Start a Company in Toronto! Applications Now Open for the Toronto Founder Institute

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is now accepting applications for the Toronto Winter 2015 Semester. Since launching in Toronto in 2014, the Founder Institute has helped launch 10 companies in the region, and we are now excited to launch many more. If you could benefit from expert training and advice to launch a technology startup in Toronto, click here to apply today. The program is open to founders of all kinds – including solo founders, those without an idea or company, and those that have a full-time job. Read Article

Inaugural Toronto Founder Institute Graduates 10 New Technology Companies

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Toronto Summer 2014 semester, which ends on October 14th, began with over 100 applicants and 46 enrolled Founders. After an intensive, four month program of expert training sessions, challenging company building assignments, and constant evaluation and feedback from experienced entrepreneur mentors, 10 meaningful and enduring companies were able to make it through the program to Graduation. The Toronto Summer 2014 Graduates now have a company, business idea, product plan, and path to growth fully validated by experienced startup founders. In addition, the Graduates are part of the pretigious Shared Liquidity Pool, and gain access to the Founder Institute's Global Network of over 1,310 companies and 3,346 mentors spanning over 85 and six continents. To hear more about the experience, check out this blog review from Graduate Jane Lee, and this review from Graduate Ernest Yap. Read Article

UHN Surgeon named hall of fame inductee

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
UHN's Dr. Bernard Langer has been selected for induction to The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Langer is recognized as a true innovator, a gifted surgeon and respected teacher. His reputation for clinical excellence was unsurpassed during his surgical career. Considered a global pioneer of hepatobiliary/pancreatic (HPB) surgery, he developed a world leading academic HPB and liver transplant service while head of the division of surgery at Toronto General Hospital. As chair of the department of surgery at the University of Toronto, Dr. Langer established the first surgical full time practice plan in Canada to foster research and education, and developed the Surgeon Scientist Program, now a widely recognized and emulated model for training academic surgeons in Canada and in other countries. Read Article

Small business forum in Toronto next week to feature numerous business experts

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
This year's Small Business Forum will feature more than 40 business experts, some of them speaking about their experiences and successes while others offer one-on-one consultations. The experts and more will be part of the 14th annual Small Business Forum on Thursday, October 23. Produced by the City of Toronto's Enterprise Toronto, this free event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's South Building. The forum's program will include keynote speeches by acclaimed Canadian entrepreneurs Matthew Corrin, founder and CEO of Freshii, and Kelsey Ramsden, founder and CEO of Belvedere Place Development and SparkPlay. Read Article

Canada Goose unveils new Toronto factory

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Canada Goose chief executive officer Dani Reiss is always prepared for winter — but not necessarily for a flood. A burst pipe last April in the front offices of the trendy parka manufacturer’s new factory on Bowie Ave., near Eglinton Ave. W. and Caledonia Rd., delayed the planned official opening until Wednesday, he explained. Construction on the much larger, 90,000 square-foot factory — which doubles the brand’s previous production capacity from the old site nearby — started in early 2013, and Reiss’ army of garment cutters and sewers moved in earlier this year. Read Article

Fostering Greater Science and Technology Collaboration Between Canada and India

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today met with Jitendra Singh, India’s Minister of Science and Technology, and launched a call for proposals for joint research and development projects under the Canada-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. The call for proposals stems from a new memorandum of understanding between Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST). It is aimed at promoting scientific collaboration between Indian and Canadian scientists in the areas of safe and sustainable infrastructure and integrated water management. Read Article

Visa program opens doors to overseas talent

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
When Ukrainian-born entrepreneurs Stanislav Korsei and Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi decided to uproot their lives and move to Canada last fall in search of a better business environment, they didn’t imagine how well it would go – at least not so quickly. In July, the duo behind Zeetl, which provides technology to enable voice conversations on social media, became the first recipients of Canada’s new Start-Up Visa program, which provides permanent residency to immigrant entrepreneurs and their families. Read Article

Ecuador karate champ chooses UTSC to study and finds he can train here too

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Andres Jaramillo’s 5,000-km journey from full-time professional athlete to full-time scholar has brought him to a new home: the University of Toronto Scarborough. The 19-year-old karate competitor from Quito, Ecuador left behind family, friends and a promising career in international competition to begin a new chapter in his life as an international student in UTSC’s Management program. What was the allure of UTSC? “Well of course it has a really good reputation around the world,” he says. “I also heard pretty good things about Canada itself. So I thought I would give it a try.” A decided side-benefit, he says, is the opportunity to train at UTSC’s new state-of-the art Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) that has been built for the 2015 Pan American/Parapan Games. Read Article

FuelWear faces threat of shipping delays as demand for self-heating shirt overwhelms

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Toronto-based startup FuelWear tripled its crowdfunding goal on Oct. 10 with more than $60,000 to launch its self-heating base layer, but pushing its production capacity might now result in shipping delays. The coveted product is a long-sleeve bamboo shirt with sensors that automatically detect and adjust temperature to keep its wearer comfortably warm — a garment that might soon become a staple in many Canadians’ winter wardrobe. Read Article

Industry Minister James Moore Highlights Measures to Position Canada for Success in the Digital Age

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Industry Minister James Moore was at the 2nd Annual Digital Economy Congress in Vancouver today to highlight the progress made under Digital Canada 150, the Harper Government's plan to position Canada as a leader in the global digital economy. Specifically, he highlighted how Canada attracts global leaders in investment and digital innovation and how Digital Canada 150 is working to help Canadian businesses take full advantage of the digital age. Digital Canada 150 sets clear goals of what Canada can achieve by the time we celebrate its 150th birthday in 2017. It includes five pillars, 39 new initiatives and one national plan for 35 million Canadians. Read Article

Speech by International Trade Minister Good News for Trade-Focused Aerospace SMEs

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto today, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, committed to focusing on helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seize new opportunities to boost their exports and global trade presence. The announcement comes as part of the government's Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP), in which aerospace is named a key sector. "Small- and medium-sized businesses are the key economic drivers in Canada, and their success in overseas markets is critical to achieving and maintaining our job growth and our economic prosperity," said Minister Fast. Read Article

Harper Government Invests in Business Growth and Productivity at Celplast

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Celplast will bring to market a proprietary manufacturing process thanks to an investment of up to $2.075 million announced today by Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear and Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, Roxanne James. The funding will be used to purchase a new metallizer machine and have it customized to include their proprietary and unique in-vacuum coating technology. This technology will allow Celplast to create a lower-cost film with better barrier properties for immediate applications in the food packaging and industrial markets. The project is expected to create 11 new full-time skilled positions and maintain six existing positions. Read Article

Ontario’s economy depends on its ‘digital corridor,’ researcher tells Waterloo conference

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The future of Ontario's economy, the biggest generator of wealth in the country, depends on the research and innovation in the corridors linking Waterloo Region, Toronto and Hamilton, a leading researcher told the CityAge conference Friday. David Wolfe, the co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, said the key to Ontario's future prosperity is found in three sectors — advanced manufacturing, biomedicine and information-communications-technology. Wolfe said the biggest nodes in Ontario for research, innovation and technology commercialization are found in Toronto, Waterloo Region and Hamilton, in that order. Read Article

City of Toronto has a new film sector development officer

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The City of Toronto has hired a film sector development officer to help support and enhance the City's relationships with screen-based industries locally, nationally and internationally. Michele Alosinac started work with the City this week. "We are looking forward to Michele making a positive impact with our film and entertainment industries team and with all our media industry partners," said Zaib Shaikh, the City's Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries. "She brings great experiences from the film and television world along with a keen insight into how government entities can motivate and support the many stakeholders that make up the film and TV business in this city and across the country. We have a highly skilled and hard- working team and Michele is going to be a great fit." Read Article

NRC launches three new research programs

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
In an effort to improve health outcomes for Canadians affected by diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, the National Research Council of Canada is launching three new research programs to help industry get new medicines to the market faster. From discovery and into clinical trials, the NRC in collaboration with Canadian and international partners hope that the new programs will help to accelerate the development of new therapeutics and vaccines. The projects will also focus on finding new ways to deliver therapeutics to the brain while addressing diseases of the central nervous system. Additionally, NRC’s bioprocessing technologies, which enable the production of biologics and vaccines, will be transferred to Canadian contract manufacturing organizations to strengthen the biomanufacturing sector. Read Article

New Country Risk Quarterly by EDC gives small companies best-in-class market risk information

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
A new quarterly report by Export Development Canada (EDC) will help small Canadian companies make better decisions when selling or entering into new markets. The free Country Risk Quarterly (CRQ) report was designed to help small Canadian companies looking to explore different trade and investment prospects. “Small Canadian companies regularly point to a lack of access to market knowledge as a key barrier to growing their business abroad. This quarterly publication was designed specifically to take this challenge off the table,” said Stuart Bergman, EDC’s Assistant Chief Economist and Director, Economic and Political Intelligence Centre (EPIC). Read Article

Newmark Knight Frank Devencore Reports on Growing Toronto Industrial Market

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
In its Industrial Real Estate Market Study published today, Newmark Knight Frank Devencore reported that the need for larger, more modern industrial spaces has spurred significant development activity in the GTA West. At the present time, some 4 million square feet of industrial space is being built in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Milton. "The key stories in the GTA industrial real estate market during the first half of 2014 concerned the supply and demand disconnect and the increasing obsolescence of older industrial properties," said Rob Renaud, Managing Principal / Broker of Record at Newmark Knight Frank Devencore's GTA West Office(1). "In part, this has to do with the changing nature of the GTA's industrial base, where the exponential growth of e-commerce businesses is fuelling demand for larger and more modern logistics and distribution spaces. Typically, these spaces are 400,000 square feet to 1.5 million square feet, have higher clear heights, more trailer parking, better office space layouts, more energy efficient systems and, in many cases, building designs that are specifically tailored to the space users." Read Article

Pearson and Google Maps partner to offer new airport experience

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Toronto Pearson International Airport and Google Maps have collaborated to give passengers detailed indoor maps of the terminal. Both Google Maps and Google Maps mobile will help passengers find amenities, pre- and post security points, and other points of interest. The map allows passengers to view the floor plan, while also providing zooming capabilities. Read Article