Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks:
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper
In this meetup presented by SB Partners, we’ll discuss Business Models and Business Model Design
Mustafa Dossajee, Partner at SB Partners will discuss why developing and communicating your business model is important to the growth of your tech business. The ability to communicate your business model to venture capitalists, accountants, and other financial institutions facilitates their understanding and improves their ability to support your success in early stages and when you are scaling up your business.
Chris Herbert, co-founder of Silicon Halton and Founder of Mi6 Agency will provide you with an overview of key business model types and business model design. The goal of this meetup is for you to get a better understanding about:
During this talk Chris will draw from his professional experience and apply business model design thinking to some real world scenarios. He'll also do a fast business model design session with members of the audience.
This is the second in a series of talks dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, and those that work for them, improve their chances of being successful. The first, "Financing and Funding - What are Your Options? Ask the Experts , presented by BDC, took place earlier this year.
Mustafa Dossajee is a Partner with SB Partners, focused on providing high-quality assurance services to diverse clients in the manufacturing, retail, consumer products and bio-technology industries. He has a sound grasp of internal controls and helps his clients understand that a strong internal control system is a deterrent to fraud and error. website
Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6. Mi6 is a B2B (Business to Business) marketing and business development agency dedicated to helping companies build their brands and develop commercial relationships. He is the founder of ProductCamp Toronto and the Hi-tech community Silicon Halton. He tweets under the handle @B2Bspecialist
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.
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.
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.
Monday October 24th at 7pm | Apple Suites, 700 Third Line, Oakville
Our fourth meetup will feature Michael Lant discussing UX Triage:
User experience design is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product. In this meeting, Michael will introduce you to an emerging process called UX-Triage - a simple, collaborative process that allows business stakeholders, developers and designers to quickly work through the discovery, organization, creation and optimization of the fundamental UX elements of any software application.
Following the presentation we will continue the discussion around User Experience and User Interface design. This should be interesting for anyone designing or delivering a software product with a user interface, which is pretty much everyone building software!
For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:
The meeting was very informative, Michael described the UX Design landscape at a high level and then drilled down into the UX Triage process in detail. There was a fair amount of Q&A as well, discussing the modeling approach at scale and the scope of information to capture. Additional resource links can be found below. Thanks again for presenting Michael!
We also discussed some ideas for upcoming meetings, including game development, security topics, comparing web development environments, and Xamarin. If any of these topics resonate with you please feed free to comment on the Software P2P page.
The next meeting will be Monday November 28th, 7pm, at Apple Suites in Oakville. The topic will be Security, with more details coming soon.
October 25, 2016 | 7 pm | The Ivy, 3330 South Service Road, Burlington
Topic: What it Takes (Part II)
Inspired by the Canadian women rocking the RIO Summer Olympics and the amazing #WhatItTakes campaign from SportChek (Check out the videos here) we are bringing in mentors and coaches to take the limits off of our beliefs and dare greatly in our careers and with our businesses.
This month we have invited Ballsy member Norine Jones to share her story and tips on the importance of valuing yourself and your business or career.
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.
About the Presenter
Norine Jones began her unique career in the auto industry, starting out working in the body shop, eventually becoming a body shop manager, and then a service manager. Why is her career described as unique already? Because Norine has always been one to take on a challenge and chose her career within male dominated industries from the beginning. This gave her a solid foundation from which to continue building her current position as President of PowerVac Services Hamilton. Lest you think that PowerVac is the name for a house cleaning company, it actually provides services for duct cleaning and mold abatement and removal for home, commercial and industrial projects. Not exactly Molly Maid.
In addition to being a successful business owner, Norine is very active in the volunteer community of Hamilton. She has been participating in Girl Guides of Canada for over 14 years as a unit leader, community camp organizer and Administrative Community Leader. It is very important to Norine to show other girls and women that they too can create their own path and future.
PowerVac Hamilton is a family owned and operated business that Norine’s father took over as General Manager over 25 years ago and eventually bought. Norine joined the company as the Operations Manager and held that position for 9 years. She then moved in to the General Manager role for 2 years. After losing her father just over a year ago, Norine moved in to the role of owner and has been the Lady Boss for the past 1.5 years, officially becoming the President within the past two months.
With 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 daughters and one patient husband, Norine’s life is one of time management, learning and large cups of Early Grey Tea.
Friday November 25th 2016 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Taste Of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville
Find out about programs available for helping fund Interactive Digital Media (IDM) projects in Ontario. Q&A the programs with Lucie. And also learn about what Interactive Ontario and Haltech can do for your companies.
Lucie Lalumière is the founder of Lalumiere Media, a consulting business specializing in interactive digital media (IDM), emerging technologies and immersive experiences (virtual reality, augmented reality). Lucie and her collaborators offer a broad range of services such as advising clients on strategy and business development, as well as production and operations. She is also the Executive Producer of Bvrned, a fictional 360 film, at 360 Story Lab.
Her passion for emerging technologies started over 20 years ago, when she worked on groundbreaking multimedia projects at Bell. Later on, she led innovative and award-winning teams in various strategic roles. Her executive positions include GM French Market (MediaLinx Sympatico), Executive Director New Media (Radio-Canada), and VP & GM Interactive, Television (Corus Entertainment).
Lucie is a tireless advocate for the IDM industry. She is the Vice-Chair of Interactive Ontario, on the Board of Haltech, has been on the board of the Bell Fund, and regularly contributes to industry-related advisory committees. She is the winner of the inaugural WIFT-T Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award (2015), has a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems from Université de Sherbrooke, an MBA from McGill University (completed at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program), and an Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics from UBC/DAA.
More info @ https://ca.linkedin.com/in/lucielalumiere | Follow Lucie on Twitter @LucieLalumiere
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.
Location: Taste of Colombia (Bronte BIA) Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QPTi1
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Halton Hive Hive, Burlington
Technology entrepreneurs and businesses are always looking for new clients - and not just more clients, better clients too.
Yet just like technology, for many of us, everything is changing. It's getting harder and harder to just get through the clutter, convince our clients, and land the deal. Doesn't it seem like your same old ways work less and less? What you need is a new approach, tailor made for your business.
Join us for an interactive session on process innovation driven by a proven creative thinking approach. Using the group Creative Problem Solving framework, you’ll work with others SH members to break out of old paradigms (ways of thinking) and find new and better ways to:
Together we will evolve new and effective ways for you to reach existing clients or find new (and better) clients and markets. Not a marketing meet-up, but rather a meet-up designed to experience how the Creative Problem Solving method can help you innovate and solve real and pressing business challenges.
Trevor helps business owners, managers, and staff teams dramatically improve their performance and get better business results. He is an expert business coach who uses systemic processes to drive change. He also an innovation expert who helps you turn problems and challenges into opportunities.
Trevor has over 25 years’ experience in various industries, with more than 15 years direct experience in performance improvement, business coaching, and innovation. He has worked in multiple industries and organizations – aerospace, automotive components, high technology, forestry, manufacturing, and nuclear power. He's a Professional Engineer who holds an Engineering degree, an MBA, and an MSc (Creative Sciences).
Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington
Monday, November 28/16 at 7pm | Apple Suites, 700 Third Line, Oakville
When it comes to systems security, the infrastructure tends to get the most attention: firewalls, server patching, user access, etc. Although this is natural and certainly understandable, there are critical decisions to be made during application design and development phase which, if not properly addressed, can undermine system integrity. In this meeting we will focus on the security concerns during application development, including common issues and the techniques used to address them.
Robert Beggs of digitaldefence.ca will be leading the conversation!
For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:
Sept 13, 2016 | 7pm - 9:30pm | MEVIC, Milton
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?
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!
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 (closed).
Pressed for time? Take the abbreviated 2-question multiple-choice survey here (closed).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | 555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)