Spring Forward with 10 Ottawa Business Events and Workshops Happening in April

Mar 30, 2022
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Spring is here and what a perfect way to spring into action after the long wintry months than to find new learnings to elevate you and your business. With many companies closing their books during the fiscal year at the end of March, now is the perfect time to rejuvenate with fresh knowledge to start the year right.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, early-stage business or a scaleup company, our workshops and events run by Invest Ottawa and community partners are designed to help you get the knowledge you need to accelerate. Learn from subject matter experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and professionals across a broad range of business topics. From starting a business, marketing, accounting and customer service to scaling your business, networking, leadership and personal growth, there are events by Invest Ottawa and across our city for everyone looking to amplify their entrepreneurial and business skills.

We’ve highlighted ten Ottawa events happening this month for our entrepreneur and business community:

1. Data Silos, the Information Disease

Date: April 5
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Organizer: Kanata Carleton Small Business Network
Cost: Free

If you are a business that collects any type of information, this seminar is for you:

  • From Data to Information to Knowledge
  • Data Silos impact on Business profitability
  • Compliance, Security, and the Data Silos effect
  • Conquering Data Silos strategies

Guest speaker: Fadi Shureih, Vice President of Enara Technologies and expert information management advisor.


2. Spring Cleaning for Businesses: MDK Webinar Series (presented by Invest Ottawa Sponsor MDK Business Law)

Date: April 5
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Organizer: Invest Ottawa Education Centre
Cost: Free

Whether your business is scaling up or down, having up-to-date records and agreements can make or break your ability to seize a window of opportunity. In this highly interactive and fast-paced workshop designed for an Invest Ottawa audience (Teach, Talk, Try), MDK Business Law will share best practices for “spring cleaning” your corporate records, commercial agreements and the collection, use and retention of personal information.


3. Discover Technata Career Fair

Date: April 5
Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Organizer: Kanata North Business Association
Cost Free

Looking for your next dream job?

The Discover Technata career fair is taking place on April 5th at the Brookstreet Hotel. This is the perfect opportunity for job seekers to learn how to live, work, play and learn in Canada’s largest technology park.

Typically drawing thousands of job seekers, the career fair offers attendees access to some of the biggest names in Kanata North tech – now all under one roof.


4. SaaS Showcase

Date: April 6
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Organizer: L-SPARK
Cost: $20

There’s nothing better than authentic, IRL events. So we’re bringing SaaS Showcase back, live in Ottawa!

SaaS Showcase is a chance to watch the 7 dynamic entrepreneurs that make up our 8th SaaS Accelerator cohort pitch their startups on stage (in real life) while connecting with friends and members of the Ottawa tech community.


5. Market Research Techniques and Resources

Date: April 6
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Organizer: Invest Ottawa Education Centre
Cost: Free

Market research helps you to better understand your market. It is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the success of your business idea. This seminar discusses how to conduct market research, outlines the types of market research, and provides tips on how to plan your search and be effective. Included are specific examples to illustrate how to use the many free resources available to you to obtain specific information.


6. IWW 2022: Women Driving the Smart Mobility Revolution

Date: April 6
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organizer: Invest Ottawa
Cost: Free

On April 6, join Area X.O, operated by Invest Ottawa and in collaboration with Women in Automotive Tech for Women Driving the Smart Mobility Revolution.

This event is joined by award-winning founders, innovators and researchers driving global innovation to improve our world and are experts in self-driving cars, AI, 5G and robotics. From technology and innovation to global markets, investments, and policy, walk away with actionable insight and inspiration by women leading in smart mobility.

The event includes a keynote fireside chat and panel discussions that will:

  • Provide expertise and stimulate provocative dialogue on the current state of smart mobility; key opportunities, challenges, big ideas, evolving markets and investment trends
  • Explore the key needs, priorities and gaps facing this sector, including the need to build a strong, diverse and inclusive pipeline of women leaders for this sector spanning technology, business, investment and policy
  • Discuss strategies to attract, develop and retain more women from every walk of life in smart mobility, and increase the overall competitiveness of this sector


7. Algonquin College RE/ACTION: Applied Research Showcase

Date: April 8
Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Organizer: Algonquin College Office of Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Cost: Free

The event highlights leading-edge applied research being done in collaboration with industry, institutional, and community partners, providing a glimpse into the future of technology and the current state of innovation.

Discover the incredible findings and creations of our learner-driven research projects. Ranging from robotics to web design, building science to social innovation, and anything in between, the projects our students work on are incredibly diverse.

This virtual showcase will also provide an opportunity for employers to engage talent and collaborative opportunities in support of their businesses’ growth and impact.


8. Starting Your Business Information Session

Date: April 11
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Organizer: Invest Ottawa Education Centre
Cost: Free

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Attend this information session to learn the basic rules and regulations you will be required to follow and how Invest Ottawa can assist you in starting and growing your business. This beginner level seminar acts as an introduction to entrepreneurship.

We will discuss the basic information needed from the municipality (business licensing), the province (business structures) and the federal government (HST and Business Numbers). We will also be discussing funding programs as well as community resources.


9. Doing business with the Government of Canada

Date: April 11
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Organizer: Procurement Assistance Canada, National Capital Region
Cost: Free

The Government of Canada buys billions of dollars worth of goods and services each year to help deliver programs and services to Canadians. Find out whether the Government of Canada buys your goods or services. Procurement Assistance Canada would like to help your company do business with the federal government. Webinar topics include:

  • Overview of contracting process
  • Registering in supplier databases
  • Finding key purchasing contacts
  • Searching for business opportunities
  • Bidding on opportunities
  • Obtaining security clearances


10. #WICxFortune100 Lunch & Learn with Salesforce Ventures

Date: April 22
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organizer: Women in Cloud
Cost: Free

#WICxFortune100 Lunch and Learn Series is a unique and enriching experience for women tech entrepreneurs to connect with Fortune 100 companies, learn about digital transformation opportunities, and accelerate gender equity.

Join Women in Cloud on April 22 at the upcoming WICxFortune100 Lunch & Learn Series with Salesforce. Events like this one are the perfect occasion for attendees to connect and learn with Salesforce’s top leaders and decision-makers. It’s also an excellent opportunity to learn how to do business with Salesforce and explore new jobs and career opportunities.

What to expect from the #WICxFortune100 Lunch and Learn Series?

-Access to job opportunities focused on digital transformation.
-Learn how to navigate and do business with Salesforce.
-Create new connections with key leaders of the industry.
-Discover innovative enterprise-ready cloud solutions created by women tech founders via Cloud Solution Showcase.


Visit our events calendar to view the full range of events and workshops happening this month. Want to become part of our vibrant entrepreneurial community and be the first to know about entrepreneur news, opportunities, and resources? Subscribe to our business community newsletter.


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