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.

Upcoming Events

  • TGIF Tech - May 2016

    May 27th 2016  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville   Cathy Thompson is a global expert in youth education, wellness and resiliency. She is the founder of Beyond the Classroom, a leading provider of in-home K-12 tutoring services for students.   Cathy's mission is to inspire millions of children and youth around the world to grow their confidence, life...

  • Silicon Halton Day: Halton HiVE

    Friday June 3, 2016  |  Halton HiVE | Drop in anytime, 8:30am - 5pm Here's your opportunity to experience and experiment with co-working. Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space Halton HiVE, Burlington.  Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.- Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine Random...

  • Meetup #80: Financing and Funding - What Are Your Options? Ask The Experts

    June 14, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (NOTE: early start time) | Halton Hive We’ve invited a panel of experts to help us understand the range of options available to us to help us finance and fund our new and existing businesses. This meetup’s presenting sponsor is BDC. The format is a Q&A style panel and will be moderated by Chris Herbert. The lineup of panelists include those experienced in:...

  • Sr. HR Roundable (May 2016)

    May 2016 | Oakville, ON A learning forum for Senior HR Managment from Technology companies to: Share challenges Share solutions Develop/validate strategies & tactics Reduce risk in decisions Improve quality and speed of decisions Develop a trusted supportive network of peers Ultimately increasing their value and their Human Resource department’s value to the organization. This group meets once per...

  • Spark The Change - 2016 Conference

    June 9 + 10, 2016  |  Ontario Science Centre, Toronto A conference for the whole organization, Spark brings together Agile, HR, Organizational Development and Change Management practitioners under one roof! Trying to introduce change in an organization can be a frustrating and lonely pursuit. Come to Spark. Talk to others who are doing it. Learn from the leading-edge experiments of radical...

Past Events 2015

Past Events 2014

Past Events 2013

Meetup #6 - Silicon Halton Model


Keeping with tradition, Chris and Rick gave a progress overview of the accomplishments since the March meetup:

  • We opened with a round of applause as Silicon Halton reached another milestone today (at Milestones), namely, this was our sixth meetup, the 1/2 year mark!
  • Linkedin membership grew another 20% over last month
  • We annouced two drafts of the Silicon Halton badge.  Members had asked about a logo to place on their business card or web site.  Ttwo versions were submitted for consideration, and everyone was asked to review the drafts found here and vote by May 18.

Another pending milestone is Silicon Halton's first exposure in print with SnapOakvillecoming out to today's event.  Travis from SnapOakville said the story would be in the May 1st edition, distributed in businesses throughout Oakville.

The Program

Rick kicked off the workshop with a very brief presentation on what he learned at Communitech’s EnableU  "How to build a hi tech cluster” event in March.  Noteworthly points were:

  • Silicon Halton is not alone in Ontario, Canada, nor North America.  Every city, town, community and every edge-city is striving to reinvent itself with a tech flair.
  • The belief that Silicon Halton must create a unique value proposition and have audacious ambitions.
  • The need for a Silicon Halton tech ecosystem.

Here is the slidedeck for Rick's prezo:

View more presentations from Silicon Halton.

The prezo nicely led into the workshop where we had people provide input to our business plan.  We asked members for input into:

  • Next 12 Month Objectives
  • SH Value Proposition
  • Types of SH Membership
  • Core offerings to SH members
  • The ugly topic of revenue generation

Results will be shared.



  • We learned of initiative to bring to Oakville in October. You can follow the initative on and Mark Mulholland’s TEDxTwitterFacebook
  • Interesting to have a local person with Provincial-level "politicial asperations" come out and introduce herself.
  • We "Got to better know a Halton hi tech business" of Linda McIntosh.

1000 Words

Words can't do justice to communicate the connectidness and uber networking that is taking place at the events. Slideshow below or see the pix directly here.



The list of people and companies we need to thanked is pleasantly growing, growing to the point were we now risk missing someone. That's a nice problem to have.

  • Thumbs-up to Oakville for the use of their venue.  Milestones is truly a gem of a restaraunt hidden in the back corner of the entertainment complex, directly opposite SilverCity Oakville movie theater.  Check them out.  Milestones
  • Kudos to Travis Riggin @ SnapOakville.com for coming out and snapping some pictures for the Snap Oakville news paper.  We learned that Snap Oakville has a circulation approaching 25,000.  Watch for us in the May edition.
  • Thanks again to Nancy Forsyth's The UPS Store 342 for printing the May flyers (please circulate).
  • Hi-five again to Ryan Gamble for capturing the event in digital stills.

Recap Video

Here's Rick and Chris giving a kick recap on how the night went.

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Past Events 2012


SoloP2P #19

Silicon Halton SoloPreneur #19 [Info | Register]

Dec 20, 2012 Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room), at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville



Silicon Halton CEO P2P [info]

Dec 19, 2012 by invitation



new! Startup CEO P2P #3 [info]

Dec 18, 2012 by invitation


Meetup #38

Holiday Social 2012 [Info | Register]

Dec 11, 2012 Water Street Cooker

Meetup (free)


Silicon Halton CEO P2P [info]

Nov 28, 2012 by invitation


Big Data P2P

Silicon Halton Big Data / Analytics P2P #6  [discuss]

Nov 27, 2012 Dueling Pianos, Oakville



Startup CEO P2P [info]

Nov 27, 2012 by invitation


Demo Night

Silicon Halton & Haltech Demo Night #2 [Register]

Nov 22, 2012 Teatro Conference and Event Centre, Milton. [map]

Demo Night (free)

Solopreneur P2P #18

Silicon Halton SoloPreneur #18 [Info | Register]

Nov 15, 2012 Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room), at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville

P2P (free)

Meetup #37

Pitch Night [ Info | Discuss | Register ]
Powered by the Town of Oakville

Nov 14, 2012

QE Park Community & Cultural Centre,  Oakville

Meetup (free)


iPad mini + your favourite code snippets  [Register]

Nov 6, 2012 William's Coffee Pub, Burlington

P2P (free)


Pitch Camp Breakfast #1 [Info | Register]

Nov 6, 2012 Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room)
Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville [map]

Workshop ($)


Silicon Halton CEO P2P [info]

Oct 24, 2012 by invitation

P2P (free)

Big Data / Analytics P2P

Meetup #5

Oct 23, 2012 Dueling Pianos / Wendel Clarks

P2P (free)

Solo P2P #17

Silicon Halton SoloPreneur #17, Google Adwords [Info | Register]

Oct 18, 2012 Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room), at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville

P2P (free)

Meetup #36

Windows 8 - Take The Tour
[Info | Discuss | Register]

Oct 9, 2012 Emma's Back Porch Meetup (free)

Anniversary Meetup!  [Register]

Oct 9, 2012 Sheridan College

P2P (free)


GHVF Breakfast event: Finding opportunities in Private Equity [ Info Register ]

Oct 3, 2012 Burlington Golf & Country Club, Burlington Partner ($)

Silicon Halton CEO P2P [info]

Sept 26, 2012 by invitation P2P (free)
Big Data / Analytics P2P P2P #4 [ Discussion / Registration ] Sept 25, 2012 Dueling Pianos / Wendel Clark's P2P (free)
SoloP2P #16

Exploring Google Analytics and include Adwords [Register]

Sept 20, 2012 Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room), at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville P2P (free)
Meetup 35

SMB Disaster Recovery Planning [Info | Discuss | Register]

September 11, 2012 Dueling Pianos, Oakville Meetup (free)

App.NET  | Are blocks worth it? | Categories vs. Extensions [Register]

September 11, 2012

Sheridan College (Oakville)

Big Data / Analytics P2P

P2P#3 [Info | Register ]

August 28, 2012 Kings Arms Pub (upstairs)
P2P (free;
SH members only)
Demo Night

Demo Night #1 [ Register ]

August 23, 2012 Teatro Conference and Event Centre - Milton Demo Night
SoloPreneur P2P #14 - Google Analytics Part 2 [Register] August 15, 2012 Hamptons Restaurant, Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville P2P
Meetup 34

Rev Up Your Business With CRM and Marketing Automation [ Info | Discuss | Register ]

August 13, 2012 Ned Devine's, Milton Meetup (free)

iOS Freelancing experiences and tactics  [Register]

August 7, 2012 Williams Coffee Pub, Oakville P2P

 Silicon Halton CEO P2P

July 25, 2012   P2P


Silicon Halton / Haltech Summer Family Picnic [Info | discuss]

July 21, 2012

Bronte Provincial Park Picnic ($)

SoloP2P #14

Google Analytics

July 19, 2012

Hampton Restaurant, Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville P2P

Meetup 33

Networking Un-Meetup [Info | Discuss | Register]

July 10, 2012

Emma's Back Porch, Burlington Meetup (free)


Catch-up (iOS6, WWDC, etc.) [Register]

July 3, 2012

Williams Coffee Pub Burlington P2P (free)


By Invitation [Info]

June 23, 2012

  P2P (free)

Solo #13

SEO for LinkedIn [Info | Register]

June 21, 2012

Hampton's Restaurant, Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville P2P (free)

Meetup 32

Optimizing a Go-To-Market IT Portfolio Mix [Info | Discuss | Register]

June 11, 2012

Dueling Pianos, Oakville Meetup (free)

Agile / Lean P2P

The Influencers Mantra Workshop [Info | Register]

June 8, 2012

e-spot, Oakville P2P (free)


Personal Reflections on Risk versus Return, by Garth Jestley, Deputy Chairman of Middlefield Capital Corporation [Registration]

June 6, 2012

Burlington Golf and Country Club Partner ($)


By Invitation [info]

May 23, 2012

  P2P (free)

Solo P2P #12

Scaling & Outsourcing

May 17, 2012

Oakville, Hampton's Restaurant, Quality Suites Hotel P2P (free)


Snippets, tweaks, and custom controls (take 2) [Register]

May 15, 2012

Williams Coffee Pub, Burlington P2P (free)

Meetup 31

10 UX Methods To Help You Build Great Apps [Info | Discuss | Register]

May 8, 2012

Milton Town Hall, Milton Meetup (free)

Start Up Weekend

 Startup Weekend Hamilton [Info | DiscussHelp Out]

April 27-29, 2012



By invitation [info]

April 26, 2012

  P2P (free)

Solo P2P #11

Understanding Each Other - 5 minute intros

April 19, 2012

Oakville P2P (free)

Meetup 30

Are Technology Professionals Ready for the Future?  [ Info  |  Discuss  |  Register ]

April 10, 2012

Emma's Back Porch Business Growth


Snippets, tweaks, and custom controls. [Register]

April 10, 2012

William's Coffee Pub Burlington P2P


Deloitte's prediction's for tech, media and telcom for 2012. [Register]

April 4, 2012

Burlington Golf and Country Club Partner ($)

Workshop #1

Lean Startup Workshop [Info | Discuss | Register

April 3, 2012

eSpot, Oakville Workshop ($)


By Invitation [Info]

March 22, 2012

Oakville P2P (free)

Agile/Lean P2P #8

Usability and Prototyping [Info | Discuss | Register]

March 20, 2012

Sheridan College - Trafalgar Campus P2P (free)

Solopreneur P2P

Vendor / Supplier Management
[Info | Discuss | Register]

March 15, 2012

Oakville P2P

Meetup 29

Cultural Diversity in Organizations as a Competitive Advantage
[Info | Discuss | Register]

March 13, 2012

Oakville Networking


More codeJam, so bring your macbooks [Register]

March 6, 2012

Oakvile P2P

Startup Weekend (pre-event)

Leap into Startup weekend Hamilton

Feb 28, 2012

Parlour Room, Baltimore House NA

Meetup 28

Top 10 Government Tax Credits & Incentives Your Tech Business Needs To Know About
[Info | Discuss | Register]

  1. 14, 2012
Ned Devines, Milton Business Optimization

Meetup 27

Meetup #27: Reaching the 800 Million
[Info | Discuss]

Jan 10, 2012

Emma's Back Porch

Technology Innovation

Past Events 2011



iPad mini + your favourite code snippets  [Register]

Nov 6, 2012

William's Coffee Pub, Burlington

P2P (free)


Pitch Camp Breakfast #1 [Info | Register]

Nov 6, 2012

Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room)
Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville [map]

Workshop ($)


Silicon Halton CEO P2P [info]

Oct 24, 2012

by invitation

P2P (free)

Meetup 26

Why Your Startup Isn't Getting Funded and How To Change It
[Info | Discuss]

Dec 13, 2011

Dueling Pianos / Wendel Clark's

Business Growth

Soloprenuer peer2peer #7

Branding & Logos

Nov 17, 2011

Hamptons Restaurant, Oakville P2P

Meetup 25

Leverage LinkedIn To Recruit Top Talent For Your Business

Nov 8, 2011

Ned Devines, Milton


Meetup 24

Tackling Technology In Your Business Plan

Oct 11, 2011

Emma's Back Porch

Business Optimization

Agile/Lean peer2peer

Agile Peer-to-peer group

Oct 5, 2011

Boston Pizza, Oakville


TechArts peer2peer

Creative Commons Licensing & Copyright

Sept 28, 2011

Boston Pizza, Oakville



Learn more about this P2P Group

Sept 22, 2011

Oakville NA


Web Marketing (SEO/SEM)

Sept 15, 2011

Hamptons Restaurant, Oakville NA

Meetup 23

From An Idea To The App Store

Sept 13, 2011

Artisanos, Oakville


Meetup 22

Creating High Differentiation
With Evidence Based Selling

 Aug 9, 2011

Ned Devines, Milton

Business Growth

Meetup 21

Is Social Networking Good
for Business? Heck Ya!

July 12, 2011

Emma's Back Porch, Burlington


Meetup 20

Agile 101: Achieving Business Agility

June 14, 2011

Sheridan College, Oakville


Meetup 19

Open Data - Turning Public Data Into
Useful, Actionable Information

May 10, 2011

Ned Devines, Milton


CEO peer2peer

Inaugural Meeting


Meetup 18

VC Pitching 101

April 18, 2011

Emma's Back Porch, Burlington

Business Growth

Meetup 17

Take Charge Of Your Career

March 8, 2011

eSpot, Oakville


Meetup 16

Knowledge Management +
The Evolution Of The Social Workplace

February 8, 2011

Ned Devines, Milton


Meetup 15

Window Phone 7

January 11, 2011

Emma's Back Porch, Burlington


Past Events 2009 - 2010


Meetup 14

Hi Tech Entry Into The USA

December 14, 2010

Sheridan College, Oakville

Business Growth

Meetup 13

Top 10 LinkedIn Tips & Powerful Networking

November 16, 2010

Ned Devines, Milton


Meetup 12

Our 1 Year Anniversary!

October 19, 2010

Philthy McNasty's, Oakville


Meetup 11

Another Unmeetup

September 21, 2010

Emma's Back Porch, Burlington


Meetup 10

The Unmeetup

August 17, 2010

Hugh Foster Hall, Milton


Meetup 9

The Journey Continues

July 20, 2010

e-spot, Oakville


Meetup 8

Transcending Geography and Generations

June 22, 2010

Cedar Springs Racquet Club


Meetup 7

Member Involvement

May 18, 2010

Ned Devines, Milton


Meetup 6

Silicon Halton Model

April 20, 2010

Milestones, Burlington


Meetup 5

Networking and Knowledge Sharing

March 23, 2010

Philthy McNasty's, Burlington


Meetup 4

Growth, Growth, Growth

February ??, 2010

Ned Devines, Milton


Meetup 3

What Will Silicon Halton Become?

January 16, 2010

Boston Pizza, Oakville


Meetup 2

Living and Working In Halton

December 10, 2009

Williams Coffee Pub, Burlington


Meetup 1

Here We Go....

November 10, 2009

Williams Coffee Pub, Oakville


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