Monthly Newsletter
February 2016
Welcome to our new Community Manager: Nomi Cuneo

AceTech Ontario  is excited to welcome Nomi Cuneo to the AceTech team.  As the Community Manager, Nomi is responsible for Digital Marketing, Event Management and Administration.  She is tasked with adding value to AceTech member's experience by executing the Roundtables in coordination with all of the Roundtable leaders, working with AceTech's Executive Director on all signature events, increasing brand awareness through social media channels, website maintenance, blogging and various other marketing & administrative duties. 

Please feel free to reach out to Nomi if you have any questions or just want to say hello! You can reach her at 647-823-4320 or

In This Issue
First Ever Peer Group Session - February 19th
We will be hosting our first ever Interactive Peer Group Session on Friday, February 19th at E11even Restaurant. The event will run from noon to 2 pm.

These will be essentially the same as our roundtables except they will be open to all our CEO members and they will be on a specific topic - our launch topic is 'What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?' 

Anyone can sign up, but attendance will be limited to 20 participants to enable great conversations. All CEO members have received an invitation to attend.  Be sure to register now as spaces are limited!

AGM & Spring Dinner with John Sicard -  March 29th
We will be holding our AGM and Spring Dinner on March 29th and we want to thank our generous sponsors KPMG for hosting this event in their beautiful event space.  We are privileged to have John Sicard, the CEO of Kinaxis, speak on "Creating and Sustaining Profitable Growth in the SaaS World".

Kinaxis is one of Canada's largest software companies and went public in 2014.   With over twenty years' tenure at Kinaxis, John first started at the company as a key contributor to the architecture and development of Kinaxis' supply chain management solutions in early 1994, and has since held a number of senior management roles in development, professional services, business consulting, sales, marketing and customer support. We are really looking forward to hearing from John on his growth and the journey of the company!  To read John's full bio, please click here.
Look out for the invite later this month!


'Using Analytics to Drive SaaS Revenue Retention & Grow th' With Pavan Singh 
2016 Leadership Initiative Award Winner  Pavan Singh
will be putting on his workshop "Using Analytics to Drive SaaS Revenue Retention & Growth". The power se ssion will be held at Gowlings ( 1 First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, 16th Floor) on March 3rd.
All members should have received an invitation and should register online to attend.

Community Partners
From Eliot Muir - AceTech Ontario CEO Member

If you are considering how to recruit good junior talent for your development team then a valuable option to consider is the PEY co-op placement program through the University of Toronto.

As a Toronto based technology company we have found the PEY approach is the best fit for our needs relative to other co-op programs. This is because:
  1. Students attending U of T are already living in Toronto unlike hiring students from universities outside of Toronto.
  2. U of T is a top notch academic institution - getting in and completing a degree here is not that easy.
  3. The placements are usually for 12-16 months from May 2016 through to August 2017 which is enough time to bring students up to speed and get real work done.
  4. Since students in the program only have 1 year left to complete their degrees, if the relationship works out well there is good chance of being able to hire full time around by May 2018.
All these factors make the PEY program our favourite co-op program - some of our finest talent has come through it.

You can get more information about the program here or contact

The Entrepreneurship Society - February 9th
The AceTech Ontario Community is  invited  to the Entrepreneurship Society Event from 6PM - 9PM at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.
Opening Speakers are:
Sean Francis of Medcan (health)
Chris Harhay of Harhay Developments (real estate)

Hour-long roundtables follow, participants each choose one of three topics:
How to do a valuation
Raising capital for high-growth companies
Marketing strategies

To sign up, click here. Don't forget to use the  TESCOMP comp code. If you have any issues signing up or using it, please email Sean at
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 (


Welcome New Members

Wojcieh Gryc, CEO of Canopy Labs

Tal Hayek, CEO of Acuiry Ads 

Ryan Magee, VP Finance at Medgate

Erik Wolf, CTO of Geosoft 

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