Haltech Clients Dazzle Audience at Fall Hi5 Pitch Competition

Haltech hosted our Fall Hi5 Pitch Competition on November 29th which brought in over 120 registered guests to see five of Haltech’s high-potential clients represent their businesses to a judging panel of technology executives and industry professionals.

“This event brings together the ecosystem and showcases local talent in the region – we are proud to help recognize these companies for their innovative thinking,” says Shann McGrail, Executive Director of Haltech and event Master of Ceremonies.

The competition took place at The Marquee at Sheridan College, Oakville Campus, where the startups were able to set up booths and meet with the public before taking the stage to pitch their businesses. Participating teams IT Curate, Better Money Choices, Enertics, Ergotech Solutions (Leen) and House of Anesi dazzled the crowd with their new innovations and technologies.

Thank you to all the companies that took part in this event and congratulations to our winners of the night; IT Curate won people’s choice, and House of Anesi came in first place for the Hi5 Pitch Competition.

We would also like to recognize the event sponsors for making the competition possible: BDO, BDC, RDP, ACE Coworking, Yellow Robot, and Piece of Cake!

A special thank you to our judging panel: Jamie Barron of BDO Canda, Marybeth Edge of BDC, Emily Moore of Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, Mark Fornasiero of Shirlaws Group and ACE Coworking, and Robert Buren of NBT Mentors.


See our video highlights here:

Message from Haltech Executive Director

Message from InStage

Message from Wish Me

Message from TempStars

Message from URCSI

About Haltech

Haltech is at the nexus of Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. We help technology entrepreneurs and companies to validate, scale and grow product and service innovations with a wide range of free services that include: Business Advising & Innovation Support, Entrepreneur Skill Development and Corporate Innovation Partnerships.

Hi5 Fall Pitch Presenters

House of Anesi


House of Anesi is a lingerie tech startup based in Toronto. Anesi means comfort in greek, and our mission is to create products that improve the health and wellness of women. The Anesi bra is our first product, it uses high-tech instinct to adapt to women’s breast size changes and bio-compatible gels to reduce back pain. It can expand up to two cups and two band sizes and can wick away moisture from the body.


Better Money Choices

 Better Money Choices is an online financial planning platform that has been designed to specifically suit the needs of Robo advisors as they pivot toward wealthier clients. Robo advisors’ initial success can be attributed to an enhanced client experience at a significantly lower cost.  Partnered with Robo’s, Better Money Choices brings a better client experience to financial planning and advice in a low cost and scalable platform. A cornerstone of the Better Money Choices offering is that enables clients to build plans that match the lives they want to live and in the process, allows financial advisors to be just that, advisors.



Enertics provide an early asset health warning and predictive maintenance intelligence for electrical assets in heavy industries. Our solutions prevent catastrophic failures in large heavy industries as well as help our customers save significant failure and maintenance costs by preventing unplanned outages. Enertics provide a comprehensive toolkit to provide a scalable, vendor agnostic digital analytics system to proactively alert the owners and users of assets for predictive maintenance & diagnostics, connectivity, and big data processing, and providing useful operations process intelligence.


IT Curate


ITcurate is a Furniture Trade Platform which connects consumers to retailers through a unique method of curating furniture and home decor.  It solves the online shopping dilemma by matching a consumer’s space, preference and budget.  The platform dramatically increases order value, allows total visibility for the retailer through the sales process and drives customer retention.  Over a short period, ITcurate’s unique Artificial Intelligence will revolutionize the way we all shop for an assortment of high-value product like furniture.


ERGOTECH Solutions (Leen)

Leen is a product designed for temporary body support which consists of ergonomic properties. Leen is a wall mounted device designed to save precious floor space, while offering an alternative to traditional methods of seating. Leen has been designed to provide ergonomic benefits to the user by firmly supporting their lower lumbar and removing any discomfort from the lower back and feet associated with sitting/standing too long. The user will lean onto the device, thereby removing the downward pressure on the lower vertebrae which is consistent with traditional seating.



See presenters pitch live at the Fall Hi5 Pitch Competition on November 29th, 2018.

Register Here

Innovation in Action Tour Highlights Halton Innovation

November 16, 2018, Burlington, ON –  Innovation in Action Tour Highlights Halton Innovation 

The Innovation in Action Tour, hosted in partnership with TechPlace and Haltech, brought together over 50 attendees for an action-packed day of facility tours, lightning talks and networking opportunities. “This event is dedicated to supporting and showcasing best-in-class innovative businesses in Halton Region” said Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director at BEDC, “we wanted to give people a look behind the doors of our most innovative and inspiring businesses as peer-to-peer learning is vital to today’s entrepreneurs and this event was focused around just that.” 

Mark Majewski, Business Development Manager at OCE. 

Attendees started off the day with an engaging discussion kicked off with a lightning talk by Mark Majewski, Business Development Manager at OCE. Mark discussed opportunities and trends in technology highlighting the importance of corporate culture as integral to innovative businesses.  The breakfast agenda concluded with Tracey Kadish, Associate Dean, Business and Media Graduate Studies, Applied Research and Entrepreneurship at Mohawk College, highlighting Mohawk days at TechPlace and the talent and resources post-secondary institutions can bring to a business, big and small.   

Attendees in Javelin Technologies 3D Printing Lab.

Following the breakfast agenda, guests hopped on the bus to the first stop of the day at Javelin Technologies. Guests heard John Brown, Director of Sales, discuss how Javelin Technologies continues to breed a culture of innovation by focusing on their employees through Human Resource driven initiatives, emphasizing the importance of business partnerships, customer relationships and clear communication“innovation means communicating what you are going to do and what you aren’t”.  

Attendees touring Urtech Manufacturing with Karen Bozynski, Director of Business Development.

Urtech Manufacturing was the next stop of the day where attendees took a tour of the Urtech Manufacturing facilities, the UrStart Hardware Accelerator and learned valuable lessons from Karen Bozynski, Director of Business Development.  “Enabling agile engagement of electronics experts and resources helps support innovation” said Bozynski. “The UrStart Accelerator offers membership services and events to help Canadian electronic hardware companies get to market faster. At Urtech, our team applies our decades of industry experience and adapts our world-class manufacturing capabilities and global supply chain to support the realization of innovative products, from prototyping through scaled volume production. Events like today provide awareness this capability exists not only in California or Asia. We have a valuable, competitive offering to bring products to market here in Ontario.” 

The final company visit of the day was iLLUMA-Drive who use the services of Urtech Manufacturing and Javelin Technologies to procure their equipment. iLLUMA-Drive was founded in 2015 and has been in heavy research and development mode; the team was thrilled to share their experience with the audience. Derek Hopkins, Founder, President, and CEO, gave an engaging talk to attendees about their trials and triumphs to produce their revolutionary Digital Smart DC power and Energy Management solutions. 

Derek Hopkins, Founder/President, and CEO at iLLUMA-Drive and Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament Oakville North-Burlington demoing a CENSE green DC energy management system. 

Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, Pam Damoff, attended the iLLUMA-Drive visit and even got to wire a CENSE green DC energy management system.  Mid-tour iLLUMA-Drive received some exciting news that will take their business from research and development to commercialization as iLLUMA-Drive learned they had achieved electrical certification for their first product, CENSE, with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval. This allows them to connect CENSE to the electrical grid in both Canada and the USA. CENSE is a low voltage DC panel that allows in-building DC grids to be constructed with huge improvements in electrical efficiency.  

“I was thrilled to join the Innovation in Action Tour” said MP Pam Damoff “Having met with the company In their early stages, seeing this innovative business moving forward with their product and operating right here in North Burlington was truly inspiring. Even more exciting is Illuma-Drive’s electrical certification which will allow them to commercialize their products in North America.”

From left to right: Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament Oakville North-Burlington, Shann McGrail, Executive Director at Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, Derek Hopkins, Founder/President and CEO at iLLUMA-Drive, Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director at Burlington Economic Development Corporation and Mark Steffler, Manager at TechPlace. 

Burlington Mayor-Elect Marianne Meed Ward spoke in support of the Innovation in Action Tour, “this event helped bring awareness to the Burlington business community. Both Urtech Manufacturing and iLLUMA-Drive have leveraged Burlington’s highly connected location and top talent pool to succeed as leaders in their respective fields. These businesses have, and will continue, to bring a number of highly-skilled jobs to Burlington and, I am very excited to see what the future holds for these two innovative Burlington businesses.”

The day ended with a networking reception at TechPlace, where attendees shared key learnings from the day. TechPlace and Haltech would like to thank our sponsors Ridout & Maybee, Gowlings WLG and Nickel Brook Brewing Co. This event would not have been possible without our fantastic host companies, Javelin Technologies, Urtech Manufacturing and iLLUMA-Drive, who kindly opened their doors for this event.

About the Companies  

Javelin Technologies are experts in 3D. They have enabled thousands of Canadian Designers and Manufacturers to aim high with solutions for Electro-mechanical Design, Data Management, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, and Post Processing.   

Urtech Manufacturing provides a wide array of services from product prototyping and engineering, to production-scale manufacturing and post-production services to both North American companies and global Original Equipment Manufacturers. 

iLLUMA-Drive is a Digital Energy company that plans to reinvent the use of power through their unique solutions– Digital Smart DC power and Energy Management.  

About TechPlace 

TechPlace is a one-stop destination for new and growing technology companies. With the support of partners from across the public and private sectors, it is dedicated to connecting, developing, and advancing entrepreneurs at all stages. This means providing access to space, programming, mentorship, networking, and resources that are fundamental to growing a business in today’s technology-driven marketplace.

Led by the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), TechPlace exists to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.

About BEDC 

Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) has a mandate to enhance the growth prospects of existing companies and bring new high-value firms to the community. BEDC’s focus is on growing the economic base to sustain Burlington’s competitive and prosperous community. BEDC is the first point of contact for companies looking to expand, start-up or locate in Burlington.

About Haltech 

Haltech is at the nexus of Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. We help technology entrepreneurs and companies to validate, scale and grow product and service innovations with a wide range of FREE services that include: Business Advising & Innovation Support, Entrepreneur Skill Development and Corporate Innovation Partnerships.

Crawford Human Risk Services Offers Enhanced Disability Management Services with Crawford EmployerWORKS Software

Article provided by Crawford & Canada (Company) Inc.

TORONTOOct. 9, 2018, /CNW/ – Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. today announces the integration of Crawford EmployerWORKS™ software with its human risk service line. Crawford EmployerWORKS is an innovative software platform powered by MyAbilities™. It was designed to streamline and standardizes the collection, communication and analysis of physical, cognitive and psychosocial demands tied to risk assessment and return to work efforts. As a tool for the adjudicators, case managers and workers’ compensation consultants of Crawford’s Human Risk division, Crawford EmployerWORKS further empowers our professionals to effectively and efficiently handle disability claims by ensuring a prompt and successful return to work and implementing proper measures to prevent workplace injuries.

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Halton community comes together for Haltech’s Annual Summer Social

On Thursday, July 26th, Haltech played host to 150 guests from Halton and neighbouring regions to celebrate achievements of the past year. The evening began with an initial cocktail hour and networking where guests had the chance to interact with Haltech’s clients who showcased their innovative products and services. Among the evening’s exhibitioners were iCare Home Health, TechLink, Creations 3DP, Kinjunxion, and Ergo Tech.

Jamie Barron, Chair of Haltech’s Board of Directors, began the official program with opening remarks and success stories of the year. Guests also had the opportunity to meet the new Executive Director, Shann McGrail, who led the panel discussion that featured three Haltech clients; Michelle Gorman of Kidictive, Alan Hopkins of Purity Gas and Rick Menassa of iCare Home and Health. Panelists discussed the challenges they faced as tech startups and which Haltech services helped them the most. Speakers also shared their own advice to Shann as she begins her new journey as Executive Director.

Haltech invited co-location partners TechPlace and MEV Innovation Centre (MEVIC) to speak about the services and programs they provide to the startup community in Burlington and Milton. Both introduced local companies who reside in their coworking space and benefit from their resources and networks. Haltech clients GoWrench Auto, Tech4life Enterprises Canada Inc. and MyAbilities Technologies Inc. shared their unique journeys and how the use of their co-working space has facilitated their businesses to take new shape.

Haltech would like to thank all clients, sponsors, partners, board members, and attendees for their participation and continued support towards emerging technologies and innovation in Halton.

To see the 2017-18 Annual Report, Click Here

Univjobs Gives Five Reasons Why to Hire Post-Secondary Students

Article provide by univjobs.ca

Despite misconceptions, hiring college students can have a number of benefits for your business. Here are the top 5 reasons that post-secondary students are the best hires for part-time positions.

1. They’re Full Of Energy

Younger people are some of the most energetic employees, making them an excellent hire. They can go above and beyond what is required of them and will naturally inject this energy into the workplace.

2. They’re Highly Motivated

Post-secondary students are eager to gain work experience. This contributes to a positive attitude and a determined approach to work life. Students eagerly accept new challenges and will conquer them with gusto.

3. They Quickly Adapt to New Tech

In today’s digitally connected world, young adults are at the head of the game. The average student owns at least seven tech devices and is proficient at using all of them. Most young adults have grown up connected to digital technologies and social media, making them fast learners when it comes to picking up new processes in the workplace.

4. They’re Affordable

A business is there to earn profit and save money. Students are still gaining experience, so their salary expectations are lower, as opposed to established workers who naturally require a higher wage. Students are often looking for part-time work due to their school schedules, which makes them an economical hire.

5. They’re Moldable

Young-adults haven’t developed any of the bad habits that someone with years of ‘know-how’ may have picked up along the way. This means that they are highly trainable to a company’s unique standards.

Final Thoughts

Don’t let the misleading stereotype of a post-secondary student prevent you from leveraging the valuable addition they can make to your team. When you’re hiring, consider these reasons that make post-secondary students the ideal part-time hire. Browse univjobs.ca to find and hire qualified post-secondary students for your business today.

TEDxUofT Talk with Jeremy Wang of The Sky Guys

Jeremy Wang, University of Toronto and the Chief Technology Officer for the drone startup The Sky Guys, provides a refreshing take on resolving the common workplace clash between business-people and engineers, and ultimately, how humility is the secret for individuals and teams to become better all-around. Jeremy Wang is the Chief Technology Officer and R&D Founder of The Sky Guys, a leading Canadian drone operator and manufacturer for safety-critical industrial and government applications. In 2016, Jeremy was selected as one of Canada’s Next 36 highest potential young entrepreneurs, and in 2018, he was named one of Tomorrow’s Aerospace Engineering Leaders by Aviation Week and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Acquired Insights Inc. Collaborates With Hanson Robotics To Deploy Next-Generation Humanoid Robots

Sophia, the humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics, and a hologrammed David Hanson, attended the 2018 OCE Discovery Conference in Toronto to give the Keynote Speech – The Next Frontier: The Future of Human-Robot Relations. Sophia wowed the audience with superhuman intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, empathize with emotions, understand the nuances of language and communicate with hundreds of facial expressions.

Hanson Robotics and Acquired Insights Inc. are embarking on a joint exploration to deploy humanoid robots and revolutionary Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) solutions into the financial services, insurance, and healthcare industries.

Acquired Insights’ solutions include structured AI/ML FinTech big data analysis functionality, robo-underwriter, unstructured behavioral and social data warehouses, customer journey framework and decision engine capability. They will explore licensing humanoid robots to large and mid-market Financial Services Industries (FSI) to assist in the training of underwriters, analysts, agents, tellers, and customer service representatives. Competition to license the robots is expected to be intense as innovators and early adopters within FSI embrace AI/ML to attempt to differentiate themselves. The collaboration will also explore developing customized humanoid robot solutions for the healthcare industry. A considerable driver is the ability to cut costs by using robots to offer engaging, empathetic, high quality, lower cost personal attendant and limited healthcare services to those in eldercare, among others.

Acquired Insights’ CEO, Gary Melling said “AI/ML solutions have the potential to directly and positively impact the quality of life for individuals and society at large, and we take that challenge and responsibility very seriously. Our strategic alliance will allow us to move from virtual robot FinTech solutions to humanoid robots in a way that produces significant improvements for how people and business function, and how AI can improve the human experience, the world, and our place in it.”


Acquired Insights Inc is an artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics company with technology that can be used cross-industry. The solution provides intelligent, enterprise-wide, real time critical decision support through a complete closed-loop platform. It is an effective and multi-faceted approach to bridge the gap between disparate systems, processes and people, while aligning individual and workforce action with business strategy. It’s a disruptive technology implemented without the traditional disruptive attributes.

Hanson Robotics, develops the world’s most human-like robots, endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity. Dr. David Hanson aims to dramatically improve people’s everyday lives with intelligent and empathetic robots that teach, serve, entertain, and provide comforting companionship. These interactions will, over time, enable the company’s AI to learn “how to be human,” trained by relationships with human beings. The company envisions that one day it’s AI and robots will be able to address and solve some of the most challenging problems of the times.

Codify Zone prepares children for the FUTURE through coding

Learning to code teaches children the mental discipline for breaking down problems logically and then solving them, a skillset that everyone can use.

Coding can help your child develop academic skills applicable to any grade level, in addition to building critical life skills like organization, perseverance, and problem solving. When children code, they learn through experimentation and strengthen their brains, allowing them to find creative solutions to problems.

Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age. It’s important for your child to understand and be able to innovate with the technology around them.

As we rapidly approach the 21st century’s second decade, we need to add coding to that list of critical skills for modern living.

Jobs are quickly becoming automated, and half of today’s highest-paying jobs require some sort of coding knowledge.

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science related jobs but only 400,000 computer science graduates to fill them, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the very least, children today must be familiar with basic coding concepts in order to prepare for the job market’s demands.

“Our children need to learn how to be computationally fluent today because not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate.”

Linda Smith, Founder & CEO

Does the future looks bright for the next generation of GIRLS?

The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science (CS) fields is wide and longstanding. To close it will take practical and cultural shifts in the ways that these subjects are taught and presented. However, even small shifts can make a big difference.

According to a new study by Intel. Their research finds that “girls that make, design and create things using technology may develop a stronger interest and greater skills in computer science and engineering”

A study by Google shows that early exposure is one of the most important ways we can shrink the gender gap in STEM, as it boosts confidence in kids, especially young girls, while they’re still interested in technology. The key to getting more girls interested in STEM is to expose them to making. Whether it be through designing, building, coding, or the arts, making provides them with a pathway to learn and explore new ideas and technologies.

Codify Zone is encouraging girls to explore STEM knowledge and careers. We want to ignite girl’s curiosity and get them problem solving and building solutions of their own.  At Codify Zone young girls can be equipped with the necessary tools to be excited about and successful in these fields.

We are bringing NEW workshops for girls in the fall 2018!! To learn more Contact us

MacroMind Media Rethinks Mental Health Education #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2018

95 percent of mental health education programs in North America are delivered in bricks and mortar settings, restricting their reach to those in attendance. Most of these programs are didactic, costly, time intensive, and not built for today’s learners. MacroMind Media believes the path to supporting mental health in the workplace, and thereby reducing disability claims and increasing performance, begins with the mobile phone.

By 2020, 75 percent of the workforce will be millennial, and studies have shown that millennials currently check their mobiles approximately 250 times a day. For workplace programming, this means the most powerful engagement tool in history – a smartphone –  is already in the hands of a continental workforce. Driven by the clear advantages of digital wellness and considering Canada’s increasing thirst for access to mental health, MacroMind Media has grown significantly during its first year of operations.

MacroMind has been working to increase mental health awareness and decrease the pernicious effects of stigma in two main ways. The first is custom digital production for regional and national clients, and the second offering is “Headversity,” a mental health and mental performance program designed to engage today’s media consumer with best-in-class, modern and dynamic content.

To date, MacroMind’s custom digital production services have been contracted by some of Canada’s leading educational institutions, including the Mental Health Commission of Canada, The Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP) at the University of Calgary, the Ward of the 21st Century at the University of Calgary, The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

MacroMind’s largest impact project is the first digital learning program specifically designed for all first responders across Canada. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hired MacroMind Media to ideate, build and launch a first-of-its-kind mobile platform. This web app uses evidence-based coping strategies to help all Canadian Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, and 911 operators train in mental health and resilience, anytime and anywhere they see fit. From an operational standpoint, this platform offers the MHCC the opportunity to quadruple its training scope at no extra operational or material costs.

The second principal offering MacroMind has been developing is “Headversity,” a media-rich and millennial-oriented mental health and performance program that blends mobile learning with in-person training. A crucial element to the Headversity program is early recognition of mental illness as well as a unique channeling service for employees who crave greater performance strategies. It has been shown that early recognition and differentiated instruction for unique needs on both ends of the work spectrum drives better outcomes. Headversity’s original curriculum was designed by two leading mental health practitioners: Dr. Ryan Todd, a millennial psychiatrist, and Dr. Karen MacNeill, the Canadian Olympic performance psychologist. Following a beta launch in Fall this year, the program will launch in early 2019.


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