2016 Events

December 2016

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

IBM Centre for Advanced Studies — Atlantic

IBM Centre for Advanced Studies — Atlantic

From J9 to OMR: Developing Technologies to Improve Virtual Machines

The Java virtual machine forms the underlying platform for many of the technologies that IBM deploys in the cloud and enterprise domains. Having an efficient platform is key for ensuring that client applications operate in an optimal manner. For the last 5 years, CAS-Atlantic has collaborated with IBM to develop several technologies to increase the performance of their JVM.

In this talk, Dr. Kent will give a snapshot of some of the projects that have been undertaken and the outcomes and look ahead to some of the research that IBM and CAS-Atlantic has planned for collaborating together on OMR to provide a virtual machine that supports multiple languages, not just Java. In addition, he will discuss how local companies can benefit from this specialized expertise, including performance analysis and/or collaboration in the development of new supporting tools and applications.

About the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS Atlantic)

The IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS Atlantic) is an IBM-Research-based institution dedicated to promoting and cultivating collaborative research between IBM and the University of New Brunswick.

CAS Atlantic is located on the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus. The centre is envisaged as a broad based unit having both an education and research mandate. The Centre’s first project in the area of Accelerating Java Using Massive Multicore Systems has received funding from ACOA through a contribution from the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

In Partnership with IBM business units dedicated to research, development, and services, CAS Atlantic provides UNB with a window that spans a relevant cross-section of the Corporation. The Centre is a focal point for an effective, coordinated approach to university relations.

About Our Presenter

Dr. Kenneth Kent, Professor & Director, IBM Centre for Advanced Studies — Atlantic,
Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Kenneth B. Kent Dr. Kenneth Kent obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 2003, his M.Sc. from the same in 1999, and his B.Sc. Hons. from Memorial University in 1996. Since 2002, he has been a faculty member at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada).

Dr. Kent’s research interests include hardware/software co-design, reconfigurable computing, embedded systems, and software engineering. Dr. Kent has completed significant research on Java virtual machine technology including the use of distributed computing and dedicated hardware to accelerate Java execution, the basis of his MSC and PhD thesis respectively.

Recently, Dr. Kent has worked on improving the execution of the Java Virtual Machine in Multicore environments focusing on such issues as garbage collection, multilenancy, and reducing startup times. This work has contributed to several industrial collaborations and over 100 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Through the work with IBM on the J9 Java Virtual Machine, Dr. Kent has submitted 14 disclosures to IBM for consideration — of which six IBM has decided to patent (in progress) and 2 further IBM has decided to publish to prevent others from patenting. Recently, Dr. Kent received the IBM CAS Faculty Fellow of the Year Award as well as the IBM CAS Project of the Year award.


November 2016

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Medavie Blue Cross
www.medavie.bluecross.ca

Medavie Blue Cross

Strategies for Enterprise Cloud Transition

With the explosion of agile development, mobile devices, and cloud services, this talk will
outline some of the key considerations and decisions Medavie Blue Cross has made as we move from a build-everything- in-house mentality to a cloud-first model to make client experience and supporting partners easier than ever.

About Medavie Blue Cross

With over one million cardholders, Medavie Blue Cross is the country’s leading Blue Cross plan. We’re a not-for- profit organization that provides health, dental, travel, life and income replacement products to small and large companies and individual customers. We also administer various federal and provincial government-sponsored health programs, including Veterans Affairs Canada, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, and Nova Scotia MSI.

Medavie Blue Cross has a strong in-house IT presence. We build and maintain websites, mobile apps and enterprise applications for our customers, partners and employees—with more than 400 unique products in our data centre.

About Our Presenter

Vince Power, Enterprise Architect, Medavie Blue Cross

Vince Power has been designing and implementing application platforms, along with the processes and procedures that they need to stay running, for almost 20 years. Starting in the dotcom era, Vince has worked with everything from leading open source projects to large scale enterprise systems to ensure every application is being hosted on a platform that will meet or exceed its requirements, while allowing the applications to scale as needed without being completely rebuilt.


October 2016

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

NB Power
www.nbpower.com
 
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www.siemens.ca

NP Power & Siemens

NB Power and the utility industry is undergoing transformation as new decentralized energy solutions and evolving technologies find their way to the marketplace. This provides unprecedented opportunity to leverage new solutions to enhance reliability, better manage energy bills and embrace newer renewable and more environmentally-friendly forms of energy. This will also provide customers with an enhanced experience with more choice and control over their energy cost and consumption.

NB Power is boldly embracing the challenge of operating in this fast-changing environment. Striving to be at the industry’s leading edge, the company is transforming itself from top to bottom.

NB Power in partnership with Siemens are working on a solution to help integrate and enable future customer energy solutions. Michel and Aditya will provide an overview with brief technical description of current progress.

About NB Power

NB Power, is the primary electrical utility in New Brunswick. NB Power is a vertically-integrated Crown Corporation wholly owned by the Government of New Brunswick and is responsible for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. NB Power serves all the residential and industrial power consumers in New Brunswick, with the exception of those in Saint John, Edmundston and Perth-Andover. It owns 13 generating stations with a diverse fuel mix that last year resulted in more than 70% of the electricity used coming from non-GHG emitting sources. Today, it is pursuing a strategy to reduce and shift customer energy demand that is intended to defer more than a Billion dollars in generation investments and result in even greater reduction in GHG emissions.

About Siemens Canada Limited

Siemens in Canada, has been working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. Siemens Fredericton team is part of the global Digital Grid Software Solutions product R&D and delivery organization, and is focused on developing and delivering software products, that enable the green energy systems of the future. We bring the Internet of Things to the electrical power grid connected to smart homes and smart buildings.

About Our Presenters

Michel LosierMichel Losier P.Eng.
Director, Customer and Community Engagement, New Brunswick Power Corporation

Michel is the Director of Customer and Community Engagement for New Brunswick Power Corporation. He also a member of the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

Michel is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick in Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.

Michel has a broad exposure of the utility sector with extensive experience in customer service and community relations, corporate reputation and media relations. He served as Regional Manager in Customer Service and Managing Director of Corporate Communications. Most recently, Michel was the Program Director of the award winning “PowerShift Atlantic” project; focused on collaborative and innovative solutions, engaging customers and leveraging new smart grid – energy storage technologies to better integrate renewables such as wind in the Maritimes. This was a new experience for customers as they played an active role in renewable integration. Michel has been actively engaged in the ongoing utility sector transformation with a “customer centric” focus. He is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on the topic of Smart Grid transformation. Most recently, he presented at Grid Edge 2015 as NB Power received an award as a GTM Top 20 Disruptor in the utility industry. As well, NB Power has recently received the Smart Grid Canada “2015 Innovation Award” for Canadian Utilities.

New Brunswick Power is focused on a comprehensive “Reduce and Shift Demand” strategy working with Siemens on Smart Grid solutions for our customers.

Michel and his spouse Norma and have two young adults completing university. He loves New Brunswick and maintains an active lifestyle enjoying time in nature.

Aditya AggarwalAditya Aggarwal, Manager, Digital Grid Software Engineering, Siemens

Aditya brings extensive experience in architecting, developing, delivering large scale web based systems in energy, GIS, internet/networks and messaging services domains. At Siemens, in addition to leading development and integration efforts on multiple digital grid products, Aditya works with electric utilities across the globe advocating, defining and implementing enterprise business architecture models, standards and platforms to enable end-to-end technology and business transformations.

Aditya holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, Canada, and a Bachelor’s of Engineering from B.M.S College, India.


September 2016

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

AutonEngine Systems

Embedded Real Time Controls

Join Kevin MacDonald, Director of Engineering at AutonEngine Systems, for a discussion on Embedded Real Time Controls.

Kevin will be discussing different applications and the bottlenecks and traps that embedded software programmers can fall into and the options available to ensure real-time is truly real-time.

About AutonEngine Systems

AutonEngine Systems Started in Dec 2015, AutonEngine Systems provides complete or assisted embedded electronic product development contracting. It can offer the development as a contracted standalone contract or as a contracted employee type service. To date AutonEngine has many successful projects and looks forward to continued growth.

About Our Presenter

Kevin MacDonald Kevin MacDonald, P.Eng.

Kevin MacDonald is Director of Engineering at AutonEngine Systems of Riverview NB. The firm specializes in Electrical and Electronics product design contracting with a special emphasis on Real-time critical systems. Kevin has over 30 years experience in electronics and embedded software design and is a Graduate of Electrical Engineering from UNB Fredericton.

A true lifelong learner, Kevin is best known for his deep knowledge of IT, Engineering and Computer Science and has been the primary Designer of many successful product releases throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Having generated many products that required the every line of code be written, Kevin is acutely aware of making good design choices early especially where real-time critical applications are necessary.


July 2016

12th Annual CyberSocial Boat Cruise and Networking Event

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:15pm
Where: Point-du-Chêne Wharf, Pointe-du-Chêne, NB
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: $30 each or 4 for $100 — Available through McKenzie College at ccormier@mckenzie.edu or call Cathy at 506 384-6460.

Tickets are limited to 50 passengers. This is always a sell out event so please book early.

The cruise boat casts off at 7:30 pm (ends at 10pm) so please be prepared to board, no later than 7:15pm.


June 2016

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Reaching 15% and more Net Profit
NuFocus
NuFocusStrategic.com

If you are not making profit, how will you grow your company? If you are not keeping your eyes on the road, how will you get to destination? One trick, there is one trick… and it’s called “focus” on the right things. Keeping your eyes on the ball but being aware of what is going on, but what are the other elements at play here? How can you pivot without killing your company? How can you reach profit comfortably?

I, as the CEO of AppFrogs, have learned a great deal, but I’ve learned more in the past 6 months than I did in the past 6 years. How can I help you to not fail, like I did? What are the lessons learned? Let me tell you some of the things that I realized could of made some major shift in your company and see how you can reach some awesome profit margins.

About Our Present

Natacha Dugas

Natacha DugasNatacha then entered into the world of entrepreneurship leading an IT development company for six years. She has a passion for technology as it relates to business development in the areas of web based application, such as SAAS (Software as a Service) as well as mobile applications. Natacha had started her career in communications, public relations and marketing. But above all, she is a strategist and thinker. Her approaches are logical and detail oriented. Never challenge her to a game of Risk, she is deadly on the battle field.

Natacha has joined NuFocus Strategic Group last January where she is a full time consultant. 


May 2016

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

DPL

Owning the Technology Stack

Follow Marc Albert, CEO of DPL, as he takes a deep dive into what the world looks like for a technology company intent on having ultimate control of it’s own destiny. When lack of control (real or perceived) is the enemy, how do you navigate through and manage the risk of using 3rd party services and software?

About DPL

DPL
dplwireless.com

DPL provides simplified connectivity for IoT markets. Our platform harnesses the power of cellular with connected sensors on any type of thing you can think of. We make products that report data and deliver results to you wherever you are — we do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.

Our Markets:

  • Connectivity and anti-theft for over 25,000 ATMs, processing >100 million transactions per year.
  • Telemetry solutions for Off-Road construction vehicles and equipment (trailers, Backhoes, Dump-Trucks etc).
  • Customized remote industrial control solutions for OEM’s (Power-Generators, Pumping-Stations etc).

About Our Presenter

Marc Albert, CEO of DPL

Marc AlbertMarc has been pushing himself to achieve more since a very young age. Never one to take the easy road, at 14 he taught himself how to code in Machine Language because he always preferred writing games over playing them. At 16, he took up the guitar and songwriting, which led to him win a national songwriting contest at the age of 19.

As CEO of DPL, he plugs in to new business and leadership ideas to create the best version of himself. As a father, husband and business leader, he inspires a unique balanced growth approach to life. DPL’s motto of “No Rules, Just Results” is very much a reflection of Marc’s long history of achievement regardless of the obstacles.

Reverse Career Fair

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free: Please register for the workshop to RSVP to this event.

Oulton College Reverse Career Fair

Oulton College is having a reverse career fair on Wednesday, May 11, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Venn Centre just before the CyberSocial.

What is a reverse career fair you may ask?

It is a chance for you to see the talent coming out of Oulton College that can add value to your company.

Students are looking for on-the-job training opportunities (3-4 weeks unpaid) as well as employment opportunities. This is a great opportunity for companies to evaluate the fit of the student at their company for 3-4 weeks at no cost, and then consider them for employment. No commitment for employment is required to accept a student for on-the-job training.

These students are keen for the opportunity to show off their talents and are from the following programs:

  • Network Administration & Security
  • Advanced Web Development & Programming
  • Business Management
  • Business Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing

So come a little bit early for the CyberSocial and check them out! It just may be what your company needs!


April 2016

Moncton CyberSocial Networking Event

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Missing link Technologies Ltd

Increasing Efficiency and Fostering Innovation through Research & Development

About Missing Link Technologies

Missing link Technologies
www.mlt.ca

Missing Link Technologies (MLT) Ltd. was established in 2001 in Moncton, New Brunswick. MLT has been serving Multiple System Operators (MSOs) with their needs in network management, engineering, and IT facilities infrastructure by providing industrial broadband solutions. We have used our expertise in software and database development to help analyze their equipment and processes; we have been able to use project and process management to increase the efficiency for both the clients and ourselves in these areas.

MLT continues to serve our clients in managing their broadband and data center infrastructure operations. We have been researching and developing new products and solutions to better meet our clients’ needs in these markets.

About Our Presenters

Charles Gervais, President (MLT)

Charles GervaisCharles Gervais, originally started with the company in 2003 as a technologist. He was promoted to General Manager in 2007; since this time, under his leadership, MLT has tripled its workforce and increased its revenue by almost 350%. Charles became an owner of the organization and assumed the role of President of MLT in 2012.

Charles graduated from the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) in Moncton in 2001 with a certificate as a Computer Systems Technician, then graduated again from NBCC with a certificate in Network, Design, and Administration Technology in 2002. After college, Charles worked as an IT Technician at CN Railway in Moncton.

Charles grew up in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. He enjoys travelling and camping, and is actively involved in the Moncton Squash Club. Charles is fluent in both French and English, and volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Marc LeBlanc, Director of Product and Business Development (MLT)

Marc LeBlancMarc LeBlanc, started with the organization in 2014. Marc leads the organization’s direction with respect to partnerships and strategic relationships. He has developed affiliations with different levels of government, universities and colleges, economic development groups, and strategic clients. Marc has worked with external partners to secure funding for different research and developments initiatives at MLT.

Prior to joining MLT, Marc worked at Air Canada for fourteen years, providing leadership in training and development of customer service and process management for their international operations. Marc also worked as a school teacher and guidance counselor for five years in Quebec.

Marc holds a bachelor degree in teaching and theology from the Université Laval. He enjoys extensive travelling and meeting new people.


March 2016

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Embracing innovation at the library: MPL’s Makerspace

Learn about what types of things are happening in the MPL Makerspace, the current tool library, and the “open-source” vibe of the space.

About MPL’s Makerspace

Moncton Public Library
www.monctonpubliclibrary.ca/makerspace

Located on the second floor of the library, Makerspace is a place where people gather to share resources and knowledge, learn new technology, build new skills, work on projects, network, and MAKE pretty much anything! Thanks in part to support from the City of Moncton Quality of Life Grant, The MPL Makerspace has special tools and software that the community can use. Along with our regular Open House nights that take place every Wednesday evening, the MPL Makerspace also offers specialized programs and workshops with the help of community experts. Join our Makerspace Facebook Group to be kept up to date on program planning and discussions.

The Moncton Public Library, located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, aims to meet the educational, cultural, informational and recreational needs of its users. As part of the New Brunswick Public Library Service, we provide access to a province-wide collection of more than 1.8 million items, 117,000 of which are on our shelves, as well as hundreds of programs and services for all ages. There is only one main library branch in the city, located on Main Street in downtown Moncton.

About Our Presenters

Beatrice Houston

Beatrice HoustonBeatrice is a librarian and head of the Young Adult and Adult Services department at the Moncton Public Library. In this role, she’s been having a wild time creating programs and services for the public, including the development of the Makerspace. She holds a BA from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College and a MLIS from Dalhousie. She worked as a radio reporter and talk show producer before embracing her true calling as a librarian. Career-wise, she’s currently interested in innovative library programming, maker culture and the changing role of public libraries.

Daniel Goguen

Daniel GoguenDaniel is an R&D Engineer at DPL, part of a team that manufacturers wireless connectivity products and provides network services. He is also an ambassador for the MPL Maker Space, helping with workshops, program & equipment planning. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Physics from McMaster University with a minor in philosophy. After working with lasers and magnets in the McMaster Quantum State Engineering Lab, he began a career as an integrated circuit (IC) engineer at Gennum, manufacturing ICs for hearing aids. Along with teaching downhill mountain biking he was also a part-time lecturer at Metalworks Institute, teaching audio electronics. He then began R&D mgmt consulting, helping more than 200 companies in Canada, US and UK receive more than 15 million dollars in non-dilutive funding. He now lives in Moncton and is currently hacking a tube amplifier into an old school turntable.


February 2016

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Centre Assomption de recherche et de développement en entrepreneuriat (CARDE)

About CARDE

CARDE
www.umoncton.ca/umcm-carde/

The Centre Assomption de recherche et de développement en entrepreneurial seeks to promote research and training in entrepreneurship in the business community and the Université de Moncton’s three academic centers. It also seeks to ensure dissemination of knowledge. The Centre provides a link between the Université de Moncton and the Acadian and Francophone business community, particularly for small and medium-sized companies.

About Our Presenter

Pauline Roy

Photo---Pauline-RoyPauline Roy is a businesswoman with over 25 years of experience in organisational and community development, as well as in international cooperation and development. Pauline is recognized for her involvement in the community and in business. She is currently the director of the entrepreneurship centre at l’Université de Moncton (CARDE) and is chair of the Board of directors at Alianco, (formerly NB Translation), which strives to contribute to the development and growth of the translation industry in Atlantic Canada.


January 2016

Angel Den 2016

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When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 12 pm
Where: Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe — 331 Acadie Ave, Dieppe, NB, Canada E1A 1G9
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free: Please RSVP to attend

Keynote Address

This year’s Angel Den will focus on partnerships between larger established companies and the smaller start-ups. Companies are always started to meet a need, but these start-ups are creating value for a big partner.

Our keynote speakers will be Nestor Gomez, Manager, Enterprise Content Management, McCain Foods David Baxter, President, Fiddlehead Technology; and Brian Dunphy, Director, Product Development, Cvent.

View Agenda

Pitch Sessions

As with all CyberSocial Angel Dens, this event is dedicated to creating better understanding for the local business community about how successful information and communication technology (ICT) companies are created and built up through early stages to lucrative exits in mergers or acquisition. New Brunswick has had its fair share of major success stories in technology and we expect to see more of this. The Angel Den will give great insight in to how all of this happens.

Start-ups will get practice pitch to our panel of Angel types and in front of a friendly audience. Those start-ups wishing an opportunity to pitch can review the application form before filling out the application to pitch.

The event will be live streamed on GingleLive.com/CyberSocial

Apply to Pitch

Industry Showcase

Companies looking to support New Brunswick’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector and partner with start-ups are invited to participate in the AngelDen 2016 Industry Showcase. Registration for the Industry Showcase will give participating companies a venue to display at both the Angel Den and the evening CyberSocial networking event.

Industry Showcase Booth Registration

Moncton CyberSocial Networking Event

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe — 331 Acadie Ave, Dieppe, NB, Canada E1A 1G9
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Southeast NB Industry Education Council

South East NB Industry Education Council

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