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Who We Are

Who we Are

Our Drive

Our drive is to enable tech industry growth by collaborating, championing the needs of our industry and delivering key data and HR thought leadership.

Our Vision is…

to be the tech industry’s go-to HR place.

Our Core

To Collaborate – Connect tech companies to share information and help them grow

To Create an Impact – Deliver results that support HR leaders and their organizations

To Lead – Provide thought leadership and a voice for the industry

To Boost Agility – Quickly and resourcefully respond to the needs of the industry and our members

Our Story

The year was 1992. A handful of senior HR practitioners were navigating the rapidly growing tech industry and they saw the need for peers to share data and compare practices. That’s how HR Tech Group was born.

And then they recognized the importance of building a community to share progressive HR practices, equipping members to contribute to the success of their own organizations and contributing to the overall strength of the tech industry… and here we are!

We started with 8 practitioners at 8 companies and today our group includes over 600 members at 200+ Western Canadian tech companies!

Our Impact

Together our members and volunteers created the industry definition of the “High Tech Professional” and “High Tech Company” for the provision of B.C.’s Employment Standards Regulations, which apply specifically to the high tech sector.

Federally, we worked to implement an immigration pilot program for fast-tracking tech workers. We also work with provincial government authorities on current immigration challenges for the industry.

We have represented the BC tech industry by partnering with local and national organizations at international recruitment fairs, to attract talent and create a strong ecosystem for tech companies.

Our annual Salary Survey has provided critical industry data for over 25 years and become the definitive source of compensation data for BC’s tech sector.... and with Alberta data cuts for 120 positions, it is quickly becoming a key resource for Alberta's tech sector. 

We have built diversity and inclusion resources and training programs to increase the attraction, retention and advancement of under-represented groups in skilled occupations in BC’s Tech sector. We are also measuring diversity in the tech sector with an annual benchmark report.

Our Present

Today, the sharing of knowledge and data continues to be the core of what we do and member data is the backbone of our Tech Salary Survey. We provide our members with thought leadership, HR data, benefits buying power, a collective industry voice and more.

Using various communication channels, we deliver all the intel we’ve gathered for you, as a member, and keep you connected and up to date.

We encourage involvement, contribution, learning and mutual support. As a member-driven non-profit organization, volunteers have a big role in shaping and driving our programs and events.

Our members exchange relevant knowledge, share experiences, expand networks, learn and grow together. These are the main ingredients in our value and this member collaboration is what fuels our collective success. 

Want to hear from our members? Check out this short video on our YouTube channel: HR TECH GROUP OVERVIEW VIDEO

Our Members

We work with over 200 tech companies, from mid to large size in all sectors: ICT, Film/VFX, Digital Media, Clean Tech & Life Sciences.

Our members range from HR executives to mid-level HR professionals and emerging practitioners who are building their professional careers and looking to learn and grow.

To maintain our core focus of peer-to-peer and company-to-company exchange, as well as the integrity and relevance of our Salary Survey data, all member companies need to be tech sector companies or divisions, have a minimum of 30 employees and a dedicated HR representative.

Want to become a member? We welcome you here!

Curious to see how our funds earned are put to use

supporting the tech industry? 

We are a not-for-profit association, powered by volunteers and governed by BC's Society Act. Funds received are used to provide our community with:

  • Learning and development programs and events
  • Diversity and Inclusion resources to increase the attraction, retention and advancement of under-represented groups in skilled occupations in the tech sector
  • Mentoring programs
  • Collaboration and information sharing
  • A collective voice to help shape progressive legislation and government programs  
  • Sustainable and competitive benefits coverage for employees
  • Benchmarking data and reports, and
  • Information and resources to keep HR professionals up-to-date on legislative changes, industry trends and best practices