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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 & 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: 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: 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: From The ITPRO Connection Blog: Heroes Happen {Here} Events In Canada

      As everyone knows, we are on the eve of a major launch event for Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.  These are not just product launches, but our largest Technology Community outreach this year.  Here is a great post from Rick on our team outlining the activities...
  • 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: MSDN Canada Code Awards - Vote!

    From the Canadian Developer Blog : Thank you to everyone who entered our MSDN Code Awards program! We went through the difficult process of picking five nominees for the individual and team categories - we received a lot of really great entries. What really struck me was how inspiring it is to see all...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Event Watch: EnergizeIT 2007

    Jean-Luc has all the news on the Canadian Developer Blog . EnergizeIT 2007 is coming on June 16th and it's shaping up to be a very exciting free Summer event! It's going to happen on a Saturday in downtown Toronto and it's a perfect opportunity for Developers and IT Pros to let loose and "Get Your Geek...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection: Are User Groups Dead?

    An interesting post from Rodney on the future of User Groups on the IT Pro Community Blog. "You probably think I am crazy. You are probably thinking about the 30+ IT pro user groups in Canada with 10,000+ members with monthly attendance at meetings surpassing 2500 nationally. You might then remember...
  • Blog Post: Our Events Go Green(ish)

    Anyone who attended our recent Unify Tour event in Toronto may have noticed that we had our friends from Bullfrog Power onsite during the event. I have talked in a past post that I switched the power I use at home to Bullfrog (something I feel great about). The Unify Tour stop was our "beta test" to...
  • Blog Post: News For Launch Attendees & Our Commitment To You.

    The launch of Office 2007 and Windows Vista was a major event for us here at Microsoft. As our fiscal year began, we set out to bring you, Canada's Technical Community, the best experience we could as we worked to show you how these new products could help solve your business needs. Your (Canada's Technical...
  • Blog Post: Feedback On The Code Awards

    So, my friend Rick Segal has posted some comments about the Code Awards on his blog here . He posted a challenge to find the "strange" things about the Awards page. He may have exaggerated the Popiel Pasta Maker , but what the heck, maybe I will also cook something up on my George Foreman Grill :-)....
  • Blog Post: MSDN Code Awards - Nominate Now!

    The team here at MSDN Canada is running a very cool contest called the Code Awards. We've never done anything like this before and I think it is a great idea for the Canadian Developer Community. Check out the details here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/canada/codeawards/ So - why is it cool? #1 It's community...
  • Blog Post: Launch: Thanks Vancouver!

    We had a great day in Vancouver for the Launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Exchange Server 2007. What a turnout!!!! 900 people at the technical tracks alone! We had two venues due to come tough logisitics in Vancouver right now. There is not a facility large enough for an event...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canada's Technical Community Connection Blogs

    Did you know you have a direct pipeline into Microsoft Canada and my team? Did you know we use the blogs to share the best up to date information and share the "hero" stories from the community? Did you know we will answer your questions? No? Then visit our Community Connection Blogs? Canadian Developers...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks - Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin @ The Toronto Launch Event

    Check out our interview with Canada's very own Developer Community Rock Star Richard Campbell and his partner in crime, Carl Franklin: http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2006/12/06/canadian-rds-launch-2007-podcasts-carl-franklin-and-richard-campbell-on-net-rocks-and-pwop-productions.aspx If you don...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Vista/Office Launch Event

    Today is the big day! The Launch events arrive in Toronto. We just finished the keynote and have begun the technical and business tracks. My teams are on stage right now dazzling the IT Pros, Developers and Architects! More info to follow! "Live" Photos From The Toronto Congress Centre!
  • Blog Post: Are You Attending The Toronto Launch Event?

    If so, let me know. I'd like to hear from folks about your thoughts on Vista and Office. I'd especially like to hear about your success stories and innovations on the new platform. http://www.microsoft.com/canada/anewdayevent/resources/
  • Blog Post: Launch In Edmonton

    First - thanks to everyone who came out. The attendance was just incredible - 1200 people! It was just great to be able to do an event of this size in a great city like Edmonton. Some of my pictures: We took back a lot of feedback for future events. Next stop: Toronto!
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