August2017 JobDescriptions

August 8, 2017 | 7pm - 9pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre, Milton

September is the busiest hiring month of the year. Are your job descriptions ready to attract the right candidate?

Finding the right people to hire is hard. But for many tech companies – it get’s harder because the job descriptions don’t inspire, don’t attract, and don’t convert into interested candidates.

Join us on August to learn how to understand:

  • The elements of a great job description in 2017
  • How to write the job description so you will attract the audience you want
  • How candidates read job descriptions (the good the bad the ugly)
  • What makes a job description authentic and real
  • What makes the right candidates apply


Stomphorst Avatar 2014Rick Stomphorst. President of, providing recruitment services to technology companies, start-ups and recruitment firms to identify and acquire high-value tech staff for their complex staffing requirements. Rick is also a Co-Founder of Silicon Halton. @StompR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Milton Education Village Innovation Centre |  555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)

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FRIDAY February 17,| 9am - 10:30am

We'll be diving into Traction Marketing by brainstorming, then selecting 3 traction methods that one member will execute on for 30 days (until the March meetup).  Make sure you watch the Traction Marketing post here: before coming in order for a chance to have your business selected.

This is an open group targeting the Solopreneurs in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

Learn more about the Solo Peer-2-Peer here.

Where: Halton Hive,  [map]


May 10, 2017 and May 17, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre, Oakville

Do you know a Halton student between 15 and 20 years of age?

Are they interested in tech? Would they like to learn about work opportunities available in the Technology sector? Would they like to know what companies look for in candidates and how they hire? We've got a great 2 night program to help them learn how to get hired!

What They’ll Get Out Of 2 Packed Nights

  • LEARN what job opportunities are available in the tech sector (hint: definitely not all coding jobs)
  • UNDERSTAND how companies review resumes – and what makes them pay attention
  • GET clear guidance on how to network – both in person and on social media
  • LEARN how to create a unique pitch and practice delivering it to Halton tech companies in a comfortable environment
  • GROW their network with local tech companies that hire and meet peers that they could work with on interesting projects

Limited to 50 students - (ideally 5 students each from at least 10 different Halton Region high schools)


Are you a Halton based tech company that hires summer students?

Silicon Halton cares deeply about building opportunities for students within Halton region - making this a great place to live, work, and play.  After all, our core is about Technology, Community, and Growth.

With that in mind, we're looking for 30 Silicon Halton members / companies that may be hiring summer students this year - for projects, for internships, and/or for summer employment.  We'd like to help TU20’s gain experience pitching themselves and networking face-to-face.  Each member / company that participates will listen to all 30 second pitches individually, then spend 2 minutes in rapid Q & A with each student.  If you don’t have a current opportunity to offer, you’re still welcome to participate.  You never know when you might need one of these talented Halton students.


Silicon Halton Member / Company Experience From 2016

"When I attended the Tech Under Twenty Pitch Night last year I was truly impressed by the caliber of high school students that we had an opportunity to interview. It was a well organized event and in less than an hour I met several young people who conducted themselves very professionally. There were at least 3 or 4 students that I thought could make a contribution to our entrepreneurial organization over the summer months. In the end we settled on one who worked with our Marketing Department to update our website. I believe it was a mutually beneficial experience and would encourage other employers to get involved. " - Dianne Beveridge - President AYVA Educational Solutions



July2017 SummerSocial

Tue July 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Hamptons Restaurant / Patio | Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville

Join us on the patio for a great summer social and speed-networking with Silicon Halton members.  Take time to share info about you and your business - and learn about others. Past attendees have said they always get value from practicing and delivering their pitch - as well as making new business acquaintances.

How Speed Networking Works

  • 3 minutes per conversation
  • First person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Second person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Then 1 minute to ask questions or exchange business cards – so bring lots
  • Smile and move on to the next person

What Can You Say In 1 Minute?

A lot actually if you practice a few times before the meetup. You can say:

  • Hello
  • Your name, your role, and your company name
  • What you help your clients / people achieve (one sentence)
  • How you do it (one sentence )
  • Your website (where people can go for more info)

If after the introduction you feel there is value in connecting, absolutely send the other person an email / linkedin request the following day.  


Hampton’s Restaurant at the Quality Suites Hotel
754 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 6R8, Oakville, Oakville
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WomenInTech Peer2PeerMay 23, 2017  |  7 pm  |  The Ivy, 3330 South Service Road, Burlington

Topic: Networking

This month group members Elizabeth Plouffe and Pam Mulhall are taking the lead to tackle effective networking for business development and strategic alliances to boost your business.

The Women in Tech Peer 2 Peer group’s goal is to empower women in business by examining the unique gender based challenges of working in and with technology to effect progressive change within our working and community environments. 

Meet ups are generally for women only who work or live in Halton.  Non-Silicon Halton members are welcome.

Each month we'll have a topic for debate, and an opportunity for individuals to share challenges and successes with the group in a safe, supportive setting. 

Meetup formats may include dinner discussion meetings, guest speaker presentations, or workshops - depending on the topic.

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June2017 StructuringYourBusinessForGrowth

Tue Jun 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (NOTE: early start time) | The Whisky Lounge, O’Finns Irish Temper, Oakville. 

Starting a business is tough! But, once you’ve tackled that major challenge what does it take to make it grow year over year? Are there ways you should structure your company so it’s best suited to grow? Are there things you should avoid?

“The structure of a business is everything that directs, controls and influences the behavior of your people as well as the flow of resources and activities towards fulfillment of your business objectives.

Business Challenges

Entrepreneurs and CEOs of companies are faced with many challenges and risks as they drive along the highway of business growth. While they plot their journey many questions arise and key decisions need to be made. Hard and potentially expensive decisions.

  • How should you the capitalize growth? Should you go it alone, bring on investors?
  • How should you grow? Develop new markets, sell new products and services in existing markets? Both?
  • How can you best valuate your company so you know where you are and where you need to be?
  • Where do you invest money in growing your company? R&D or Sales and Marketing… both? What’s missing?

These are some of the questions we will help answer during our newest installment of our “growth series” of meetups brought to you in part by SB Partners. This meetup will feature presentations from John Chisholm, Greg Clark from SB Partners and Chris Herbert, cofounder of Silicon Halton. Following the presentations will be a panel discussion

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Real World Case Studies

This meetup will feature actual case studies of growth successes and failures including:

    • The story of how SB Partners started and how they’ve evolved and structured themselves to grow. Get ideas on how you can structure your business to grow using some of the things they implemented.
    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Stories and insights from growth success and failures.
    • Insights from Chris Herbert’s interview with Jon Ferrara. Jon was the cofounder of Goldmine software which he sold in 1999 for $83M U.S. Jon cofounded Social CRM provider Nimble in 2008 and is the CEO.

Finally, we will share new findings that disprove that the lack of capital is the primary reason why Canadian companies cannot scale. We will share the three critical issues Canadian companies need to address in order to fuel late stage growth.

Who Should Attend?

  • This meetup is designed, primarily, for CEOs and Entrepreneurs of growth oriented technology companies with 10 to 100 employees and members of their teams.
  • It’s open to all CEOs and business leaders who want to assess whether their company is structured for growth.
  • For entrepreneurs that have audacious goals of growing 10 times in revenue/value within 5 years

Presentation and Supportive Docs

Presentation DeckCanadian Tech Tortoises, Is a lack of spending on marketing and sales delaying fundraising? | A Failure to Scale, Are We Creating Financially Unattractive Companies?


JohnChisholm June2017John Chisholm, Partner & CEO - SB Partners
As Partner and CEO of the firm, John is grateful for the opportunity to lead his team. John loves the challenge leadership brings, as well as the opportunity to connect with the community. He tries to keep abreast of emerging issues that affect his clients and their businesses. His main focus is making sure SB Partners put the best possible team on the field every day to help their clients succeed.
Learn more about John >

GregClarke 2017Greg Clarke, Partner - SB Partners
As a professional and trusted advisor, Greg's role is to provide clients with information, options and practical solutions so they can make informed decisions. Solutions need to add value to a business while allowing the flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing business environment.
Learn more about Greg > 


Chris.jpgChris Herbert (Moderator)
Chris is an entrepreneur. His ventures include: Mi6 Agency, Silicon Halton and TechIgniters. He’s an author,  former squash professional, a top CMO on Twitter and a finalist in Cisco’s Global Innovation Contest. He loves to blog about technology, sales and marketing.
LinkedIn | Twitter >


Join in the Conversation

Silicon Halton members can discuss this event before and afterwards in our LinkedIn group here. Submit your questions in advance to the panelists!


The Whiskey Lounge, O'Finn's Irish Temper
136 Church St, Oakville, ON L6J 1M9
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May2017 SocialMedia Unmeetup

Tuesday May 9, 2017 | 7-9:30pm | Location: Milton Education Village Innovation Centre, Milton

As a business owner and entrepreneur, your time is incredibly valuable, and should be spent focusing on tactics that will help drive your business forward. Think you don’t have the time or resources for social media? Think again! Join our next Un-Meetup session.

In this session, we’ll uncover how to:

  • Make the most of your limited time and resources
  • Where to start on social media and tips to get you started
  • Three features that will help save you time and resources

Grow your business and drive sales:

  • How social media can help grow your business
  • Three features that will help you drive new sales and leads

Stay competitive and manage your reputation:

  • How to listen and learn from your customers, competitors, and industry
  • Three features that will help your small business stay competitive

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The Venue

Milton Education Village Innovation Centre |  555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)

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