Digital Dynasty Design releases Lists by Design



Hamilton-based firm Digital Dynasty Design has released the following Lists by Design extension for Google Chrome – check out the details below!



Lists by Design is a dedicated lists extension, that can help boost your productivity as you browse your favourite websites. Whenever you find a webpage that you’d like to save for later, instead of saving a bookmark, you can use Lists by Design. After clicking on the icon, Lists by Design automatically prepares your list entry with the URL and title of your active tab. From there you can add an optional price and/or description. After adding your item, Lists by Design automatically formats your information into easy-to-read list entries, and even features multiple lists for even more organization.

Main Features

* Material inspired interface and UI elements
* Automatically “grabs” your active tab’s URL and title for simplicity
* Up to six fully-customizable lists to organize your information
* Check-off, re-order, edit, and delete your list entries
* Your lists sync across your various chrome sessions (you must be signed in to the various chrome browser sessions)

Version 0.1 Information
This extension has gone through a variety of changes and testing in a small group of private alpha testers to try and prepare it for the

Chrome Web Store. It is currently in its first public release, so if you have any feedback, or notice any bugs, please let us know.

Since this is the first public release, we do have some features planned for future versions, however, depending on how the extension is

received and the feedback that we get, they are not guaranteed. Some of these future considerations include:

* Exporting lists into PDF, and possibly other, file formats
* Sharable lists
* Notification for restoring the last item deleted
* Display saved website’s icon as part of each list item
* Support for most major currency symbols (€, £, ¥, руб, etc.)
* More List icons

If you want any of these features, or think up some other ones, please let us know.


Ontario investing $20 million in health innovation



The government is adopting all six recommendations from the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) to support more Ontario-made health technologies, improve patient care and spur economic growth.

As proposed in the 2015 Ontario budget, the government will:

  • Create a dedicated Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist to champion Ontario as a centre for health technology innovation
  • Establish a new $20 million Health Technology Innovation Evaluation Fund to support made-in-Ontario technologies
  • Use newly created Innovation Broker positions to connect innovators and researchers with opportunities in the health care system
  • Streamline the adoption of health care innovations across the health system 
  • Shift to procurement practices that focus on outcomes, such as fewer hospital readmissions and the long-term value of medical devices
  • Invest in the assessment of emerging innovative health technologies to get those products to market faster.

Investing in Ontario’s health technology innovations is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.


Quick Facts

  • OHIC delivered its report, The Catalyst, to the government in late 2014.
  • Ontario is the third-largest hub for biotech and the fourth largest biomedical research centre in North America.
  • Ontario’s medical devices sector employs more than 17,000 people in 900 manufacturing firms, accounting for 49 per cent of total Canadian medical devices employment.


Background Information


Additional Resources



Dr. Eric Hoskins

“Today’s announcement recognizes the depth of innovation that exists here in Ontario, and its role both in transforming our health care system and in improving the patient experience. With the support of Ontario’s new Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, those ideas and inventions will make their way into our health care system–be it a hospital, a doctor’s office, or a long-term care home–to change the way we deliver care for the benefit of patients. It’s a win for Ontario’s patients, a win for the health care system, and a win for Ontario’s economy.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“I am proud of the incredible research capacity and innovative talent we have fostered in our province. The implementation of the council’s recommendations will seize the opportunity to leverage these strengths for the benefit of not only our health care system, but our economy. Expanding our health technology sector will support job creation, increase the sustainability of the health system, and lead to tangible benefits for all Ontarians.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research and Innovation

David Orazietti

“By focussing more on the value of health outcomes when procuring related solutions, we can ignite the market for innovative health care technology in Ontario. We will continue to work with key stakeholders through our Innovation Procurement Initiative in order to develop a leading procurement approach for the province. Our government is committed to providing Ontarians with the best and most efficient care possible, and these initiatives will help further support patient care and facilitate long-term cost savings.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Government and Consumer Services


“I am very excited about the Ontario Government’s bold response to our council recommendations, which will be pivotal in enabling person-centred care, creating a more sustainable health care system and supporting a growing economy. By putting innovation at the core of our health care system, we will empower the brightest minds and talented entrepreneurs to find new solutions that will enable people to manage their wellness and interact with clinicians in more effective ways.”

Dr. Dave Williams

Chair of the Ontario Health Innovation Council and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket


Media Contacts

  • Media Line

    Toll-free: 1-888-414-4774

    GTA: 416-314-6197

  • David Jensen

    Communications and Marketing Division


  • Shae Greenfield

    Minister's Office


  • For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline

    (Toll-free in Ontario only)



Thoughts on the 2015 BiG DiFIZEN of the Year Award!

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IMG_20150507_203111Perhaps few of us really know what it’s like to be recognized by your community – in this case the #HamOnt Startup community for your contributions to the whole ecosystem!

But again last night, our Innovation Factory presented the 2015 Mark Chamberlain BigDifIZEN of the Year award to Jay Rosenblatt! Kudos Jay….an honor well worth acknowledging!

As you can see the pix below, it was again a big nite for the whole Startup community and the cities “movers & shakers” were mostly all there…and it was a great evening gala!

While the speeches were short and oh-so-to-the-point, I’d like to congratulate Dave Carter – CEO of the Innovation Factory for his strong support of the #HamOnt Starup community – and Mark Chamberlain who was truly one of the first citizens to get our community started and up and running! Kudos to you both!


So…as I’ve said before…it was a great night for #HamOnt…a great gala and yes, truly a great winner….hat’s off to Mark Chamberlain himself for his leadership in getting the city moving towards it’s renewal and to our Innovation Factory for their sheparding of same….we truly do live in a great community…and judging by our latest DiFIZEN of the Year, it’s only going to be that much better, eh!


Mabel’s Labels Launches Redesigned Website

mabelslabelsHamilton, Ontario – May 11, 2015– Mabel’s Labels, the award-winning market leader for labels for the stuff kids lose®, today announced the launch of its new website, The new site, which went live on May 4, 2015, now features a refreshed look, along with new user functions to make purchasing the durable, personalized labels and brand-consumer interaction a more seamless and engaging experience.

“We are proud of Mabel’s Labels’ new brand website and the enhanced experience it will provide our customers,“ says Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. “Not only does it simplify our e-commerce platform, it allows us to better connect to our valued customers on a more interactive level and keep up with the needs and on-demand purchasing habits of our customers.”

Mabel’s Labels new website experience includes a redesigned home page with user-friendly navigation as well as simplified pages and product builder. While the products everyone knows and love will stay the same, some have been designated with more directive product names. The site has also been mobile optimized, using elegant responsive design, so customers can purchase from their mobile devices with even more ease.

For personalization, customers can now choose from four different fonts: classic, modern, rounded and script, and most labels will be offered in a choice of 6 solid color palettes, including 3 brand new palettes. New icon choices including fox, hedgehog, sloth, panda, giraffe, and lion will also launch along with the redesigned website.

To enhance the user experience, customer login and account management tools have also been revamped. Customers now have the option to create an account, view order histories, take advantage of quick re-orders, adjust newsletter subscription information, track gift card usage, and more. For further brand interaction, customers can also leave reviews and access a live Twitter feed on the site’s homepage.

For more information on Mabel’s Labels, please visit

About Mabel’s Labels

Mabel’s Labels is the award-winning creator of durable “labels for the stuff kids lose!”®. Created by four moms frustrated by their children’s belongings leaving home, never to return, the brand offers classic and special-edition collections of the very best personalized, waterproof name labels and tags possible. Since 2003, Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award- winning, celebrity-loved phenomenon, with their line expanding to include child safety products, household labels and seasonal items. They sell worldwide and across North America via their e-commerce site, fundraisers at schools, daycares, camps and other organizations.

Mabel’s Labels has been featured on The View, Today, The Early Show, Rachael Ray, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, Parents, In Style, The Washington Post, Huffington Post,, and countless blogs and websites. The brand was named to’s list of 20 Awesome Facebook Fan Pages and Hubspot’s The 15 Best Facebook Pages You’ve Ever Seen. Celebrity moms who have used Mabel’s Labels include Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Heidi Klum and Reese Witherspoon. For more information, visit


Media launch for first ever Hamilton Mini Maker Faire



The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and Hammer City Makers invite Hamilton media to a preview of Hamilton’s first Mini Maker Faire coming to Hamilton in June.

The museum will be host a Media Launch On Sat. May 9th at 10 a.m. to announce their upcoming Mini Maker Faire.

The event will provide a preview of the June 21st Maker Faire and hopefully generate interest from local vendors and makers to participate.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The inaugural Maker Faire was hosted in 2006 by Maker Media (publishers of Make Magazine). Since then, the event has grown worldwide. In 2013, 98 independently-produced Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Paris, Santiago, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.

WHAT: Media launch for Hamilton’s Mini Maker Faire to provide a preview of what to expect at the June 21 Maker Faire, Displays and demonstrations will include home-built arcade consoles and a 5-foot tall robot serving refreshments.

WHERE: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, 900 Woodward Ave. 1913 building

WHEN: Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.

For more information about the Hamilton Maker Faire, please visit:

For more information about the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, please visit:, email,
or call (905) 546-4797.

Ontario investing $25 million in startups



The government is partnering with private investors and business leaders to create Scale Up Ventures, a new venture capital fund designed to support Ontario’s most promising start-ups through a unique combination of investment and mentorship.

As part of the 2015 Budget, the government is contributing up to $25 million to establish the venture capital fund. A further $25 million in matching funds will be provided by private investors. Scale Up Ventures will invest the resulting $50 million in Ontario start-ups that have shown initial market success and that demonstrate strong growth potential, but require new investment and mentorship to expand their operations.

That mentorship will come from the new Scale Up Leadership Council, which will be led by Nadir Mohamed, former CEO of Rogers Communications. The council will be made up of approximately 30 senior business leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

This investment model, which pairs capital investment with high-level mentorship, makes Scale Up Ventures the first venture capital model of its kind in Canada.

Support for start-ups and providing access to venture capital for entrepreneurs is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan. 


Quick Facts

  • The Scale Up Ventures Fund will be managed by a professional fund manager with experience in venture investments.
  • Initial investments in promising start-ups are expected to range from $500,000 to $3 million, with the potential for follow-on investment as the company progresses.
  • No salaries or investment management fees will accrue to the chair or the Scale Up Leadership Council for their role in the fund’s operations.
  • Scale Up Ventures is one of the many programs launched by the Ontario government designed to support youth entrepreneurship, including the Youth Entrepreneurship Fund and the Youth Innovation Fund.


Background Information




“Ontario is home to a vast wealth of business knowledge and a robust start-up ecosystem. By providing new sources of capital and pairing seasoned business leaders with ambitious entrepreneurs, our government is creating a dynamic business climate where new ventures have the opportunity to grow.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario


“Start-ups need both capital and mentorship to succeed at every stage of their development. Scale Up Ventures specifically addresses the need for new companies to be able to grow to meet demand. This unique program will give businesses access to capital and world-class mentors from Ontario’s business community to guide their success. We are proud to partner with private sector investors on this unique initiative that will further strengthen Ontario’s innovation economy.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research and Innovation


“The value of mentorship is hard to overstate, especially for a young entrepreneur with a promising innovation. Ontario is fortunate to have many civic-minded business leaders who believe that fostering the next generation of start-ups in Ontario is critical to our economic success. Through the Leadership Council, some of our most successful businesspeople will make a personal investment in Ontario’s future.&rdquo

Nadir Mohamed

Chair, Scale Up Ventures


Alert: Local talent shifts startup towards Hamilton



Editor’s Note: The below article re-post is about two Hamilton-based individuals who have accepted positions at Shift Alerts in the aftermath of a re-booted Hacking Hamilton event. The best part? Shift Alerts will be setting up a Hamilton office!


Shift Alerts is pleased to announce an expansion to the executive management team. Deborah Schmidt has accepted appointment by the Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer, with Leo Godreault accepting as Chief Information Officer. Deborah and Leo are both registered nurses with a deep background in information technology and nursing informatics.



Deborah Schmidt is a seasoned nursing executive with experience spanning across the continuum of care as a specialist in Electronic Health Records from implementation, to architecture and product management in home care, and telemedicine. She is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and A+ technician, with certifications in Clinical Research as a Clinical Research Associate. In her experience, Deborah also previously served as a Senior Consultant for Telus Health, Canada’s #1 provider of health solutions for consumers, healthcare providers, and payors. She’s also been a Senior Consultant with healthcare heavyweights xwave Health (acquired by Bell Canada) and GoldCare (acquired by Constellation Software Inc).

“The Shift Alerts technology is quite impressive, the traction is there with momentum only increasing, and same with excitement from the clinical community. Working with the team to date has been incredible and we look forward to creating more value and benefits for everyone our solution has an impact on: patients, caregivers, and the administrative teams. The product strategy has been to combine clinical expertise with smart design and exceptional UX, and it’s working,” says Schmidt.



Leo Godreault’s experience includes placing 1st at the 2012 eHealth Conference Apps Challenge in Vancouver, British Columbia, and 2nd at 2011 Apps for Health in Hamilton, Ontario, with SmartMED, a smartphone medication reminder application that alerts users about when and how to take their medication while recording their adherence for later review. Godreault also holds a position at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton as a Clinical Application Specialist.

“The appointment of these two very experienced and exceptional executives to the management team has enabled us to move at lightning speeds to secure additional clinical pilots and opportunities to further expand our offerings into home care and care team coordination management. Our presence in both the US and Canada is growing, with further expansions planned in Europe for 2016. Building a talented and driven management team is the key to successfully executing on the aforementioned,” says Shift Alerts founder Lidia Sienkowska.

Shift Alerts is currently raising an investment round to accommodate secured clinical deployments, further research and development, and team expansion. Shift Alerts is also currently competing in the Ontario Telehealth Network Design Challenge to produce a new tool for at home care management specifically for Ontario’s aging population. The final product will be presented at the 2015 e-Health conference.


REfficient is “Best for the World” for 3rd Straight Year



Hamilton, Ontario – April 14, 2015 – REfficient has been named to the prestigious “Best for the World” list for environmental impact for the third straight year. This list is published by B Lab and recognizes companies that are best-in-class globally for environmental performance.

REfficient is a marketplace to source quality telecom and AV equipment affordably and sustainably. Companies get access to other business’ surplus inventory, manufacturers’ surplus and new product with environmental designations. Founded in 2010, REfficient now has a customer base in 14 countries that reused over 70,000 products in 2014. Much of REfficient’s work is in the telecom space and the company has all of Canada’s major cable/telecom companies as customers.

REfficient has made the Best for the World List for the Environment every year since becoming a Certified B Corporation. The list is compiled by the US non-profit B Lab and recognizes companies around the world that are leaders in corporate environmental responsibility. The “Best for the World” list includes B Corps that rank in the top 10% of their peers in terms of environmental impact. Moreover, B Corps are already best-in-class, as B Corps overall score about 25% better than other sustainable businesses, while the “Best for the World” recipients achieve ratings 50% better.

“Every year it becomes tougher to make the list, as the number of B Corporations continues to grow and the bar continues to be raised. We were thrilled to make the list in 2013 and again honoured in 2014. For the third straight year, we’re blown away!” says REfficient CEO Stephanie McLarty. “We are excited to see this movement grow every year. We are proud to be a B Corp.”


About B Corps

B Corporations are certified by B Lab, a non-profit organization serving the world leading entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 680 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries and 24 countries.

About REfficient

REfficient’s transactional marketplace is built on a “triple-win” model, providing large telecom and AV companies a trusted and efficient platform for deriving value from surplus inventory, while offering buyers reliable, often new equipment at savings of 20-50% over traditional sources. This innovative new green model benefits everyone by reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. You can follow REfficient at @REfficient and

Media Contact

Elena Doy
905-544-5000 x5002


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