Lead to Win Reception

Lead to Win held a reception on Monday evening for participants and supporters.   Special guests included the Mayor of Gatineau and the acting Mayor of Ottawa.  Both expressed their support for the Lead to Win program and new businesses the participants are hoping to launch.

Mayor of Gatineau, Marc Bureau

Acting Mayor of Ottawa, Michel Bellemare

Participants at the reception commented on the strong and growing support from the community for the Lead to Win program.

Past Lead to Win Alumnus David Vicary, CEO of Weyes Eyes and past CEO and founder of Nakina Systems announced that he had secured seed funding for Weyes Eyes, his second start-up venture.  For more on this, please read the related Ottawa Business Journal article.

David Vicary, CEO Weyes Eyes
David Vicary, CEO Weyes Eyes

Photos from the event are available online.

The reception was hosted by Développement économique – CLD Gatineau (DE – CLDG).


BDC Gas Tank is Filled Up!

Industry Canada announced on Monday that they will be providing additional funding for BDC.

The funding allocation includes $350M for BDC‘s venture capital activities that will allow it to make additional direct investments of $260 million over three years in Canadian businesses already in the BDC portfolio, as well as investments in new seed technology companies and later-stage technology companies. It will also allow BDC to commit $90 million over three years to private, independent Canadian venture capital funds.

This funding is in addition to the $75 million in venture capital funds allocated in the Government of Canada’s Budget 2008, which is being used to support the creation of a privately run venture capital fund.

This is great news!  BDC has been, and continues to be a key player in helping grow Canada’s innovation, economic growth and economic diversity.

Robert Half Technology IT Jobs Outlook Released

Robert Half Technology issued data on IT jobs outlook this week, key findings from their survey:

Technology executives attribute staff reductions largely to reduced IT budgets and company wide layoffs

    Employers cite rising workloads as the primary reason to add IT personnel

    CIOs in the finance sector are most optimistic about hiring

    Project management is the job area experiencing the most growth

      Five per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) expect to hire full-time employees in the next three months, while 11 per cent anticipate personnel reductions. The majority of respondents, 80 per cent, plan to maintain current staffing levels.


      Here is a recent call for participants from Dr Tony Bailetti for the 3rd session of the Lead to Win program which starts on July 28th – please spread the word!


      If you are serious about starting a profitable technology business in Canada’s Capital region, we invite you to apply to the next session of the Lead to Win program.

      The Lead to Win program is free to qualified applicants – no strings attached, no small print, no surprises.  Individuals from 37 organizations are investing to make Lead to Win participants successful for the benefit of the individual and our community.

      Details on the program, including past success and testimonials from participants are available at www.leadtowin.ca.    If you need additional information over what is at www.leadtowin.ca, please contact:

      Spaces in the Lead to Win program are limited – so prospective participants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

      Application instructions are available online at www.leadtowin.ca.

      If you know of  others who may benefit from Lead to Win, please forward this email to them – help get the word out!


      Tony Bailetti
      Lead to Win Program

      New Study on Cancer and Cellphones

      A new study on cancer and cellphones is underway with final results expected to be published this year –

      Interphone researchers are pooling and analyzing the results gathered from studies on 6,400 tumors sampled from patients in 13 countries. If the final results mirror the preliminary ones, the world’s three billion cellphone users might want to dial back their talk time. Israeli researchers participating in Interphone found that people who use cellphones regularly are 50 percent more likely than non-users to develop brain tumors. And a joint Interphone analysis from the U.K., Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland reported a 40 percent increase in tumor risk in people who use cellphones for more than a decade; the study found no discernable risk for people who have used cellphones for fewer than 10 years.