The Big DiF open house this Thursday


When: Thursday May 11th 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)



Please join iF on Thursday, May 11, 2017 for The Big DiF!

The Big DiF is Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase.

The aim is to bring together the Hamilton community (and Hamilton supporters) to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in our city, as well as recognize our partners who help make what we do at iF possible. We also use this as an opportunity to recognize one person who goes above and beyond for the community – an award we call the Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year Award.

Join us for an evening of celebration! Network with our ecosystem and meet some of our up-and-coming innovators!

About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre, located in Hamilton, ON. We are committed to connecting and enabling active collaboration between the city’s communities of science, business, government, academia and finance to accelerate the innovation process and amplify economic and social impact of key new ideas and discoveries. Funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), we are focused on strengthening the next generation of wealth and jobs generators.


VIZIYA acquired by WiLAN for $40.5 million


OTTAWA, Ontario and Hamilton, Ontario – May 4, 2017 – Wi-LAN Inc. (“WiLAN” or the “Company”) (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN) and VIZIYA Corporation and its related entities (“VIZIYA”) today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for WiLAN to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of VIZIYA. VIZIYA is a software and services provider that helps companies optimize their asset performance. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

VIZIYA’s asset management software help its many Fortune 1000 customers optimize their asset performance and uptime, allowing them to achieve their production targets, control costs, and manage safety and compliance.  Increasingly these asset management systems are an important part of the broader Industrial Internet of Things (“IIoT”) ecosystem, which represents a significant growth opportunity for VIZIYA.

“WiLAN, to be renamed Quarterhill in the second quarter of 2017, is focused on growth by identifying, acquiring and supporting IIoT companies with strong management teams, attractive financial fundamentals and promising growth potential; VIZIYA meets all these criteria,” said Shaun McEwan, interim CEO of WiLAN. “This is the second acquisition that follows our new growth plan and we believe that investing our capital in these promising technology businesses will drive the greatest shareholder returns over time.”

“VIZIYA has enjoyed substantial growth and profitability, and this transaction with WiLAN will give us the access to resources that will help us continue to build and grow our business,” said John Vujicic, President and CEO of VIZIYA. “The VIZIYA management team will remain in place and I want to personally assure our customers that our commitment to supporting your needs, and giving you the high level of personal service you are accustomed to, remains our top priority.”

The introduction of the IIoT enables organizations to builds intelligent connected equipment that monitors itself and constantly captures data to measure damage, wear and tear and other operational indicators. With significantly more data obtained on a real-time basis, operational systems can now move beyond preventative maintenance towards predictive maintenance through the use of analytics. Predictive maintenance reduces downtime and maximizes efficiencies.  

WiLAN’s cost of the acquisition is approximately $40.5 million with nearly 60% paid on closing and the balance subject to certain earn out provisions if the business meets specific financial targets.  Certain aspects of the transaction remain subject to the approval of The Toronto Stock Exchange. VIZIYA achieved revenue of $16.6 million and normalized EBITDA of $4.3 million for the year ended July 31, 2016.

WiLAN will fund the cash portion of the acquisition with cash and cash equivalents on hand, which at March 31, 2017 was $151.2 million (USD $113.6 million). The cash and cash equivalents total at March 31, 2017 does not account for the Company’s $63.5 million cash-purchase of International Road Dynamics, announced on April 17, 2017. That transaction is expected to close on, or about, June 1, 2017. Canaccord Genuity acted as exclusive financial advisor to WiLAN on this transaction and STS Capital Partners UK acted as exclusive financial advisor to VIZIYA.


Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, with offices in Brussels, Brisbane, Perth, Atlanta, Cape Town, Qatar, and Dubai, VIZIYA is the industry leader providing bolt-on software products to enhance ERP-based asset management systems. VIZIYA’s proprietary WorkAlign® Product Suite delivers seamless integration into existing ERP systems. With over 55,000 users at 850 sites across six continents, the world’s best companies use VIZIYA products to help them better maintain their assets.

About WiLAN

WiLAN is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world and helps companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios.  The Company operates in a variety of markets including automotive, digital television, Internet, medical, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies.  WiLAN has announced plans to change its name to Quarterhill Inc. (“Quarterhill”) in the second quarter of 2017 after which, WiLAN, the patent license business, will become a subsidiary of Quarterhill.  Founded in 1992, WiLAN is listed on the TSX and NASDAQ.  For more information:

Forward-looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other United States and Canadian securities laws.  Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on estimates and assumptions made by WiLAN in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and the expected effects of new business strategies, as well as other factors that WiLAN believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause WiLAN’s actual performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Such factors include, without limitation, the risks described in WiLAN’s February 10, 2017 annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2016 (the “AIF”). Copies of the AIF may be obtained at or WiLAN recommends that readers review and consider all of these risk factors and notes that readers should not place undue reliance on any of WiLAN’s forward-looking statements. WiLAN has no intention, and undertakes no obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

All trademarks and brands mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners. 

For media and investor inquiries, please contact:

Shaun McEwan
Interim CEO
WiLAN Inc.
T: 613.688.4898

John Vujicic
President and CEO
T: 905.544.4144

Dave Mason
Investor Relations
LodeRock Advisors Inc.
T: 613.688.1693

Star Pirates Infinity launched by SHG studios


Star Pirates Infinity, the next-gen CCG from SHG studios is live for limited release. You can play on PC or Mac, or if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here:

Star Pirates Infinity (SPI) is a free to play, Collectible Card Game, set within SHG’s dystopian space-opera known as the Starcrash Universe.

“Star Pirates Infinity focuses on competitive PvP, deck building, and completing missions”, says SHG’s Managing Director Colin Ferguson, “SPI contains SHG’s signature social features coupled with active moderating to keep the game about the game. We’ve been creating great communities for 9 years, with the original, and other SHG titles.”

“9 years later, some of those original players, are now enjoying SPI. People tend to come for the game, and stay for the community”, adds Greg Ferguson, CEO of SHG Studios. “This was, by far, our biggest project to date, and we think it’s the best. Hopefully the new players agree!”

Almost 2 years in the making, with dozens of contributors, SPI marks a monumental accomplishment for SHG Studios and we are extremely thankful for the support we have received from ODMC’s IDMF Production and CMF’s Experimental Fund.

SPI is available on PC or Mac and if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here:

The Game Trailer for Star Pirates Infinity can be found here:



Questions about the game, including media requests, can be directed to:


About SHG

SHG Studios is an independent casual game developer. We create casual games focused on social interaction. Players come for the games, and stay for the community. Our focus since day one has been on engaging social and community mechanics with our games. Players who joined us over 9 years ago, and still play, will attest to this. Our community development dynamics allows us to punch beyond our size and battle it out with the big players in the casual gaming world. We are very cognizant this is why players choose us over our competitors, and we build our games and communities accordingly.


About IDMF

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.


About CMF

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships.


New IBM Cognos Analytics course at Mohawk

Mohawk College is offering a brand new analytics course this Spring, Applied IBM Business Intelligence, designed to enhance your analytics skills.

Explore the latest IBM Cognos Analytics (11.0.6) suite of products and underlying architecture. Build drill-through reports, animated infographics, geospatial visualizations, and executive style dashboards through hands-on demos and labs and gain the knowledge to become a report designer.

Network with guest speakers, IBM partners, BI developers and administrators. 27 hours in class, 15 hours online.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of “Database Theory” would be an asset.

Course Number: COMP 10192
Schedule: Wednesday Nights OR Weekends
Start Date: May 10



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Digital media and the environment workshop for grades 4-8


When: Saturday May 13th 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (4th Floor, Circuit 4.0) at 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Code Clubs program by IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)



This is a beginner level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Have you ever thought of creating your own webpage? Have you ever wondered how digital media is used to help create awareness of the environment? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the workshop for you! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how digital media and the environment go hand-and-hand. Participants will research one of three Hamilton Habour Challenges, set out by the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and then use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create awareness of environmental issue at the Hamilton Habour! Attendees will use Tryit, an easy-to-use editor and learn the basics of HTML. They will create their very own webpage by adding text, links, images and video! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!


WTF Are We Building


When: Wednesday May 3rd 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Location has moved, see the registration link!

Organizer: Shopify Plus / Thalmic Labs / Vidyard



You’re invited to join Canada’s hottest tech companies for a candid conversation about the challenges of building product, and how to ship it! We’ll talk product; from an engineering, UX and product management perspective.

What to expect:

  • Lightning talks with teams from Shopify Plus, Vidyard and Thalmic
  • Moderated Q&A
  • Test & Try – Product demos from the coolest Canadian Tech companies
  • Meet new people from various tech companies and cities

Need another reason to join us? We’ll have tastings from some of Waterloo Region’s amazing craft breweries, and great food to match. This event is by registration only, feel free to share the invite with your colleagues and fellow product builders.

Learn, Mingle, Eat, Drink, all for FREE! But space is limited so register now to reserve your spot. #KWTECHTOUR


Charles Mire talk on building a hardware startup


When: Thursday April 27th 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Where: McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Cost: $30

Organizer: @ACTIONConf2017



You have a hardware idea and want to build a startup around it. You know some of the initial steps you need to take, but surely there are more details you might not be aware of. What are the things to prioritize in the beginning versus later on? When is the right time to grow your team? Are patents right for you? What should you expect when it comes to fundraising vs. bootstrapping? How do you define success? This workshop is designed to intimately discuss all the gory details of building a hardware-focused startup, pitfalls to avoid, strategies to pursue, how to assess the growth metrics, and much more. The topic segments will include Legal & IP, Finance & Fundraising, HR, Sales, Manufacturing, Regulations, Logistics, Marketing, and Expectations.


HamOnt IoT Conference 2017


When: Saturday June 24th 2017 from 9:00am to 7:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King (3rd floor) at 115 King St E, Hamilton, ON

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student




HamOnt IoT is all about the Internet of Things … low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks… we would love for you to join us on Saturday June 24th!

Check out the schedule of talks below! HamOnt IoT attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!


9:00am – 10:00am Arrival and registration! We’ll have coffee and snacks availalbe! Network with your fellow attendees!

10:00am – 12:00pm Speakers 1-3

12:00pm – 1:00pm Fantastic Lunch!

1:00pm – 3:00pm Speakers 4-6

3:00pm – 3:20pm Break time with drinks and snacks!

3:20pm – 4:30pm Speakers 7-8

4:30pm – 5:00pm Q&A panel for those looking to work in IoT, start a business, or create a product.

5:00pm – 7:00pm Beer and Pizza. Make connections, ask more questions of the presenters, and start great conversations about IoT!

Speaker Linuep (as of March 27th)

Speaker: James Arlen (@myrcurial)Director of Risk and Advisory Services at Leviathan Security Group

Talk: Avoiding common security issues in novel IoT products

BIO: James Arlen is Leviathan’s Director of Risk and Advisory Services. He is responsible for development and delivery of Leviathan’s professional services, assisting clients as they develop and implement their information security policies and strategic plans. Over the past twenty plus years, James has been delivering information security solutions to Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector organizations. In both consultant and staff member roles, James led business and technical teams of professionals in short-term projects as well as multi-year organizational change initiatives. James held key contributor roles as CISO of a publicly traded financial institution and Information Security Coordinator at a large scale power utility. James is involved in information security policy, process, and procedure improvements for internationally known manufacturing and financial organizations.

James is best described as: “Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent.” His areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. James founded Hamilton’s first makerspace think|haus before the Internet had Things. He is also a contributing analyst with Securosis and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. James is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a prolific contributor to standards bodies and media.


Speaker: Colin Gagich (@colingagich) Owner, NVC Software Solutions

Talk: HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot (@HitchBOT)

BIO: Colin Gagich operates NVC Software Solutions, a software company which performs contract design and development work based in Hamilton, Ontario. Through NVC, Colin has worked with clients in the Aircraft Deicing Industry, HVAC Industry and Restaurant Point of Sales Industry. Colin specializes in embedded system design, mobile application development and web application development. Colin has been operating NVC Software Solutions since 2013.


Speaker: John Gerryts – IT Telecom Analyst by day, uber blockchain hacker by night

Talk: Project Oaken – The intersection of blockchain and IoT

BIO: John Gerryts is a Technologist that has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. Beginning as an active miner, John is the organizer for the Niagara Bitcoin Meetup Group, and has led a few projects surrounding IoT + Blockchain technology (mostly related to as early as PoC3). For the last 23 years, John has been involved at different levels of technology, with roles such as Network Administrator, Telecommunications Specialist, and Senior Network & Electronics Integrator. His Project Airlock placed 3rd at the “In Crypto We Trust” Hackathon which has since been mentioned in the Canadian Senate and on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Andreas Antonopolous.


Speaker: John Renfrew – Owner, Harvest Robotics

Talk: IoT barn gas sensors


Interested in sponsoring? E-mail for details!


Code of Conduct

Our conference will follow this standard code of conduct.

Code of Awesomeness

We encourage everyone to be excellent to one another!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Students welcome, but minumum age for attendance is 16.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

CoMotion is located in downtown Hamilton so getting here by public transit is easy. During the weekend there’s lots of parking within a few blocks.

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets may be refunded until 1 week before the event. After that contact the organizer to transfer your ticket to someone else.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Unless you want to give your ticket to someone else at the last minute in which case we will need to see the printed version of the ticket.


Hamilton Health Innovation Week


Hamilton, ON – April 13, 2017 – Hamilton Health Innovation Week (HHIW) 2017 (April 24-30, 2017) is being launched in Hamilton.  The event serves as a showcase for world-class health innovation happening in Hamilton and from across the country. It brings together hundreds of public and private sector practitioners around a common vision: to turn inspiration into innovation that can be used by our healthcare sector to improve patient outcomes.

HHIW 2017 will bring together startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, private and public partners to create new networks, explore new ideas, and raise the profile of cutting-edge innovation. Throughout the week, practitioners will be challenged to confront real-world problems facing the healthcare industry, and work collaboratively to explore and develop real-world solutions using technology, research and innovative insights from a cross-section of disciplines.

WHAT:     Hamilton Health Innovation Week 

WHEN:    April 24-30, 2017
WHERE:  Across Hamilton
WHO:       McMaster University, Mohawk College, IBM, Hamilton Health Sciences, City of Hamilton, Hacking Health Hamilton and MIIRC@M

WHY:       Hamilton is home to a thriving and dynamic life sciences ecosystem. from world class research hospitals to cutting edge digital health IT firms. Together, the Hamilton life sciences cluster employs over 35,000 people, more than 5,000 scientists and researchers, and is investing $450 million in innovative research each year.  In 2016, Hamilton welcomed a major downtown investment from IBM Canada – the Innovation Exchange – and work has begun on the new 40,000 square footFranhofer Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.


Key Events Include:

  • Apps For Health (Thursday, April 27th)–  Featuring Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health and Nathalie Le Prohon, VP, Healthcare Industry, for IBM Canada, Apps for Health is one of Ontario’s premier information-sharing, networking and recruiting events for the digital health industries. This interactive, one-day event provides a valuable opportunity for professionals from healthcare, technology, education to come together to discuss current and emerging trends in health, technology, medical education, and entrepreneurship.
  • Hacking Health Hamilton Hackathon (Friday, April 28th– Sunday, April 30th)– Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.
  • FHIR North (Wednesday, April 26th)– FHIR implementers will once again come together this April at Mohawk College to develop and test innovative applications using the HL7® FHIR standards framework.
  • #MIIT17 (Friday, April 28th)– Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT) focuses on emerging technologies and practices for acquiring, processing, managing, accessing, and sharing medical images, along with topics driving changes in relevant policies within Canada.
  • CCHL Study Tour – Digital Transformation in Health Care (Thursday, April 27th) – The Canadian College of Health Leaders is offering a full-day tour aligned with the Apps for Health conference; gain insights about working on the frontlines of digital transformation in healthcare, including case studies on how Ontario’s second largest hospital network is executing its digital strategy.

For more information, including the schedule of events, visit:


Scratch workshop for grades 4-8 next weekend


When: Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (circuit 4.0 – zone 3), 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Code Clubs program by IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)



This is a beginner to middle level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Whether you are new to the world of ‘code’ or you want to ‘level-up’ your coding skills, this is your chance to create your own video game! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. All workshop attendees require a FREE Scratch account in order to participate. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create a video game! The workshop will focus on the use of Scratch, an easy-to-use online platform where participants will learn the basics of software programming through recipe-style drag and drop technology. They will have the opportunity to explore various templates and add text, links, images and audio as they customize their very own video game! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!