What’s Happening in Business in Victoria, B.C.

From business awards to innovative developments, Douglas has all the business updates for Fall 2019.

Audience at the Social Media Camp 2018
Crowd at the Social Media Camp in 2018.

Vancouver developer Aragon Properties has launched The Discovery Centre in Cook Street Village as an information hub to liaise with the community on Aragon’s projects in Greater Victoria. Aragon has projects in development in Cordova Bay, Cook Street Village and Esquimalt, including Esquimalt’s Town Square, a master-planned community, and a renovation of the English Inn with the addition of townhomes and condos on that property.

Element Lifestyle Retirement has announced Aquara, an $88-million, 65-plus, harbour-side project, part of the Bayview master-planned community in Vic West. With its intergenerational, aging-in-place approach, Aquara is the first 65+ community in Victoria to offer a combination of rentals, condos, independent and supportive living.

Tutela has been acquired by Boston-based Comlinkdata, a North American leader in telecom market data and insights. Tutela CEO Hunter Macdonald says the move “perfectly complements our own offering and mission to help improve the world’s internet.” The combined company will offer both Tutela and Comlinkdata services while looking for ways to add value and create new services. Tutela‘s founders, leadership and team will remain with the company.

Canada’s longest running social media conference, Social Media Camp, is changing ownership. Founders Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge have sold the event, which
has taken place annually in Victoria, to Tami Tate of 365 Day Media Group, which provides social media and marketing for businesses and events. Social Media Camp takes place May 7 and 8, 2020, at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Tofino Resort + Marina has launched its Fish for the Future Foundation, in partnership with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, with the goal of raising $100,000 in 2019 to protect wild salmon and the waters they inhabit.

Cyber-security company Plurilock Canada has been awarded a Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) contract. The project is designed to enhance DND/CAF’s ability to combat advanced persistent threats in government cyber-systems and enables Plurilock to further develop its behavioral biometrics technology.

Corvette Landing was one of 11 winners (out of 51 submissions) of the CleanBC Net-Zero, Energy-Ready Challenge, recognizing the most energy-efficient buildings in the province.

This article is from the October/November 2019 issue of Douglas.