March 2020- The Inspiration Edition
Updated: Sep 20, 2022
Well, March 2020 will certainly be a month we’ll remember - filled with challenges and uncertainties, but also inspiring acts of kindness, generosity, and hope.
We are dedicating this month’s edition of the Artemis Update to the members of our community who have stepped up to take care of neighbours, the healthcare workers on the front line to keep essential services up and running, those who have focused their creative and industrious efforts to addressing the crisis, and of course to all of you who are doing your part by staying home.
Thanks to all of you from all of us.
All The Moves
Michelle Bradley formerly the Director of Human Resources at Terminal has joined Smile.io as Head of People
Ryan Abu-Ali has joined Fiix as the Director, Business Development
Sid Paquette, formerly of OMERS Ventures is the new Head of Technology and Innovation Banking at RBC
Lightspeed has appointed Marty Reaume as the first Chief People Officer (CPO)
Eran Ben-Ari joined Koru (a venture foundry for the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in partnership with BCG Digital Ventures) as Head of Product
Jonathan Stevens joins social network start-up Trybe Inc. as the new Head of Technology
Rick Neuman joined Flipp as their Chief Technology and Product Officer
Toronto-based FinTech VC firm Portag3 Ventures has appointed Chris O'Neill as Partner
Canadian Facebook executive Luc Levesque joins Shopify as Head of International Growth
Andrew Smith rejoins Veeva as Senior Manager, Engineering
ModiFace hires Amanda Cosco as Director of Marketing
What We're Working On:
VP People - Toronto / Fintech
Senior Product Manager - Toronto FinTech Data / Analytics SaaS
Engineering Lead - Toronto / eCommerce
Head of Firmware- Kitchener / IoT
VP Sales- Kitchener/ Data Services
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All The News
This month we’re celebrating the leaders and companies in our community that are stepping up in the face of crisis.
Iain Klugman, President, and CEO of Communitech, who had announced he was stepping down, will remain to help the Kitchener-based innovation hub through COVID-19
RouteThis is making its RouteThis LiveView tool free for Internet Service Providers to use during this ongoing crisis. The company provides ISPs with the tools to diagnose wifi-related issues, such as slow connection speeds and device disconnections, without having to dispatch a service technician.
Ontario Die International (ODI), an innovative manufacturer of cutting dies for the automotive sector, is helping COVID-19 efforts by using their manufacturing facilities to help with mask production for the healthcare sector.
Dialogue launches virtual health tool to keep Canadians informed about COVID-19 outbreak
Canadian start-up Maple has launched a platform for free virtual COVID-19 screening.
OCE and four of its industry partners have created a collaboration platform to identify technologies to fill the product and service gaps related to COVID-19.
Vidyard has enabled teams to stay connected during this crisis by offering their new secure video messaging solution, Vidyard for Internal Communications, free of charge.
OpenText is offering various resources such as a dashboard of COVID-19 cases worldwide, which includes an interactive map with sub-national level details, and links to related news articles.
InkSmith has turned their incredible creativity toward addressing a shortage in personal protective equipment, producing face shields for health care workers using 3D printers and laser cutters.
The Accelerator Centre is offering free virtual workshops on navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to start-ups across Canada.
BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen announced that the company is providing many of its security products free of charge for 60 days, including support for secure collaboration, remote working, messaging, and phone calls.
NorthOne Business Banking extending free banking to all businesses in states that have been the most impacted by COVID-19.
Google is offering free access and one on one assistance to nonprofits that are in the midst of the new work-from-home reality.
League has been sharing some helpful resources and is hosting a weekly webinar for HR Community Leaders every Friday @ 12 pm EST.
Trusscore, a sustainable building material start-up led by KW entrepreneur Dave Caputo, made 10 temporary walls for Grand River Hospital's emergency department's waiting room to help separate patients from each other and to assist in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
Bonfire has opened up its procurement platform to help healthcare and other public agencies get the supplies they need.
Top Hat announces free secure remote proctoring for tests and exams.
Element AI launches a free platform to assist in COVID-19 response efforts.
KW start-up LocalLine is stepping up during the crisis with solutions that enable farmers and markets to access customers and move their businesses online.
Ceridian launches Dayforce Safety Monitor to help businesses flatten the curve.
Waterloo Region steps up with community donations and delivers supplies for health workers.
NorthOne - 21M
Arctic Wolf- 60M
Ada - 44M
Certn - 6.1M
Relay Platform - 2.7M
Version One- 25M
Policy Me - 3.3M
Worximity Technology - 1.5M
WELL Health - 10M
Insig - 5.94M
SalesRight - $600,000
ColdBlock - $250,000
Georgian Partners Growth Fund V - 1.13B
StandUp Ventures - $3.5M
Strategic Innovation Fund, SIF COVID-19- 192M
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