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Watch online to see highlights from this year's Ingenious Awards that will be held on November 17th.

It will be a the night when Canada’s ICT sector gathers to celebrate the best and brightest in technology innovation.

India Mission – Success with over 20 Canadian ICT Companies Participating

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Twenty three Canadian ICT companies participated in ITAC’s most recent trade mission to India making it the largest ICT mission to India yet.  The trip included C-suite meetings with 8 major Indian multinationals including Air Tel, Tata and Reliance and a number of other business events including participation at CeBIT India.  The trip wrapped up with a meeting with executives from Flipkart, India’s number one e-commerce company.
 ITAC Health will be taking up to 8 companies to Dubai to attend Arab Health in late January 2016.  Arab Health is one of the largest health conferences in the Middle East.  We are currently recruiting any
Canadian ICT companies including cyber security and software applications firms to join us.  A webinar on Doing Business in UAE is planned for November.  For further information, contact Lynda Leonard or Elaine Huesing.

ITAC Talent releases “Inspiring Tech Careers” Video
ITAC Talent seeks to improve the talent pool, skills and diversity for the digital economy and grow the talent pipeline in Canada. ITAC Talent works with business leaders, the public sector, and educators to motivate young people to select today’s in-demand tech–related careers, and improve the availability and quality of post-secondary technology–related education. It also operates mentorship programs and develops education initiatives at both secondary and post- secondary levels. ITAC Talent is always looking for individuals interested in sharing their journey in the ICT industry.
 Learn more about ITAC Talent and check out our NEW Video:

November 14:  BTM TalentMash Ontario
November 16:  CareerMash,  Inspiring Tech Careers, Toronto
November 17:   Ingenious Awards, Toronto
Nov 26/27:  Industrial Strength Privacy & Security Workshop, Toronto
December 1:  Data Analytics for Healthcare, Toronto
December 3:  CCIO Breakfast & Panel Discussion, Toronto
December 9:  Federal CIO Panel Securities Dept., Toronto

December  10: Digital Marketing:  The Next Holy Grail of Marketing"
December 10:  Corporate Culture:  Aligning Culture & Strategy, Toronto
January 21:  Internet of Things:  Where OT meets IoT, Toronto
January 26:  Mobile Health Summit, Toronto

ITAC Industry Insider - November

Prime Minister Trudeau Unveils a Young Diverse 21st Century Cabinet
Prime Minister Trudeau presented the 31 members of his Cabinet today.  Fifteen are female, reflecting an election commitment to achieve gender parity.  The Cabinet contains 18 members who have never held Cabinet positions before (or in some cases, Parliamentary seats). For full story visit our website here
ITAC White Papers Central to GTEC Discussions on IoT & Cloud 

Two of ITAC’s recently release whitepapers – The Internet of Things and Cloud First Strategy – were the base of discussion and released to the broader public sector during the GTEC forum.  Pictured on main stage for the Cloud Panel (left to right):  Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto; Tyson Macaulay, VP & CTO, Global Telecommunications Strategy, Intel Security;  David Wolfe,  Professor, Political Science & Co-Director, Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto and Moderator Trajan Schulzke, Director, Service Lab, Industry Canada
SME Event - ITAC Partnership Program

ITAC’s Partnership Program aims to provide opportunities for networking and potential partnerships between young IT companies and established ICT firms.  The October event brought together an engaging panel (pic left to right):  Peter Kriparos, Regional Strategic Alliances Manager, Hitachi Data Systems; Francois Bouffard, Industry Affairs Director Canada, Dassault Systems Canada; Jason Brommet, Director, Partner Business &  Development, Microsoft Canada and  host for the event, Michael  Lapalme, Director, Product Management, Bell Business Markets.
The open discussion highlighted that many small-to-medium sized IT businesses offer something that the big ICT firms are looking to include in their business mix rather than doing it themselves.  Through a partnership or contract, SMEs can get exposed to another set of customers and have access to the bigger enterprise market.
Overall the feedback from the panel was the technology is changing so fast, there is disruption in the channel and no one is exactly sure where things are going.  Business models are rapidly changing and at all levels, companies are reinventing productivity and business processes.     Small-to-medium businesses need to innovate to unlock opportunities with technology partners.  The established ICT firms are looking for outcomes and they want to work together with partners that can deliver.
IP Strategies for SMEs …First in a Series of Fireside Chats

Intellectual Property is an important corporate asset but it is a contentious one.  Andrew Currier from Perry + Currier is a recognized leader in IP and provided a framework for helping business executives understand the IP system from the lens of business and provide practical approaches to determining what is worth protecting and how.
His presentation educated the group on the differences between trade secrets, patents, industrial design, copyright and trademarks.    He also provided insight into where and when to submit for protection at different stages of business growth.  Andrew also commented that Canada has incredible start-ups but we need to encourage them to support manufacturing at home. 
A major piece of advice was for all companies to keep good housekeeping of records.  It is important that a company is able to provide a paper trail when defending intellectual property.  
Andrew’s recommended reading for anyone interested on the topic is No Ordinary Disruption by Richard Dobbs.   To review Andrew Currier’s presentation click here

Canada’s Big Data Consortium Announces New White Paper

Through a first-of-its-kind national, multi-sector study, the Consortium found that Canada’s big data talent gap is estimated at between 10,500 and 19,000 professionals with deep data and analytical skills, such as those required for roles such as Chief Data Officer, Data Scientist, and Data Solutions Architect.  The gap for professionals with solid data and analytical literacy to make better decisions is estimated at a further 150,000, such as those required for roles like Business Manager and Business Analyst. 
Working with senior information technology and information management leaders in Canada, the Consortium has developed six strategies, presented in this paper, to help close the country’s big data and analytics talent gap.  

Download a copy of Closing Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap.
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