Microsoft Canada & OCAD – Igniting the next generation of software design & user experience

Did you know that Toronto has the third-largest design workforce in North America, behind only New York and Boston? That’s good news for the GTA, especially given the current economy. Design is a growing, dynamic and increasingly important industry. As we heard at MIX09, the future of software and device innovation will depend on truly…


DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council, from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements in a number of areas. This is…


An Interesting Fact About The “Blackberry Fund”

        Rick talks about the recent announcement of the fund here.  It’s a $150M fund to drive mobile software/technology innovation. It’s a great idea and I am proud to see it headquartered north of the border. I had to read Rick’s post twice to notice something – “we aren’t sharing plans or…


PR: Microsoft Canada Announces Blue Sky Award

Inaugural award recognizes significant contributions made by the technology community MISSISSAUGA, ON – March 17, 2008 – Microsoft Canada Co. is pleased to announce the creation of an ISV Innovation Award – the Blue Sky Award – recognizing exciting, cutting-edge solutions developed on the Microsoft-based platform. The award is open to ISVs yet to achieve…


Rick Segal’s VC Roundtables

My good friend and Canadian VC extraordinaire Rick Segal has started a set of interesting events called the “VC Roundtables”.  His idea – build a great environment for startups and entrepeneurs to meet with a VC and discuss how to grow their businesses.  Rick is doing this on his own time and own dime.  He’s…


MESH - We will be there, will you?

  We are a sponsor…. we will be speaking…. we will be meshing. Drop me a line if you will be there as well. tags: mesh07links


Hanging Out In Waterloo

I have my first “Office Hours” at the Microsoft / Infusion Innovation Centre in Waterloo today.  I’ll let you know how it goes.


Today We Open The Innovation Centre @ Waterloo!

I am really excited today because I am heading down to Waterloo to open the first Microsoft Innovation Centre in Canada.  Our good friends at Infusion Angels teamed up with us on this one.  The Infusion Angels Innovation Centre is located in the very cool Accelerator Centre in the research park at the U of…


MSDN Canada Code Awards

Who’s doing the best development in Canada? Submit your nomination now in for the very first MSDN Code AwardsThe MSDN Code Awards are your opportunity to tell Canada who you think is doing the best development work in Canada. Who has created the most innovative application? Who’s driving business performance? Who’s contributing to their community?…