February 2019 Updates
IKEA Canada Recognized by Forbes Magazine as One of the Best Employers in Canada for the 4th Consecutive Year
Burlington based IKEA Canada is proud to be named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine for the fourth year in a row. In 2019, IKEA Canada increased its placement to #45 (up from #70 in 2018), and placed within the Top Five in the Retail and Wholesale category. Read more .
Boehringer Ingelheim Canada and IBM Canada Announce First of its Kind Collaboration to Integrate Blockchain Technology into Clinical Trials
This collaboration underscores Boehringer Ingelheim's commitment to healthcare innovation and marks the first time that blockchain technology will be explored in a clinical trial setting in Canada. Boehringer Ingelheim's Canadian head office is located along the QEW corridor in Burlington.  Read more .
Support the Start-up Ecosystem in Burlington
Burlington is looking for established businesses to support local start-ups and scales up through contributing to a “Test Ecosystem”. This Ecosystem would encourage peer-to-peer learning and interested businesses would volunteer advice and/or demonstrate technologies from the start-up community. Contact Mark to get involved. 
Dextro Analytics joins the TechPlace LaunchPad Program
Started in Toronto, co-founders Manmit Shrimali and Ajith Govind began Dextro Analytics as a consulting company. The team found success by leveraging industry knowledge, artificial intelligence, psychology, and technology to help clients unify data and forecast outcomes of business decisions . Read more.

Corporate Innovation Offices at TechPlace

TechPlace provides the right energy, the right people and the right resources, for established businesses to take the next step. BEDC supports established businesses looking to be a part of the innovation ecosystem and the bustling start-up ecosystem in Burlington through Corporate Innovation Offices at TechPlace. Contact Mark to learn more. 
CBC’s Dragons’ Den is coming to Hamilton

Dragons’ Den is calling on all aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season on CBC. 
Staff Changes at BEDC

BEDC is thrilled to announce Claire Green will be returning to the team this summer as the Manager of Marketing and Attraction. Green has been with the BEDC team since 2013; she worked her way through various management roles into the Manager of TechPlace where she led it to success in its first year of operation. Claire is currently on maternity leave but is excited to head up the marketing and branding activities at BEDC. Mark Steffler will continue his role as the Manager of TechPlace.
Join us! DeGroote Women’s Spotlight Series:
Leading from the Inside Out
Learn how your thinking style is both helping and hindering your performance personally and professionally. Half day workshop shining a light on women in leadership.
April 17th @ Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington
1:00pm - 4:30pm

Let's Talk Exports 2019
with EDC and BEDC
When: May 14th, 2019, 7:30am
Where : Burlington Convention Centre

Keep an eye on bedc.ca/bedc-news/ for more info.
Noteworthy Events
Networking and Information Session: March 12 at MTechHub

This morning session is for leaders of manufacturing companies to learn and share about Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Technology opportunities.

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Cities in Action: Bay Area Climate Change Summit 2019

Hear from community leaders taking action to tackle climate change and create opportunities locally

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City of Burlington Updates
Upcoming Events
March 2019 Business After 5 at TechPlace
March 6th, 2019 from 5pm – 7pm  
This is a wonderful opportunity to network one-on-one with Chamber members and guests, as well as learn more about TechPlace and BEDC.

Driving Dreams 2019: Designing Smart Products  
March 21st, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:30pm  
Arrow Electronics
This full-day event will cover marketing strategy for products and how to align your smart product design with large retailers in mind (like Amazon and Walmart).
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