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Aug 2018
We had the pleasure of connecting with Afraj Gill - immigrant, community activist, and Co-Founder of Drop Mobility - this month and were blown away by his story. Everything from his upbringing in Vancouver, to where he finds inspiration, to the surprising parts of his journey and beyond. We hope you enjoy this passionate and candid exploration of one of the amazing humans in our Canadian tech ecosystem.
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Jul 2018
This month we're proud to present this interview with the incomparable Carrie MacGillivray! Carrie is Group Vice President – IoT and Mobility Research at IDC. Carrie manages her team remotely across North America, has presented her insights across the globe, and has been recognized as a leader in her industry many times over.  
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Apr 2018
Welcome to the first of a monthly discussion piece. We're chatting about the role of tech companies in their communities - won't you join us?


Thalmic Lab’s CEO Stephen Lake published a thoughtful piece on why he’s based his company in Waterloo Region. There was a lot of back and forth discussion around Waterloo Region as a home for tech, sparked by Vidyard’s Michael Litt’s Globe and Mail piece.

The Discussion So Far:

Some in the Arts community found the piece to be offensive and written in bad faith. The author of one piece suggested that the arts could use financial support from companies as successful as Vidyard. Others like Conway Fraser argued that Litt’s piece was simply highlighting rather than attacking and opening a much-needed conversation. Fraser suggested that critical evaluation is necessary for improvement The discussion touched on the arts and culture currently available in Waterloo Region and included Litt's view on everything from the health care facilities to the educational institutions.

How About You:

What do you think? We’ve chosen to continue the conversation around the role of tech companies in the communities in which they operate. We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments below. Do companies have an obligation to the communities in which they operate? If so, to what extent?

This discussion was originally opened in our monthly newsletter. If you’d like to be the first to join in on the conversations and keep up to date on the Canadian tech scene, subscribe to our newsletter!

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Apr 2018
Heather Galt is the new VP of Startup Programs at Communitech and works tirelessly to support the young companies she works with and set them up for success. We were very lucky to connect with Heather and hear about her recent exploits, her motivations, and her wisdom.
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Mar 2018


WealthSimple had a big year, raising $65 million from Power Financial Group for a total investment of $165 million, as well as announcing that they now manage over $2 billion for clients across Canada, the US, and the UK.

Voltera announced its new product, the new V-One Drill. Waterloo Region's own SkyWatch raised $4 million in its seed round of funding to continue development of its Earth Observation platform EarthCache. Addressing a talent shortage, several companies including TulipShopify and ecobee have banded together to create an Associate Product Management program and will accept 12 to 15 students for 6 months of vocational training. Ratio City was awarded the grand prize of $100,000 at the Fierce Founders Finale. Waterloo-based OpenText acquires Hightail and adds it to their product suite.

RealWear has raised $17 million for its AR wearable device aimed at workers in construction and other heavy industries.

The Ontario government has tapped Waterloo-based Shopify to lead online marijuana sales upon federal legalization in July. DroneBase raises $12 M to bring AR to aerial drone imagery. Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector will get a generous federal boost as it was named one of the 5 winning superclusters awarded funding from the federal government. Montreal-based media and image platform Unsplash raised a unique funding boost through ablockchain tokenization project that netted them $7.25M. How’s that for creativity. Montreal-based Dialogue raised $12 M in Series A funding.

One time Flickr rival, 500px, acquired by China VCG.


This month, we had the pleasure of connecting with marketing guru and Aussie transplant, Paul Gray! Paul is the Marketing Growth Coach at Communitech currently, but he's been involved with companies at all stages - from co-founding his own startup to Disney and now back to the startup community in Waterloo.

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Brandon Nussey, former CFO at D2L, has joined Lightspeed POS. Local AI start-up Kiite welcomes Stephanie Ratza as its new CFO. Stephanie was formerly with BlueCat* and Descartes. Local founder, Eric Migicovky has joined the Y Combinator to work with incoming teams, including those whose companies have a hardware component. Eric led Pebble through 2 record-breaking kick-starter campaigns, then sold the company to FitBit. Formerly CTO at QuickBooks, Warren Faleiro, has now moved into the CTO position at Toronto's Oanda. Stephen Klee, former Bank of Nova Scotia VP, joins venture firm Portag3. Big leadership changes at eSentire with a new CEO in Kerry Bailey, as CTO Mark McArdle and CRO John Harris depart. *the original newsletter incorrectly stated that Stephanie Ratza had been with PointClickCare. We apologize for the error. 


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We work with young companies who are watching their culture evolve. They are identifying the values that will drive leadership decisions and ultimately help them build a company that succeeds. They know that the greatest tech companies are those where brilliant people deliver incredible results. But how do you motivate and engage the best in tech? Getting this right is critical but not simple. Continue reading for the 3 Secrets to Building a Motivated Team and the One Missing Ingredient That’ll Bring it All Crashing Down
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