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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: 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: 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: Somasegar's WebLog : Listening to your feedback - Expression and MSDN

    More in the "listening to your feedback" category. Some great news on the new Expression products. Link to Somasegar's WebLog : Listening to your feedback - Expression and MSDN
  • Blog Post: DEVELOPMENTAL Game Camps!!!

    I have talked a bit about our Game Camps in the past and all of the excitement we saw around the launch of XNA ( here , here and here ). (You can read all about XNA here ) With game development now growing exponentially in Canada – as revealed by overflow crowds at the first Game Camp in Toronto on November...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection - Code Camps & Virtual Earth

    A good new video from our Developer Community Team Check out - http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2007/02/28/chris-dufour-on-mvps-code-camps-and-virtual-earth-mashups.aspx Video: Chris Dufour on MVPs, Code Camps and Virtual Earth
  • 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: Game Camp Waterloo

    The Community Crew with the help of our former super star co-op Mark headed down to Waterloo for the latest stop on the Game Camp Tour. They recorded this great video with one of the students. Video: Game Camp Waterloo 2007 - Neville Samuell
  • 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: Farhan Rocks Out About Search on Soapbox

    Our friend down at the Online Services Group in Canada, Farhan, talks about Live Search. Awesome video Farhan! Video: Windows Live Series - Live Search
  • Blog Post: MSDN Canada Code Awards

    Who’s doing the best development in Canada? Submit your nomination now in for the very first MSDN Code Awards The MSDN Code Awards are your opportunity to tell Canada who you think is doing the best development work in Canada. Who has created the most innovative application? Who’s driving business performance...
  • Blog Post: Off To Edmonton - Let Launch Begin!

    Launch begins in Edmonton on Thursday. I can't tell you how excited I am that we are on the eve of our Office and Vista Launch Events for our business customers. More details from behind-the-scenes are on the way. Will you be at Launch? Let me know.
  • Blog Post: This One Time At Game Camp

    On Nov. 11th our Community Team hosting the first ever Game Camp in Canada The event was a great success... standing room only... great feedback... we feel great about it as a V1.0 event. What the CANDEV blog for more info and follow-up content.
  • Blog Post: Live Local Virtual Earth - Way Cool 3D

    Our friends at the Live team have launched 3D mapping on Live Local. It is an amazing engine, that runs within IE (so you don't need a separate application). There is fairly good coverage across North America. Much better Canadian resolution is coming very soon :-) http://local.live.ca
  • Blog Post: Windows Live - A platform for innovation.

    I know our friends at Google seem to take credit for everything on the Internet these days, but here at Microsoft we have some amazing technologies coming out of our Online Services Group / MSN. The Windows Live services are becoming a platform for innovation. Developers and ISVs can now take advantage...
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