👩💻 Meet the woman driving DEI at EA Games
Inside Marija Radulovic-Nastic's push for diversity. Welcome to the Sunday Briefing.
As, essentially, Vancouver Tech Journal's kid sibling, it kind of felt like I had the run of the place with William and Kate away at Collision. Hopefully they don't notice all the beer cans in the recycling bin and that car parked on the lawn. To distract my fearless leaders, let’s flip through our events calendar. I have my eyes on this quartet:
Tuesday, June 28: Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee
Tuesday, June 28: Future of Transportation - Vancouver Entrepreneurs' Forum
Wednesday, June 29: Motivate VANCOUVER | Join mobility’s leading innovators
Wednesday, July 6: Infinite Startup AMA: VC, Financing, Media/PR, Web3, Office Space
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,199 words, a 4-minute read.
Vancouver’s Marija Radulovic-Nastic is leading EA Games’ push for diversity in its characters
The veteran exec is working to create gaming communities free from harassment, and design a welcoming workplace for all. » Start reading.
Mastercard’s new Vancouver tech hub will help stop you from getting hacked
The global giant’s west coast centre has now officially opened to partners and visitors, and will focus on global intelligence and cybersecurity. » Start reading.
Autozen raises CAD $5.1M, expands across Canada and into Seattle
Vanedge Capital led the oversubscribed seed round into the auto sales marketplace. » Start reading.
PerformanceTech startup Impro closes $2.25M seed round
The startup will use the funds for marketing and R&D. » Start reading.
🖥️ Experts from Manifold, Signalytic, and UBC on blockchain's potential to change the world
While we have seen many cryptocurrency companies soar in value, is it hype? Or are we in fact standing on the precipice of the next generation of the internet? » Get the insights.
Partner message from TELUS
It’s time to stop spectrum hoarding
Maximizing spectrum is critical to ensuring operators can connect rural Canadians.
The right wireless policies like “use it or lose it” can provide greater connectivity—helping bridge digital divides across the country by ensuring that there are enforceable penalties for spectrum hoarding.
Fortunately, wireless policies that support connectivity for all Canadians are on the table right now.
With the upcoming spectrum auction, the government can apply use it or lose it so that all carriers who buy spectrum are mandated to use it, or risk having their airwaves taken away.
Learn more at TELUS.com/Get5GRight.
🤝 Funding and deals
Partner message: Life Sciences British Columbia and Acetech announce partnership
WonderFi, a local crypto and decentralized finance startup, commenced trading on the TSX. » Continue.
The Government of British Columbia’s new Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy saw $513 million in CleanBC funding. » Continue.
Acquisitive healthtech company WELL Health acquired INLIV, a Calgary-based medical clinic, for $1.6 million. » Baystreet.
Raiven Capital, a global early-stage tech venture fund, announced an investment in Vancouver-based Elevated Signals, an enterprise software company for controlled environment agriculture producers. » Continue.
The Government of Canada announced the second phase of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy with a $443 million investment. » Continue.
Also announced was Buyers for Climate Action, an environmental initiative to advance green procurement practices with more than $45 billion in purchasing requirements every year. The government of B.C. and the city of Vancouver are on board. » Continue.
Adamas Esports acquired Belfast-based esports performance company Gscience. » The Esports Observer.
Vancouver’s Finn.ai, an AI-powered chatbot platform for banks and credit unions, was acquired by New York-based software company Glia. » Continue.
ABOzymes, a biotech company creating a platform that enables universal organ transplants or blood transfusions, completed an upsized seed round. » Continue.
Dapper Labs participated in the Series A round and partnered with Cryptoys, a company building blockchain-based toys. » TechCrunch.
How to change the world
Victoria’s Capital Daily is pleased to welcome The New York Times columnist, and Pulitzer Prize and humanitarian award winner, Nicholas Kristof. Learn from his decades of experience covering war, genocide, and poverty, translated into five ways to change the world.
This Capital Daily Live lecture is on Monday, June 27 at 1pm, live at University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium, and will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
Grab your tickets here and get ready for an unforgettable experience with Nicholas Kristof.
This event is presented by United Way Southern Vancouver Island.
🗞️ In other news
Partner message from TELUS: Unlock 5G for all Canadians
Formula E dropped Vancouver from its provisional race calendar, dashing hopes that the event would take place in 2023. » Global News.
The Internet Archive Canada, a non-profit building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts, has a new headquarters and tech community space: 330 West Pender. » Vancouver Sun.
Susannah Pierce was elected chair of the Business Council of British Columbia. » Continue.
Immersive Tech’s UNCONTAINED, a VR attraction inside a shipping container, will feature at Playland this summer » Continue.
Akshon Esports, a digital media company specializing in esports, was announced as the official content production partner for the 2022 season of Overwatch League and Call of Duty League. » Continue.
Noida, India-based multinational HCL Technologies is adding 9,000 square feet to its Vancouver office space and will fill it with 80 hires. » BIV.
A survey from The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade found rising anxiety levels amongst Metro Vancouver business owners. » Continue.
💡 Ideas and insights
Partner message: The world is flat for global talent
Erin Gee, writing in d3crypto: 60% of Canadians support cryptocurrency regulation
After reading her piece, listen to Gee as she is joined by our very own Kate Wilson in a dispatch from Collision conference » Listen now.
Mike Winterfield, founder of Active Impact Investments, joined The Art of Meaningful Work podcast to discuss how he became a climatetech investor and the criteria his team uses to define investable companies. » Listen now.
Charlie Grinnell, CEO at RightMetric, writing on LinkedIn: Time to consider gaming
Chris Neumann, partner at Panache Ventures, writing on his blog about international investing: you’re not from around these parts…
Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios, appeared on BNN Bloomberg to discuss how AI can help farmers save water and reduce chemical inputs. » Watch now.
The trailer for DecentralDoc’s CBC series about the metaverse and web3 just dropped. » Watch now.
Visier, the local HR tech unicorn, premiered the first episode of its podcast where the company’s VP of research and value, Yustina Saleh, and VP of people analytics, Ian Cook, chatted about the Great Resignation. » Listen now.