Learning Labs 2013- 2014

Build Your Network and Your Business With In-Depth Learning in the TechConnex "Lab"

TechConnex offers two types of peer-directed training sessions designed to offer innovative approaches in a compressed time frame so you can quickly make a difference; with the back-up and dialogue to help you apply your new-found insight as soon as you are back in the office - or on your laptop!

Previous Learning Lab Events

We have designed a full day event covering key issues in successful cloud adoption. With this session, you'll get a road map to why, where and when this migration will be most beneficial.

February 21, 2014
8:00am - 5:00pm Cocktail Reception to follow
BMO Institute for Learning 

3550 Pharmacy Ave Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3 

Click here to see the full program

Topics Covered:   

  • Business Planning     
  • Capitalizing on Cloud
  • SaaS and Your Business 
  • Integrating a Hybrid
  • Driving the Business Utility
    of the Cloud

View the Cloud Innovation Presentation Slides


Michael O'Neil - InsightaaS

Michael is Canada's most senior IT industry analyst, internationally recognized as an expert in cloud computing, IT channel and alliance management strategies, and sustainable IT.

O'Neil started his career with IDC, where he was both Managing Director of the Canadian subsidiary and executive responsible for the launch and growth of the company's Software Partnering and Alliances research program. In this role, he developed and delivered management-level channel strategy workshops each year in Silicon Valley and Boston, and worked with clients in Asia, Europe and North America.

Andrew Dixon - Igloo

Andrew is responsible for Igloo's sales operations and go-to-marketing strategy, including operations, demand generation and communications.

Prior to Igloo, he was an eighteen-year veteran of Microsoft, where he managed several product groups and divisions, including the Server and Tools Business, while he worked along side Bill Gates to lead their launch of the Tablet PC. 

Peter van Der Zouwe - Microsoft

Peter has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years and currently leads the Cloud Computing Partner Development Business for Microsoft Canada.

Peter is passionate about the ability for Cloud Computing to transform the way IT is delivered to business customers and is happy to be a part of this major paradigm shift in the IT Industry.

Chris Adams -gShift Labs

Chris is the co-founder and CTO of gShift Labs, a web presence SasS based software analytics company. As a co-founder he directs gShift's software and Web Presence Optimizer™ (WPO), helps businesses and agencies track, monitor, measure and report on their entire web presence for organic search and social


Randy Milthorpe -HP Cloud Business

Randy provides strategic direction to HP Canadian Sales Channels regarding the cloud. He works closely with customers to optimize their business technology to enable the New Style of IT. He also provides support for HP market phoplanning, sales programs, and sales campaigns.


Loïc Calvez - SoftChoice

Loïc is Datacenter Practice Lead for Softchoice where he creates solutions to help customers harness today's and tomorrow's technologies. Prior to Softchoice, Loïc worked for a large outsourcer where he engaged with technology and business leaders to solve current issues and helped them define their future through projects or managed services offerings 


Bik Dutta - CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Bik is the Director, Product & Market Development at CenturyLink Technology Solutions, Canada. He is responsible for CenturyLink Technology Solutions Canada's market and product strategy that includes driving expansions and ensuring global offerings are deployed in Canada to resonate with customer requirements. 


Philip Kaszuba -DMTI

In his role as President, he comes to DMTI with more than 20 years of experience building multi-channel sales and sales management teams in a number of high tech companies. Phil is responsible for leading the organization as well as maintaining strategic long term relationships with existing clients while building growth opportunities with potential customers. 


Alex Topitsch - FutureState IT

Alex Topitsch is a proven leader and technologist with 15 years of experience leading a successful IT consulting company. His company has provided services to organizations in North America in the government, financial and manufacturing verticals among others. Alex has also helped other IT firms grow and guide their technical and sales teams to adapt to the ever-changing complexities in IT.


Richard Iwasa -Ideaca

Richard Iwasa is a Solution Architect with Ideaca Knowledge Services, a Microsoft partner with offices across Canada. He has over 20 years of experience in application development and architecture across many industry verticals, and helps customers with both the business and the technical aspects of cloud implementations


Paul Lewis - Hitachi Data Systems

Paul Lewis is an experienced senior technology executive skilled in leading high-performance strategy, application, and infrastructure technology services. Combined with over 18 years of deep business knowledge of Canadian and International financial services, consistently provides reliable, cost-effective strategic planning and solutions to meet the most challenging corporate objectives.


Sid Nag - Dell

Sid is responsible for Dell's Cloud Consulting & Advisory Services Strategy, Product Management, Product Marketing and Go to Market program. He has defined and brought structure around the program and has successfully launched this program/service in the Americas as well as the Europe. Middle East & Africa (EMEA) theaters. Including countries such as US, UK, France & Germany.


Justin Folkerts - Supra ITS

As the VP of Infrastructure Services, Justin is responsible for directing global Service Desk and Project Delivery teams with locations in Canada, UK, India and the United States. As a member of the executive team, Justin operationalizes strategic priorities and is responsible for creating a governance framework for a world class service delivery program. He also has extensive cloud and information security expertise.


Rod Scotland - Cisco

As the National Architectures Strategy Manager of Mid-Market Solutions for Cisco Canada, Rod Scotland is responsible for leading the technology alignment and national technology strategies for Canadian midmarket and small and medium-sized business solutions.. Since joining Cisco in 1999, Scotland has held several positions in the areas of consulting engineering, solution sales and strategic business development. He has extensive experience with Cisco technologies and has provided expertise across the Customer and Partner Led business segments.  



Crowdfunding 101 Seminar - September 19, 2013

Crowdfunding is one of the newest and most innovative forms of funding for businesses today. It is an area with huge potential for growth of those businesses that access the interest and imagination of “the crowd”.

Crowdfunding is an avenue for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMBs to solicit working capital from non-accredited investors. Many investors in "the crowd" will be from family, friends, Angels and Venture groups, pre-existing networks, mentors, and former colleagues.

As an attendee you will:

  • Learn about the dramatic growth of the Crowdfunding market
  • How to promote value and visibility for your idea or solution
  • Develop an extensive understanding of the most effective ways to achieve Crowdfunding goals
  • Learn the fundamental elements of an effective Social Media marketing campaign to support your goals
  • Learn about the legal, legislative, financial and compliance aspects of Crowdfunding
  • Learn about Crowdfunding business practices and insights from Canadian success stories
  • Prepare to network your way to a successful campaign


Craig Asano, Founder NCFA

Craig is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Canada’s dynamic and inclusive Crowdfunding advocate. NCFA Canada works closely with industry partners, technology platforms, academia, affiliate groups and business associations to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry and voice across Canada.

VIew Craig`s Presentation 


Marc Nicholas, Chief Technology Officer, Wimoto Technologies, Inc.

Learn best practices from Marc how Wimoto Technologies successfully raised $160,000 from multiple Crowdfunding campaigns from over 1,300 investors. Wimotos are a family of small, wireless sensors for your iPhone, iPad, Android, Linux or Raspberry Pi device that measure environmentals such as ambient temperature, humidity, light, soil moisture, soil temperature, object temperature, human presence and movement. You can upload your data to our cloud service for analysis via our free app, or use the optional Wimoto Cloud Cube to do it for you in realtime via Wifi

Click below to view Marc`s Presentation                                 

Wimoto Presentation.pdf



TechConnex Bootcamps are intensive deep-dive training sessions on a specific topic area of recurring business focus - by subject matter experts and tech industry leaders who have learned and applied the information to better grow their businesses or themselves.

TechConnex Bootcamps are realistic "shortcuts to success".

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