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  • 05 Nov 2013 9:30 AM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    How will Canada’s Anti-Spam Law affect your business? Andrew Nunes, Partner of Fasken Martineau shares his insights on what you should know about the Canadian Anti- Spam Legislation.

    New Canadian Anti-Spam Law Takes Aim at Electronic.pdf

    The Other Side of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Important.pdf

  • 28 Oct 2013 9:40 AM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)

    TORONTOOct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ideal Advisor Software Inc., a leading Toronto technology firm that provides automatic website valuations around the globe, has named two senior business executives to its Advisory and Management Team.

    Robert H. Lane, a renowned senior technology executive, consultant and advisor for many companies in Canada and the United States- including acting as CEO of Commodore Computers, will join Ideal's Advisory Board as Chairman.  Derek Lackey, a veteran advertising executive, will join Ideal Advisor Software as President and Partner. His extensive branding, advertising (digital and traditional) and direct marketing expertise will be critical during this next growth phase. Derek is currently President of the Direct Marketing Association of Canada guiding them through their 50th year of helping business use more direct marketing.

    "We're extremely pleased to welcome such senior talent to our team," stated Craig Hunt, Founder and CEO of Ideal Advisor Software. "Robert H. Lane and Derek Lackey have enjoyed successful careers to date and will provide invaluable business leadership skills and 'know how' to help us achieve Ideal Advisor's commercial goals."

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ideal-advisor

  • 23 Oct 2013 2:47 PM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    Branham Group Inc., a leading global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) analyst and strategic marketing consulting company, is pleased to announce that the online application for the 2014 Edition of the Branham300 is now available.

    We invite your team to submit your company’s application now for this year's listing. Please visit https://www.branham300.com/application to submit your company’s application. To be considered for this years listing, companies must complete their submission by November 29, 2013 .

    Over the past 21 years, the Branham300 has grown to become known as the most comprehensive and trusted source of information on the health of the Canadian ICT Industry. As a well respected ranking ofboth publicly traded and privately held companies, the Branham300 receives tremendous attention withcomprehensive details on its website (www.branham300.com) and through national media outlets.

    Recognition on the Branham300 listing has provided both up and coming firms and established ICT veterans with increased market exposure and brand awareness, while in many cases also opening the door to new business opportunities, both domestically and abroad.

    There is no charge for companies to submit applications or to have your company appear on the published listing featured annually online at www.branham300.com and made available by various national and regional media publications.

    For information on eligibility criteria, please visit http://www.branham300.com/application/criteria.php.

  • 20 Jun 2013 1:00 PM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    The YTA today announced a slate of Directors to further expand its diversity and representation within the ecosystem, broadening depth and reach within the Tech community of the GTA.

    Joining the board of directors are business leaders Camille Peters (Mobile Computing Group), Heather Fedash (IBM Canada), Michael O’Neil (Insight as a Service) and Robert Lane (Robert Lane Consulting), adding insight that will assist the YTA in delivering member services through its unique Peer2Peer Series and the expansion of alliance-building relationships amongst organizations supporting the growth of small and mid-size tech businesses throughout the GTA.

    "The YTA Board of Directors is representative of growth-focussed leaders in the technology membership," said Pat Shaw, YTA Executive Director.  "We are especially fortunate to have Tracey Whitehouse elected as Chair of the Board to further advance our presence in the GTA as a business growth hub."  Ms Whitehouse is an industry champion and COO of TGO Consulting, the tech services firm she cofounded25 years ago. http://www.tgo.ca/

    "As a corporate membership organization, the YTA has built a significant reputation for connecting tech leaders to share insights, learn from each other, and grow their businesses.  We have a community with members representing all aspects of the tech sector within the GTA," said Tracey Whitehouse, "and now is the right time to embrace a new brand that conveys our commitment to connecting business leaders in our role as a hub for knowledge mobilization: to share, learn and grow." 

    TechConnex will now be the “face” of the organization. Changing the brand from YTA to TechConnex will better convey the Mission of the tech hub and support the growth mandate throughout the GTA. 

    Ms.
    Chair

    Tracey

    Whitehouse

    COO

    TGO Consulting Inc.

    Mr.
    Vice 

    Jinha
    Chair

    Chung

    President

    Miax

    Mr.
    Treasurer

    Atin

    Gupta

    Senior Manager

    MNP LLP

    Ms.
    Secretary

    Heather

    Whitten

    Partner, Trade-Mark Agent

    Wilson Vukelich

    Mr.
    Past
    Chair

    Dan

    Duffy

    President and CEO

    Mid-Range Computer Group

    Ms.

    Susan

    Bishop

    Partner

    E & Y

    Mr.

    David

    Burnett

    Chairman

    End to End Solutions

    Mr.

    John

    Cameron

    CEO

    Cameron Consulting

    Mr.

    Stephen

    Chan

    CEO

    DapaSoft Inc.

    Mr.

    Jason

    Cottrell

    Founder and Director

    Myplanet Digital

    Ms.

    Johanna

    Delroy

    National Director, Marketing

    Compugen Inc.

    Mr.

    I-Cheng

    Chen

    Director of Mobile Engineering

    AMD

    Ms.

    Heather

    Fedash

    Project Executive

    IBM

    Mr.

    Paul

    Gragtmans

    Principal

    ET Group

    Dr

    Robert

    Hache

    VP Research and Innovation

    YorkU

    Mr.

    Roy

    Hart

    CIO

    Seneca College

    Mr.

    Muneer

    Hirji

    President

    3.0 Corporation

    Mr.

    Michael

    Kavanagh

    Partner, Audit GTA

    KPMG

    Mr.

    Nasir

    Kenea

    CIO

    City of Markham

    Mr.

    Robert

    Lane

    Founder

    Robert Lane Consulting

    Ms.

    Krista

    LaRiviere

    Cofounder & CEO

    gShift Labs

    Mr.

    Jeremy

    Laurin

    CEO and President

    ventureLAB

    Mr.

    Eric

    LeBlanc

    VP KBI

    RBC

    Ms.

    Ruby

    Maini

    President & CEO

    HR Strategies Consulting Inc.

    Mr.

    Andrew

    Nunes

    Partner

    Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

    Mr.

    Michael

    O'Neil

    Founder

    Insight As A Service

    Ms.

    Camille

    Peters

    President & CEO

    Mobile Computing Corporation

    Mr.

    Patrick

    Shaw

    Executive Director

    York Technology Alliance

  • 31 May 2013 3:30 PM | YTA Admin (Administrator)

    Leading tech companies from the GTA earned recognition at the YTA Awards Gala

    May 31, 2013, Markham, ON – With many incredible tech company success stories in the GTA it can be difficult to start and grow a company that stands out among its peers. But last night the York Technology Alliance (YTA) recognized five companies that are leading the way in the GTA tech hub.

    "We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 YTA Technology Leadership Awards" said Patrick Shaw, YTA Executive Director. "These are exciting, innovative companies that are creating outstanding successes in one of the most enterprising technology regions of the world".

    The Recipients

    BrainFX (Most Promising Startup)

    Markham based BrainFX develops digital clinical assessment tools for neurofunction. Via secure web profiles, individuals report their medical history, symptoms (physical, mood, behavioural, social), daily activities, and quality of life. The system incorporates feedback from the individual’s family and peers to create a comprehensive profile of their health and quality of life. Through tablet-based game-like activities, BrainFX discerns subtle impairments by measuring more complex skills.

    Myplanet Digital (Momentum Company of the Year)

    Myplanet is a rapidly growing design and technology company specializing in the process and practice of envisioning, designing and building digital products. Their expertise rests of three key pillars: lean user experience design, agile product development, and open source software. Based in Toronto, their team now numbering 80 staff represents a full complement of designers, user researchers, developers, QA specialists, and business analysts. Myplanet doesn’t do campaigns; instead they focus on products and platforms that have a real impact on their clients’ users and businesses – a key driver of their phenomenal growth. Last year they were finalists for the Startup Award!

    GuestLogix (Market Expansion Leader)

    GuestLogix (GXI:TSX), the leading global provider of onboard retail and payment technology, brings over a decade of expertise as a trusted onboard transaction processing partner to airlines, rail operators and the passenger travel industry. The company is partnered with global leaders in catering, duty-free and in-flight entertainment, offering complete onboard retailing services to airlines and rail operators worldwide.

    MNP (Technology Enabler of the Year)

    As the fastest-growing accounting, consulting and tax advisory firm in Canada, MNP genuinely understands the experiences and challenges that come with growth. Their entrepreneurial approach allows them to build stronger connections with clients and provide the solutions and services they need. MNP’s strong connection to the technology industry goes beyond their clients. They keep a pulse on industry trends and collaborate with associations within the GTA that are focused on the growth and development of tech companies.

    Illumiti (Technology Company of the Year)

    Illumiti is a systems integration and management consulting company with offices in Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland, serving customers globally. Its team enables customers to realize their vision by leveraging technology, people and leading business practices. Illumiti helps its clients achieve optimized operations in the key areas at the core of their business, by implementing custom-fit solutions from SAP and other vendors faster, at a lower cost, and at a lower risk than other alternatives. Illumiti is an SAP gold channel partner and has received the SAP Business All-in-One Partner of the Year, Canada award the past three years in a row. Illumiti is also one of the fastest-growing SAP channel partners in the U.S.

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Presented to Robert Lane of Toronto, a regular participant in YTA Peer2Peer exchanges sharing his lifetime of leading and learning in technology and related industry. Bob has worked with and advised some of the top business leaders in North America and around the globe and he serves as a Board Member or Advisor to various companies and organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Notable career achievements include executive roles at Commodore International (Commodore 64), Nortel, General Electric, and International Paper.

    The YTA Technology Leadership Awards are celebrated annually and recognize top technology companies in the areas of: Most Promising Start-up, Momentum Company of the Year, Technology Market Expansion Leader, Technology Enabler, Technology Company of the Year and Lifetime Achievement award. The awards were presented at the YTA gala at the BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto.


    About the Awards

    Nominations for each category were solicited from the Board, members of the YTA and from the community at-large; as well the call was shared through Twitter and posted on tech community sites covering the GTA.

    All nominations were vetted by the YTA Awards Committee and followed an established analysis and assessment to achieve consensus on the selection of recipients.

    Most Promising Start-up

    This award is presented to a Greater Toronto Region 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. This category is reserved for operations that have been established for three years or less. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.

    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 Region 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. A minimum of three and maximum of ten years in operation is required for judges to investigate positive growth and a proven track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.

    Market Expansion Leader

    This award recognizes an organization from within the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region 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. A minimum of three years in operation is required for judges to investigate positive growth and a proven track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.

    Technology Enabler of the Year

    This award recognizes the company or organization characterized as contributing in the role of tech enabler or “professional advisor or services” that has demonstrated business leadership innovation and excellence in a commitment to the growth and expansion of companies within the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region. Consideration in this category requires increasing levels of community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound business relationships in the role as trusted advisor to tech business leaders. A minimum of 5 years in business is required for judges to investigate the organizations’ sustained commitment to the sector and business track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.

    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 Region and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires increasing profitability, community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound business fundamentals. A minimum of 8 years in business is required for judges to investigate the organizations’ growth and track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    This award recognizes the individual who has demonstrated insight and forethought in building business relationships, thought leadership and excellence in innovation with a commitment to the growth and recognition of the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires recognition for community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound advocacy as well as business fundamentals. A minimum of 20 years involvement in technology business, government service, or a Tech Enabling role is required for judges to investigate the appropriateness of the award nominee in this category. A confidential process will be used to validate key selection criteria.

    About the York Technology Alliance

    YTA is the only industry association in the GTA entirely focussed upon the growth of small and mid-size technology companies and their people. YTA programs are dedicated to promoting awareness of the success of GTA technology companies and facilitating learning for their people through educational programs, Peer2Peer knowledge exchanges and networking opportunities.

    Contact Info

    Patrick Shaw

    patshaw@yorktech.ca

    905-415-4558

    www.yorktech.ca

  • 08 May 2013 3:15 PM | Deleted user

     YTA Reveals Finalists for Technology Leadership Awards

    Top tech companies to be honoured at YTA Awards Gala on May 30, 2013

     May 8, 2013 Toronto – Of the hundreds of Tech companies in the GTA, how do you select those to recognize as leaders in the sector?

    Today, the YTA Awards Selection Committee has narrowed the field to the top finalists in five categories: the “Most Promising Start-Up”, “Momentum Company of the Year”, “Market Expansion Leader, “Tech Enabler of the Year” and “Tech Company of the Year”.

    "We are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2013 YTA Technology Leadership Awards" said Dan Duffy, YTA Chair and President of Mid-Range Computer Group Inc.  "These are exciting, innovative, growing companies that are creating outstanding successes in one of the most enterprising technology regions of the world. We invite the entire GTA Tech Community to join us at a celebration of success when we announce the winners on the evening of Thursday May 30th".


    Click Here to view the Finalists
  • 02 May 2013 10:47 AM | YTA Admin (Administrator)

    Startup Canada first in the world to launch national grassroots entrepreneur-led network to provide entrepreneurs with the tools, communities and culture to succeed

    Startup Canada, a national entrepreneur-led non-profit movement, today unveiled its first flagship venture, Startup Canada Communities, trailblazing a new approach to supporting entrepreneurs – from the bottom-up.

    Startup Canada Communities gives entrepreneurs a single doorway to enter their local entrepreneur community to access mentors, space, funding and support to start and grow their businesses and to connect with other startup founders. It does this through local networked websites and entrepreneur-led events and activities that unite the entire community.

    In York Region, one of 15 pilot communities across Canada, Startup York is being led by ventureLAB and will connect entrepreneurs and startup companies throughout the Region.

    Startup Canada Communities is a response to the call-to-action from more than 20,000 entrepreneurs in 40 communities who made their voices heard during the Startup Canada National Tour last year, calling for stronger, more connected and more active local startup communities to accelerate entrepreneur success.

    “Healthy and vibrant entrepreneurial communities at a local level are the heart of supporting and driving the growth of startups – community development and entrepreneurial development go hand-in-hand,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “We are uniting and harnessing the momentum of the Startup Canada movement to form the foundations of a pan-Canadian network to network to inspire, support, and provide constant encouragement to entrepreneurs.”

    A national platform with local impact

    Entrepreneurs and enterprise support organizations in communities across Canada are welcoming the activities of Startup Canada and see this platform as an opportunity to come together, build critical mass, and accelerate the growth of local startups to create jobs and greater economic and social benefit.

    Jeremy Laurin, CEO of ventureLab, who hosted a Startup Canada Town Hall in Markham last year, is supporting the startup community in York Region. “Startup Canada Communities is important because it coalesces the energies, best practices and innovations of individual Canadian startup communities, enabling each community to learn from the experiences of others,” said Laurin. “This has the potential to be a driving force in promoting and advancing entrepreneurship in Canada.”

    For entrepreneurs, Startup Canada Communities makes it easy for them to navigate their community and connect with other founders. According to Shauna Harper, entrepreneur and Startup Canada Communities leader for Prince George, BC, “You can go to a lot of agencies and organizations to get help with different parts of your business – whether it’s the local BDC, the Chamber of Commerce or Communities Futures – but they all have restricted mandates and are not connected. Startup Canada brings it all together, making it easy for entrepreneurs to connect to support and other entrepreneurs.”

    “Startup Canada is linking Canadian entrepreneurs in a way never before undertaken,” said Michael Legary, serial entrepreneur and founder of Seccuris, who also leads a community fabrication center for entrepreneurs in Winnipeg, MB. “The impact it has had in Winnipeg has been immediate and hugely successful in connecting our community together and helping us reach out to fellow Canadian entrepreneurs to better our businesses.”

    It takes a community

    Since launching one year ago today, the Startup Canada movement has taken on momentum of its own, amassing a following of more than 50,000 entrepreneurs and 300 partners, and catalyzing more than a dozen entrepreneur-led co-working spaces, accelerator programs and local campaigns across the country.

    Startup Canada Communities is launching with 15 pilot communities as the first wave of its national network. The communities are: St. John’s, NF, Fredericton, NB, Charlottetown, PE, Quebec City, QC, Montreal, QC, Ottawa, ON, York Region, ON, London, ON, Kingston, ON, Winnipeg, MB, Calgary, AB, Lethbridge, AB, Smithers, BC, Prince George, BC and Langford, BC. . These communities were chosen for their varied levels of startup sector maturity and to build a coast-to-coast network diverse in community size, demographics, and industry sectors.

    “There are many bright, innovative business people in Canada who just need a bit of help with resources and guidance to get their ideas off the ground,” said Ken Bautista, founder of Startup Edmonton and a Startup Canada Communities Project Advisor. “As an entrepreneur-led, entrepreneur-driven initiative, this will enable home-grown entrepreneurs to keep pushing the bar as the world shifts to a global knowledge-based economy where the renewable resource is creativity and innovation.”

    Leveraging best practice

    With an all-star Advisor Team supporting the project – including Bautista, Brad Feld (Boulder Colorado serial entrepreneur, investor and TechStars co-founder), Bjoern Herrmann (founder of Startup Genome), and Jonathan Ortmans (President of Global Entrepreneurship Week) – Startup Canada Communities is leveraging national and global expertise to advance the pilot and increase its impact.

    “This grassroots model for entrepreneurial development is truly transformative and will position Canada as a beacon for entrepreneurs worldwide,” said Feld. “Startup Canada’s national network of communities will ensure that entrepreneurs of today and the generations to follow will have the necessary tools, communities and culture to succeed.”

    Building Canada into a Startup Nation

    While countries around the world vie to attract entrepreneurs, Startup Canada is breaking new ground with this approach of building a national grassroots startup community network.

    “The world should be watching this project closely because Startup Canada is on to something that could revolutionize the way entrepreneurship is ignited and advanced in communities around the world,” said Ortmans.

    “The real work begins now,” said Lennox. “We are supporting the next generation of Canadian businesses looking to scale and succeed in increasingly competitive global markets. This needs to be a national team effort.”

    Results from the pilot project’s first year will be used to strengthen the model to support the launch of another wave of Startup Canada Communities in 2014. For more details on the network and the participating communities, visit www.startupcommunities.ca.

  • 23 Apr 2013 1:23 PM | YTA Admin (Administrator)

    Canada’s ICT Industry sees continued growth in 2012, albeit modest

    Ottawa, Ontario, April 23, 2013 – Branham Group Inc., a leading global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry Analyst and Strategic Marketing company, is pleased to announce the results for the 2013 Edition of the Branham300, which marks the 20th Anniversary of the listing. The Branham300 is the definitive listing of Canada’s top publicly traded and privately held Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies, as ranked by revenues. Canada’s ICT industry continued to move forward in 2012, albeit at a modest pace, as cumulative revenues for the Top 250 Canadian ICT companies increased by 0.46% to $83B.

    “While Canada’s ICT sector advanced only slightly in 2012, it did achieve a milestone in setting a new revenue record of $83B for the Top 250. When you factor in the performance of Blackberry, Canada’s top technology firm, and its decline of 7% in FY2012, the industry overall actually performed much better, with an overall growth rate of 3.58%,” said Wayne Gudbranson, President and CEO of Branham Group. “Another factor that has also had a major impact over the last year is the number of Canadian tech acquisitions. Leading companies such as Zarlink Semiconductor, Miranda Technologies, Algorithmics, Gennum, and March Networks are now under foreign ownership and are no longer on the list. This continues to be a major trend year over year.  Looking forward, Branham expects the industry to build on its 2012 performance and post strong single-digit growth in 2013.”

    Growth Continues Across 3 of 4 Core Industry Sectors

    The ICT Professional Services sector in Canada realized the sharpest rise in revenues over the past year, relative to each of the other industry sectors, as cumulative revenues increased 12.98% from $10.87B in 2011 to $12.28B in 2012. The xSP sector followed with 7.93% growth, slightly higher than the 5.91% growth experienced in 2011. While the Software sector experienced modest gains in 2012 (0.31%), this is well behind the growth levels experienced in 2011 (16.92%), largely due to the continued acquisition activity seen across the industry. The ICT Hardware and Infrastructure sector in Canada was the only major ICT sub-sector to experience a decline in 2012, dropping 10.13% compared to a 20.55% increase in 2011. The decline came largely as a result of Canada’s top ICT company, Blackberry, seeing a 7% decline in revenues for FY2012. As a result of the decline, Canada’s ICT Hardware and Infrastructure sector now falls to the number 2 position, representing 38.01% of Top 250 revenues, as compared to the xSP sector, which now sits on top, representing 41.16%.


    Sector
    2012 revenues ($000)
    2011 revenues ($000)
    Growth %
    % of Top 250
    revenues
    ICT Hardware and Infrastructure
    $31,546,875
    $35,103,994
    -10.13%
    38.01%
    xSP
    $34,162,086
    $31,652,514
    7.93%
    41.16%
    ICT Professional Services
    $12,279,752
    $10,868,605
    12.98%
    14.79%
    Software
    $5,013,384
    $4,997,849
    0.31%
    6.04%
     

    Ontario sees a slight decline while others experience consistent year over year growth

    The geographic composition of Canada’s Top 250 ICT companies remained fairly static in 2012, with 95.60% of companies being headquartered in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. or Alberta. These provinces also generated 97.79% of the Top 250’s total revenues. The ICT industry in Ontario saw the only decrease in overall revenues as compared to the others, dropping 3.88%, which is in stark contrast to the significant gains experienced a year earlier (16.30%). Quebec, B.C., and Alberta all had consisted gains in 2012, which where consistent with those in 2011. Despite the lack of representation of some of Canada’s other provinces and regions on this year’s Branham300, some of the country’s most creative and leading-edge companies are located in places like Fredericton, Halifax and Winnipeg, a testament that Canadian ICT companies do not have to be at the epicentre of the ICT industry to be considered at the forefront of tech innovation.


    Province
    2012 revenues ($000)
    2011 revenues ($000)
    Growth %
    % of Top 250
    revenues
    Ontario
    $45,949,529
    $47,804,839
    -3.88%
    55.36%
    Quebec
    $19,119,708
    $17,999,935
    6.22%
    23.04%
    B.C.
    $11,371,543
    $10,605,651
    7.22%
    13.70%
    Alberta
    $4,723,370
    $4,444,246
    6.28%
    5.69%
     

    The Canadian ICT industry continued to move forward at a steady pace in 2012 and this is expected to continue well into 2013. Growth can be found throughout this year’s Branham300, with companies ranging in size from $5-$10M all the way to $1B+ experiencing improved market conditions compared to previous years. While Canada’s top technology player, Blackberry, must continue to execute and deliver with its new line of smart phones, the rest of the ICT contingent in Canada possesses the requisite talent and level of innovation needed to drive the technology industry forward for years to come.

    Further details on the 2013 Edition of the Branham300 can be found online at www.branham300.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Andrew Bisson
    Vice President, Consulting Services
    Branham Group
    613-745-2282 Ext. 117
    abisson@branhamgroup.com

  • 27 Nov 2012 3:59 PM | YTA Admin (Administrator)

    National Action Plan addresses urgent needs of province’s entrepreneurs

    Startup Canada, a grassroots non-profit network committed to promoting a vibrant entrepreneurial culture, is calling for Ontario’s business leaders, policy makers and public institutions to look past individual interests and work together to create a true startup culture and supporting framework that reaches into classrooms and communities across the province.

    Startup Canada’s call to action in Ontario is part of its national Action Plan, unveiled today to drive economic development, job creation and innovation across the country. The action plan is intended to make Canada one of the world’s top five entrepreneurial economies, in which job creation and economic growth spring from innovative entrepreneurs powered by supportive local communities and financial networks.

    The new action plan grew out of Startup Canada’s 2012 national tour, the most extensive consultation process ever carried out with Canada’s entrepreneurial community. The tour revealed a number of common challenges that must be addressed to create a more dynamic and successful startup environment across the country:

    • Canada needs to re-discover its entrepreneurial roots and embrace entrepreneurship as central to its national culture.
    • Canada needs to cultivate savvier and more visionary early-stage startups to produce more high-growth companies with global reach.
    • Canadian entrepreneurship must be fuelled from the bottom up through development of vibrant local entrepreneurial communities, led by entrepreneurs (not by bureaucrats or not-for-profits, as is often the case today), as the basis of a national entrepreneurship network.

    “Ontario has a rich industrial and manufacturing heritage, a vibrant financial sector and broad expertise in IT, health care and life sciences,” said Rick Spence, a Startup Canada Advisor and former editor and publisher of PROFIT, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs. “With the right amount of innovation and collaboration, these are all industries of the future.

    “Combined with world-leading educational research institutions and our highly skilled workforce, Ontario has all the ingredients to build a globally competitive entrepreneurial economy. Now our job is to bring together all these resources in a concerted approach that encourages Ontarians to think bigger and also provides the support they need to succeed.”

    “Small businesses and startups are the most direct and effective vehicle for job growth and economic stimulation,” added Harley Finkelstein, CPO of Shopify. “As entrepreneurs and proud Canadians, it behooves us to unite as a community to inspire and support our local startups through mentorship, funding, and constant encouragement.”

    The Way Forward

    Startup Canada’s Action Plan will promote and support entrepreneurship as never before. It comprises three national initiatives that will be financed through sponsorship dollars and a crowd-funding campaign from coast to coast:

    Startup Canada Connect: A free, highly social online meeting place that will connect and support Canadian entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to build more successful businesses.

    Startup Canada Communities: A national entrepreneurial strategy must be founded on vibrant local communities led by existing entrepreneurial champions. Building on the network created through its 40-city national tour, Startup Canada will encourage development of strong local networks that will create the conditions necessary for entrepreneurial growth and success locally and nationally.

    Startup Canada Campaign: Entrepreneurs across the country have told Startup Canada they need more role models - more access to stories of successful Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs. Startup Canada will lever mainstream media, social media and key national institutions to celebrate and tell the stories of Canadian entrepreneurs, providing authentic case studies to inspire and motivate new generations of startups.

    To learn more about Startup Canada’s Action Plan, please visit www.startupblueprints.ca.

    For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

    Victoria Lennox

    Co-Founder, Startup Canada

    press@startupcan.ca

    (613) 316-6203

    Leo Valiquette

    inmedia Public Relations

    (613) 769-9479

    lvaliquette@inmedia.ca

    About Startup Canada

    Startup Canada is an entrepreneur-led movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity by supporting and celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship. Startup Canada is the first Canadian organization to harness the collective energies of entrepreneurs and enterprise support communities from coast to coast to promote a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and to create a unified brand as a rallying point for Canadians.

    Startup Canada sponsors include Microsoft, Gowlings, Ernst & Young, Best Western Hotels, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program, Export Development Canada, Business Development Canada, RGA, Francis Moran & Associates The VideoBooth Company, Artik, Kick Ass Media, PubliAir, the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network, the Association of University Research Parks Canada, Blab Media, the Canadian Association of Business Incubation, the Evidence Network, Francis Moran & Associates, FreshBooks, Global Advantage Consulting Group, Podio, Backbone Magazine, HootSuite, ITWorld Canada, NextMTL, Paper.li and Techvibes.

  • 29 Oct 2012 12:05 PM | YTA Admin (Administrator)

    - A guest post by YTA Sponsor Microsoft TechNet -

    Think the release of Windows 8 means there’s toil and trouble brewing for desktop deployment specialists and IT project managers? Not so! It’s really not that spooky and here are 3 reasons why:

    As you plan for your new client OS deployment, don’t forget the backend. Although you can implement Windows 8 client without having Windows Server 2012 and vise-versa, you’ll get the most benefits when using the two together, including new BitLocker functionality, BranchCache improvements, Kerberos authentication capabilities, security auditing enhancements, smart card-related features and TLS/SSL (Schannel SSP) changes. As well, management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 is coming to the System Center family of products with the System Center 2012 SP1 Beta in addition to a host of other enhancements.

    Download Windows Server 2012 evaluation and start exploring the how Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are better together.

    Download System Center 2012 SP1 Beta to start testing your deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

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