Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks:
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.
Monday October 24th at 7pm | Apple Suites, 700 Third Line, Oakville
Our fourth meetup will feature Michael Lant discussing UX Triage:
User experience design is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product. In this meeting, Michael will introduce you to an emerging process called UX-Triage - a simple, collaborative process that allows business stakeholders, developers and designers to quickly work through the discovery, organization, creation and optimization of the fundamental UX elements of any software application.
Following the presentation we will continue the discussion around User Experience and User Interface design. This should be interesting for anyone designing or delivering a software product with a user interface, which is pretty much everyone building software!
For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:
The meeting was very informative, Michael described the UX Design landscape at a high level and then drilled down into the UX Triage process in detail. There was a fair amount of Q&A as well, discussing the modeling approach at scale and the scope of information to capture. Additional resource links can be found below. Thanks again for presenting Michael!
We also discussed some ideas for upcoming meetings, including game development, security topics, comparing web development environments, and Xamarin. If any of these topics resonate with you please feed free to comment on the Software P2P page.
The next meeting will be Monday November 28th, 7pm, at Apple Suites in Oakville. The topic will be Security, with more details coming soon.
June 14, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (NOTE: early start time) | Halton Hive
We’ve invited a panel of experts to help us understand the range of options available to us to help us finance and fund our new and existing businesses. This meetup’s presenting sponsor is BDC. The format is a Q&A style panel and will be moderated by Chris Herbert.
The lineup of panelists include those experienced in: early stage investing, equity crowdfunding, government funding, cashflow financing, venture capital and small and midsize business loans. Two additional panelists are being confirmed so stay tuned!
Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and founder and CMO of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 Agency is a B2B technology marketing and customer development firm located in Oakville.
Rubsun Ho is Chief Crowdpleaser at Crowdmatrix Inc., an equity crowdfunding platform that gives accredited investors the opportunity to invest in leading Canadian growth companies alongside professional venture investors. A portfolio company of Extreme Venture Partners, Crowdmatrix plans to launch in summer 2016.
Prior to Crowdmatrix, Rubsun was a co-founder and partner of Cognition LLP, a virtual law firm that was created to address the rising costs and inefficiencies of corporate legal services. Earlier this year, Cognition was sold to Axiom Legal, a global player that is predicted to be the largest legal services company in the world in the next 5 years. Rubsun began his career as a securities lawyer in the Toronto and New York offices of Stikeman Elliott. He left Bay Street to join Wysdom Inc. as VP of Business Development in 1999, where he helped raise US$57 million in financing for the wireless Internet startup. Rubsun has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.
Tony is a Director, Growth &Transition Capital with BDC Capital, a division of BDC. BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. BDC’s mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect Financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Tony’s specific role in Growth & Transition Capital is to provide highly-tailored capital solutions to companies to help fund ambitious growth projects, acquire companies, or change ownership. Using a mix of subordinate debt, mezzanine, quasi-equity, and equity he can customize a financing package that provides the necessary capital injection while maintaining control and managing cash flow. Industry focus is diverse including technology, manufacturing, services, and many others with deal sizes ranging from $500k - $35M. He has been with BDC since 2000 and in his current position for the past 8+ years.
Richard has assisted a wide variety of growth-oriented firms that are focused on technology improvements to seize and maximize opportunities that will increase cash and profits.
Core areas of expertise are Innovation Management, New Product Development and Funding from Tax Credits and Various Government Incentives. Richard is a sponsor of a technology accelerator group, angel investor and business consultant to early stage companies
John Breakey is an Angel investor and the CEO of Fivel Systems Corporation and GeNUIT Inc makers of PROMYS PSA software. He was the founder and CEO of UNIS LUMIN from 1990 to 2012 which was acquired by Softchoice for $17M.
Ian is the General Manager of Harcap. HARCAP manages a discretionary investment pool that is designated for promising investments. Target investments are typically some form of debt, equity or hybrid ranging in size from $200,000 to $2,000,000. Investments are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and not necessarily limited by industry or stage of corporate development. However, the company should be beyond the proof of concept stage and preference will be given to companies currently achieving in excess of $500,000 in annual revenue with at least one full year of results and 3rd-party accountant-prepared financial statements.
Peter has been advising businesses for over 30 years in the areas of business development, leadership and organizational effectiveness, corporate finance and governance, in a wide range of industries. He is a consummate connector, always looking to match the needs of the business with the right resources to unlock growth potential, usually involving uniquely talented people and specialized forms of financing.
Each panelist will be asked to answer three key questions by the moderator during a five minute window each to kick start the panel and audience interaction. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged through the presentations and panel discussion!
On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup converstion with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you.
Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Halton Hive Hive, Burlington
Technology entrepreneurs and businesses are always looking for new clients - and not just more clients, better clients too.
Yet just like technology, for many of us, everything is changing. It's getting harder and harder to just get through the clutter, convince our clients, and land the deal. Doesn't it seem like your same old ways work less and less? What you need is a new approach, tailor made for your business.
Join us for an interactive session on process innovation driven by a proven creative thinking approach. Using the group Creative Problem Solving framework, you’ll work with others SH members to break out of old paradigms (ways of thinking) and find new and better ways to:
Together we will evolve new and effective ways for you to reach existing clients or find new (and better) clients and markets. Not a marketing meet-up, but rather a meet-up designed to experience how the Creative Problem Solving method can help you innovate and solve real and pressing business challenges.
Trevor helps business owners, managers, and staff teams dramatically improve their performance and get better business results. He is an expert business coach who uses systemic processes to drive change. He also an innovation expert who helps you turn problems and challenges into opportunities.
Trevor has over 25 years’ experience in various industries, with more than 15 years direct experience in performance improvement, business coaching, and innovation. He has worked in multiple industries and organizations – aerospace, automotive components, high technology, forestry, manufacturing, and nuclear power. He's a Professional Engineer who holds an Engineering degree, an MBA, and an MSc (Creative Sciences).
Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington
Sept 13, 2016 | 7pm - 9:30pm | MEVIC, Milton
We’ve invited a panel of Senior HR Managers from large Halton Region tech companies to help you learn about the employer side of HR. The format is a Q&A interactive style panel, moderated by Bob Nagar and Rick Stomphorst.
People change jobs every 3 years (approx), translating into 400+ Silicon Halton members who may change jobs this year.
This Q&A panel presents you with an opportunity to learn what employers look for and how to be prepared to succeed in getting a job. What do you wish the employer would ask you during an interview? Vise versa, do you know which questions company’s wish you would ask and not ask?
All the panelists are in hiring mode. There will be an opportunity before and after the Q&A to meet with participating companies. Bring your resume!
If you're unable to attend but still wish to provide input, we want to hear from you! The 5-question survey is online here (closed).
Pressed for time? Take the abbreviated 2-question multiple-choice survey here (closed).
Headquartered in Oakvllle, Callisto is a global leader in manufacturing consulting and systems integration. Callisto designs, develops and implements a comprehensive suite of plant solutions, from shop floor controls, thru MES and ERP integration. Working with some of the worlds largest manufacturing companies, Callisto employees have the opportunity to support innovative solutions in multiple industries around the world.
Located in Burlington, L-3 WESCAM’s advanced Electro-Optic / Infrared (EO IR), laser imaging and targeting sensor systems provide unparalleled image stability and long-range detection capability to Defense/Military, Homeland Security and Airborne law enforcement agencies worldwide.
L3-Wescan is recognized as a top employer in the Halton / Hamilton / Niagara region by Canada's Top 100 Employers. We provide a great sense of community and a place to belong for all of our employees. We have very low turnover and people are lining up at the door to get into this awesome company!
Headquartered in Oakville, Geotab is a leading global provider of end-to-end telematics technology gathering more than 600 million data points/day by Geotab devices which help businesses of all sizes better manage their drivers and vehicles. Geotab has offices around the world.
Bob is a Leadership and Personal Development coach and Organizational Development Consultant. He built his career and facilitative leadership skills over nearly 25 years as an executive with start-up information technology companies in North America. These companies grew to a healthy size with very large cultural diversity represented in their employees.
Rick is President of SearchVelocity.ca, providing recruitment services to technology companies, start-ups and recruitment firms to identify and acquire high-value tech staff for their complex staffing requirements.
On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup converstion with the other attendees or interested members, in our members-only Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Post your questions now!
Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | 555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 12noon - 1pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | Partner Lunch & Learn
Staff from the Town of Milton Procurement Division will be on site to answer questions about doing business with The Town of Milton.
Kevin Fox, Senior Procurement Consultant, Ministry of Government Services.
Space is limited; please visit http://eepurl.com/cbjTKf to register.
Every month the Innovation Centre hosts informal, and free, presentation on a topic of interest to the residents, members and friends of the Centre and the Milton business community. It is being held at the same time as the monthly Silicon Halton Day where Silicon Halton members come to cowork as our guests for the day. It’s an open-drop in session, and all Milton entrepreneurs are welcome to attend. You bring your lunch, we’ll bring dessert.
Location: Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. L9T 5E1 [Google Map]
Cost: N/A - BYOLunch, dessert provided
FRIDAY September 16, 2016 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Topic: Innovation Process
We all have pain points in our small businesses. How we think about dealing with them is critical. Trevor McAlpine of Synergetic Management will be spearheading the discussion on innovative thinking to releave the pain.
This is an open group targeting the Solopreneurs in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.
Learn more about the Solo Peer-2-Peer here.
Where: Halton Hive, [map]
Monday September 26th at 7pm | Apple Suites, 700 Third Line, Oakville
For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer: