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.

Meetup #80: Financing and Funding - What Are Your Options? Ask The Experts

June 2016 - Investing

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!

 

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About the Panelists

Chris Herbert Avatar 150x150Chris Herbert, Co-founder of Silicon Halton and Head Dude at Mi6 Agency (Moderator)

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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.

 

 

Rubson-Ho Rubsun Ho, Chief Crowdpleaser, Crowdmatrix Inc.

 LinkedIn | Twitter

 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-Gopaul

Tony Gopaul, Director, Growth and Transition Capital, BDC

 LinkedIn

 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 KunRichard Kun, Business Development Manager, RDP Associates

LinkedIn | Twitter

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  John Breakey, CEO at Fivel Systems & Promys Enterprise

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 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 Harvey, General Manager HARCAP

LinkedIn 

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-Waugh Peter Waugh, Managing Partner at Mercana Growth Partners

LinkedIn

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.

 

 

Format

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!

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Join The Discussion Online 

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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. 

 

Venue

Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington
www.HaltonHive.com and follow @HaltonHiVE, or contact us 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. and 905.592.2590.

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Meetup #83: What Large Tech Companies Look For In Candidates Today - Panel Q&A

Sept 13, 2016 | 7pm - 9:30pm | MEVIC, Milton

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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?

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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!

mouseSURVEY: Can't Attend But Want To Be Heard?

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.

Pressed for time? Take the abbreviated 2-question multiple-choice survey here.

About the Panelists

cindy-callistoCindy Zabek, Human Resources Director at Callisto Integration

Career Page | www.callistointegration.com

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.

AngelaMcAngela McNaughton, Sr. Human Resources Manager at L-3 Wescam

Career page | www.wescam.com 

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. 

davidl3David Mann, Recruitment Manager at L-3 Wescam

Career page | www.wescam.com | LinkedIn

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!

lindy-geotabLindy Theron, Vice President Human Resources at GEOTAB

Career Page | @GEOTAB | LinkedInwww.geotab.com

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. 

bnagarBob Nagar, Leadership and Personal Development coach, and Organizational Development Consultant (Moderator)

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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.

Bob has a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto in a program focused on workplace, learning and change. Bob is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Stomphorst Avatar 2014Rick Stomphorst, President of SearchVelocity and Co-Founder of Silicon Halton (Moderator)

LinkedIn | @StompR | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

 

Join The Discussion Online 

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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!

 

Venue

Milton Education Village Innovation Centre |  555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)

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Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #62: Innovating to alleviate our pain points.

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]

 

 

Meetup #81: Hack The Props

July 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Ivy Bar+Kitchen, Burlington

Summer is here and so are the patios. Join us on Tuesday, July 12 - 7:00 pm at The Ivy in Burlington for an engaging outdoor networking meetup.

Normally at networking events, we get a bit too worked up coming up with a perfect elevator pitch each time we meet someone new. This time it's going to be a little different. 

We are introducing a new segment called “Hack the props" - a 30 minute super fun mind hack session. This will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow members in the community and see them in action. 

Participants will form groups who will then be given props to come up with a story line for a new futurist product. The props could be keywords hinting at a type of product or type of customer or type of problem. The finished storyline must contain all the props to form a story. The groups will present their story in a 30 second story format.

So come have fun and let your imaginations go wild! You’ll definitely take home more than a business card to remember.

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About the Facilitator

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Vinutha Shanmukharadhya, Design Strategist

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Vinutha is a passionate designer at the core of her work. She has worked with city administrations, grassroots organisations, startup ventures and architectural firms.

She has hands on experience in designing for the communities in the areas of program design & community engagement. Vinutha leverages her expertise in design thinking methods, collaboration techniques and research. She has the right skills to activate community participation and create engaging programs.

 

Join The Discussion Online 

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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. 

 

Venue

Ivy Bar+Kitchen - 3330 South Service Road, Burlington

IVY PATIO LOUNGE     IVY PATIO DINING     IVY PATIO BAR

 

 

 

Meetup #82: New Tech

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Aug 9, 2016 | 7pm - 9:30pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville

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The New Tech meetup is an opportunity for local technology companies to wowcase the community by showing off their locally created technology software, hardware, and integrated solutions. The community will have the opportunity to meet some of the local leaders and talent that are creating innovative solutions and companies in Halton Region. The event is not solely focused on startups, as established technology firms are also either introducing or have great technology. 

Companies Showcasing New Tech

 erms 

ERMS Corporation. ERMS Advantage is a full-feature, robust, secure, and redundant Emergency Mass Notification System specifically designed to support large scale incident crisis communications. ERMS (Emergency Response Management Services) was founded by Crisis Management and Business Continuity professionals who wanted to develop a secure, comprehensive, and reliable emergency notification system with all the features and functionalities Business Continuity professionals require.

VirtualLogistics OMNI BLUE Pantone

Virtual Logistics Inc. VL OMNI is a cloud-based omni-channel data integration service. VL OMNI is built to help your business function more efficiently and effectively by integrating all your cloud and on premise applications using one solution. 

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Configrr helps build to order makers and manufacturers sell their products faster.  Configrr is an e-commerce solution that allows customers to configure products to their needs, get pricing via complex pricing calculations, and order immediately.

 

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The format we will be using is:

  • 5 min (up to) to pitch the product
  • 5 min to demo the product
  • 5 min for Q&A (moderated)  

History

We got the idea for a New Tech meetup from the Denver Tech Community and the success their New Tech meetups have had since 2006.  Not solely the success of the meetup itself, but the success of instilling a sense of belonging and connectedness in the Denver area, the same as Silicon Halton has inspired to do since we launched in 2009.

speed networking 300x100We are excited to be providing an opportunity to generate additional buzz about each local tech company and their products. Each company can expect up to 1,500 people will learn about them and their product by the end of the New Tech meetup.

We hope everyone leaves the New Tech meetup inspired and with an even greater appreciation for the cool technology that is being created locally and the numerous tech jobs created. 

Join The Discussion Online 

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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. 

 

Venue

O'Finns Irish Temper - 136 Church Street - downtown Oakville Ontario (google map)
Consider having dinner at O'Finn's - Check out their great menu.

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Silicon Halton Day: Halton HiVE

Friday September 16, 2016  |  Halton HiVE | Drop in anytime, 8:30am - 5pm

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Here's your opportunity to experience and experiment with co-working. Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space Halton HiVE, Burlington. 

Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.
- Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine

Random opportunities and discoveries that arise from interactions with others – play a large role in coworking
- from Working in the UnOffice from Night Owls Press

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions, the random opportunities, that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable interactions with other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce discoveries, economic and/or professional growth.

If you work in home office or small office, can you afford not to come?

Lunch & Learn? Maybe

Interested in delivering a 1hr lunch & learn presentation? Contact Rick Stomphorst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Choose your own window

What time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for the Lunch & Learn, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.

About The HiVE

HaltonHive logo 300xThe Halton HiVE is an open concept office space reengineered for IT professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Those in the tech space know that “collisions”, unplanned interfacing between IT, Digital Media, ecommerce, etc., professionals often produce economic and/or professional growth. Read more about The HiVE here.

Learn more about the Burlington HiVE here: www.burlingtonhive.com and follow @HaltonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

When: August 19, 2016 | 8:30 am - 5 pm

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members ($39 value each). 

Location: Halton HiVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line & Harvester Rd. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door


Future Dates

  • Friday Sep 16, 2016
  • Friday Oct 21, 2016
  • Friday Nov 18, 2016
  • Friday Dec 16, 2016

Software Peer 2 Peer #1

SoftwarePeer2PeerMonday June 27th at 7pm | Symposium Cafe, Oakville

This is the first meetup for theresurrected Software Peer2Peer group. There won't be a specific topic for this initial meetup; this will be an opportunity for us to meet and discuss various interests, and get an idea of topics for future meetups. If you're planning on attending please let me know by leaving a comment, so I know roughly how many people will be attending. Hope to see you there!

For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:  

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Location: 1500 Upper Middle Rd W, Oakville, ON L6M 3G3 [map]

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