Lead Full-stack Senior Developer | Javascript & NodeJS

If your career goal is to build commercial applications from scratch vs maintaining pre-existing apps, then this role may be for you. Additionally, due to the nature of the business, you’re usually utilizing the latest tool sets and language versions keeping your skill sets current.

Full-Stack Senior Developer | Team Lead | Javascript – NodeJS – ReactJS for a custom software development company in Oakville specializing in in mobile and web based product development. Customer facing role leading a team of 8-10 developers you will architect and manage the development of new software applications.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists.

We continue to grow and are now adding another Javascript/NodeJS Developer Lead to our team.  Permanent (preferred) or Contract.

They use open source development tools to build scalable solutions. They’re 15 year old growing firm with 150 people across 4 offices, including software engineers, business analysts/project managers, and creative talent delivering some really cool stuff. They own most projects entirely, sometimes they’re an extension of the client. 50%+ of their products can be found in an app store or publicly on-line. 

Perks

Our work environment.

  • Flex hours
  • Flexible working location when required
  • Full benefits package
  • Cell phone plan reimbursement
  • Gym Membership reimbursement (or virtually any physical health activity)
  • Brand new modern office facing the QEW
  • Office closes during the holidays
  • Casual, yet professional environment

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against.

  • Proactively collaborate with cross-functional teams to define & design of new Products, features and functionality (senior role)
  • Full-stack coding, end-to-end delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Direct interaction with the client
  • Provide effort estimates, planning out weekly sprints alongside 5-month objectives, while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before.

  • Javascript, NodeJS, ReactJS
  • HTML5 / CSS3 / / Bootstrap
  • 5 years experience with open-source development and technology foundations, and a pragmatic approach to using the right tool for the job
  • Successful track record of delivering projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: bring them to the interview!)
  • MySQL
  • Effective communication skills as you will be in regular contact with the client – great opportunity to further refine your communication skills
  • Experience working in a Mac and Unix environment
  • Experience creating and consuming third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Proficiency with cross-browser/cross-platform issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Connect with Us!

To learn more about the client, their culture and the opportunity, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: Full-stack JS/NodeJS

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Keywords: job, jobs, ReactJS, React Native, RoR, Ruby on Rails, SSH, Linux, Git, HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, Agile, Slack, shopping cart, AngularJS, MongoDB (NoSQL), JavaScript, mobile, Ionic, PhoneGap, HTML5, NodeJS, Halton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga

DevOps Solutions Architect | Oakville

DevOps is taking the world by a storm, however, not all DevOps roles are equal. If you want to play in multiple Fortune 100 sized sandboxes, then this is the DevOps opportunity for you.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists

Within Fortune 100 companies, virtually every production application was built and is maintained using the traditional waterfall SDLC practices. Working alongside our key partner Chef, we’re helping these Fortune 100 companies (primarily 10,000+ sized firms) transform these environments into a continuous integration DevOps / Agile infrastructure.

We’re looking for a developer ready to transform how Fortune 100 companies deploy and manage their production software application environments. You will own, lead and guide enterprise technology teams through a Waterfall to DevOps / Agile transformation. You and nurture them to embrace the CI/CD transformation.

You will provide technical direction, deliver workshops, guidance, advocate, mentoring, and coaching. You will bridge the gap between technology and the business. Ultimately helping the customer to become self-sufficient enabling them to transform future projects.

This is primarily a software development role.

What’s in it for You?

  • Professional Growth and recognition. We’ve doubled from 40 to 80 professionals in less than 2 years. Be part of that growth.
  • You will be on the leading edge of software development and DevOps / Agile transformation projects for Fortune 100 companies
  • Immediate Chef and Hashicorp training to gain your Certification with their tools
  • Potential to deliver presentations at Chef.io conferences

Perks

  • Recent recipient of Employee Recommended Workplace Awards.
  • On the Branham300 List of Top Canadian ICT Companies, 3x in a row.
  • Headquarters in NE Oakville. Less than 1km from Hwy 403, walking distance to cafes and eateries.
  • Flexibility to work from home when you want
  • Flex time
  • Full benefit package from Day 1
  • Monthly Socials
  • Work Phone of your choosing
  • New branch office in NY, NY

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Develop and apply consistent, standardized build and deployment processes, and implement continue integration / continuous delivery
  • You will lead proof-of-concept projects and DevOps / Agile transformation projects
  • You take a strong technical lead in managing the day-to-day delivery of the transformation projects, coordinating with the client’s technical resources and your technical resources (but you’re not the PM)
  • Assist with the installation and configuration of Continuous Integration tools such as Jenkins
  • Gathering requirements
  • Must be able to travel 25% unrestricted to the USA, predominately to North-East or Midwestern states
  • We also require an Intermediate level resource. The role is similar, however, not leading the project, less client interaction and less travel

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • Overall 10+ years of software development and release engineering experience
  • Agile and SDLC methodologies. MUST HAVE.
  • Optimization of Software Delivery Pipelines through automation and lean techniques
  • Expert with infrastructure automation tools such as Chef (preferred) or Puppet, Ansible, including Chef tools including Automat, Inspec, Habitat, and Kitchen
  • Experience writing infrastructure code for cloud environments such as AWS
  • Ruby on Rails in a Test Driven development environment (highly preferred) or Python or Perl.
  • Experience with Container technologies like Docker or Kubernetes (highly preferred)
  • Continuous Integration tools like Jenkins (preferred), Concourse (concourse-ci.org) or Travis CI (travis-ci.org) (nice-to-have)
  • Strong scripting experience in Linux environments
  • Strong scripting/development knowledge with Ruby (preferred), Bash, Python or Perl
  • Bash or Powershell
  • Linux, Windows Server OS
  • Cloud infrastructures such as IBM Cloud (formerly Bluemix), AWS (and EC2 or S3), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform, VMware with VRA and VMO
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation) as this is a customer facing role (for senior position)
    BSc in Computer Science or equivalent

Other Experiences that would make you stand above the crowd

  • PCI, HIPPA, SOX 404
  • Continual Compliancy tools such as Chef Inspec
  • Automated Build experience and tools such as Chef Habitat, Make or Maven
  • Artifact Repository tools such as Sonatype Nexus or Jfrog Artifactory
  • Hashicorp Vault, Terraform (or NewRelic) & Consul (or CyberArk)
  •  Test Driven development tools such as Chef Kitchen, JUnit, Selenium

Sound like you? Send your resume to rick@searchvelocity.ca now!

Please include your resume.

About the Company

Our client is a custom software development and IT professional services firm. They’re tearing down silos from development to IT by helping companies move to a DevOps / Agile production environment.

They are part of today’s fastest-growing areas in the IT industry: DevOps, big data and analytics, and secure workflow management. They are Canadian company based in Oakville.

In 2017, they were recognized as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Profit 500, a Top ICT Company by Branham and received the Excellence Award in Quality Improvement from PBMI.

Sent your resume to Rick@SearchVelocity.ca

#Keywords: CI/CD, DevSecOps, maven, Secret Storage, Ansible / Puppet, IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service, PaaS, Apache, IaC, Infrastructure as Code, IaaC, Infrastructure as a Code, bamboo, Swarm, Nomad, Deadpool 2

System Administrator – Oakville

System Administrator for Software Company

About the Job
The purpose of this role and why this role exists

We are growing our team again. We are a software development company and as such are always pushing technology to the limit. We need someone to help us push.

Perks
Why we’re a cool company

  • Recent recipient of Employee Recommended Workplace Awards
  • Flex time, partial work-from-home
  • Full benefit package from Day 1
  • Monthly Social events
  • Headquarters in NE Oakville
  • Less than 1km from the QEW, walking distance to cafes and eateries.

If people only knew the great stuff we do here. – Unsolicited quote from team member

Top Responsibilities
The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Provide first and second-level problem resolution of in-house servers, laptops, and cloud systems
  • Perform day-to-day maintenance tasks
  • Provisioning computers and resources
  • Work closely with the DevOps team to provide appropriate monitoring mechanisms for deployed architectures
  • Assist with analysis and design of new technology solutions
  • Develop technology standards and specifications for use by systems administrators. Perform technology evaluations

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see
All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • Three years or relevant work experience as a Systems Administrator on a WAN virtual environment.
  • Good knowledge with most recent Office 365, MS Windows server, Active Directory, Exchange server, SQL Server Reporting Services, Queries, SPs
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure & AWS / Iaas / Saas platforms (Azure, O365)
  • Good knowledge of network administration, TCP / IP protocols, Internet services (DNS, FTP, etc.), WAN, branch office interconnectivity
  • Knowledge of backup and replication
  • Knowledge of virtualization technologies and VMWare
  • Ability to troubleshoot
  • Customer-focused and service-oriented
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Systems
  • MCSE, MCSA, CCNP certifications is an asset

Connect with Us!
To learn more about this opportunity, the client, their culture, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: JAVA Developer

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

About the Company

Our client is a software product company, custom software development and IT professional services firm, based in Oakville and offices in New York and Waterloo. They are on the Branham300 List of Top Canadian ICT Companies, three years in a row. Recently they have also ranked in the Growth500, Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for two years.

Please include your resume. We’re searching for local permanent resources only.

Python / Django Full-Stack Developer & Designer | Oakville

We are searching for a Full Stack Python / Django / MySQL Developer & Designer.

We are a Canadian company using our 20 years of experience to provide consulting services to businesses obtaining government funding.

Coupled with our services, we have developed a unique supporting suite of applications providing us with an unrivaled competitive advantage. Our application provides our clients with visibility into the very complex and hidden $14B data feed of open funding opportunities.

If your career goal is to own commercial applications then this role may be for you. Due to the nature of the business, you’re usually utilizing the latest tool sets and language versions with virtually no maintenance.

You will be working with the business to prioritize outstanding changes and build the product roadmap as we scale and expand internationally.

We provide full benefits in a casual, yet professional environment

About the Job
The purpose of this role and why this role exists.

We are growing and need a professional software designer/developer to analyze, enhance, scale and maintain our custom SaaS solution.

You will lead a small team of data analysts. We offer full benefits in a casual, yet professional environment.

Top Responsibilities
The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Proactively collaborate with cross-functional teams to define & design of new Products, features and functionality
  • Full-stack coding, end-to-end design & delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Assess existing application suite and (if required) propose a technology roadmap
  • Automate information gathering. Build a workflow driven survey application that integrates with our application suite
  • Lead the development of programatically sourcing data, cleansing data, and integrating into our application
  • Periodic Level 2 & 3 support
  • Expanding the automation components gathering data
  • Managing a small team of Data Analysts

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see
All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • 7-years+ years of experience in software development roles with open source technologies in a SaaS environment
  • Backend: Python / Django and PHP / Laravel (or other PHP frameworks), NodeJS
  • Frontend: Bootstrap, Sass, CSS, HTML, VueJS
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL and data model design (logical & physical data models)
  • Experience manipulating very large data sets (5T)
  • IDE such as Pycharm (Python) and Phstorm
  • HTML / XML parsers like Beautiful Soap
  • Experience with NLP
  • Alfresco and WordPress content management systems
  • Experience with DevOps methodologies, CI/CD pipelines, Deploybot and Ansible
  • Scaling applications
  • Experience with DigitalOcean and managing VMs
  • Experience with AWS S3
  • Experiencing creating data integration solutions
  • Experience with web scraping solutions
  • Git code repository
  • Good working knowledge DNS
  • Linux
  • Effective communication skills
  • Proficiency with cross-browser/cross-platform issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Nice to haves

  • Product Management experience, developing roadmaps and project plans
  • Experience with ETL solutions
  • PaaS experience
  • Experience with Machine Learning and AI

 

Let’s Get to Work!

To learn more about the client, their culture and the opportunity, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: Python

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

 

About SearchVelocity.ca

We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in complex assignments, roles requiring multiple technologies, skills and/or business vertical knowledge, like this one.

We bring 25+ years of broad experience working in software companies and IT professional consulting firms as hiring management of Technical staff.  We can help you find the right people.

Based in Halton Region, Ontario (GTA-West) we specialize on the staffing challenges of tech companies located in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills, Georgetown, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto. Visit us at SearchVelocity.ca

 

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Ruby on Rails Developer (Junior & Intermediate) | Oakville

If your career goal is to build commercial applications-from-scratch vs. maintaining preexisting apps then this role may be for you. Due to the nature of the business, you’re usually utilizing the latest tool sets and language versions with virtually no maintenance.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists.

We continue to grow and are now adding another Senior iOS Developer to our Oakville team. Full-time (Permanent) or Contract.

Perks

Our work environment.

  • Flex hours
  • Flexible working location when required
  • Full benefits package
  • We use team collaboration and other video conferencing tools to collaborate remotely alongside many other modern tools
  • We have amazing clients who are fun to work with and appreciate our value to them
  • We are the sole technology provider for several clients where we have been able to earn their trust and respect
  • A breadth of experience exposure across several personalities, client types, projects, and industries
  • Casual, yet professional environment
  • BYOD

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against.

  • Proactively collaborate with cross-functional teams to define & design of new Products, features and functionality (senior role)
  • Full-stack coding, end-to-end delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Direct interaction with the client
  • Provide effort estimates, planning out weekly sprints alongside 5-month objectives, while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before.

  • 2-years (junior) – 5-years+ (senior) years of experience in software development roles
  • Including 1-year (junior) – 3-years (senior) experience with open-source development and technology foundations, and a pragmatic approach to using the right tool for the job
  • Successful track record of delivering projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: bring them to the interview!)
  • Ruby on Rails v3/4
  • Bootstrap
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL and data model design (logical & physical data models)
  • Effective communication skills as you will be in regular contact with the client – great opportunity to further refine your communication skills
  • Experience working in a Mac and Unix environment
  • Experience consuming third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Proficiency with cross-browser/cross-platform issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Connect with Us!

To learn more about the client, their culture and the opportunity, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: RoR

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Keywords: job, jobs, RoR, SSH, Linux, Git, HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, Agile, Slack, shopping cart, AngularJS, MongoDB (NoSQL), PHP, JavaScript, Python, Native iOS, mobile, Ionic, PhoneGap, HTML5, NodeJS, React, ReactJS, React Native, Halton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga

PHP Developer

PHP developer for an established FinTech company in Oakville.  We have created a digital platform for wealth management for Canadians. Our mission is to simplify investing for Canadians to help them reach their financial dreams sooner.

We are growing. We’re building new products and have other new products in the pipeline including eventually migrating to a native cloud serverless solution. We need an additional Sr. PHP Developer (full-stack) to join our team to help us build and continue to grow.

Our goal is to find a self-starter, seasoned developer, with very good communications skills who can contribute to our best practices.  Someone with a successful track record of developing and delivering scalable, responsive, secure, multi-tenant SaaS projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: showcase your past projects at the interview – bring them with you!).

Perks

  • Free financial advice and no fees on your investments – a benefit that will pay off for decades
  • Benefits and RSP matching start on day-one
  • Flex hours outside of core 10-3
  • … and more

Key Responsibilities
The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Full-stack development including research and analysis, requirements review and gathering, design, impact analysis, estimating, unit testing, internal documentation and maintenance
  • Planning out sprints while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks
  • Consuming APIs. API development (potentially if this is something that interests you)
  • Occasional Level-3 support, defect investigation and resolution
  • Integration with backend Financial Systems

Some of the Experiences & Background We’d Like to See
All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • PHP experience – 5+ years
  • GUI – Expert level – Must have
  • .NET / C# – 3 years – Very nice to have
  • 5+ years MySQL or MSSQL
  • CMS experience, preferably with WordPress
  • HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, Restful APIs, Selenium
  • Strong in security for web applications
  • Git, or similar open source code control systems
  • Agile Scrum environment
  • Windows OS
  • Experience consuming third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Proficiency with cross-browser/cross-platform issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Nice to Have

  • Fintech experience
  • AngularJS or other JavaScript-based front-end web frameworks
  • AWS or Azure Cloud experience
  • Slack & Jira
  • Sharepoint and Sharepoint API
  • Devops experience

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada and must be able to travel intermittently to the United States

Sound like you? Sent your resume to rick@searchvelocity.ca now!

Please include your resume.

About the Company

An established and growing FinTech company in Oakville.  We have created a digital platform for wealth management for Canadians. Our mission is to simplify investing for Canadians to help them reach their financial dreams sooner.

Leadership Lessons from Sports – Lesson Learned

Leadership Lessons from Sports – Lesson Learned

Sport and Business Share Common Ground when it comes to Performance.

On April 29, 2019, a unique event was held on the floor of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Velodrome) in Milton on Leadership Lessons In Sports (read about the event here). This event was held by the Town of Milton and the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre and produced by Silicon Halton. The presenters provided almost three hours of valuable leadership lessons. 

We’ve captured the salient points below.

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Nicole W. Forrester 

Dr. Nicole Forrester is an Olympian, 8-Time Canadian Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold and Bronze medalist, and a Pan American Games Silver and Bronze medalist. She is an assistant professor at Ryerson University, specializing in sport psychology and high performance. She is also a registered consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.

Lessons Learned: 

Top medalists performance is 90% mental and 10% physical

Strategically tie short term goals that you can control with long term big goals; think of it as a process

“Everyone on your team has to know the Goal (your mission)”

To improve performance, in athletics (in life and business!), establish an IST (Integrated Support Team); use same approach to teams that Jim Collins talks about in Good to Great

Belief in your ability to make the challenge your faced with

[LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Web] [Optimal Zone Inc.

 

Educational Keynote

Dr. Simon Taggar, Professor of Management, Wilfrid Laurier University, BSc, MBA, PhD.

Simon is Professor of Management in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University.  Dr. Taggar researches leadership, creativity and strategic human resources management. In addition to his research, Simon’s experience includes working as a management consultant and as a commercial Banker.

Lessons Learned: 

“A Leader’s ‘Mission and Vision’ has to win the hearts & minds (of employees, customers, the board, etc.)”

The essence of Fit = 1) do you have the same values and 2) do you have skills that are complementary to the team?

Better leaders focus on visible performance outcomes

Competence as team is critical to success

The great leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. She the one who jets the people to do the right things

Leadership is defined as the ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or set of goals.

Obviously we all want great players, but find the ones who think team first – that’s a challenge

Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your habits, they become your character.

[WLU

 

Industry Presenters

A series of short sprints from a cross-section of industry speakers, covering a unique aspect of their business or market, and a leadership and team techniques that works well in their company or market, or by them personally. 

Ben Zimmer, Founder & CEO, Enable Education

Enable Education helps local business onboard, upgrade, and engage their staff by creating custom training experiences at their innovative facilities in Milton, Ontario.

Lessons Learned: 

“If you don’t live your values, they are meaningless”

Values is not just words they have to be lived. Enable’s values is: RECIPE (Revolutionary, Effective, Curious, Inclusive, Passionate, Ethical)

“We added a company values video to Job Postings and overnight it changed the quality of candidates (we received)”

[LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Instagram] [Facebook] [Web

 

Michelle Stanford, Senior Vice President, Industry Services, Canadian Welding Bureau

CWB Group is a non profit regulatory body overseeing the welding sector in Canada. They provide certification, education and consulting services to companies and ensure the quality and safety of welding in manufacturing and construction and has their head office in Milton.

Lessons Learned: 

“High performing welding teams know the big picture”

“Welders take pride in their work and they’ll even brag about it. They’re reinforcing when they do something good and right”

Seconded importance of “IST”that Keynote Nicole Forrester referred to.

Everything you need personally and professionally is available to our employees in the Town of Milton.

Key traits of high performance people and teams: 1) Character, 2) Competence and 3) Commitment

[LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Web

 

Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park

Jessica has the good fortune to help grow and promote standardbred racing in Ontario while creating an entertainment destination for the region.

Lessons Learned: 

“We were intentional as to what type of culture to create”

“We look for new people who can fit our values”

Leadership of (our) company is driven by 9 values and beliefs.(posted on their website)

[Instagram] [Twitter – Woodbine] [Twitter – Jessica] [Web]

 

Matt Cavalieri, MBA, P.Eng. Plant Manager, LVDA at Eaton

Matt joined Eaton in 2010 as part of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and has held a number of Operations & Engineering Leadership roles within the Milton Low-Voltage Distribution Assemblies (LVDA) operation. In June 2018 Matt officially became the youngest Plant Manager in LVDA history!

Dixon Lee, Product Manager, Residential, Retail & Light Commercial. Joining Matt will be Dixon Lee who joined Eaton in 2008 as Product Specialist, Automatic Transfer Switches & Power Quality, leveraging his unparalleled passion to quickly advance through the ranks of the Canadian Marketing organization.

Lessons Learned: 

“Our company is ‘values driven’ with ‘passion’ being one (of the values) and the glue that marries strategy with the hearts and minds of the people that care deeply about the things they do”

Expect leadership to think strategically

“We interview for EATON values”

“Collaboration 2.0” – EATON leverages Yammer for online collaboration to reduce barriers to collaboration across borders and functions.

 Augmented Reality is used on the factory floor. One benefit is faster onboarding of new employees

“We only have to walk across the street to get talent” (once Wilfrid Laurier University starts classes at MEV Innovation Village)

We’re using to collaborate and innovate

[Web] [Twitter] [Matt LinkedIn] [Dixon LinkedIn]

 

Lisa Macneil, Divisional President of Ontario, Gordon Food Service

From the beginning, Lisa’s career has spanned across three major corporate acquisitions. Her diversified professional experience has taken her through many key positions within the organization, ultimately leading to her current role as the President of the Ontario. Within this role Lisa oversee’s all aspects of the Division from Operations to Sales, Marketing, HR & Finance.

Lessons Learned: 

We have a Values driven leadership (values posted on their website).

Shared how they communicate to each person that “Your role has a purpose and impact”

[Web] [Twitter-GFS] [LinkedIn]

 

 

Presentations

Primary Deck:

 

Keynote Dr. Nicole Forrester Presentation:

 

Academia Keynote Presentation: Dr. Simon Taggar, Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University:

 

Twitter Threads: Live During Event | Post Event

 

 

POST A JOB – www.HaltonTechJobs.com

POST A JOB – www.HaltonTechJobs.com

Imagine finding the right candidate in your own backyard? 

getstartedorangeThere are 1000’s of job boards and ~dozen Tier-1 job boards. We’re not one of them.

Job searchers don’t want to browse through irrelevant job postings. We’re a niche job board focused on one segment: Halton hi tech companies and their hi tech roles.  Our target is to help you find the right resource your own backyard.

Today’s knowledge workers are increasingly selective about who they want to work with. You know that.  Our niche job board helps you identify the right candidates while also wowcasing you and exciting career opportunities here in Halton.   

The Silicon Halton Job Board allowed us to find the right candidate in Halton, a short commute to our Oakville office

Our Postings:

  • Allow you to include a Video profile of your company. A powerful tool in attracting talent.
  • May include any/all of the social media outlets of company, including your LinkedIn company profile. The candidate may already have a connection to your company. Include your company logo in all posts.
  • Are Tweeted from @SiliconHalton (3,000+ followers). Many followers will naturally retweet to further broaden the message.
  • Have a summary cross-posted to our Silicon Halton LinkedIn group (The number of members are displayed at the top of this page)
  • Postings typically receive 250-500 views and rank on the first page of Google search results.

By doing this we discovered that you will receive better and higher qualified candidates, spending more time speaking with the right candidates, vs. weeding out the wrong ones.

The job posting on Silicon Halton was mentioned as the source for several job applications.

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We use a low per-day rate. You can leave your posting published for 5 days, 5 weeks, or 5 months. You’re in control.

Get started by sending your job description to rick@searchvelocity.ca 

Moving Towards Agile Workforce Planning

By: Ian Cook, Head of Workforce Intelligence Solutions at Visier. This article first appeared on Visier’s Clarity blog

Business agility is no longer for the brazen few. In fact, 94% of business leaders and CHROs say that “agility and collaboration” are critical to their organization’s success, according to Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report.

Rapid technology change, shifting demographics, competitive markets, and other trends have necessitated new types of business structures that are optimized for adaptability. This is supported by a critical element that is often overlooked: agile workforce planning.

In short, to have a responsive workforce, the process that supports this (workforce planning) needs to be adaptable itself.

Typically, workforce plans are executed on an annual basis, with budgets firmly set for the year. This may have been sufficient in an era when markets were more predictable. But when there are sudden changes in immigration policy, or a new digital-driven competitor emerges mid-way through the fiscal year, it can be difficult to change course.

Agile workforce planning practices enable organizations to minimize risk (such as talent shortages) and capitalize on upside opportunity in an era of disruption.

The 4 Critical Elements of Agile Workforce Planning

What are the main elements of agile workforce planning? Continuous activity, awareness, collaboration, and flexibility. Here is why each is important to your business and what you can do to get more agile:

1. Continuous activity

Why you need it:
When workforce planning marches to the drum of the fiscal year, businesses often need to set aside money for extra budget “just in case” people end up costing more than expected. One large organization I worked with had allocated 5% of its compensation budget to cover any overage resulting from an imprecise budgeting process.

Such a fund may always be necessary in an unpredictable market, but when workforce plans are refreshed on a shorter cycle, they are more accurate, and this type of budget padding can be significantly reduced. This frees up funds for other critical projects, such as learning and development. When planning is done on a shorter cycle, it also enables HR to quickly realign resources to different projects as they become more critical.

What gets in the way:
Planning is often spreadsheet-based, with HR pulling information from many disparate systems (covering everything from compensation and performance data to financial targets). This can take a significant amount of time, which means that rapid-cycle planning is simply not feasible.

Top Tip:
Look to reduce the amount of time your team manually pulls data from disparate systems. When this process becomes automated and analytics-based, you can look ahead at how many open positions need to be filled, when they must be filled, and where in the organization they are needed the most. This gives you the necessary time to either move budget around or talk to the manager about delaying the hire until budget accumulates. Now you can hire on genuine need, and respond more quickly to market shifts, while forecasting more accurately.

2. Awareness

Why you need it:
CFIT accidents happen when perfectly good airplanes, under pilot control, are unintentionally flown into obstacles such as a mountain. Many of these types of crashes are the consequence of poor situational awareness. Pilots must know at all times what their position is, and how their actual position relates to their environment.

Just like a seasoned pilot, an HR leader always needs critical awareness. It’s important have a solid understanding of how the business is doing in relation to planned hiring targets, compensation budgets and other key business objectives. With an awareness of where deviations may be happening in the plan, HR can best support the organization’s goals.

What gets in the way:
HR needs an accurate snapshot of the current situation to make a starting point for the plan and to compare actuals to the plan. But often, the manual process to get headcount and Total Cost of Workforce (TCOW) takes too long. The snapshot is obsolete by the time the planning team gets it.

Top tip:
To get an accurate snapshot, it is not enough to view analytics from several individual systems. Look for software that uses the unified data from your HRIS and financial systems to give you an accurate picture of your current headcount, organizational structure and total cost of workforce as a starting point for your workforce plan. Functionality that helps you easily keep track of how headcount and cost targets vary from plan is also a critical asset. This enables you to see how actuals for headcount and costs compare to their values in the plan to keep track of how well your plan is being executed.

3. Collaboration

Why you need it:
Skills requirements are evolving at an increasingly rapid pace. Consider all the high-paying jobs (such as data scientist, sustainability director, or mobile applications developer) that only emerged within the last few years.

When workforce planning is done in a vacuum, HR and senior leaders can miss crucial feedback from line managers and other subject matter experts about key skills that are on the horizon. To stay ahead of critical skills gaps, the planning team needs input from people on the front lines: What do we do to get those skills? Can we train our own people? Plan for an aggressive recruitment strategy? Or is it better to look at contingent labor as a short-term solution?

What gets in the way:
When it takes too long to collect feedback, HR makes assumptions that end up being inaccurate, and there is a lack of buy-in from managers to execute the workforce plan.

Top tip:
Make it a priority to have all levels of business quickly give input and collaborate on the creation of a workforce plan. Track whether your plan contributors are completing their assignments to let you assess project progress and help you determine what to do in each individual case.

4. Flexibility

Why you need it:
A significant event, such as a merger or acquisition, can dramatically alter your staffing and skills requirements within a very short time. The level of unpredictability also increases when external players are involved: prized M&A deals often fail to go through or can even threaten the business. Consider how Toshiba’s future was put in jeopardy after it bought Westinghouse Electric Co., a nuclear services company. The volatile nature of business deals means HR needs to be prepared for multiple scenarios.

What gets in the way:
Oftentimes, information is spread across the organization in siloed systems within various departments and is difficult to aggregate and reconcile. This makes it difficult to create one plan, let alone multiple.

Top tip:
Look for technology and tools that enable you to create and compare different workforce planning scenarios (each with different workforce movement and cost assumptions) so that not only can you choose the best option for your organization, you can have contingency plans in place.

Change the Conversation to Eliminate Surprises, Reduce Costs, and Drive Performance

“It is not the strongest who survive, but the most adaptable.” Contrary to popular belief, Charles Darwin didn’t actually say this, but it does speak to a certain truth about the requirements of businesses today.

With analytics-driven, agile workforce planning, HR and finance can spend more time charting the way forward instead of arguing over the accuracy of headcount numbers or hiring simply because it’s in the budget.

With the ability to accurately adjust the plan on the fly, the plan is also more precise. This has a direct impact on costs, but more crucially, has tangible impacts on productivity and business performance.

About Ian Cook
Ian Cook is a recognized expert in the field of workforce analytics and planning. For the last 10 years Ian has been involved in driving forward the datafication of HR and is a frequent speaker and blogger on the subject. Prior to joining Visier, Ian built Canada’s leading source of HR benchmark data. His background includes years of international experience solving strategic HR problems for leading brands in the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100. Ian heads up the workforce domain for Visier and in this role is committed to delivering workforce intelligence that impacts business results.

Learn more about Visier at www.visier.com or @visier

Why You Should Take a Recruiter’s Call

You’re happy in your job. The calls, emails or LinkedIn messages are annoying. However, imagine if you are not receiving calls? If you’re not, your skills are no longer required, or they’re hidden and you cannot be found. 

Before dismissing a call outright, consider these salient reasons why you should at least consider the new opportunity. Your career deserves the 45 seconds to read these.

  1. You have the time to investigate and qualify the new opportunity and company to determine if it will help you grow professionally.
  2. This is the best time in your career to take your successes and accomplishments to test what they’re worth to another company.
  3. Opportunities appear more attractive than they really are when you’re currently unsatisfied in your role or company. 
  4. You are more likely to settle for a lesser position or salary when you are unhappy, than they would have if they were satisfied in their current role.
  5. In today’s corporate world, the only job security you have is the security you provide for yourself.
  6. There is no better time to objectively evaluate an opportunity and company, with a clear mind, without any negative outside influences or external pressures (e.g. if you have just been restructured out and need a job now).
  7. Actively looking for a job can be a full-time job itself and can also be also be very stressful to you and your family. People who get ahead don’t wait until there is something that they don’t like in their current role to have an open mind. They are proactive and keep their options open.

Abbrieviated from a post by Jerry Land. Read the full article here.

The Pros of Processes and Procedures

The Pros of Processes and Procedures

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. In business, repetition of processes with the purpose of achieving the same result is the desired outcome. Standard results are valued as a predictor of success over random results achieved through inconsistent practices. Properly thought out and executed processes are the tools by which business operations can best position themselves for success. As an owner or an operator seeking a potential buyer, processes and procedures are integral and here’s why:

  1. Consistent results. A properly prepared set of processes and procedures will lead to consistent business operation results. Consistency adds value since the company will continue to operate whether you, as the owner are there or not.
  2. Error reduction. Adherence to processes and procedures minimizes the possibility of error. Recognizing that errors warrant expense to rectify the situation, profitability is then enhanced.
  3. Reduced training costs. Documented processes facilitate an easier training process for new hires when they can follow prepared collateral on how to perform their tasks.
  4. Reduced reliance on employees. Defined processes and procedures reduces the risk of over reliance on any given employee. Following established frameworks minimizes upheaval during staff changes or vacation occurrences.
  5. Fraud protection. A properly designed set of processes and procedures ensures specific checks and balances to reduce the company’s exposure to fraudulent activity.

Review your business practices for consistent application of processes and examine how they flow together. Assume a staged, logical approach that takes into consideration the different functions and operational streams within your company but remember that you do not have to do everything at once.

For example, start with invoicing. Document how the invoicing system is currently being done and then look at it from a critical standpoint to identify how it can be done better. Consider what controls can be included to reduce the risk of errors or fraud. Conduct the same evaluation and documentation on your other systems, and continue to refine the procedures until everything has been reviewed. This approach will provide a valuable foundation for your business operations and a solid approach for continual improvement updates as the company evolves.

Einstein would be proud!

 

GregClarke

Greg Clarke is a Partner with SB Partners, a client focused accounting, tax and business advisory services firm.  He can be reached at gclarke@sbpartners.ca or via their website at www.sbpartners.com.

 

Burlington Hive – We’ve Moved & New Name!

Burlington Hive – We’ve Moved & New Name!

The Halton HiVE (Burlington HiVE’s new name) has recently moved to an expanded location to 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line and Harvester, one block south of the QEW. The move was made possible as local entrepreneur and founder of the HiVE, Shaun Pennell, collaborating with leading property development and management company, Emshih Developments Inc.

The new space offers members free parking, reduced membership rates, more meeting rooms, large separate presentation room (suitable for 40 attendees), much larger games room with pool table, including significantly larger kitchen and lounge.. The new space also provides potential growth by 30% with the property’s 18,000 sq. footage (up from 6,000sqft) and a possibility to expand to 100,000 sq. feet. This is a creative office that already has a unique energy, and is bringing the community even more vibrancy and growth.

HiVE members often collaborate with one another, making the HiVE the home base where new and established businesses alike can grow and thrive. It is not unlikely to see two people who were once strangers, now working alongside each other as business partners, clients or mentors. With the rapidly growing community membership, there are far greater opportunities for successful businesses and the happy humans that run them.

Join the community with memberships starting at $29/month. The drop in rate is $30/day.

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About the HiVE

Halton HiVE is a shared co-working space, giving a working home to a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, professionals and start-ups! The idea of the HiVE grew out of noticing the need to avoid the commute to Toronto and provide a creative place to work in the Halton Region. Halton HiVE is the connecting space that brings both talented people and ideas together.

Founded in 2013, is a growing and thriving community of tech professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. We offer a shared office space that encourages professional growth and collaboration while learning from other creative professionals in a fun and light co-working atmosphere.

Learn more about the Halton HiVE here: www.haltonhive.com and follow us on-line @HaltonHiVE, or contact us at staff@burlingtonhive.com and 905.592.2590. 

Kaylyn Gelata is the new, Community Manager at the, Halton HiVE

Building Upon Milton’s Hidden Economy

Building Upon Milton’s Hidden Economy

The Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre is just completing its first fiscal year. With a soft opening in April, we became fully functional in September with the completion of Phase 2 of our construction. Over the fall we have seen interest in the facility grow with companies using our coworking space and leasing small flexible offices geared toward technology intensive firms.

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Our board rooms and meeting spaces are also proving to be quite popular and Wilfrid Laurier University has begun to hold lectures in its class room space.

Much of our early efforts have focused on communicating what the MEV Innovation Centre has to offer to the technology and small business community. We have not spent as much time talking about WHY we are doing this.

Simply put, Milton can’t rely on the type of economic growth we’ve seen during the last decade continuing. Given its location in the GTA, Milton has been very successful in attracting logistics operations and the large scale, and land consuming, facilities that they use. We are not complaining. This tax and assessment growth has allowed us to achieve a level of fiscal balance and the ability to provide the services needed to take care of the Town’s rapidly growing population.

Milton WarehouseHowever, the supply of land is not endless and we expect the majority of large sites to be used up over the next ten years. That’s why we are asking ourselves, “what next?”. Better to be thinking about this now than scrambling for an answer in 2024.

This takes us to what we are calling our hidden economy. It has two parts. First, Milton’s population is on average, the youngest in the GTA with an average age of 34 years. It is also highly educated and over 40 percent of the work force is employed in professional and technical occupations. This is a talent pool teaming with entrepreneurship. We estimate that there are already over 3,000 “home based” businesses in town.

Equally important, is the emergence of the Professional/Scientific/Technical sector as a driver of local economic growth. This sector created the most new companies, about 400, over the last five years.

Business Growth In Milton by Sector: 2009-2013A significant proportion of the companies in the sector are in the computer/systems design and engineering industries. Currently, there are about 1,200 small companies employing about 2,200 people.

We believe that building a more diverse economy will be driven to a large extent by entrepreneurship and the continuing growth of value-added service companies and jobs. The MEV Innovation Centre’s facilities, existing and future entrepreneurship programming is dedicated to achieving this objective.

About the Member Blogger

KyleBKyle Benham is the Coordinator at the MEV Innovation Centre in Milton, Ontario. Reach Kyle at Kyle.benham@milton.ca.  Learn more about MEV at www.MEVInnovationcentre.ca

Open Data – Turning Public Data into Useful Actionable Information

Open Data – Turning Public Data into Useful Actionable Information

What is Open Data?

Wikipedia defines Open Data as “The rationale behind open government data can be considered as twofold.

  • September2014 - OpenData - r-halfFirst, advocates contend that making government data available to the public in open formats increases government transparency and accountability.
  • Second, open data should enable third parties to leverage the potential of government data through the development of applications and services that address public and private demands.”

One example, in lay terms, imagine all the political donations being readily available to everyone in an Excel formatted file. You didn’t need to submit a request, or drive to town hall, but rather, required access to an unrestricted web page. If you’re proficient with Excel, what information could you derive from that data?

A parallel can be drawn against Open Source software, and how that model has revolutionized the computing ecosystem. The most popular open source products run ecommerce sites of some of the world’s largest online retailers. In all probability, your company is also using Open Source products.

Why is Open Data useful?

To continue quoting Wikipedia, “The best open government applications seek to empower citizens, to help small businesses, or to create value in some other positive, constructive way.”

The massive amounts of data our government have collected is ours. The vast majority of it however is unavailable to us. Understandable for data containing personal or security information, but no longer acceptable for the rest.

Where can I Find the Open Data?

Here are some examples of Canadian sources of Open Data:

Who is using Open data?

Here are five examples of effective uses of public open data which provides citizen enablement (with screen captures of each following – click on image to enlarge or goto source):

  1. The mobile transit app (free) tells shows you the nearest bus stop, scheduled ETA, and map of route. Works with Burlington and Oakville transit. http://thetransitapp.com/
  2. A mobile app (free) which accurately tells you when the next train or bus will arrive (Toronto) http://rocketmanapp.com/
  3.  Chicago’s farmers market locations
  4. During a May 2014 Edmonton Open Data Hackathon, a citizen produced this City of Edmonton budget visualization (infographic). Their Mayor was later quoted “I’ve dealt with seven budgets … (this visualization was) very very helpful for me to understand our budgets through the eyes of a citizen
  5. Geo visualization of who donated to the 2010 Rob Ford campaign

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Ford 2010 Campaign donations City of Toronto.

Click on images to enlarge or goto source.

Get Started

Imagine leading or being witness to the genesis of some bold new commercial or open source app that brings life changing possibilities?

Eventbrite - Open Data. Open Gov. Shape The Future.

On September 9, 2014, join a intensive highly engaged round-table workshop with your peers. You’re in control. You can share and brainstorm on your challenges, your needs, and your ideas around citizen centric services and apps that require open data. Learn more here, or Register here.  

About the Blogger

Stomphorst Avatar 2014Rick Stomphorst is the President of SearchVelocity, providing recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. Rick is a technology leader with over 25 years experience with SaaS & on-premise software, large IT professional consulting firms and five software start-ups. He is a cofounder of Silicon Halton. [@StompR]

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