August2017 JobDescriptions

August 8, 2017 | 7pm - 9pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre, Milton

September is the busiest hiring month of the year. Are your job descriptions ready to attract the right candidate?

Finding the right people to hire is hard. But for many tech companies – it get’s harder because the job descriptions don’t inspire, don’t attract, and don’t convert into interested candidates.

Join us on August to learn how to understand:

  • The elements of a great job description in 2017
  • How to write the job description so you will attract the audience you want
  • How candidates read job descriptions (the good the bad the ugly)
  • What makes a job description authentic and real
  • What makes the right candidates apply


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

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November2017 Blockchain

November 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Milton Educational Village Innovation Center

"The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." - Don Tapscott.

Blockchain technology has been hailed as everything from the renaissance of money to the new internet. Early adopters are looking for ways to apply the technology, with use cases currently focused on financial services at the industry level, and even in terms of new forms of governance at the discipline level. This meetup aims to present an overview of this fascinating technology.

Blockchain - Changing The World Around Us

 Join us on November 14, 2017 at the Milton Education Village Innovation Center to learn more about Blockchain technology, including:

  • What is Blockchain technology and why does it matter to the world? Is it really the new Internet?
  • Key aspects of Blockchain technology you need to know - trust, peer to peer systems, cryptography, cryptocurrency, immutability, and consensus.
  • The threat of disruption - and why banks really got involved.
  • Understanding the challenges and constraints of Blockchain technology. What makes a good blockchain use case?
  • Introducing Blockchain for developers - how to get started.
  • Finally - insights from ETHWaterloo: the world's largest Ethereum hackathon.



Guy Pearce
Managing Partner: REData Performance Consulting and Board Director: IIBA

Guy Pearce (BSc, BCom, MBA) has served on various Boards in Banking, Financial Services and Retail over the last decade, as well as on their Risk, Audit, Governance and Credit Committees. He has also served as CEO of a multinational operation serving 100,000 customers in three countries with a staff complement of 700. He has published numerous articles and presented numerous keynotes on various aspects of governance, risk, IT and data around the world, and is interested in the competitive transformation potential and governance implications of Big Data, IoT, and Blockchain. His $94.95 million big data case study is an example of a practical outcome of this interest.  


Denys Linkov
University of Toronto Computer Science Student / Tech Under Twenty Lead

Denys is a third year student at the University of Toronto studying Computer Science. He enjoys reading, discussing and exploring everything related to tech, including Blockchain and Bitcoin. Denys leads the Silicon Halton Tech Under Twenty initiative and has interned at two Halton companies - Geotab and VL Omni over the last few summers. Denys has been selected as a participant in EthWaterloo - the world's largest Ethereum hackathon.  He will be joining 300 other ambitious developers for the opportunity to build the decentralized future and work alongside the inventors of Ethereum.  He will be sharing his insights and experiences about the hackathon.

The Venue

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

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December2017 HolidaySocial

Celebrate The 2017 Holiday Season

Join us on December 12 at O'Finns Irish Temper in downtown Oakville as we celebrate the end of another great Silicon Halton year.  We hope you’ve found value and learned new ideas from all the meetups, peer2peer groups, special events, and linkedin discussions. It’s time to come out and have some fun and meet a whole bunch of people.  We're going to start this meetup a little earlier at 6:30 pm - as we'd like to encourage you to come try the great dinner menu at O'Finn's.

While we've run many of our famous Speed Networking nights over the years (where everyone has a few minutes to exchange short introductions and make new connections, then rotate to the next introduction) - we are going to try something new.

In the Spirit of the Season - Find Some Things In Common!

Because we all build business relationships with people when we find things in common and this builds trust, our networking session will be focused on finding 5 things people have in common.  During three minutes of conversation with each person, you'll be asking each other questions to find out what you have in common.  For example: 

  • One thing in common related to business - examples - a client, a business model, software you use
  • One thing in common that makes you highly productive - examples - a process, a habit, an app
  • One thing in common related to what you'd like to learn in 2018 - examples - new technology, new skill, new craft 
  • One thing in common related to family - examples - sports you play, where your kids go to school, favourite restaurants
  • One thing in common related to whatever else you want to discuss

Look forward to getting to know everyone better!

WomenInTechPeer2Peer2017 2

November 28, 2017  |  7 pm  |  Apple Suites, 3700 Third Line, Oakville

Topic: Experimentation: Personal Branding

Keeping with the theme of Experimentation and our understanding of the experimentation mindset, this month we will be exploring experimentation in the creation of a personal brand - one that is aligned with yet seperate from our business and career branding.

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 generally 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.

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October2017 Top10B2BSalesSecrets

THURSDAY, October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper

Are you in Business to Business (B2B) sales? Do you primarily sell technology related solutions or products?  Do you find it's getting harder and taking longer to close sales? Then this meetup is for you.

Top 10 B2B Sales Secrets

Join us on October 19, 2017 at O'Finns Irish Temper to learn about the Top 10 B2B Sales Secrets that will help you learn how to improve your conversations with potential customers and increase your sales success rate.

You'll learn how to: build stronger and more natural rapport with the prospect; uncover the prospect's true buying motivations; avoid price objections; better understand the prospect's decision process; and close deals without pressuring the prospect.  

The Top 10 B2B Sales Secrets agenda includes:

  • Who people buy from
  • The 70/30 rule
  • No pain means No sale
  • Sell to VITO
  • Nobody has a budget 
  • Price is not a 4-letter word
  • Decision process, not decision maker
  • Let the customer do the selling
  • Diffuse bombs before they explode
  • Don’t grow happy ears


Craig Desbrisay - Director of Sales, Audaxium

Craig DesBrisay has been selling B2B technology solutions for 18+ years. As an introvert by personality and an Engineer by training, the Sales role didn't come easy for Craig. However, after many roles including: Director of Sales at Audaxium (selling professional services), Director of Sales at PointClickCare (selling software), Sales Training / Coaching at Sandler Sales Institute, and Director of Marketing at Javelin (selling software), Craig has adopted processes and strategies that make sales much easier and more enjoyable.

Check out his profile on Linkedin - Craig Desbrisay


The Venue

The Whiskey Lounge, O'Finn's Irish Temper  |  136 Church St, Oakville, ON L6J 1M9  |  Google Map




September2017 InternetOfThings

September 26, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Halton HiVE, Burlington

Over the past three years, Silicon Halton cofounder, Chris Herbert has been researching the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and has engaged with many entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists to assess the market opportunity for his ventures, clients and for Silicon Halton members. 


  • Audience: Entrepreneurs, consultants, hardware and software developers
  • Review of IIoT market growth and platforms
  • Early stage use cases
  • Key insights learned from one on one discussions with IIoT companies and IIoT Symposium event
  • New IoT initiatives for Silicon Halton community

Technology companies are bringing to market IoT/IIoT (industrial IoT) "platforms" and a host of "smart" solutions such as smart cities, smart grid, smart farming, smart this and smart that.  According to a study by Verizon the internet of things is poised to transform virtually every major market sector, growing to more than 5.4 billion connections by 2020. Some say the internet of things is more hype than reality while others say the contrary. And, there are plenty of predictions on the growth of the IoT/IIoT market. Too many perhaps!

There's a lot of noise, hype and confusion in the market. What's an IIoT platform? What's an LP Wan network and why is it important for IoT adoption and acceleration? Should Silicon Halton members invest time, money and effort in developing skills, expertise, products and services for the IoT/IIoT market? 

During this meetup you will:

  • Get a better understanding of the market. We’ll separate the hype from real world facts, use cases and identify potential opportunities for Silicon Halton tech entrepreneurs, developers and the SH membership
  • Identify some of the key players, including local Canadian companies, in the IoT/IIoT market that you should know about and why
  • identify key compelling reasons why companies are adopting IoT/IIoT solutions and in what industries and the IoT adoption path
  • Network, eat some pizza and have conversations with entrepreneurs and subject matter experts in the IoT/IIoT space

Schedule / Format

  • 6:30 pm: Registration, Pizza, Networking & Silicon Halton announcements
  • 7:00 pm: Interactive presentation with additional subject matter experts and meetup attendees
  • 8:00 pm: Panel Q&A
  • 8:30 pm: Informal Q&A, networking and demos (stay tuned). We’ll head out when the last person leaves the room!


Chris Herbert, Ventures: Silicon Halton | TechIgniters | Mi6 Agency

Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and the new TechIgniters™ an Excelerater™ for Tech Entrepreneurs in Halton Region. Over the past three years he’s extensively researched the IoT/IIoT market and worked with some of the pioneers in IoT including Oakville based Maps BI (acquired by Geotab in 2016), SkyHawk Telematics and Geotab.  He’s covered McRock Capital’s IIoT Symposium over the past three years including the 2017 event held this past May.

Panelists, Entrepreneurs and Subject Matter Experts

Craig Stark, IoT Foundry | Ben Zimmer, Enable Education | Mike Branch, Geotab | Johnny Ramoutar, SensorSuite

The Venue

Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington and follow @HaltonHiVE, or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905.592.2590.

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Canada4 0

December 13 & December 14 | 2017

Canada’s most anticipated conference of digital infrastructure transformation. Digital transformation is accelerating into the zettabyte era of the Internet-of-Everything, the connected Canada 4.0 economy. The mission-critical data center, telecom, and cloud infrastructure underpinning this rapid change is explored in depth here.

This event brings together senior-level business executives and technology and engineering professionals who are the decision-makers accountable for designing, building, managing and operating the full infrastructure ecosystem that makes business transformation possible.

From smart energy "in", to the software-defined network edge "out", the purpose-built, smart, efficient, connected, resilient and secure data center is ground-zero for digital transformation. This conference is designed to help those designing the digital future of their enterprises to tackle both the strategic and operational challenges posed by the relentless barrage of new, disruptive business drivers impacting the smart, digital factory of the future.

Learn more about the:

Silicon Halton Members get in free.  Watch for your invite in the mid November newsletter.

Silicon Halton is a grassroots high tech community focused on Technology, Community, and Growth