TAP Network Celebrates 30 Years of Impact in Canada's Tech SectorThursday, June 16, 2022
Vancouver, BC, June 16, 2022--(T-Net)--Tech & People Network (TAP Network), an HR association for collaboration and inclusivity in Canada's tech sector, announced today that it is celebrating 30 years since its founding in 1992.
The non-profit association has since influenced policy makers, mentored peers, generated critical industry compensation data and built a platform of diversity, equity and inclusion resources, while creating a community for people and culture leaders among many of Canada's most exciting software, interactive and digital entertainment, clean tech, AI and life sciences companies.
Moving forward, the association says it is focused on national collaboration and data to drive growth and equity in Canada's tech sector.
Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO, Tech and People Network (TAP Network)
"TAP Network has become a proud voice of People and Culture professionals in Canada's tech sector and is trusted to accurately represent the challenges, successes and future needs of the industry", said Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO TAP Network. "Today, TAP Network has over 900 members at 250 tech companies, all contributing to the overall strength of the tech industry across Canada. Knowledge sharing and data continue to drive our association and we are committed to our values of community, impact and leadership."
With 30 years of dedicated leadership and collaboration from members, TAP Network has provided a collective voice for the tech industry and influenced policy makers.
In 1992, a small group of senior HR practitioners working at local tech companies came together to better navigate the complexities of BC's rapidly growing tech sector. What started as a handful of monthly meetings quickly grew along with the tech sector and the organization was born.
"In the early 1990's, high tech was an emerging business sector in BC and no sector data was available from traditional sources," remarked Darcy O'Grady, Principal, O'Grady Consultants Inc. and founding member of TAP Network.
"A group of us began sharing compensation information and soon realized our unique position in being able to provide tech-specific context to our world of HR, People and Culture. Our early members recognized the importance of building a community to share progressive people and culture practices, and as the community grew, we focused on equipping and strengthening members to improve the success of their respective organizations."
10 years after being formed, the association hosted its first Tech Talent Conference and launched a Group Benefits Buying Plan for its members.
Over the past three years, TAP Network has experienced significant growth with companies joining from multiple provinces and with expanding membership, support and reach across Canada.
On June 8, 2022, the association held its 10th Tech Talent North conference in Vancouver, BC. A second 2022 conference will be held in Toronto on October 18th. For 20 years, TAP Network's conferences have brought the tech community together to connect, share new ideas and learn tactical strategies from Canada's most innovative People and Culture thought leaders.
The association says membership today is established and wide-ranging, from Canada's most prominent tech companies to high-growth start-ups across many sub-sectors. Members themselves range from People and Culture (P&C) executives to mid-level P&C professionals and emerging practitioners who are building their professional careers and looking to learn and grow.
The association said in a release that it is proud of what its community has accomplished over the past 30 years by connecting a diverse network and harnessing the power of the collective. Going forward, TAP Network says it will continue to keep a finger on the pulse of tech talent in Canada and provide up-to-date industry data, insights and connections that enable learning and knowledge sharing, inspire innovation and drive growth in Canada's tech sector.
About TAP Network
TAP Network is a non-profit association for People and Culture professionals in Canada's tech sector, providing members with access to tech sector data, industry experts and an inclusive peer community to drive innovation, collaboration and results.
Through programs and events, TAP Network fosters peer-to-peer connections and collaboration that enable learning and knowledge sharing. The association's 900+ members lead and influence the People and Culture practices at 250 tech companies spanning numerous subsectors, including ICT, VFX and animation, interactive and digital entertainment, cleantech, AI, life sciences and more.
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