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Affordable and Clean Energy

We need to ensure we can sustain life on the earth for as long as possible, and making sure that we can create the energy we need to survive without taking away from the earth, and creating clean energy is the start of this.

Climate Action

We've only got one earth so far, and until we can replace it we have to stop screwing it up. Reversing climate change and educating people about their impact on the environment should be one of our primary goals as a species.


Left Technologies Inc. announced as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ companies for 2019

Maple Ridge, November 7, 2019 — Left Technologies Inc. is presented the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ program award for its rapid revenue growth, entrepreneurial spirit and bold innovation. The program recognizes Canada’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies with the highest revenue-growth percentage over the past four years. Left ranks 11 with a 1,100 percent in revenue growth from 2015 to 2018.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program winners consist of public and private companies in the technology sector, which have transformed the industry. Now in its 22nd year, the program runs alongside the broader Deloitte North American Technology Fast 500™, with winners automatically eligible for this elite ranking.

Left's CEOs John Lyotier and Chris Jensen, credits their culture of Doing things Right and working with cutting edge technology with the company's 1,100 percent revenue growth.

“In an era of rapid and constant change, Fast 50 companies should be incredibly proud of the impact they are making across all industries, as they foster the economic prosperity and success of our country,” said Erica Pretorius, Partner and National Leader for the Technology Fast 50™ program at Deloitte Canada. “Their bold vision, unrivaled growth and true commitment to innovation allow them to not only improve today’s world, but also shape tomorrow’s, and I can’t wait to see where they take us moving forward.”

To qualify for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking, companies must have been in business for at least four years, have revenues of at least $5 million, be headquartered in Canada, own proprietary technology, conduct research and development activities in Canada and invest a minimum of five percent of gross revenues in R&D.

About the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ - The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program is Canada’s pre-eminent technology awards program. Celebrating business growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, the program features three distinct categories including the Technology Fast 50 Ranking, Enterprise Fast 15 category (recognizes fastest-growing enterprise-level technology, media, and telecommunications companies by revenue-growth percentage over their last four years of operation), and Companies-to-Watch Awards (early-stage Canadian tech companies with the potential to be a future Deloitte Technology Fast 50 candidate). Program sponsors include Deloitte, Bank of Montreal, CBRE, First West Capital, Miller Thomson, OMERS Ventures, 3C and Lafond. For further information, visit www.fast50.ca.

About Left Technologies Inc.

Established in 2010, we’ve been quietly building an overnight success story out here in Maple Ridge. Now with a global team of 109, we are on a mission to make our mark on the world.

As a certified B-Corporation, we are passionate about finding the world’s biggest problems and using technology to solve them. In 2019, we launched our newest brand, One Degree, which supports sustainability to the world of travel by encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding, eco-friendly accommodations.

That’s not the only innovative solution Left’s team is working on. Our Left Travel brand uses A.I., big data, and predictive analysis to create our proprietary TravelMindTM, driving $300M+ of gross travel bookings each year. Why? Because travel brings people closer together, breaks down barriers, and shows us new possibilities.

What really makes Left special though isn’t what we build, but who we are.


Brent Johnson, Selected As One Of Phocuswright’s Young Leaders

Lead Product Manager of Left Travel, Brent Johnson, has been selected for the Phocuswright Young Leaders Summit in Florida this year.

Left Travel, an industry-leading metasearch travel company and subsidiary of BC-based Left Technologies Inc., is proud to announce that Brent Johnson, our Lead Product Manager, was selected to join the Phocuswright Young Leaders Summit in Florida this fall.

Since 2012, the Summit has brought together the travel industry’s best and brightest under the age of 35 to take part in an elite group of Phocuswright Conference participants. Throughout the summit, Brent will receive executive development training from experienced guest speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities. These industry major players include Steve Hafner — Co-Founder and CEO of Kayak; Steve Kaufer — CEO of TripAdvisor; Greg O’Hara — Executive Chairman at American Express GBT; and Carrie D.Fabris — Founder of CareerFrame.

Brent is in good company with Left Travel’s Business Director, Ashley Joslin, and Performance Marketing Manager, Ryan Kirkbride, who have been a part of the 2019 European Young Leaders cohort this past spring.


How to hire for a unique role

Recruiting for new job titles within the tech industry

By 2027, it is expected that there will be more than 5 million jobs in information technology added globally. The interesting thing? The majority of these roles haven’t been thought up yet.

Within the innovative nature of the tech sector, new roles are created daily. But, how do you hire for new or niche roles? Especially for ones that, as a recruiter, you’ve never had to source for before?

This happened to me recently when we needed to find a Conversion Rate Optimization Specialist for our growing Left Travel team. The emergence of this role was driven by the increasing access to pertinent data, a trend that has also fueled the significant rise of interest in Data Science.

While the position’s job description had some similarities to other roles I had filled in the past, the title was new. There were also KPI’s and deliverables tied to the role that were unique and very specific to ecommerce.

This article explains how, through my career experience, I followed the steps to recruit for this niche role.


During my time as a Recruitment Consultant, I had the opportunity to partner with organizations throughout British Columbia across a variety of sectors, from software development to mining to engineering, etc. Having this wide breadth of clientele gave me the chance to work with and recruit for a range of highly varied roles.

In addition, I was able to see the nuances of roles with the same titles between companies, as well as between industries. For example, an Operations Manager at ‘Tech Company A’ versus ‘Tech Company B’, or a CFO of an Accounting firm versus a Manufacturer, might have differing responsibilities and daily tasks.

With these large variations in role expectations across sectors, it was imperative to work with existing teams to better understand their needs. This practice increased my recruitment success and retention rate and eased the process for myself in finding the right person for the right role.


How it works

My approach when dealing with a role I’m unfamiliar with is to first understand the work performed by the team this person will be a part of. To do so, I sit down with each of the current team members and break down the job description to get a clearer picture of the role. My goal in speaking with the team is to determine a few key things:

  • What value does this position bring to the team and, in turn, to the company?
    Understanding this will give me the chance to work backwards from that point of value.
  • What skill gaps does this position fill?
    Understanding this helps me during the screening phase, as I can assign greater weight to certain skills that are critical. This is important because every candidate who comes through the recruiting process brings a different mix of strengths.
  • How will this person be interacting with other team members?
    I ask this in order to better understand how the dynamics of the team will work once I have introduced this new team member.
  • What does success in this role look like?
    This question helps to get the team thinking of what their ideal candidate would look like. Carefully identifying the outcomes of what will make someone in this role successful will often lead managers to realize what is truly important to them.

The conversations with team members, and answers to the questions above, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the role, far better than could be achieved by simply reading the job description. They also opened up a dialog that can sometimes lead to the team realizing there are additional or changed requirements needed to apply to the job description.

Once we’ve had a thorough conversation, I’m able to begin piecing together a better understanding of what I need to be looking for when I begin recruiting.

This process of discovery is vitally important because, without properly understanding the job in its entirety, all your subsequent screening and headhunting efforts could be misguided.

Once I have formed my understanding of the new role, I proceed to develop my recruitment campaign as I would with any other role I have hired for before.


About Brandon Langlois

Brandon is the Talent Acquisition Specialist with extensive experience developing and recruiting for hard-to-fill technical roles. His prior experience working with an international service provider enabled him to build successful and cohesive teams. Now working at Left, a technology innovations company with offices in Canada, Bangladesh, the United States, and Switzerland, Brandon’s strong recruitment and leadership development skills led the company to undergo hypergrowth in 2018. His ability to find the right culture fit for the organization has made it possible for Left to achieve a 97% voluntary retention rate.

About Left

Left is a B-Corp certified, Canadian multinational media and technology company committed to using technology for positive social impact. One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Left has grown into a global team of over 120.Left Travel, a brand of Left, has been using big data, A.I., and predictive analysis to convert high search intent traffic into quality bookings for hotels and short-term stays since 2010. With its mobile mesh networking project powered by blockchain and tokenization, RightMesh, Left is addressing the global challenge of connectivity — particularly in regions where the digital divide is greatest. Headquartered in the Vancouver-based suburb of Maple Ridge, BC, Left has offices, subsidiaries, and employees in Bangladesh, Switzerland, and the United States.


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Introducing TravelMind

A deeper look into what we’ve built at Left Travel

At LEFT TRAVEL, we believe that travel broadens the mind — or rather, travel bookings and intent do.

By this, we simply mean that when you take the input of millions of travel data points and the creativity and experience of our team, we can launch new marketing campaigns and influence the travel intent of millions of travelers annually. We call this the TravelMind platform.

What is TravelMind

TravelMind is a cloud-based platform that captures, stores, and processes millions of points of data about both travelers and accommodation options around the world. With this data, TravelMind influences travel decisions (either a successful booking or lack thereof) and trains our algorithms to improve our performance and our ability to attract future travelers.

In doing so, our platform emulates human decision-making, combining both sides of the brain.

On the left, analytical side, we collect data points from every potential traveler. This happens when a traveler expresses travel intent (e.g., via a search on one of our sites or through one of our search partners), when they reserve a room (or do not), or when they simply click, sort, filter, give feedback, or click off to a partner… all their actions are stored within TravelMind. Our platform uses our proprietary data combined with machine learning algorithms to optimize decision-making and influence travel decisions.

On the Right, creative side, our experienced digital marketing team uses our big data to optimize on trends to increase traffic. Once a trend is identified, the Left Travel team builds and deploys niche segments to better match traveler personas and make it easier for them to find the right accommodation and improve their travel experience. This includes launching websites in local languages, creating localized domains in new markets, or tapping into specific needs like business travel or pet friendly accommodations. Accompanied by the construction of targeted marketing campaigns, the team is always finding new ways to automate traveler acquisition, while also servicing our customers, and the travel sellers, from around the world.

User Flow

  1. First, a traveler expresses consumer intent by searching for a vacation rental or hotel on a major search engine, such as Google or Bing.
  2. After clicking on one of our ads, the traveler passes through to one of our 17 segments or websites. Their experience is unique as the TravelMind platform personalizes it using psychographic, demographic, and behavioural data. This includes all historical visits from the past 5 years; as well as what we know about this particular user at this moment in time. We use this data to tailor their booking experience to help match them to the right property out of our 14M, at the right time.
  3. Once the traveler has made their accommodation choice, influenced by TravelMind, they’re then referred over to our customers (online travel sellers) where they complete their ‘travel decision’ by booking a hotel or vacation rental.
  4. Next, we use big data and machine learning to learn from the traveler’s buyer’s journey, and the data is fed back into TravelMind. Our experienced team then uses this data, alongside millions of other data points, to spot trends and manage campaigns at scale.
  5. Lastly, we automate the process to find more travelers with high travel intent, and the process repeats.

The elements of TravelMind

● Value Accrues with Every Visitor:
The travel accommodation marketplace is over saturated. With our platform we help users by aggregating the options by location, desired travel dates, number of guests, price range, and type of accommodation. We combine over 500 million unique data points, resulting from over 4 million room nights booked, to create a scalable segmentation strategy. For the traveler, our platform helps them navigate the over saturated travel accommodation marketplace by aggregating the options by location, desired dates, number of guests, price range, and accommodation type to make sure they find the right property at the right time.

● Machine Learning and AI:
Every decision a traveler makes provides TravelMind with more data and improves the accuracy of future matches. We use machine learning and predictive to help travel sellers maximize their yield.

● Customer focused:
TravelMind makes travelers happy because they quickly and easily find what they want. TravelMind makes travel sellers happy because we help them sell perishable inventory, increase long-term market share, and attract new travelers into their sales funnels.


Left Travel and getaroom Announce Partnership



Maple Ridge, Canada, April 18, 2019
— Left Travel, an industry leading travel tech company, is excited to announce a new partnership with getaroom, rated the “Best Hotel Booking Site” by Frommer’s. The partnership will add getaroom’s inventory of over 140,000 hotels to Left Travel’s 16 brands as well as provide phone and booking support.

“Both Left Travel and getaroom believe in continuously working to improve the overall booking experience for travelers,” said Business Director of Left Travel, Ashley Joslin, “We’re looking forward to working alongside them to offer travelers more inventory, competitive pricing, and easier mobile booking options, including phone support.”

About Left Travel

Left Travel is a data-driven travel tech company that specializes in matching the right traveler to the right destination at the right property, at the right time. Our big data marketing engine uses predictive analysis to personalize digital experiences for the traveler.

“We want to create better travel experiences because travel brings people closer together, breaks down barriers, and shows us new possibilities”

Left Travel presently has 16 brands with access to over 14 million vacation properties around the world and has recently expanded internationally with local brands in Australia, Germany, and the UK.

The full list of Left Travel brands are:

RentByOwner
RentalHomes.com
BedroomVillas
Stays.io
Alojamiento
Summer Rentals
AlohaVillas
Exec Stays
Vacationhome.rent
PetFriendly Accommodations
Meilleures Locations
Rentalhomes24.de
SellOffRentals

Left Travel is a subsidiary of Left, an award-winning BC Tech Company located in Maple Ridge.
About getaroom

getaroom.com provides travelers a state-of-the-art lodging website (www.getaroom.com) which offers travelers the lowest hotel rates on the Internet. Clients calling its toll-free call center at 800-HOTELS-8 (800–468–3578) can also receive the benefits of unpublished pricing, with rates typically 10 to 25 percent less than published rates on its site and other internet sites and as much as 50 percent less. There is full disclosure about the property at time of booking including the hotel name and exact location. getaroom.com offers accommodations at national chain and independent boutique properties in major destinations in the U.S. and Europe.


Left Travel Launches Two International Websites

Marking the Focus on Continued Global Expansion

Left Travel, an industry leading metasearch travel company, is proud to announce its two newest websites, BedroomVillas UK and BedroomVillas Australia, to its growing portfolio.

Established to service the North American market in 2013, BedroomVillas connects travelers to the world’s best luxury villas, beach houses, and vacation rentals with a single search. As one of Left Travel’s most successful brands, the metrics showed that it was poised well for international expansion.

“We are excited to announce the launch of our two newest localized websites marking our team’s focus on continued global expansion,” said Ashely Joslin, Business Director of Left Travel. “Data informs every aspect of our business, which is why we are confident in the UK and Australian markets for corporate growth.”

Australia and the UK were selected after market research and user data analysis collected through Left Travel’s 14 meta sites. Key considerations and metrics included: growth of digital travel sales by country, the percentage of total population spending at least 5 days on vacation annually, and time spent on travel research.

The Australian market was of special interest to the company due to the seasonal nature of online accommodation bookings. With the low booking seasons traditionally occuring in the fall and spring in North America and Europe, Australian booking trends are the opposite. The launch of a localized Australian website provides Left Travel with constant growth during previously slow months.

Backed by market growth data, strong regional inventory partners, and proven meta search tools, Left Travel is excited to expand its reach and provide localized user value into the UK and Australian markets with one of its most successful brands, BedroomVillas.


Simon

Simon Jones

Simon

Simon Jones

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

By helping a great team work on something that could make a difference to many people.

Words Of Wisdom

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams


Sri

Sri Kirsh

Sri

Sri Kirsh

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

By being a problem solver.

Words Of Wisdom

Having a purpose adds clarity to your journey.


Laura

Laura Lefurgey-Smith

Laura

Laura Lefurgey-Smith

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

By making an impact in the world by the work that I do at Left and outside, and inspiring others around me to create impact and positive change.

Words Of Wisdom

Work hard at work worth doing.