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.

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

• Learning and social events;

•Opportunity to promote your company and its community events;

•Receive communication on all tech-related community initiatives, events and opportunities to collaborate;

•Exclusive access to the Tech Collective Slack channel – access coming in June 2018;

• Access to (downloadable file and video) best practices in our resources section – coming soon;

 The Tech Collective will evolve under the direction of our advisory team and we encourage you to join today!

 

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!

Tech Pong

Since it’s inaugural annual event in 2014, TechPong and the dozens of participating tech companies, have raised over $200K for local charities!

Tech's got Talent

Following the enormous success of TechPong in 2014, Tech’s got Talent was born in the summer of 2015. The inaugural event drew over 500 attendees and 19 lip-syncing companies who collectively raised over $50,000. The bi-annual event raised a further $35,000 in 2017!

Annual Campaign - Equal Access to STEM Education

We believe that every company and every person should give to the causes and charities that are most meaningful to them.

We also believe that there is strength and an opportunity to foster our community when we rally behind a cause that resonates with many.

Each year, The Tech Collective will promote a specific cause that the BC tech community may optionally join. There will be a series of blog posts, fundraising events and of course, a number of local charities that will be recipients of our collective generosity.

For 2018, we are partnering with Technovation: the largest technology entrepreneurship program in the world for girls aged 10-18.Learn more

Resources

Impactful and lasting community impact programs aren’t built in a day. It takes time, experiences, and valuable resources. Creating an impactful program alone can be daunting.

With membership to The Tech Collective, you’ll gain access to an online ‘how to guide’ and invitations to quarterly learning events designed to help you leverage your company resources and strengthen the communities your team members care about. We will gather leaders from the BC community, and other like-minded companies to share their best practices with you!

  • Events Calendar launching after Tech Pong 4.0!
  • Resource Library launching after Tech Pong 4.0! 

Founding Advisory Team

Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant, Traction on Demand
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…
Community Engagement Manager, Unbounce
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…
Community Engagement Manager, Chimp
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…
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 non-profits to become more efficient through the…
VP Community, BC Tech Association
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…
Community Engagement Manager at Traction on Demand
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.
Senior Manager of Media at CHIMP
Kim Bowie has over 10 years of experience in media relations. A background in non-profit, both professionally and as a volunteer, her passion for giving back is palpable. As the…

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. However we do anticipate having a modest annual fee ($100) beginning in 2019. So sign up now!

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 your 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 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!

Please email us here

Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant, Traction on Demand

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.

Community Engagement Manager, Unbounce

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.

Community Engagement Manager, Chimp

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.

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!

VP Community, BC Tech Association

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.

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.

Senior Manager of Media at CHIMP

Kim Bowie

Kim Bowie has over 10 years of experience in media relations. A background in non-profit, both professionally and as a volunteer, her passion for giving back is palpable. As the Senior Manager of Media at CHIMP, Kim gets to combine her passions and experiences.