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15 Allstate Parkway, 6th floor Markham, ON L3R 5B4 905-415-4588

York Technology Alliance

Get plugged into the Greater Toronto Region Tech Community with the YTA.

Join the vibrant and growing Greater Toronto Region Tech Community The YTA is a technology community leader providing learning and networking opportunities to help you grow and succeed in your technology business. Join with other entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers in making a sustained economic impact throughout the GTR.

Join the York Technology Alliance and gain access to one of the most virbrant For over 25 years the YTA has served as tech communities in North America. the voice of the technology industry in the GTA. If you are in the Technology

Participation in the YTA uniquely places you at the centre-point of Sector, you need to be a YTA member. Canada's leading technology corridor, with a connection to almost 10,000 Mayor, Frank Scarpitti leaders and influencers of the technology cluster in the Greater Toronto Town of Markham - a Region. founding member of the YTA

The YTA is a dynamic member driven community offering opportunities for peer collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing essential to the development of your business and your people. In the professional community fostered by the YTA, you can collaborate with peers, promote awareness of your product or service, learn of new business opportunities and grow your people to their full potential. As a member directed alliance, the YTA has built connections to many related and supportive groups throughout the GTA - where members can attend extend their network and their ‘voice’. YTA is a great business development site– either in working with other members or by bringing your guests to the events and programs that showcase your professional relationships. With a focus on communication, collaboration and recognition the YTA offers you and your employees access to: - Monthly luncheons - Monthly Peer Groups Platinum Sponsor

- Specialized BootCamp learning - Focused recruiting with the YTA job board

Gold Sponsors

YTA Membership is centered in the GTA, and includes companies from Burlington, to Oshawa and Barrie - covering the entire Greater Toronto Region.

Silver Sponsors

As a sponsor, your organization gains recognition as a technology community leader and receives a wide range of collateral benefits. Check out to find out how your company can support the YTA community. Platinum Sponsor We are please to support the YTA and the important work they do to help local businesses succeed. The YTA is an ideal community for businesses to come together, network, grow and thrive in the fast-paced world of technolgy. We hope that through our involvement in the YTA’s programs and events we can share our best practices, learn from and collaborate with local technology experts in the spirit of innovation. Brenda Rideout SVP of Marketing & Chief Information Officer ING

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Sustaining Sponsors enable the YTA to provide ongoing learning and networking opportunities to the Greater Toronto Region Tech Cluster. They are true supporters of their local tech community, and allow the YTA to offer peer groups, luncheons, awards, scholarships and other benefits to members. Now in its 28th year, the YTA has gained insight and support through the sponsorship program.

The YTA Technology Leadership Awards recognize tech companies from the Greater Toronto Region that have demonstrated innovation and leadership in their field. The awards ceremony is one of the YTA’s premier events, and brings together the local tech community to network and celebrate success.

2010 Award Recipients YTA Company of the Year YTA Scale-up Company of the Year YTA Most Promising Start-Up

YTA Scholarship Program The YTA presents two scholarships every year to students studying to pursue a career in the fields of technology, science, engineering or math. Applications are open to students from York University and Seneca College, with one being awarded to a student from each school. In its inaugural year, the YTA Scholarship Fund received over 60 applications from York and Seneca students.

YTA Golf Tournament

One of the YTA’s most popular events is the YTA Golf Tournament. Held every August, this day of networking is highly anticipated througout the tech community. The YTA Golf Tournament will aim to raise funds to grow and expand the Scholarship Program.

YTA Priorities Communication is about building profile. Profile for the YTA; with our members, throughout the tech community, and with those who influence the success of the tech cluster. Collaboration is essential in order to succeed in today’s connected world. Research shows that fostering a strong and functional techcluster improves market success for participants where there is a bringing together of C-Level executives, skilled knowledge workers, financing, and education as well as responsible government collaboration. Recognition is a catalyst for success. Be seen for what you are doing – for it empowers us and enhances our influence with those that help shape our community. Technology is perhaps the most important component in Canada’s’ global competitiveness, and YTA members are at the centre point of the richest tech Corridor in the country.

Events & Awards

YTA Technology Leadership Awards

Seminars Featuring experts in specialized fields, these sessions provide you with targeted information that applies directly to your business. Learn the ins and outs of building business, keeping business, promoting your business, and leading your business to greater success. Seminars provide a more formal approach to a deeper understanding of subjects that might have arisen during topical issues luncheons or peer group presentations. Previous Seminars Doing Business with the Ontario Government Working towards a greener IT Open Source and your IP | When to Audit Research & Development - Partnering with academic researchers

Luncheons Monthly luncheons at the YTA are a chance to connect with peers, clients, and toplevel professional service providers. These sessions are designed to keep you current on the issues, opportunities and technological advances affecting your business and connect you with other members of the technology community. Speakers at these events are leaders in the technology sector. The experiences, issues and insights at these sessions are sure to be current and relevant to your business.

Previous Luncheon Topics Green IT - Impact or Impasse? Economic Update with RBC Assistant Chief Economist

Clockwise from top left: YTA members await a panel discussion with David Nyland (Blueprint Systems); Howard Gwinn (Bridgescale Partners); Peter Carrescia (Vengrowth Capital Partners); and YTA Board member Mark Usher (Wellington Financial) as moderator at the ‘Where’s the Money?’ luncheon. Wayne Gudbranson (Branham Group) discusses the state of the tech industry at the Branham300 Luncheon. Julius Azarcon of Eosensa discusses privacy and today’s business environment. Ben Bar-Haim (AMD) outlines the direction of AMD and the future of tech in the GTA.

Creating a winning strategy for privacy and security Deloitte Predictions 2010 Where’s the Money: Finding the growth funding you need Seeing the Cloud from both Sides Learn from the Leaders with Ben Bar-Haim of AMD Branham300 Revealed

BootCamps YTA BootCamps oer attendees an opportunity to learn practical tools for growth and business improvement that tech companies tell us they need. Led by tech industry veterans, BootCamps are structured in a way that provides attendees with practical knowledge and a tool kit that they can implement as soon as they get back to the oďŹƒce. Content rich and focused, BootCamp attendance is limited so that instructors can engage everyone in the audience. BootCamps are open to members of the tech community, and provide specialized education opportunities for your employees.

2009/2010 BootCamps

BootCamps planned for 2010/2011 Revenue Accelerator BootCamp

Project management at work

YTA Talent Tools BootCamp

Search Engine Optimization

Human Capital - Leadership in the growing tech company

Doing business with the Province of Ontario

SR&ED - changes, updates and practical tips

Government programs helping tech companies

Marketing to reach new audiences and grow the business

Protecting your IP

Sales Revival - Sell the way you buy PR for top line growth

YTA Sales BootCamp: Creating High Performing Sales Teams Web 2.0: Leveraging the User Generated Content Revolution Web 2.0 Remixed: Social Media for Executives

Research partnerships and public/private programs

Marketing 201: Turn your website into a Lead Generation Machine

International training and the demand for talent

HR Impacts & Actions for the Scale-up Company

Peer Groups

YTA Peer Groups are where fast-growth technology company leaders, entrepreneurs and executives come together to exchange information and best practices that will help them expand their businesses.

Peer group participants generate lasting relationships through meeting regularly to network, learn and lead their organizations to achieve even greater business success. Discover best practices through peer experience Create powerful business connections Learn how others adapt business theory to real life success Keep up-to-date with directives and developments Draw upon the knowledge and practical experience of subject matter experts Build your personal brand and corporate identity with peers, presenters and partners

YTA Peer Groups CEOs CFOs People Matters (HR) Technical Project Management Marketing Leadership Sales Leadership

I attend the monthly CEO peer group meetings and what I have found is over the last 12 months the group has started to gel and form a cohesiveness where we share ideas; they may be current issues or could be things that are troubling us, and I find as a group we are able to work through a lot issues. It has been very constructive for me.

Leaders of Emerging Companies Service Executives Women Leaders in Technology

More... Several new Peer Groups are starting up in 2010/11 - contact the YTA to explore a new offering of interest to you.

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Get plugged into the Greater Toronto Region Tech Community with the YTA.

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