ($100) beginning in 2019. So sign up now!

As a member, do I get some sort of official designation?

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.

Can I be a member if we’re based outside of British Columbia?

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

Does our company have be a tech company to be a member?

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 your time, talents and treasures to our causes!

Does our company have to be a member of the BC Tech Association to be a member of the Tech Collective?

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.

Does our company need to be a certain size?

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

Who can I contact for questions and further information?