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The Spotlight is on Tectoria

Now that Microsoft has announced its plans to open a 10,000 sq/ft office downtown to house 60 new employees for their Interactive Entertainment division, even more people are about to take a closer look at

December 2, 2011

Staying Canada's Smartest City

I'm sure all of you thoroughly review and then memorize VIATeC's annual report and as such you already know that for the last six years Talent has been a key focus within our strategic plan.

June 10, 2011

A Vision for 21st Century Education

Last December, the Premier's Technology Council (PTC) released a special report on education to provide a vision for the K-12 education system in the 21st century.

March 2, 2011

Branding our tech sector...what's in a name

Economic development agencies around the world are constantly striving to brand their local economy. If they come up with a clever name it can really make a difference.

February 8, 2011

Get On Board – Nominations now open

VIATeC’s AGM is coming up on September 23 and that means it is time for Board Elections. Each year, we are very lucky to have a well attended AGM with more candidates for the board than vacancies.

August 11, 2010

Even Einstein Needed Help

I get to work in/for a very interesting industry.  The tech sector is full of people that are willing to take entrepreneurial risks to create exciting companies that often make the world a better place.  This only works because we have so many intelligent people willing to do the hard work to bring concepts to market.

May 31, 2010

Home Grown is the Best

VIATeC is a cross between an industry association and an economic development agency. We exist to help technology companies grow and that means understanding their opportunities and challenges and doing what we can to help them leverage the good stuff and mitigate the tough stuff.  Often that means addressing things that individual companies would be less effective at on their own.

May 7, 2010

Why People Aren't Listening to You Online

If you are sending bulk emails or throwing up promo messages everywhere online, nobody is listening to you.  In fact, when you do have something of value to share with potential partners, customers, investors, employees or friends you will be ignored. 

April 30, 2010

Got Something to Say?

I'll be honest, I'm worried about this Blog.  To make it worth visiting regularly it has to be rich with interesting content and I think it's best I ask for help.  So I'm looking for guest bloggers to contribute to the VIATeC blog.

Interested? Send me an email.

April 27, 2010

The Next New VIATeC

In January of 2009, I was meeting with the VIATeC board for our annual review of our member survey results and strategic planning.  Part of this included breaking up the 14 person board into smaller teams of three or four to brainstorm possible new initiatives for VIATeC.  Each team was to pick their best new concept and then pitch it to the group to be voted on.

April 26, 2010