Monthly Newsletter
April 2017 
Welcome New Sponsors - Georgian Partners!
We're thrilled to announce that Justin LaFayette, Managing Partner at Georgian Partners, is the most recent addition to our esteemed group of sponsors.  Justin has been involved with AceTech Ontario for many years as one of our founding board members and we are delighted that he is continuing his involvement with AceTech Ontario - now as a sponsor.  Those of you who were at our highest ever attended Quarterly Dinner & AGM last week, know how valuable Justin & Georgian Partners are to the Toronto technology ecosystem.   

Ju stin leads Georgian Partner's investments in Bluecore, Integrate.AI, Kinnser Software, Kony, Polar, PrecisionLender, Signpost, Tealium, Top Hat, Turnitin and WorkFusion. Justin also previously led the firms' investments in 41st Parameter, Shopify, Silanis and Syncsort.  Prior to co-founding Georgian Partners in 2008, Justin was Vice President of Strategy for Information Platform and Solutions with IBM Software Group. Previous to that, Justin was a co-founder of DWL, an enterprise software company which grew over 10 years to become a leader in master data management (MDM). 

Welcome Justin and Georgian Partners! 
In This Issue
The Executive Workshop with Rob Luke   

Join Rob Luke on April 19th in this executive series for tech CEO's and Executives to mobilize their teams and down line managers to take their business further, faster. Allen Leigh Consulting has taken the highest impact elements from their experience coaching and delivering workshops to over 800 executive leaders and teams across 16 industries and put them into a full-day hands-on workshop for our members.  
This program is designed for the Executive who:
  • Leads high talent c-suite or in-line teams in imminent growth, restructuring or merger positions
  • Is confident in their team's execution style, but their cross functional delivery can cause tension between teams resulting in business disruption
  • Is time crunched and doesn't have time for lengthy coaching and performance discussions, but needs to connect and correct action quickly and promptly
  • Likes bottom line results and practical tools to help their team move forward
To learn more about Rob, click here.

Members have received their invitation to attend - Register today!
Navigating HR Challenges 
Featuring Leadership Initiative Award Winners Denise Roy & Daneal Charney - May 2nd, 8am

The Cost of Brilliant Jerks with Daneal Charney
We've all met well-meaning jerks who are often right and almost always believe they have the organization's best interest at heart but leave a trail of human carnage behind them. Brilliant Jerks cause distress, trigger turnover and sick leaves and tarnish your brand reputation. The stakes can get higher, when the board gets involved, when investors don't want to deal with you, or when a nasty termination escalates to a human rights case. You may want to retain the stellar developer, designer or product manager, but at what cost? As the leader of your organization, what should you do with these brilliant jerks?

Best Practices for Effectively Activating your Human Resources Function with Denise Roy
The technology space is a different beast than its older, more lumbering counterparts on the Canadian business spectrum. It moves at a more accelerated pace of change, with a more diverse set of employee players to contend with. The Human Resources team of any technology organization needs to be equally paired in its pace, style and practices. This session will speak to the Best practices for effectively activating your human resources function. 

Invitations have been sent! If you did not receive yours, please email Nomi at
Annual Retreat   

Our Annual Retreat is just around the corner and begins May 31st! Have you registered yet?  This year's sessions promise to be just as valuable as ever.  To view an agenda click here and for speaker sessions, click here.  Just a reminder to all CEO members and sponsors, that the price for the retreat is included in your annual fees! So please email Nomi at if you haven't already registered.   
New Member Benefits   


Having troubles finding the right executive, at the right time, for the right amount of time? Looking for an independent Board member, mentor or advisor? Kahuso is an online marketplace that connects accomplished executive and professional talent to companies for contract, board and advisory opportunities. Email Nomi at for your promo code to enter at check out and enjoy a 50% discount on your first search.


AceTech Ontario members receive a free marketing assessment.

Lime Advertising is a marketing agency that helps you build better relationship with your existing clients, and attract new ones.
We have developed and implement unique and best in class marketing tools and strategy that bring you measurable results.

Osler is offering  one complimentary subscription to "Private Sector Source" to all our members.   Private Sector Source is a web-based information tool that provides private sector Chief Privacy Officers, lawyers and compliance professionals with access to the resources required to manage strategic and day-to-day privacy compliance responsibilities.

Members are also invited to sign up for the complimentary AccessPrivacy Monthly Privacy Call.  This is a telephone conference led by an  experienced team of professionals. They offer insights into emerging issues and notable developments in the privacy and information management space.

Venture Out is Canada's first conference for LGBTQA+ inclusion in tech & entrepreneurship, which happened last week.  As sponsors, AceTech Ontario was given access to their applicant portal which contains all the resumes of conference attendees who are looking for new opportunities and have uploaded them to the system.  Members can receive this access for free! For the log in information, please contact Nomi at

OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund: When to Apply in 2017

OMDC's interactive Digital Media (IDM) FundCould Support Your Next Software Dev Project: Each year, the OMDC IDM Fund is offered to innovative Ontario software development firms to support new interactive digital media development. The next funding application deadline is April 10, 2017. This grant can cover up to 50% of eligible software development costs to a maximum of $50,000-250,000 depending on the stream. The OMDC IDM Fund will consider innovative software projects that education, inform, and/or entertain the Canadian public with a wide distribution network (ie. Apple App Store, Google Play, Playstation Store, XBL). Interested in learning more? Click on the title above to see if the Concept Definition, Production, or Marketing Support stream is a fit for your next project.
Resolutions Passed at AGM   
Special thanks to all of our members who came out last week to vote at our Annual General Meeting.  For those who were not able to attend, please click here to view the resolutions that were passed.   
New Members
Nora Jenkins, Director of People Operations, Wealthsimple
Olga Zakharenkava, VP Demand Marketing, Doxim 
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