Canada Tech

Diversity Drives Markham's Economic Success

Frank Scarpitti | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Frank Scarpitti

As mayor, I am often asked what the key ingredients are that make Markham one of the most vibrant and successful municipalities in Canada. The answer is simple. Diversity is Markham's strength. Professionals, business executives, retail operators and skilled trades persons come to our city from all over the world.

Canada's Silicon Valley North Is Thriving

Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Business

Three companies that put Canada's Silicon Valley North on the map, one innovation at a time.

The Top Tech Trends Coming In 2016

Marco Pasqua | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Marco Pasqua

Virtual reality, smart homes and digital assistants -- what was once science fiction from our favourite episodes of The Jetsons, is now well on its way to becoming science fact. We're only two weeks into 2016, and I predict that it's going to be a big year for technological innovation.

It's Time We Cut Ourselves Some Slack In The Workplace

Andrew Rennie | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Rennie

We're conditioned to act like we don't need sleep or weekends, only fleeting validation for that campaign that just hit market and a swig from the company whiskey bottle. I had never much subscribed to the notion of Toronto's permeating anxiety, however, until I returned from a much-needed trip over this past holiday break.

4 Canadian Tech Companies To Watch In 2016

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business

The steep decline in crude oil prices has offered extra incentive to get behind a different sector in 2016 in the hunt for the next Shopify success story.

The Top Geek Gifts For The Techie In Your Life

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

Our editorial team at PTPA Media had the opportunity to evaluate some pretty amazing tech that is making waves and will definitely be leaving it's mark for 2015. No need to wait for the Consumer Electronics Show to get all geeky and excited about tech.

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.

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.

5 Apps for a Fall Refresh

Amber Mac | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living
Amber Mac

In the summer months, humans react similarly. We've been overeating, overspending, and under sleeping. Fortunately, as all good geeks know, a clean restart will often solve 99 percent of your problems. And, with a little help from some apps, you might even enjoy that autumn mist this time around.

Vancouver's Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With each startup event that happens throughout the year, we are standing a little taller as a community, being a little more innovative and getting back to the business of hard work. That's the defining factor: When things don't come easy, we work harder. For me, that's the startup culture in Vancouver.

I Printed a 3D Sex Toy

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

I teamed up with Diply and Tech Alley of ISP Canada and we took sex-tech to a whole new level that neither of them thought was accessible. We 3D-printed a ribbed for your pleasure (as expected) blue dildo, and time lapsed the whole thing for your viewing entertainment -- because, that's what I do.

6 Ways to Make Math, Science and Technology Fun for Girls (and Boys)

Leyla Seka | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Leyla Seka

Over the past few months there's been a lot of conversation about whether women are getting a fair shake in Silicon Valley. It's fantastic that there's so much focus on gender equality, but most of the discussion bypasses the fact that we still need to get more women to even try to succeed in technology.

How to Get the Best Tech Deals on Black Friday

Melanie Raposo | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Melanie Raposo

Black Friday has nothing short of incredible deals on tons of tech like TVs, tablets, audio and more. But before you claim squatting rights in line at your favourite retailer, consider these shopping tips for buying tech during Black Friday.

The Ultimate OS Upgrade: Tech-Savvy Cities

John Lorinc | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Business
John Lorinc

There are many ways that forward-looking regions can pursue to boost local innovation and quality of life as a means of making themselves more attractive to entrepreneurs and knowledge workers. Here are four that deserve closer attention from supercluster advocates.

Tech, Talent and Trains Are Key to Toronto-Waterloo Supercluster

John Lorinc | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business
John Lorinc

Ali Asaria, CEO of Tulip Retail, is an entrepreneur with a foot in two cities. In the past seven years, the Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) alumnu...

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

Big-Brain Hunting: The Key to Supercluster Success

Pat Lynch | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

When Raymond Laflamme first met Howard Burton, the founding executive director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, he was sure he was ...

WATCH: Google Wants To Be In Your Eyes... Literally

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Business

Google is officially developing a futuristic new contact lens that will reportedly measure blood glucose levels. This technological breakthrough could...

6 Reasons Your Canadian Business Needs To Go Digital

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

Canadians are plugged in more now than than ever before. From how long we use the Internet, to our level of website engagement, to our appetite for online video, Canada is on top of the world when it comes to everything online. This is great news for marketers and advertisers.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

Canadian Innovation: We Can't Play it Safe Any Longer

Saeed Selvam | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

In Canada, we like to play it safe and for the most part, it's paid off. Tight regulations and the centralization of banking powers helped us weather the economic storm of 2008. But we're a different Canada now. Canada's potential is remarkable, we need to believe in that potential and invest in its development before looking elsewhere for inspiration. It's all right here.

Canadian Program Launches Hot New Creative Startups

Andrea Carson Barker | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Andrea Carson Barker

A hugely innovative project of the CFC's MediaLab, ideaBOOST is billed as "a business and creative development lab" designed to help small companies navigate the entertainment and technology startup market by mentoring them with industry leaders across North America.

Why It's Important to Be Proactive When It Comes to Your Technology

Kevin Lloyd | Posted 11.01.2012 | Canada Alberta
Kevin Lloyd

When it comes to technology, most of us only take action when something goes wrong. We are in the habit of only fix technology when it breaks, as opposed to planning for problems or taking proactive steps to prevent them. When something does break, it catches us off guard, and is usually accompanied by frustration and stress.

CRTC Message to Broadcasters: Regulatory Games Coming to an End

Michael Geist | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Last week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced that it is terminating the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF). The fund, which was established in 2008, funneled over $300 million to broadcasters to support the creation of local programming. The decision caught the industry by surprise with the CBC calling it "astonishing" and Bell Media saying it is a "major concern."