Events from 2002 – Toronto Talks http://torontotalks.org Toronto's most popular speaking series Sun, 01 May 2016 13:13:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://xodmedia.com/content-management-system.php?v=4.7.4 Is our City Prepared to Take Full Advantage of the Internet’s Power & Potential? http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/city-prepared-take-full-advantage-internets-power-potential/ Thu, 19 Dec 2002 18:55:27 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=312 Should high speed Internet access be a right of every Torontonian? with Chris Carder Are we doing enough to ensure our children have equal access to the Internet, or will we watch the digital divide create even greater educational barriers within our low income communities? Is Toronto ready for its first Internet-based election? With the municipal election less than a ...

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Should high speed Internet access be a right of every Torontonian?

with Chris Carder

Are we doing enough to ensure our children have equal access to the Internet, or will we watch the digital divide create even greater educational barriers within our low income communities? Is Toronto ready for its first Internet-based election? With the municipal election less than a year away, should we embrace online voting?

These were just a few of the questions ThinData CEO and Toronto Talks moderator Chris Carder posed to an expert panel at Toronto’s Metro Hall this week.

The panel featured five well known Toronto personalities, including:

  • Former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall
  • Delvinia CEO Adam Froman
  • SMART Toronto Chair David Terry
  • Aurel Langlois, Executive Director of IMAT
  • Ontario MPP George Smitherman

Founded by chair John Klotz and Elizabeth Schwarz, Toronto Talks tries to give people the opportunity to hear from Toronto’s leading experts in the fields of Internet and E-Commerce, Management, Leadership skills, Personal Development and Business Development skills.

Carder says the opportunity to work with this distinguished panel was a privilege and he is looking forward to taking part in Toronto Talks again soon.

“I had a lot of fun. Our panel raised some good issues and weren’t afraid to stir things up,” said Carder. “But what really blew me away were the questions from the audience. People are really interested in this important topic and want answers. I think everyone who came out tonight took something important away with them.”

Klotz agreed that ‘The Future of e-Toronto’ event was a success.

“The voice of our city’s IT sector requires more sonority and with our panelists in a position to affect change, this may have been the first step,” says Klotz. “Toronto Talks, with the aid of ThinData is committed to hosting more such events in the very near future.”

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How to Find your Next IT Contract http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/find-next-contract/ Tue, 22 Oct 2002 18:03:05 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=315 with Nadine Christie Nadine discussed strategies of how IT Professionals navigate the New Contract Climate and manage their Distribution Channels. She also looked at contract Rates, resume preparations, how to present at an interview and follow-up techniques. Furthermore, she looked at how to maintain a skill set of essential knowledge tools for the future.

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with Nadine Christie

Nadine discussed strategies of how IT Professionals navigate the New Contract Climate and manage their Distribution Channels. She also looked at contract Rates, resume preparations, how to present at an interview and follow-up techniques. Furthermore, she looked at how to maintain a skill set of essential knowledge tools for the future.

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Venture Capital Night http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/venture-capital-night/ Thu, 26 Sep 2002 18:05:22 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=317 with Chris Koressis Chris Koressis practices in the area of business law, including mergers and acquisitions and information technology (“IT”). Chris will discuss the legal aspects of setting up a corporation including buy-sell agreements, arranging of capital, and team implementation. Roger Wilson has been in the venture capital business for over 12 years. He joined BDC Venture Capital in 1987 ...

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with Chris Koressis

Chris Koressis practices in the area of business law, including mergers and acquisitions and information technology (“IT”). Chris will discuss the legal aspects of setting up a corporation including buy-sell agreements, arranging of capital, and team implementation.

Roger Wilson has been in the venture capital business for over 12 years. He joined BDC Venture Capital in 1987 at the Bank’s head office in Montreal. In 1991, Roger moved on to gain direct operational experience by accepting a position with a major Canadian industrial distributor to manage their Quebec operations.

Roger rejoined BDC Venture Capital in Toronto in 1993. He has been actively involved on the Board of Directors of several private and public high technology companies in various industries including software, IT services, electronics and life sciences. Roger is also serving as Vice President of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA) and Chair of the CVCA Professional Development Committee. Roger Wilson holds a BBA (Finance) from Acadia University and an MBA (Marketing) from Concordia University.

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E-Commerce Strategies that Make Sense http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/e-commerce-strategies-make-sense/ Tue, 30 Jul 2002 16:04:16 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=297 Simon Proops Many companies in a wide range of industries can benefit from the use of the Internet either as a marketing tool or as a platform to support improved internal communications and consensus-building. However, many companies are not developing a robust e-Business strategy due to fear of change or other inhibiting factors. In general, the Internet is a good tool for creating effective communication ...

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Simon Proops

Many companies in a wide range of industries can benefit from the use of the Internet either as a marketing tool or as a platform to support improved internal communications and consensus-building. However, many companies are not developing a robust e-Business strategy due to fear of change or other inhibiting factors.
In general, the Internet is a good tool for creating effective communication channels within the company and between the company and its business partners, such as customers and suppliers. It also lends itself to companies operating in market niches where established supply and communication chains have not yet emerged. Soon, the Internet will be a ubiquitous business tool, such as the telephone or fax machine.

The purpose of the presentation was to develop the participants’ understanding of the effect that e-Commerce is presently having on the reengineering of business processes. Simon discussed the impact that the Internet is having on today’s business environment, and how it can be used as a strategic tool to assist in the success of your company. Specifically, he covered the advent of the Internet as a business tool and the emergence of e-Commerce as the ‘hot’ topic of the millennium.

The outcome of the presentation was a methodology to help you develop an e-Commerce strategy for your company, which may be planning on starting to use the Internet, or expand its use. Using the tools and methodologies available on the Internet, combined with the best and most up-to-date business planning and strategy, Simon illustrated how your organization can reap the benefits of selling to online markets, discovering the hidden ‘true’ nature of your customers’ requirements,
and rationalizing supply chains using the Internet. Specifically, he covered:
1. Customizing products and services; the move towards ‘mass customization.’

2. Outsourcing to the customer

3. Understanding online markets and communities

4. Developing online applications; towards the ‘killer app.’

5. Developing websites which receive hits and registering on search engines

6. Creating sites which create and sustain user communities

7. Performing market research to help plan e-Commerce
This presentation was a distillation of the course that Simon has
designed for the E-Commerce program at the Business School at Humber
College. It illustrated how the leading e-Commerce companies use the
Internet to:
1. Build Customer Loyalty

– improve customer support

– add to customer convenience

2. Create New Products and Services

– research customer needs

– enhance existing technology to serve those customers

3. Enhance Human Capital

– manage corporate knowledge

– create internal communications channels

4. Optimize Business Processes

– streamline document transfer

– outsource via the ASP model

5. Reach New Markets

– develop and sustain online communities

– scan for business opportunities online

6. Realize Financial and Operational Cost savings

– rationalize administration

– search for the best price using online markets
Simon also illustrated how the Internet can assist in the operations of all the corporate departments of companies not yet reaping the rewards of the Internet. Ultimately, the presentation illustrated how the Internet and related technology have created a sea-change in the ways in which every company does business by changing the competitive environment for all companies. Those that keep ahead of the wave of technological change will succeed, while many may unfortunately fall behind.

To download a copy of his presentation, click
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Biography
As founder and CEO of Access Consulting, Simon Proops developed courses in e-Commerce for the Business School at Humber College, where he has taught for the past two years, as well as for Worldsites Network, to help them build their Asian markets for e-Commerce consulting services. Prior to his involvement with e-Commerce, Simon was inside sales representative for the Baan Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) product at Shiva Technologies, and worked on some of the major accounts, which included Revlon Canada and Para Paints. Simon also organized and led a joint industry, academic and government trade mission from the U.K. to the US in order to study ‘Agile’ manufacturing processes, and presented the findings to a cross-industry panel, which included Rover and British Aerospace. Simon holds an MBA from Warwick Business School in the U.K. He has presented on supply chain improvements using the Internet to the Golden Horseshoe chapter of CIPS and is a member of the Institute of Physics and the Canadian Professional Sales Association. Simon now devotes his energies to running Access Consulting, helping
companies realize the business benefits of Internet technologies. He is also a regular and founding member of Idea Café, an Internet based association of e-Entrepreneurs, and has been profiled online by TechRepublic.

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Pushing Your Comfort Zone http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/pushing-comfort-zone/ Tue, 18 Jun 2002 18:20:16 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=320 and loving it! with Jamie Broughton Reaching for big goals, taking on projects you’ve never done before, or dealing with challenging situations can be daunting experiences! If you’re someone out to have an exciting career, make a difference, or stretch yourself, you are at the edge of your comfort zone often. It is in these times that the opportunity for ...

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and loving it!

with Jamie Broughton

Reaching for big goals, taking on projects you’ve never done before, or dealing with challenging situations can be daunting experiences! If you’re someone out to have an exciting career, make a difference, or stretch yourself, you are at the edge of your comfort zone often. It is in these times that the opportunity for exponential growth and learning exists.

How would you live and work differently if you:
· Felt even more powerful and in control than you already are?
· Had a better understanding of how you responded to new possibilities?
· Held insight into practical strategies on diving in to your new project?
· Identified what’s holding you back?

Expressing who you are and bringing your talent to the world takes courage and conviction.
Understanding how we as people react to new possibilities and developing strategies that embrace them is critical to our success in our work and in life. Join for this entertaining and interactive workshop. It will give you a fresh and valuable perspective on pushing your comfort zone, and loving it.

This session was fascilitated by Jamie Broughton. Jamie is a dynamic and passionate facilitator, public speaker, and professional coach. He is the founder of Footprint, a professional coaching and training organization. His clients have ranged in involvement from on-line learning providers, to pharmaceutical consortia, to nationally distributed gift products to the banking . institutions. His high energy and contagious enthusiasm is a proven catalyst for change. You can find him on the web at www.footprint.ca

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How to Market your IT Services Online http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/market-services-online/ Tue, 21 May 2002 18:22:44 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=322 with Darrell Cook Business Development Leader , Snap Media on Tuesday May 21st at 7pm @ Metro Hall Room 308 To a packed audience, Darrell discussed the aspects of marketing your IT services online with the idea of increasing your market exposure and ultimately creating higher revenues for your services. His talk included: • Importance of Marketing • Importance of ...

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with Darrell Cook

Business Development Leader , Snap Media
on Tuesday May 21st at 7pm @ Metro Hall Room 308

To a packed audience, Darrell discussed the aspects of marketing your IT services online with the idea of increasing your market exposure and ultimately creating higher
revenues for your services. His talk included: • Importance of Marketing
• Importance of Web Marketing • Internet Brand positioning
• Internet marketing – what’s out there?
• Internet convergence strategies for marketing products

Darrell C ook is currently leading the Business Development team at Snap Media, an online convergence company in the entertainment industry. Prior to this, Mr Cook was Vice-President of Business Development with Prolessons Media Inc. working with large media companies in Canada and the United States. Mr. Cook spent two years before with Yellow.ca as the Vice President of Sales & Business Development. Before joining Yellow.ca, Mr. Cook had worked for the BCE family of companies since 1994 holding several high level positions including Director of Marketing BCE Media, Director of Business Development, Stentor International, and National Account Manager, Bell Canada. Prior to BCE, Mr. Cook’s background includes working in the packaged goods industry in both sales and marketing and he has also been successful with his own Sports Marketing business. Mr. Cook holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and is currently a board member of IAB Canada.

Mr. Cook also teaches sales & marketing to small and medium size companies and has spoken at several conferences including; Web World 2000, Canadian Satellite Users Associations, AIMS, and the annual BBM conference.

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Management of the Future http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/management-future/ Tue, 19 Mar 2002 19:26:00 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=324 with Peter de Jager Peter de Jager …a speaker/consultant on the issues relating to the Management of the Future. He has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from Problem Solving, Creativity and Change to the impact of issues such as privacy, security and personal factories on society and the way we do business. His articles have appeared in The ...

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with Peter de Jager

Peter de Jager …a speaker/consultant on the issues relating to the Management of the Future. He has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from Problem Solving, Creativity and Change to the impact of issues such as privacy, security and personal factories on society and the way we do business. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post , The Wall Street Journal , The Futurist and Scientific American.

Having spoken in more than 30 countries he is recognized worldwide as an exciting and engaging speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum, The WorldBank and The Bank for International Settlements.
H is presentations use humor to question the myths surrounding our understanding of the Change process. His talks are accessible by both staff and upper management. His single minded objective, despite the global nature of some of the issues, is always to provide actionable solutions and avenues of approach.

Mr. de Jager’s presentations are known to be highly interactive, fun, irreverent to mistaken ideas and most importantly, directly applicable to the change challenges facing us both personally and professionally.

In May of 2001 he was honoured by CIPS for his work in Y2K and was recently appointed as an Associate Director of The Global Future Forum a Unisys Corporation initiative.

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Real Life Security Breaches http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/real-life-security-breaches/ Tue, 19 Feb 2002 19:28:44 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=326 Are you Next? with Ron Lepofsky This fully interactive session discussed real life case studies of security breaches and vulnerabilities. Other topics were * Auditing for susceptibility to external hacking * Auditing for vulnerabilities caused by employee use of the Internet * CEOs cost justifying and budgeting for security * Creating the security process * Liability of executives with respect ...

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Are you Next?

with Ron Lepofsky

This fully interactive session discussed real life case studies of security breaches and vulnerabilities. Other topics were

* Auditing for susceptibility to external hacking
* Auditing for vulnerabilities caused by employee use of the Internet
* CEOs cost justifying and budgeting for security
* Creating the security process
* Liability of executives with respect to security

Ron discussed how IT Consultants can grow their practices by partnering with information security consultants. The bottom line is…you can increase your consulting business revenues in the security area.

Ron Lepofsky is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto. He has been an innovator in the high tech industry for 26 years, has consulted in data telecommunications networking for 12 years and has consulted in Information and Internet security for 6 years.

Ron works with C level executives and IT teams, to identify business drivers and business cases for bringing the information security process to corporations. This process is employed to identify and fix the never-ending new breed of security vulnerabilities. He writes best practices security policies and procedures and provides training.

Ron has been published in several periodicals including The Lawyers Weekly, CMA Management and Canadian Underwriter Magazine and has been interviewed on radio and TV (CP24).

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How to Build your IT Business in Uncertain Times http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2002/build-business-uncertain-times/ Tue, 22 Jan 2002 19:31:13 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=328 with Chris Carder Carder’s speech, which was entitled ‘How to Build your IT Business in Uncertain Times’ took place at Metro Hall with more than 110 business and information technology leaders in attendance. Attendees learned how to build their IT Businesses in uncertain times from the New Media firm that not only dodged the dot.com collapse, but kept on growing ...

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with Chris Carder

Carder’s speech, which was entitled ‘How to Build your IT Business in Uncertain Times’ took place at Metro Hall with more than 110 business and information technology leaders in attendance.

Attendees learned how to build their IT Businesses in uncertain times from the New Media firm that not only dodged the dot.com collapse, but kept on growing during the recent recession.

Carder told the story of ThinData and outline the key pillars that have allowed the company to thrive and grow during the recent downturn into a powerhouse e-business firm with more than 200 clients worldwide.

Attendee reviews submitted after the event included:

“Polished, coherent – and of direct interest to me”

“Both motivating and inspiring. (Chris) is very ‘real’ and has a sense of humour”

“…open to sharing challenges and the details to overcome them”

“…focused, articulate speaking”

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