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 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:

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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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I recently was made aware of the presentation made by John Davidson, Director of Economic Development for the Region of Halton. As a small business owner (Silicon Halton and Mi6 Agency) the decisions and investments being made by government organizations, public servants and elected officials can affect me, my businesses and the people and organizations I work with every day. This applies to all members of Silicon Halton.


This presentation is of particular importance for a few reasons:


  •  A study was recently done, by MDB Insight, that identified key issues facing small and mid-sized businesses in Halton with respect to growth
  •  The Region is proposing taking a leadership role in helping companies scale up, export and globalize
  •  It’s being proposed that the Region and key support services along with Haltech co-locate physically


I encourage members to watch the presentation below and if you have any thoughts, questions or comments that you share them via the following options:


  •  Via this discussion post in Silicon Halton’s LinkedIn group
  •  Leaving a comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #SiliconHalton
  •  Reaching out to me personally via my Linkedin profile and send me a message (you may need to connect with me first; if you do mention in your connection request this blog post)

I’ve uploaded this video [source] to YouTube so you can watch it below. Here’s the transcript as well.



NOTE: Any views and opinions associated to this post are not necessarily shared by my cofounders of Silicon Halton nor our 1300 members.


Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 is a B2B (Business to Business) marketing and business development agency dedicated to helping technology companies build their brands and develop commercial relationships. He is the founder of ProductCamp Toronto and the Hi-tech community Silicon Halton. He tweets under the handle @B2Bspecialist.




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