Allocadia community engagement
Allocadia community engagement
We believe in building prosperity by contributing to the communities in which we live and work. Allocadia is dedicated to supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, strategic giving and employee volunteer activities.
We are committed to supporting causes that matter to our customers, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees.
For the latest local happenings at Allocadia, check out our Community News section!
With twin sisters Kristine Steuart and Katherine Berry having co-founded Allocadia, we feel we have a unique opportunity and obligation to make a difference for other females. Allocadia focuses on investing in the social and economic development of girls and women in the tech industry, by supporting causes including: Girls Learning Code, BeLikeAda, and the B.C. Science Fair Fun Run, as well as implementing a University Scholarship for women pursuing computer science.
We also provide an incubator space for women entrepreneurs, allowing them to use our office space to accelerate growth and enable success. We are currently happy to have two early stage start-ups working from our space and are always on the lookout for other entrepreneurs!
As one of many growing tech companies in Vancouver, Allocadia is committed to fostering strong, healthy communities. Including participating in events such as #TechPong, raising funds for organizations in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side alongside a number of neighbouring tech companies.
We also organize Quarterly Volunteer events, to give back as a team, with beneficiaries including The Vancouver Food Bank and the BC SPCA.
We contribute to both local and national efforts through a staff matching fund, and making a charitable impact with the help of Kiva, and Chimp. We’ve had great success participating in Movember, a global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health through fundraising and growing moustaches during the month of November. In 2014, our team raised over $3500 for this great cause.
We believe it’s important for our staff to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We encourage staff to find time for physical activity, by encouraging staff to get involved in team events, such as the Vancouver Sun Run.
Holidays Giving 2018
This year, we expanded our holiday giving program to reach more families in our community through participating in the YWCA’s Presents of Peace program and Startups Care.
We once again sponsored families holiday wishes through Presents of Peace, by providing gifts and grocery gift cards. We also took part in the Startups Care program with other Vancouver companies raising a collective $41,932.12 and 3,360 pounds of food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
CEO Kristine Steuart Joins the BC Tech Board of Directors
The BC Tech Association is guided by a mission to make BC the best place to grow a tech company.
While companies focus on growing their businesses, BC Tech takes the lead in tackling the gaps and leveraging the strengths of our ecosystem. Allocadia is excited to be a part of advocating for policies, delivering impactful programming, promoting corporate innovation and technology adoption, and educating and connecting the tech community.
Plenty of Plates
In October 2018, Allocadia partnered with A Better Life Foundation and headed to Save On Meats in Vancouver to help provide a unique experience.
Allocadians worked as a team to run the restaurant by cooking and serving a 3-course meal table-side to people in poverty who rarely get the sit-down restaurant experience we often take for granted. The night was full of learning about Vancouver’s Downtown-Eastside, hearing stories from patrons, and building relationships with our community.
Supporting Causes Close to Our Hearts
As part of the Allocadia Community Engagement Program, we strongly believe in supporting the amazing work of Allocadians in the community, through donation matching, direct donations, and fundraising support.
In the past year we continue to see Allocadians participate in fundraising events that are close to their hearts including the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, BC SPCA, and many more!
BC Tech Collective – Community Engagement Panel
Working with the newly launched BC Tech Collective, Allocadia was thrilled to host a panel discussion on “How to Build a Meaningful Community Engagement Program”.
As winners of the BC Tech Association’s Technology Impact Awards for the Community Engagement category over the last several years, Allocadia (2017), Left (2016, 2015) and Traction (2014) shared the ins and outs of their community programs, how they engage staff and the Why behind their giving initiatives.
Science Fair Fun Run 2018
Now in our 4th year as a sponsor of the Microsemi Science Fair Fun Run, Allocadians were back at Olympic Village in Vancouver to take part in this fun event!
With our largest showing yet of Allocadians and their families this is an event we love sponsoring and taking part in. We’re looking forward to continuing to support science fair programs in BC.
Allocadia Earth Week Action
On April 22nd 2018 the world celebrated Earth Day and Allocadians wanted to do their part.
We challenged our team to give back to their community and planet in ways big and small, including park clean ups, energy efficient projects, tree planting or anything else to take care of our planet. We’re excited to continue to grow this program annually.
2018 Month of Giving
With February being one of the lowest months for giving and volunteering, Allocadians saw this as an opportunity to set up and give back.
Teams at Allocadia chose different ways to support causes close to their hearts. Organizations we supported through February included Dress For Success, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and more. We look forward to making this an annual event at Allocadia.
Women In Tech Regatta
Co-Founder and CPO Katherine Berry joined tech leaders from across Vancouver to chat on multidimensional leadership.
In this session of Vancouver’s first Women in Tech Regatta, leaders came together to talk of different leadership styles and finding your own.
Holiday Giving 2017
With the holidays in full swing, Allocadians always rally behind the YWCA’s Presents of Peace Program. This year was no different!
Taking on a larger commitment than previous years, our team was quick to get the perfect gifts and grocery gift cards to make the holidays a litter easier for a family in Vancouver.
Volunteering at the Good Shepherd Centre
On December 14th 2017 our Toronto team had their first of many to come volunteer days in support Good Shepherd Centre.
The team served up hot meals and learnt about the many programs and resources the Good Shepherd Centre provides to those in need. With our growing Toronto team we look forward to more programs and volunteer days on the East Coast!
Once again, the Allocadia team took to the ping pong tables in a battle with local tech companies all in the name of giving!
This year our fiercely competitive teams battled through multiple rounds of play but were knocked out of the tournament just as the finals were in our sights! A great night nonetheless and we were thrilled to raise over $2,000 for Canadian’s Learning Code!
Startup Skool Pitch Panel
For the second year, Allocadia partnered with Startup Skool to send kids to great summer programs focused on entrepreneurship, design thinking, and technology.
This year our CPO and co-founder Katherine Berry joined Startup Skool as a dragon for one of their afternoon pitch competitions. This was an event full of innovative thinking and young minds who are set to be Canada’s next entrepreneurs.
Allocadia Launches New Incubator Space for Women Entrepreneurs
At Allocadia we believe in supporting those in our community as they start their entrepreneurship adventure, one way we do this is opening our doors to startups in need of office space.
We’re excited to welcome the Neighbourhood and Appfabriqa teams to our space! Both companies are local female founded startups looking to make an impact in their space. Jen from Appfabriqa is also an Allocadia alumni who we’re thrilled to have back in the office. We’re always on the lookout for the next Vancouver startup looking for space where they can create.
Allocadia Recognized for Community Engagement!
It was a special night for the Allocadia team at this year’s BC Technology Impact Awards as we took home the trophy for our community engagement program.
Tech’s Got Talent
Tech’s Got Talent brought together Vancouver’s largest tech companies to go head to head in an epic lip sync battle, all while raising money for local Vancouver charities.
Allocadia made their Tech’s Got Talent debut this year with an outstanding performance and finishing as one of the top fundraising teams! With a lot of sparkles and a loud cheering section, Allocadians definitely left their mark. Our fundraising efforts all went towards supporting StartUp Skool in their mission to send kids to their amazing camps this summer.
Science Fair Fun Run 2017
The Allocadia team was bigger and better than ever for its 3rd year as a sponsor of the Science Fair Fun Run.
This great event brings together Allocadians and their families as we #RunHealthy in support of science fair programs in BC. This event continues to be a favourite of the team and we look forward to seeing it grow even more next year!
BC Tech Innovation Roundtable
Allocadia CEO Kristine Steuart had the special opportunity to join an innovation roundtable with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently, hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission.
The conversation spanned how we build an ecosystem of category-leading companies who are the best at what they do in the world, promote diversity, and double-down on innovation within a thriving technology industry in BC. The discussion left her energized for growing tech in BC and Canada!
Creating Connections 5.0
May 2017 brought SFU’s Creating Connections conference to downtown Vancouver to bring together students for presentations and workshops surrounding issues of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration.
As part of Allocadia’s fund for Women in Tech with SFU, we sent 5 inspiring students to attend the weekend conference and explore opportunities in tech. Our CEO Kristine Steuart participated in the opening panel discussion to share ideas on disrupting gender bias and breaking the masculine stereotype of leadership.
Bowl for Big Brothers 2017
Hitting the lanes for Bowl for Big Brothers is an Allocadia tradition!
Thanks to Marketing Director Amanda Ovenden, this fun event for a fantastic cause is always on Allocadia’s Spring calendar. This year’s wicked team raised $785 for Big Brothers – a huge achievement! The team also won the competition but who’s counting?
A Night in the Life
On April 6th 2017 two Allocadians (Geoff Brooks and Tracy Huynh) experienced Vancouver streets through the eyes of homeless youth—and raised funds to help change their lives.
In support of Directions Youth Services Geoff and Tracy took part in this “eye-opening and humbling” overnight experience that aimed to raise money to buy a much needed new van for the program.
For International Women’s Day 2017 Allocadia was excited to announce our partnership with Simon Fraser University to create a fund for women in the School of Computing Science to attend technology conferences across North America.
Allocadia will provide an annual grant for this program over the course of three years, covering the costs of both travel and admission to events including the Grace Hopper Conference, Vancouver Start Up Week, Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing, and more.
On February 28th 2017, Allocadia CEO Kristine Steuart met with the PWN Vancouver chapter in a fireside chat to discuss strategies and tactics for adapting your leadership style to grow your business.
Hosted by Allocadia’s Marketing Manager and PWN member, Brona O’Connor, this intimate gathering brought together entrepreneurs excited about leadership, culture, and growth!
For the second year, Allocadia partnered with the YWCA to the support the Presents of Peace Holiday giving program.
This year with greater interest in our office we doubled our support from 2015 and sponsored three families holiday wish lists. Allocadians teamed up to find the perfect gifts and supply grocery gift cards to make the holidays a little more special.
For its third year, Tech Pong was back in action as 25+ companies took to the tables in support of BC charities.
This year Allocadia fundraised over $3,000 for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and sent three teams to compete in this epic tournament of tech. Making it to the semi-finals Allocadia faced fierce competition, we didn’t win the title but were a top contender for best cheering squad!
The We For She conference on October 14th 2016 brought together young women in BC to give them a greater understanding of their career options and potential, expanding their confidence in what they can achieve, and giving them a chance to meet dynamic and successful role models.
Our CEO Kristine spoke with these women in an interactive panel on finding your start in BC’s Tech Industry what it takes to make your mark in BC’s booming tech sector.
On October 4th 2016, Allocadia CEO Kristine Steuart joined Launch Academy to talk developing leadership, building culture and creating strong teams.
In this fireside chat, Kristine shared her journey in building a team and developing your leadership style and philosophy. We look forward to working with Launch Academy again on these fun and interactive discussions.
The classic Canadian road trip went high-tech for the summer of 2016.
From May to September the code:mobile took a journey across Canada on a mission to teach over 10,000 kids to code. Allocadia was a proud sponsor of this journey, partnering with Ladies Learning Code to host pop-up coding days in Vancouver.
Over the summer of 2016 Allocadia partnered with Startup Skool to send kids and teens in BC to entrepreneurship and tech summer camps.
These programs teach young leaders how to think with an entrepreneurial mind, so that one day they can tackle our society’s most difficult social and environmental problems – and make real change.
On April 17th a group of Allocadians hit the pavement in one of Vancouver’s most well known events, the Vancouver Sun Run.
At Allocadia we believe in inspiring girls and boys to pursue a career in technology. That’s why we love sponsoring this event that enables future Science Fairs in BC and allows youth to gain the skills they need to succeed in a fast-paced, knowledge-based world. Allocadia is proud to be a sponsor of this event and look forward to running again next year!
Bowl for Big Brothers has become an annual event for Allocadia, lead by Allocadian Amanda Ovenden.
This year’s event was a perfect strike as always! Allocadians took to the lanes at Commodore Bowling & Billiards for an afternoon of good competitive fun with other Vancouver companies. The team raised $910 for Big Brothers of Vancouver, a mentoring program that enables kids to make healthy decisions, and build self-esteem.
On April 17th a group of Allocadians hit the pavement in one of Vancouver’s most well known events, the Vancouver Sun Run.
Our team believes in staying healthy so we can be our best selves, so participating in the Sun Run was a great opportunity for the team to join together and get active. Leading up to race day the treadmill in our office was often in use to sneak in some extra training time. When the big day came, our team hit the course and proved that we don’t only #RunMarketing, we also run for fun and fitness!
Every February 24th marks Pink Shirt Day, a day to encourage everyone to practice kindness, and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.
The Allocadia team being a kindhearted bunch was more than ready to stand behind this cause and rock anything pink they could find in their closets. Our team is committed to making sure our office is a bully-free zone and extending this practice as far as we can to schools, homes, offices and online. #PinkItForward.
To celebrate international women’s day on March 8th 2016, Allocadia CEO Kristine Steuart joined a panel of active investors and successful entrepreneurs to judge the startup pitches of top female founders in Vancouver.
This celebration and discussion was put on the by The Vinetta Project, an influential ecosystem that supports high growth female founders in taking their businesses to the next level. This event brought together an engaged community of actionable entrepreneurs, venture influencers, young professionals and service providers who all see the massive growth potential for investing in female founders.
On January 18-19th 2016 Vancouver welcomed entrepreneurs, investors, industry buyers, researchers, students and government officials from around the globe to connect and exchange ideas at the first BC Tech Summit.
Among them, Allocadia’s CEO Kristine Steuart joined Premier Christy Clark and Brian Wong, CEO of Kiip in an interactive session on “Finding your career in tech” with high school students across BC. Kristine shared her own story and offered insights on finding inspiration, getting a start in the industry, and addressing the gender gap we currently see in tech companies. This session was meant to inspire and engage students with the sector and we hope to see some in the future as Allocadians.
November 27-29th 2015 UBC hosted start-up weekend, a 54 hour event bringing together the UBC community to solve problems and build new ventures. The participants were a mix of students, alumni, faculty and members of the entrepreneurship community.
Our CEO Kristine joined the judging panel on the final day of the event to give feedback and help choose the winner. Although there lots of great ideas and strategies, Ohm Wearables took home the win with their innovative smart belt idea and strong business plan. Kristine continues to work with the Ohm team as they develop their business further.
Winter holidays are always an exciting and special time of year. We’re a lucky bunch here and this December Allocadia wanted to make the season a little brighter for those who don’t have as much under the tree.
Partnering with the YWCA’s Presents of Peace holiday hamper program and Covenant House’s Christmas backpacks we worked together to gather gifts for youth and expecting moms in Vancouver. The collection bins at our office quickly overflowed with everyday essentials, baby goods and toys, warm clothes, and sought-after gifts. With so much enthusiasm for these programs we look forward to expanding our holiday giving next year. Happy holidays to all!
#TechPongYVR took place on October 21, 2015 and Allocadia there, along with some of Vancouver’s coolest tech companies, to raise money to support families struggling in the refugee crisis.
A series of fundraising events in the weeks leading up to the big day raised over $2,500 for our chosen charity, the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) – a community-based, non-profit organization serving immigrant and refugee women and their young children.
Our highly skilled participants Michal Hynek, Robert McDonnell, and Austin Nguyen were ready for battle and fought fearlessly. We didn’t win the title but the Allocadian cheering squad sure did make our presence known!It was incredible to see the Vancouver tech community coming together and contributing in such a meaningful way. Looking forward to a big year of training and getting our hands on the trophy next year!
On October 7, 2015 a mighty group of Allocadians went down to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to spend an afternoon helping to sort through the inventory in their warehouse.
Not only did we get a better sense of the Food Bank’s mission, but also got to experience firsthand their operations and the tremendous amount of food and goods they are able to distribute. It was fantastic to see the progression of this organization and how they continue to evolve to support their community.
On September 12th, 2015 Allocadia opened its doors to Girls Learning Code and saw a group of inspiring young ladies dive into the world of coding and technology.
The girls, aged 8-13, completed an Introduction to Ruby course that enables them to solve puzzles in a fun and engaging way, while generating endless opportunities to use a computer as a creative outlet. We love to see girls excited about technology and look forward to having them back at our office in the future.
Allocadia sponsored and participated in the 16th annual PMC Science Fair Fun Run in Olympic Village on Sunday May 31st.
It was a beautiful morning to run, and great to see so many families supporting such a great cause. The run ensures the success of future Science Fairs in BC and allows girls and boys to explore their interest in science and technology. The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia is a not-for-profit charitable society committed to the promotion and development of Science Fair Programs in the province.
On Saturday, May 23rd, CEO and Co-Founder Kristine Steuart was a speaker at Creating Connections 4.0, hosted by Simon Fraser University.
She was joined by Angela Robert, CEO and Co-Founder of Conquer Mobile to discuss “The 5 Year Plan: Myth or Must? Strategically Act to Create your Career”. It was a great session that allowed Kristine to share her story from the beginning, starting with her education, to choosing an industry that was the right fit, and how she eventually co-founded Allocadia. She encouraged participants to create guiding principles that would allow them to make clear, conscious, and thoughtful choices at certain junctions in their career and life that would set them on their path. Each choice is a learning experience that can be taken to the next phase of their career.
Creating Connections 4.0 brought together people of all genders and backgrounds for two days to discuss issues of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration. This is the first time that SFU hosted Creating Connections and created an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue about the participation of women in Engineering, Science, and Technology.
Allocadia is providing an incubator space for women in tech to work and collaborate. Michelle Borthwick and Megan Verchere are co-founders of Helpside Technologies an early stage start up in the eldercare market.
For months, Michelle and Megan worked either independently at home or together at a local JJ Bean coffee shop. As the company began to gel and grow, the two entrepreneurs recognized they needed full time office space in order to focus and take the company through to a successful launch. Committed to bootstrapping the business as long as they could, Michelle and Megan began to actively search for cost-effective space to collaborate.
Megan’s former colleague Kristine Steuart, CEO and co-founder of Allocadia, offered them office space at Allocadia’s new offices in downtown Vancouver, to work out of and build their company, without the burden of rent or extra costs. For Michelle and Megan, this sponsorship has provided them a centralized workspace to collaborate and focus their attention on growing and building the business, without the financial burden of rent and office infrastructure.
On May 24, a group of Allocadians participated in the MS Walk – Every Step Matters, a 5km walk around the Vancouver sea wall.
Our team was led by one of our own, Jennifer Ferguson, Education Consultant, who has participated in the walk for the past 5 years. It’s an event that is near and dear to her heart as she was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2011. It was important for us as a group to show our support, and participate in the walk with Jennifer’s friends and family. Jennifer had this to say about the walk “Doing the MS Walk every year is very important to me as it’s a cause that effects so many people, not just those of who have MS. It meant the world to me to have my friends, family and co-workers (aka. extended family) walking beside me. It feels amazing to have such a caring and supportive group of people in my life.” As a group we raised $2,740.00 for the cause, which will benefit research and support for those affected by this disease.
On May 1st 2015, a group of Allocadians participated in Bowl for Big Brothers at the Grandview Lanes in downtown Vancouver.
Team Allocadia raised $555.00 for Big Brothers, a mentoring program that enables kids to make healthy decisions, and build self-esteem. We had great support from our superhero staff, and had an excellent night out rolling strikes and spares with other local teams. Our Director of Strategy, Amanda Ovenden, has been participating in this event for a number of years, and was thrilled to have Allocadia participate.
National Cupcake Day was Feb. 23, 2015, and the BC SPCA encouraged the community to get involved and support local shelters by baking cupcakes for co-workers, friends and family.
As part of our community engagement initiative, Allocadia hosted a bake-sale with an abundance of delicious treats available to staff by donation. From Cupcakes, to cookies, cinnamon rolls to gluten-free options there was something for everyone, and we raised $585.00!
On Oct 1, 2014 the Vancouver Tech Community rallied together for an epic Ping Pong Tournament to raise funds for charities supporting the Downtown Eastside.
It was an exciting night, with over 20 tech companies gathering to battle it out with Ping Pong paddles at #TechPong. Our participants, Richard Sharp, Mike Squance, and Jennifer Ferguson practiced on a make-shift Ping Pong table in our lounge prior to the big day, and with a cheering squad in tow, they ventured into battle. We may not have taken home the trophy, but we sure had fun cheering on all the players, and our team raised over $1500!
Twelve of the faces at Allocadia morphed over the course of November 2014 as Allocadia’s Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s united to grow their best moustache & fundraise for men’s health.
It was a rough start through the stubble stage, to the mysterious fuzzy phase, and finally to the full-on Moustache phase. We persevered to the end and raised a whopping $3690.00 for a fantastic cause. We can’t wait to do it again next year!
An enthusiastic group of Allocadia volunteers came together on July 30, 2014 to volunteer at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
It was an exciting day in their warehouse, sorting through all of the non-perishable goods, and getting food items organized for packing and distribution. It was a great day to learn about the Food Bank, including a tour of the facility, and of course a group photo at the end. We look forward to volunteering there again.
The YWCA Community Kitchen is known for providing hot meals, educating families on healthy eating habits and many more community programs.
On June 25, 2014 a group of 10 volunteers visited Crabtree Corner and helped prepare the kitchen and pantry for their weekly programs. Some of us were responsible for deep cleaning the kitchen, while others cleaned the lounge areas, and helped sort clothing donations. It’s a valuable resource centre in the Downtown Eastside, and we’re so glad we were able to help.
We were proud to sponsor & participate in the Be Like Ada event on July 19th, 2014.
Named after Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the world’s first computer programmer this event encouraged teen girls to hone their coding superpowers, while having fun and learning the fundamentals of programming. Our CPO, Katherine Berry and QA Analyst, Cherly Yeung were in attendance for the “Meet the Experts” portion of the day and it provided an excellent opportunity to mingle, encourage tech, and share their stories.