Tech Canada Advocates’ mission is to bring together decision-makers and thought leaders within the tech and tech-enabled industries to form an inclusive and forward-thinking network to advance Global Tech Advocates’ universal pillars of advocacy with regard to diversity, digital skills, immigration, infrastructure and access to funding.
We bring together tech leaders, experts and investors to form Canada’s most influential group in tech. Our goal is create and foster community within both the tech industry and tech-enabled industries. Operating both in online and offline space, we create opportunities for networking and addressing important issues in the field.
We also function as a business network by hosting dedicated roundtables that bring customers, prospects and industry leaders together to discuss tech trends and themes.
In short, we:
Connect investors and startups.
Hold events to help tech businesspeople understand Canada’s legal framework for tech startups and companies.
Advocate on the tech investment landscape.
Work to understand and improve the social impact of tech.
In 2019, Toronto-based entrepreneur KC Goundiam founded the Canadian chapter of the Global Tech Advocates network, called Tech Canada Advocates (TCA). She had heard about Global Tech Advocates’s mission through the founder of Tech Advocates India and had immediately seen the network's possibilities for Canada. She felt it would provide a great framework to improve Canada’s tech world.
Global Tech Advocates (GTA) includes:
The Global Tech Advocates network grew out of Tech London Advocates, a group of more than 6,000 tech leaders, entrepreneurs, experts and investors uniting to form the world’s most influential group in tech. GTA is a loosely structured advocacy network made up of country and city-based chapters all over the world. GTA aims to improve specific issues within the field of technology, including diversity and inclusion, digital skills, talent mobility, infrastructure and access to funding.
Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates were founded by Russ Shaw, a London-based angel and venture investor. Shaw has been a non-executive director of a number of high-growth businesses, including Dialog Semiconductor and Unwire. Russ is a founding partner of London Tech Week, a London Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London, and an Advisory Board member for Founders4Schools.
KC Goundiam is the founder and CEO of Red Dot Digital, which she launched in 2014 to bring her forward-thinking, data-driven approach to the world of digital strategy and management consulting. KC has 20 years of international integrated campaign and project management experience. Before Red Dot Digital, she managed digital and social media for Deloitte Canada and its global team, and mentored Deloitte’s CEOs on digital transformation. She also directed social media for Ford.
KC is regularly invited to share her experience and expertise all over the world, including conference keynote addresses, classes for MBA programs, and countless business panels.
In 2018, KC became the new VP of the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce. That same year, she received the JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award from the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). In summer 2019, in addition to founding Tech Advocates Canada, she founded B2BeeMatch.com, a business matchmaking platform for SMEs.