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.


How Will Technology Disruption Impact Halton Businesses?


On April 24th, we'll be hosting the first of our Round Table Dinner Conversation Series with Silicon Halton members and special guests. This first one is an experiment to see if participants get value out of the conversation and overall experience with a test group of active Silicon Halton members.. The dinner is "sold out" so on all accounts things are looking positive. Future dinners will be announced publicly, so stay tned for future dinners.

Being held at Oakville’s Seasons Restaurant we'll focus on Tech Disruption/Disruptive Innovation with a bit of a twist. We're going to have a free wheeling discussion about it in the context of the risks and opportunities technology disruption represents to us here in Halton region. Things like:

  • What are the emerging trends most likely to be disruptive over the next five years?

  • What should we be tracking to make sure we catch disruption quickly when it touches our markets?

  • Where are we likely to find opportunities to disrupt?

  • What other ways are there to profit from disruption?

  • What do we need to do to watch out for the risks?

Reema Duggal and I will be hosting this particular dinner and Rick Wolfe from PostStone, a world class facilitator, will work his magic in making the conversation interesting.  As a backdrop for this conversation we have the following to draw from:

Gartner’s Hypecycle

Various technology analyst firms project where technology is heading, stalling, thriving and dying. The Hypecycle is what Gartner uses to educate us where they see key technologies from a market adoption and acceptance perspective. The graph below is Gartner’s Hypecycle for Emerging Technologies in 2013.

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Deloitte’s TMT Predictions

Duncan Stuart has his finger on the pulse of trends in technology. His annual report is another interesting conversation starter on technology adoption, disruption and the future.

Forrester's Top 15 Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now To 2018

What’s interesting about this post is the question they asked when researching technology disruption and innovation. They asked 216 Enterprise Architects what technologies they thought would have the greatest impact on their business. Here’s how they answered:

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Read more about the findings of Forrester’s Emerging Technologies survey and the interesting comments that asking about emerging technologies not mentioned including 3D printing and Internet of Things.

Want To Participate or Host A Future Dinner?

The tech community in Halton is very strong.  At Silicon Halton, we've just had our 1000th member sign up.  Our members are living locally and doing business globally.  Get to know them.  If you’re interested in participating or hosting, or sponsoring a dinner contact us.


Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 Agency 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 co-founder of ProductCamp Toronto and the Hi-tech community Silicon Halton. He tweets under the handle@B2Bspecialist.

CEO Peer-2-Peer (April 2013)

April 24, 2013 | By Invitation 

A self-directed group, administered by Silicon Halton, the group decides the monthly topic in order to provide the most timely and best value to them. The purpose is to help CEOs make better decisions faster in order to grow their hi tech business. Ultimately, they will build stronger companies and stronger ICT cluster in Halton Region. Membership is by invitation. Learn more here.

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Meetup #55: Canada's Anti Spam Legislation

May 13, 2014 | Burlington Hive, Burlington


Eventbrite - Canada's NEW Anti-Spam Legislation - Silicon Halton Meetup #55

On July 1, 2014 the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes in to effect. CASL applies to all Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs) being sent by you and your organization. It is the strictest anti-spam legislation with hefty fines being levied both to individual and corporate offenders in the amounts of $1M and $10M respectively.

The legislation will impact how and who you send CEMs to customers, prospects and partners. It will require you and your company to manage your communications practices differently when communicating on mass and individually. The legislation verbage that outlines the dos and don'ts can be confusing and ambiguous! At this meetup we will have three subject matter experts providing their interpretations and advice on how to ensure you comply with CASL and benefit from this new legislation.

There will be a 30 minute keynote presentation followed by a panel session.  The goal is to provide you with a good understanding of the law, what you'll need to do in order to comply and how.


Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Matt VernhoutMatthew Vernhout | Inbox Marketer

Mathew is the Chief Privacy Officer/Manager of Deliverability at Inbox Marketer. He is responsible for ensuring that Inbox Marketer's clients continue to achieve industry-leading deliverability and that they comply with all current and future privacy regulations including CAN-SPAM, PIPEDA and Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). @EmailKarma


Richard Bolton 100x100Richard Bolton  |  Centricity 360

As President of Centricity360, Richard Bolton is an independent consultant specializing in small business growth. Working one on one with his clients in a coaching capacity he first seeks to understand their business then, develops strategies and tactics to produce results. Focusing on internet marketing strategies, online selling techniques, increasing customer value and implementing value added technologies. He works with business owners, professionals, and organizations as a trusted advisor producing dynamic business growth. @Centricity360

GrantBuchanTerrellGrant Buchan-Terrell  |  gbt Law

Grant offers advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, with focus on buying and selling a business, resolution of shareholder disputes, financings, mentoring IT startups and advising not-for-profits. You can catch Grant’s small business tweets @OntBizAttorney and visit his website.


ChrisHerbertChris Herbert | Silicon Halton & Mi6 Agency

Chris Herbert is the co-founder of Silicon Halton and founder and CMO of Mi6 Agency. For Silicon Halton he focuses on evolving the community and the Silicon Halton business model so it continues to deliver value through engaging online and offline experiences, individual and business growth for members and the overall economic development of the technology industry for all of us in Halton Region. Follow Chris on Twitter.


Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Business Optimization
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

Pre & Post-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.



If you registered, you can see who also attended here. The Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. 

Eventbrite - Canada's NEW Anti-Spam Legislation - Silicon Halton Meetup #55


P.S. If you are unable to attend this evening meetup but are interested in the topic, you can attend a 7:30 am morning session put on by BitNet at the same location on the same day.


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