The Business Analyst and Project Recovery – IIBA Toronto Event

This power session covers three elements related to project troubleshooting and recovery:

(1) providing an introduction to project recovery and an overview of recovery activities,
(2) introducing concepts related to problem prevention, and
(3) outlining benefits Business Analysts (BAs) can deliver and the key role BAs can assume in “doing the right things” as part of the prevention and recovery efforts. Continue reading

Concepts related to managing stakeholder expectations, risk and quality management and proper definition of success will be discussed in context as they pertain to BAs.

This session is delivered in association with Global Knowledge and is based on content from Global Knowledge’s Project Troubleshooting and Recovery Course, as well as on concepts introduced in the book Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success (2013) by Ori Schibi.

Speaker – Ori Schibi

Ori Schibi, author of Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success is President of PM Konnectors ( – an innovative consulting firm with services ranging from facilitation, workshops, and professional development, to PMO revitalizations, Lean-driven process efficiencies, cost-of-quality analysis, project management and business analysis skills assessment, project recoveries, business analysis and team-contract development.

Ori is a thought-leader and subject matter expert who has been delivering value and innovation to clients for over 23 years. His diverse international, cross-industry experience and high energy, combined with strong leadership skills, have resulted in a strong track record of achieving outstanding results and exceeding customer satisfaction.

Large to mid-sized organizations in diverse industries and government agencies around the world have benefited from Ori’s innovative approach, including leading telecoms, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, governments and most recently – Teva, ConAgra Foods, JP Morgan, PwC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

This published author and speaker is a certified PRINCE2® (Practitioner) and Project Management Professional (PMP®), with an MBA from the prestigious Schulich School of Business at York University.

Event Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Registration & Networking: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Event: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Yorkville Bloor Marriott

Address: 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON

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N2K Marketing – Website Optimization for your Business – HalTech Event

HalTech’s N2K (Need to Know) Marketing presents: New Year, New Website.

Does your website look like it was developed in 2001? Was it actually developed in 2001? A lot has changed and you need to keep up with the times to keep customers coming back and bring in new ones. Continue reading


Join Chris Hokansson of One Red Bird and Simon Cooper from Hybrid Digital as they take your website from blah to rah rah!  This N2K session will help you identify:


  • if your site is hurting your business
  • what can be done to update or perform a complete overhaul
  • how to maximize your customers’ experience on the site



Friday February 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST


Sheridan College – Sheldon Levy Building

1430 Trafalgar Road

J114 – SPARK Boardroom

Oakville, ON L6H 2L1

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Ovais Shah – Instructor

Ovais ShahOvais is a results-oriented Business and IT professional with several years of progressive experience. He has worked in Agile and Waterfall SDLC environments. In his past engagements, Ovais has helped organizations transition to agile methodologies and establish best practices for business analysis, business case development, vendor selection, solution assessment and validation and project selection and management. His most recent project focuses on the planning and development of a Business Analysis Center of Excellence (B.A.C.O.E). Continue reading

Ovais uses his creative problem solving skills and in-depth knowledge of Stakeholder Management,  IT, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Systems Analysis and Design and Enterprise Analysis to arrive at creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.

He brings a diverse balance of technology and business experience to share with his students. Whether in the classroom or in public, he emphasizes a  pragmatic problem based learning approach. Ovais believes that students learn best through solving problems and issues facing today’s businesses. He encourages and works with his students to facilitate originality, creativity and experiential learning paradigms.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Ovais is heavily involved in non-profit and social advocacy work. He also loves the outdoors and likes to camp, hike and ski.
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Employment Opportunity – Business Analyst (ITSM/ITIL/Lean IT)

indexThe primary purpose of the Business Analyst (ITSM/ITIL/Lean IT) Analyst role is to elicit and manage all requirements for an enterprise IT Service Management (ITSM) system for The Co-operators Group of companies. Includes performing testing and Quality Assurance (QA) actitvities to ensure ITSM system meets the needs of stakeholders. Additional duties include documenting current and future IT Service Management processes and procedures performed in the various in-scope business and IT units of The Co-operators’ Group of insurance companies. The successful candidate will also support the IT Service Management Program and Practices team with process, quality and efficiency improvement initiatives throughout the organization. Continue reading

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Silicon Halton Event – Workshop Day @ Burlington HiVE

Silicon HaltonThe March 26, 2014 Silicon Halton Day will include nine 45min workshops.  Workshops will run from 1pm until 4pm.  Workshops will be posted as they become arranged. Continue reading

1pm – 1:45pm | Workshop 1 | Workshop 2 | Workshop 3
2pm – 2:45pm | Workshop 4 | Workshop 5 | Workshop 6
3pm – 3:45pm | Workshop 7 | Workshop 8 | Workshop 9

Interested in presenting? Contact Rick Stomphorst with your idea or share your ideas here (members).

Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space in Downtown Burlington, the Burlington HiVE.

Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.
– Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable introductions to other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce economic and/or professional growth. Can you afford not to come?

Come prepared to do your work. This is not an 8 hour business networking event.  Other than some members meeting for a Peer2Peer group meeting at 8:30am and the optional workshops, there are no other planned structured activities during the day.

The time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for the Lunch & Learn, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

When: Wedneday March 26, 2014. Open from 8am – 6pm

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members. Must pre-register, here.

Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: here (you can also register at the door)

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 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)

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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.

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