Analytics Roadshow tomorrow



When: Wednesday October 26th 2016 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

Organizer: TDWI Toronto Chapter



Dear Toronto Chapter BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Toronto/GTHA Chapter meeting on Wednesday, October 26th. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our speakers will be DW/BI end-users reporting on their success and lessons learned implementing various BI tools or projects. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast, Networking and Registration

9:00– 9:15 a.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business & Sponsor #1

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Presentation: Topic #1 Data Centricity and BI/Analytic Trends
Todd Walters is the Chief Technologist for Teradata across the Americas region

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Break and Networking & Sponsor #2

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presentation: Topic #2 Viewing Data-Driven Success through a Capability Lens
Mark Peco, CBIP is an experienced consultant, educator, manager and analyst, and also a faculty member of TDWI

12.00 p.m. – 1.00 pm

Sponsor #3, Lunch Break and Networking

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion – “Business Intelligence Challenges faced by Small & Medium Enterprises & How to Overcome Them”
Host & Moderator: Mary-Jane Jarvis – Vice President Xenex Inc

  • Todd Walters – Teredata
  • Mark Peco – TDWI Faculty Member
  • Robert Snoyer – CopperStone Connect

2.15 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Q & A, Closing Note

12.00 p.m. – 4.00 pm

Mini Tradeshow & Networking
1. SAS Canada
2. Qlik
4. Queens University (Master of Management Analytics)

Internet of Things meetup tomorrow



When: Wednesday October 26th 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things Meetup



I don’t have anyone scheduled to speak yet and I really don’t want to talk for the whole night last I did last time. I’ll be giving a guest lecture at Guelph University that week so I’ll be all talked out. If anyone is interested in doing a talk please let me know. Even if you just want to talk for a couple of minutes and show off something you’ve done, that’s okay. Also, suggestions for talks would be welcome. We are now over 100 members, so there has to be someone besides myself who can talk. Pleez 😀

And don’t forget there will be great refreshments provided by our sponsor Web Age Solutions. Thanks.


Agile meetup this Thursday



When: Thursday October 27th 2016 at 6:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Agile Project Management Meetup



Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other Agile people, scrum masters, product owners, project managers, developers and more in and around Hamilton area!

Let’s share some time exchanging topics, experiences, doubts, methodologies and all around this amazing Agile journey!!!

Parking beside the pub

PS: Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or doubts about it.


Mohawk Innovation building receives record donation



The Joyce Family Foundation is donating $5 million towards construction of the Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk’s Fennell campus.

The single largest donation ever made to Mohawk will support the largest renewal of labs and classrooms in the college’s 50-year history. The cornerstone of the renewal project is the 90,000-square-foot centre that will feature state-of-the-art labs where students and faculty work alongside industry partners on applied research projects.

In recognition of the record-setting donation, the newest addition to the college will be named The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. Mohawk President Ron McKerlie unveiled the name at a ceremony this morning attended by Joyce Family Foundation trustees Grant and Steven Joyce.

The Joyce Family Foundation first made history at Mohawk in 2013 with the single largest donation to the college in support of student bursaries. The $1.5 million donation established full-tuition Ron Joyce Access Bursaries for up to 20 students a year from priority neighbourhoods in Hamilton.

“The Joyce Family Foundation is a great supporter of the education and training at Mohawk College. We are proud to be part of the student learning and creativity that will emerge from the new Partnership & Innovation Centre and influence the region.” – Ron Joyce

“The Joyce Family Foundation is once again making history at Mohawk with the single largest donation to our college. The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will be a game-changer for our students, our industry partners and the regional economy. Mohawk will be educating more technology students than ever before and putting them to work with industry partners on job-creating and prosperity-building applied research projects.” – Mohawk College President Ron


  • Mohawk will invest $45.25 million over the next two years to build and renovate 120,000 square feet of technology labs and classrooms at the Fennell campus.
  • The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will be the region’s first net-zero energy institutional building. The Canada Green Building Council has selected The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation as a national pilot project to demonstrate its new net-zero carbon standard and validation process.
  • Construction on The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will be substantially complete by Spring 2018, with the doors opening to students and industry partners for the Fall 2018 term.
  • Once the renewal project is complete, enrolment in Mohawk’s technology programs will grow from 3,500 to 4,500 full-time students and applied research activity will increase by 50 per cent.
  • The Government of Canada’s $20 million investment in The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is the largest federal infrastructure grant in Mohawk’s history.


Maureen O’Neill, Foundation Administrator, The Joyce Family Foundation, 905.336.6993,

Jay Robb, Director of Communications for Mohawk College, 905.979.8893,


IBM workshop at McMaster this Friday



When: Friday October 21st at 5:30PM

Where: Commerce Lounge @ McMaster University at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton

Organizer: Degroote AIS



IBM & BRUHA ARE COMING TO MCMASTER on Friday, October 21st at 5:30PM in the COMMERCE LOUNGE!!

IBM will host a workshop where students will work together to solve a case utilizing innovative technology. Groups will identify a problem, then come up with a solution and value proposition. Which they will later present to IBM & BRUHA!


AIS memberships will be sold at the event for $5!


Hacking Health Hamilton meetup at MEDIC



When: Wednesday October 26th 2016 at 6:30pm

Where: Mohawk College at 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton



Our first meetup of the fall season will be Wednesday, Oct 26, hosted by the new Technology Access Centre in Digital Health at MEDIC, Mohawk College!

Mohawk just received a $1.75 million investment from the Government of Canada to create a Technology Access Centre.

Set to open in January 2017, Mohawk’s Technology Access Centre in Digital Health will draw on the expertise of more than 30 faculty, staff and students working in the college’s award-winning mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC). The team will work with small and medium-size companies to design, build, test and implement digital health technologies and also deliver customized training.

Want to know what Mohawk has done and will do to earn this incredible grant? Come to the meetup!

More details TBA.


GameDevDrinks – Game Demo Night this Wednesday



When: Wednesday October 19th 2016 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks



Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, Oct 19th for a night of good times and good cheer. This month we are doing something a little different. We are having our first ever Game Demo Night. Studios from around the GTHA will have their latest games on display for everyone to play.

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and play the newest indie titles the GTHA has to offer. Also, you can chat with all the developers, share your feedback on their games, or just hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Oh yah. We will have some give-a-ways too.





… More to come.

GrimJam game jam at McMaster Innovation Park this month



When: Saturday October 29th 2016

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Thrive Games (@Thrive905)



Here at the studio, October has a special place in our hearts. The leaves changing their colours which make that satisfying crunch sound when walked upon, those awful horror movies that I can’t stop watching that emerge from the depths of Netflix, the ideal sweater weather, the lack of judgement passed about the copious amount of sugary Halloween snacks consumed all month long, there’s a new episode of “Treehouse of Horror” which I can’t wait to watch, and of course, the pumpkin spice…everything, plus it’s socially acceptable to play dress up as a fully grown adult!

Let’s face it, October rules. As such, we’d like to celebrate this wonderful time of year with all of our GameDev friends – So get ready for the most spooktacular GameJam in Hamilton!

GrimJam is a 24-hour GameJam held at our offices in the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton on October 29th and 30th with a specific focus on creating horror/spooky games. The event will be extremely casual and goofy (as seen by the sign up page) but prizes will be awarded to the best projects created during this 24-hour period.

We will provide the space, power, internet, snacks, prizes, and offer up some guidance if you get stuck during the jam. The event is COMPLETELY FREE so sign up here to confirm your spot in the jam:

ps. costumes are not mandatory, but will get you bonus points on judging

pps. get SPOOKED!


First ever F#ck up Friday event October 21st



When: Friday October 21st 2016 from 8:00am – 10:00am

Where: CoMotion 302 at 302 Cumberland Avenue Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: CoMotion 302



bronwynEver feel like you are doing everything wrong while everyone else has got it right? That’s where F#ck Up Fridays come in. It allows entrepreneurs to share their stories of where they “f#cked up” and what they learned from it.

Everyone gets to share their stories and swap ideas. Once a month will feature a different keynote speaker and then open discussions. Meet with others and remind yourself you aren’t a F#ck Up.

Join us for the inaugural session October 21, with Keynote Speaker Bronwyn Mondoux.

Some of the topics covered include:

– HR Practices, contracts, and documentation

– Red flags & when to walk away

– Pricing structure & getting PAID!

– Confidence & Control (when it’s worth it, and when you let it go)

Breakfast will start at 8am with time for networking, then Bronwyn starts at 8:30!


Thoughts on hiring – alumni pride



Previous “Thoughts on hiring” articles


In the first article in this series I made note of how Hamilton’s industry has been referred to by some as a minor league, where developers and technical talent work for a few years before moving up to Toronto, K-W, or elsewhere.

One way to approach this problem is to flip it on its head. Isn’t it a great thing that firms can take a rookie developer (typically a co-op student or fresh grad) and turn them into an experienced developer? Imagine if firms weren’t doing this.

Value is being created in the form of workforce development, but it’s not being captured by one of the parties involved in the creation of the value. It isn’t being captured by the firm that offers the training, professional development, and experience that gets the rookie to the more experienced level.

And it should go without saying that the developer themselves staying late, putting in unpaid extra hours on projects, etc, has a lot to do with their own success and development… all the power to them in commanding a better wage. But if the firm can’t afford to keep them onboard, how can the firm still capture some of this value too?

I can tell you that top notch post-secondary students target some specific companies by name, inside and outside of town, because they know they’ll be offered great opportunities for professional development. As a result the companies with these reputations attract great rookie talent, keep them for a few years and make them even better, and then bring in the next wave of great talent.

The academic in me can’t help being reminded of how professors will list their previous grad students on their webpage, along with what the students did afterwards (took a postdoc at Harvard, R&D lab at IBM, etc.). It’s a way for them to attract the next wave of slave labo…, er, hungry grad students.

Companies can do this too. Check out Differential in Cincinnati that lists their “alumni” along with their current team:




Developing a reputation as a great stepping stone isn’t a bad thing, and neither is advertising it openly. Alumni pride is a good thing!