august 2013


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In This Issue
Baseball Game
September Quarterly Dinner
Companies and Capital at the Spoke Club
Articles of Interest
Member Highlights
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We hope that you have been enjoying the summer and have been taking the opportunity during this slower time to reflect on your business and what you can be doing to improve the performance of you and your team this fall.  AceTech Ontario can help!  Take advantage of membership for the entire Executive Team to tap into the enormous amount of experience and expertise that is shared within the roundtable groups.

Here at AceTech Ontario we have been enjoying several social events over the summer to connect with new contacts and reconnect with members in other groups.  Most recently, many of us met for Cocktails on the Patio downtown and had a great evening.  Read on to hear about more upcoming events.
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Baseball Networking Event 

Please join us at our AceTech Ontario Social and Networking event at a box in the Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays take on the Yankees.  All our members are invited to attend - both CEO and Executive Roundtable members - but we are limited to 40 tickets so it is first come, first served.  AceTech Ontario will supply the seats and all the food.  Cash bar.


Don't miss this chance to get to know members outside of your own roundtables to increase your network.  Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Please join us for our September Quarterly Dinner using a new format!  We will be featuring our Leadership Initiative Award winners who will put on two workshops for you to choose from, from 4:30pm to 6pm.  We will then move into cocktails at 6pm and dinner from 7pm to 8:15pm. A new format, great learnings, and lots of networking.  Both our CEO members and our new HR Executive Roundtable members are invited to attend. 


Workshop One: Join  Elizabeth Caley, VP Product Management for Firmex as she shares a workshop Elizabeth Caleyon


"Innovation, Collaboration, & Employee Engagement through Competition"


Almost 9 in 10 Canadian executives report innovation is a strategic priority for their business, and 96% believe that small and medium enterprises can be as innovative as large companies. However, in its most recent assessment, the Conference Board of Canada gave our country a "D" grade, saying Canada remains below average in its capacity to innovate and there are no Canadian organizations on the world's top 50 most innovative companies list.


Join Elizabeth as she introduces a new internal initiative that is inspiring innovation, collaboration between teams, and increased
employee engagement at Firmex. Drawing from the Global X Prize ("Revolution through Competition") and initiatives like Google & Apple's "20% Time", in 2012 Firmex introduced the EX Prize.  Read more by clicking the "Get More Information" link below. 


Attend this workshop to hear all about the results and successes Firmex has had with this program, and ways that you can implememnt this type of program in your own business


Workshop Two:  Join  Ray Payette, SVP, EngineeringRay Payette

and Operations for Blueprint Software Solutions as he shares a workshop on  



" Agile speak for CEO's - Understanding a hybrid-agile process for software development. "


There have always been processes for building software.  Blueprint has evolved a hybrid-agile approach to developing software that provides the risk reductions and flexibility of agile, but with the discipline needed to deliver predictable business value to our Enterprise Customers.


Blueprint specializes in the requirements aspect of software development, and as a software company we are fortunate enough to be able to use our own software to develop our product.  The session will center on general process and terms for executives and how Blueprint has reconciled an agile development process with the predictability and accountability demanded by modern-day business, using Blueprint's internal approach as a model.


This will be a fun but informative look into the software development process.


 September 23rd at The Spoke Club

AceTech Ontario members are invited to A new event dedicated to exploring the relationship between building and realizing returns for capital providers in the

communications, media and ICT industry.  And AceTech Ontario members get a special discounted price! 


C&C brings an exclusive group of executives in the communications, media and technology sectors together with the themes and people that impact their companies strategically and financially. Executives are looking for the most effective ways to achieve success in terms of growth, profitability and developing defensible assets. C&C serves as a comprehensive briefing of what companies need to know about building and realizing assets for themselves and their shareholders.


Who will attend Companies & Capital?

Leading executives of small to mid-market companies within the communications, media and technology sectors, qualified debt and equity capital providers, and leading service providers including investment banking, legal, accounting and consulting. 


Register at for the special Acetech Ontario discount. Includes a six-week membership to The Spoke Club


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Some interesting articles you may want to look at: 

Watch out Apple TV - Google comes out with Chromecast for only $35
Apple Pays 'Tens of Millions" for Canadian Startup

How much should you pay your Sales Reps?

One thing successful people never do

5 must have apps for entrepreneurs

Member highlights
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Congrats to AceTech members Jason Tham, Joel Lessem and David Nyland on participating in the Toronto Triathlon

 * if you have stories about yourself or your business you want to share, please email them to

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 Thanks to our sponsors!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  Looking forward to hearing from you!.




Jo Ann Dizy
AceTech Ontario