About Us

About Us

Based in the University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering, HighTechU is an innovative learning community for high-school-aged youth in British Columbia to make connections, build professional skills, and explore diverse education and career pathways related to technology.

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“How much you know means nothing if you can't communicate with those around you.”


Our Story

Started in 2018 as a UVic Department of Computer Science pilot project, HighTechU is a collaborative initiative developed in partnership with local industry, educational institutions and high-school students.

Our Mission

To empower the next generation of innovators in British Columbia through real-world, technology-focused experiential learning opportunities.

Our Vision

A diverse and inclusive technology ecosystem which is accessible to all students in British Columbia.

Our Core Values

At the heart of HighTechU are 6 core values that guide the program:

Respect

Honour Diversity

Resilience

Find Success in Failure

Curiosity

Expand your Perspective

Creativity

Dare to be original

Teamwork

Work Collaboratively

Innovation

Embrace Change

Beyond a core value, Diversity is a cornerstone of HighTechU.

Through our learning community, we aim to create a safe and welcoming environment where all persons, regardless of race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, can discover and explore the world of technology and their role leading future innovation.

Our Supporters

HighTechU is truly a community-led non-profit initiative, and would not be possible without the amazing contributions of our Community, Education, and Industry supporters.


Our Team


Ana Hobden
Ana Hobden
Senior Engineer at Timber Technologies
Bonnie Alexander
Bonnie Alexander
Careers Coordinator at Greater Victoria School District
Brock Simmonds
Brock Simmonds
InfoTech Leader at Saanich School District
Dante Di Ponio
Dante Di Ponio
Career Coordinator at Sooke School District
Dawn Anderson
Dawn Anderson
Careers Coordinator at Comox Valley School District
Jason Michael
Jason Michael
Software Development Manager at Checkfront
Jeff Hopkins
Jeff Hopkins
Principal at Pacific School of Innovation & Inquiry
Jerome Etwaroo
Jerome Etwaroo
Associate Director at Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre
Jon Hamlin
Jon Hamlin
District Vice Principal at Greater Victoria School District
Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson
District Vice Principal at Greater Victoria School District
Mary-Anne Teo
Mary-Anne Teo
Director of Administration at UVic Engineering
Matt Harris
Matt Harris
CEO at Dyspatch
Meeta Khurana
Meeta Khurana
Manager of Engineering Co-op at University of Victoria
Rob Bennett
Rob Bennett
COO at VIATEC
Tanya Larkin
Tanya Larkin
Vice Principal at Powell River School District
Tom Tiedje
Tom Tiedje
Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Victoria
Valerie Irvine
Valerie Irvine
Associate Professor of Educational Technology at University of Victoria
AJ Po-Deziel
AJ Po-Deziel
DevOps Engineer at NTT Data Services
Ana Hobden
Ana Hobden
Senior Engineer at Timber Technologies
Charlie Friend
Charlie Friend
Software Developer at Reliable Controls
Daniela Damien
Daniela Damien
Professor of Computer Science at University of Victoria
Danny Briggs
Danny Briggs
Senior InfoTech Analyst at Greater Victoria Public Library
Dmitry Anoshin
Dmitry Anoshin
Alexa Engineer at Amazon
Jason Michael
Jason Michael
Software Development Manager at Checkfront
Lex Verona
Lex Verona
Senior Software Engineer
Andrew MacLean
Andrew MacLean
Outreach Coordinator at UVic Engineering
Aniruddh Sawant
Aniruddh Sawant
MSc Student in Data Science
Cairo Sanders
Cairo Sanders
BSc Student in Computer Science
Dominique Charlebois
Dominique Charlebois
BSc Student in Computer Science
Ilamparithi Chelvan
Ilamparithi Chelvan
Assistant Teaching Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ivan Martell
Ivan Martell
Research Assistant in Bioinformatics
Mateo Gray
Mateo Gray
MSc Student in Bioinformatics
Nichole Chun
Nichole Chun
BCom Student in International Business
Nikita Kapoor
Nikita Kapoor
MSc Student in Data Science
Priya Angara
Priya Angara
PhD Student in Quantum Computing
Sargun Walia
Sargun Walia
MSc Student in Information Security
Ulrike Stege
Ulrike Stege
Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Victoria
Venish Patel
Venish Patel
MSc Student in Data Science

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