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Silicon Halton, and my firm Mi6 Agency,  are communications partners for the upcoming IIoT Symposium being produced by McRock Capital taking place on May 18, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

McRock Capital, was the very first Venture Capital Firm and Fund in Canada and most likely the world, to be exclusively focused on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market. I’ve attended this event twice and will be covering it on behalf of Silicon Halton this year.

What’s very interesting about this event is how the McRock Capital team have brought together the right mix of stakeholders in the IIoT scene.

  • Large global enterprises: companies that provide market insights and are looking to invest, partner and go to market with IIoT startups

  • Entrepreneurs: emerging leaders and risk takers who are forging new paths in the IIoT space through their ideas, startups and passion

  • Funders: people and organizations that finance and fund IIoT ideas and startups

  • Subject Matter Experts: who can help you understand market challenges and opportunities and give you a view into the future of IIoT

  • Government orgs: those that support entrepreneurs to start and grow their business

And finally, there’s celebrities, music, comedy, food and networking  as part of the socializing and entertainment that this event is known for. If you’re in the IIoT space I strongly recommend that you attend this event.  To learn more about McRock Capital and the upcoming IIoT Symposium check out my interview with co-founder and Managing Director Whitney Rockley.

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Don't Forget! This Monday Nov. 28th at 7pm the Software Peer2Peer Group will meet to discuss Security in Application Development. Guest speaker Robert Beggs of digitaldefence.ca will be leading the discussion! This follows up the topic of security which was raised at our September meeting. Don't miss this opportunity!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silicon-halton-software-peer-to-peer-group-meetup-5-topic-security-tickets-28900535279

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Congratulations John Chisholm

JohnChisholmJohn Chisholm, CEO and Partner, SB Partners has been named as a Fellow to CPA Ontario. This prestigious honour, designated by the initials FCPA, FCA, formally recognizes leading accounting professionals whose achievements in their careers or community leadership have earned them distinction and honour to the profession.  FCPA’s are nominated by their peers who have recognized exemplary qualities and contributions.  

John is a strong advocate of the accounting profession, employee enrichment and community support. A CPA since 1991, John ‘walks the talk’ by living the mission and values of SB Partners, giving freely of his time and talent. Leadership coupled with strategic thinking and financial expertise is the foundation by which John exemplifies SB Partners’ philosophy.  A generous advisor and mentor to staff and externally, a role model and leader to clients and community, John is authentic.

Recognized for his thoughtful insight and contributions to the community, John has served on several boards including the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, Burlington Economic Development Corporation, Gift Planning Council for the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Foundation and Cabinet Chair for the accounting division of the United Way's Burlington Campaign.   John Chisholm is well-deserving of the FCPA Ontario Fellow designation.

We're thrilled for John and SB Partners - and proud to have SB Partners as a Silicon Halton sponsor.

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Don't forget!  The Silicon Halton Software Peer2Peer is meeting Monday Oct. 24 at Apple Suites in Oakville. We start at 7pm and normally go to 9pm. The topic this month is UX Triage presented by Michael Lant.

Michael will share:

  • The emerging trend of using the UX Triage process to drive UX design;
  • How it helps the discovery, organization, creation, and optimization of UX design;
  • How it gets stakeholders, developers, and designers working better together.

If you are designing software applications, don't miss this innovative approach to software user interface design.

If you haven't already done so, register here. Hope to see you there!


The presentation from Michael was excellent and very informative!  The full wrap-up for the event is available here.

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