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New export opportunities for Ontario’s tech sector

Dear Ontario technology companies:

 

Please see below a list of NEW export opportunities – details after signature. Please follow up directly with the person listed for each item.  Note that the ICT trade missions to TU Automotive, MWCA , and Money2020 are sold out;  however, you may send an email to be placed on waiting list in case we are able to enlarge the number of Ontario participants.

 

  • June 3-5: Export opportunities with Southeastern U.S.
  • Sept. 14-18, Amsterdam: Ontario trade mission to Int’l Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018
  • September 18-21, 2018 (TBC): Ontario Mission to Japan Fintech Summit 2018 (FIN/SUM 2018), Tokyo
  • October 22-25, 2018: Ontario Fintech Mission to sibos 2018, Sydney Only 5 spots available
  • Oct. 22-27: Ontario ICT Trade Mission to India Mobile Congress
  • Nov 13-15, Cape Town, South Africa: Ontario ICT Mission to Africa Com
  • Jan 8-11, 2019: Canadian ICT trade mission to CES (wait list open now)
  • Jan 20-22, 2019, Dubai, UAE: Ontario Security Mission to Intersec
  • Innovation Canada: a Tool to Help Businesses Succeed

 

Please follow up directly with the person listed for each item

Mauricio Ospina

Area Director, USA – ICT

Ontario Ministry of International Trade

21 Floor, 777 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario

M5G 2N4 Canada

Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca Cell 416 845 0862

 

June 3-5: Export opportunities with Southeastern U.S.

Join the Ontario Ministry of International Trade in Mobile, Alabama and spend three days networking with SEUS-CP (Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces) Alliance is a strategic partnership between six southeastern U.S. states and seven member provinces from Canada. Meet face-to-face with pre-selected business prospects; get industry insights and share best practices; meet with multi-national companies seeking new products and services for their supply chain. The following ICT Anchor companies have confirmed their participation so far: BL Harbert International; CGI Federal; Prism Systems, Inc. In addition to these Anchor companies, you will be able to network and set up B2B meetings with approximately 200 conference attendees. Conference and registration details are available on www.seuscp.com  For more information, contact Sheri.Dosunmu@ontario.ca or call (416) 418-2961

 

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Sept. 14-18, Amsterdam: Ontario trade mission to Int’l Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018

IBC is the world’s leading electronic media and broadcasting technologies trade show and has become a ‘must attend’ event for manufacturers, companies and brands involved in the industry. The Ontario Pavilion (2.A41) will be strategically located in a central area of the show floor and provide a unique opportunity to showcase your company’s know-how and technology to potential customers, business partners and key decision makers from around the world. The participation fee of $2,500 will include fully equipped space with individual company signage in an open-concept setting, access to a shared meeting lounge in the pavilion as well as pre-arranged B2B meetings (TBC). Space for this popular event is limited and spots are allocated FCFS. For details contact Philipp.Kornitzky@ontario.ca , Tel. (416) 428-2569

 

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September 18-21, 2018 (TBC): Ontario Mission to Japan Fintech Summit 2018 (FIN/SUM 2018), Tokyo

Participation fee: $500 (per company)

Hosted by Nikkei Newspaper, Japan Financial Services Agency, and Japanese Fintech Association, FIN/SUM 2018 is a key Fintech event in Japan. Hosting one of the largest financial service sectors in the world, Japanese conservative financial industry is now quickly catching up and is open to greater fintech adoption. Participation fee will include: fully equipped space within the Ontario/Canada booth; market/sector briefing; and pre-arranged B2B meetings. For details or registration, contact wenbo.pan@ontario.ca (416-433-4992)

 

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October 22-25, 2018: Ontario Fintech Mission to sibos 2018, Sydney

Participation fee: $500 (per participant), Only 5 spots available

Hosted by SWIFT, sibos is one of the largest financial services events in the world, annually connecting more than 8000 industry leaders. The financial services industry is the largest industry in Australia (by its sector share to the national economy). Australia’s financial institutions are among the most profitable in the world, providing an attractive market for Ontario fintech companies. Participation fee will include: full access to the conference sessions and exhibition for all four days and the closing event, B2B meetings arranged by federal colleagues and a commercial service provider, and the reception at Canadian Consulate General in Sydney. Participants are also invited to join outreach programs in Melbourne and Auckland. For details or registration, contact wenbo.pan@ontario.ca (416-433-4992)

 

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Oct. 22-27: Ontario ICT Trade Mission to India Mobile Congress

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade will take 6-10 companies on a trade mission to the India Mobile Congress (http://indiamobilecongress.com). The trade show, which takes place Oct. 25-27, is organized by the Cellular Operators Association of India and in two years has become the number-one conference + exhibition in the telecom ICT space in the country. The event will offer Ontario delegates B2B meetings in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi, and visits to leading telecom companies, system integrators and other partners. Additional benefits include market intelligence and briefings, an introduction to C-level decision-makers from the Indian ICT industry, and access to a Canada Lounge at the India Mobile Congress for meetings and other events. Priority registration will be for first-time participants in an Ontario mission to India or for companies that have been inactive in the India market in recent years. For details, please contact fawzia.sheikh@ontario.ca, Tel. 416-314-2452.

 

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Nov 13-15, Cape Town, South Africa: Ontario ICT Mission to Africa Com

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade in partnership with the Canadian High Commission Trade Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be organizing an Ontario ICT mission to Africa Com 2018 (https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/), which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, November 13 -15, 2018. Africa Com is the biggest platform for ICT in Africa. It is focused technology and ICT event in the world and serves as a meeting place for those driving Africa’s digital transformation. It is made up of 500 brands that showcase their solutions across 3 days in November and attracts in the region of 13,000 visitors, 500 exhibitors from over 140 countries.  Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, all telecom operators in Africa participate in this show, in addition to IT, Digital media, and latest technologies players. For details on this trade mission, please contact Eyad Qudsi at eyad.qudsi@ontario.ca or cell 416-627-2106

 

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Jan 8-11, 2019: Canadian ICT trade mission to CES (wait list open now – registration will be sent later on)

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade, ICT West, Quebec and key Canadian Consulates in the USA invite you to be part of the Canadian trade mission to CES (www.ces.tech), the world’s largest trade show for the business of consumer technologies and next-generation innovations. CES attracts aver 170,000 attendees and 3,900 exhibiting companies from 150 countries. The program will be open to 24 companies – 16 from Ontario. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include exhibit space in the Canada pavilion, databases of U.S. contacts, meetings and more. To be placed on the waiting list, please email Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca (registration for this trade missions is NOT open yet – just the waiting list)

 

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Jan 20-22, 2019, Dubai, UAE: Ontario Security Mission to Intersec

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade in partnership with the Canadian Consulate in Dubai will be organizing an Ontario Security mission to INTERSEC 2019, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, January 20 – 22, 2019. Intersec is the leading Security and Safety exhibition worldwide (www.intersecexpo.com/frankfurt/51/for-exhibitors/for-exhibitors.aspx). As the largest and most diverse, the show’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East and Africa plus the Indian subcontinent but has gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security & safety solutions and exciting new opportunities from the world’s best brands. In 2018, Intersec attracted 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries, 33,501 visitors and covered 56,300 sqm.  For details on this trade mission, please contact Eyad Qudsi at eyad.qudsi@ontario.ca or cell 416-627-2106

 

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Innovation Canada: a Tool to Help Businesses Succeed

From funding to expert advice, there are hundreds of Government of Canada programs and services designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. But if businesses can’t find them, they can’t take advantage of them. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) created Innovation.Canada.ca, a new tool to help businesses find the best federal, provincial and territorial programs and services to help them succeed. To learn more about Innovation Canada please contact: jennifer.lopes@canada.ca  Tel: 343-291-2053 ATS: 1-866-694-8389

 

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WordCamp Hamilton 2018 is coming!

WordCamp Hamilton (@WordCampHamOnt) returns to McMaster Innovation Park on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. WordCamps come in all different flavours, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and since then local communities around the world have organized hundreds of others. The first WordCamp Hamilton took place in 2013, with additional events happening in 2015 and 2016.

The regularly occurring WordPress meetup group has done a fantastic job of keeping up momentum around the WordPress community in Hamilton. The next few meetups will be focused on gearing up for WordCamp.

Currently, WordCamp Hamilton is looking for local speakers and sponsors to help make this year’s event another success.

Looking for local speakers!

Do you work with WordPress and have some techniques, experiences or stories that you think might benefit others? If so, we’d love to have you consider sharing that information as a speaker. We’re always looking for local speakers to contribute. For more about speaking at WordCamp (including some topics if you want to speak, but aren’t sure what about), check out our call for speakers.

Sponsoring WordCamp 2018

Simply put, without our generous sponsors, WordCamp Hamilton would not be affordable to the vast majority of the WordPress community. For just $20 our attendees have a full day to gain insight from our speakers, network with others, and learn more about the open source WordPress project whose mission is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. All of our valued sponsors, by donating to WordCamp Hamilton, continue to make this mission a reality. Thank you both to our sponsors, and all of those who sponsor WordCamps around the world! For more on sponsorship opportunities, check out our Call for Sponsors.

To stay updated with news about WordCamp Hamilton 2018 for ticket sale dates, volunteering opportunities and more, visit 2018.hamilton.wordcamp.org.

 

New shared office space opens

Regus Opens Its First Co-working and Shared Office Space In Hamilton 

In response to Hamilton’s rapid growth and economic development, Regus, the world’s largest workspace provider, has opened its first shared workspace and co-working centre in Hamilton. The new workspace is located at 21 King Street, right in the bustling business hub of Hamilton’s downtown core.

The new centre caters to Hamilton’s startup and entrepreneurial scene. Regus offers local professionals and entrepreneurs a professional space and alternative to working from home. According to research by Regus Canada, the main reasons people choose co-working include working with like-minded people (77%) and the opportunity to network (78%). People also crave the flexibility that comes with working from a shared office environment.

The new Hamilton workspace offers private and shared offices, a large collaborative co-working space, and multiple team meeting rooms. The space will also host a calendar of networking events and educational workshops for the local business community.

Regus has an expansive network of flexible workspaces around the world and in Canada. The global workspace provider enters the Hamilton market as its 104th centre in Canada at a time of massive growth and development in the city.

ABOUT REGUS
Regus is the leading global workspace provider. We have built an unparalleled network of office, co-working and meeting spaces for companies to use in every city in the world. It’s a global infrastructure built for businesses to support every opportunity.

Our network of workspaces enables businesses to operate anywhere, without the need for set-up costs or capital investment. It provides our customers with immediate cost benefits and the opportunity to fully outsource their office portfolio. Designed to enhance productivity and connect 2.5 million like-minded professionals, it’s an instant global community and a place to belong.

For more information please visit:
www.regus.ca
www.facebook.com/RegusCanada1/
www.linkedin.com/company/regus

Learning Technologies Symposium

October 11th-12th, 2017 – McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON
http://mi.mcmaster.ca/lts2017/

Have you remixed traditional teaching practices using innovative technologies like open resources, social media, or VR? Are you exploring digital solutions for teaching and learning such as video, animation, interactive media, flipped approaches, or online and blended classroom environments? Or, are you thinking about accessible learning, conducting research on digital pedagogies or the impact of technology on learning?

Share your methods, experiences, and research at the Learning Technologies Symposium 2017. Join us as we explore an ‘education remix’ that is making its way into classrooms everywhere.

*FREE REGISTRATION FOR STUDENTS & PRESENTERS!

Learn more about LTS2017 and register at: http://mi.mcmaster.ca/lts2017/

 

YWCA Women in I.T. Program looking for Paid and Unpaid Placements

YWCA Hamilton offers the Women in IT (Information Technology) program designed to enable women to obtain further training and certification and secure employment in the IT industry. The program prepares women for well-paying employment in the information technology sector, and employers will be able to recruit and retain more skilled workers. It also includes training and certification towards an industry recognized certificate for IT related jobs and work placement. This initiative gives women the practical skills and knowledge as well as gender-sensitive in-class training to prepare them for on the job training and employment in the IT sector.

In this regard, we are asking you to consider supporting this program by providing a work placement (paid or unpaid) to one or more of the program participants for the role of web developers/designers or other IT related roles. The placements are looking to start in September 2017 and run for 12 weeks. Program participants will have completed their We Design & Development Certificate program with Mohawk College and developed the technical skills including but not limited to HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop.

Please contact Mimi John at mjohn@ywcahamilton.org if you can accommodate placement/s.

CoderCamp this Wednesday

CoderCamp is next Wednesday the 12th of April at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Pheasant Plucker on Augusta street. Please register on meetup.com.

Damian Brady (@damovisa), a solution architect with Octopus Deploy will talk about Brownfield DevOps in Practice.

Are you ready to continuously deploy every commit to production and deploy 25 times a day? Can your operations team tear down and spin up VMs and containers for your app like they’re nothing? Can your company track production usage and toggle features at the whims of the marketing department? No?

We all know it’s not quite that easy. You can’t take an existing house-of-cards monolith and just start treating it like a unicorn, as much as everyone would like to. But as a developer, you can start to make practical inroads, and you can do it now.

This talk looks at DevOps culture from the point of view of a developer – how code changes can affect the agility of your organisation. We’ll discuss architectural changes, design techniques, deployment pipelines, and how to make large changes safely. Developers at any level will leave with some practical ways to support your company’s DevOps efforts and start working better with your ops team.

Employers wanted for YWCA Women in IT program

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The WIT program funded by Ontario Women’s Directorate is a free employment program open to women facing multiple barriers to skills upgrading and access employment in the IT sector. The program provides academic training through Mohawk College, personal development and job search support to program participants.

Participants in the program are currently taking the Web Design and Development certificate program at Mohawk as their academic training. They will complete it on August 19th. Following their academic training is their placement as web developers/designers or similar role in the IT sector. Participants have knowledge in HTML5, CSS3, WordPress and Photoshop.

YWCA is wondering if you are open to providing placement opportunities to 1 or more women in the WIT program at your company. Placement will be from September 2016 to December 2016 (12 weeks). Schedule can be arranged but should be at least 20 hours per week.

Please let Jupiter Deveau know if you are able to accommodate and we can provide you with more information about the placement.

Thank you.

Jupiter Deveau
Career Development Specialist
Women in IT (Information Technology)
YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1
T: (905) 522 9922 ext 142
F: 905.521.6455
E: jdeveau@ywcahamilton.org
S: jupiter.deveau
www.ywcahamilton.org

 

Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

CTA @ Boston

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

DEADLINE:  Thursday, June 2 2016

 

Apply to CTA@Boston

 

Program Placement: Fall/Winter 2016 (September – December)

 

The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) is a 4-month immersion program that connects your business to the unique resources and contacts in New England to help accelerate your growth. The benefits of participating in the CTA and the resources in Greater Boston are highlighted below.

 

WHO:  Accelerator candidates are small to mid-sized Canadian companies from life sciences, IT (Including green IT and health IT), robotics and security technologies, and emerging food product sectors, with initial traction in the market, differentiated technology, a strong and committee executive team, and the potential to scale the business through the CTA experience in Boston.

 

WHY: Benefits of participating in the CTA@Boston:

  • Handpicked team of mentors for each client –  CENE Mentoring Service – CENE mentors comprise a select group of 70 Canadians based in New England who are C-level executives from global technology and life science companies, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors who are passionate about giving back to Canada by mentoring and growing a new generation of successful Canadian-led companies at the CTA@Boston
  • Space/services at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Kendall Square. CIC has approximately $7B of venture capital headquartered within two buildings and is the largest start up co-working space, housing 800 innovative tech companies
  • Introduction to industry leaders, venture capitalists and other key resources by the Trade Commissioners
  • Pitch Coach to refine your in-market investor, partner, or client-focused presentation
  • Member privileges at key industry associations (MassBio, MassMEDIC, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Mass TLC, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), New England Health Information Management Systems Society (NEHIMSS), TIE – Boston (The Indus Entrepreneurs Annual Conference is Tie- Con)
  • Weekly CTA@Boston Client Newsletter highlighting upcoming events/opportunities
  • Corporate Partnerships with Microsoft, HubSpot, Harvard Business School offering in-kind or discounted services and products

 

You’ll find the following resources in the Greater Boston area:

  • Highest Concentration of Global Technology and Pharmaceutical companies in the world
  • Strong technology and innovation cluster – over 2000 companies – (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Akamai, IBM, Nuance … )
  • Over 400 biotechnology companies
  • World renowned research institutions -100+ academic institutions – (MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern)
  • 120+ Venture Capital Firms, Corporate VCs and Angel investors

 

Deadline is COB Thursday, June 2, 2016. More information at: website.

 

Click here for CTA@Boston Application

Export opportunities in edtech, fintech, digital media and more

Export opportunities in the ed:tech, fintech, digital media, wireless, M2M, cyber security and other technologies with seven upcoming Ontario IT trade missions overseas, two international buyers and a local sourcing forum. Summary below with details after my signature.

Ontario IT trade missions abroad:
1. Cyber security mission to RSA 2017, San Francisco, CA (must apply before May 27, 2016 so we can book space)
2. 9th annual SEUS–CP conference and B2B meetings, May 26-28, Tennesee – several tech subsectors
3. Connected Car trade mission to TU Automotive, Novi, MI, June 8-9, 2016 (3 spaces left)
4. Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (Jun-Sep, 2016), Free
5. Mobile tech mission to Mobile World Congress Shanghai, China, June 23 – July 1, 2016
6. Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Australia, (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, August 1-5, 2016)
7. Wireless & M2M trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, NV (4 spots left)
8. Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Japan (October 24-28, 2016)

Incoming Buyers and local tech seminars
1) April 20, Toronto: Join Branham’s top 300
2) May 11: One-on-one meetings with TDSB’s CTO and briefing with Kevin Custer, founding principal of Arc Capital – attached
3) U.S. fintech firm seeks Ontario software development firm
4) Japan firm seeks to invest in Ontario technologies (cyber sec, big data, digital media, etc)

Details after my signature. Please follow up DIRECTLY with the person indicated on each item.

Mauricio Ospina
Area Director, ICT sector
International Trade Branch
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
5th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2E1
Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
Fax (416) 325 6509
mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca
www.ontarioexports.com

ONTARIO IT TRADE MISSIONS ABROAD

1) Ontario cyber security trade mission to RSA Conference 2017 (must apply before Friday, April 22, 2016)
The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch invite you to be part of the planned trade cybersecurity mission to RSA Conference 2017 (www.rsaconference.com). Deadline to apply: Friday, April 22, 2016 or sooner. Qualified companies must have never exhibited at RSA or be on their list of potential exhibitors. Your cheque, which must be included with the application, will be processed after your company is approved. RSA is the premier annual information security conference in cyber security including cyber threats, data breaches, social engineering, compliance, risk management and cloud security. This year’s program builds on last year’s successful trade mission. It is open to eight Ontario companies and will include turn-key exhibit space at the Ontario-Canada booths, plus meetings with major international integrators, a market intelligence briefing, a breakfast with members of the C100 and two exhibitor passes to RSA. Cost: $3,500 plus travel and accommodation. Financial assistance may be eligible through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program. Travel and accommodation are extra. Applications are required by Friday, April 22, 2016 so we can confirm industry interest and book space before May 1, 2016. For details contact Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca

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2) 9th annual SEUS–CP Conference and B2B meetings, May 26-28, Nashville, Tennessee
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to participate in the upcoming Trade Mission to the 9th Annual SEUS-CP 2016 Conference and B2B Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, May 26-28, 2016. Participate in the Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings Program and meet with fellow delegates from six southeastern U.S. States in the following industry sectors featured at this year’s Conference:

• Entertainment (IT firms with digital & mobile technologies with application to film/music, digital game developers/animation software developers; IP/copy right protection technologies; and accounting & financial management solutions).
• Health Care (IT firms with self-health measurement systems; mobile health applications; solutions that integrate health status data with medical provider processes and the doctor-patient relationship; systems integrators)
• Transportation (including digital/mobile technologies, connected intelligence software)

For details contact Rita.patlan@ontario.ca

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3) Ontario connected car trade mission to TU-Automotive Detroit, June 8-9, 2016 – Michigan (3 spots left)
The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch would be leading a trade mission to TU-Automotive 2016, the world’s largest event dedicated to the connected car attracting over 3,000 delegates and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, will include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. Cost: $2,400 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program. For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca

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4) Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (Jun-Sep, 2016), Free
Canadian Embassy in Tokyo has established a new initiative “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (CTJ Program)” and is calling for application from Canadian ICT companies offering innovative solution/technology, who are interested in receiving an enhanced market-entry virtual program from trade commissioners. Ontario companies providing the following technology are welcome to consider this good opportunity for FREE: IoT & Connected Vehicles, Big Data Analysis; Digital Media, including Digital Marketing (AdTech), Omnichannel, E-commerce, and FinTech, Public Security, Smart Homes and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca

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5) Ontario mobile technology mission to Mobile World Congress Shanghai
Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou/Shenzhen, China, June 23 – July 1, 2016
With 1.3 billion mobile phone owners and 700 million Internet users, China is the most populous digital telecom market in the world. MWC Shanghai http://www.mwcshanghai.com/ is Asia’s best annual gathering of mobile C-Level executives as well as the consumers passionate about mobile. In 2015, MWC Shanghai attracted nearly 350 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees, a 54% increase in attendees from the 2014 show with over 100 countries represented. 3,400 people attended the main conference, 55% at C-Level. The Ontario government will participate in the exhibition in the Ontario Pavilion at MWC Shanghai with a trade mission. Market briefing, technical seminar company visits and one-on-one meetings will be arranged with the support of Canadian Trade Commissioners in China and local Chinese partners including Huawei and ZTE. Please contact lisa.qi@ontario.ca if you are interested in learning more.

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6) Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Australia, (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, August 1-5, 2016), Participation fee: $800/company)
Are you an Ontario ICT company and looking to supply to the Australian public sector? Ontario will lead a trade mission of ICT companies to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, in partnership with Canadian trade commissioners in Sydney and Canberra. Mission members will exhibit in Technology in Government, Australia’s largest ICT event for the public sector. Business to business meetings and related programs will be prepared for mission members in each visiting city, and Ontario companies can take advantage of this mission to showcase their ICT software, platforms, services and solutions that can contribute to drive Australian public sector & enterprise transformation. Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca for more details.

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7) Ontario wireless & M2M trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA (4 spots left)
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to CTIA (www.ctiawireless.com). Twelve new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 2425) located on a main aisle next to Verizon and Samsung. Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. In 2016, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week will feature the entire wireless ecosystem – Connected Heath and Home, M2M, content and networking technologies. Close to 50,000 people, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 1,200 press and analysts worldwide. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is June 30, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700. (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151

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8) Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Japan (October 24-28, 2016), Participation fee: $500/company
The Government of Ontario, in partnership with Canada Embassies in Tokyo, invites you to join with us to visit Japan in late October with the focus of IoT, mobile/wireless/digital solutions/FinTech. While in Japan, you will exhibit within the Canadian Pavilion at Japan IT Week Autumn, the largest B-to-B ICT event in Japan attracting 40,000+ visitors and 535 exhibitors in 2015. Business to Business meetings will be arranged for every participating company. Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca for more details.

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INCOMING BUYERS AND LOCAL SEMINARS

1) April 20, Toronto: Join Branham’s top 300
Every spring Branham Group announces the results of our annual research into Canada’s Information and Communication Technology sector. The Branham300 is the definitive listing of Canada’s top publicly traded and privately held ICT companies, as ranked by revenue. We also highlight Up and Coming companies that are about to make a splash, and prominent multinationals operating in Canada. Come out to our free event on April 20th in Toronto to share some good food and drink, and to hear Branham CEO Wayne Gudbranson analyse the results of this year’s research. Be sure to arrive before 6:00 so you don’t miss his keynote. The results will go live on our Branham300 Web site on the same day. Details at https://2016branham300.eventbrite.com

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May 11: Ontario ED:TECH tech sourcing forum in Toronto:
Apply for one-on-one meetings with the CTO at the Toronto District School Board and a briefing with Kevin Custer, founding principal of Arc Capital. Joins us for the first Ontario technology sourcing forum focused on ed:tech. Learn about Do’s and Don’ts, Lessons Learned and Export Opportunities for Canada’s ed:tech sector, and meet with potential buyers for your technology. Partners include The Canadian Federal Government and ITAC. Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca and Yves.Belliveau@international.gc.ca (attached applicatin)

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2) Japan firm seeks to invest in Ontario technologies (cyber sec, big data, digital media, etc)
Marubeni (www.marubeni.com) is one of the largest Japanese trading houses with annual revenues of 7,834 billon Yen and 4,485 employees (excluding 1,931 local employees of overseas subsidiaries). Marubeni is interested in investing in Ontatrio companies with the following technologies: Cyber security, big data analytics, digital media for digital signboard and fintech (payment using smart device – ex. Paypal, International fund transfer – ex. Transferwise, Online venture ex. big data service – ex Affirm, Personal finance management – ex. Mint, Cloud accounting ex. Intuit, Investment support, big data – ex. Betterment, Crowdfunding service ex. Zopa). For details please contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca

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3) U.S. fintech firm seeks Ontario software development firm
A US fintech company that is developing a technology platform to facilitate interest rate swaps is looking for a development firm that has the financial services experience (ideally in swaps) to engage with them on a contract on all Software Development Phases. Languages (Java, Erlang, JavaScript, Python, Bash); Development Expertise (Multithreading, FIX protocol, Spring, Camel, React); DevOps Expertise (Linux (Ubuntu), Jenkins, Puppet, Git, Continuous Integration); QA Expertise (Test automation, Potato); General Expertise (Finance experience – ideally swaps, Good communication skills). Interested parties please send a 200 words company profile including strengths, experience, awards and major clients to Roshan.Mohan@international.gc.ca (contact Roshan also for details)

Women in IT – Info Session on Friday April 15th, 10am

YWCA Hamilton’s Women in I.T. program is now in its third year offering support and training to women with multiple barriers to skills upgrading, industry certification and access to employment in the IT sector completely free. In partnership with Mohawk College, participants can access IT academic training, work placement and job search support. In order to be eligible you must currently:

  • be unemployed or under-employed
  • have at least a highschool completion
  • limited personal income
  • computer literate

I’ve had a small part in helping train Women in I.T. clients in year 2, as well as hiring them for some amazing logo design (http://dianacreate.com/ ) and administrative assistance and research work. I’ve been extremely impressed by the output of their select candidates. Not only does this program put these women through a gauntlet of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and WordPress but they are given support and opportunities to redefine their careers and solidify their paths within the IT sector.

If you’re interested in hiring a Women in I.T. graduate, contact the YWCA Hamilton.

If you’re interested in participating as a student, the next information session will be held at YWCA on Friday April 15th at 10am. The program is completely free. For registration, contact Jupiter Deveau at jdeveau@ywcahamilton.org.