Our Meetups

Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks: 
Business Growth
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Technology Innovation
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Business Optimization
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Networking
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

SB Partner's Next Gen CEO workshop: The First 90 Days

Feb 24, 2015, 8am-10am | Burlington Golf and Country Club | Partner Workshop

Join SB Partners for their next Next Gen CEO roundtable, The First 90 Days with Partner Joseph Schlett.

There is a right way and wrong way to transistion into a leadership role. It is easy to take on too much in a new leader's eagermess to prove themselves and end up  with dismal results. Dont' get derailed before you get started!

The most important decisions you make in your first 90 days (of your new job and/or role) will probably be about the people on your team. If you succeed in creating a high-performance team, you can exert tremendous leverage in value creation. If not, you will face severe difficulties, for no leader can hope to achieve much alone. - Michael Watkins, Author, The First 90 Days.

Next Gen CEO workshops: A forum for the next generation of CEOs or next in line for a management position in a privately held or family owned business. "Being a young manager, I really valued Jan's knowledge on effective managing styles and how to empower your workforce. I am looking forward to actioning the items we all have learned!" - See more at: http://www.sbpartners.ca/events/#sthash.pB2G2tTi.dpuf 

Date: Feb 24, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Burlington Golf & Country Club
Cost: N/A - A value add opportunity for clients and friends, hosted by SB Partners
RSVP: by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to 905-633-6352 or click here to register online.

Meetup #65 - Tech Under 20

Developing Talent, Discovering Opportunities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 7pm | Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline Room

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Join us for Tech Under 20, Part 2, as we focus on Tech Internships

  • Employers need to continuously develop new talent, acquire new skills, and be open to fresh insights and ideas.
  • Tech Under 20's need hands-on work experience that will strengthen their resumes and take their skills and careers to the next level.

Click the link below to register for this event on Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #65: Tech Under 20


A team of teens and adult mentors are working together on this meetup, inviting local Employers and Tech Under 20's to present ideas and discuss the importance of Tech Internships to the ongoing growth and success of all types of businesses in the region.


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you'll hear from:

    • Tech-focused students who have recently completed internships and are looking for new opportunities
    • Employers who have recently offered (or are looking to fill) tech-focused internships in Halton
    • Government program representatives with information about funding (for employers) and opportunities (for students / grads)

Plus, take part in the discussion after the presentations -- get involved and help Silicon Halton develop a new Tech Internship Program for the region.


OUR PRESENTERS

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TECH UNDER 20's

  1. Oleg L.
    Grade 12 student, Oakville

    Software developer
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Recently completed a semester-long co-op with Promys Inc. that led to a full time summer job offer.
    TOPIC: Oleg will discuss how demonstrating a high level of skill and commitment during a short-term co-op can lead to extended opportunities with an employer.
    LOOKING FOR: In the future, Oleg will be looking for internship/co-op opportunities in a computer security or software development firm.

  2. Amanda R.
    1st year UWaterloo

    Honors Mechatronics program
    Schulich Leader scholarship winner
    NTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: After competing in robotics competitions for 6 years and volunteering in LEGO robotics since 2011, she is currently working on her first co-op placement as an Automation Engineer at Camcor Manufacturing, Linamar
    TOPIC: Amanda will discuss the importance of networking before, during and after internships and co-op programs.
    LOOKING FOR: Amanda is looking for opportunities to work with engineering companies involved in national defense. 

  3. Ella R.
    Grade 12 student, Oakville

    Competitive robotics software developer, autonomous programmer & on-field strategist
    INTERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Completed an Internship with Hatch Inc. last summer in the Thermal and Nuclear Sector.
    TOPIC: Ella will discuss how her internship opened her eyes to the variety of roles available on engineering teams in a large company setting.
    LOOKING FOR: Ella is looking for a multitude of engineering experiences that will expand her skillset in multiple different sectors, from electrical engineering to software engineering. Ultimately, her long term goal is to work on projects involving robotics and artificial intelligence.

  4. Eddie S.
    Grade 12 student, Milton

    Competitive robot designer, build team leader & on-field strategist
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Eddie hasn't taken part in an internship program yet, but want to learn more about opportunities related to engineering and design.
    TOPIC: Eddie has advanced skills in design, engineering and robot fabrication, but he is unsure of where to turn for information on internships that would suit his interests and future career development. He will also discuss some of the benefits of internships to students.
    LOOKING FOR: Eddie is incredibly interested in the biomedical side of engineering, and hopes to be working in that field in the future. He is looking for opportunities that will progress his career toward this goal.

  5. Sam R.
    1st year student at OCAD University
    Majoring in Graphic Design
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Completed a communications internship with Appleby College two years ago that led to a paid, full time position with their communications team the following summer.
    TOPIC: Sam will discuss how his technical and creative skills in graphic design and digital photography were expanded while meeting the needs of the internship, and how he benefited from the responsibility and creative freedom provided by both the internship and full-time summer positions.
    LOOKING FOR: Sam is interested in working with organizations that will stretch his technical and creative skills further, while providing opportunities to continuing developing his portfolio of graphic design, photography, videography and motion graphics work.

  6. Craig Keilburger Secondary School
    Grade 11 Students, ICT SHSM Program
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    The students are all enrolled in the ICT SHSM Program at Craig Kielburger Secondary School. A number of the students are also a part of the school's First Robotics team.
    TOPIC: Involvement with Cisco providing IT support for the Pan Am games and how this works as a summer internship (Coop) that they need for their SHSM diploma.

EMPLOYERS

  1. Tom Murad - Ph.D., P.Eng., F.E.C., SM.IEEE
    Head of Siemens Engineering & Technology Academy, Siemens Canada Limited

  2. Vincent Hamel
    Manager, Electro-Optical Engineering, L-3 Wescam

  3. Ian Small
    General Manager, AudioBooks

  4. Mark Arteaga
    President, RedBit Development
    Mark will discuss "what we look for when we hire".

Additional information coming soon.

GOVERNMENT / FUNDING / OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. Sandra Nuhn
    Manager, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Halton Region
    Sandra will highlight 2 young entrepreneur programs that the Halton Region Small Business Centre is delivering in the Region.
    • Summer Company: Provides hands-one business training and mentorship, with awards of up to $3,000 to help enterprising students between the ages of 15 – 29 start and run their own summer business.
    • Starter Company: provides training, mentorship and the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to youth between the ages of 18 – 29 to start, grow or buy a small business.

  2. Kimberly Neale
    Integrated Job Developer, Employment Services, Halton Region
    Kimberly will highlight free employment services, programs and training incentives available to employers & job seekers in Halton Region. She will provide information / updates on Ontario’s Youth Employment Program, the Youth Job Strategy and Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant.

  3. Sabrina Essner
    Program Lead, Halton E-Mentoring & Newcomer Strategy, Halton Region
    Halton Region is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community. Sabrina will discuss the launch of Halton Region’s E-Mentoring program, community value and how to participate. 

 

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 LOCATION

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Art Gallery of Burlington
Shoreline Room
7:00 PM

ADDRESS
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9

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Driving Directions

From Niagara or Hamilton East – Take the first exit (Northshore) at the north end of the Skyway Bridge. Keep to the right, pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.

From Toronto or Hamilton West – Take QEW Niagara and exit at Northshore Blvd. Turn left at the end of the ramp and continue under the QEW. You will pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.

 


 

Meetup #64 - Wearable Technology

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 7pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville 

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With the advent of new technology such as bluetooth low energy and wearable technology, an industry in the billions has rose to the number one focus of many Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #64: Wearable Technologywithin the consumer device industry. The impact of wearables is already being felt in education, communication, navigation, and entertainment; but perhaps the greatest potential lies in the healthcare industry. In this meetup, we will be highlighting wearable tech in the health care industry and touching on regulation. 

Presenter

Jayson PJayson Parker, Medical Biotechnology Analyst & Lecturer University of Toronto

Dr. Jayson Parker is a Lecturer in medical biotechnology in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He lectures in the Master of Biotechnology Program, Faculty of Law and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. His main research interests include: biomarkers & clinical trial risk, machine learning, biotechnology patents and medical device regulation. Parker is currently a medical/scientific advisor to the hedge fund Burlington Capital Inc, which has $25 million in assets under management and the Canadian Innovation Centre. He is also a board member for Life Sciences Ontario. Most recently, he was a medical liaison for Schering Plough’s biologic infliximab (Remicade) and for Novo Nordisk’s biologic rfVIIa (Novoseven/Niastase). He has been a “buy side” stock analyst covering the life sciences for Investor’s Group and the Director of Medical Science Equities at AIC limited (now Portland), both prominent mutual fund companies. [LinkedIn]

 

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Venue

OFinnsIrishTemperO'Finns Irish Temper

136 Church Street, Oakville Ontario (google map)

O'Finns is a beautiful upscale Irish Pub in downtown Oakville.  We use the private room downstairs - called the Whiskey Lounge - for Silicon Halton events. 

Why not come for dinner ahead of time upstairs?  Check out the great menu at O'Finns.

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #6

February 12, 2015  |  11:30am - 1pm  |  Panera Bread, 220 North Service Road, Oakville

Topic: ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ How to shift the focus from what stops you to what drives you.  Looking forward to seeing you and having another lively chat!

The Women in Tech Peer 2 Peer group’s goal is to empower women in business by examining the unique gender based challenges of working in and with technology to effect progressive change within our working and community environments. 

Meet ups are for women only who work or live in Halton.  Non-Silicon Halton members are welcome.

Each month we'll have a topic for debate, and an opportunity for individuals to share challenges and successes with the group in a safe, supportive setting. 

Meetup formats may include dinner discussion meetings, guest speaker presentations, or workshops - depending on the topic.

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meetup #63 - Selling into the US - IP & Taxes

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January 13, 2015  |  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Milton Education Village, Milton 

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Tech companies can increase their level of security by learning how to reduce taxes and risks, especially when doing business in the U.S. Join Greg Clarke who will share his expertise on securing your intellectual property, compliance when selling into the U.S., reducing tax exposure through income-splitting, family trusts, as well as creditor proofing. Greg has extensive experience working with technology companies and valuable insights that will help you grow your business in the U.S. 

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Presenter

Greg Clarke – Partner

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G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

We're looking for two Silicon Halton members to give 5 minute intros of themselves, their companies, and / or their products. Learn more here.  If that is you, please contact Kimberly Neal at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About Milton Education Village

Thanks to our Event Sponsor Cogeco, we're most fortunate to be using the Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre in Milton. MEV Innovation Centre is a place for the business community to meet and a space designed for new and existing business in a growth phase. Providing an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries, the innovation centre will provide access to entrepreneurs in four ways:

  1. Collaborative space
  2. Business services
  3. Accelerator/incubator programming
  4. Education and training

Follow MEV on Twitter: @MEVInnovation. Read a Silicon Halton blog on the birth of this high tech location here.

We're proud that Milton Economic Development is pleased to sponsor this Silicon Halton meetup at the new MEV Innovation Centre.

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Address: 555 Industrial Drive, Milton., 555 Industrial Drive, Milton [Map]

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Thanks to Cogeco for being an Event Sponsor.

 

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TGIF Tech - Tech and Toddies

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December 19/14  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Columbia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

The holidays are a time for giving, but also a time to remember there are those a lot needier than ourselves.  Most of us live in a high tech world, with all the comforts that come with it. But even in Canada there are folks who could really use a helping hand- and great organizations out there trying to support them. 

So, in the spirit of the season we’re working with Canada Helps for our last TGIF Tech meet up of 2014. We’re inviting all members of Silicon Halton to drop by Taste of Colombia on Friday Dec. 19th 3-5pm, make a donation to the charity of their choice and get a free specialty ‘Spanish Coffee’ to warm them up. You can have regular old coffee if you’d like, but the Spanish one has a special festive ‘kick’ ;)

We’ll have the Canada Helps website up and running for you- all you have to do is pick who you’d like to help out, punch in some numbers, then sit back and enjoy your cup of ‘cheer’. And if you dontate through your PayPal account, they will add an additional 1% to your contribution- seems everyone is getting into the holiday spirit!

We’ll be sure to let everyone know just how much we donated during the event as a group. 

Hope to see you there!' 

 

TGIF Tech Supporters

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About TGIF Tech

Held once a month on a Friday afternoon, these informal meetings are a way to build the connections among Oakville’s technology ecosystem. We offer an informal touch point for business development, sharing knowledge and information in a relaxed environment. Consider coming out and joining us if you are involved with a digital media business or organization in Oakville. Our broad definition of technology includes video, gaming, wire-less, animation, podcasting, online communications, software programming and consulting, etc.

Got an idea for a Friday afternoon - or looking for more information - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Doing Business in a Smartphone World

Jan 13, 2015 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Taste of Colombia  | Community Event

You're invited to a Bronte BIA Special Member Presentation

Doing Business in a Smartphone World....Mobile Enabled Commerce and How to Win!

Retail has become more and more competitive with the growth of online shopping, fierce competition, aggressive pricing, cross-border shopping. Learn how to compete as a small business in this rapidly changing global marketplace.

Bronte's Taste of Colombia and Axxyr Medical are members of the growing list of Silicon Halton companies, a grassroots technology community whose goal is to help its members connect with the hi-tech community in Halton, and create opportunities for business growth and partnerships. Silicon Halton provides a platform for Halton tech companies to dream, discuss, develop, test, and launch their business ideas. Don't get left behind.

Presented by XRomb Inc., Taste of Colombia, Bronte BIA

XRomb Inc. is the leader in Intelligent Mobile APIs including enterprise scale modules for NFC Payments, Cloud Payments, Loyalty and more. Come and learn about a solution for small business that will help even the playing field against big business.

Presenters

Valdis MartinsonsValdis Martinsons, Executive Chairman and CEO, Co-Founder, XRomb Inc.
Mike SmithMike Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, XRomb Inc.

 

Where: Taste of Colombia (El Salon), 67 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON L6L 3B7 [maptasteofcolombia.wordpress.com

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