IIBA Toronto Event – The Business Analyst Toolkit – What To Know About Modeling

IIBAWhat modelling techniques should you add to your toolkit? And how will you choose which one to use on your current project?

We will discuss and compare the most important modelling techniques used by BAs. We will see the history of models used during the past 60 years. For each model, we will answer three questions: what reality does it represent? what questions does it answer? and what notation does it use? Continue reading

A discussion about how to use models, and the strengths and weaknesses of each type of model, will equip the participants to select the right model for each situation.

Speaker – Gerry De Koning

Gerry de Koning is a management consultant with de Koning Associates Inc., specializing in assessing software development organizations and helping them to reach consensus on best practices to implement. He has helped organizations in Canada, USA and Europe.

Working closely with Global Knowledge, Gerry has trained countless students in Business Analysis since 2000. He has been teaching and creating courses for over 35 years. Students rate Gerry highly and often hope he will teach their future courses.

Educated at York University and the University of Toronto, he has been a member of the IIBA for over 10 years. Gerry is passionate about modelling as a way to help us think clearly and communicate effectively.

Event Date: THURSDAY, January 23, 2014

Event Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Networking: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  –  Come early and network before the event starts.

Event Link: http://iibatorontochapter.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1693545&eventId=827759&EventViewMode=EventDetails

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Haltech Event – Show Me the Money! Funding for Your Business

HaltechRICLogo.pngCome and hear from the experts on how to access capital for your business. Speakers include: BDC on business banking, HSBC on commercial banks and business loans, Business Improvement Group on government inventives, as well as VC and Angel funding experts on leveraging investment capital. Let us show YOU where the MONEY is! Continue reading

When Thursday January 23, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Where Ron Joyce Centre

4350 South Service Road
Burlington, ON L7L 5R8

Event Link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8nwvi0l48173bc4&c=5727db00-df00-11e2-b2ff-d4ae52724810&ch=572ac130-df00-11e2-b2ff-d4ae52724810

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Silicon Halton Event – The Secrets Of Successful Podcasting

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The pundits have stopped talking about the “death of podcasting.” In fact, this medium is stronger than ever. On Feb 11, Donna Papacosta will show you the benefits of adding an audio podcast to your marketing communications, and share her tips for producing a high-quality show. She’s already made all the mistakes; you can learn from her experience. Continue reading

About the Presenter

Donna Papacosta of Trafalgar Communications helps people engage with employees, expand relationships with clients and uncover leads, using traditional communications, social media and podcasts. In 2005 Donna launched the Trafcom News Podcast, one of the first business podcasts in Canada. Since then, she has produced more than 800 podcast episodes for herself and her clients. In addition to being an active podcaster, Donna writes, consults, speaks and runs workshops and Web-based seminars. She knows the tech world well; Donna’s first career was as a systems analyst, and she often works with clients in the technology sector.

About MEV

MEV 555 industrial smWe’re most fortunate to be using the new Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre in Milton. MEV Innovation Centre is a place for the business community to meet and a space designed for new and existing business in a growth phase. Providing an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries, the innovation centre will provide access to entrepreneurs in four ways:

  1. Collaborative space
  2. Business services
  3. Accelerator/incubator programming
  4. Education and training

Subscribe to the blog here to receive the most current updates on this exciting project.  Read a Silicon Halton blog on the hi tech birth of this location here.

We’re proud that Milton Economic Development is pleased to sponsor this Silicon Halton meetup at the new MEV Innovation Centre.

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Secrets of successful podcasting
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation: Product and Services Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 @ 7pm
Location:  Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. Map.

How much it costs: Nothing but your time.

Event Link: http://www.siliconhalton.com/events/upcoming-event-posts/474-meetup-52-the-secrets-of-successful-podcasting#!

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Silicon Peel Event – IT and Startup Round Table

SiliconPeelLogoWebYou’re invited to Meetup #11 to join an evening of round table discussions with experts in top voted IT topics and the community’s best programs for startups. Our topics and experts include: Continue reading

1. Alternate Sources of Funding
Richard Kun
Business Development Manager, RDP Associates Inc.

2. Software Development
Jason Lavigne
Founder & CEO, Black and White Logic Inc

3. Internet Marketing
Eva Jaworowski
Sr. Web Designer, Big Dream Studio

4. Silicon Peel Startup Success Funnel
Steven Cox
Managing Director, Strategic Innovation Works
Richard Hepburn
Sr. Software Architect, Cetaris

5. Leveraging Channels
Mike Vanderlee
Experienced Channel Sales & Marketing Professional

6. E-Commerce
Reema Duggal
President, The Sitaran Group / Co-Founder, Silicon Halton

7. Silicon Peel Mentorship Program
Cathleen MacDonald
Producer, Motion Picture Enterprises Inc.
Nima Mirpourian
Account Executive, Robert Half Technology

8. RIC Centre Incubator
Pam Banks
Executive Director, RIC Centre

9. International Talent
Bjoern Kingsley
Faculty for Technical Communications, George Brown College


This Silicon Peel Meetup will end with our usual lively networking session where members catch up and meet newcomers.

Free pizza and drinks will be provided at the event.

We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Darren Lum, RIC Centre Communications Officer via email at communications@riccentre.com or via phone at 289-373-3050 ext 201.


Xerox Research Centre of Canada (Pake Auditorium)
2660 Speakman Drive
Mississauga, ON L5K 2L1

Thursday, 23 January 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silicon-peel-meetup-11-tickets-10119889863#!
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Silicon Halton Event: Meetup #50 – Public Speaking For Tech Pros + Entrepreneurs

Silicon HaltonWhether you’re presenting to a large audience or to an audience of one, public speaking is a skill that every tech professional and entrepreneur needs to hone. From marketing to sales to engineering to finance – the benefits of being able to confidently communicate ideas in any situation are huge.

Join us for Meetup #50 – and interactive session – to learn public speaking ideas, tips, and tricks from Toastmasters International.  And start finding your confident voice in 2014. Continue reading


Reema Duggal is President of the Sitaran Group (a digital marketing and an e-commerce consulting company),
a co-founder of Silicon Halton, and President of Glen Abbey Toastmasters (a 21 year old Toastmasters club in Oakville).  She is passionate about growing Silicon Halton, and greatly values the network of technology pros and entrepreneurs in the community.

You – The Audience

This is an interactive session.  There will lot’s of audience participation.  And it will be fun.

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Public Speaking For Tech Pros and Entrepreneurs
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Business Growth
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 7pm
Location:  Burlington Hive, Burlington
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

Event Link: http://www.siliconhalton.com/events/upcoming-event-posts/465-meetup-50-public-speaking-for-tech-pros-entrepreneurs

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Haltech Event – Workshop: Lean, Rapid and Profitable New Products

HaltechRICLogo.pngProduct innovation is a critical enabler in a competitive marketplace. Derive more value from your product innovation efforts by learning how new product & technology development and company business strategy are linked. Stage-Gate’s proven framework gives you the power to propel your product innovation results to the next performance level. Continue reading

This Stage-Gate workshop, a $1000 value, is being offered by HalTech for only $295.  HalTech is subsidizing this workshop for HalTech clients! Contact us to receive an additional discount !

Please contact info@haltech.ca for your promo code.

Thursday December 12, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 3:45 PM EST

Atrium Conference Centre
5420 North Service Road
Burlington, ON L7L 6C7

Event Link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vtggp9iab&oeidk=a07e8ifvh611a8e5b76

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Silicon Peel Event: Meetup #10 – Cloud Computing

SiliconPeelLogoWebUnless you have been hiding under a rock, you have heard of Cloud Computing.  If you are like most people, you might think that the cloud is a new concept.  Do you know when cloud computing was first invented?  Was it 2010, 2005, 2000 or 1995? None of them, cloud computing has been around since the 1950’s! Continue reading

  • Are you a software developer looking to build a new cloud application? If you are building your business on the Internet you should always be thinking about scale.
  • Maybe you already have an application and need to start thinking about how to scale it? It is every business’s dream, large or small, to go viral overnight, however if that did happen will you ready?
  • Have you ever lost your important data because of a hardware failure? No matter how much you spend on hardware solutions, even the best RAID, NAS or SAN storage systems can fail.  The cloud can help.
  • Looking to have all of your business information easily accessible anywhere on any device? If you are building, hosting and maintaining your own infrastructure you could save a fortune moving to the cloud.

From public, private and hybrid to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, cloud computing comes in all sorts of flavours.  Come celebrate the holiday season with local cloud experts in a town hall format of Q&A, our panel is ready to answer all of your tough questions.


December 19, 2013
Chinguacousy Chalet
9050 Bramalea Rd, Brampton, ON L6S 6G7

Event link: http://siliconpeel.com/event-calendar/upcoming-events/44-meetup10#!

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IIBA Toronto Christmas Party & 2013 Annual General Meeting

IIBACelebrating the Holiday Season
Once again after a year of hard work we find the opportunity to light our dark evenings with the IIBA Toronto Chapter Annual holiday social! Come, meet and network with those you know and have not yet met in the GTA’s business analysis community. We are growing fast and this is an opportunity to casually network, engage in some mentoring, or meet someone new in your community of practice. Continue reading

All are welcomed – members, non-members and guests. The event is gratis.


IIBA Toronto 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The IIBA Toronto Chapter is taking the opportunity this year to hold its 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the start of the holiday social. This year, all positions are being elected. All elected positions run to May, 2014. The 2014 AGM will occur on April 23, 2014.

Event: IIBA Toronto Chapter Annual Holiday Social and AGM

Event Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Event Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Networking: Come early!

Event Link: http://iibatorontochapter.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1693545&eventId=789757&EventViewMode=EventDetails


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New Research Guide for BA Students

Students in the business analysis program have an awesome new tool to assist with their research and learning.  Sheridan’s Library & Learning Services have just produced a new research guide designed for the BA student.  Check it out here: http://sheridaninstitute.libguides.com/business_analysis?hs=a  The research guide includes journal databases, eBooks, Videos and websites that are relevant to your studies. Continue reading

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When Will BABOK® 3 Come Out?

BABOK 3Business Analysts and BA students have been hearing about BABOK® Version 3 for quite some time now.  The biggest question always is: when is it coming out?  Knowing when version three will be published affects the study and certification plans for students.  Is it better to certify with version 2 or wait for version 3 to come out?  It all depends on the student, and the publication date of BABOK® v3.  Today, the IIBA published an article in their newsletter, BA Connection®, that gives us a few clues to this important date. Continue reading

In the article, Laura Paton, CBAP, PMP, BABOK® Guide Version 3 Chair & Sandi Campbell, BABOK® Guide Project Manager, IIBA, give us a project status update on BABOK® v3.  It looks like the project schedule has slipped a bit.  Last March, I attended a presentation by Kevin Brennan about BABOK® 3.  Here is a comparison of the release dates from the two sources:

  Kevin Brennan March 2013 BA Connection December 2013
Public Review of BABOK® Q3-Q4 2013 Spring 2014
Public Release of BABOK® Q1 2014 ???
Change to Certification Exams Q3 2014 Six months after Public Release


It seems that the schedule has been delayed by roughly six months.  I would estimate that the release date will be in Q4 of 2014.  That would place the exam changes in Q2 of 2015.

It looks like the cause of these delays was the practitioner reviews.  The BA Connection® article mentions the number of volunteers and thousands of comments that were raised.  I think this is good for BABOK® v3 and good for business analysis in general.  We all know the value of feedback.  The BABOK® is the most important document we have, and it is important to get it right.

So, what is the answer for BA students?  Should students pursue their studies now or defer until BABOK® v3?  Always make your study plans fit your life, career, and family commitments.  Having said that, here are a few things to consider:

  • BABOK® v3 is not much closer today than it was nine months ago.
  • BABOK® v3 will not be the last version ever produced.  We all need to stay up to date as things change.
  • Don’t underestimate the application process.  You need to understand the BABOK® before you apply.
  • The study tools and aids for BABOK® v2 are mature products.  Those tools will all be updated when v3 comes out.
  • If you defer studying, you also defer learning and potential career opportunities in the meantime.

Regardless of what you decide, start recording your work experience now.  Documenting work experience is the lengthiest part of the application process.  Start now and have any easy time when you do decide to apply.

We’ll keep watching for more news from IIBA about BABOK® and will be sharing any updates that we get through this blog.

BA Connection Article: http://www.iiba.org/ba-connect/2013/december/a-guide-to-the-business-analysis-body-of-knowledge.aspx

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