Providing world class patent and technology intelligence has allowed us to forge important relationships with our clients. As TechInsights continues to grow, so does the role we hold in our community. Our employees, customers and investors undoubtedly benefit from a bigger and better company, but we also want to ensure we can give back to the community in a meaningful way through our charitable and community-based initiatives.
The Royal Hospital’s Annual Inspiration Awards
TechInsights makes mental health a priority by actively facilitating a workplace of support. This year we had the pleasure of supporting The Royal Hospital by sponsoring their online auction for their annual marquee event ‘The Inspiration Awards’, which recognizes the diligent efforts and passion of people within the community working tirelessly to help eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Flattening the Curve
In Q1 2020 Social distancing and heightened sanitation protocols became commonplace as the world battled against the Covid-19 pandemic. As the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hand sanitizer and disinfectant grew – especially for the brave front line health care workers in hospitals and medical centres – we leveraged our lab and unique set of skills to mass produce hand sanitizer to equip staff of the Ottawa Hospital and other medical institutes. Hand sanitizer was also made available to our employees, with a friendly request for a small donation to the United Way in exchange for it.
United Way and TechInsights
Our longstanding relationship with United Way includes supporting their many initiatives through our fundraising program efforts. We are excited to announce that we will be taking part in a new initiative commencing January 1st, 2021 – TechInsights After School (STEM) Learning Club at the Britannia Community House – aimed at high school aged youth. This educational program will foster safe spaces designed for at risk/vulnerable youth, and help:
- Build positive relationships that foster bonding among peers and help increase pro-social behavior
- Develop improved emotional and academic skills which will contribute to an improved academic performance
- Promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and encourage a career path within these fields
Paying it Forward
Our global employees support charities in their own community and corporately, we want to encourage and support this effort! TechInsights matches up to US $100 for each employee donation, every year. In addition, all employees have 1 paid day annually to be used in support of a charity of their choice. Some recent examples of how employees have spent their day include: helping the local food bank with family food hampers, aiding in sandbagging/sand bag removal in support of local communities that dealt with recent flooding, assisting with a ‘Canadian Wings of Rescue (Pilots and Paws) mission and taking part in ‘Pedaling for Parkinson’s Canada’ bike-a-thon.
Once a year, a local breeder joins us onsite with puppies! Employees can play and connect with the dogs, which gives them necessary social exposure to larger crowds.
Chase The Ace
Employees are encouraged to purchase tickets for the weekly prize draws, with raised funds supporting the United Way.
Tulips and Plants for the Lung Association
Employees can purchase plants through the Lung Association's program, with donations going directly to the Lung Association.
Fundraising for ‘Hope’s Rising’
Ongoing efforts to support the Queensway-Carleton Hospital’s mental health initiative include company bbqs, craft sales, and other donation drives.
Community action day
We offer many initiatives aimed at helping to support the United Way throughout the year including providing support for their ‘Community Action Day’ initiatives. The most recent event was in support of Ottawa Community Housing’s effort to refresh the Ashgrove community.
Proud to support local hockey in the capital! 8 teams with the Nepean Minor Hockey Association will carry the TechInsights logo on their game day jerseys. 3 teams from Minor Atom, 3 teams from Major Atom and 2 Minor Peewee teams.
Not Myself Today
This is a mental health campaign administered through the Canadian Mental Health Association that we have joined. We provide employees with access to resources and tools to help start the conversation about developing good mental health practices and continue to work towards ending the stigma that surrounds it.
Other events/activities we are involved in include:
Family Fun Day
Sports and Athletics (soccer, volleyball, curling, yoga, fitness boot camp)
Lunch and Learns
Company family bike and walk events