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  • 18 Jun 2014 2:08 PM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)

    TechConnex Announces 2015 Board of Directors

    Technology Industry HUB embraces small and medium size companies throughout GTA

    June 18,2014 Markham, Ontario – TechConnex today announced the election of a slate of Directors further enhancing representation throughout the GTA Tech ecosystem and broadening depth and reach within fast-growth companies in the Tech community.

    Joining the board of directors are business leaders Shelly Frank of Strategic Employee Benefits  Inc, and Nigel Fonseca of SWI (Systemware Innovation Corporation) – each adding insight that will assist TechConnex in delivering high-value member services through its unique Peer2Peer Series and the expansion of alliance-building relationships amongst organization supporting growth of small and mid-size tech businesses. SWI has developed and integrated technology solutions for industry clients for more than 35 years. SEB is a rapid growth enterprise increasing revenues over 3000% in the past year through strategic acquisitions and organic growth.

    "The Board is representative of growth-focussed leaders in the technology ecosystem," said Jinha Chung, Chair  elect of TechConnex. We are at the centre of Ontario’s technology corridor – and I am extremely proud to represent TechConnex as the ideal HUB for small and mid-size companies to connect, share and grow their collective interests”. Mr Chung added, “I want to add special thanks to Past Chair Tracey Whitehouse of TGO Consulting for steering us in the growth projection that we are embracing”.

     "We are especially fortunate to have Jinha Chung elected to Chair of the Board” noted Patrick Shaw, Executive Director of the Alliance. In addition to being the Founder of MIAX and providing project implementation services to a growing number of clients, Jinha serves as facilitator of two Peer Programs for Project Implementation Executives within the membership of the Alliance.  Jinha will no doubt continue to advance the presence of TechConnex as the industry hub of the GTA."  

    Vice Chair elect Ms. Camille Peters, CEO of Mobile Computing Corp noted, “TechConnex has earned a significant reputation for inclusiveness in bringing together tech leaders to share insights, learn from each other, and grow their businesses.  I have benefited personally, and my business has gained from this collaborative approach. I am honoured to be able to take on this role at this time when we see significant growth opportunities in the sector". 

    For the full TechConnex Board of Directors see http://www.techconnex.ca/boardofdirectors.

    TechConnex  is the industry association that fosters the collaborative community where technology company leaders connect and grow their businesses and their people.  With offices in the Toronto downtown core and in the uptown tech centre of Markham, the past year saw over 3000 people connected through the Alliance; attending peer networking and practical learning programs such as Peer2Peer, tech Bootcamps and seminars; and topical issues sessions.  TechConnex was established as York Technology Association in 1982 and has adapted to meet the learning and growth interests of its technology company members anchored in the annual leadership involvement of nearly 15,000 hours of senior industry volunteers.

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  • 01 Jun 2014 9:44 AM | Pat Shaw (Administrator)
    June 1, 2014, Toronto – Outstanding Tech Businesses recognized at Industry gala.

    "It was a fitting celebration to introduce the Recipients of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards at the TechConnex Gala Event,” said Tracey Whitehouse, TechConnex Chair and Chief Operating Officer of TGO Consulting. "It was a very special evening for noteworthy recognition of some of the most enterprising technology companies in the Greater Toronto Area. We invite the Tech Community to join in
    recognizing the success and the prospects for these leadership companies!”

    Recipients of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards presented by TechConnex are:
    HandyMetrics, Most Promising Start-Up
    BNOTIONS, Momentum Company of the Year
    Scarsin, Market Expansion Leader
    Intelex, Tech Company of the Year
    RBC – KBI as Tech Enabler of the Year

    Finalists were nominated by their peers from throughout the GTA small and mid-size tech community.

    Recognizing Individual Achievement
    Awards were presented to two individual leaders recognized for their ongoing contributions in the industry: John Kitchen of Esri Canada received recognition as Community Builder by TechConnex for his years of service on the TechConnex Board including time as Chair. Wayne Gudbranson, founder of the Branham Group and renowned curator of the Branham 300 listing was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award for his contribution to the sector and his sustained collaboration withTechConnex
    over the years.

    TechConnex is the only member-directed industry association in the Greater Toronto Area entirely focused on the growth of small and mid-sized tech businesses and their people through the sharing best practices, business insights and bright ideas. Best known for the monthly Peer to Peer sessions the organization brings together decision makers in an open and collaborative forum where real world problems and opportunities are freely explored.

    Additional information visit www.TECHCONNEX.ca/Awards .
  • 01 May 2014 4:26 PM | Anonymous


    TechConnex Awards Gala to honour the best of the best - May 29, 2014

    TechConnex is the only member-directed industry association in the Greater Toronto Area entirely focused on the growth of small and mid-sized tech businesses and their people through the sharing best practices, business insights and bright ideas. 

    Top 12 Technology Leadership Finalists Announced for 2014
    TechConnex Awards Gala to honour the best of the best - May 29, 2014

    May 1, 2014, Toronto – TechConnex is pleased to reveal the finalists in four categories for the upcoming TechConnex Technology Leadership Awards: Most Promising Start-Up, Momentum Company of the Year, Market Expansion Leader, and Tech Company of the Year.

    "We are delighted to introduce the nominees for the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards,” said Tracey Whitehouse, TechConnex Chair and Chief Operating Officer of TGO Consulting. "These are exciting, innovative, growing companies worthy of special recognition in the most enterprising technology region of Canada. We invite the entire Tech Community in the Greater Toronto Area to join us at the celebration of success as we announce the award recipients on the evening of Thursday May 29th.”

    The finalists were nominated by their peers from amongst the nearly 12,000 small and mid-size tech companies in the Greater Toronto Area.

    “The Awards Committee has done a great job of selecting these finalists from the many nominations we received,” said Pat Shaw, TechConnex Executive Director. “It’s as if you have only 12 spots at the dinner table and you have to pick from amongst 12,000 friends. And every year it gets tougher to select winners because the quality of nominees just keeps rising.”

    In addition there will be awards presented to two leaders in the industry: The Lifetime Tech Leadership Award, and The Community Builder Award. On Thursday, May 29th, the leaders of these organizations and their companies will be recognized at the TechConnex Awards Gala & Showcase.

    TechConnex is the only member-directed industry association in the Greater Toronto Area entirely focused on the growth of small and mid-sized tech businesses and their people through the sharing best practices, business insights and bright ideas.

    Event Details
    Thursday, May 29
    BMO Institute for Learning
    5:30pm – 10:00pm
    Additional information and registration visit www.TECHCONNEX.ca/Awards.


    Contact Info
    Pamela Montgomery
    Events & Community Manager
    905-415-4558
    pamela.m@techconnex.ca

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    The 2014 Finalists:


    Most Promising Start-Up – Sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP


    • Cloud Dynamics Inc. is a Canada-based Cloud Enabler increasing business and cost efficiencies through a fast, seamless move to cloud-based hosting in a socially responsible manner.

    • Infradog enables the management of your servers and IT infrastructure from your mobile or handheld device.
    • HandyMetrics is an evidence-based Hand Hygiene Auditing System that helps hospitals improve patient safety through better hand hygiene behaviour.



    Momentum Company of the Year


    • BNOTIONS helps organizations harness the power of their data in three main areas: customer analytics, adaptive decision support, and predictive modelling.
    • makeplain corporation enables organizations to unlock the hidden potential in their people, their technology systems and their operational data.
    • N-Dimension Solutions protects critical infrastructure assets from costly cyber-attacks.


    Market Expansion Leader

    • Scarsin Integrated Insight Environment (i2e) is an enterprise platform designed to integrate all critical BI processes.
    • ComputerTalk provides cloud based unified communications contact center solutions, via a carefully selected partner network, to customers around the world.
    • Medgate provides Environmental Health and Safety software solutions, used by health & safety professionals around the world.

    Tech Company of the Year– Sponsored by Robert Half Technology

    • Intelex develops, implements and supports software for Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality management.

    • esri Canada provides world-class enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions.
    • Enghouse serves a number of distinct vertical markets, developing and selling enterprise oriented applications software in each.


    Also being recognized at the event are the finalists in the “Tech Enabler of the Year” – This category comprises of outstanding companies active in the Greater Toronto Area focussed primarily on assisting Technology companies to achieve their business growth objectives.


    • Wilson Vukelich LLP provides a full-service business and tax law practice, representing a wide variety of clients

    • RBC-KBI is a Technology Banking team covering York Region and Greater Toronto Area supporting IT and Life Sciences businesses in their banking and funding needs.

    • Tequity provides merger and acquisition advisory services to high-tech companies in the Software, Telecom, Internet, Hardware and IT Services.


    About the awards

    Nominations for each category were solicited from the community at-large, the Board and members of TechConnex and through social media tech community sites covering technology business in the GTA.
    2014 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.

    2014 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.

    2014 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.

    2014 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.

    2014 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 GTA. 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.


    Award Sponsors:
    • Grant Thorton
    • Rober Half Technology
    • Illumiti
    • BDC
  • 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.

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