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Revealing Excellence

Thursday, May 24, 2012 Richmond Hill Country Club

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Sincerely, Sincerely,

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Atin Gupta, CA, CPA

Atin Gupta Partner Technology Partner,


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ACCOUNTING › CONSULTING › TAX 700 - 3100 STEELES AVE. E., MARKHAM, ON CANADA L3R 8T3 PH. (416) 596-1711 FAX (416) 596-7894

WELCOME Dear Colleagues, It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the third annual YTA Technology Leadership Awards. The GTA is a hub of innovation. Within the YTA membership and broader GTA technology community, we regularly witness the emergence of remarkable new products, services and ideas. The individuals and companies behind these successes position this region as the centre point of technology in Canada. This year’s Technology Leadership Award nominees form a very impressive group. They have demonstrated innovation in their product offerings and business operations, overcome challenges in a less than perfect economy, and built successful companies that are continuing to experience significant growth. These inspirational leaders deserve appreciation and acknowledgement for their incredible achievements. Their guidance and drive help to strengthen the tech industry as well as our regional economy while serving as the cornerstone of our technology community. The Awards provide us with an opportunity to recognize a few of the many leaders in our sector. This year, the selection committee had the very difficult task of narrowing down the finalists from a list of over thirty impressive nominees. Today, we recognize nine of these companies for their accomplishments and dedication to building successful businesses and becoming true leaders in their sector. Congratulations to you all.

John Kitchen Vice President & General Manager, Esri Canada Chair, York Technology Alliance

AGENDA 11:30

Registration & Networking


Welcome Introduction of guests and new YTA members Patrick Shaw – Executive Director, YTA


Lunch Is Served


Introduction Jeremy Cole – Partner, MNP


Award Presentations


Panel Discussion


Closing Remarks

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THE AWARDS Most Promising Start-Up This award is presented to a Greater Toronto Region based organization that has the greatest potential to demonstrate excellence in their business, and while embracing a commitment to the knowledge-based sector have steadily increased revenue, added employees, and embraced sound business fundamentals including the addition of an advisory board or board of directors. This category is reserved for operations that have been established for three years or less. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data. Momentum Company of the Year This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Area while consistently reaching new customers or delivering new services within an existing customer, increasing revenues, adding employees, encouraging community involvement and embracing sound business fundamentals. A minimum of three and maximum of ten years in operation is required for judges to investigate positive growth and a proven track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data. Company of the Year This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated business leadership and excellence in innovation and a commitment to the knowledgebased sector in the Greater Toronto Area and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires increasing profitability, community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound business fundamentals. A minimum of 8 years in business is required for judges to investigate the organizations’ growth and track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.

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THE AWARDS Community Building The YTA started 30 years ago with an idea – to create a community where technology leaders can build networks, share expertise, and learn from peers. To bring this idea to life, the YTA relies heavily on the very generous participation of volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise to the development of the programs that build the YTA community. In fact, every year the YTA benefits from nearly 10,000 hours of volunteer time from senior executives and leaders from our local tech community. The Community Builder Award recognizes a YTA member that has demonstrated a passion for the YTA and its community. They are committed to creating valuable programs, building networks, and evangelizing on behalf of the Alliance.

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THE NOMINEES Most Promising Start-Up

Myplanet was founded 3 years ago by Jason Cottrell. Today, we have a team of more than 50 talented people working at 2 offices in North America. By combining the best of user experience design with open technology, we help enterprise-scale organizations build digital foundations that are both beautiful and flexible. We work primarily with government agencies, non-profits, and mid- to large-sized companies – organizations that are best positioned to truly impact users.

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THE NOMINEES Most Promising Start-Up

At Breakeven, we want to change the world. But we know that changing the world is expensive. So your fundraising solution shouldn’t be. Breakeven is an innovative software pioneer, connecting people to meaningful causes by supporting their shared expression of goodwill and community investment. Our company is built on the principles of philanthropy and social responsibility. We embrace the fundamental human need to ‘give back’. Our solutions directly support that need by linking people to organizations that are making the world a better place. With our streamlined solutions, even a tiny, little nonprofit, in a remote part of the world, can garner the support they need. Breakeven is changing the world…with its simple, efficient and effective solutions.

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THE NOMINEES Most Promising Start-Up

CoreFour was founded in 2010 by four veterans of the software industry who have been developing globally successful products together for over 25 years. CoreFour’s first product is called Edsby. Edsby blends secure social networking with advanced class and student management to create the world’s best education engagement platform.

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Momentum Company of the Year

A collaborative ecosystem designed by ET Group allows organizations to connect and innovate using emerging collaborative technology in audio visual communication including ground-breaking smart board technology. The outcome for company collaboration, locally or globally, is improved competitiveness and business results. ET Group consults on the integrated collaboration technology roadmap, assembles the collaboration and innovation strategy and implements conference room design including room set up, support and equipment purchase to ensure you meet your business goals. A collaboration ecosystem roadmap is available for download at www. which helps companies understand the scope of a collaboration strategy and what they should be considering when they decide how to implement collaboration technology to make their organizations more effectiveness and innovative.

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Momentum Company of the Year

Digital Rapids connects content to opportunity, providing market-leading solutions, technology and expertise that enable media organizations and professionals to bring video to wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Our innovative solutions are trusted by the world’s leading media enterprises to help them maximize the value of their content when pursuing new revenue opportunities or new ways to reach their audiences. Empowering applications from revenue-expanding multi-screen distribution (bringing video to devices ranging from tablets and mobile phones to game consoles, PCs and ‘smart’ TVs) to post production and archive, our award-winning hardware and software solutions and technologies span the critical points in today’s sophisticated media operations, including ingest, encoding, transcoding, streaming, broadcast and workflow. Scaling from standalone appliances to enterprise and global workflows, our solutions combine unparalleled quality, flexibility and efficiency with easy adaptability to dynamic customer requirements. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, we combine our innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers increase their revenues, expand their audiences and reduce their costs. Our solutions are the preferred choice of thousands of customers worldwide, from leading broadcast networks, motion picture studios, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), online content portals and post production facilities to Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities and houses of worship. We’re proud to be enabling our customers’ success. Digital Rapids was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, with offices in the USA, the UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

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Momentum Company of the Year


Nulogy was started by a group of University of Waterloo engineering graduates with experience in several successful technology companies, as well as a professor with extensive research and consulting expertise. Intrigued by complex supply-chain problems, the five founders formed what Red Herring magazine called “one of the most exciting startups of the year in North America.” Since its inception in 2002, Nulogy’s success has fueled its rapid expansion, including more than 100% year-over-year growth in the last four years. Nulogy’s flagship product PackManager is used by packagers, manufacturers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies across four continents. The cloud-based solution provides real-time visibility, traceability, quality and cost information through a user-friendly interface that bucks the trend of legacy ERP systems. PackManager creates a unique ecosystem that enables faster, safer delivery of products that are more customized for today’s discerning consumers. Today, Nulogy serves the supply-chains of over 50 of the largest food, beverage, electronics and pharmaceutical brand companies in the world. Nulogy is headquartered in downtown Toronto, where cross-disciplinary teams work everyday to solve the supply-chain’s most complex problems.

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THE NOMINEES Company of the Year

Since 2005, FlexITy has become one of North America’s fastest growing IT service providers, delivering technology and communication solutions that transform businesses into high-performance organizations. With unparalleled technology experience and acumen across multiple industries and business functions, including Data Centre, Managed Services and Unified Communications, FlexITy’s solutions help its clients: •  •  •  • 

Enter new markets faster Increase revenues in existing markets Improve operational performance Deliver their products and services more effectively and efficiently

While there are many technology providers in the marketplace, there is only one that gives enterprises the technology, innovation, service, integration, transparency and control they need. That’s The FlexITy Difference.

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THE NOMINEES Company of the Year

Enghouse Systems Limited is a publicly traded Canadian based software and services company founded in 1984. Enghouse shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “ESL�. Enghouse serves a number of distinct vertical markets through its three divisions, each developing and selling enterprise oriented applications software.

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THE NOMINEES Company of the Year

Founded in 1982, PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems to process aerial and satellite imagery. The company provides integrated Esri imagery workflows, standalone image processing capabilities, and large volume processing throughput, giving customers the ability to produce high-quality image products. The company has set the standard in remote sensing and image processing tools offering customized solutions to the geomatics community in over 135 countries. PCI Geomatics develops complete and integrated desktop software that features tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more. These Geomatica products, which have worldwide brand recognition, enable users to apply imagery in support of a wide range of applications in a number of industries including the environment and agriculture, defense, security and intelligence, as well as in the oil and gas market segments to name a few. The software can he licensed and installed on a standalone computer, as part of a local area network, as an enterprise application or on a private or public cloud of servers. PCI Geomatics is a privately held Canadian corporation headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec with worldwide offices located in the United States and China.

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Ray Simmons is a recognized leader in leading and growing companies in the advanced manufacturing and automation sectors. He has regularly taken on the challenge of driving increased revenue and profitability; in international market development and domestic operations. He has successfully negotiated/closed five acquisitions and four exits – the most recent being CableTest Systems Inc. During his time at Cable Test Ray joined the Board of the YTA and shared his insight and leadership ability through the regular monthly YTA executive committee meetings helping guide the association through his tenure from 2002 through 2011. It was during this time that he firmly set the 21st century direction for the YTA Peer2Peer Program that is now the cornerstone of the York Technology Alliance. In addition to his Board role at the YTA Ray served on the Board of the Ontario Aerospace Council , was a member of the Industry-Education Council of Hamilton, served the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he chaired the Advanced Manufacturing/Processing Technologies Sectoral Advisory Group, participated as a Board member of the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and was a member of the Board of the Burlington Community Development Corporation. His civic mindedness extends beyond the nurturing of strong business environments to include volunteer time at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as well as at the United Way of Greater Toronto.

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The YTA thanks Startup Canada for their participation in the YTA Awards. Startup Canada is Canada’s first-ever, entrepreneur-led, national movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity by supporting and celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship. Startup Canada is harnessing the collective energies of Canadian entrepreneurs and enterprise support communities from Coast to Coast with the goals of providing the entrepreneurship community with a strong voice, promoting a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and creating a unified brand that Canadians can rally around. Startup Canada is launching this effort with the country’s first national entrepreneurship tour and campaign. The tour will run from March to September, engaging 25,000 Canadians and 250 partner organizations across the country. Entrepreneurs will participate in more than 30 Town Halls and 100 Fringe Events and connect through a social media groundswell campaign. This unique effort will not only identify key challenges facing Canadian entrepreneurs, but will bring them together in a way they never have been before. It’s the beginning of a critical conversation and the first step in a new way of thinking.

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August 23rd, 2012

One of the YTA's premier events, this golf tournament is a sell-out every year!

For More Information and to Register:

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This year's tournament is again taking place at Pheasant Run Golf Club, and offers an opportunity to network with your peers and play one of the top public golf courses in the region.

Join Today! Build your network. Develop your people. Grow your business. The YTA connects you with the people, companies, customers and connections you need to take your tech business to the next level.

Go big. Join the YTA today.

To learn the future of technology salary trends, calculate local salary ranges and download a FREE 2012 Salary Guide, visit

North York • 416.227.0581 Toronto • 416.350.8143 © 2012 Robert Half Technology. 0811-4302

SPONSORS Event Platinum Sponsor

Award Sponsors Most Promising Start-Up

ventureLAB is a member of

Momentum Company of the Year

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SPONSORS YTA Sustaining Sponsors Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Service Partners

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JUNE 4TH M&A Bootcamp:

The Corum Group will present this definitive M&A education session for the tech industry taught by the world’s most experienced merger professionals. Leader for this workshop is Bruce Milne, the CEO and founder of Corum Group. Bruce has overseen more M&A transactions than anyone in the world over the past 22 years! Bruce has served on advisory boards for Microsoft, IBM, and Apple, and has been a board member or founding investor of some of the most innovative firms in their field, including Blue Coat, Bright Star and Sabaki.

JUNE 14TH Sales Bootcamp:

Sales Leaders

Case study based workshop presented by YTA member salespeople who regularly attend the monthly YTA Sales Peer Group. These five case studies dive into topics that reflect the principles and lessons learned and shared within the YTA Sales Peer Group expertly facilitated by Andrew Ford of Sales CoPilot. Each case will include a presentation by the salesperson accountable for the results, a companion workbook in support of the content, and a brainstorming session to synthesize the lessons learned into actionable items for workshop attendees.

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About the YTA The York Technology Alliance is a hub for knowledge mobilization committed to fostering a collaborative community where technology companies connect and grow. This is achieved through peer networking, practical learning programs such as tech Bootcamps and seminars, topical issues sessions, and sector alliances with leading organizations within the ecosystem. The YTA was established in 1982 and has continuously innovated to meet the learning and growth interests of its technology company members throughout the GTA. Anchored through the involvement of nearly 15,000 hours of senior industry volunteers each year, the YTA connects with over 3000 attendees at its industry-specific events.

YTA Peer Group Program The YTA Peer Group Program is where fast-growth technology company leaders, entrepreneurs and executives come together to exchange information that will help them expand their businesses. Together we contribute to a vibrant ecosystem supporting Tech business success. All employees of YTA member companies are invited to take advantage of these unique monthly learning and development opportunities. Choose the Peer Group that’s right for you and start participating today! • CFO • Clean Tech • Cloud Computing • Digital Strategies • Export Development • HR Perspectives • Legal Perspectives • Women Leaders in Tech • Leaders of Emerging Companies • Marketing Leadership • Sales Leadership • Technical Project Management • Tech CEO • Downtown Tech CEO Page 23

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