Monthly Newsletter
April 2015
Annual Retreat Filling Up Fast!

Registration opened for the Annual Retreat and we already have 70 people registered!!  We have increased our room block at the hotel to 90 rooms but when they are gone, they are gone!  Members, sponsors and speakers should make sure they register right away.  As in past years, there will be a few spots available for AceTech Ontario Alumni or qualified CEOs of Technology Companies that are not currently AceTech members.  The cost is $1,800 and we encourage you to reach out to Jo Ann right away if you are interested.


We are very excited to be creating for the first time an Event App which you will download onto your computer and mobile devices and use for registration and to obtain all your information regarding the Agenda, Speakers, Frequently Asked Questions, Map of the Resort etc.  You will also be doing your Speaker Evaluations and Surveys through the App.  Take a look at the app and all the other information on the Retreat here


In This Issue
Galvanizing Your Users, Growing Your Business: The Viral Effects of an Inspiring User Conference
Power Session with Kristy Sadler April 15th

While at first blush a User Conference might seem like a simple yes or no proposition, something that has more to do with the size you are at than the value you might gain from it, the decision to host and effectively execute an exceptional User Conference can have an incredible impact on your business.

A User Conference is a forum for your customers to collaborate. A place where they upsell each other without you even being part of the conversation. It`s a unique opportunity for you to inspire and excite them with what is on the horizon and for their fellow users to show off the unique ways they are leveraging your technology. The connections that are made at a User Conference last well beyond the conference itself, it`s a breeding ground for smaller regional and industry user groups. Done well, a User Conference is the cornerstone of your retention marketing strategy, it delivers upsell revenue, stickiness and brings you closer to your customers than you could have imagined.

In this talk Kristy Sadler, VP Global Marketing at Intelex, will cover not only what it takes to put on a great User Conference but how to structure that conference so it has positive long term impacts for your business. The audience will hear how the Intelex User Conference initially hosted just 70 clients and has grown to over 230 clients, 5 sponsors and 19 speakers in just five years.

Invitations have gone out to our members.  Be sure to register online to attend!

The Upside Foundation

AceTech Ontario is pleased to announce a partnership with The Upside Foundation of Canada, a registered charity. The Foundation provides an innovative platform for corporate philanthropy: donate options or warrants, not cash. Earlier-stage and high growth private companies pledge stock options or warrants to the Upside Foundation, convertible into a small portion of equity.  When the company has a liquidity event (e.g., IPO, acquisition), the Foundation sells its options for cash and donates the proceeds to registered charities in Canada in the areas of poverty, education and technology. The Foundation has no involvement in the donor companies' operations.


It's an innovative and easy way to create a corporate social mission and give back to our community without spending any cash or time.  It's a platform that's new to Canada but modeled after successful organizations in the US and Israel which have raised tens of millions of dollars for their local communities. The proven platform is supported by the leading Canadian VCs, incubators and accelerators - and now us.

We at AceTech Ontario believe in the importance of supporting our community and we encourage our members to consider donating options or warrants to The Upside Foundation. To learn more about The Upside Foundation, you can watch a one minute video on the website by clicking 


We are proud to support this very worthwhile Canadian initiative and encourage you to spread the word (you can just send the link to the video or forward this newsletter). For more information, please email or check out the website at



Alfredo Buonopane, President at A&R Solutions

Anthony Giagnacovo, President at Audatex Canada 

Jon Marsella, CEO at Jasper Interactive

John Witte, CEO at Carbon60 Networks

Brian Bosscher, President at Condo Control Central

Andrew Witkin, CEO at StickerYou 

Marnie Middlehurst, Director Marketing at Prophix 

Rob Schenkel, CTO at Tulkita Technologies 

Josh Levy, VP Sales and Marketing at Percy 3D 

Registration is now open for the PWC V2R conference. Register here

North of 41: PR Tips from the Experts. Register here