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 #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 

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #63: Selling into the US - IP & Taxes

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

GregClarkeGreg is experienced and passionate about helping technology and software companies grow. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, he knows that during the early stages, often times the biggest challenge to tech and software is raising capital. Cash flow, structuring and positioning the company properly will reap huge benefits as the company grows. His tech and software clients appreciate his insights and knowledge on what they need to implement in core business processes to position their company for growth and agility. They especially like the fact that Greg is proactive and a great communicator.

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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.

 

Join The Discussion

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On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group - discussion thread. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Within the Discussion thread, click "Follow" to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #63: Selling into the US - IP & Taxes

Silicon Halton meetups are open to everyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.  Once registered, Eventbrite will send you a reminder email 48 hours before the event.

 

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

TGIF Tech Sponsors

 

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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Meetup #61: Structured Ideation Toolbox

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Tuesday - November  11, 2014, Halton Hills Public Library, Georgetown - 7:00 pm

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #61: Structured Idation Toolbox

In an increasingly competitive market, innovation is becoming a key differentiator. The exponential advances and shifts in technology offer more and more opportunities. However, organizations are struggling with new ideas and innovation.

New ideas are sometimes risky. There is a perception it is based on luck and cannot be planned. It is hard to predict the market or users' reactions to innovative ideas.

Is there a way to come up with new ideas, design them and assess their usefulness and viability? Is there a way to create a line of ideas, a funnel to select the best ones?

What you will learn

  • Why we need to innovate
  • How ideation happens
  • How we create new ideas using fun games
  • How research, design, user experience, gamification and product management techniques provide a toolbox to create new ideas
  • How to transform ideas to products
  • How ideation can become a structured managed process

Lets all dive into the world of ideation!

Presentations

 

Presenter

RamiTabbah thumbRami Tabbah | Managing Director, Ergonaute Consulting

Rami is a user experience strategist and with a focus on efficiency. He uses quantitative and qualitative research techniques and conceptual design to help companies better understand their users and how to shape their websites, applications, products and services to better match users' expectations. He also focuses on innovation and inclusive design.

 

 


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.


 

Venue

Halton Hills Public Library, Georgetown Branch - The Studio

9 Church Street, Georgetown, Ont (Google map)

Nestled in historic downtown Georgetown, the Georgetown Branch of the Halton Hills Public Library was redesigned in 2012 with the needs of small business in mind. Thet offer free Wi-Fi throughout the building, private offices for meeting with clients, larger meeting rooms for presentations and a coffee and beverage centre. All of this plus beautifully designed surroundings in a fully accessible, Silver LEED® certified building. [Web] [Facebook] [Google+] [Pinterest] @HaltnoHillsPL

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Join The Discussion On LinkedIn

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group - discussion thread. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Within the Discussion thread, click "Follow" to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

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Register Now

Silicon Halton meetups are open to everyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.  Once registered, Eventbrite will send you a reminder email 48 hours before the event.

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TGIF Tech - Gaming

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November 28/14  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Columbia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

With Sheridan College located at its heart and its world renowned Game Design programs, it is little wonder that Oakville is becoming a hotspot for gaming companies. This will be the focus for our inaugural TGIF Tech meetup this Friday, Nov. 28th 3-5pm at Taste of Colombia Café in Bronte. 

Cinema Suite, recent winners of a 2014 Oakville Innovation Award, will be presenting and sharing the story of their growth and the local support and various funding sources they leveraged along the way.  Local edtech startup NexEd, will also take part to demonstrate how the Unity game engine can be used to allow educators and elementary school students to collaborate and play in a MMO virtual world. 

Also joining in the conversation will be Bronte based tech company AXXYR and, of course, Silicon Halton. 

This free and informal event looks to regularly bring together local tech companies to network and support each other within the local ecosystem. 

Hope to see as many Silicon Halton members as possible come out for a coffee and a chat this Friday.

 

TGIF Tech Supporters

TGIF Tech Sponsors

 

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.

 

Meetup #62: Networking Unmeetup

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Tuesday - December 9, 2014, Burlington HiVE, Burlington - 7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 9 - 7:00 pm in Burlington as we celebrate the end of another great year for Silicon Halton. For this meetup we thought we'd reflect on how the year went (good, bad and ugly) for Silicon Halton and look towards to 2015 and beyond.  Nothing too serious though.... this is more of a social get together first to enjoy each other's company, combined with a little reflection and casual brainstorming.  

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What value do you get from Silicon Halton?

Tell us more about the value you've discovered at Silicon Halton in this discussion thread (members). Sampling of the quotes received so far:

  • I've learned some very important things that i can apply to my start up and have met some wonderful people that are absolutely invaluable
  • SH has pushed me to Tighten up my Offering Sheet...what is it we do well and different 
  • I continue to learn more about who is in Halton (people and companies) - I think this is very important as we try to grow our companies through innovation and ourselves professionally.
  • When I was between jobs it was a lifeline - not just for networking and job hunting...(and found my next job via Silicon Halton)
  • (I joined) not knowing ANYONE in Halton... I look forward to being a part of the (community)
  • Impressed by the way the meetups are managed...simply professional but very friendly at the same time, and of course very instructive topics and discussions
  • Living in Oakville since 1997, I was fairly isolated from the happenings in the technology in Halton until I got acquainted with Silicon Halton.

Look forward to everyone joining us, and wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Join The Discussion On LinkedIn

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Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group - discussion thread. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Click "Follow" within the Discussion thread to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

Speed Networking

We're running the ever popular Speed Networking, where everyone has 3 minutes to exchange short introductions and make new connections, then rotate to the next introduction. 

Tips from the community about effective networking:

  • "Get out there"
  • Choose the right events or groups. If you're in tech, then Silicon Halton is the perfect group
  • Identify "why" you're there, your goals, but be casual, no hard selling
  • Focus on the other's needs first. Example, provide advice
  • Communicate what you do - keep it brief and succinct. Practice saying it out loud in the car on the way
  • Bring business cards
  • Provide immediate feedback - if after the introduction you feel there is value in connecting, send the other person an email / LinkedIn request the following day.  

 

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.

 

Venue

Burlington Hive, Burlington, ON. @BurlingtonHive - Google Map

 

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SB Partners' Next Gen CEO Workshop: Cash is King

November 20, 2014, 6pm - 7:30pm | Burlington HiVE | Partner Workshop

Join SB Partners for their next Next Gen CEO Workshop, Cash is King

Cash is the fuel for building strong businesses. Many companies are profitable, but cash poor. Lots of revenue on the book, but no money in the bank. Without cash flow, it is easy for business owners to run into trouble or even bankruptcy. At the end of the day, cash is always king. Income statements and balance sheets might look good, yet there is not enough cash for payroll.

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Join Michael Kee and Mustafa Dossajeee from SB Partners who will share what you need to know to keep on top of cash flow. How are you generating it? Where is it being used and how much do you really have? 

About 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. Learn more about the SB Partners event here

Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
Location: Burlington HiVE, Burlington, Ontario (Map: http://goo.gl/maps/4cPcj)
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.

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