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 #67 - Build Your Site for Maximum Conversion

May2015-WebsiteConversion

May 12, 2015  |  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper 

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #67: CROHow to Get Your Site to Sell with CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization)

Your website should be your top salesperson.

It's how people find you, learn about you, and contact you. And just like a salesperson says all the right things to get the sale, so should your website.

In this workshop you learn...

  1. How to set up your website with conversion goals
  2. How to get people to take action using CRO best practices
  3. How to get more downloads, leads, and business from your site

30 for 30

For up to 5 Silicon Halton Members, Op Ed Marketing is offering a 30 minute "CRO" session of your website for $30, of which all is graciously contributed to Silicon Halton.  Contact Robert Clarke below.

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About the Presenter

robert-c 100Robert Clarke, Partner, Op Ed Marketing. Op Ed Marketing is a Digital Agency that helps Businesses Attract, Convert, and Keep Customers. They are a Google AdWords Certified Partner and Microsoft Advertising Accredited Professional. [LinkedIn] www.op-ed.ca @opedmarketing

 

G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

G2KYM-EventsWe'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.

 

 

 

 

Join The Discussion

jointhediscussionOn 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.

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.

Register Now

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #67: CROSilicon 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.

 

 

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.


jointhediscussionOn March 10, 2015 at 7 PM,
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
    Sanval S., Thomas G., Kyele H., Lucas T., Daniel S.
    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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Click the link below to register for this event on Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #65: Tech Under 20

 


 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.

 


 

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.

Big Data Dev-Only (April 2015) - Tools and Utils, What we Have, What to Build

April 23, 2015 | 7:30pm | Kelsey's 301 Hays Blvd, Oakville

Tools and Utils, What we Have, What to Build

During this informal dev only event, discussion will happen over some hot food and cold drinks. We'll spend some time and try to round up as much tools and/or utilities we have available that might be related to big data processing. We then will take a look at what is missing and what we can start building right now.

Register

No RSVP needed. Simply show up for the casual dinner and join the discussion.

Related

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When

April 23rd, 2015 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where:

Kelsey's, 301 Hays Boulevard, Oakville, ON L6H 6Z3 [map]

About Us:

Big Data P2P R#2 This is an open group targeting Big Data enthusits in Halton. A valuable forum where code monkeys and business gurus work together to figure out the challenge, opportunity and best practice for anything Big Data.

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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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. Click "Follow" within the Discussion thread to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

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.

iOS Developers Peer-2-Peer (April 2015)

April 7, 2015 | Fortino's, Burlington

[Register here

The Silicon Halton iOS Developers CodeJam Peer-to-Peer group's objective is to teach, learn, share, and grow your ideas through code with others.

Learn more here.

Where:  Fortino's Community Room, Applyby Line & Dundas, Burlington

Spark The Change

spark-logo-300x125April 23, 2014  |  Toronto  |  Ontario Science Center

Are you passionate about building remarkable workplace cultures?

Do you question everything and love to challenge status quo?

Then we have a ticket with your name on it.

Mark your calendar for Spark the Change on April 23, 2014. Spark isn't the type of conference where you take notes and be an armchair quarterback of change. We have brilliant keynotes to bookend the day, and in between these keynotes you'll participate in smaller scale workshops where you share your stories and participate to learn practical tools.

Check it out - and REGISTER TODAY
Get the Silicon Halton member price with discount code: siliconhalton (10% off any ticket)

 

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