We work where we live.
Through sporting, charitable, and volunteer initiatives, we hope to make a true positive impact where we live, work, and play. We were honored to receive the BC Tech Association's 2013 Technology Impact Award (TIA) for Community Engagement in recognition of outstanding corporate citizenship and community impact. Take a look below at just a portion of the initiatives that we are involved in.
Global Relay is the Title Sponsor and Operator of the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix - one of the most prestigious cycling events in North America. We have sponsored the race - a much beloved event that was cancelled in 2008 for lack of funding - since 2012. Every July, up to 30,000 spectators line the streets of Gastown to witness the exhilarating cycling action. Learn more.
Launched in 2012, the Global Relay Bridge the Gap Fund is a cycling development initiative for up-and-coming Canadian riders. It is designed to ease the transition between the worlds of amateur and professional cycling. Headed by a team of top Canadian cyclists, the program provides much-needed funding, mentorship, coaching, and equipment to help promising riders (aged 18-25) reach their national and Olympic goals. Learn more.
In June 2014, we joined forces with Cycling Canada to grow cycling in Canada and help Canada become one of the world’s top cycling nations by 2020. The four-year $500,000 partnership is focused on sponsorship of the Canadian National Teams and the Canadian Road Cycling Championships. Learn More.
Every year, we run a food and toy drive to benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Last holiday season, we exceeded our goal and donated fifteen 25kg boxes of non-perishables and toys that made their way to families in need throughout Vancouver!
Once a quarter, our employees provide home-cooked meals to kids and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of BC. Global Relay covers all costs, while employees volunteer to cook, clean, and visit with the families.
We sponsor a team in the The Vancouver Sun Run, an annual race that promotes physical health and supports a variety of local charities. The Global Relay team grows in size every year. In 2016, our team placed 13th out of 102 among local high tech companies!
As a part of our Women In Technology initiative, Global Relay is a founding partner in The Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women in Digital Media, which supports women enrolled full-time in Simon Fraser University’s Master’s program in digital media. Global Relay contributes $1,000 annually towards the award, matched by SFU.
Five Hole for Food is a nationwide tour that uses street hockey as a vehicle for social change by partnering with local food banks and raising food, funds, and awareness. Global Relay joined the action in 2013 and collected over $700 and loads of canned goods in just a few days!
Global Relay donates to Plan Canada benefitting children, families and communities in developing countries. The most recent donation of $10,000 was matched by the Government of Canada 6:1 in support of an extensive four-year health initiative in Tanzania.
Since 2012, Global Relay has donated the funds used to purchase helmets for the annual Tour de Coast, one of four BC Cops for Cancer cycling events that raise funds and awareness for cancer research.