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!

UPDATE:

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.

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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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UPDATED: Jan 29/16. Look for [NEW]

This briefing note and discussion is intended to stimulate conversation, interactions, ideas and thoughts regarding IBM among Silicon Halton members. The goal of this activity is to find common interests, uncover information gaps and potential go forward projects, programs and ideas that will help SH members learn, grow using IBM technologies.

Right now I'm using this post and LinkedIn for private discussion among members to try and engage with SH members but we are looking at better ways to gather online to dig and learn deeper together on exploratory areas like this.

BRIEFING NOTE/DISCUSSION

IBM is pushing forwards, aggresivelly, in the areas of Cognitive Computing, Predictive Analytics, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence. They are trying to develop an "ecosystem" of technology professionals (entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists) and partners to further advance the use and adoption of Bluemix, Softlayer and Watson. They've recently struck deals with Apple who recently announced that they will be opensource their new programming language "Swift".

I believe, but need to validate with SH community and other key people in my networks and yours that there are business, commercial and career opportunities for those who invest time and effort in doing "stuff" with IBM "stuff". Pretty elegant huh? But you get my point.

This briefing note/discussion is intended to share, what I believe is relevant and useful information along with good discussion with you to explore this further.

Key announcements and information that, I believe, are contextually relevant and to help frame this exploratory conversation:

=> [NEW] Jan 29/16 |  IBM Watson Developer Cloud services on Bluemix (Published Jun 04/15)

=> [NEW] Jan 29/16 | Is Watson the Key to IBM's Turnaround? (Interview with David Kenny, new GM of IBM Watson)

=> [NEW] Jan 29/16 | IBM Closes Weather Co. Purchase, Names David Kenny New Head Of Watson Platform

=> [NEW] Jan 29/16 | Announcing our largest release of Watson Developer Cloud services (Published Sep 24/15)

=> Jan 16/16 | How AI Is Changing The Healthcare Industry With Brian Garcia who recently received a new round of funding led by Canadian VC firm Georgian Partners. See Chris Herbert's interview with Managing Partner Simon Chong to learn more about Georgian Partners approach to investing in technology companies. This follow up interview, by Robin Smith of Virtual Logistics, is a good one as well. Ben Wilde answers a series of questions including the types of companies Georgian Partners are investing in.

=> Jan 14/16 | Building With Watson in 2016

=> Jan 07/16 | Under Armour And IBM To Transform Personal Health And Fitness, Powered By IBM Watson

=> Dec 12/15 | IBM Internet of Things Platform  

=> Dec 04/15 | IBM injects new Watson smarts into Commerce Insights platform

=> Dec 03/15 | Apple and IBM made a brilliant new move to infiltrate large businesses

=> Nov 25/15 | IBM Canada invests $65 million for innovative collaborations

=> Nov 23/15 | The Future of Cognitive Computing

=> Nov 21/15 | Tweet from President of IBM Canada: At Smith School of Business at Queen's celebrating Watson at work with the winners of Retail Analytics Competition

=> Nov 09/15 | Video: IBM Introduces Powerful Analytics for Everyone

=> Oct 08/14  | IBM Brings Watson APIs to Bluemix PaaS 

=> Sep 22/15 | Special Interview with Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers at IBM (NOTE: This is an interview my firm, Mi6 Agency, produced for Virtual Logistics)

=> May 22/15 | Governments of Canada and Ontario officially announce $123.5-million Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest

 

Discuss100x100Please feel free to ask questions, challenge us about what it might be like working (or not) with IBM and add information that you think is useful to help us better frame opportunities for us as entrepreneurs, developers and professionals in the technology industry. Silicon Halton members can discuss this brief here

 

Chris Herbert, Cofounder.

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