Tech Day at Queen’s Park – NOVEMBER 25, 2019 TORONTO, ON

    Tech Day at Queen’s Park is an exciting event organized by North of 41 that demonstrates the power and passion of the tech industry’s grassroots network to lawmakers and staffers. Attendees will represent various areas of tech from across Ontario.

    The purpose of this event is to raise awareness amongst MPPs and Staffers about the issues that tech entrepreneurs and tech CEOs encounter on a regular basis.

    By being part of Tech Day at Queen’s Park, your company has the unique opportunity to contribute towards the awareness, understanding and solutions relating to matters you face that are important to business growth and job creation.

    Traditionally, there has been a large disconnect between the tech industry and law makers. Both groups have significant impact but their lines of communication are rarely open the way this day can enable. Tech Day will bridge that gap and facilitate both groups to educate each other about issues that affect each group regularly.

     

    Themes for 2019 Tech Day at Queen’s Park:

    1) Tech Jobs Agenda (Skills Development and Training)
    2) Cyber Security and Privacy Issues
    3) Collaborating/Scaling Tech Business Within & Beyond Ontario
     

    Event Detail

    Date: NOVEMBER 25, 2019
    from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Location: Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St W
    Toronto, ON M7A 1A5

    AGENDA

    This is the 5th Annual Tech Day at Queen’s Park.  The day will include one on one meetings with MPPs, Staffers and other stakeholders from the Ontario tech community.  There will be roundtable discussions as part of the program. Tech Day at Queen’s Park will conclude with a reception. As part of Tech Day, North of 41 will be releasing its updated “Tech Talent Crisis in Ontario” discussion paper as well as the discussion paper “Cyber Challenges Facing Ontario”.  The focus of Tech Day is to bring solutions to the table in order to help solve some of the problems that the tech industry is facing in Ontario.

    Morning

    Note: Meetings with MPPs held throughout the day
    9:00 a.m. Registration – Location: (Rm 169, 1st Floor, East Wing)
    9:30 a.m. Discussing the day’s events, advocacy tips etc.
    Choice of Activities
    10:00 a.m. Question Period Registration and Attendance

    Location:  2nd Floor (Must be in line by 10:00am)

    OR
    10:00 a.m. How Can Tech Co. Sell to Government? (A discussion between gov’t and tech CEOs)
    Gov Tech Discussion & Pitch Competition: (Business Opportunities to Partner with Gov’t)
    Location: Rm 169, 1st Floor, East Wing
    GovTech is defined as the technology infrastructure that government departments use to do their internal work or deliver services to citizens. Canada is quickly becoming a haven for tech companies – and governments are increasingly looking to procure innovative technologies.

    How do tech companies successfully partner with government?  This will be an interactive discussion between government stakeholders and tech companies.  In addition, tech companies will have an opportunity to pitch their technology to government representatives.

    11:30 a.m.  Lunch Break (Networking Amongst your Peers)

    Afternoon

    Choice of the Following Activities:
    1. “New World” in Healthcare & Innovative Private Public Sector Partnership Opportunities
    1:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: (Long-Term Healthcare Innovation)
    Location: Rm 169, 1st Flr, East Wing Boardroom
    Healthcare in Ontario is going through a significant shift. As the Ontario’s population ages, people are also living longer than ever before. This is putting pressure on long term healthcare in the province. As a result, health care providers are turning to innovative solutions that are able to deliver better healthcare while staying within care provider’s budgets. The purpose of this discussion is to bring stakeholders together to discuss the roadmap required for long term healthcare in the province.
    OR
    2. Reducing Red Tape for Ontario companies to promote economic and job growth
    2:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: (Making Tech SMEs Prosper)
    Location: (Ante Boardroom – Legislative Dining Room)
    Hosted together with Minister Sarkaria
    In Ontario’s tech sector, there is a need to reduce red tape in a multitude of areas; job creation, cyber threat intelligence, overall cost of doing business, etc . It is projected that in Ontario, there will be 88,000 positions that will go unfilled in the tech sector by 2021. As a result, there is a need to reduce red tape to promote reskilling/retraining of Ontario’s workforce. Further operational issues to SME’s in the area of cyber security are growing yearly and government has to play in a role in reducing red tape to mitigate this risk. Lastly, the overall cost of doing business has to be reduced if Ontario Tech SME’s are to compete on a global scale.
    3:00 p.m. Choice of:

    1) Break Time/Executive Time
    2) Continued Meetings with M.P.P’s/Staffers

    EVENING RECEPTION- Committee Rm 230

    5:30 p.m. Reception Opens
    5:40 p.m. Opening Remarks
    5:50 p.m. Networking
    7:30 p.m. Program Ends
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