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0-100 Digital Transformation

O to 100 Digital Transformation

November 29, 2018

At our annual Peerscale CEO retreat this past June; we had one keynote speaker whose talk I continue to reflect. Shawn Kanungo, spoke to us on the disruption that has become so evident in our world – his talk was titled “0 to 100 Digital Transformation”.

 

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Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Technology

Mobile app cuts emergency room visits by half for segment of local patients

November 29, 2018

Southwestern Ontario’s regional health care administrator says a mobile app that connects nurses with in-home personal support workers in real time has cut emergency room visits by half – and the agency is looking for other patient populations to use the software.

New data from the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) – the provincial super-agency that allocates health care dollars in much of Southwestern Ontario from Lake Erie to Tobermory – said the iPhone app has reduced emergency room visits by 50 per cent and hospital re-admission rates by 42 per cent among home care patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Human Resources Professionals Association

Human Resources Professionals Association

November 27, 2018

Recently I was asked to participate on a leadership panel at the monthly meeting of the West Toronto chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

The panel discussion followed dinner and a keynote from Lisa Mitchell, Principal of Green Apple Consulting: "HR as Coach: Influencing in a Sea of Change" and hosted by the Weston Golf & Country Club.

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Investor Meeting Highlights - November

November 22, 2018

We were in a celebratory mood this morning as we gathered for our second last Investor Meeting of 2018. The snow and cold temperatures certainly set the tone for the upcoming holiday season. But so does the performance of our members' portfolio companies. Notably, last week VanRX was listed #1 on the 2018 Deloitte Canadian Technology Fast 50 list. We also recapped an active year of investing, with more than $3.7 million invested in 7 companies, and a few financings still left to close before the end of the year.
 
 
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TechAlliance BURST Showcase

TechAlliance BURST Showcase

November 20, 2018

On November 15th, one of our community partners, TechAlliance, held a showcase of many of the ventures that they have shepherded through their BURST program since it was launched in early 2017. 
 
 
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Deloitte Fast 50

Vanrx Named the Fastest Growing Technology Company in Canada

November 15, 2018

VANCOUVER, CANADA — November 15, 2018 — Deloitte, an international financial advisory firm, has named Vanrx Pharmasystems as the fastest growing technology company in Canada on its 2018 Technology Fast 50™ list.

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Council of Canadian Innovators

Council of Canadian Innovators

October 23, 2018

CCI's mandate is to build Canada's economy by advocating for policies that help high-growth firms scale up in Canada and globally.
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Investor Meeting Highlights - October

October 18, 2018

This morning (Thursday October 18) for the first time ever in our 10 year history we had four ventures present this morning at our regular monthly SWO Angels Investor Meeting. As a result we kept the agenda tight and everyone responded with great engagement.

 
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Interviewing for Character, Part 2 – A Practical Approach

October 8, 2018

How to Uncover Passion

One of our SWO Angels members has a particularly good question that can uncover a lot in a conversation. He asks: “Why did you start this venture?” For him to be interested in investing, the answer must reveal a passion for an outcome that is beyond the entrepreneur’s natural ability to solve. Simple monetary or wealth objectives are uninteresting to this member. There is power in “Why?” questions!

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Seize the Opportunity: How Canada is Empowering Start-ups to Scale Globally

Seize the Opportunity: How Canada is Empowering Start-ups to Scale Globally

September 27, 2018

SWO Angel CEO, Dennis Ensing has been venturing back and forth across York & Adelaide streets in Toronto yesterday getting sessions in at both NACO's Summit and Elevate's Educate Scale-up track.

This morning my first Scale-up session was a presentation from Dennis Kavelman, former C-suite member of RIM/Blackberry and D2L, now a General Partner with iNovia Capital. 

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