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  • Blog Post: IT Skills In Canada – Part 4 (Final)

    (This is part 4 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the final part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 4 – Certifications Aren’t Worth It” .   
  • Blog Post: IT Skills Shortage – Myths and Realities – Part 3

    (This is part 3 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 3 – I have to leave to stay employed” .  Check it out...
  • Blog Post: IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities – Part 2

    (This is part 2 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 2 - There aren’t enough Skilled IT people in Canada” . ...
  • Blog Post: IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities - Part 1

    Working in today’s IT industry comes with a variety of challenges, especially in these tough economic times.  Jobs are becoming more complex, employers expectations are high and employees need more than just technical skills to grow their careers.  I had a chance to sit down with Shane Schick...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council , from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements...
  • Blog Post: National Forum for Women in Technology Builds Momentum with Microsoft Canada

    National Forum for Women in Technology Builds Momentum with Microsoft Canada and Launch of BC Chapter CATA WIT Expands its Support to Women in Technology in Challenging Economic Times Vancouver, March 17 2009 - The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance - Women in Technology (CATA WIT) Forum, today announced...
  • Blog Post: Canada <Heart> IT. Vote Now – IgniteIT Awards

    This year we brought together the MSDN and Technet Canada awards to create the IgniteIT Awards .  This is a special award in Canada as it recognizes the hard work and innovation of the members of our IT community across Canada. The submission periods is close and now we are on to the Voting phase...
  • Blog Post: Announcing EnergizeIT: From Client To Cloud – Anything Is Possible

    Hello Canadian IT Pros and Developers, Current economic realities are putting pressure on all of us to utilize technology in new ways. From increasing productivity, reducing costs, and providing clear benefit to the business, each of you play a key role in making this real. Your ability to understand...
  • Blog Post: It’s time to get creative

    If you haven’t already, check out the Ontario in the Creative Age report released last week by Richard Florida and Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management. It’s focused on Ontario, but it applies to every major city in Canada. It’s fascinating stuff, but also in-depth. Simply put it discusses...
  • Blog Post: Techdays – A Revolution In Supporting Your Career & Developing Your Skills.

    Techdays 2008 - our premier event for Canada’s Developers & IT Professionals – will soon be here.  Today I wrote this to be included in a newsletter we are sending out to the IT Professional audience.  I thought I would share it here on my blog as well: Techdays is a unique event in Canada...
  • Blog Post: PDC08 – The Canadian View - Choice and Flexibility. Canada Needs Both.

    This is the first in a series of posts leading up to the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference at the end of October as well as TechDays across Canada.  Our team will be heading to the show, but our priority is to help you understand the announcements, the key technology trends and the impact...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career

    If you haven’t noticed, we have a bit of a theme behind our events and programs this year – developing your skills and career .  A major hit last year was our “ Ignite Your Career ” series.  These webcasts, featuring a great line-up of experts (both MSFT and not), focus strictly on skills and...
  • Blog Post: TechDays – Some Q&A

    John Oxley has received a lot of email on Techdays and he responds to some of it here . “Hello Everyone!  Your feedback on TechDays has been great and I really want to thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments with me.  I thought, as there has been three major themes in all...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2008 – Are you going?

    www.energizeit.ca This is our “capstone” event for the year (remember, when I say year, I am talking fiscal year – July – June). EnergizeIT is the premier event for Canada’s IT Technology Professionals.  This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 24, (the Saturday...
  • Blog Post: mesh (no, not the Live Service, the conference)

      It is ironic that we announced a new (amazing) product/service called Live Mesh at the same time, but the MESH conference in Toronto is just around the corner.  The agenda looks really solid.  I like MARS as a venue, but I hope they have improved on the A/V setup this year for the main...
  • Blog Post: Hey Canadian ITPROs -> Vote Now For The TECHNET Innovation Awards!

    It is time again for the TechNet Canada Innovation Awards.  This is a really great program that was started a few years back by our IT Professional Team.  The concept is simple ->  the community nominates teams and individuals for their great work.  A team of judges narrows the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Article On Demand For Skilled ICT Staff: Financial Post

    Check out this article - it really speaks to what we are seeing in the industry across the country.  It is just a coincidence that the "hot" jobs are .NET developers! Wanted: Techies with people skills Hard to find people with leadership skills Gillian Shaw, Canwest News Service ...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on IT Careers and Innovation

    There is an really serious problem emerging in Canada - the future of IT as a career.  Within our group, we are really focused on this and we are beginning to tailor our activities with the Canadian Technical Communities around the theme of building careers .  Students going into college and...
  • Blog Post: Wow - MatchIT.ca hits 600+

    We had high hopes for MatchIT.ca when we launched a few weeks ago. There are now 600+ technical folks registered and 55 organizations. Amazing. Right now the matching process is taking place and I hope to hear about the great work that gets done over the next few months. Also - watch for some future...
  • Blog Post: Up Next - EnergizeIT. Get Your Geek On!

    This weekend is EnergizeIT - our extra-special technical community event. It's the 2nd time we have run this event. The team takes a slightly different approach to Energize than some of our other activities and we hope the result is that this really is the "flagship" community event we run. David Crow...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Tech Week Video

    Mia at High Road Communications (note: our PR firm) keynoted the Tech Week kickoff. They asked me to be a part of a video about Toronto. It also featured super-investor Ken Nickerson (my old boss from MSFT days of old) and Jay Goldman (Toronto web guru, Torcamper and entrepreneur) "Toronto Technology...
  • Blog Post: Wow - A Passion For Volunteering.

    Nearly 200 people and 25 organizations have registered for MATCHIT in 24 hours. I discussed this new volunteering initiative in a previous post . This is an amazing result in such a short period of time!!! Technorati tags: MatchIT , Canada , Volunteering , Charity , Developers
  • Blog Post: Announcing: MatchIT - Connecting Canada's Technical Community with Charities In Need

    On behalf of the Developer, IT Pro and Community Affairs Teams here at Microsoft Canada I am pleased to announce the launch of MatchIT . This is a new Canadian online initiative designed to help bring together charities and non-profit organizations who have IT needs with Canada’s Technical Communities...
  • Blog Post: John In The News

    John has been hanging out in Halifax and had a few things to say about being credible on the web. Businesses and organizations that hope to survive on the Internet need to do everything possible to keep their reputations pristine, says Microsoft Canada’s director of community evangelism. With the growth...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Tech Week

    As David points out, it is a very busy week in Toronto next week. Hosted by ICT Toronto, it's being billed as: " Toronto Technology Week is a week-long showcase and celebration of this sector’s success and innovation, and as such, techweek.to will be a catalyst for creating opportunities for new projects...
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