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Celebrating our 40th Anniversary at the #BCTECH Summit 2017

March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Events, In the News, Trade Shows

In celebration of our 40th anniversary delivering IT in BC, Avocette is a proud Sponsor of the upcoming #BCTECH Summit 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 14th – 15th. Presented by the BC Innovation Council and the provincial government, the #BCTECH Summit “is the largest technology conference in British Columbia showcasing the province’s vibrant technology industry.”

The #BCTECH Summit will give attendees a deep look at how technology is innovating traditional industries, and the latest ideas and innovations fueling the BC economy.#BCTECH at a glance

This event is an extraordinary opportunity to gather BC’s entire tech ecosystem together. As Lindsay Chan, Director of the #BCTECH Summit and of Events for the BC Innovation Council explained to Geekwire, “the #BCTECH Summit brings together tech entrepreneurs, anchor companies, business leaders from traditional industries, investors, government and academia to establish new connections and to exchange fresh ideas and innovation to drive business growth.” It is also a place for people to discuss and investigate the solutions to major industry challenges provided by the tech industry.

There are more than 200 speakers slated to be at the two-day conference, providing attendees with a wealth of opportunity to hear provocative global thought leaders share fresh ideas and engaging stories.

Pre-summit events will be held on Monday March 13th, with #BCTECH on the Terrace open to the public from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on the Pacific West Terrace at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will officially kick-off the event as a celebration of the technology used to build the cauldron for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Last year’s inaugural event sold out. This year promises to be even bigger and, if it’s possible, better. See you there!

Follow the action on Twitter with @avocetteinc and #BCTECH.

Join Avocette at Discover Tectoria 2017

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Events

As one of the largest BC owned, employee-based IT organizations doing business with the BC provincial government, Avocette is proud to be exhibiting at VIATEC’s Discover Tectoria 2017 this Friday from 11-6 at the Crystal Garden in downtown Victoria.

Join Avocette at Discover Tectoria 2017 at booth 25!

Visit us at booth 25, where we will be happy to answer your questions about everything from the services we offer, to our recommendations how to get the best start in a career in the #1 sector in Victoria. The numbers are impressive:Just some of the reasons to visit Avocette at Discover Tectoria 2017

It may surprise you to learn just how strong the British Columbia tech sector is. According to the BC Technology Report Card for 2016, BC has the fastest growing tech sector in Canada and the US overall, employing over 90,000 people – more than forestry, mining, oil & gas and utilities sectors combined. Not only that, but BC tech wages are 75.6 % higher than the provincial average.

More than 70 Greater Victoria technology firms and research agencies will be attending Discover Tectoria 2017. If you are curious about our tech community, Crystal Garden is the place to be this Friday.

This free event is open to everyone, and there is something for all ages. The showcase of Victoria’s #1 sector includes a:

  • Tradeshow – where you’ll find us and other local companies
  • Video Game Lounge – where you can “test drive” some local products
  • Research District – where post-secondary students can show off their skills
  • Innovation Theatre – where you can watch engaging and informative speakers and panel discussions
  • And more!

Follow this link for more information about Discover Tectoria 2017 and don’t forget to add it to your calendar. See you there!

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A new secure online adoption application system for BC

November 7th, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, In the News

On Monday October 31, the British Columbia Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux announced Adopt BC Kids, a new secure online adoption application developed by Avocette and built for British Columbians looking to adopt children and youth from care.

Adopt BC Kids, a new secure adoption application developed by Avocette

First row from left: Dawn Watters, adoptive parent; Stephanie Cadieux, BC’s Minister of Children and Family Development; Wendy Norris, adoptive services consultant; Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA. Second row from left: Scott Ross, CEO of Avocette; Dr. Anne Clayton, Executive Director of Guardianship, Adoption and Permanency, Ministry of Children & Family Development; Norm Letnick, BC’s Minister of Agriculture.

A New, Secure Online Adoption Application for BC

Adopt BC Kids is the first website of its kind in Canada. As a national leader in red tape reduction, British Columbia is streamlining the adoption process by replacing the old paper-driven practices. Adopt BC Kids brings together all the children available for adoption and all the families applying to adopt in a single database. It is personalized and user-friendly with a built-in, automatic matching system.

The new system empowers parents with a secure website and tracking system that allows them to submit an online application. The tracking system also gives parents a better understanding of where they are in the approval process and the required next steps.

In addition, families will have the support of new adoption service hub staff. Staff and families will work together, ensuring application packages have the required supporting documents and lightening the burden on adoption workers. The Adopt BC Kids system combined with the efforts of this staff will enable adoption workers to focus on finding the right match for families and children.

You can read the full announcement from the Ministry of Children and Family Development here.

November is Adoption Awareness Month!

 Adoptions Awareness Month Poster and Adopt BC Kids, a new secure online adoption application developed by AvocetteThe announcement of Adopt BC Kids came on the eve of Adoption Awareness Month. The Adoptive Families Association of BC explains that events during the month of November offer opportunities “to celebrate, promote, educate, advocate for, and create dialogue about adoption.”

Visit their event page for a list of events taking place near your community.

Avocette at Accela Engage 2016

August 21st, 2016 | Posted in Partners, Trade Shows


Join us at booth #209 at Accela Engage 2016

Avocette is heading to Los Angeles, CA this week to participate in what’s touted to be the biggest show in civic tech: Accela Engage. Come and visit us at booth #209 near the drone cage.

Speaking of which – we are very pleased to be a co-sponsor of the drone cage this year! Test your flying skills through the obstacle course and get a taste of what it would be like to conduct a roof inspection from midair!

Accela Engage 2016: drone pictures

Original photos courtesy of unsplash.com

There are so many reasons we love attending Accela Engage year after year. Here are just a few:

  • We connect with our clients in person, whether it’s at our booth, an onsite meeting, or an impromptu breakout session,
  • We make the most of the ability to collaborate face-to-face with Accela technical resources throughout the week, and
  • There’s always training available to further enhance our ever expanding Accela technical capabilities.

For updates on the event, follow us on Twitter @AvocetteInc and check out the official hashtag #AccelaEngage. We look forward to seeing you there!

As an Accela Partner, Avocette has extensive experience implementing and supporting the full suite of Accela products throughout Canada and the United States. Accela provides civic engagement software solutions and mobile apps for more than 2,200 local, state and federal government agencies worldwide with the Civic Platform.

Accela Engage 2016