All The News
- Waterloo-based Auvik raises $20M in Series C.
- Toronto-based NorthOne plans to use their latest $2M seed funding raise to help small businesses with their banking needs.
- The Canadian Women’s Network is hosting an event to introduce female founders to Silicon Valley Investors. They’re also looking for more female leaders to join them.
- SPORTLOGiQ has announced the opening of a brand new AI lab situated in Kitchener-Waterloo, the fastest-growing market for tech talent in Canada. The region has increased its pool of talent by 66 per cent over the last five years.
- In the battle against fake news, Kitchener startup Ground News has launched an app to help journalists verify sources.
- Toronto-based OANDA has been acquired by CVC Capital Partners Asia IV.
- Marc Castel, CEO of Toronto-based Fiix discussed how he and his co-founder built in “conscious capitalism” into the bones of their company.
- Salesforce announced that they are investing $100M into their Canadian Trailblazer Fund aimed at supporting Canadian startups.
- Samsung opened a research centre in Toronto because it is one of the “epi-centres of machine learning and one of the world’s foremost hubs for AI research and development”. The Toronto centre is one out of 3 research centres globally. The others are in Moscow, Russia, and Cambridge, UK.
- Calgary-based Circle Cardiovascular Imaging (Circle for short) raised $16M in their latest round. Their technology incorporates big data and deep learning to enable diagnosis of complex cardiovascular diseases.
- Highline Beta has re-launched a program aimed at developing more female angel investors.
- Governor General Julie Payette awarded the 3rd annual Innovation Awards to 6 Canadians whose efforts have had a meaningful impact on our quality of life.
- Adobe acquired Magento for $1.6B.
All The Moves
Humans of Tech
This month we had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Oliver Fisher, VP of Engineering at Freshbooks.
Check out his insights on balancing commuting from Ottawa to Toronto 3 days a week, and his thoughts on inspiration based leadership.
On AI and implications for building teams with a conscience…
The rise of applications for AI has sparked critical conversation in our community about ethics.
What can and should tech companies do to ensure that our tech is designed with an inherent respect for human rights? With the inherent biases that often come along with machine learning, we MUST build teams that can develop great, responsible solutions. This month’s discussion will focus on HOW we can do this.
This week at the TrueNorth TechForGood Conference, the Declaration was released. It covers a variety of ways that companies can be held accountable for building companies and solutions that are ethical and that put the best interest of humanity first. We think that a commitment to these principals will not only ensure better products, but will also give a business an incredible edge as they compete for the best talent.
We’re interested in what is being done now and what you’re planning to do to address this in your company.
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