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Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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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: Hey Canada Technology Professionals: Ignite Your Career!

    We’ve launched a great new set of webcasts called “ Ignite Your Career ”.  It’s all focused on helping Canada’s ICT professionals be a successful as possible.  So, it’s all about you.  We’ve pulled together 6 great topics and a set of awesome guest speakers.  If you head to the site...
  • 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: Our Participation @ Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Week

    From the Communitech blog : Research In Motion, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google and Sun Microsystems will connect with new tech companies in Waterloo Region during Entrepreneur Week, Canada’s largest event dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship. In an unprecedented strategic partnerships session, the multinational...
  • Blog Post: Reach out to new Canadians to battle tech talent crunch

    Sharif, our HR VP, is featured in this article in Itbusiness.ca.  He talks about ways to address the talent crunch in Canada.   Reach out to new Canadians to battle tech talent crunch, urges Microsoft exec.  9/25/2008 5:00:00 AM By: Kavita Gosyne The tech talent crunch is very real but...
  • 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: 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: Heroes Happen {Here} - Community Connection Events

    http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2008/02/04/community-connection-events-diamond-in-the-rough.aspx We've been getting a number of inquiries as to "What the heck is this event?", "Why should I bother going?" and "What's in it for me?".  I thought I'd spend a...
  • 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...
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