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 #85 - Business Models and Business Model Design


Tuesday, November 8, 2016  |  7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #85: Business Models and Business Model Design

In this meetup presented by SB Partners, we’ll discuss Business Models and Business Model Design


Your Business Model's Impact

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.


Business Models / Design

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:

  • business model design vs. product design. What's the difference?
  • business model types
  • the 9 building blocks of a business model
  • the importance of value proposition design and role it has in product, market fit and customer validation

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.


About the Presenters

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


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: 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. .





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.



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.

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #85: Business Models and Business Model Design

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.



Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #23

WomenInTech Peer2PeerOctober 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.

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. .

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.



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TGIF Tech - November 2016


Friday November 25th 2016  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

Funding Interactive Digital Media Projects In Ontario

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.  

Presenter: Lucie Lalumière

LucieLumiereLucie 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



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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. 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.  

Location: Taste of Colombia (Bronte BIA) Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QPTi1 


Meetup #86 – Networking Un-Meetup


December 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Ivy Bar+Kitchen, Burlington

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #86: Holiday Un-Meetup

Un-Meetups are Meetups with no pre-determined topic(s). Potential topics are rapidly pitched, voted on, then launched. We have four 30-minutes time slots for topics.  

How It Works

Step 1:  Any un-meetup attendee can pitch a topic they're interested in, have knowledge about, or want to explore.

Step 2: The audience votes [pix of last votinglast voting] on the topics that interest them most. This will be fun and engaging, not a simple show-of-hands - the voting process contains networking

Step 3: The top 2 topics immediately begin in parallel as 30-minute sessions.

Step 4: A short break at the 30min mark to catch our breath, followed immediately by topics 3 & 4

Step 5: We regroup and share key items learned


If you end up not liking the session you voted yourself into, vote again with your feet and move to the other topic.

The person who suggested the topic must either present during their 30min session, lead it, assist in facilitating it, or a blend of any of the above. 

Join The Discussion Online 


On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. 



Ivy Bar+Kitchen - 3330 South Service Road, Burlington. Come early for dinner (menu)!  [Map] [@ivybarkitchen] [Instagram]


Meetup #84: Get 5 New Clients In 90 Days


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.

Find 5 New & Better Clients In 90 days

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:

  • clarify the gaps between what you want and what you have
  • explore ideas to fill these gaps
  • formulate improved solutions from those ideas potential to work
  • implement those solutions by building individualized blueprints from our collective discoveries and ideas

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.

Workshop Results

Below are pix of one of the tables. Other tables are found here: Table 2, Table 3, Table 4, ALL.

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About The Facilitator

TrevorMcAlpineTrevor McAlpine, Synergetic Management

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).

LinkedIn | Synergetic Management Website

The Venue

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

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Software Peer 2 Peer #5

SoftwarePeer2PeerMonday, November 28/16 at 7pm | Apple Suites, 700 Third Line, Oakville

Meetup #5: Security in Application Development

When it comes to systems security, the infrastructure tends to get the most Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Software Peer to Peer Group Meetup #5. Topic Securityattention: 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:  

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Meetup #83: What Large Tech Companies Look For In Candidates Today - Panel Q&A

Sept 13, 2016 | 7pm - 9:30pm | MEVIC, Milton


Eventbrite - Meetup #83: What Large Tech Companies Look for in Candidates Today - Panel Q&A

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?

New Career?

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!

mouseSURVEY: Can't Attend But Want To Be Heard?

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).




About the Panelists

cindy-callistoCindy Zabek, Human Resources Director at Callisto Integration

Career Page | www.callistointegration.com

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.

AngelaMcAngela McNaughton, Sr. Human Resources Manager at L-3 Wescam

Career page | www.wescam.com 

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. 

davidl3David Mann, Recruitment Manager at L-3 Wescam

Career page | www.wescam.com | LinkedIn

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!

lindy-geotabLindy Theron, Vice President Human Resources at GEOTAB

Career Page | @GEOTAB | LinkedInwww.geotab.com

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. 

bnagarBob Nagar, Leadership and Personal Development coach, and Organizational Development Consultant (Moderator)


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.

Bob has a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto in a program focused on workplace, learning and change. Bob is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Stomphorst Avatar 2014Rick Stomphorst, President of SearchVelocity and Co-Founder of Silicon Halton (Moderator)

LinkedIn | @StompR | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 


Join The Discussion Online 


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!



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