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  • 01 Feb 2016 1:59 PM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    Ontario ICT companies and colleagues

    Please review carefully as this includes a list of upcoming ICT trade missions as well as an invitation for your expression of interest for a June Trade Mission to either E3 (gaming/entertainment) or to TU-Automotive (connected Car) – 8 companies are needed for either mission. Details at the end of this post.

    Each of the following explained further below...

    • Brazilian fintech delegation - April 5, 2015, 8:30am – 17:30pm (Apply for meetings now!)
    • Export opportunities with Sony, Citi, Oxford U, Zeta interactive
    • Ontario trade mission to either E3 (gaming/entertainment) OR TU/automotive (Connected Car) – need answers before Feb. 12
    • Ontario wireless trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 - Las Vegas, USA
    • ICT Opportunity@Japan: Market Entry Program “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan”, March 2016
    • ICT Opportunity@Korea: Incoming Trade Commissioner Jonathon Kupi, March 2016
    • ICT Opportunity@Japan: Incoming Japanese E-commerce Delegation, March 2016 (TBC)
    • Ontario tech trade mission to ComunicAsia, May 31-June 3 - Singapore

    Please contact the respective person indicated at the end of this post. 

    Brazilian fintech delegation - April 5, 2015, 8:30am – 17:30pm (Apply for meetings now!):

    The Government of Ontario International Trade and Investment Branch (Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade) in partnership with MaRS Fintech, invites you to participate in a B2B session with a Brazilian financial services delegation comprised of banks, payment merchants/acquirers, fintech and tech firms. The group will be visiting Toronto as part of the Brazil-Ontario Innovation Week. These companies are seeking for technologies and partnerships ranging from insurance, emerging payments, peer-to-peer transaction, alternative lending , biometrics, blockchain technologies, crypto-currencies, analytics and mobile. The companies will select who they want to have 45 minute introductory B2B meetings with. Only those approved by the Brazilian firms will be contacted. There is no cost and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 4. Ontario businesses interested in participating should contact Nathalie Herman at nathalie.herman@international.gc.ca

    Export opportunities with Sony, Citi, Oxford U, Zeta interactive:

    Matt Waldron from the Consulate in Miami offers the following opportunities with SwitchPitch Connect. If you have not already, please sign up for a free account on SwitchPitch and receive new projects in your sector. To get free access to all SwitchPitch Projects and events, join SwitchPitch Preferred here. When you’re ready to pitch for a project, ask Matthew (matthew.waldron@international.gc.ca) for a code that will get you a free year’s access to bid out for that project and any others that pop up during the year.

    • Sony Music: Create VR lyric music videos and/or music experiences (CGI & real-life) 
    • Sony Music - Create an iPad app that shows all assets and data relating to music releases 
    • Citi - Technology to identify innovative human resources technologies to improve "Employee Journey" - Examples: Onboarding, HR management, distance learning, training, ongoing education. 
    • Oxford University Press - Build a fun, engaging word/language game app to be used in connection with the Oxford Global Languages initiative
    • Zeta Interactive - The Zeta Interactive “Campaign Operations Management” initiative (COM) encompasses all aspects of our next generation administrative toolset for the oversight and execution of campaigns within the Zeta Marketing Cloud 
    • Zeta Interactive - The Zeta Interactive “Content Standardization” initiative (ConStand) encompasses all aspects of our next generation administrative and end-user toolset for the management and analysis of content used within the Zeta Marketing Cloud


    QUESTION: In June, Ontario will lead EITHER a trade mission to E3 (gaming/entertainment) OR a Connected Car trade mission to TU/automotive. 

    A minimum of 8 companies are needed to make it a reality. Deadline to submit your Expression of Interest in either trade mission is February 12; after this date I will decide if we do the mission to either E3 or TU Automotive.

    Ontario connected car trade mission to TU-Automotive Detroit, June 8-9, 2016 - Michigan

    The Government of Ontario's International Trade Branch would be leading a trade mission to TU-Automotive 2016, the world's largest event dedicated to the connected car attracting over 3,000 delegates and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, will include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. Cost: $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant pproved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151 (2 companies have expressed serious interest)

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    Ontario video and games trade mission to E3, June 14-16 - Los Angeles, CA

    The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Bracnh is planning to lead a trade mission to E3, the world's premier trade show for computer, video and mobile games and related products attracting over 50,000 industry professionals and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, would include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, Databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priorioty registration only if applying with a first time participant pproved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151 (4 companies have expressed serious interest)

    NOTE: Deadline to express interest is February 12; after this date I will decide if we do the mission to either E3 or TU Automotive.

    Ontario wireless trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 - Las Vegas, USA

    The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to CTIA (www.ctiawireless.com). Twenty four new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 2425) located on a main aisle next to Verizon and Samsung. Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. In 2016, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week will feature the entire wireless ecosystem - Connected Heath and Home, M2M, content and networking technologies. Close to 50,000 people, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 1,200 press and analysts worldwide. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is June 30, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500. (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priorioty registration only if applying with a first time participant pproved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151

    ICT Opportunity@Japan: Market Entry Program “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan”, March 2016

    Canadian Embassy in Tokyo has established a new initiative “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan” and is calling for application from Canadian ICT companies offering innovative solution/technology, who are interested in receiving an enhanced market-entry virtual program from trade commissioners. Ontario companies providing the following technology are welcome to consider this good opportunity for FREE: IoT & Connected Vehicles, Big Data Analysis; Digital Media, including Digital Marketing (AdTech), Omnichannel, E-commerce, and FinTech, Public Security, Smart Homes and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. For more information, please contact Wenbo Pan, Area Director: Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, at wenbo.pan@ontario.ca

    ICT Opportunity@Korea: Incoming Trade Commissioner Jonathon Kupi, March 2016

    Jonathon Kupi, the Second Secretary and Trade Commissioner at Canadian Embassy in Korea, will be visiting Ontario March 9-11 and meet with Ontario companies working in digital media (gaming) and clean tech companies. If you would like to obtain a market update and discuss your plan with Korea, please contact Wenbo Pan, Area Director: Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, at wenbo.pan@ontario.ca

    ICT Opportunity@Japan: Incoming Japanese E-commerce Delegation, March 2016 (TBC)

    A board member of AUCFAN, a major public listed company in Tokyo provids auction and shopping commodity and price information compare, search and analysis services (http://aucfan.co.jp/en/), will visite the Ottawa and Toronto to meet with Ontario ICT suppliers who serve e-commerce business. If you are interested, please contact Wenbo Pan, Area Director: Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, at wenbo.pan@ontario.ca

    Ontario tech trade mission to ComunicAsia, May 31-June 3 - Singapore

    Ontario-based businesses are invited to join us, together with 45,000 attendees, at CommunicAsia, the most established ICT event of its kind in Asia (www.communicasia.com). The Ontario government is offering 12 Ontario companies the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario showcase in the Canadian pavilion. Services offered to attendees include on-site meeting areas and a targeted B2B program involving pre-qualified buyers, decision-makers, strategic partners, distributors and resellers. On May 26-27 we will also offer an optional pre-show business mission to Vietnam to meet with pre-qualified buyers and strategic partners. The participation fee is $1,500 per company ($1,000 for first-time participants). For more information, please contact Corie McDougall, Area Director, Southeast Asia, at corie.mcdougall@ontario.ca


  • 01 Feb 2016 12:36 PM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    I have recently had the oportunity to meet with the recently appointed Canadian Trade Commissioner based in Toronto who is handling the FinTech and EdTech sectors.

    Yves Belliveau is Trade Commissioner, Regional Office of the Trade Commissioner Service, Ontario Region. He points out that their Ministry has been rebranded to "Global Affairs" .

    He is keen to meet members of the FinTech and EdTech verticals, and in particular to discuss the prospects of those companies expanding their businesses outside of Canada. He was pleased to share some insights on the recently announced Federal Export Assistance Program, and the Canadian Technology Accelerator as well program.

    The Trade Commissioner certainly wants to encourage uptake on the Federal Export Assistance Program - it makes great sense for those looking to expand their services and markets beyond Canada. I have personally seen the benefit of the Accelerator Program in action - observing companies signing deals while on a past trade mission with the department.

    SO...here is his pitch from a follow-up email:

    It was great meeting you last week, and I hope we get to collaborate on various activities that would help your members expand in international markets.

    As discussed, I wanted to send you information on two programs managed by Global Affairs Canada that could be of interest to your members:

    CanExport:

    Eligible companies can get up to 50% of costs for a total of between $10,000 and $100,000 toward export development costs in new markets.

    Eligible expenses include business travel to target markets, participation at trade fairs and trade missions, adaptation of marketing tools for a new market, market research and more. For more information, see  http://www.international.gc.ca/canexport/applicant-guide-requerant.aspx?lang=eng 

    Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative:

    The program provides Canadian high-growth market-ready companies support to access global markets and entrepreneurship services within the Information and Communication Technologies, (ICT), Life Sciences, and Sustainable Technologies industries. The program provides the following:

    - Access to free office space within existing international business accelerators;

    - Mentorship from industry leaders, partners and Trade Commissioners in market

    - Support in accessing financial resources, engaging strategic partners, and refining business models for global market opportunities

    - Greater exposure to global partners and opportunities to pursue clients

    You can find out more about the CTA, including eligibility and application process, at http://tradecommissioner.gc.ca/world-monde/cta-atc.aspx?lang=eng

    Feel free to share the above information with your members.

    As mentioned during our meeting, I would love to meet some of your members that are involved in the Educational Technology and Financial Technology spaces to explore how the Trade Commissioner Service could be of assistance to them. 

    Again, our four core services are 1- Preparation for International Markets; 2- Facilitating Qualified Contacts; 3- Providing Market Intelligence; and 4- Problem Solving/Troubleshooting.

    Thanks again for coming to the office last week, and hope to hear back from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Yves Belliveau

    Trade Commissioner | Délégué commercial

    Regional Office of the Trade Commissioner Service | Bureau régional du Service des délégués commerciaux

    Ontario Region | Région de l'Ontario

    Yves.belliveau@international.gc.ca

    151 Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2W7 | 151, rue Yonge, 4e étage, Toronto (ON) M5C 2W7

    Telephone | Téléphone: +1 416 954-2106
    Facsimile | Télécopieur: +1 416 973-8161
    Global Affairs Canada | Affaires mondiales Canada

    Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada


  • 08 Jul 2015 10:53 AM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    Event and Fundraising Specialist - One Year Contract

    Interested candidates are invited to note the exact job title in the subject line of their email and respond to PatShaw@techconnex.ca with current resume and covering letter.

    About this Position

    This is foremost a fundraising position with its primary focus on profitable revenue generation. The ideal candidate is experienced in peer fundraising and “needs-based selling”—success in this role is determined by the ability to attract and foster partnership opportunities through the creation of collaborative events.

    Must know how to close the deal, confirm mutual understandings, and manage volunteer and corporate relationships to successful outcomes. Leadership includes using a positive, persuasive and charismatic approach to inspire and motivate volunteers and committees. 

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    § Research, identify, qualify and cultivate event sponsor base through leads from assigned markets, prospecting, and referrals (etc…) on a daily basis to ensure the successful recruitment of sponsors, instructors, and attendees.
    §  Lead for setting fundraising objectives and meeting participant attendance and profitability targets.
    §  Responsible for full life cycle of event management from concept development, approval, financial reporting, logistics and facility management, and onsite concierge/host.
    §  Works with volunteers or interns engaged in the events and portfolio.
    §  Works closely with Membership Director to drive new memberships through inspiring events and follow-up to identify new member prospects from attendee lists.
    Qualifications
    §  Strong relationship building skills are a must and emphasis on “needs based” selling is a plus.
    §  Proven record of client development, including cold calls, lead follow up, and qualifying clients.
    §  The ability and enthusiasm to develop, organize and manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising initiatives and events; from inception through to “closing” program contracts
    §  Effective communication and professional presentation skills to represent TCNX and encourage the support of its goals.
    §  Commitment to provide leadership and work collaboratively with volunteer committees
    §  Ability to provide solutions and/or resources to challenges/opportunities that may arise during the development and sale of programs.
    §  Ability to travel for program site inspections, greet clients, manage onsite event administration for smooth functioning and creating the targeted community experience for guests.
    §  Must be able to legally operate a vehicle (personal, rental, or company).
    §  Must provide your own mobile phone (subsidy available for company use data needs)

    Education and/or Experience Requirements

    §  Proven ability to meet fundraising goals consistently.
    §  2+ years’ experience in sales, trade show or conference planning, event management, fundraising programs, or related field. Must have held P&L responsibilities.
    Post-Secondary degree in Business Management, Marketing or related program area.
    Budget management & P & L reporting skills
    Knowledge of the technology sector in the Greater Toronto Area
    Well-developed administration, planning and organizational skills.
    §  Knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, CMS websites, CRM and other software.
    §  Solid online skills and ability to utilize digital media to promote attendance at events. Familiar with Google Adwords, LinkedIn Advertising and other social media promotions tools.

    About this Posting

    §  Start: Immediately
    §  Term/Schedule: 1 year contract/full time with some evenings and/or weekends
    §  Location: Markham and Greater Toronto Area
    §  Compensation: 40K plus bonus incentives
    §  Closing: July 20, 2015

    Interested candidates are invited to note the exact job title in the subject line of their email and respond to PatShaw@techconnex.ca with current resume and covering letter. No telephone calls please. We very much appreciate your interest however only those candidates progressing to the next level will be contacted directly.


  • 05 Jun 2015 9:02 AM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    Entrepreneurial expertise is thriving in the Greater Toronto Area – Canada’s top tech corridor. With many exciting, innovative, and growing companies at the core of the most enterprising technology region of Canada, it is hard to ignore their accomplishments.

    TechConnex, the only not-for-profit member-directed industry association in the Greater Toronto Area, recognizes the entrepreneurial expertise in the GTA Tech Community. Focused on the growth of small and mid-sized tech businesses and their people, TechConnex will celebrate the success of peer-nominated tech leaders at the 2015 Technology Leadership Awards.

    Nominations for each category were solicited from the community-at-large, the Board of Directors, TechConnex members, and through social media tech community sites covering technology business in the GTA. With over 12,000 tech companies to choose from, the short-list of nominees is a testament to the quality of technology entrepreneurship in the ecosystem.

    And now to the awards…

    2015 Most Promising Start-up
    This award is presented to a Greater Toronto Area based organization that has the greatest potential to demonstrate excellence in their business, and while embracing a commitment to the knowledge-based sector have steadily increased revenue, added employees, and embraced sound business fundamentals including the addition of an advisory board or board of directors.

    2015 Momentum Company of the Year
    This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Area while consistently reaching new customers or delivering new services within an existing customer, increasing revenues, adding employees, encouraging community involvement and embracing sound business fundamentals.

    2015 Market Expansion Leader
    This award recognizes an organization from within the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Area that has demonstrated market innovation and successful export growth to reach new customers or deliver new services within an existing customer, increasing internationally sourced revenues, adding employees in the GTA while also encouraging community involvement and demonstrating sound business fundamentals.

    2015 Tech Company of the Year
    This award recognizes the organization that has demonstrated business leadership and excellence in innovation and a commitment to the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Area and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires increasing profitability, community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound business fundamentals. 

    See the News Release of the Finalists

  • 04 May 2015 1:16 PM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the Europe Global Export Forum May 20 in Toronto.

    I had a chance to travel to Europe last fall and can attest to the value of the connections our Canadian representatives make available to industry members!  Several hot leads and a couple deals were done by Ontario ICT firms in the three days we were there.

    The Forum in May doesn't involve 8 hours of flying time but presents a great opportunity to learn about the CETA trade agreement and about successful market entry/expansion strategies in Europe. In addition to practical and strategic information and networking opportunities with high-level speakers, you can arrange for one-on-one meetings with incoming buyers from the ICT, advanced manufacturing, automotive, and life sciences sectors.

    Registration info and fees

    •  Entry to the event is free with registration.
    •  Meetings with incoming buyers - $50.
    •  Meetings with Market Experts - free.

    Visit www.globalexportforum.ca for more information and to register.

    Increasingly TechConnex members are realizing the value in participating in these types of trade initiatives. The Channel and Alliance Peer to Peer hosted by TechConnex is a "gentle" way to think through your business expansion needs.

     If you want to talk to a peer who has experienced the value first hand (gaining leads and several follow-ups) just reach out and I’ll put you in touch patshaw@techconnex.ca .

    Meanwhile, our friends in Ontario Economic Development are finalizing plans for industry partners at CES, RSA, SxSw (and FETC or TCES). Stay tuned or contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca to be added to the list for updates.


  • 14 Apr 2015 3:32 PM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    Moving is a pain but when the discomfort of your current less-than-ideal office space pushes you to the brink, you just have to take the plunge and make a change.  So, what can lead you to that precipice?

    1.    Business is booming, you need to hire more people, and everyone is already bumping elbows.

    2.    Summer is coming and you would love to see the sunshine when you gaze out the window, formulating your next great idea. The basement just isn’t doing it for you anymore. Besides, you’re getting lonely and could use some interaction to spur even greater creativity.

    3.    You work remotely but need to have face-to-face client meetings in a more accessible, professional environment. Starbucks serves up a mean latte, however the ambiance isn’t always conducive to business dealings.

    4.    You have office space with all the amenities you need but are out on the road more than at your desk. You’re wondering, “Do I need to pay rent on all this space every month when I’m not here all the time?”

    5.    You are a social enterprise or not-for-profit looking to reduce your overhead so you can direct more funds to your cause.

    Whatever is inspiring you to look for new office space, it's important to look at all the angles and ensure that it meets your needs.

    TechConnex, the only industry association entirely focused on the growth of small and midsize tech companies in the GTA, has created a co-location office space that will change your challenge into an opportunity. It’s a space that fosters opportunities for companies to collide, share best practices, and grow.

    What do they have to offer?

    The hub is designed as a facility that provides businesses access to needed resources, industry learning opportunities in which their people can participate, and an environment conducive to connecting with others fostering innovation and collaboration. Is it perfect for every business? If you’re in situation #1, business is booming and you’re looking for a larger space, then the TechConnex Hub may not be ideal for you today. However, if your story resembles any of the other reasons for being on the hunt for space, this location may be exactly what you’re looking for.

    Office space, workstations or hotdesk spaces are available. Perks include free parking, high-speed Internet access, bottomless-cup coffee, access to a kitchenette, and professional open collaborative space. Available technology includes an electronic whiteboard, mobile whiteboard and seating when the training room is available. Meeting rooms are also available for rent.

     


  • 26 Sep 2014 10:30 AM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    TechConnex started its luncheon program series with a great event welcoming technology companies, government and academic leaders on Wednesday September 24th, 2014.

    Special guests included his worship mayor of Richmond Hill David Barrow, city counselor from Markham Howard Shore, and city of Toronto school board trustee candidate Elizabeth Meyer who's day job is with Orion. TechConnex welcomed four new members and provided them with their plaques. New members include Storagepipe, Avetti.com, M/L Software Documentation Inc., Novium Systems Inc.  Click here to see photo

    Several members of the TechConnex board were present including Jinha Chung, Tracey Whitehouse, Camille Peters, Roy Hart, I-Cheng Chen, and Andrew Nunes.

    TechConnex Executive director Pat Shaw provided an update on his recent participation in the government of Canada trade mission to the UK. The trade commission staff was exceptionally well connected and very capable of introducing the corporate participants to viable clients or partners within the UK tech ecosystem. The advances in the negotiations around the Canada European trade agreement spark considerable encouragement for member companies to access very large and diverse customer base. The prime minister himself in fact characterized the new trade agreement as being more significant than the existing North American Free Trade Agreement. Any member company contemplating export or access to foreign markets as part of their growth strategy are welcome to connect with the office for more information. Pat didn't have a chance to mention the recent meeting by board members Shelly Frank, Robert Lane and himself with the Colombian Trade Commissioner who is also eager to assist TechConnex companies to tap into the nearly $15 billion program for "social apps" in his country! Click here to see photo. That as the prelude gave the Minister just enough time to finish his lunch!

    The Honorable Minister Reza Moridi was welcomed by Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow. The minister acknowledged the important role of small and midsize technology companies in the creation of wealth in Ontario. He noted that 65% of the economic value generated in the technology industry in Canada is from Ontario. In the GTA we really reside at the centerpoint of this technology Corridor. The minister gave a shout out to Open Text for their efforts and commitment and creating new jobs and adding economic growth in Ontario. Mr. Moridi restated the government’s commitment to encouraging small and midsize companies in their innovation and their growth. He drew attention to the youth employment opportunities that the government will continue to support. The minister indicated a strong awareness of the importance of the tech ecosystem. He holds a second ministry - in trade colleges and universities - and his strong commitment is to ensure that students are employment ready upon their graduation. Click here to see photo


  • 11 Aug 2014 2:19 PM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    Are you a motorcycle enthusiast?

    Well get ready to rev up your engines! TGO Consulting is excited to announce TGO’s annual Ride for Kids event coming up just around the corner on August 17th! Like last year’s event, all funds raised will be donated to the SickKids Foundation. Hop on a bike, or let your motorcycle riding friends know, this will be a fun event for a great cause!

    - See more at: http://www.tgo.ca/blog/dont-miss-tgo-ride-kids-2014#sthash.b0THDHsY.dpuf



  • 20 Jun 2014 11:22 AM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    By guest blogger Lois Shaw, co-facilitator Leadership Development Peer Group

    Peer groups provide the opportunity for current and aspiring leaders in small and mid-size tech businesses to learn, share and grow. The concept is brilliant and networking opportunities abound, but it can be a challenge for peer group facilitators to regularly introduce fresh material that will invigorate and inspire participants.

    In our effort to tap into the experience and insights of the Leadership Development Peer Group participants, we schemed to try a different approach...

     This month we opened the session with a rather Socratic question: does the leadership of an organization create/influence corporate culture OR does the corporate culture create/influence the leadership? Co-facilitator Pete Needham set the context and then the group was divided into teams with instruction to prepare for an organized debate. Participants were assigned to a question, which meant they were not necessarily representing the side that they thought aligned with their beliefs.

    As facilitators we had two concerns going in. One, would people simply not be sufficiently awake to engage in the discussion, and two, would it be a bust and we would be finished really early?  Each team had 10 minutes to prepare their statement and supporting arguments.

    Fear not! The result was a spirited and engaging discussion to which everyone in the room contributed. It led to diverse expressions of what leadership really is and the realization that one does not need to be in a designated leadership role in order to exert influence in an organization. Ah now, might there be a debate coming on “Power and Influence”?

    Thank you to members of the Leadership Development Peer Group. We appreciate your candor and value the wisdom and insight you each shared with the group. If anyone is interested in taking a look at the presentation, debate questions and supporting arguments, contact Pam at pamela.m@techconnex.ca.

    TechConnex Leadership Development Peer Group Co-facilitators: Pete Needham of End to End, and Lois Shaw of amplifi

  • 05 May 2014 1:00 PM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)
    Many small or mid-size tech businesses generally think of market expansion to the south to mean entering a specific US market segment.  A friend of TechConnex members, Maricio Ospina (International Trade Branch of Ontario Economic Development) wants you to think broader.  And he is ready to help you make the connection without you having to over-extend your reach!  
    If you are interested in connections with Latin American companies interested in ICT, eHealth or Financial IT then the “Latin America Global Export Forum” in Toronto on Wed, May 28th might just be the ticket for you. See the specific sourcing needs and check out purchaser profiles, along with speakers and agenda for the full event at http://globalexportforum.ontarioexports.com/ (Apply before May 16).  
    Mauricio can arrange one on one meetings with most anyone there if you are interested in that too!

     INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (ICT)

    IT security: Cybersecurity, risk management and compliance, security architecture and availability for the retail, corporate, financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and government sectors.
    - Biometric technologies
    - Perimeter-based security
    - Networking technologies
    - GPS solutions for people and cargo

    eHEALTH

    Telemedicine/remote medical homecare service such as Health Management (US) and Take Care (Portugal)

    Healthcare: Remote monitoring devices for the elderly, devices to protect children via GPS, notification alerts, e-health systems, billing systems, etc., all with mobile capabilities.

    FINTECH

    Technologies for remote/self-service banking (niche products only) such as Foton (Brazilian) and TCS (India)

    Niche products for improved customer relations (allowing banks to offer more services to clients) and Big Data

    Business Support Solutions and Operational Support Solutions such as Toa (USA) and Amdcs (US)

    Solutions for micro-financing institutions, credit unions and cooperatives

    Connect with one of the most responsive guys in Economic Development: Mauricio Ospina, Area Director, ICT sector, International Trade Branch, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

    Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
    mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca  www.ontarioexports.com

    You could call me too, but I'm really just going to try harder to convince you to give Mauricio a call directly!  -Pat

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