Canada Technology

Life Insurance Providers Must Innovate In A Millennial World

Doug Baker | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

The current process has all the hallmarks of other industries that have been severely disrupted: centrally controlled by a head office, highly regulated, lacking transparency, subject to byzantine rules, and a lot of process friction from start to finish. There is nothing close to "online," "real time" or "customizable" about it.

Privacy By Design Is Key To The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Under privacy by design, technology companies must account for human values when creating their systems and ensure they have engineered for maximum individual privacy in every step of their process. It's a costly and time-consuming measure, but it's one of the only measures standing in the way of a digital Wild West.

R.L. Stine Is NOT A Fan Of The Cellphone

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada Living

Nothing kills the mood in a horror flick like call display.

How Films like Back to the Future Predicted Accessible Technology

Marco Pasqua | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Marco Pasqua

With "Future Day" a week away, there have been many recent articles on "What Did Back To The Future Get Right?" Rather than bore you with a typical comparison, I thought I'd take a different approach, and highlight how both the BTTF trilogy and Demolition Man made technological predictions of a more inclusive and accessible world.

Travel Apps That Help Keep Solo Travellers Safe

Jacki Andre | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Travel
Jacki Andre

Travelling solo is my preferred way to go. I don't have to adjust myself to anyone else's sleep/wake schedule; I can eat wherever I want, whatever I want; I can go to any sites or shops I choose without worrying my companion might be bored; and I can make deeper connections with the locals. Travelling solo can be a lot of fun, and with technology's help, it's never been safer to do so.

How Watching a Hollywood Blockbuster Might Spark Interest in STEM

Paul Barter | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Paul Barter

Last weekend, The Martian opened in theatres to rave reviews, a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an industry-leading $55 million box office. It's THE fall blockbuster of 2015 so far. At first glance it seems like just another Ridley Scott action movie, but might it also be the future of Innovation?

The Innovative Ways GPS Is Being Used in Today's Society

Melanie Nathan | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Melanie Nathan

The Global Positioning System, more commonly known by the abbreviation GPS, is much more than a simple map tool for driving. While using GPS satellite navigation can help save time and gas money on long car trips, GPS applications go far beyond travel to areas such as farming, animal tracking, and even gaming.

I Found a Booming Tech Industry Hidden in Victoria

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere it's no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world's favourite destinations. As I was soon to learn, that energy is here in the technology business, too. It has been hidden away a little, obscured by its modesty, and I do actually think that there is something really special worth shouting about over here.

How Canadian Women Are Building Successful Online Businesses

Andrea Stairs | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

Just in time for small business month, I wanted to share these stories of entrepreneurs you might not know, but who are all harnessing online commercial opportunities to build thriving businesses and making their mark on the Canadian economy.

Party Leaders Should Commit to Growth Through Code Literacy

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

We're disappointed. The tech community is disappointed. And many Canadians, from coast-to-coast, are disappointed with the lack of discussion on the importance of technology, technology education, and code literacy to drive prosperity and innovation across Canada.

Why Now Is the Time to Start a Tech Company In Canada

Razor Suleman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Razor Suleman

Over the past two days, Canadian entrepreneurs and American venture capitalists met at Venture North, a conference that aims to introduce U.S. VCs to Canada's tech ecosystem. Mayor John Tory started off Wednesday's proceedings by stating that Toronto is a startup-friendly city, and its tech leadership is "simply a story we haven't told yet."

New York City Is a Kinder Place Than You Think

Marco Pasqua | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Travel
Marco Pasqua

Social media digitally connects us to the world's latest news and trends. All of this is convenient, but I believe it comes at a cost -- the loss of what I like to call "the human connection." Recently, I went on a trip with my wife and in-laws and discovered that the human connection does still exist, and to my surprise it was where I least expected it... New York City.

5 Big Announcements from the Apple Launch Event

Erin Bury | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Erin Bury

By now the dust has settled from Apple's launch event on Wednesday, and you've probably had a chance to read the recaps from the two hours worth of announcements. Based on the live Twitter stream and the post-event recaps, there are a few things everyone can agree on: first, the media had it pretty spot-on in their predictions for the event.

Hiring Digital Experts Can Help Improve Healthcare Quality

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Joshua Tepper

When I was in training, most family doctors worked only with other family doctors and registered nurses. Today, my health care team is rich with a variety of critical skills. But what's missing -- and should be an essential part of any healthcare team -- is the digital expert.

Why Start-Ups Are Like Parenting

Ryan Spong | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

For those of us who have founded companies, startups are like your first-born -- exciting, terrifying and usually there are only three of you! There is only one goal: survive. It's crisis management everyday and the strategy is "let's find something that works today."

What the Financial Advisor of the Future Looks Like

Rick Hyde | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Business
Rick Hyde

Often accustomed to working independently, the new advisor will need to be more of a team player that is integrally connected with more aspects of your financial life. Your future advisor will leverage technology to work flexibly and have systems and processes in place to ensure that your interests are always paramount.

Canada Shouldn't Count on Accidents to Build Successful Start-Ups

Paul Barter | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

It's clear that as a society we need innovative new firms to step in and help solve our climate, health and social problems, while at the same time creating a profit for investors and jobs for all of us. The important question is: how can we assure that this happens?

How to Stay on Brand and in Budget for Back-to-School Must-Haves

Andrea Stairs | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Andrea Stairs

Working for a major e-commerce player for 10 years, I've become an online shopping expert. It's easy to find a variety of back-to-school must-haves online with different price tags; here are three examples that will help you balance your kid's wish lists with your budget.

Put Down Your Damn Phone and Enjoy Your Wedding

Andreea Muscurel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Andreea Muscurel

No offence to your iPhone, but we're professionals and we can do it better. What is the point of couples spending a good chunk of their wedding budget on photography and videography if every single one of their guests is also doubling as an amateur photographer?

5 Ways to Stick to Your Morning Workout

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

So you've committed to morning workouts. Good for you! Exercising first thing in the morning boosts energy and productivity for the rest of the day, and you're less likely to talk yourself out of it than a sweat session scheduled after work.

How Canadian Businesses Can Become the Powerhouses of Tomorrow

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

'Unicorn' is a term in the investment and venture capital industry use to define a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded USD$1 billion dollars. When you look for these (apparently not so) mythical creatures we find a plethora of U.S.-based companies: Uber, Airbnb, Palantir, Snapchat, Dropbox and others.

6 Trends Disrupting the Charitable Sector Now

Marina Glogovac | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

Ongoing disruption is the new normal for industries, but when it comes to charities there is a unique complexity not present in many other sectors -- mostly in diversity of causes, operating models, stakeholders and the disconnect between people who pay for services and beneficiaries of services.

10 Reasons There Should Be More Women in Tech

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Business
Sacha DeVoretz

When I was growing up, my parents often told me that I could do anything that I wanted. There should be no closed doors on my career aspirations. I grew up around women who were researchers, professionals and innovative in their respective fields.

5 Reasons to Consider Using a Robo-Adviser

Tea Nicola | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

If the term robo-advisor conjures up images of C-3PO controlling your money, you can relax; robo-advisors aren't really robots. They're simply an innovative way for wealth management firms to leverage technology to create a modern online experience for the benefit of their clients.

We Should Be Innovating With Privacy in Mind

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Consumers want streamlined and intuitive products, but sometimes that comes at the cost of giving up some privacy. Businesses and developers want to create apps that will be used by many, which leads to monetization via fees, advertising and leveraging of data collected.