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Mar 16, 2020

Proactive and Preventative Steps to Help Preserve the Health of Our Community

Updated Friday, May 15th.

Bayview Yards will remain closed to the public until further notice. Invest Ottawa’s continues to serve entrepreneurs and firms, virtually.

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority.


As we continue to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are taking important steps that directly support the recommendations shared by Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Public Health, our Prime Minister and other authorities, to help preserve the health and safety of you, your families and our community.

We fully support the guidance provided to all Ottawa residents to strengthen social distancing measures, cancel any planned events, and refrain from going out for non-essential reasons. As Dr. Etches noted, Ottawa residents will benefit from more social distancing between people, cancelling events of all sizes, and staying home when you’re sick.  The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Building on the initial protocols communicated to date, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards are now taking the following additional steps that translate these important recommendations into action:

 

Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards to be Closed to the Public Until April 6, 2020

  • Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards will be closed to the public, and accessible to tenants and staff by key card only, until April 6, 2020. This includes our entire Bayview Yards site (including our Bayview Yards Prototyping Lab), our Kanata office located at 555 Legget Dr., and our Ottawa L5 Private CAV Test Facility at the Greenbelt.
    • Our outdoor sign will reflect this information, with additional signage at the entrance of our facility.
    • Please note the doors to Bayview Yards will be locked throughout this entire period.
    • As communicated on Friday, March 13, 2020, all meetings, workshops and events booked at Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards facilities by external parties have been suspended until this date (subject to extension pending assessment with OPH).
  • Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards Employees Working from Home: To preserve and protect the health of our employees, all members of our Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards team will work from home until at least Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • On-Going Review and Assessment with OPH: Together with OPH, we will consistently review and assess this dynamic situation and take any additional steps that may be required during this period. We will communicate all updates, actions and changes with you and our community consistently.

 

Developing Safe, New Ways to Virtually Engage, Inform and Support You, Our Clients and Community

  • As previously communicated, we are developing new ways to deliver as many programs and services as possible online and provide much-needed support to our entrepreneurs, firms and stakeholders.
  • If you are a founder, entrepreneur or firm that is seeking assistance and support, please reach out to us.
  • We welcome any ideas, feedback or recommendations you may have on resources, tips, tools, guidance, online events and engagement approaches that could help you, our clients and our community through this difficult time.
    • We aim to help keep everyone fully engaged, connected and collaborating in safe and interactive ways.
    • Please send along any ideas you may have for our marketing and communications team to Sonya Shorey at [email protected]

 

We Are Here to Support You

  • As emphasized by our Prime Minister today, the Government of Canada is urging all Canadians abroad to return home now while that possibility still exists. We strongly support and echo this guidance for all members of our community.
  • Your health and safety is our top priority, and we are committed to taking the steps required to mitigate and manage risk in this very dynamic environment.
  • Most importantly, please take care of yourselves, your loved ones and each other. As echoed by the Prime Minister today during his nation-wide address, please take the time to check in on those around you, offer support to family, friends, colleagues and neighbours who might need extra help in the weeks ahead. It is extremely important to stay connected in safe ways, such as phone, email, Facetime and Teams.
  • Thank you for your continued collaboration and support to help keep our innovation hub and community healthy and safe.

 

Mar 14, 2020

As we continue to closely monitor the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across Canada and around the world, we are working closely and consistently with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) on the development of protocols and steps that help keep you, our employees, clients, tenants and all guests safe and healthy.  Given our extensive regional engagement and activity, we know it is imperative to get ahead of this evolving situation and help slow the spread of this virus.   

Working directly with the OPH team, and leveraging trusted COVID-19 resources from OPH, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization, we are committed to taking proactive, preventative and prudent measures that aim to mitigate risk within our facility and across our region. This includes steps to: 

Please find below key elements of our corporate response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, developed with the full support of OPH. As valued members of our community, we wanted you to be fully apprised of the precautionary steps we are taking to help preserve your health and safety. 

Given the global and dynamic nature of COVID-19, we are monitoring this situation closely every day with OPH and other authorities. We will share new information, next steps or updates to these steps regularly. 

Keeping You Safe at Our Innovation Hub

Consistent with many partners and organizations across Canada and around the worldand with your health and safety as our top priority, we are: 

  • Deploying bilingual signage provided by OPH throughout the facility to encourage healthy practices such as elbow bumps and waves as opposed to handshakes, and proper handwashing techniques; 
  • Posting signage at the entrance of Bayview Yards and reception encouraging any guest who is feeling unwell to return home, and seek medical support; 
  • Installing more handwashing stations and sanitizer throughout Bayview Yards;  
  • Adopting enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures for all parts of our facility each day 
  • Adopting broad work-from-home approaches for our employees, and delivering our programs, services and support online to the greatest degree possible to help preserve the health of our team and the community we serve; and 
  • Moving to kiosk-based reception and guest check-in and operating with a significantly reduced onsite team at our Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards locations. This includes: 
    • Our headquarters at 7 Bayview Station Rd. 
    • The Ottawa L5 Private CAV Test Facility managed by Invest Ottawa at the Greenbelt
    • Temporarily closing our Kanata office at 555 Legget Dr., Kanata. 
Creating Safe, Online Delivery Methods for Programs, Services and Support

To help slow the spread of this virus, and continue supporting the entrepreneurs, firms and community we serve, we are: 

  • Suspending all face-to-face peer groups, consultations and workshops hosted by Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, and implementing online delivery and telephone engagement wherever possible; 
  • Suspending all events hosted directly by Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, as well as those hosted by external organizations that lease meeting and event space at our facility;
    • We are personally contacting all organizations that have booked a meeting or event at Bayview Yards. If you are scheduled to host a meeting or event at our facility and have not yet spoken with a member of our Events Team, please contact Richard Quigley, Vice President Infrastructure Services at [email protected];  
  • Temporarily closing our onsite Education Centre at 7 Bayview Station Rd., enhancing our videoconference capabilities, and creating new online training and content delivery approaches that help to keep our community engaged, informed and connected in the days ahead 
  • Enabling onsite companies currently in our IO Accelerator at Bayview Yards to access their existing corporate space as they typically would; and 
  • Temporarily halting all drop-in access for entrepreneurs and firms in our IO Accelerator, and new applications from companies for onsite space in our IO Accelerator, IO Global Runway and Bayview Yards more broadly. 
Help to Preserve the Health of Our Employees, Clients & Community

With an abundance of precaution, and a focus on the health of our people and the region we call home, we are: 

  • Suspending all business travel, international meeting and conference participation; 
  • Asking all employees who are currently (or will be) travelling personally to self-isolate for 14 days; 
  • Postponing AccelerateOTT, our flagship entrepreneurship conference, originally scheduled for May  7 at Lansdowne Park;
  • Collaborating with all licensees, tenants and partners at Bayview Yards to ensure everyone who shares space with us is fully apprised of the proactive steps and protocols we are implementing; 
  • Working collaboratively with regional and national partners to share resources, approaches and practices that aim to support entrepreneurs and firms during this difficult period; 
  • Working directly with the founders, entrepreneurs and companies we serve in our region to provide additional support; and 
  • Promoting trusted resources that aim to help our community during this challenging timeThe following support is confidential and available 24/7 to you, your family and our community: 

Our Executive Leadership Team is meeting on a daily basis, given this rapidly evolving situation.  We will keep you apprised of updates and new steps developed in collaboration with OPH that aim to support our people and community furtherShould you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications at [email protected].  

Many thanks for your cooperation as we take proactive and preventative steps that aim to keep you, our employees, clients, guests and community safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Michael Tremblay 
President and CEO 
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards 

 

 

Mar 13, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario – March 13, 2020: Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards join organizations and countries around the world in taking proactive, precautionary steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, clients, partners and community.

This is our top priority, and we are committed to helping protect our local, national and international stakeholders and the region we call home.

In light of the global spread of COVID-19, and in close collaboration with Ottawa Public Health and fellow health authorities, Invest Ottawa has made the important decision to postpone AccelerateOTT, our flagship entrepreneurship conference.  This event was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Lansdowne Park.

We deeply appreciate the commitment and support of many sponsors, community members and clients who have already engaged with us and acquired tickets to this annual event.  We are taking this step as a preventative measure with an abundance of caution.

All tickets purchased to date will be automatically transferred to our next AccelerateOTT conference, which we hope to host this fall. Should you wish to receive a refund, please contact Jessica Ward, Event Producer, at [email protected], and she would be pleased to help you.

We look forward to sharing our additional details about AccelerateOTT with you in the coming weeks.

Nov 1, 2018

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November 1, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec:  Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, Ville de Gatineau, ID Gatineau and IN-SEC-M, the national non-profit industry cyber organization, today announced the official launch of a joint marketing strategy that aims to attract new cyber firms, investment, talent and opportunity to Canada’s Capital Region.

Harnessing the power of collaboration, this strategy will promote the combined cyber capabilities, expertise and infrastructure of Ottawa and Gatineau to the world. It will strategically position Canada’s Capital Region as a global cybersecurity epicentre with critical mass, and help local innovators and firms further capitalize on the global cyber market.  This lucrative market is expected to grow from USD $152.71 billion in 2018 to USD $248.26 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.2% during 2018-2023[1].

Recognized as a thriving innovation hub with the greatest tech sector momentum and concentration of tech talent in North America in 2018[2], Canada’s Capital Region brings the strengths and achievements of its telecommunications, ICT and defense sectors to bear in cybersecurity. The Ottawa-Gatineau cybersecurity cluster is founded on innovators and firms with specialized cyber expertise, products and services in: vulnerability defense, identity and access management; encryption; security operations; risk and compliance; cybersecurity services; and ancillary services. It currently includes more than 90 companies and eight post-secondary institutions that are contributing cyber expertise, technology and intelligence to our robust ecosystem, and supplying the world with impactful cyber solutions.

Invest Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, ID Gatineau, and IN-SEC-M unveiled the cyber marketing strategy for Canada’s Capital Region, and initial assets that highlight cyber strengths, differentiators and opportunities on both sides of the river.  This includes a new website (ottawagatineaucybercluster.ca)that provides cyber resource maps, and directory of companies, post-secondary institutions, government agencies and departments, and other organizations with cyber capabilities and expertise.  This will equip innovators and firms across our region and around the world with the information required to identify cyber solutions, R&D collaborators, career and investment opportunities in Ottawa-Gatineau.

“The continued economic growth of our region is a top priority as we begin this next term of Council,” said Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa. “Disruptive technologies like cybersecurity are creating many new jobs and opportunities for Ottawa-Gatineau in emerging industries. This new collaboration with the City of Gatineau will help us grow our economy and increase the competitiveness of Canada’s Capital Region.”

“I am very pleased with this new beneficial collaboration between several organizations on both sides of the river,” said His Worship Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau. “The City of Gatineau’s population is among the most educated and bilingual in Canada, and by combining the advantages of our two cities, we are positioning ourselves strategically in this growing market.”

“Ottawa-Gatineau is a global cybersecurity leader founded on top tech talent that is contributing leading-edge offensive and defensive cyber solutions around the world,” said Blair Patacairk, Vice President of Global Expansion with Invest Ottawa.  “Leveraging our strengths and achievements in telecom, ICT, AV and defense, we look forward to putting our collective cybersecurity strengths to work, and attracting new talent and investment to Canada’s Capital Region.”

“Cybersecurity is a fast-growing and complex industry with high level stakes for businesses and government agencies alike,” said Isabelle Veilleux, Director of the Economic Development Secretariat, Ville de Gatineau. “This important regional initiative positions the Ottawa-Gatineau ecosystem in the regional, national and global market.”

There is no denying the growing interest in cybersecurity all around the planet,” said Jean Lepage, Managing Director of ID Gatineau. “This joint marketing strategy will position the national capital region as one of the top spots in the world to set up and establish a business in that activity sector.

“Canada’s cyber security industry is still very fragmented,” said Antoine Normand, Chair of IN-SEC-M.  “We need to work better together to get our share of this fast-growing market.”

“Cybersecurity is the bedrock of business, ethics, and social contracts in the digital age, and it is under siege globally,” said Brian O’Higgins, Co-founder and CTO of Entrust Founding Executive and CTO of Third Brigade, and angel investor.  “Ottawa-Gatineau is well positioned to provide leading-edge cyber solutions that directly address this global challenge, and new commercial opportunities for companies across the Capital Region.”

“As cybersecurity threats continue to grow as a global priority and concern in a rapidly evolving digital world, the demand for skilled cybersecurity talent exceeds supply,” said Carolyn Raab, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Management of Corsa Technology.  “The new marketing strategy for the Ottawa-Gatineau cyber cluster will promote the many exciting R&D and business opportunities across Canada’s Capital Region, and help to attract diverse cyber talent that increases the global competitiveness of firms such as Corsa Technology.”

“As global trends lean towards stronger interconnectivity and massive exchange of data in cyberspace, security matters are pushed to centre stage,” said Hocini Hasna, Professor at the Cégep de l’Outaouais. “New business opportunities in cyber security with two-digit growth rates emphasize the increased necessity for research, innovation and high-level training. A cluster of relevant players from Canada’s Capital region will crystallize its position as a global hub of excellence in a sector that is sure to appeal to investors.”

 

About Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city, and the best place to learn, work, live, and play, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development and global expansion programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include: small business training; mentorship; acceleration for technology firms; foreign business and investment attraction; local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors; commercialization; and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.  Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of startups, scale-ups and SMEs; helped firms to attract $322 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 6,350 jobs; and attracted $293 million in Foreign Direct Investment. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca

 

About ID Gatineau

 ID Gatineau helps with the setup, consolidation and expansion of businesses with distinctive expertise, products or services that fill a need, target external markets and have what it takes to create sustainable jobs and draw investments to Gatineau. We also prospect for new investments in collaboration with numerous partners in order to help diversify and energize the region’s economy. For additional information, please visit: https://idgatineau.ca/en/home/

 

About IN-SEC-M

Created in 2017, IN-SEC-M, the national cyber security cluster, is a non-profit organization that brings together business, research centers, academics, government actors and sectorial associations determined to address the most complex challenges in cyber security. IN-SEC-M’s mission is to mobilize key players around common goals and concerted actions to increase the cohesion and competitiveness of the Canadian Cyber Security industry, at the domestic and international levels. For additional information, please visit: https://securityinnovationmarketplace.com/

For additional information, please contact:

Sonya Shorey Antoine Normand
Vice President, Marketing & Communications Chair
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards IN-SEC-M
613.851.9416

[email protected]

819.328.3003

[email protected]

[1]https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cybersecurity-market-worth-248-26-billion-by-2023-893372986.html

[2]https://obj.ca/article/ottawa-ranked-top-north-america-rapid-tech-employment-growth


Ottawa et Gatineau unissent leurs forces pour attirer dans la région de la capitale du Canada des entreprises, des investisseurs et des talents internationaux
du domaine de la cybersécurité
 

Exploiter le pouvoir de la collaboration pour accroître la compétitivité
de la grappe d’entreprises de cybersécurité d’Ottawa-Gatineau

 

1 novembre 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario et Gatineau, Québec :Investir Ottawa, le principal organisme de développement économique de la capitale du Canada, la Ville de Gatineau, ID-Gatineau et IN-SEC-M, l’organisation nationale sans but lucratif de l’industrie de la cybersécurité, annonce aujourd’hui le lancement officiel d’une stratégie de marketing visant à attirer dans la région de la capitale du Canada de nouvelles entreprises, de nouveaux investissements, de nouveaux talents et de nouvelles possibilités d’affaires en cybersécurité.

Misant sur la puissance de la collaboration, cette stratégie fera la promotion à travers le monde des capacités, de l’expertise et des infrastructures combinées des villes d’Ottawa et de Gatineau dans le domaine de la cybersécurité. Elle positionnera stratégiquement la région de la capitale nationale comme un épicentre mondial de la cybersécurité doté d’une masse critique appréciable, et aidera les entreprises et les innovateurs locaux à renforcer leur présence sur le marché mondial de la cybersécurité – un marché lucratif de 152,71 milliards de dollars en 2018 dont la valeur devrait atteindre 248,26 milliards de dollars d’ici 2023, au taux de croissance annuel composé (TCAC) de 10,2 % pour la période 2018-2023[1].

Reconnue comme le pôle d’innovation dynamique ayant bénéficié de la plus grande force d’impulsion et de la plus forte concentration de talents du secteur technique en Amérique du Nord pour l’année 2018[2], la région de la capitale du Canada met les forces et les réalisations de ses secteurs des télécommunications, des TIC et de la défense au service de la cybersécurité. La grappe d’entreprises de cybersécurité d’Ottawa-Gatineau est formée d’innovateurs et d’entreprises possédant une expertise particulière en cybersécurité, et offrant des produits et services dans des domaines comme la défense contre les vulnérabilités, la gestion des identités et de l’accès, le chiffrement, les opérations de sécurité, le risque et la conformité et les services de cybersécurité – sans compter les services complémentaires. Elle comprend actuellement plus de 90 entreprises et huit établissements postsecondaires qui viennent enrichir son écosystème robuste par leur expertise, leurs technologies et leurs connaissances en matière de cybersécurité, en plus de fournir au monde entier des solutions de cybersécurité hautement efficaces.

Investir Ottawa, la Ville de Gatineau, ID-Gatineau et IN-SEC-M ont dévoilé leur stratégie de cybermarketing pour la région de la capitale du Canada et ont présenté les atouts initiaux mettant en relief les forces, les éléments distinctifs et les opportunités en matière de cybersécurité des deux côtés de la rivière. L’initiative a donné naissance à un nouveau site Web (ottawagatineaucybergrappe.ca)sur lequel on retrouve un répertoire de ressources liées à la cybersécurité, d’entreprises, d’établissements postsecondaires, d’organismes gouvernementaux, de ministères et d’autres organisations possédant à la fois des capacités et des compétences en cybersécurité. D’autres mesures suivront pour fournir aux innovateurs et aux entreprises de toute la région et de partout dans le monde l’information nécessaire au repérage de cybersolutions appropriées, de collaborateurs en recherche et développement, ainsi que de possibilités de carrière et d’investissement dans la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau.

« Le développement économique continu de notre région est l’une de mes grandes priorités en ce début de mandat, » affirme M. Jim Watson, maire d’Ottawa.« Les technologies perturbatrices comme la cybersécurité sont source de possibilités et de nombreux emplois dans des secteurs émergents.Cette nouvelle collaboration avec la Ville de Gatineau nous permettra de faire croître notre économie et de rehausser la capacité concurrentielle de la région de la capitale du Canada. »

« Je suis très heureux de cette nouvelle collaboration étroite entre plusieurs organisations des deux côtés de la rivière, » affirme M. Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, maire de Gatineau. « La population de la Ville de Gatineau est parmi les plus éduquées et bilingues au Canada, et en combinant les avantages de nos deux villes, nous nous positionnons de façon stratégique dans ce marché en pleine croissance. »

Selon Blair Patacairk, vice-président de l’expansion mondiale chez Investir Ottawa, « la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau est un chef de file en matière de cybersécurité. Elle compte sur une main-d’œuvre talentueuse qui contribue à la création de solutions offensives et défensives de pointe partout dans le monde.Nous avons accompli de grandes choses dans le domaine des télécommunications, des TIC, des VA et de la défense et nous sommes impatients de mettre à contribution nos forces communes en cybersécurité pour attirer de nouveaux talents et de nouveaux investisseurs dans la région de la capitale du Canada. »

« La cybersécurité est une industrie complexe et en forte croissance, présentant d’énormes défis pour les entreprises et acteurs gouvernementaux. » affirme Isabelle Veilleux, Directrice, Secrétariat au développement économique de la Ville de Gatineau. « Cette importante initiative régionale positionne favorablement l’écosystème d’Ottawa-Gatineau sur les marchés régional, national et international. »

« L’intérêt croissant que suscite la cybersécurité dans le monde entier est indéniable » a déclaré Jean Lepage, directeur général d’ID Gatineau. « Cette stratégie de marketing commune positionnera la région de la capitale nationale comme l’un des meilleurs endroits au monde pour créer et établir une entreprise dans ce secteur d’activité. »

« L’industrie canadienne de la cybersécurité est encore très fragmentée. » affirme Antoine Normand, président d’IN-SEC-M. « Nous devons mieux collaborer pour aller chercher notre part de ce marché en forte croissance. »

«La cybersécurité est le fondement des contrats commerciaux, éthiques et sociaux à l’ère du numérique, mais elle est menacée à l’échelle mondiale, » affirme Brian O’Higgins, cofondateur et directeur de la technologie chez Entrust, cadre fondateur et directeur de la technologie chez Third Brigade et investisseur providentiel.« La région d’Ottawa-Gatineau est bien placée pour proposer des solutions de cybersécurité de pointe s’attaquant directement à cet enjeu international, ainsi que pour faire naître de nouvelles possibilités commerciales pour les entreprises de toute la région de la capitale. »

« Tandis que les menaces informatiques continuent de grimper dans la liste des priorités et des préoccupations internationales vu l’évolution rapide de notre monde numérique, la demande de personnel compétent surpasse l’offre dans le domaine de la cybersécurité, » remarque Carolyn Raab, cofondatrice et vice-présidente gestion de produit chez Corsa Technology.« La nouvelle stratégie de marketing pour la grappe d’entreprises de cybersécurité d’Ottawa-Gatineau fera connaître les diverses possibilités commerciales et de recherche et développement qui existent dans la région de la capitale du Canada, afin d’attirer du personnel spécialisé en cybersécurité et d’accroître le pouvoir concurrentiel des entreprises comme Corsa Technology sur la scène mondiale. »

« Les tendances au niveau mondial, annonçant une forte interconnectivité et des échanges de masses de données sur le cyberespace, reposent encore plus les questions de sécurité. » souligne Hocini Hasna, enseignante au Cégep de l’Outaouais. « Les nouvelles possibilités d’affaires en cybersécurité dont les taux de croissance sont à deux chiffres imposent un apport grandissant de la recherche, de l’innovation et de la formation de haut niveau. Un cluster regroupant les acteurs concernés, pour la région de notre capitale, lui consolidera une position prédominante comme pôle mondial d’excellence dans ce domaine attrayant pour les investisseurs. »

 

À propos d’Investir Ottawa

Investir Ottawa est le principal organisme de développement économique de la région de la capitale du Canada. Son objectif est de favoriser la croissance économique et la création d’emplois dans la ville d’Ottawa. Mû par sa vision d’aider Ottawa à atteindre son plein potentiel et à se faire reconnaître mondialement, d’une part comme une ville innovante et prête pour l’avenir et d’autre part, comme un milieu de vie, de travail, d’apprentissage et de divertissement idéal, Investir Ottawa offre des programmes et des services d’incubation d’entreprises et d’expansion mondiale visant à catalyser la croissance et la réussite des entrepreneurs et des sociétés. La formation pour les petites entreprises, le mentorat, l’accélération pour les entreprises de technologie, l’attraction des entreprises et des investisseurs étrangers, le maintien des entreprises locales et leur expansion dans des secteurs ciblés ainsi que la commercialisation comptent parmi les services offerts par l’organisme, qui ne manque jamais de promouvoir au passage l’économie diversifiée d’Ottawa et son excellente qualité de vie. Depuis 2012, Investir Ottawa a travaillé avec des milliers d’entreprises naissantes ou en développement, de même qu’avec des PME. L’organisme a contribué à attirer plus de 322 millions de dollars en capital pour ces entreprises, a permis la création de 6 350 emplois et a généré 293 millions de dollars en investissements étrangers directs. Pour en savoir davantage, visitez le www.investirottawa.ca.

 

À propos d’ID-Gatineau

ID Gatineau contribue à l’implantation, à la consolidation ainsi qu’à l’expansion des entreprises qui possèdent une expertise, un produit ou un service distinctif, qui exploitent une offre déficiente, qui ciblent des marchés extérieurs et qui ont la capacité de créer des emplois de qualité durables et de générer des investissements sur le territoire de Gatineau. Nous travaillons aussi concrètement à la prospection de nouveaux investissements en collaboration avec de nombreux partenaires afin de contribuer à la diversification et au dynamisme économique de la région. Pour en savoir davantage, visitez le : https://idgatineau.ca/

 

À propos d’IN-SEC-M

Crée en 2017, IN-SEC-M, la grappe nationale de l’industrie de la cybersécurité, est une organisation à but non lucratif qui regroupe des entreprises, des centres de recherche, des institutions d’enseignement, des acteurs gouvernementaux et des associations sectorielles déterminés à faire face aux défis les plus complexes en cybersécurité. IN-SEC-M a pour mission de mobiliser les joueurs clés pour mener des actions concertées en vue d’augmenter la cohésion et la compétitivité de l’industrie canadienne de la cybersécurité, à l’échelle nationale et internationale.

 

Renseignements :

Sonya Shorey Antoine Normand
Vice-présidente, Marketing et communications Président
Investir Ottawa et Les Cours Bayview ID-Gatineau
613-851-9416

[email protected]

819.328.3003

[email protected]

[1]https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cybersecurity-market-worth-248-26-billion-by-2023-893372986.html

[2]https://obj.ca/article/ottawa-ranked-top-north-america-rapid-tech-employment-growth

Posted in Blog, Expert Series
Oct 25, 2018

Authored by: Jamie-Lynn Kraft, Associate, Smart & Biggar

Minutes before the September 30, 2018, midnight deadline, Canada reached a new free-trade agreement with Mexico and the United States. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which came into effect over 24 years ago.

The USMCA covers a wide range of topics, including intellectual property (IP) law. While Canada is already compliant with many of the requirements set out for the treatment of IP, there are some notable changes that Canadian businesses should be aware of.

1. Copyright

Currently in Canada, copyright protection in a work (e.g. photograph, book, software code) lasts for the life of the author plus 50 years. The USMCA will require Canada to increase the term by 20 years, aligning the protection with the United States and the European Union. This means that businesses which were waiting for a work to enter the public domain so that they could exploit it freely must wait another two decades. On the flip side, creative companies will enjoy longer exclusive rights to display or produce their creative works.

2. Trademarks

With regard to enforcement of trademarks, the USMCA may require Canada to implement a system that provides for “pre-established damages” in civil proceedings relating to trademark counterfeiting (e.g. selling “knock-offs”). The damages must be “in an amount sufficient to constitute a deterrent to future infringements and to compensate fully the right holder for the harm caused by the infringement.” Such damages will give brand owners more certainty of result when taking action against counterfeiters. This will be welcomed by brand owners as Canada is long overdue in implementing statutory damages for trademark counterfeiting.

3. Patents

Currently in Canada, a patent expires 20 years from the filing date of the patent application. This expiry date cannot be extended even if the Canadian Patent Office is significantly delayed in examining the patent application. In situations when the Patent Office incurs an unreasonable delay in examining an application, the USMCA will require Canada to extend the patent’s expiry date. The impact of this change is limited to patented inventions that are still commercially relevant 20 years after filing the patent application, which may not be the case in fast-moving industries like technology and software development.

4. Biologics

The USMCA will also require Canada to increase the data protection term (market exclusivity) for biologics from eight years to 10 years from the date of first marketing and approval. This is a notable change for drug companies in particular.

While the USMCA has been agreed in principle, it must still be ratified by all three countries involved. For Canada, that means that the agreement must be tabled in Parliament where it can be debated and agreed locally before ratification. In the United States, the agreement must be sent to Congress for a 60-day review period, during which time Congress can suggest changes, before it can be signed by the President.

That means that further changes may be possible, and the timeline to implementation of the provisions included in the USMCA is not certain. Staying up to date with this process is one of the many steps Canadian businesses can take to ensure that they are staying on-side of – and taking advantage of – intellectual property laws. Business owners should also consider talking to a lawyer that specializes in IP or a patent or trademark agent, to understand how to protect their inventions and brands, and maximize the commercial value of their IP overall.


About the author: Jamie-Lynn Kraft is a lawyer and trademark agent at Smart & Biggar, an Invest Ottawa partner.  She is a regular advisor at the Invest Ottawa IP clinics and works with clients in a wide variety of fields, from small- and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations, covering all industry areas including fashion, cosmetics, food and beverage, information technology and manufacturing.  Contact Jamie-Lynn at [email protected].

 

Posted in Press Releases
Sep 20, 2018

Helping Top Ottawa Tech Scaleups Hunt $100 Million

September 20, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario: Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, together with the Waterloo Accelerator Centre (Waterloo AC), strategic partner and award-winning accelerator founded by His Excellency The Right David Johnston in 2006, today announced the official launch of The IO Accelerator, a new Invest Ottawa Accelerator program that leverages best practices from both organizations to rapidly accelerate the development, scaleup and commercial success of high-growth technology firms.

Employing a model of pan-Ontario collaboration and co-creation, Invest Ottawa and the Waterloo AC have established a rigorous, milestone-based acceleration program that combines key elements of:

  • The Waterloo AC’s award-winning business acceleration methodology which was ranked the #4 University-Linked Accelerator Program in the world by UBI Global following the assessment of more than 1,300 incubators and accelerators worldwide
  • Invest Ottawa’s venture development, market insight and analysis services, including its novel client lead generation offering which helps firms identify high potential prospects, create a targeted customer acquisition strategy; and accelerate time to revenue; and
  • Invest Ottawa’s global expansion and trade services that help companies go global, and gain traction in target international markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. As assessed by KPMG in 2018, the global expansion activities undertaken by Invest Ottawa over the last five years have contributed $684 Million to the provincial GDP and helped to create 3,030 direct jobs and 2,054 additional jobs.

In the presence of the Board of Directors, employees, mentors, committee members, partners and supported companies at Bayview Yards, Invest Ottawa unveiled ‘The IO Accelerator – Powered by Invest Ottawa’ and formally introduced the first 44 technology firms selected for this new program.  Companies span key sectors of Ottawa’s economy including: life sciences, health and wellness; software; information and communications technologies (ICT); e-commerce; agri-tech; AV and intelligent transportation; logistics; aerospace; defence, security and cybersecurity.  During this event, Invest Ottawa also released its first Gender Diversity and Inclusion Guideline and highlighted the eight women-led firms in this new program.

Since the launch of the competitive application process in May 2018, Invest Ottawa has received more than 100 applications for this new accelerator program. Leveraging a robust adjudication process, a panel of expert evaluators assessed each submission based on criteria including: the value proposition of the firm; technology and product readiness level; product validation to date; and commitment of the founding team.

The IO Accelerator addresses all key areas of business, including: product development and design; sales and marketing; accounting and finance; human resources and culture; public relations and communications; and legal frameworks (including IP).  In addition to collaborating on the creation of this program, Invest Ottawa and the Waterloo AC have worked together on implementation, enabling the integration of dynamic ideas from both teams and participating founders.

The creation of The IO Accelerator represents the first step in a broader pan-Ontario strategic partnership with the Waterloo AC.  Building on Invest Ottawa’s five-year strategic plan, the organizations are now exploring opportunities to help high-growth technology firms capitalize on the $3 trillion global govtech market.

“It is a pleasure to collaborate with the Waterloo AC and bring our complementary expertise to bear on the entrepreneurs and firms we serve through The IO Accelerator,” said Michael Tremblay, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards. “By combining our strengths and resources, we can help firms scale faster and more sustainably, and achieve greater economic outcomes for each region and our province.  Our cooperation will enable more technology firms to get to revenue faster; create more high-value jobs; and generate greater wealth.  We are far more competitive together in the global economy.”

“We are delighted with the strategic collaboration established with Invest Ottawa, and the outcomes we have achieved to date,” said Paul Salvini, President and CEO of the Waterloo AC.  “Since 2006, the Waterloo AC has worked with more than 400 startups and produced 59 graduates. These include Canadian-grown, global powerhouse firms such as Kik, Axonify, Magnet Forensics, SSIMWAVE, Sortable, Clearpath Robotics, Alert Labs, and Intellijoint. These firms have created 2,500 jobs and have a combined valuation of more than $3 billion.  We are honoured to combine our award-winning methodology with the venture development and global expansion services of Invest Ottawa and increase our collective impact on the provincial economy.”

“I am delighted to see such a diverse mix of technology startups benefitting from The IO Accelerator,” said Susan Richards, Chair of the Boards of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, and Co-Founder Numbercrunch and Givopoly.  “These founders are bringing disruptive technology innovations to market and charting our economic future. I am thrilled to see eight women-led businesses among the initial firms selected. Inclusivity and diversity are proven multipliers to performance and economic growth.  As reinforced in our Gender Diversity and Inclusion Guideline, we are committed to making Ottawa the best city in the world to launch, grow and scale successful, globally-oriented and sustainable women-led firms.”

“The calibre of applications for our new accelerator program exceeded our expectations,” said Nick Quain, Vice-President of Venture Development at Invest Ottawa. “The combination of some of our brightest stars (previously incubated at Invest Ottawa), and a wave of new entrepreneurs has created an amazing first roster of companies.  We have 44 of the best scaling firms in the city.  And with targeted programming, top mentors and access to specialized entrepreneurship resources, we are really going to turn up the heat and show the world that Ottawa’s tech ecosystem is at the forefront of innovation”.

The Growcer is among the first companies selected for The IO Accelerator.  Lauded by Fast Company as one of the top 12 World Changing Ideas in Food in 2018, the firm empowers communities to take control of their food systems by enabling local food production. By manufacturing modular plug-and-play hydroponic systems in retrofitted shipping containers, each unit can produce more than four tonnes of produce annually in temperatures as cold as -52°C.

“Our team has worked closely with Invest Ottawa for the last two years on business development, customer and investment acquisition,” said Alida Burke, Co-Founder and COO of The Growcer. “We are excited to build on the business results we have achieved to date in North America and leverage The IO Accelerator program to develop and implement new global strategies in target markets such as Europe. The opportunity to leverage the expertise of top mentors and Invest Ottawa teams, is invaluable for us as we scale and strive to establish the next $100 million company in Ottawa.”

 

About Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city, and the best place to learn, work, live, and play, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development and global expansion programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include: small business training; mentorship; acceleration for technology firms; foreign business and investment attraction; local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors; commercialization; and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.  Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of startups, scale-ups and SMEs; helped firms to attract $322 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 6,350 jobs; and attracted $293 million in Foreign Direct Investment. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca

 

About the Waterloo Accelerator Centre

The Waterloo Accelerator Centre, an award-winning startup accelerator headquartered at Waterloo’s David Johnston Research + Technology Park, is dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies.Through a suite of evidence-based programs, service offerings, and unique one-to-one mentorship model, the WAC gives startups the highest probability of long-term success. For additional information, please visit: http://acceleratorcentre.com/

 

Backgrounder: Initial Companies Selected for the IO Accelerator Powered by Invest Ottawa

76Engage Aetonix AirShare
Bluink Botmock Brighter Sight
ChangeJar Contextere CybernetIQ
Desk Nibbles Ecovena Evolved Vehicle Environments(EVE)
Fanshare Sports Fellow Insights FranchiseBlast
FreightPath GameStrat Go-For
Homicity iBIONICS Incuvers
Klashwerks Kwilt MasterpieceVR
Mindbliss Noibu Phzio
Quicksilk ReDock Rewind
RVezy SmartCone SMATS
SnapClarity Spiderwort Stripe.tv
The Growcer The Yoak Torochain Financial
Transparent Kitchen Trualta Care Systems Trycycle Data Systems
Welbi Wicket  

 

For additional information, please contact:

Sonya Shorey Tabatha Laverty
Vice President, Marketing & Communications Manager, Marketing and Communications
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards The Waterloo Accelerator Centre
613.851.9416

[email protected]

519.497.7784

[email protected]

 

Posted in Blog
Sep 7, 2018

Invest Ottawa sees thousands of entrepreneurs every year, all with an endless amount of ideas. But not all ideas are made equal, and the reality is, most will never be commercialized. So how can an entrepreneur increase the chances of turning a business idea into a business reality?

Ron Gagnier, Invest Ottawa Acceleration Program Specialist

Ron Gagnier, Invest Ottawa Acceleration Program Specialist

Invest Ottawa specialist and advisor, Ron Gagnier, has been helping get entrepreneurial projects off the ground for decades, turning innovation into commercialization. In this three-part series, Ron walks through the dos and don’ts of product development and chats with FreightPath, an Invest Ottawa-supported company about how they have been able to avoid many of the most common missteps.  Note: This is the final piece of his three-part blog series. 


In Part 1 of this blog series, we explored the first of three common pitfalls typically faced by startups – Absence of Research (hint – if you haven’t already, read Part 1 here). Then, in Part 2 we unpacked the final two pitfalls, the Absence of Design and Absence of Feedback and Evaluation (if you haven’t already, read Part 2 here).

As a business advisor at Invest Ottawa, I have been working with FreightPath for a few months helping them to define their product strategy and ensure they are on track from a design standpoint.  FreightPath, like most startups at Invest Ottawa, was founded by smart, high-energy entrepreneurs who not only have a great idea but nurture a strong drive and a passion for being successful.

Currently, Founder Gwenaël Malbec is building out a SAAS business othat is poised to transform the freight industry.  So, how has FreightPath overcome the pitfalls many organizations fall prey too?  I interviewed Gwen recently, and he offered valuable insight as to how their company has set themselves up to succeed.

Here is what he had to say:

Can you describe the biggest challenges the freight industry faces?

GWEN: We see more business functions moving away from transaction-focused tasks and moving towards a model where their employees are empowered to drive company objectives strategically. Technology is the force behind this.

Historically, freight companies would be staffed with individuals processing shipment requests, booking carriers, and collecting the necessary documentation to close loops. Technology can automate all of these tasks. Furthermore, the industry isn’t just made up of large conglomerates. It also consists of many small to medium sized businesses who need to focus on their core offerings.  That’s where FreightPath comes in. Our solution allows these organizations to compete with the large companies.

 

How was the journey you experienced when building the software?

G: Harry (my partner) and I began in late 2015. We thought we had an edge with our “brilliant” idea and wanted to keep that competitive advantage by being first to market. However, being fast and being right are not always aligned.

We were surrounded by professionals from the freight industry but had no prior understanding of what things, such as a “minimum viable product” was or an understanding of different methodologies like a “lean startup,” this meant we spent hours with the development team adding functions that remained untouched by users.

Our software ended up being a suite of very cool, innovative features with a beautiful front-end but it could not be used efficiently in an operational environment. This was the most expensive lesson of my life.

 

What caused you to avoid doing research early on?

G: We missed how important integration would be with the systems being used by the freight industry. We chose to bring a product to market that we thought would revolutionize an industry without talking/sharing what we thought was too much information with the outside world. We were not challenged, or we were not letting ourselves be challenged.

 

Gwen Malbec

What changed for you?  What caused you to recognize the need for research and to act?

G: What changed, was that there was no other way for us to be successful. So, we started gathering feedback from transportation professionals. We focused on two or three key points of friction and addressed them. We stopped making assumptions.

Every theory we have is now consistently backed by dozens of interviews with selected professionals. We put our egos aside and acknowledged that we are here to help customers with their challenges. Since then we have seen positive changes in feedback from our pilot users.

Another driver was financial. We simply could not afford to add features without being able to monetize immediately. Our old way of working caused us to iterate a feature many times before finally bringing value to our customers. We decided to go “lean” and build minimal features which were then made live. We moved forward with little wins and in hindsight that was valuable training for us.  By incrementally adding small vital features, we shaped the state-of-the-art product we have today.

 

What was your first attempt at a software product like? When did you realize something wasn’t quite right?  Did you know how to fix it?

G: Our first product, called pickmyload.com was very different from the current product. After two months of operations and minimal interest, we were accepted into a Montreal-based incubator. It was a wake-up call.

We had been doing things incorrectly every step of the way. The biggest takeaway for was, “Your product is as successful as the value you bring to your customers.” Fixing this has then been a two-year process.  We’ve done interviews with hundreds of industry professionals, this has set us on a much clearer path.

 

Were there things you wish you had known from the customer that would have been useful during development?

G: The concept of pickmyload.com was mostly a freight marketplace which was designed to help shippers find verified carriers. The first customers were almost always dropping off after a couple of tries. Shippers were waiting too long to see their freight move and eventually, lost interest. Our platform also did not account for the “relationships/trust” factor of the freight transportation industry, which end users said was crucial.

Some freight brokers shared their experiences with us while using our platform and it turned out our process was inefficient and confusing. I remember one of these freight brokers directing me to a competitor’s page, as an example of how it “should” be done.

 

How is FreightPath using research today?  What techniques have you employed (customer interviews, job shadowing, artifact analysis, data analytics, etc.)?

G: We wanted to understand what worked, what did not, and what friction our customers were facing the most in their day-to-day activities. We created customized questionnaires for each customer segment. We’ve had constant follow-ups with them either in-person or by video conference. After hundreds of interviews, we started to see a clear pattern. We finally understood what commercial carriers and brokers were looking for.

Market research confirmed the key trends we discovered during our interviews. To that end, Invest Ottawa and their Market Insight team have been instrumental in providing us with a value that far exceeded our expectations.

While developing our latest product, we really wanted to have every step of the design phase validated by operational transportation professionals. Our joint venture with Tretan Inc. has helped us tremendously. Every screen has been evaluated by Tretan Inc.’s director of operations and his team. The flow of our screens has been dictated by real-life scenarios of moving freight most efficiently. In the end, we had ten times fewer features than the first product we developed, yet had more positive feedback from the customers.

 

How is FreightPath defining their products?  What techniques have you employed (customer journey mapping, personas, task analysis, scenarios, goal & needs models, wireframes, concepts workflows, etc.)?

G: We follow the Lean Startup Approach by-the-book. The first step was to draw the different industry segments, define buyer personas, understand their specific challenges, and identify unique value propositions which can help them in daily operations.

After weeks of iterations, it finally made sense to us that shippers do not fall in one bucket of professionals with the same challenges. Parameters like volume shipped, commodity type and shipping lanes, were all used to refine our product roadmap.

No single line of code was developed until we could identify an industry segment where we saw a significant need for our ideas, or a sizable Total Addressable Market (TAM). This change resulted in the mapping of our target segment’s daily business processes in a very optimized way.

With a clear understanding of the industry and a chosen industry segment, we designed wireframes of what our SaaS Transportation System would look like. After repeating the design/evaluation feedback cycle numerous times, we finalized a set of wireframes to incorporate into a mock workflow of the solution. Our workflows were validated using much of the same process. It was after this entire process when we finally began to write our first lines of code.

 

What are the short-term and long-term goals for FreightPath?  

G: Half of our 2018 milestones have been achieved. We have released three major features of our platform, and we are generating revenue.

We are also in discussions with a large Canadian 3PL (Third Party Logistic) to implement our software for their entire operations. And we are currently scoping and planning a project which will make us a key player of cloud-based transportation management systems in Canada. We are living our dream, and hoping opportunities like these will continue to happen more frequently.

 

What was learned by FreightPath about the importance of avoiding common software pitfalls? Is there any advice you can provide to other entrepreneurs or start-ups?

G: I would advise all entrepreneurs to talk to as many potential clients as possible before engaging any expenses in design and development. Until you hear the famous “shut-up and take my money” sentence, keep on iterating on who you want to serve, understand their most impactful challenges, and how you can fix their problems.


 

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