Monthly Newsletter
June 2016
Guess Where We Are!  

The anticipation is finally over! Today kicks off this year's AceTech Ontario Annual Retreat.  Later today, over 100 Ontario Technology CEOs and special guests will be gathered together for the hottest networking event in town.

Every retreat is a total immersion into the core of how technology businesses work and how these core principals can be put to use in every AceTech Ontario member's company. From advanced business concepts to everyday work problems, the Annual Retreat empowers the CEO from the next day back at work, and through the next several years of career success.

Click here to see a full list of highlights.

Will you be there? We'll see you soon!

If you're missing out, want to get on the A-List for next year's retreat and benefit from year-round programming? Contact Jo Ann Dizy  about membership opportunities.
In This Issue
Summer Social
July 6th

Join us for some beer, baseball, and of course, networking! This is your chance to meet Technology Leaders from other roundtable groups while you watch the Blue Jays VS Royals Baseball game at  Real Sports Bar & Grill.  Compete with your fellow members in the golf simulator - using high -resolution imagery with geophysical and satellite data, the result is a high-definition 3D photo realistic reproduction that is so crystal clear and faithfully reproduced, you'll swear that you're standing on the actual golf course.   
 
E njoy a networking dinner and chat over cocktails. There is no speaker or program for this Quarterly Dinner, just a great opportunity to kick back and celebrate summer with beer, a baseball game and some golf.
 
If you did not receive your invitation, please contact us
AceTech Ontario HR Roundtable 
How to Turn HR into a Revenue Generator  
When: Thursday, June 9th 6PM
Where: The Spoke Club (600 King St W., Toronto)

Driving revenue, or "top line growth" is on the mind of every CEO.  Yet it seems that people in other roles, such as sales, become the Corporate Heroes because they've demonstrated a more straightforward impact on this critical goal.  HR, on the other hand, has been typically seen as a cost centre and more focused on the bottom line.  Some progressive leaders have realized this is a huge mistake and partnered with their HR teams to flip this view on its head. 

Join the AceTech HR Roundtable Group in an intimate Q&A with Andy Aicklen as we hear directly from one of these Leaders how to grab the steering wheel and start driving revenue. 

This session will be moderated by Jennifer Bouyoukos, HR Tech Leader & Co-Chair of AceTech HR Roundtable.

Andy Aicklen is a Principal at Aicklen & Associates , Friend of AceTech, Past President of PeopleSoft and trusted CEO advisor & Sales Leader. He has spent his entire career in tech sales and sales leadership. Andy has worked at the largest (Oracle, PeopleSoft & HP) and the smallest companies (his own firm as well as several startups) and loves the "Art of the Sale". He works closely with CEOs primarily with their sales challenges, but is also a coach and mentor to a variety of senior leaders.  

You will qualify for this roundtable meeting if you are an HR professional, leading this functional area for your technology company, and report into the CEO or other C-level Leadership Teammember.
 
Agenda:
6PM - Drinks on the Spoke Club Rooftop
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Session with Andy
7:30PM - 9:00PM - Networking
 
Space is limited so be sure to email Nomi Cuneo at ncuneo@acetechontario.com by June 6th to reserve your spot.

Summit Series

Often our companies focus a great deal on product development and technology, but not on implementation and the onboarding of customers.  Good professional services enable a company to scale.  When a company does well at configuration, onboarding, set up and turning on, their customers feel good about choosing them and there is better customer satisfaction and retention. A focus on KPIs and operational management can increase margins, decrease turnover, and increase customer satisfaction. 

We are excited to be putting on our first ever Leadership Summit Series on Professional Services Excellence.   Each month we will be joined by a panel of professionals to help you focus on these important business issues to increase your profitability.   This will be a series of three workshops/power sessions from 8am to 11:30am as follows

 

September - Professional Services


October - Financial and Risk

 

November - Strategy

 
More information will follow in late summer.  All our Technology Leaders will want to attend this informative and important series.
Community Partners

Big Data Toronto

Big Data Toronto invites you to dive into the future, the world of endless opportunities and Big Data dreams.

After tremendous success in Europe, gathering over 10,000 innovators and practitioners, Big Data is excited to invite you to its Canadian debut in the most innovative city in North America: Toronto.

The conference/exhibition focuses on three different learning tracks (educational, practical, inspirational), featuring 50+ speakers and 40+ sponsors/exhibitors, as well as a number of different product demonstrations and networking opportunities. Best of all, its free for anyone to attend - just need to register online: http://www.bigdata-toronto.com/
    
 
Introducing Your First-Round Speakers - SecTor 2016

The first-round of speakers for the 10th annual Security Education Conference Toronto (SecTor) have been announced and it's a line-up not to miss
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Along with a keynote by cyberwar veteran Mikko Hypponen and a keynote panel on gender balance in InfoSec featuring Laura Payne, this year's line-up is made up of local and international security experts, consultants, directors, doctors, researchers, engineers and data scientists set to bring some of the most engaging, educational and thought-provoking sessions to Toronto.

To see the full list of first-round speakers and their sessions visit sector.ca/speakers .

As a proud sponsor of this year's conference we are pleased to offer you 10% off the current price when you register and use our discount code ACETECH2016 .

SecTor takes place in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) on October 18 and 19, with pre-conference training and sessions on October 17. Join us and take advantage of the exceptional value we provide:
  • Over 50 sessions and keynotes from the industry's most respected and trusted experts
  • The largest Expo of leading IT Security vendors and interactive centres in Canada
  • The Expo Theatre - where you can meet and learn from our sponsors
  • IBM Lounge, where you can plug-in and recharge throughout the day
  • Networking Party @ Steam Whistle Brewing - for all Full Conference Attendees
  • Tripwire's IoT Hack Lab and the Lock Pick Village return
  • Register today and receive up to 24 CPE credits.
For groups of five or more, email info@blackarts.ca to save 20% on current registration rates. Can't make it to the full conference? Use the discount code ACETECH2016expo for a free expo pass.
AceTech Blog
See the links below to get a look at our most recent posts on our web
site  blog. Our blog includes member profiles and contributions, news features, and sponsor highlights. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute, please contact our Community Manager, Nomi Cuneo ( ncuneo@acetechontario.com).
 
Welcome New Members

Marlene da Costa , HR Manager at Medgate

James Faw , Partner, VP Product Innovation at Altus Dynamics

 

Pamela Hojilla , Legal Counsel at Cogeco Peer 1

 

Daniel Marcus, VP, Operational Excellence at Intelex Technologies  

 

Simon Rowland, CEO at Direct Leap Technologies 

 

David Sudbury, CEO & President of SecureFact
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