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Jan 25, 2023

In our monthly Trending in Tech blog series, we offer up an inside look at tech companies that are growing and creating new opportunities for Ottawa’s tech talent.

Founded in 2018 on a belief that automation could lead to a better future, Auxon works to provide governments and companies around the world with world-class solutions for engineers and innovators.

Looking to learn what Auxon has planned, and how you can join the team? Read on to learn more about Auxon from the company itself, and the tech skills it is looking for in potential team members.


What does Auxon do?

At Auxon, our mission is to enable a world of automation that we can all depend on. Whether it’s warehouse robots, self-driving trucks, autonomous farm tractors or robotic surgeons, Auxon’s software automates the laborious and often unreliable testing of complex systems, helping free teams to focus on delivering safer systems faster.

Can you share a little about Auxon’s growth as a company?

We founded Auxon in 2018 because we believed that automation could lead to a better future for everyone. And we wanted to help make that happen.

Early on we identified a critical challenge that would end up defining our company’s mission: automating complex tasks requires incredible system complexity. Millions of lines of code must work together flawlessly, every time, in every situation.

Logo for tech company Auxon - in gold text

Today, things go wrong in these cyber-physical systems all the time, often at the worst possible moments. These failures can be dangerous, and they impact our trust in automation.

To address this challenge, our team set out to build world-class solutions that software engineers and innovators would need to navigate, understand, and address the risks in these complex systems.

Today, Auxon sells its software and provides services to organizations worldwide, from sea-based renewable energy systems to autonomous mini-rovers destined for the moon. Our portfolio of customers is growing, and we’re excited to be working with
companies and governments that are on the cutting edge of innovation and criticality.

For a bit of deep dive, here’s a short video about how our software suite works: https://auxon.io/modality-walkthrough (We’ve since changed the names of our software products, but this should give you a decent technical primer.)


Are there particular tech skills that are in demand for your company?

Having an end-user focus and strong opinions about what makes for an excellent testing & debugging experience (e.g. data visualization, CLIs, and TUIs).

Our stack is primarily Rust (both `std` and `no_std`). Professional Rust experience isn’t a prerequisite, but we’ve found that being into something a little weird is helpful (e.g. your teammates draw from backgrounds in embedded C, Erlang, and Clojure).

Can you highlight a few open positions you’re currently hiring for?

We’re looking for an exceptional Software Engineer with an end-user focus and strong opinions about what makes for an excellent testing & debugging experience (e.g. data visualization, CLIs, and TUIs). Ideal candidates love the idea of joining a small, dedicated senior dev team where correctness and quality matter.

We are looking for an experienced Product Marketing Manager who can help Auxon craft, target, and execute a compelling product marketing strategy. The ideal candidate loves tech and can translate complex concepts into everyday language that a wide variety of stakeholders can understand. This is an exciting time for Auxon, and you can expect to work directly with our leadership and the engineering team to develop go-to-market strategies and direct launches for our products.

What do you look for in a candidate looking to join the team?

Auxon is a growing and fast-moving environment. We’re looking for candidates who can manage highly interdependent, complex projects without losing sight of the user. We also believe that diverse teams are better. We fall short of that goal today, but as we move forward the team at Auxon is committed to developing a remote team that includes a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.

We believe that diverse teams aren’t just a modern moral imperative; they challenge stale ways of thinking, and cast old problems in a new light, making us all better at our jobs.


3 reasons tech talent will want to join the team at Auxon

1. We’re an empathetic, detail-oriented, technically capable bunch.

2. Auxon tackles hard problems at a global scale, and we have found that curiosity, along with a willingness to create new frameworks of thinking and understanding, is the best route to creative, durable solutions. No rock is left unturned. No idea is too sacred. We test the resilience of each other’s ideas with respect and work hard to keep conversations productive.

3. We believe that maintaining a healthy balance between work life and personal life is vital to our success. We don’t limit vacation time, and we make sure that employees and their families receive excellent healthcare benefits.


Can you highlight the best way for any interested applicants to apply?

The best way is through our Careers page at https://auxon.io/careers#Openings.  You can also email us at [email protected],

 


 

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Jan 24, 2023

Before you’re likely even ready to face the new year ahead, February comes crashing in as the second, and shortest month of the year to make sure you’re on your toes.

Get the jump on opportunities to grow your tech career in 2023. Check out our latest list of Ottawa companies hiring for open positions this February – and apply for a rewarding role with a growing and scaling company here in the tech hub of Ottawa.


 1. 1Valet

What it does:

1VALET delivers a smart building operating system that combines hardware, software and services to make residential buildings a better place to live and work. From the sidewalk to the suite, 1VALET connects residents and managers to their buildings with solutions including amenity bookings, entry access, end-to-end parking solutions and visitor access, all from a mobile app.

The perks: 

At 1VALET, employees enjoy unlimited vacation and personal days, a comprehensive benefits package, employee stock option plans, competitive salaries, work-from-home, flexible work hours and an office shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Current job openings:

Apply today on the careers page for future opportunities for Developers, Customer Experience, Marketing, Operations, and more.

2. Avanade

What it does:

Are you a ‘boundary breaker’? Do you like solving problems and tackling challenges head-on? If so, Avanade might be a great choice for your next career move.

Since emerging in 2000 as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, Avanade today has about 60,000 professionals working in 26 countries. Having a wealth of expertise in all things Microsoft has enabled Avanade to evolve and grow as a natural provider for government and crown corporations in the Ottawa area where the global technology provider is experiencing exceptional growth.

The perks:

Avanade offers a comprehensive benefits program where employees enjoy a work-life balance, performance with bonus pay, vision and dental benefits, family leave policies and everything in between.

Current job openings:

Security Solutions Lead, Dynamics 365 Solution Architect – Field Service, Power Platform Architect, Data Engineer Consultant, + more jobs.

3. Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

What it does:

CIRA is a member-based, not-for-profit organization best known for managing the .CA internet domain on behalf of all Canadians, with more than three million registered .CA domain names. CIRA builds programs, products and services that leverage all the internet has to offer to help build a trusted internet in Canada. Recognized as a National Capital Region Top Employer for four consecutive years, join CIRA to be part of a purpose-driven team that ensures Canada’s internet is a force for innovation, connection and trust.

The perks:

Employees of CIRA benefit from the organization’s commitment to training and development, health and dental benefits, retirement savings plan, performance bonus, health and fitness benefits, monthly transportation allowance, monthly home internet allowance, volunteering and giving opportunities, a work-from-home reimbursement and top-up parental leave. CIRA has a hybrid model in place, with a mix of remote and IRL (in real life) days with regular team building, wellness and social events.

Current job openings:

DevOps Specialist, DNS Administrator, Senior Software Developer in Test, Software Developer in Test, + more jobs.

4. Gbatteries

What it does:

GBatteries is a technology company enabling better performing batteries without changing their chemistry. By pioneering game-changing technology, GBatteries is enabling electric vehicles to be charged in minutes rather than hours. The company is supported and funded by some of the world’s leading Silicon Valley investors like Y Combinator, Airbus Ventures, SV Angel and other organizations like Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Government of Ontario.

The perks:

The team at GBatteries benefits from a minimum of two weeks of paid time off, 100% insurance coverage, company closure for the holidays, no counting of sick days, and offsite retreats.

Current job openings:

Firmware Developer, Full Stack Developer, Power Electronics Developer, Battery Management System Developer, + more jobs.

5. InDro Robotics

What it does:

Operating in Ottawa from Area X.O, InDro is a Canadian leader in ground, aerial and marine robotics research and development. Having accumulated thousands of flight hours, InDro Robotics has a track record of collaborating with leading business and government organizations such as Transport Canada, Canadian Space Agency, NASA, Rogers Communications, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The perks:

As an employee of InDro Robotics, you will have the freedom to grow professionally, and receive generous paid time off, a competitive salary plus profit sharing, and health benefits.

Current job openings:

Software Systems Engineer, Senior Engineer, Technologist – Network and Telecommunications, + more jobs on their career page.

6. Infinera

What it does:

California-based Infinera creates products to facilitate the high-speed transfer of information over optical networks. The company set up its local R&D base in Ottawa in 2009 with three employees, and since, the location has grown to become one of the company’s growing R&D departments.

The company recently announced being awarded a AA Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating in the new 2022 MSCI ESG Ratings – highlighting its ability to manage financial and material ESG risks.

The perks:

Infinera offers a workplace with highly educated colleagues, and strong diversity and inclusion values. Employees at Infinera will benefit from stock-purchasing plans, competitive salaries, and health and dental benefits.

Current job openings:

Senior Optical Engineer, Staff Embedded Software Engineer, Senior Firmware Engineer, Senior Embedded Software Engineer, + more jobs.

7. Kyndryl

What it does:

Kyndryl is a multinational information technology infrastructure services provider that designs, builds, manages and modernizes the mission-critical technology systems the world depends on. From cloud to security to applications, data and AI, Kyndryl creates fully optimized digital ecosystems for some of the world’s biggest companies, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100. Kyndryl is at the heart of progress, helping individuals and organizations realize big ambitions and discover new ones.

The perks:

Kyndryl’s corporate culture brings together the agility and creativity of a start-up with the resources and footprint of a market leader. As a global service company, Kyndryl is committed to empowering employees to reach their personal and collective potential by giving them the tools and flexibility to focus on their individual development plans and career goals.

They’ve introduced The Kyndryl Way, which speaks to their purpose and mission in collaborating with employees, customers, and communities. That includes being Flat, Fast, and Focused to empower accountable and inclusive teams, cultivate simplicity everywhere, and deliver best-in-class services. Original thinkers have a home at Kyndryl and are given plenty of opportunities for growth.

Current job openings:

Infrastructure Services Project Manager, Sr. Application Database Administrator Mainframe, Canada Communications Leader,  + more jobs.

8. Masterpiece Studio 

What it does:

Masterpiece Studio is home to an award-winning VR tech team that has created the first fully immersive 3D creation pipeline ever. With its suite of professional and intuitive tools, creatives, artists and designers can take their 2D designs and bring them to a full 3D realisation.

The perks: 

Working at Masterpiece Studio, you will join a small team of talented individuals working at the leading edge of 3D, VR, and AI. The startup provides employees with competitive salaries, positive work environments and the opportunity to lead an industry.

Current job openings:

Data/Analytics Engineer, Senior UX Programmer – Prototyper+ more jobs.

9. Noibu

What it does:

This Ottawa-based start-up is taking the eCommerce world by storm. Through its error monitoring platform, Noibu helps eCommerce companies to detect, prioritize and resolve eCommerce errors that may otherwise go unnoticed, leading to lost revenue. It was named one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies in 2021.

The perks:

As a Noibu employee, you’ll benefit from unlimited vacation, health, wellness & dental benefits, work-from-home options and stipends, and endless opportunities to learn and grow in your career.

Current job openings:

Lead Product Designer, Customer Success Manager, Backend Developer,  + more jobs.

10. Raven

What it does:

Raven’s smart manufacturing solution, built by manufacturers for manufacturers, helps giants like Coca-Cola, Walmart and McCain improve their operational performance with their continuous improvement and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) monitoring software. Raven integrates with existing manufacturing systems to get up and running quickly with its Raven Sense smart assistant and real-time monitoring app Raven Flight.

The perks:

Raven offers employees comprehensive health, dental and vision benefits plans, flexible hours, vacation plans and wellness days, a competitive salary and a bonus plan. Team members are also extended learning and development opportunities in a fun, collaborative and inclusive environment, and remote and in-office snacks and catered lunches every other Friday.

Current job openings:

Senior Backend Engineer, Senior Full Stack Engineer, + more jobs.


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Nov 25, 2022

Even as the calendar year slows to a halt, December can still be a time of great activity.

Whether you’re reminiscing about wins you’ve had in a productive year gone by, or you’re reviewing ways to make 2023 your year – make sure to make the rest of 2022 count.

Get a head start on taking your career to the next level new year. Continue below to learn about growing companies in Ottawa that are looking for skilled tech talent.


1. Bitheads

What it does:

This Ottawa-based powerhouse has teams focused on custom software development and Backend-as-a-Service working to create custom web and mobile apps and loT solutions. Since its founding in 1995, Bitheads has delivered over 500 projects to fortune 1000 companies around the world.

The perks:

The employees at Bitheads enjoy a laidback environment, fun community events, and constant opportunities for career development.

Current job openings:

Senior Developers, Intermediate Developers, Quality Control, + more jobs.

 

2. Canadian Bank Note Company

What it does:

The Canadian Bank Note Company works with government clients to design, develop launch and support customized solutions across areas such as identification, border security, lottery operations, currency and more.

The perks:

Employees of the Canadian Bank Note Company work with clients around the world as they enjoy a range of training and development programs, as well as a comprehensive benefits package including pension, health and dental benefits, in-house athletic facilities, free parking and more.

Current job openings:

Cloud Architect – Facial Recognition Group, Database Administrator – Intermediate, Intermediate Java Developer,  + more jobs.

 

3.  Intouch Insight

What it does:

Intouch Insight specializes in providing clients with solutions that help them understand what really matters to their customers across a variety of industries from restaurants and convenience stores to hospitality and retail. Intouch Insight’s integrated solutions and services from mystery shopping to its SaaS CX Platform provide its clients with actionable insights they can put into action to provide exceptional experiences to their clients and improve their operational efficiency.

The perks:

Employees at Intouch Insight work in a collaborative, open environment that offers many opportunities to grow and develop their skills, including frequent lunch and learns. They’ll also get a flexible healthcare spending account, and will also enjoy team outings and celebrations along with company retreats in incredible destinations.

Current job openings:

Software Developer, Scheduling Agent + more jobs.

 

4. Mavenir

What it does:

Interested in working on cutting-edge technology? Mavenir offers the software industry’s only end-to-end, cloud-native network, and has over 5000 global employees working with over 250 Communications Service Providers (CSP) in over 120 countries serving more than 50% of the world’s subscribers.

The perks:

Not only will you be able to elevate your career by joining the team at Mavenir, but you’ll also enjoy competitive compensation packages, health and wellness benefits, ample employee assistance and access toMavenir University, its internal training platform offering access to over 13,000 expert-led courses.

Current job openings:

Developer, RF Systems – Systems, Partners & Verification – Radio v1, Developer, Embedded Radio SW Integration Engineer, RAN Standards Engineer, + more jobs.

 

5. Ross Video

What it does:

The Ottawa-grown video production stars at Ross Video are responsible for the industry’s largest range of smart production solutions. The organization works with popular brands like ABC, ESPN, Gap and Capital One. Recently this yearRoss Video acquired broadcast cable camera solution provider Spidercam, shortly after launching their Ultrix FR12 Router, and the company is showing no signs of slowing down soon.

 The perks:  

Ross Video provides its employees with generous paid time off, a competitive salary, medical, dental and vision plans and much more including a fitness and wellness allowance as well as education assistance and development support.

Current job openings:

Front End Developer, Aura, Full Stack Developer- Robotics, Hardware FPGA Developer, + more jobs.

 

6. Solace

What it does:

Solace manufactures and provides message-oriented middleware that ensures the smooth, quick and secure transfer of data as it moves between mobile devices, software applications, and data centres in a series of events.

Solace’s event streaming and management PubSub+ Platform helps its clients adopt, manage and leverage streamed events – all in a reliable, safe and efficient manner.

The perks:

Solace ensures its employees gain competitive wages, health and dental benefits, and generous paid time off. The company culture also celebrates weekly TGIFs and monthly parties, and also join together for community service and team building events.

Current job openings:

Senior Cloud Cyber Security Engineer – DevSecOps, Senior Software Developer, Software Developer (Front End), Technical Product Manager, + more jobs.

 

7. Telesat

What it does:

As one of the largest global satellite operators, Telesat leverages over 50 years of experience as a communications leader to deliver satellite-delivered communications solutions and consulting services that improve connectivity to businesses and communities around the world. Its Telesat Lightspeed Low Earth Orbit satellite network is set to begin service in 2025, providing high-speed, fibre-like internet to its customers around the world.

The perks:

Employees with Telesat earn highly competitive salaries with performance-based compensation and annual bonuses, as well as retirement and pension plans with contribution-matching benefits. They also enjoy comprehensive medical, dental, vision, disability and family life insurance benefits, as well as parental and family leave benefits, and are offered flex days, discount programs as well as social outings and team-building events.

Current job openings:

Cloud Systems Engineer, Engineering Applications Specialist, Cloud Services Architect, + more jobs.

 

8. Trexity

What it does:

Trexity provides on-demand package and food delivery services and is currently operating in several Canadian regions including Ottawa-Gatineau, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg to provide over 750 merchants with same-day delivery solutions through a network of over 15,000 drivers.

Founded in 2019 by ex-Shopify executive Alok Ahuja and his business partners Mathieu Bouchard and Darren Schnare, Trexity is now set to grow and expand into Montreal and Vancouver. They recently announced $1-million in fresh funding from AQC Capital and Anges Québec on the heels of finalizing a $5-million seed round in May.

The perks:

Trexity employees enjoy full health benefits from day one, as well as three weeks vacation, and an employee share option plan.

Current job openings:

Full-stack Software Engineer, Sales Representative, Delivery Support Agent, + more jobs.

 

9. Welbi

What it does:

Welbi sets out to improve the care older adults receive through senior living communities. Through its platform, Welbi gives retirement, assisted living and long-term care communities the tools they need to improve their resident experience, with a focus on providing personalized care and support. Along with automating hundreds of hours of administrative tasks, the Welbi platform helps recreational care teams to understand and provide for their residents, improving occupancy rates and quality of life for residents.

The perks:

Employees have flexible work options with Welbi and have the opportunity to do fulfilling work helping to improve the quality of life for older adults in the community. They also receive a competitive salary, three weeks of vacation, health, vision and dental coverage from day one, and professional development opportunities. They’ll also enjoy semi-annual retreats and monthly team socials and lunches.

Current job openings:

Intermediate Software Designer, Senior Software Developer, Account Executive, + more jobs.

 

10. Wicket

What it does:

As the world’s first Member Data Platform, Wicket sets out to change the way associations manage and engage their members. Wicket’s alternative to the traditional Association Management System aims to empower non-profits, associations, sports teams, unions and other organizations to easily and effectively manage their data.

The perks:

As a remote-first company, team members are offered remote work options, as well as dental, vision, paramedical, prescriptions and out-of-country care health benefits extending to mental health, employee family assistance, virtual health care services and Best Doctors. The progressive work environment centres around providing opportunities for feedback, and team building, and encourages skills and career development and recognition, providing an annual budget to spend on books and learning. Wicket also provides an annual wellness stipend that can be applied to gym memberships, fitness equipment, sports fees and more.

Current job openings:

Team Lead (UX), Integration Specialist, Support Coordinator, Senior Backend Software Developer (Ruby on Rails), + more jobs.


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Nov 23, 2022

In our monthly Trending in Tech blog series, we offer up an inside look at tech companies in Ottawa that are growing and creating new opportunities for tech talent.

Recently, locally-based cybersecurity software and services provider Field Effect set a course for increasing its market presence by raising $30M U.S. in funding to help power up its growth.

Looking to learn what Field Effect has planned here in Ottawa and beyond, and how you can join the team? Read below to learn more about their holistic approach to providing cybersecurity solutions for businesses and organizations of all sizes- and why they’re looking for skilled tech talent.


What does Field Effect do?

Field Effect is revolutionizing the cybersecurity industry by bringing advanced cybersecurity solutions and services to businesses of all sizes. After years of research and development by the brightest in the business, we have pioneered a holistic approach to cybersecurity.

Our complete Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution, flexible simulation-based training platform, and expert-led professional services form a unified defence that results in superior security, less complexity, and immediate value.

The logo for Ottawa company Field Effect

We build solutions that are sophisticated, yet easy to use and manage, so every business owner can get the hands-free cybersecurity they expect and the sleep-filled nights they deserve.

Can you talk a bit about Field Effect’s growth?

After securing a Series A round of financing, Field Effect is positioned for rapid growth. With over 170 employees, currently, Field Effect is planning to grow to 500 in the next few years.

Focusing on leadership, sales, marketing, technical, and operational roles will expand Field Effect’s expertise in new areas, as well as further its world-leading cybersecurity offerings.


Are there particular tech skills that are in demand for your company?

  • Software developers (Python and/or Java)
  • Cyber Security Analysts
  • Cyber Security Researchers

Can you highlight a few open positions you’re currently hiring for?

  • Software Developers in Data Analytics
  • Senior & Intermediate Python Developers
  • Senior Java Developers

What do you look for in a candidate looking to join the Field Effect team?

Protecting vulnerable businesses is no easy feat. It requires brains, talent, and top-notch technological tools. But more important than either of those things is the team. Working with a great team makes the unachievable achievable—not to mention fun.

  • You’re a team player

Your ability to collaborate and contribute effectively to projects on an agile team is just as important as your ability to listen and learn. Simultaneously, you possess the confidence to excel in independent work.

While there are plenty of opportunities for growth, Field Effect employees also need to share experiences to educate others.

  • You combine creativity with cybersecurity

You don’t need to be ex-CSIS or CIA to work at Field Effect, nor do you need a laundry list of technical qualifications.

Image of welcoming area of Field Effect's office, with display of their logo

While we’re always on the lookout for experienced cyber experts, we want your unique talents and expertise—we want to see what you bring to the table.

Some of the best solutions to challenges in the cybersecurity world come from thinking outside the box and looking at problems with a fresh set of eyes.

Your perspective is important: how you approach challenges and work with your teammates to solve problems may lead to breakthroughs that change how the entire company—and even the industry—does things.

Put simply, your skills and passion are a big part of what makes you you, and why we want you on our team.

  • You’re brilliant and think on your feet

Field Effect exists to protect small and medium-sized businesses from cyber-attacks, defending them with a resilient and easy-to-understand network security solution.  For us, the mission is paramount, and passion for it is critical for success. Daily objectives can change on the fly, so your ability to communicate and adapt effectively is important.


3 reasons tech talent will want to join the Field Effect team

  • 1. Your brilliance will get a runway

At Field Effect, you can let your imagination run wild without worrying about the red tape or bureaucracy that might bog down the average startup. You’re not just a cog in a machine.  You will be instrumental in everything you lay your hands on and leave every project feeling more confident in your abilities.

Say goodbye to boredom.  We’ll keep your appetite for growth and exploration well fed. The only direction you’ll see is up and, with your skills and positive attitude, you’ll have no problem levelling up your career.

  • 2. You will be surrounded by industry-leading cybersecurity experts

You’ll be building innovative security solutions alongside award-winning cybersecurity champions. You’ll be immersed in a team of high-calibre professionals who are directly responsible for the outstanding reputation Field Effect has earned over the years. Your team solves problems that the competition can’t.

And, outside the margins of your job description, you’ll enjoy a community that lives on far beyond the proverbial 9 to 5. Whether you like after-hour activities, Friday afternoon socials or company-wide town halls, you’ll always have an opportunity to find mentors, make friends, build connections, and collaborate on the future of Field Effect and your own career.

  • 3. You will help shape the future of cybersecurity

We are going places and fast. At Field Effect, you’ll have something that none of your large-scale competitors ever will— speed. Never again dread those boring projects that take years to build and implement.

You’ll be an innovator of scale and your list of career milestones will be full of accomplishments before you know it. As a born self-starter, you won’t just take things at face value and call it a day. You’ll have the freedom to question and explore.


Can you highlight the best way for any interested applicants to apply?

If you are passionate about cybersecurity and interested in taking the next big leap of your career, visit our careers page for the latest job opportunities.

You can also reach out to us at [email protected].  Let’s uncover the future of cybersecurity together!


 

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Nov 14, 2022
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By: Randy Gaudreau

If you’ve got great ideas for starting a business, but you’re wondering if entrepreneurship is the right path for you – this is a great week to do a little bit of exploration, and to find that little spark that turns your idea into a reality.

Monday, November 14th marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a week of locally, nationally and globally organized activities to help innovators explore their potential as an entrepreneur.

If you’re planning to spend the week exploring your entrepreneurial self a bit more, we wanted to share a few upcoming events and available programs to help you drive your business idea forward, as well as a few inspiring stories from new entrepreneurs who’ve found the motivation to take the leap into entrepreneurship.


Take Advantage of Global Entrepreneurship Week – Nov. 14th – 20th

A graphic for Global Entrepreneurship Week, reading Welcome to GEW 2022 - Nov. 14-20Global Entrepreneurship Week started in 2008 to celebrate the innovators around the world who launch their ideas into action to create jobs and drive economic growth.

Today, over 10 million people in over 200 countries join in over 40,000 activities, events and competitions organized in the second week of November to inspire future entrepreneurs to turn business ideas into action and to empower them with the knowledge, experience and connections they need to make it happen.

This is a great week to get out there and build your network, ask questions, and get inspired by others turning their business ideas into a reality.

For an almost overwhelming list of events happening around the world, (many virtually), to help ignite your entrepreneurial spark this year, visit the events page on the Global Entrepreneurship Network website.

And if you’re reading this in time, be sure to drop into the GEW Ottawa Launch Party to meet and connect with contacts in the local entrepreneurial community.

Check out a few small business-focused events to get inspired 

If you happen to find yourself motivated by Global Entrepreneurship Week and you’re looking for more resources to help you carry the momentum, Invest Ottawa has upcoming events that can help you start, strengthen and grow your business idea from the ground up.

Including:

Invest Ottawa hosts hundreds of small business-focused events every year. Be sure to check out our event calendar for a look at what’s coming up, and subscribe to monthly reminders to be the first to receive once-a-month updates on upcoming events and opportunities for entrepreneurs from the Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Find and join available entrepreneurship programs

One of the best ways to get your business idea off the ground is to take advantage of programs in your entrepreneurial community that can offer free training, resources and mentorship to help you launch a business.

Invest Ottawa helps to deliver the Starter Company Plus program on behalf of the Ontario government to entrepreneurs who have launched or are ready to launch their own non-tech businesses.

Through the four-month program, participants learn business basics through hands-on workshops and get dedicated advisory services through experienced business mentors who are in their corner to help them succeed. And at the conclusion of the program, graduates pitch their business to a panel of judges for a chance to be awarded up to $5,000 in grants to cover startup business costs.

Meet two entrepreneurs just starting their journey – with the help of Starter Company Plus

With this year’s cohort already underway – we thought it would be valuable to hear from two entrepreneurs who are currently building their businesses through the program, to help guide anyone who might be exploring entrepreneurship during Global Entrepreneurship Week and encourage them to join next year’s group.

Anna Sweet - founder, Split Science Anna Sweet, founder of Split Science, a company dedicated to healthy aging, remembers the momentum and energy she felt after making the commitment to leave the 9-to-5 world behind to focus on building her business with Starter Company Plus.

“When I allowed those thoughts about working for myself to really manifest and develop, the feeling that it was possible was so incredibly exciting and energizing,” she said.

“To think that I could personally structure my days around building my business and learning about being part of an industry that’s already my lifestyle (wellness and fitness); it felt like the chains were off, and I was off to the races.”

According to Anna, what inspired her to take the leap into entrepreneurship was the possibility of sharing a product they were already so passionate about.

“Feeling that we had made a great product for ourselves to take, we thought, ‘Why not try selling this and seeing where it takes us,” she explained. “It is so exciting building something that is a public reflection of your personal interests and passions.”

Van Tran - Founder, Yugi RollsFor Van Tran, founder of YugiRolls, the drive to find entrepreneurial ideas was always there for as long as he could remember. “I am always scanning for opportunities,” he says, “and I wish there were multiple versions of me with different skill sets to execute each and every one of them.”

According to Van, growing up financially disadvantaged was a motivator to start his own business to improve his situation. But he says he found a motivator and a higher purpose beyond monetary gain in providing vegan food options.

“Somehow with the vegan food, I felt like I had more of a purpose beyond just making money,” he explained. “We are making things that we didn’t think were possible too long ago for people to enjoy.”


Interested in more programs and resources to help you start and grow your business?

Check out the available small business programs at Invest Ottawa that can help you bring your business idea to life.

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Nov 7, 2022

Mark your calendars! CAV Canada, Canada’s must-attend Smart Mobility event is back for its fifth year on December 5th, with more top-tier keynotes, panel discussions, demonstrations, and networking opportunities than ever before.  

If you’ve joined us in person or virtually for CAV Canada before and know the value this annual event can deliver, we won’t slow you down. Go ahead and register for your spot at this year’s event here.

If, however, this is your first time hearing about CAV Canada, read on to discover why this is a must-attend event for anyone with a stake in the connected autonomous vehicle and smart mobility revolution.  


A graphic design for CAV Canada 2022, featuring a dark skyline with digital highlights and green text reading Save the Date, December 5, 2022

Drive the Future of Smart Mobility and Connected Autonomous Vehicles at CAV Canada 2022 – December 5th

Has it been five years already? It feels like we’re just getting started! 

Hosted collaboratively by Area X.O, Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) this free event brings together innovators and leaders to discuss the future of smart mobility.

Whether you are an innovator, company, investor, a regulator, or part of a community driving the safe development, commercialization, and deployment of smart mobility solutions, CAV Canada is an incredible (and totally free) opportunity to join leaders from Canada’s Capital, across the country and around the world.

Join us for:  

  • authentic discussion and global foresight on key opportunities and challenges in CAV and smart mobility R&D, markets, investment, and policy 
  • actionable insight to enable and accelerate the safe implementation of CAV and smart mobility solutions in diverse sectors, from transportation to communications, smart farming, and public safety 
  • innovative approaches, real-world examples and lessons learned in smart mobility test, validation, and demonstrations 
  • access to CAV and smart mobility talent and strategies to develop, attract, and retain a competitive, diverse, and inclusive workforce 
  • live and online networking opportunities to engage, connect and collaborate in the smart mobility ecosystem 

We’re Going Hybrid Again in 2022

On the heels of 2021’s event which provided hours of actionable insight on smart mobility R&D, policy and market trends and drew attendees from over 19 countries, CAV Canada will leverage Invest Ottawa’s ability to deliver world-class hybrid events that give everyone an opportunity to come together from wherever they may be.

Our 5th year will once again deliver live and online top-tier keynotes, panel discussions, demonstrations and networking opportunities – all taking place in person at Ottawa’s one-stop business acceleration shop and innovation hub Bayview Yards and streaming live in real-time to wherever you’re connected.  

Ready to join in? Your free ticket for 2022 CAV Canada includes: 

  • actionable insight on smart mobility R&D, market, and policy 
  • world class speakers 
  • exclusive access to leaders, experts, and investors 
  • a competitive global intelligence and market edge 
  • live and online networking 
  • Technology demos and experiences exciting announcements and unveilings, and 
  • an opportunity to join in-person 

This event will be your opportunity to make your mark on the future of connected autonomous vehicles and smart mobility.

Register today


Connect with us – and stay tuned for event updates: 

Website: cavcanada.ca
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/cavcanada/
Facebook: facebook.com/CAVCanada/
Registration: Eventbrite  

Oct 31, 2022

Whether it’s raking leaves or wrapping trees, the city is now in full preparation mode for the winter season.  And with Beaver Tails and skating on the Rideau Canal now on the horizon, it’s perfectly natural to be looking forward to winter in Ottawa.

If you’re interested in living and working in a city offering incredible opportunities for both winter activities and tech careers, check out our list below of 10 tech companies with job openings this November.

This monthly list gives a brief overview of roles with hiring tech companies in the region, and why they’re great companies to be working with in your tech career. So, continue below to find a rewarding tech role with an innovative company in Ottawa’s tech market.


1.  CGI

What it does:

One of the largest independent technology and business services firms in the world, CGI brings together industry and technology experts to deliver end-to-end services including consulting, systems integration, and IT outsourcing.  CGI has received awards for being a great place to work for a number of years, including Best Workplace 2021, Best Workplace for Women 2021 and Linked in Top Companies Canada.

Join more than 10,000 professionals with CGI Canada to work with clients from many industries including finance, government, telecommunications, and healthcare.

The perks:

Employees of CGI get access to the company’s share purchase program as well as profit participation plans, awards and recognition plans. CGI also has initiatives surrounding remote working, 24/7 training and webinars, as well as resources to support at-home learning for your children such as [email protected] AT HOME, a program for children ages 6-14.

Current job openings:

Senior Full Stack Developer, Cybersecurity Architect, Subject Matter Expert-Health Care, + more jobs.

 

2. Equispheres

What it does:

Equispheres is a materials science innovator that develops, manufactures and markets a unique product line of high-performance metal powders. Equispheres’ patent-pending atomization brings superior control and performance efficiencies to the automotive and aerospace industries by enabling faster production of stronger, lighter and more reliable printed parts. Recently Equispheres was awarded $3.5 million to further accelerate the production of its metal powders. Join this fast-growing company to be at the leading edge of materials science innovations!

The perks:

Employees at Equispheres enjoy competitive salaries, a share option program and a great benefits plan.

Current job openings:

Sr. Mechanical Process / Design Engineer, Mechanical Engineer / Designer, Process Operator, + more jobs.

 

3. Framos

What it does: 

Fascinated by the unlimited potential of imaging technologies? For over 40 years FRAMOS has been driving innovation in vision technology solutions that help to shape our everyday lives. From sensors to systems, FRAMOS has a deep understanding of the complete value chain for use cases including self-thinking robots, cleaning robots, autonomous vehicles, and fully automated production. Join FRAMOS to combine your technical knowledge with a passion for AI.

The perks: 

Employees of FRAMOS enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, access to a modernized workstation and office space, remote working and flexible hours, as well as career growth opportunities.

Current job openings:

Imaging Optics Specialist, People Partner, Key Account Manager, Marketing Evangelist, + more jobs.

 

4. Giatec Scientific

What it does:

Bringing smart technologies and real-time data collection to the forefront of every construction site, Giatec is revolutionizing the industry with wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT).  Along the way, Giatec has received many awards for innovation, sustainability, and excellence including being named Top Growing Company by The Globe and Mail in 2021. Are you creative and passionate, with a drive for innovation? Join Giatec, one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies.

The perks:

Giatec promotes a culture that is diverse and inclusive, empowering employees to share ideas and collaborate. Employees at Giatec benefit from flexible health benefits, work-life integration including learning, development and growth opportunities, an outstanding time off package including three weeks of paid vacation, life days, volunteer days and paid birthdays off as well as a comprehensive wellness program.

Current job openings:

Research Engineer, Product Marketing Manager, Senior Account Executive, Account Executive, + more jobs.

 

5. GoFor

What it does:

Known as a last-mile logistics force, GoFor helps customers receive last-minute orders through its just-in-time delivery services. The company helps North American businesses of all sizes get products to customers as fast as possible, with a focus on being carbon-free, through carbon offsets and its growing fleet of electric delivery vehicles. With three-year revenue growth of 3,744%, the organization recently ranked 10th  in the Globe and Mail’s rankings of Canada’s fastest-growing companies in 2021.

The perks: 

GoFor makes sure to take care of its team, offering employees stock options, remote work, flexible health benefits, competitive salaries, and a transparent and collaborative work environment.

Current job openings:

Quality Assurance Engineer (remote), Information Systems Administrator (remote), Staff Developer, + more jobs.

 

6. Martello Tech

What it does:

Martello Technologies delivers software solutions that monitor the user experience of communications, collaboration and productivity tools, helping teams to find and resolve problems. Its software products include Vantage DX, which provides Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 optimization and end-user experience monitoring.

The perks:

Employees with Martello Technologies enjoy flexible working arrangements, health and wellness programs and continuous learning opportunities.

Current job openings:

DevOps/DevSecOps Cloud Systems Engineer, + more jobs.

 

7. MASV

What it does:

Ready to help solve big problems? MASV provides a way for businesses and individuals to transfer large files in the blink of an eye. Its transfer service ensures on time delivery of up to 5TB at once. In 2019 the company integrated its file transfer system into Adobe Premiere Pro, while still maintaining its celebrated speed and reliability.

The perks: 

As an employee at MASV you will enjoy a work-from-anywhere approach (paired with a remote work allowance to outfit your home office), 6 weeks of vacation, a competitive salary, stock option plans, as well as health and dental plans and professional development programs.

Current job openings:

Visit the career page on the MASV website for current opportunities.

 

8. Tadaweb

What it does:

Tadaweb is a Luxembourg-based technology company revolutionizing the field of open-source intelligence through a small data approach that focuses on scaling an analytical team’s output. The company set out to create an AI system that can use and understand the internet as a person does, helping analysts to access information more quickly and easily. Named a company of influence on the 2016 Disrupt 100 List, Tadaweb is already a global business with four offices around the world, including one in Ottawa.

The perks: 

Tadaweb lives by the motto of work hard, play harder. With a commitment to building a people-first company that sees team members as assets rather than just employees, they offer a whimsical, friendly work environment. Founders recognized the importance of work-life balance from the company’s beginnings, and the company offers flexible work arrangements focused on accomplishing what needs to be done.

Current job openings:

Director, Canada, + more jobs. 

 

9. Vaultt

What it does: 


Vaultt is a platform that helps families and caregivers store, organize and share important information easily and securely. Vaultt’s easy-to-use mobile app enables real-time and on-demand access to critical personal health information, documentation, schedules, calendars, and tasks that can be shared between family members, caregivers, and trusted professionals.
 

The perks:

Vaultt believes in building a cohesive team by providing a positive work environment and is an equal opportunity workplace offering a competitive salary, flexible, and remote working hours. They also believe employees know when they need to take a break and don’t put a cap on their vacation time, but a minimum of 2 weeks a year off will be mandated. They also offer a comprehensive health plan with benefits for its Canadian employees as well as stock option plans.

Current job openings:

Senior Full Stack Developer – Full time, Senior React Native Developer – Full-time, Director of Business Development – Full-time, Director of Patient AdvocacyCustomer Success Rep – Full-time,  + more jobs.

 

10.  Vermont Information Processing (VIP)

What it does:

VIP is the leading technology supplier for brewers, distributors, wineries, soda bottlers, and other companies in the beverage industry. VIP leverages its technology and relationships with hundreds of suppliers and distributors to streamline operations; from helping distributors improve their warehouse, delivery, and sales operations, to empowering suppliers to know where their products are and how they’re selling.

Now is your time to help create this brand in Canada where you will make operations run smoother, smarter and more profitably.

The perks:

Employees at VIP enjoy health insurance, vision and dental reimbursement, employee stock ownership plans, life and disability insurance, a flexible spending account, paid parental leave, flex and hybrid schedules.

Current job openings:

Senior Database Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Mid-level ETL Developer, Mid-level Software Engineer, + more jobs.

 


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