November2017 Blockchain

November 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Milton Educational Village Innovation Center

"The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." - Don Tapscott.

Blockchain technology has been hailed as everything from the renaissance of money to the new internet. Early adopters are looking for ways to apply the technology, with use cases currently focused on financial services at the industry level, and even in terms of new forms of governance at the discipline level. This meetup aims to present an overview of this fascinating technology.

Blockchain - Changing The World Around Us

 Join us on November 14, 2017 at the Milton Education Village Innovation Center to learn more about Blockchain technology, including:

  • What is Blockchain technology and why does it matter to the world? Is it really the new Internet?
  • Key aspects of Blockchain technology you need to know - trust, peer to peer systems, cryptography, cryptocurrency, immutability, and consensus.
  • The threat of disruption - and why banks really got involved.
  • Understanding the challenges and constraints of Blockchain technology. What makes a good blockchain use case?
  • Introducing Blockchain for developers - how to get started.
  • Finally - insights from ETHWaterloo: the world's largest Ethereum hackathon.



Guy Pearce
Managing Partner: REData Performance Consulting and Board Director: IIBA

Guy Pearce (BSc, BCom, MBA) has served on various Boards in Banking, Financial Services and Retail over the last decade, as well as on their Risk, Audit, Governance and Credit Committees. He has also served as CEO of a multinational operation serving 100,000 customers in three countries with a staff complement of 700. He has published numerous articles and presented numerous keynotes on various aspects of governance, risk, IT and data around the world, and is interested in the competitive transformation potential and governance implications of Big Data, IoT, and Blockchain. His $94.95 million big data case study is an example of a practical outcome of this interest.  


Denys Linkov
University of Toronto Computer Science Student / Tech Under Twenty Lead

Denys is a third year student at the University of Toronto studying Computer Science. He enjoys reading, discussing and exploring everything related to tech, including Blockchain and Bitcoin. Denys leads the Silicon Halton Tech Under Twenty initiative and has interned at two Halton companies - Geotab and VL Omni over the last few summers. Denys has been selected as a participant in EthWaterloo - the world's largest Ethereum hackathon.  He will be joining 300 other ambitious developers for the opportunity to build the decentralized future and work alongside the inventors of Ethereum.  He will be sharing his insights and experiences about the hackathon.

The Venue

Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | 555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)

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December 13 & December 14 | 2017

Canada’s most anticipated conference of digital infrastructure transformation. Digital transformation is accelerating into the zettabyte era of the Internet-of-Everything, the connected Canada 4.0 economy. The mission-critical data center, telecom, and cloud infrastructure underpinning this rapid change is explored in depth here.

This event brings together senior-level business executives and technology and engineering professionals who are the decision-makers accountable for designing, building, managing and operating the full infrastructure ecosystem that makes business transformation possible.

From smart energy "in", to the software-defined network edge "out", the purpose-built, smart, efficient, connected, resilient and secure data center is ground-zero for digital transformation. This conference is designed to help those designing the digital future of their enterprises to tackle both the strategic and operational challenges posed by the relentless barrage of new, disruptive business drivers impacting the smart, digital factory of the future.

Learn more about the:

Silicon Halton Members get in free.  Watch for your invite in the mid November newsletter.

Friday, December 15, 2017  |  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 opportunities and discoveries that arise from interactions with others – play a large role in coworking
- from Working in the UnOffice from Night Owls Press

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions, the random opportunities, that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable interactions with other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce discoveries, economic and/or professional growth.

If you work in home office or small office, can you afford not to come?

Lunch & Learn? Maybe

Interested in delivering a 1hr lunch & learn presentation? Contact Rick Stomphorst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Choose your own window

What time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for the Lunch & Learn, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.

About The HiVE

HaltonHive logo 300xThe Halton HiVE is an open concept office space reengineered for IT professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Those in the tech space know that “collisions”, unplanned interfacing between IT, Digital Media, ecommerce, etc., professionals often produce economic and/or professional growth. Read more about The HiVE here.

Learn more about the Burlington HiVE here: and follow @HaltonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members ($39 value each). 

Location: Halton HiVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line & Harvester Rd. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door

September2017 InternetOfThings

September 26, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Halton HiVE, Burlington

Over the past three years, Silicon Halton cofounder, Chris Herbert has been researching the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and has engaged with many entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists to assess the market opportunity for his ventures, clients and for Silicon Halton members. 


  • Audience: Entrepreneurs, consultants, hardware and software developers
  • Review of IIoT market growth and platforms
  • Early stage use cases
  • Key insights learned from one on one discussions with IIoT companies and IIoT Symposium event
  • New IoT initiatives for Silicon Halton community

Technology companies are bringing to market IoT/IIoT (industrial IoT) "platforms" and a host of "smart" solutions such as smart cities, smart grid, smart farming, smart this and smart that.  According to a study by Verizon the internet of things is poised to transform virtually every major market sector, growing to more than 5.4 billion connections by 2020. Some say the internet of things is more hype than reality while others say the contrary. And, there are plenty of predictions on the growth of the IoT/IIoT market. Too many perhaps!

There's a lot of noise, hype and confusion in the market. What's an IIoT platform? What's an LP Wan network and why is it important for IoT adoption and acceleration? Should Silicon Halton members invest time, money and effort in developing skills, expertise, products and services for the IoT/IIoT market? 

During this meetup you will:

  • Get a better understanding of the market. We’ll separate the hype from real world facts, use cases and identify potential opportunities for Silicon Halton tech entrepreneurs, developers and the SH membership
  • Identify some of the key players, including local Canadian companies, in the IoT/IIoT market that you should know about and why
  • identify key compelling reasons why companies are adopting IoT/IIoT solutions and in what industries and the IoT adoption path
  • Network, eat some pizza and have conversations with entrepreneurs and subject matter experts in the IoT/IIoT space

Schedule / Format

  • 6:30 pm: Registration, Pizza, Networking & Silicon Halton announcements
  • 7:00 pm: Interactive presentation with additional subject matter experts and meetup attendees
  • 8:00 pm: Panel Q&A
  • 8:30 pm: Informal Q&A, networking and demos (stay tuned). We’ll head out when the last person leaves the room!


Chris Herbert, Ventures: Silicon Halton | TechIgniters | Mi6 Agency

Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and the new TechIgniters™ an Excelerater™ for Tech Entrepreneurs in Halton Region. Over the past three years he’s extensively researched the IoT/IIoT market and worked with some of the pioneers in IoT including Oakville based Maps BI (acquired by Geotab in 2016), SkyHawk Telematics and Geotab.  He’s covered McRock Capital’s IIoT Symposium over the past three years including the 2017 event held this past May.

Panelists, Entrepreneurs and Subject Matter Experts

Craig Stark, IoT Foundry | Ben Zimmer, Enable Education | Mike Branch, Geotab | Johnny Ramoutar, SensorSuite

The Venue

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

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October2017 Top10B2BSalesSecrets

THURSDAY, October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper

Are you in Business to Business (B2B) sales? Do you primarily sell technology related solutions or products?  Do you find it's getting harder and taking longer to close sales? Then this meetup is for you.

Top 10 B2B Sales Secrets

Join us on October 19, 2017 at O'Finns Irish Temper to learn about the Top 10 B2B Sales Secrets that will help you learn how to improve your conversations with potential customers and increase your sales success rate.

You'll learn how to: build stronger and more natural rapport with the prospect; uncover the prospect's true buying motivations; avoid price objections; better understand the prospect's decision process; and close deals without pressuring the prospect.  

The Top 10 B2B Sales Secrets agenda includes:

  • Who people buy from
  • The 70/30 rule
  • No pain means No sale
  • Sell to VITO
  • Nobody has a budget 
  • Price is not a 4-letter word
  • Decision process, not decision maker
  • Let the customer do the selling
  • Diffuse bombs before they explode
  • Don’t grow happy ears


Craig Desbrisay - Director of Sales, Audaxium

Craig DesBrisay has been selling B2B technology solutions for 18+ years. As an introvert by personality and an Engineer by training, the Sales role didn't come easy for Craig. However, after many roles including: Director of Sales at Audaxium (selling professional services), Director of Sales at PointClickCare (selling software), Sales Training / Coaching at Sandler Sales Institute, and Director of Marketing at Javelin (selling software), Craig has adopted processes and strategies that make sales much easier and more enjoyable.

Check out his profile on Linkedin - Craig Desbrisay


The Venue

The Whiskey Lounge, O'Finn's Irish Temper  |  136 Church St, Oakville, ON L6J 1M9  |  Google Map




SoftwarePeer2Peer2017 3

Monday, October 23rd at 7pm | Indellient Inc - 2630 Bristol Cir #100, Oakville, ON 

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This meetup topic will be on Web Development with React. React is a JavaScript library created by Facebook which uses a declarative, component-based approach to UI development. We'll discuss the JSX templating language for generating UI content, and we'll also have a demo / walkthrough of a practical application.

Thanks to our friends at Indellient Inc. for providing the space for this meetup! 


Hope to see you there!


For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:  

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FRIDAY February 17,| 9am - 10:30am

We'll be diving into Traction Marketing by brainstorming, then selecting 3 traction methods that one member will execute on for 30 days (until the March meetup).  Make sure you watch the Traction Marketing post here: before coming in order for a chance to have your business selected.

This is an open group targeting the Solopreneurs in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

Learn more about the Solo Peer-2-Peer here.

Where: Halton Hive,  [map]

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