Events

Upcoming events

    • 30 Jan 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 8
    Topic:   "Real Scrum - The Straight Goods"

    The format will be a 'Lean Coffee' type of discussion.  
    http://leancoffee.org/

    Facilitator: Travis Birch

    Who Should Join?

    This peer group welcomes project managers, business architects & analysts, executives and managers throughout the GTA who have responsibility for successful project execution in client organizations or in their own fast-growth technology companies.

    Facilitator: Jinha Chung of MIAX 

    • 04 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 4

    Topic: LinkedIn for Lead Generation

    Ever wondered how your company can better leverage LinkedIn to build brand awareness and generate warm leads? 

    Please join us for our discussion with Kevin Cunningham, Mid-Market Account Executive for LinkedIn, as we discuss the new world of B2B buyers and how to leverage LinkedIn to take your sales and marketing efforts to a new level.  As part of this session Kevin will demo the latest version of LinkedIn Sales Navigator, a tool that lets sales people in any industry efficiently find potential customers who might be predisposed toward a meeting because of shared personal connections.

    Topics of discussion will include:

    • Trends in the Business to Business Buyers’ Market
    • Demo of LinkedIn Sales Navigator  
    • Who is using LinkedIn Sales Navigator and results they have seen
    • Q & A 


    Facilitators: Kevin D'Arcy of MES Hybrid Document Systems & Christopher Dippell of Vellum Marketing 


    of Kevin Cunningham 
    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 7
    Topic: Creating a Culture of Engagement in the Technology Sector with Health and Wellness strategies.

    Who Should attend?
    • Anyone interested in technology trends in health and wellness
    • Anyone interested in learning ways to increase engagement and collaboration with their teams using health and wellness strategies
    • Those who want to learn health strategies to decrease distractions, improve focus and improve motivation and performance.
    • Executives and managers who want to learn practical tips for nutrition, exercise and stress management that are easy to implement


    Presenter: Patricia Conlin, President Global Consulting Group Inc., Registered Nutritionist and Author of ABCs of Food: Boost Your Energy, Confidence and Success with the power of Nutrition


    Join us for a lively discussion facilitated by:

     

    Heather Fedash, Delivery Project Executive, IBM Canada

     

    Tracey Whitehouse, Chief Operations Officer, TGO Consulting

     

     

    • 06 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 2

    Topic: Behaviour and skill assessments and workforce analytics” How to improve, grow your people and solve pressing business challenges”

    Presenter: David Lahey from Predictive Success

    David has been specializing in leadership development, talent acquisition, change management and productivity improvement for over 25 years across a variety of industries. He is an executive coach and consultant to 28% of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. David currently coaches, consults and facilitates training sessions focusing on finding and hiring top talent, building high performing teams and more effective leaders, giving and receiving effective feedback, building organizational trust, managing organizational change, influencing productivity, and driving sales performance.

    Who Should Join?

    Current and former Presidents, CEOs, COOs and Business Unit Leaders who are responsible for strategic and operational leadership in fast-growth technology companies located in the Greater Toronto Area.

    If you think that you meet the criteria for this peer group please contact TechConnex Executive Director, Patrick Shaw, at 905-415-4558 to discuss your participation.

    • 11 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 16

    Topic: Processes


    This may require several meetings, are the many processes in place to support a strong partner group? Do they quickly and transparently serve the end user & partners? Are they serving your business?


    Who should attend?

    Executives empowered to make decisions on business strategy – CEO, COO, SVP Sales/Partner/Channel and other relevant decision makers.

    Facilitator: Frank Dion of ClarityPlus

    • 11 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 161 Bay Street Suite 4040 Toronto
    • 16

    Topic: Make it Sticky- for Reps: last longer - for Owners: keep them longer

    2014/2015 Theme:

    What are the tools for success? This year’s Sales Peer Group topics will focus on practical “How-to’s” to help participants up their sales games. We will look at the new relationship with marketing, new prospecting tools like LinkedIn, and focus on sales performance skills and habits that drive results. Come join us to learn new ideas, reaffirm old principles, and share tips that are helping you make your numbers.

    Who Should Join?

    The Sales Leadership Peer Group is ideal for sales reps and sales team managers in fast-growth technology companies throughout the GTA. Marketing professionals and customer service leaders will gain from the dialogue and the topics discussed in this multidisciplinary and focused peer setting.

    Facilitated by Andrew Ford of SalesCopilot.

    • 13 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 13
    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Who Should Join?

    The TechConnex Cloud Computing Peer group is designed for executives and managers of software and services companies who are providing cloud based offerings to the market.
     

    Facilitator: Michael O'Neil, InsightaaS


    • 18 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 13

    Topic: Make it Sticky- for Reps: last longer - for Owners: keep them longer

    2014/2015 Theme:

    What are the tools for success? This year’s Sales Peer Group topics will focus on practical “How-to’s” to help participants up their sales games. We will look at the new relationship with marketing, new prospecting tools like LinkedIn, and focus on sales performance skills and habits that drive results. Come join us to learn new ideas, reaffirm old principles, and share tips that are helping you make your numbers.

    Who Should Join?

    The Sales Leadership Peer Group is ideal for sales reps and sales team managers in fast-growth technology companies throughout the GTA. Marketing professionals and customer service leaders will gain from the dialogue and the topics discussed in this multidisciplinary and focused peer setting.

    Facilitator: Andrew Ford of SalesCopilot

    • 19 Feb 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP: 333 Bay Street- Suite 2400- Bay Adelaide Center, Toronto.
    • 14
    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Who Should Join?

    Current Presidents, CEOs, COOs and Business Unit Leaders who are responsible for strategic and operational leadership in fast-growth technology companies located in Toronto.


    We start the meeting by opening the floor to anyone who wants to discuss specific concerns or challenges they are experiencing. This will include company developments or other announcements. We will then move onto our pre-determined topic.

       

    Facilitated by: John Kitchen of esri Canada & Andrew Nunes of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin.

    7:30 am to 9:00 am.  Kindly hosted for TechConnex by Andrew Nunes at the offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP: 333 Bay Street- Suite 2400- Bay Adelaide Center, Toronto.

    • 20 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • TechConnex- 1 Steelcase Rd W, Unit 3 Markham ON L3R 0T3
    • 16

    Topic: To be announced shortly!




    Facilitators: Peter Ott of Peter Ott and Associates & Michael Loeters of BFL Canada

    • 20 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • MyPlanet Office: 252 Adelaide St E, Toronto ON M5A 1N1
    • 16

    Topic: 

    This will be a round table discussion to share and compare notes on significant trends which are impacting project management and project delivery. 

    Facilitators: Jinha Chung of Miax, David Sabine of MyPlanet & Dave Clark of Clear Cover Data Solutions

    Who Should Join?

    This peer group welcomes project managers, business architects & analysts, executives and managers throughout the GTA who have responsibility for successful project execution in client organizations or in their own fast-growth technology companies.


    • 24 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 14
    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Have you taken on new challenges?

    • Recently appointed to a leadership position
    • Just promoted to a supervisory role
    • Advancing innovation or new initiatives within your existing business
    • Looking for insights or best practices to improve your own interactions with staff 

    Then this is the group that you need to connect with right away.  Test new ideas. Hear of approaches that really work in your type of business. Find encouragement, support, and new knowledge

    Presenters/Discussion leaders will be Peer Group Facilitators Pete Needham of End to End and Lois Shaw of Amplifi 

     
       
    • 25 Feb 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Wilson Vukelich LLP: 60 Columbia Way, Suite 710 Markham ON
    • 16

    Topic: Refresh Your Brand Persona and Protect Your Trade-marks

    Rebranding is more than refreshing your logo. This lively presentation will go behind the scenes to learn insider tips defining and catapulting a new brand persona into the marketplace, and look at legal measures to ensure protection of resulting trade-marks.

    Presented by (guest presenter) Laural Carr, Impagination Inc., and Diane Karnay and Heather Whitten, Wilson Vukelich LLP

    Who Should Join?

    • Those whose business decisions or internal recommendations could have significant legal consequences;
    • Executives and managers that want to establish risk management priorities and ensure legal compliance;
    • If you want to understand the 'practical' effect of legal requirements on your business;
    • If you want solutions to recurring legal problems and challenges;
    • If you want to keep up-to-date with legal developments and learn what other ICT businesses are doing;
    • Those interested in benefiting from strategic opportunities associated with technology changes, without compromising their legal obligations;
    • If you want to leverage the learning opportunities provided by your TechConnex membership


    Facilitators: Diane Karnay and Heather Whitten of Wilson Vukelich LLP

     

    Location: The Offices of Wilson Vukelich 60 Columbia Way Suite 710, Markham Ontario.

     

    Time: 12:00 to 1:30PM and refreshments will be provided.

    • 27 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 15
    Topic: To be announced shortly!


    Who Should Join?

    This peer group welcomes project managers, business architects & analysts, executives and managers throughout the GTA who have responsibility for successful project execution in client organizations or in their own fast-growth technology companies.

    Facilitator: Jinha Chung of MIAX 

    • 04 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 19

     Topic: To be announced shortly!






    Facilitators: Kevin D'Arcy of MES Hybrid Document Systems & Christopher Dippell of Vellum Marketing 


    • 05 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 15
    Topic: To be announced shortly!


    Join us for a lively discussion facilitated by:

     

    Heather Fedash, Delivery Project Executive, IBM Canada

     

    Tracey Whitehouse, Chief Operations Officer, TGO Consulting

     

     

    • 06 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 15

    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Who Should Join?

    Current and former Presidents, CEOs, COOs and Business Unit Leaders who are responsible for strategic and operational leadership in fast-growth technology companies located in the Greater Toronto Area.

    If you think that you meet the criteria for this peer group please contact TechConnex Executive Director, Patrick Shaw, at 905-415-4558 to discuss your participation.

    • 11 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 16

    Topic: 

    Who should attend?

    Executives empowered to make decisions on business strategy – CEO, COO, SVP Sales/Partner/Channel and other relevant decision makers.

    Facilitator: Frank Dion of ClarityPlus

    • 11 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 161 Bay Street Suite 4040 Toronto
    • 16

    Topic:

    Who Should Join?

    The Sales Leadership Peer Group is ideal for sales reps and sales team managers in fast-growth technology companies throughout the GTA. Marketing professionals and customer service leaders will gain from the dialogue and the topics discussed in this multidisciplinary and focused peer setting.

    Facilitated by Andrew Ford of SalesCopilot.

    • 13 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 16
    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Who Should Join?

    The TechConnex Cloud Computing Peer group is designed for executives and managers of software and services companies who are providing cloud based offerings to the market.
     

    Facilitator: Michael O'Neil, InsightaaS


    • 18 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 15

    Topic: Does anyone still Pitch in Elevators, or is this idea dead?

    2014/2015 Theme:

    What are the tools for success? This year’s Sales Peer Group topics will focus on practical “How-to’s” to help participants up their sales games. We will look at the new relationship with marketing, new prospecting tools like LinkedIn, and focus on sales performance skills and habits that drive results. Come join us to learn new ideas, reaffirm old principles, and share tips that are helping you make your numbers.

    Who Should Join?

    The Sales Leadership Peer Group is ideal for sales reps and sales team managers in fast-growth technology companies throughout the GTA. Marketing professionals and customer service leaders will gain from the dialogue and the topics discussed in this multidisciplinary and focused peer setting.

    Facilitator: Andrew Ford of SalesCopilot

    • 19 Mar 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP: 333 Bay Street- Suite 2400- Bay Adelaide Center, Toronto.
    • 15
    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Who Should Join?

    Current Presidents, CEOs, COOs and Business Unit Leaders who are responsible for strategic and operational leadership in fast-growth technology companies located in Toronto.


    We start the meeting by opening the floor to anyone who wants to discuss specific concerns or challenges they are experiencing. This will include company developments or other announcements. We will then move onto our pre-determined topic.

       

    Facilitated by: John Kitchen of esri Canada & Andrew Nunes of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin.

    7:30 am to 9:00 am.  Kindly hosted for TechConnex by Andrew Nunes at the offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP: 333 Bay Street- Suite 2400- Bay Adelaide Center, Toronto.

    • 20 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • TechConnex- 1 Steelcase Rd W, Unit 3 Markham ON L3R 0T3
    • 16

    Topic: To be announced shortly!




    Facilitators: Peter Ott of Peter Ott and Associates & Michael Loeters of BFL Canada

    • 20 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • MyPlanet Office: 252 Adelaide St E, Toronto ON M5A 1N1
    • 16

    Topic: 

    This will be a round table discussion to share and compare notes on significant trends which are impacting project management and project delivery. 

    Facilitators: Jinha Chung of Miax, David Sabine of MyPlanet & Dave Clark of Clear Cover Data Solutions

    Who Should Join?

    This peer group welcomes project managers, business architects & analysts, executives and managers throughout the GTA who have responsibility for successful project execution in client organizations or in their own fast-growth technology companies.


    • 24 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 16
    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Have you taken on new challenges?

    • Recently appointed to a leadership position
    • Just promoted to a supervisory role
    • Advancing innovation or new initiatives within your existing business
    • Looking for insights or best practices to improve your own interactions with staff 

    Then this is the group that you need to connect with right away.  Test new ideas. Hear of approaches that really work in your type of business. Find encouragement, support, and new knowledge

    Presenters/Discussion leaders will be Peer Group Facilitators Pete Needham of End to End and Lois Shaw of Amplifi 

     
       
    • 25 Mar 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Wilson Vukelich LLP: 60 Columbia Way, Suite 710 Markham ON
    • 16

    Topic: To be announced shortly!

    Who Should Join?

    • Those whose business decisions or internal recommendations could have significant legal consequences;
    • Executives and managers that want to establish risk management priorities and ensure legal compliance;
    • If you want to understand the 'practical' effect of legal requirements on your business;
    • If you want solutions to recurring legal problems and challenges;
    • If you want to keep up-to-date with legal developments and learn what other ICT businesses are doing;
    • Those interested in benefiting from strategic opportunities associated with technology changes, without compromising their legal obligations;
    • If you want to leverage the learning opportunities provided by your TechConnex membership


    Facilitators: Diane Karnay and Heather Whitten of Wilson Vukelich LLP

     

    Location: The Offices of Wilson Vukelich 60 Columbia Way Suite 710, Markham Ontario.

     

    Time: 12:00 to 1:30PM and refreshments will be provided.

    • 26 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • TechConnex Hub- 1 Steelcase Rd W, Unit 3 Markham ON L3R 0T3

    Seminar “Maturing of Social Media – Legitimate Lead Generation”

    About the Session

    SME technology businesses often struggle with taking the leads that they have and turning them into revenue.

    In this session, we dive into greater understanding of how successful businesses use social media tools to effectively generate and convert leads.  We begin by reviewing the “Customer Buying Process” (the typical thought process that a buyer goes through when making a purchasing decision) and how this thought process is influenced by social media when considering the 3 key stages of the buying process: “Solution Development”, “Evaluation” and “Commitment”.  We will assess social media influence within the 4 key factors that concern a buyer:  “Needs”, “Cost”, “Solution” and “Risk”.

    We demonstrate how the 4 key factors change over the 3 stages and how various forms of social media can be used at each of these stages to successfully move the buyer through the Customer Buying Process.

    Agenda

    • 1.)    Overview of the Customer Buying Process: “Solution Development”, “Evaluation” and “Commitment”.
    • 2.)    Overview of the Customer Buying Process: “Needs”, “Cost”, “Solution” and “Risk”. 
    • 3.)    Understanding the various social media tools (Blogs, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) and how they can help you. 
    • 4.)    Mapping social media tools to the Customer Buying Process
    • 5.)    Practical Application: In this section, we will work through examples using real issues experienced by the participants 

    Who is this seminar for?

    This seminar is designed for the head of Marketing and Sales at SME technology companies.

    Presenters:

    Kiran Mangate, Vanquish Consulting

    Kiran leads Vanquish Consulting, a sales consultancy focused on helping SME technology companies sell better.  Previously he worked in a number of sales roles at SAP, most recently in a sales role where he was responsible for some of SAP’s largest, most profitable customers. Before SAP, Kiran managed sales and marketing for Vortex Connect, a start-up focused on enterprise mobility software.

    Adam Fox, Director, Ontario Region, Esri Canada

    Adam Fox is a geographer, sales leader and social media junkie rolled into one. Adam is the Director for Esri Canada’s largest region managing three offices and 23 sales and professional services staff. Mr. Fox brings over 17 years of international experience to his role, on large and medium scale projects in over 15 different countries in a variety of leading technical, sales and management roles. Currently, he is responsible for the sales direction throughout the region and implementing innovative business development approaches with his team.



    • 27 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1 Steelcase Rd W, Markham ON L3R 0T3- New TechConnex Office
    • 16
    Topic: To be announced shortly!


    Who Should Join?

    This peer group welcomes project managers, business architects & analysts, executives and managers throughout the GTA who have responsibility for successful project execution in client organizations or in their own fast-growth technology companies.

    Facilitator: Jinha Chung of MIAX 

    • 22 Apr 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 180

        

     The GTA "Reveal" of the most comprehensive report on Canadian ICT Sector success!

    This year we celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the Branham300 Reveal. It will provide the greatest clarity of what is working; and what isn't in the Canadian ICT Sector.

    Who is keeping pace? Who is new to the scene, and who has (gainfully) departed?

    Join us as Wayne Gudbranson, President and CEO of the Branham Group, reveals the changes in the industry over the past year as he takes us through the most trusted source of information on the Canadian Information Technology Industry, The Branham300 Report.


    Schedule:

    11:30am – 12:00pm Registration & Networking

    12:00pm – 12:15pm Welcome

    12:15pm - LUNCH

    12:45pm- 1:15pm Keynote Speaker- Branham300 Reveal

    2:00pm Adjourn

     


    Click here to see the Braham 2013 Program! 

    • 28 May 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    The Technology Leadership Awards Gala & Showcase recognizes excellence in technology businesses and two individuals for exceptional personal contribution to the sector.

    The event will kick off in the evening of May 28th with a reception around the viewings of a showcase, profiling nominee finalists followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

    At the Dinner, awards will be presented to leaders in 7 categories.

    • Tech Company of the Year
    • Momentum Company of the Year 
    • Most promising Start-Up
    • Market Expansion Leader
    • Technology Enabler of the Year
    • Technology Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Community Builder Award 
    5:30pm-6:30pm- Reception & Showcase
    6:30pm-9:00pm-  Dinner and Awards Ceremony




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