November, 2015

  1. Viking Air

    November 27, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield

    Dan Gunn addresses the rumour he’ll get a tattoo if the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge raises $100k (HINT: it’s a true story so DONATE HERE), and he talks about his recent tour of Viking Air.

    Viking Air has been around for 45 years, has 600 staff (450 of which are right here in Victoria), they’ve spread into 3 different buildings and they’ve gone from $25 million to $300 million in sales over the last decade!

  2. Redlen Technologies

    November 20, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield

    Dan speaks about his tour with Startup Canada and an incredible company in Saanichton, BC growing crystals used in many of the world’s most advanced high resolution sensors.

    Redlen Technologies is a leading manufacturer of high resolution Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) semiconductor radiation detectors which are enabling a new generation of high performance detection and imaging equipment including Nuclear Cardiology, CT Scanning, Baggage Scanning and Dirty Bomb Detection.

  3. The Startup Canada Tour

    November 6, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield

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    November 16th to 22nd marks Global Entrepreneurship Week. Coincidentally, Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour is on the road spreading the good word, providing on-site inspiration, mentorship and training to thousands of entrepreneurs to help cultivate the next generation of anchor companies across Canada (No big deal).

    The tour hit the road on October 14th in Halifax, NS, and lands in a total of six Canadian cities before wrapping up in Toronto, ON on December 14th.

    Entrepreneurs from across the country are participating in bootcamp-style training sessions in areas such as finance, scaling, marketing and going global, and hearing from speakers such as Second Cup Co-Founder Frank O’Dea and Moxie Trades CEO Marissa McTasney.

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    Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC, was also a Keynote speaker at the Vancouver stop on November 4th and speaks again in Whitehorse on November 7th and in Calgary on November 9th.

    His talk is titled: Make a Difference (by being different): How you can grow your startup, your community and yourself at the same time.

    It was well received and had Twitter users quoting him during, after (and hopefully for the rest of their lives):

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    Click here to view Mr. Gunn’s slide deck.

    Startup Canada is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in Canada. Through online platforms, grassroots Startup Communities and cross-sector initiatives, Startup Canada is advancing entrepreneurial momentum and a culture of entrepreneurship, as the voice of Canadian entrepreneurs.

    Founded in May 2012, Startup Canada has quickly become the most recognized, energized and active entrepreneurship organization in Canada. Startup Canada has mentored more than 20,000 Canadians and has grown to represent more than 80,000 entrepreneurs, 400 enterprise support partners, 300 volunteers and 20 Startup Communities from coast to coast.

    Globally, Startup Canada is recognized  as the best practice in fuelling grassroots entrepreneurship and has educated leaders in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Korea, South America and the United States.

    If you’re in one of the remaining stops below, this is an event you can’t afford to miss.


    For the latest updates on Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour, visit or contact Kathryn Forrest at or by phone at 613-627-0787 for media inquiries.