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
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

Meetup #70: Windows 10, Ask us Anything

August 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Ned Devines, Milton

Windows-10 Product-FamilyAsk us Anything (about Windows 10)

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Don’t miss seeing Windows 10 here first.

With the imminent July release of Microsoft’s next operating system, you probably have questions. Many questions. What happened to my start screen? Why should I upgrade? What will it cost? How will Windows 10 impact me and my clients? Will applications I’ve written continue to operate as-is on Windows 10?

Microsoft Technical Evangelist Anthony Bartolo and Microsoft MVP Mark Arteaga of Redbit will kickoff the meetup with brief Windows 10 demos/prezos, then we launch Ask us Anything. Bring your burning questions.

To create an even richer experience tailored to you, we want hear your questions beforehand. Post your questions in this discussion thread (members only) or tweet your question with #SiliconHalton #Win10

Presenters / Panelists

Mark A

Mark Arteaga, President at RedBit Development, specializes in helping customers implement enterprise and consumer facing software solutions. RedBit Development is a software development company focusing on delivering software solutions to solve business problems and help brands connect with their audiences through technology. Mark is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional @MarkArteaga




Anthony BAnthony Bartolo is a Technology Evangelist with Microsoft. Anthony assists the IT Professional community as its trusted advisor on the aspects of Microsoft's ecosystem offering and delivering resources to assist IT administrators in creating efficiencies within their organization. Specializing on the aspects Microsoft's Private Cloud and Virtualization technologies adhering to the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) trend.Anthony was Awarded Microsoft MVP for efforts in evangelizing mobility products and solutions through public speaking engagements, social media and other efforts. @WirelessLife


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Join The Discussion

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The Venue

neddevines frontNed Devines, 575 Ontario Street South, Milton, Ontario. [map]


Oakville Film Festival - offa.ca


Silicon Halton - get ready to see world class films June 26-28!

Instead of travelling to TIFF or Sundance, you can enjoy an international quality film festival right here at the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art.

Film festival tickets are a great way to cultivate and reward clients, colleagues, and employees or just indulge your love of film. As a special promotion to Silicon Halton members, the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art is pleased to provide a ticket discount Coupon Code: siliconhalton for 25% off the price of individual tickets.

 use Silicon Halton member coupon code: siliconhalton
to get 25% off individual tickets

How To Do The Festival!


  • 17 feature films and documentaries, including the Gala film. Tickets for all full-length films include short films and most include Q&A with the filmmakers and/or panels.
  • To browse films and trailers and to buy tickets go to  https://offa.ca/tickets/  and use your coupon code.
  • Please note: The Theme Packs of 5 films (includes the Gala plus 4 selected film titles) are already discounted.


  • Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th

WHERE: Two locations:

  • Gala Night: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts - What We Did on Our Holiday” (Friday June 26th 8pm) - map
  • Films: shown at Film.ca, 171 Speers Road, Oakville - for 16 great films on Saturday + Sunday June 27-28 - map


  • The Gala “What We Did on Our Holiday” starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant, and Rosamund Pike includes a live Q&A with UK Writer-Director Guy Jenkin interviewed by entertainment critic, Rob Salem.
  • The screening of “The Cocksure Lads” includes a live performance by Murray Foster (of the band Great Big Sea) who is the film’s Director. Did you know that Murray pitched this film on Dragon’s Den?
  • Local connections at the festival include: Oakville resident Vlademir Kabelik and his film “Stay Aubrey”; Sheridan alumni and Mississauga resident Richie Mehta and his film “Siddharth”; plus many short films from Sheridan College’s animation and media arts students.

More details:  www.offa.ca or call 647-557-2210 or email 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.

About the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art

The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art is committed to enhancing the region’s profile, revitalizing local businesses and the community, and promoting cultural and artistic diversity with the cinematic arts as the focal point.

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #11

WomenInTech Peer2PeerJuly 21, 2015  |  7 pm  |  The Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

Topic: Stand up and be the change.  Join us as we move our anti-bullying initiative forward in a working group to define the problems and potential solutions that will lead to a formal cooperative group project.  

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 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.

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meetup #65 - Tech Under 20

Developing Talent, Discovering Opportunities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 7pm | Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline Room


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

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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.




  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.


  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.



  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

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Art Gallery of Burlington
Shoreline Room
7:00 PM

Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9


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.



Agile Peer-2-Peer #9 (May 21, 2015)

May 21, 2015 | 6:30pm | Adlib Software, Burlinton | AgileP2P #9 This is an open group targeting the Agile practitioners and those learning or interested in Agile in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech people in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

This month's topic: Building Kick Ass Teams

Learn more about the Agile Peer-2-Peer here (TBA).

Where: <stay tuned>

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.


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




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


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.

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