Monthly Newsletter
March 2016
Exciting News! AceTech Ontario is introducing two new Roundtables.

We are pleased to announce two new Executive Roundtables. Please apply here to be a part of one of these exciting new groups.

Customer Success Roundtable
Types of Companies:  B2B Software Executives
Roundtable Leader:  Jamie Cappelli, SVP, Customer Success of  Intelex Technologies
Revenue Size:  $20m in revenue or 70+ employees

Description:  The Customer Success Roundtable is for senior Leaders operating in the function of Customer Success, Customer Operations or Professional Services. Read More.

Legal Roundtable
Roundtable Leader:  Vivian Leung,  General Counsel,  BlueCat Networks

The Legal Roundtable is for senior leaders (Director or above) in the legal function of their company who value expanding their peer network, discussing issues that are recent, relevant or important and benefiting from pieces of information you can only get from someone doing the same thing as you. Behind the scenes, this group is supported by one of AceTech Ontario's sponsors, Gowlings who will work with AceTech Ontario and the Roundtable leader to bring added value to the group.   Read More.
In This Issue
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.
All members should have received an invitation and should register to attend.
April Interactive Peer Group Session
Our first Interactive Peer Group Session was a big success! 
All the participants reported getting great value from the discussion.  For our next session in April, we are privileged to have a special guest, Mark MacLeod, Friend of AceTech and Founder of SurePath Capital Partners, to attend and lead the discussion on the topic of his recent blog "Should I hire a CFO or a COO?"  Venturebeat declared in an article that "The CFO is dead, long live the COO".  When is the right time in your business to hire a CFO and when should you have a COO?  What is the difference? 
Invitations will come out soon to our CEO members and you will want to attend this session to discuss the issue with both Mark and your peers.  Registration is limited to 20 so register early!

Save the Date!

AceTech Ontario Annual Retreat
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 advances business concepts to every day work problems, the Annual Retreat empowers the CEO from next day back at work and through the next several years of career success.

Wednesday, June 1 2016 - Friday, June 3 2016

JW Marriott The Rosseau Moskoka Resort & Spa
1050 Paignton House Rd. P.O. Box 30, Minett, ON

Registration will be available soon.

Community Partners
2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit
The Future is NOW
IN JUST ONE WEEK , the 2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit  (#CCS2016) will be held on March 3rd at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. 

With the 
newly released  equity crowdfunding regulations across Canada and the emergence of marketplace lending and investment bank 2.0 platforms, 2016 is anticipated to be a year of exponential growth. #CCS2016 is a not to be missed event with over 70+ speakers confirmed ( see who's going ), the foremost destination for leaders in the crowdfunding economy where industry 'movers and shakers', companies and investors accelerate partnerships, foster industry growth and bring crowdfunding, fintech and alternative finance markets to life.

Learn why the Future of Crowdfunding is NOW:   Connect with these dynamic markets, learn what to expect in 2016 and how to navigate the future of online financing transactions.  What's the potential impact on your business or investment portfolio? ( view full program )

Use the code ACETECH to receive a 25% discount!

Looking for Founders who play hockey to join a friendly hockey game between Toronto tech Founders and Funders

Wednesday March 9 2016 6:00 PM

All skill levels are welcome, so if you are a founder or a funder and enjoy playing hockey then come out and join them!

They are putting this hockey game together in the interest of having a great time and connecting with great people who are interested in emerging technology. If you know anyone who would be interested in playing please let them know.

To sign up click  here

SalesHacker: Toronto

Attention all sales hackers especially those SDRs, Account Executives, Team Leads, Managers, and VPs!

Join the SalesHacker team in our continuing sessions in the heart of Toronto as we explore the latest and greatest topics and technologies within the growing field of sales development.

This month, we are fortunate to have an amazing lineup with sales leaders from some of the fastest growing startups in Toronto to talk about their SaaS Sales career, trajectories, and on staying motivated, fulfilled, challenged, smiling & successful.

Sales Panel Discussion:
Emmanuelle Skala - VP of Sales, Influitive 
Dan Ross - AVP, Commercial Sales,
Steven Silberbach - VP of Global Sales, Clio
Ted Mercer - VP of Sales, Kira Talent
Click here for more information

TSX Ignite
AceTech is excited to be partnering with Toronto Stock Exchange on a must-attend conference for founders and business executives.  

The half-day event (branded "TSX Ignite") takes place on April 6 in Toronto and will bring together some of Canada's top corporate leaders (including Jesse Moeinifar and David Lloyd, both AceTech members), investors and advisors to share perspectives on how to build and how to fund great companies.   Through a series of panels and fireside chats, the conference will review some really important topics including how to tell your story to investors, knowing when you're ready to sell your company, and understanding funding options that many companies ignore.  

The event will conclude with an exclusive fireside chat with Dax Dasilva, the founder and CEO of Montreal-based Lightspeed.  There is no charge to attend the event, but space is limited so we're encouraging you to register early 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

Erin Ashton, Employee Success Manager at Eventmobi

Michael Barrons, Director of Marketing at  Infoware

Jamie Cappelli, VP of Customer Success at Intelex 

Dawn Leetham, VP Customer Success & Services at eSentire

Vivian Leung, General Counsel at Blue Cat

Adrian Roomes, Legal Counsel at Medgate 

Jason Vandenbogaard, Director of Finance at Tripspark 

Jeff Wood, Director of Product Management 24[7]

Iqbal Zohaib, CFO at Adlib

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