November Newsletter
November 1, 2013
Membership Eligibility Changes  


We are excited to announce that we have expanded the definition for the types of companies that are eligible for AceTech membership! If you or someone you know now fit the following definition, please contact us today to apply. 


Membership in AceTech Ontario is restricted to the Presidents or CEOs of Technology Companies whose revenue stream is primarily based upon intellectual property, or a Technology Services company for whom most of its services are driven by 3rd party product or IP (implementation and support).



In This Issue
December Quarterly Dinner
With John Beck, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Aecon Group Inc*

We are thrilled to announce that John Beck will be speaking at our December 10th Quarterly Dinner on "Building for the Long Term - the 50 Year CEO".  John will be sharing with us the stories, challenges and lessons he has learned as he built his company from a 2 person operation into a 3 Billion Dollar Public Company He will tell about both his successes and failures, what has worked and what hasn't....and even what he would do differently.  These will be learnings that will apply to building any successful company, not just a Technology Company.  You won't want to miss meeting him!
The event will take place at the Thompson Hotel.  We will meet at 5:30 in the screening room to hear from John and to recognize our 2013 Leadership Initiative Award Winners.  Then we will move upstairs to the glass-walled rooftop patio for dinner and networking.  Invitations will be coming out shorty to  our members - register early as space in the Screening Room is limited!
*Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) is Canada's largest publicly-traded construction and infrastructure development company. Aecon is a leader in providing services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and internationally.
A Special Opportunity for AceTech Ontario Members


Each spring, 40 of Canada's exceptional entrepreneurs are selected to convene in London, Ontario to attend QuantumShift™, a rigorous
five day leadership development program at the Richard Ivey School of Business that challenges participants to discover innovative leadership strategies and capitalize on growth opportunities.

This national program is designed to help CEOs and Presidents of successful private companies to maximize their growth opportunities. The program focuses on how to lead a business through exponential growth; how to attract and retain the best employees; how to uncover obstacles that may be limiting growth now, or in the future; how to value a venture and use strategies for moving from business plan to financial proposition; and how to build a broad network of entrepreneurial peers to share best-practices.


Co-founded by KPMG Enterprise, QuantumShift is not only an outstanding leadership development program - it has become an amazing peer network, made up of some of the top entrepreneurs in Canada. The QuantumShift Fellows network, a group that exceeds 300 across Canada, benefit from the opportunity to interact with prominent Canadian entrepreneurs from a wide variety of businesses from all across the country.  Nomination forms are due
December 6, 2013


Visit to learn more about the program and the nomination processor on the Enterprise portal at


Our valued sponsor, KPMG is a co-founder, however, it is Ivey that decides who gets to attend from applications they receive from across the country. This program is highly rated, intense (5 days at Ivey). Here are the parameters:


Entrepreneurs - Presidents / CEOs who:

o   Are high potential individuals who are eager to learn and develop

o   Are leaders in their industry or community

o   Are ready and willing to contribute to the learning of their peers

 The program is intended for entrepreneurs who are past start-up.  They are running successful high potential businesses that:

o   Have an innovative business or business model

o   Have sales revenue over $10 million

o   Are growing rapidly

o   Are poised to move to the next level of success


Preference is given to leaders with substantial ownership


The application form is also on the Quantum Shift website. KPMG is providing special pricing for AceTech Ontario members!  Apply today. 

Save the Date
March 25th will be the first Quarterly Dinner of 2014

We are excited to be going to The Spoke Club in March for our Quarterly Dinner.  And we have an exceptional opportunity for all AceTech Members that register and attend the event - you will be given a complimentary 6 week pass to the Spoke Club!

In the heart of Toronto's bustling King West strip, discreetly nestled in one of the city's distinguished hundred-year-old buildings, stands The Spoke Club. Beyond its humble bricks-and-mortar heritage, The Spoke Club has evolved into a thriving meeting place where individuals with interests in media, entertainment, and the arts can converge.  This is an excellent opportunity to try out the club and take advantage of all the networking and social events that they offer to see if it might be a good fit for you.

More details will follow in the new year, but mark your calendars now to attend this event.

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