Annual Retreat
Special Edition
May 2014
4 Weeks until the Annual Retreat  
We are excited to announce a few more speakers for the Annual Retreat - please see below for information on the value-packed agenda and the high-profile speakers that will be attending.  We are releasing any unused rooms on Friday so if you haven't registered or booked your room please do so right away at www.acetechontarioretreat.com.  The full agenda can be found at here.  Welcome Cocktails begin at 6pm on Wednesday June 4th.  The retreat will end at 2:30pm on Friday June 6th.

We are also looking forward to trying a new way of providing you with all the Retreat Information.  Instead of a USB drive this year, everything will be posted on the AceTech GreenRack and you can access it by scanning our QR Code here 

You can already access the agenda and event information on Green Rack and more information is added regularly.  We will share further details shortly.
In This Issue
SUCCESS AND FAILURE: WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM SUCCESS AND WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM FAILURE?
A Panel Discussion

We are so excited to announce that 
Richard C. Camilleri (Rick) Co Founder Equalizer Pro Services which is a Partner to BlackRock Capital, and Dennis Bennie, Founder and Managing Partner of XDL Capital will be joining us on Thursday to do a joint presentation and panel on "Success and Failure"

 

This highly experienced and successful panel will be sharing their observations from the past 25 years as to why companies succeed and fail.  There are many lessons to learn from either. We will be exploring why Technology Businesses succeed or fail. You may think there are many reasons, and yet there are actually only a few.

 

Our panel will discuss many of these reasons, as well as specific examples from their own stories as to what lead to failure in their own careers.  But, more importantly, they will talk about what you can LEARN from these failures, and how you can translate these lessons into huge success. 

BUILDING A LEADERSHIP TEAM
A Panel Discussion

Investors almost always make an investment on the strength on the leadership team.  If there are gaps, they take steps to quickly hire in order to surround the CEO with the right people.  But what do they expect you, the CEO to do to create the right team?  You can't be the smartest guy in the room - you need to work hard at surrounding yourself with the smartest and most ambitious and accomplished people possible.  What can you do to attract and retain the best and the brightest to support you, the CEO.  And what is your end game?  Do you want to be the CEO of a $5M company or a senior executive in a $50M company?  Perhaps you should think about it as if you are hiring your replacement.  What is most important in your business?  How do investors think and what insights can they provide?  This is sure to be a difficult and controversial session, but an important topic for all CEOs to think about.

 

We are thrilled to announce that Guy Beaudin, Rick Camilleri and Debi Sanderson will be lending their expertise and experience to this panel discussion.


COURTING CONTROVERSY - SUCCESS IN A NON-TRADITIONAL BUSINESS
With Noel Biderman, "The King of Infidelity",

Founder, CEO, AshleyMadison.com and President, Avid Life Media Inc.   

You will NOT WANT TO MISS the Opening Keynote on Thursday when Noel Biderman, "The King of Infidelity" speaks.   Noel is President of Avid Life Media Inc. and the Founder/CEO of Ashley Madison.  Under his leadership, AshleyMadison.com has become the fastest growing married dating website in the world - realizing over 300% growth since his insertion as company President.

 

Noel is the author of "Cheaters Prosper - How Infidelity Will Save the Modern Marriage".   He has been interviewed on The View, The Lang and O'Leary Exchange, Dr Phil and CNN, and has done a very popular Ted Talk.  You can take a look at the video clips here  


Noel will be defining for us what it means to be a "controversial" company in the internet age.  He will share  the unforeseen benefits of operating a controversial company, and will provide  an historic overview of some significant controversial companies and products.  You won't want to miss hearing his unique story and finding out why he is The Most Hated Man on the Internet.

 

WIN THINKING:  WINNING AT A HIGHER LEVEL
With Jeff MacInnis

We are very excited to welcome Jeff back to another Retreat.  This year, Jeff will be participating throughout our event by running the WIN Thinking Program.
Lessons Learned Through Failure:  The Key to Success 
With Sunil Godse
 

Don't miss this chance to hear Sunil Godse's talk where he will reveal a number of incredible stories of failure with the associated lessons learned that will surely resonate with those who are starting, running or expanding a business.  


How The World of Business HAS, DOES and will CONTINUE to Change.....Will You Know What To Do? 

With Robert (Bob) Lane

 

Change in the World of Work affects not only the worker, those involved with managing and organizing the effort, but others who invest and create the World of Work. How might all of these disparate groups get prepared and be able to react? 

Wisdom Exchange

One of the favourite parts of the retreat for our CEOs is the Wisdom Exchange - an opportunity to learn from each other.  For this year's Wisdom Exchange we are fortunate to have our 2014 Leadership Initiative Award Winners that will each present a workshop at the retreat.   

       

Mark Jaine will lead a discussion on
"ORGANIC GROWTH; FROM $0 TO TENS OF MILLIONS"

 

Chris Rasmussen

Chris Rasmussen will lead a discussion on " RETENTION AND RENEWAL: CREATE BETTER EXPERIENCES TO RETAIN CLIENTS AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS"

Naren Arulraja will lead a discussion on "BUILDING A LARGE, BEST-IN-CLASS COMPANY WHERE EVERY PERSON WORKS FROM HOME: LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS" 
  David Lloyd will lead a discussion on
"WHY A TRUE RESEARCH FUNCTION IS TRANSFORMATIONAL FOR SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS" 
   

 


Two Sides of the PR Story
With Jodi Echakowitz, CEO, Echo Communications and Matt Hartley,   journalist with the National Post; editor of FP Tech Desk and Post Arcade 
 

What happens when you get an award-winning journalist and technology editor with the Financial Post in the same room as a PR consultant? You end up with a very enlightening discussion that will help you better understand PR from both perspectives.

  

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Bogdan Baliuc, CEO of Obero Inc.

Richard Adair, CEO of Symbility Health Inc

Paul Hill, President of DisclosureNet

Jeff Wessinger, President of Skura Corporation

Marc Morin, CEO of Auvik Networks Inc.

Hoss Astaraki, President of ITCI Invictus Technologies

Michael King, VP Customer Engagement at IndustryBuild Software

Maria Cartagena, HR Consultant at IntelliResponse
MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

TemboSocial mentioned by Forbes as one of the companies changing the face of employee engagement

Branham 300 recognizes gShift labs as one of Canada's top ICT companies

Intelex Technologies makes the list of top 100 places to work in Canada

Predictive Success selected to top 500 HR Award in Canada
COMMUNITY EVENTS & INFORMATION

3rd Annual Best in Klass SaaS Conference: How to Attract Customers and Turn Them Into Fans in the First 100 Days
Guest Speakers: Joey Coleman (Customer Retention Expert) and Mark Roberge (CRO, Hubspot)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane)
Attendance is FREE
If interested in attending, please email kevin@klasscapital.com

Applications to the PWC V2R awards are out:

http://pwc.to/1gRjNYv

 

Entrepreneurship Society Networking Event

Focused topics on:

Mergers and Acquisitions

Raising Money for Growth

Shareholder Disputes

Business Operations

 

Attendees will be divided into roundtable groups for two 45-minute sessions, with 30 minutes at the end of the event for open networking. People can choose their preferred topics

To Register:   

 

 

 

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