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Health Innovations Session - April 12, 2016

18 April 2016

NATI, with support from ACOA and in partnership with Memorial University's Translational & Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI) and the Government of NL (BTCRD), was very pleased to present our Health Innovations Event on April 12th, 2016 at the Craig L. Dobbin Genetics Research Centre, Memorial University Medical School. This event was designed to be an Industry- Research Collision Event, and to facilitate the development of commercial partnerships between researchers within TPMI and local small to medium sized IT and biotech companies within Newfoundland and Labrador. With almost 50 people in attendance and a strong representation from private industry, we are encouraged by the community's interest and look forward to presenting more events like this in the future.

Below please find the presentations that were delivered at this event.


- Dr. Darren O'Rielly

- Dr. George "Buzz" Kenney

- Dr. Pat Parfrey

- Company Presentations

Government of Canada Invests in Advanced Technology Sector in Newfoundland and Labrador

16 March 2016

Support announced today for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries

March 16, 2016 - St. John's, NL - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) will deliver expanded programming to strengthen the innovation and commercialization capacity of small- and medium-sized technology businesses in the province.  During an event in St. John's today, Seamus O'Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced $513,525 in funding for two projects that support NATI's work in this area.

Through the first project, NATI will receive more than $332,000 to develop and implement the Commercialization Officer Internship and Directed Research Program.  This initiative will provide small- and medium-sized enterprises with managerial and business planning skills to bring their technologies to the commercial stage. The program is designed to offer work opportunities to Newfoundland and Labrador University and college graduates and to provide local businesses with quality commercialization advisory services.

NATI is also receiving just over $181,000 through a second project to deliver and implement key innovation programming throughout 2016.  The initiatives will bring together individuals and businesses from local communities to learn, share and demonstrate innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador.  As the industry association representing the province's technology industry, NATI helps identify, engage and develop export market opportunities; provides program support for the development and growth of local companies, and bridges technology players through networking and communications.  


"The Government of Canada is proud to support the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries as we are committed to helping businesses grow, innovate, and export so they can create good quality jobs and wealth for Canadians. Through ACOA, the Government continues to make strategic investments in businesses and sectors that promote and drive entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization." 

-    Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

"Our Government is committed to making real change happen - by doing different things, and doing things differently. The investments announced today will enable the NATI to continue with their important work with local businesses in the technology industry that deliver significant economic benefits for our province." 

-     Seamus O'Regan,Member of Parliament, St. John's South-Mount Pearl 

"At NATI, we are focused on positive business results and prosperity in the technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. Thanks to these investments from ACOA, we can continue to deliver key programs that impact positively on the technology industry in our province."

-     Chris Dillon, Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries


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Marketing and Business Development
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries

NATI Chair Chris Dillon Interviewed on NTV

29 February 2016

NATI Chair Chris Dillon spoke about NATI and the NL technology sector in an interview with NTV News, which aired on Sunday, February 28th.

Click here to watch the interview.

NATI Offers Revenue and Expenditure Insights to the Government of NL Renewal Initiative

17 February 2016

News Release
February 17, 2016

NATI offers both revenue and expenditure insights to Province

Chris Dillon, Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), outlined the organization's priorities for Budget 2016 and beyond at the Government Renewal Initiative consultation last night.

"The province's technology sector includes over 170 companies, over 4,000 employees and over $1.6 Billion in annual revenues," said Mr. Dillon. "The technology business is complementary and collaborative - one success creates more successes. Technology is sustainable, scalable and successful."

At the consultations, NATI offered a number of suggestions for the new government to consider as it addresses a challenging economy and a difficult fiscal situation.

"Immediate action to set a vision and develop a sector plan is absolutely necessary," said Mr. Dillon. "The revenues our members make translate into approximately one quarter-billion in provincial taxes each year. We want to be a $4 Billion industry or, put another way, a $550-600 Million taxpayer."

In addition to a vision and plan, on behalf of NATI members, Mr. Dillon advocated that Budget 2016 should include the following near-term, specific actions:

  • Set a goal of at least $10 million per year in savings due to technology integration and enhancements in the public service, including health care and education; and,
  • Commit to open data to enhance the flow of information from government to the private sector; in particular, publish information on health and education to allow analysis to find savings within these multi-billion dollar public services.

"While the technology industry brings more revenue to this province than the fisheries, and more than tourism, there is a large growth opportunity" said Mr. Dillon. "At the same time, technology and innovation can strengthen business, industry and our government. There is a clear case for investment in a sector plan that will help more than double our sustainable contribution to jobs and government revenues. Our sector needs it, and we can deliver sustainable tax revenues and employment opportunities in areas that don't have to compete with one another for finite resources - instead, we can collaboratively create new products and services that compete globally."

Media contact:
Ron Taylor
(709) 757-3252

Innovation Week to Highlight Advances in Multiple Sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador from May 19-22, 2015

19 May 2015

Innovation Week to Highlight Advances in Multiple Sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador from May 19-22, 2015

18 Events to Take Place Over Four Days

St. John's, NL - May 19, 2015 - The second annual Innovation Week is set to take place in St. John's from May 19-22. Innovation Week is a 4-day series of events that will bring together entrepreneurs, innovative businesses and youth, with private and public partners. The goal is to forge new connections and to explore opportunities for driving innovation in a variety of industry sectors. This year, new events will take place in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. All events are listed at

With a theme of "Propelling Innovation," 22 partner organizations have organized an action-packed week of workshops, conferences and guest speakers to shine a spotlight on information technology, ocean technology, manufacturing and the green economy. The events are expected to attract over 1,200 participants and include a special "Innovation and Leadership Luncheon" on the final day at the St. John's Board of Trade, and TEDxStJohns on Friday evening.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), has provided funding of $39,760 to NATI to organize and deliver a series of events and programs during 2015, including this annual conference.


"Our Government recognizes the impact of science, technology, and R&D in growing business productivity and competitiveness in all parts of Canada. That is why we are committed to working closely with organizations such as NATI, which encourage more industry collaboration by connecting key leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador's advanced technology sector."

-          The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (ACOA)

"Innovation is a vital element in Newfoundland and Labrador's path toward success. By fostering innovation amongst the province's young people, small and medium-sized businesses, and traditional industries, government is making important investments in the future of our province. Innovation Week brings together private and public sector partners to share ideas and advance the outstanding culture of innovation that has emerged in our province.  I wish all participants an exciting and productive Innovation Week."

-          The Honorable Darin King, Minister of Business, Culture and Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

"To tap into the potential that Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer, we've planned a week of exciting and diverse activities focused on innovation that bring people together.

These events are meant to connect and empower a collaborative community partnership in the innovation ecosystem. The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) is proud to be a part of Innovation Week and we thank ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for their support."

-           Ron Taylor, CEO of NATI

Innovation Week Event Highlights:

Tuesday, May 19

  • Innovation Week kick-off at Common Ground - News conference
  • Propel ICT Selection Camp - Applicants are interviewed and vetted for a spot in the program.
  • Startup Canada'sFinance Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs
  • Transportation Forum - How can we improve transportation in Atlantic Canada?
  • Pitches and Pitchers at Quidi Vidi Brewery - Pitch your idea to an expert panel.

Wednesday, May 20

NATI Knowledge Summit- Learn how your company can compete in a global market. Guest speakers include:

Natalie Panek - Rocket Scientist & Advocate for Women in Technology
Fab Dolan - Google Canada
Terry Stuart - Chief Innovation Officer of Deloitte
Jesse Hirsh - Media personality & Futurist
Erin Bury - Technology Journalist & Marketing Magazine'sTop 30 Under 30

Thursday, May 21

  • Oceans Innovation Day - "Innovation Across Nations"
  • Innovation Engineering Workshop - only 70 seats available
  • "Tales from Entrepreneurs" at Bitters Pub - Startup Canada will be live broadcasting.
  • Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) - Federal Government Program tests new products and services internally before going to market.
  • Innovation in the Healthcare Sector - Grand Falls-Windsor location

Friday, May 22

  • The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, speaks at a St. John's Board of Trade luncheon.
  • Youth in Technology - 400 grade 9 students check out 3D printers and drones.
  • TEDxSt. John's - at BMW St. John's
  • Manufacturing Productivity Conference
  • Enterprise Olympics
  • Owners Wanted - Futurpreneur Canada and TD Bank host How to Start Your own Business
  • It is Easy Being Green - Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook


Web Links:

Innovation Week Schedule:
NATI Knowledge Summit:
Startup Canada Finance Bootcamp:


Innovation Week: @InnovateWeek

Partner Organizations:

ACOA, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, NATI, College of the North Atlantic, Genesis Centre, NEIA, ADIANL, CME NL, Propel ICT, Startup Canada, St. John's Board of Trade, Common Ground, OceansAdvance, Conference Board of Canada, Futurpreneur Canada, Entrepreneurs Forum, Research & Development Corporation (RDC), Community Business and Development Corporation, Startup NL and YMCA of Northeast Avalon


Media Contacts:

Libby Carew
Innovation Week (NATI)

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
709-729-4570, 693-1865

NATI CEO Ron Taylor, in collaboration with Industry Canada and the Maritime Alliance, attending a Maritime Technology (BlueTech)

12 March 2015

NATI CEO Ron Taylor, in collaboration with Industry Canada and the Maritime Alliance will be attending a Maritime Technology (BlueTech) event being held in San Diego on March 16-17, 2015.

Industry Canada has partnered with The Maritime Alliance (, a San Diego based non-profit maritime industry association to enable sharing of practices and exploring opportunities for strategic partnerships across North America in the marine science and technology sectors.

The event is organized under the North America Competitiveness Work Plan (NACW) ( ), which aims to align the Government of Canada's efforts in furthering economic prosperity in the North American context.

NACW's objectives are to promote international commerce, advance Canadian interests, and foster an integrated approach to the region. The event will bring together experts from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

NATI has been working with our partners in San Diego since 2005, furthering export opportunities in the USA & Mexico and we are pleased to be part of this event as we accelerate the growth of the technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tips for Getting Media Coverage by Libby Carew, Libby Carew Communications and Public Relations

28 October 2014

Tips for Getting Media Coverage
Outlet: Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI)
By: Libby Carew, Libby Carew Communications and Public Relations


The next time you scan the news and wonder how your competitor landed that interview or product mention, chances are that it has nothing to with chance. Companies featured in the news are there because they spend time building relationships with reporters who cover their sector. They do this by having a marketing communications plan with a strong media relations component.

If you haven't been thinking about a media strategy as part of your communications planning, you should. Yes, advertising is important, as is digital marketing and social media. But getting your company into a position where it can generate news coverage is a powerful channel for getting your messages into the market. Why don't companies issue news? Usually it's one of two reasons. Either companies are so busy running their day-to-day operations that issuing a press release is an afterthought, or they don't have staff with communications expertise so the task is delegated to an employee who has other things on their plate. 

Working with technology companies of all sizes and helping them build effective communications plans, I often come across these classic mistakes that they make. Here's a round-up of tips of what to do when communicating with the media.

1. Be patient. Don't expect instant results.

Some companies issue a press release twice a year and expect headlines. Relationships with the media take time to establish and there's a flurry of releases and Twitter feeds coming at them. Take time to research the journalists, bloggers and influencers who cover your industry and start building relationships with them. Sending a "blanket" press release to the largest possible list of media covering anything and everything won't get you results. In fact, it could land your email on a news outlet's blacklist.

Make sure you have the right staff or team working with the media. They should have an in depth understanding of how journalists work - their deadlines for filing stories, their focus and how they prefer to be contacted. Some reporters prefer Twitter, others; email. Some you can call; others, not.

2. Have a good story angle. Don't make it about you.

Before you start to write the press release, take a step back. Be objective and ask yourself if what you're planning to send out is really newsworthy. Is there an interesting angle? Is there a hook that will grab the media's attention? Make sure your press release gives some context to what's happening in the industry and the market gap your product addresses.

Here are some ideas that companies often miss for issuing press releases:

Customer wins- Consider doing a joint press release with the customer you just landed. Through a joint release, you can leverage the brand awareness they may already have with media who are tracking news about them, thereby putting your company on the media radar.

Become an industry expert- Reporters cover multiple industries and need access to industry experts for stories they are filing. Your company has amassed a lot of knowledge about your industry, so you can position your company's executive as a thought leader in the industry and introduce them to the media. (Tip: Make sure they are media trained.)

Trade shows and speaking events- Many companies pay expensive fees to attend a show but do not engage with media and analysts who cover these shows. Every day the shows generate news, tweets and articles that go out to key audiences.  

3. Follow the press release format.

The first press release was issued by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1906 when one of their trains jumped a trestle at Atlantic City and plunged into a creek killing 50 people. The New York Times printed the release word-for-word. The press release is still the tool that reporters use to file their stories. The format for writing the press release has become standardized and should be followed. Use less hype and more facts. Put the most important information in the headline and first paragraph. Then, link your press releases to your social media campaigns.

4. Train your media spokesperson.

Make sure your media spokesperson has had media training and is able to speak to any number of topics related to your company. Interacting with the media is important and you need to make sure your spokesperson is ready. Research the media outlet, understand the reporter's interview style and make sure your CEO has 3 key messages in mind going into an interview.

5. Be Consistent.

The same way you have schedules for product releases and service updates; do the same with your communication planning.  Consistency is key. Some companies issue a news release, start to build relationships with the media, and then go quiet for 2-3 months. With a little communications planning, you can develop a schedule for releases. There will come a day when reporters covering your industry will come to you asking for news. This is your path to successful media coverage.

Libby Carew operates a public relations and communications practice in St. John's. Contact her at or 709.725.7627.

NATI Elects New Board of Directors for 2013-2014

31 May 2013

St. John's NL- NATI held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 29th 2013. The AGM provided opportunity for NATI members to receive an overview of the association's activity in the past year; this included highlights of export programs, a summary of marketing efforts and events, and a review of the association's financial reports. Members were given opportunity to voice opinion on all of these topics, as well as to present other business for discussion.

Outgoing director Weston Raske (zedIT Solutions) was thanked for his contribution and commitment to NATI at the board level. Raske will not be returning to serve on the NATI Board for the 2013-2014 term. Outgoing directors Geoff Davis (Bell Aliant), Suzanne Kenny (Johnson Inc.) and Mandy Woodland (Cox & Palmer) all ran as candidates for re-election to the Board.

An election of officers took place to fill five vacant positions on the Board of Directors. The NATI membership elected Geoff Davis (Bell Aliant), Suzanne Kenny (Johnson Inc.), Mandy Woodland (Cox & Palmer), Brad Dobbin (ND Dobbin Group), and Chris Dillon (Triware Technologies), to fill these positions. Chair Gerard Duggan (zedIT Solutions) moved to the position of Past Chair, and Vice Chair Chris Spurvey (KPMG) was made Chair of the Board.

Positions will be assumed immediately, and during the next official meeting of the board there will be an election of a Vice Chair who will succeed Chris Spurvey as Chair in 2014.

NATI's board of directors has members from some of the provinces most prominent technology companies. These directors, led by the Chair of the board, guide the strategic plan of NATI which is committed to effective policy development and advocacy initiatives.

2013-2014 NATI Board of Directors

Chair - Chris Spurvey, KPMG

Past Chair - Gerard Duggan, zedIT Solutions

Director - Geoff Davis, Bell Aliant

Director - Suzanne Kenney, Johnson Inc.

Director - Terry Hussey, Atlas Management

Director - Mandy Woodland, Cox & Palmer

Director - June Turpin, Bell

Director - Chris Dillon, Triware Technologies

Director - Brad Dobbin, ND Dobbin Group


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NATI pleased with Business Attraction Support for Desire2Learn

01 October 2012

Today, The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Business Attraction support for Kitchener-Waterloo based Desire2Learn Incorporated.

We are always highly supportive of bringing companies such as Desire2Learn to Newfoundland and Labrador, adding expertise and capacity to the sector.  As the newest members of NATI we look forward to working with Desire2Learn and how their experience can add to the best practices in NL.

NATI supports the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador`s plan for investing in business attraction opportunities with established companies such as Desire2Learn.  World class firms with a proven track record and long term stable funding are sought after by competing jurisdictions.

Desire2Learn`s decision to locate operations in our province is a clear indication that technology firms competing globally see value in our sector.  These types of firms will add significant expertise and capacity in addition to full time permanent well-paying jobs, including much needed experience for new graduates.

The technology sector in NL is strong and growing, currently at over $1.6 billion in revenues, contributing over 6% of the provincial economy, and employing over 3800 full time employees.  It has never been more important than now to ensure we have an environment in place for the growth of technology in NL.  We are seeing not only great innovation, which has always been here, but much more of an economic and social impact driven by technology and the knowledge based industry.

NATI looks forward to continuing to work with our membership and our public/private partnerships as we accelerate the growth of the advanced technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.



Gerard Duggan

Chair, Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Technology Industries




Media Contact:

Ron Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries



All-star Members of New Women in Tech Advisory Council Announced

21 August 2012

Expanded mandate to focus on Mentorship, Education, Advocacy, & Entrepreneurship for Canadian Women in Tech (CanWIT)

OTTAWA- CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, announced the members of the CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC) today. Members range from both gen-Y and executive level demographics and have been carefully selected from over 35 highly qualified applicants to guide and advise CanWIT on its programs and services.

According to Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO and Chair of CanWIT, " the CAC and will play a crucial role in accelerating CanWIT's programs and steering organizational direction and growth strategies under an expanded mandate."

CanWIT has recently broadened its mandate to offer new opportunities for its membership base and to increase strategic partnerships across North America. New partnerships with U.S.-based Springboard Enterprises and Startup Canada will also assist the CAC in fostering CanWIT's commitment to mentorship, entrepreneurship for women-led tech companies, and innovation.

Boivie adds, "I am thrilled to announce the wonderful group of distinguished and diverse women who have joined our council.  Their industry knowledge, expertise, and leadership will be invaluable as CanWIT continues to grow. I am looking forward to working closely with each of these women as we implement our new strategic direction."

Members of the CanWIT Advisory Council include:

Kim Adolphe - President, Gemini Performance Solutions Inc. (Calgary)
Trina Alexson - Director, Service Delivery Exec., Cisco (Toronto)
Fawn Annan - CEO, IT World Canada (Toronto)
Sage Baker - CEO, Q5 Innovations (Victoria)
Prerna Chandak - Partner, Lemonade Venture Inc. (Toronto)
Glenda Crisp - VP and CIO of Corporate Segment, TD Financial (Toronto)
Kelly Hagen - Asset Planning Director, Amaresco (Toronto)
Natasha Hudson - Business Development Officer, NATI (St. John's)
Alison James - VP Infrastructure Client Services, CIBC (Toronto)
Sandra LaTouche - President, Aptitude+Equipment Inc. (Toronto)
Victoria Lennox - Co-founder, Startup Canada (Ottawa)
Sarah Prevette - Founder and CEO, Sprouter/Betakit (Toronto)
Dr. Blaize Reich - Professor, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)
Mary Van Buren - VP of Marketing and IT, Canadian Real Estate Association (Ottawa)
Nicole Whittle - VP of Strategic Planning and Communications at HHI Healthcare (Toronto)
Ozge Yeloglu - PhD. Candidate, Dalhousie University (Halifax)
Mary Ann Yule - Vice President and General Manager, CDW Canada (Toronto)

New Council member, Nicole Whittle, VP of Strategic Planning and Communications at HHI Healthcare Solutions, noted that "CanWIT provides us with a hub to reach out to thousands of women tech executives across Canada and to engage the community. The active support of CanWIT's Council leaders enables us to expand our capabilities as an organization, and provide resources to help advance careers and for women to impact the competitive success of the high tech industry. I am very proud to be associated with such a forward looking initiative."

CanWIT would also like to recognize the executive leaders serving on its Nomination Committee, including:

VictoriaWithers - Director, Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Shelley Simpson-McKay - Owner, Prisma Management Consulting

Sandra Wear - Principal, Planning for Exit

Dr. Cindy Gordon - CEO, Helix Commerce, Vice Chair, i-CANADA, and Former Chair, CanWIT

Kim Adolphe, President, Gemini Performance Solutions Inc., concluded, "women entrepreneurs, in particular, need access to trusted resources in order to grow their businesses. CanWIT serves as a trusted network and invaluable resource of successful entrepreneurs, investors, sector experts and service providers. As a Council member I see myself accelerating the growth of this network to help women-led companies boost revenues and jobs."

Stay tuned to and as the CAC plans to announce additional portfolio-specific leadership roles to advance CanWIT's mandate.

For more information on the role and the responsibility of the CAC, please visit:




About CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance
Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT, a division of CATAAlliance) is a national volunteer organization with the aim of: 1) encouraging young women to consider a career in a technology field, 2) help accelerate, retain, and support the careers of women already in the field, and 3) through its partnership with Springboard Enterprises offer a premier platform for entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to meet and build great women-led technology-based businesses.


NATI Elects New Board of Directors

17 May 2012




St. John's NL- NATI held its Annual General Meeting on May 16th 2012. The AGM provided opportunity for NATI members to receive an overview of the association's activity in the past year; this included highlights of export programs, a summary of marketing efforts and events, and a review of the association's financial reports. Members were given opportunity to voice opinion on all of these topics, as well as to present other business for discussion.

Outgoing directors Mr. Gary Lovell and Mr. Cliff Roberts were thanked for their contribution and commitment to NATI at the board level. Following this, an election of officers took place to fill three vacant director positions.

These positions were won by Terry Hussey of Atlas Management, Mandy Woodland of Cox and Palmer, and June Turpin of Bell. Positions will be assumed immediately, and during the next official meeting of the board there will be an election of a Vice Chair who will succeed Gerard Duggan as Chair in 2013.

NATI's board of directors has members from some of the provinces most prominent technology companies. These directors, led by the Chair of the board, guide the strategic plan of NATI which is committed to effective policy development and advocacy initiatives.


2012-2013 Board of Directors

Chair - Gerard Duggan, zedIT Solutions

Director - Chris Spurvey, Plato Consulting

Director - Geoff Davis, Bell Aliant

Director - Suzanne Kenney, Deloitte

Director - Weston Raske, zedIT Solutions

Director - Terry Hussey, Atlas Management (newly elected)

Director - Mandy Woodland, Cox & Palmer (newly elected)

Director - June Turpin, Bell (newly elected)

NavSim Equips Great Lakes Pilots with Next-Generation Portable Piloting Systems

03 April 2012

NAvSim Technology Inc, a leading Canadian developer of portable marine eNavigation systems, has signed a contract with the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority to equip its marine pilots with NavSim's new integrated Portable Piloting Units. 

The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority contract marks the first major order for NavSim's recenty launched integrated Portable Piloting Unit.

Click here for full press release.

IDV Solutions Announces Partnership with Canadian GIS firm Tamarack Geographic Technologies

15 December 2011

IDV Solutions, developer of Visual Fusion data visualization software, today announced a partnership with Tamarack Geographic Technologies, a company based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada that focuses on enterprise geographic information systems (GIS) services and solutions.

Visual Fusion is innovative software that unites data from virtually any source in interactive, web-based visualizations.  Applications created with Visual Fusion promote insight, understanding, and better business decisions.

"IDV is very pleased to partner with Tamarack," said George Siegle, Marketing Director at IDV Solutions. "Their geospatial expertise and their experience in bringing the benefits of geographic information systems to a variety of organizations, means they are well positioned for success with Visual Fusion. Visual Fusion will provide a competitive edge by accelerating the speed at which they can create valuable solutions for their clients."

Tamarack recently completed a project for one of Canada's largest utilities, Newfoundland Power, creating a Visual Fusion application that enables the utility to manage data about its more than 300,000 utility poles. The Newfoundland Power project is the subject of a new Visual Fusion case study, which can be downloaded from the IDV Solutions web site.

"Tamarack looks forward to delivering Visual Fusion solutions to our Eastern Canadian clients," said Dean Noble, Tamarack's Director of Business Development. "Visual Fusion adds to our market-leading GIS capabilities by providing another option for us to help our clients solve business problems using spatial information.  We are excited to provide our clients with such a compelling data visualization tool for analysis of their various local and enterprise datasets."

Plato Consulting awarded Silver Competency for Content Management under Microsoft Partner Network

09 December 2011


Kevin Fleming, President
Plato Consulting Inc.
66 Kenmount Road
St. John's, NL
Canada, A1B 3V7
709.576.6770 | 1-877-557-5286

December 8, 2011

(St. John's, NL) - Plato Consulting Inc. (Plato), an industry leader in IT professional services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Silver Competency for Content Management under the Microsoft Partner Network.  This highly esteemed status has been attained through a combination of premier technical and business certifications of its staff and through the repeated delivery of successful services engagements for its clients using a number of Microsoft technologies, including SharePoint.  With its newly awarded Silver Competency from Microsoft, Plato is able to provide even more leading edge, innovative solutions to increase the productivity of its clients, ensuring that it maintains its status as a proven leader in the implementation and integration of Microsoft-based technologies.

Microsoft has always been committed to its partners, investing more than US$4 billion per year to support partner sales - more than any other technology company. The Microsoft Partner Network provides invested and committed partners such as Plato with access to a range of benefits and resources.

About Plato Consulting
Headquartered in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Plato has been providing specialized IT services and solutions in many jurisdictions throughout North America since 1997. As a proven industry leader with a solid reputation and a well recognized client list, Plato provides consulting expertise to governments and large private sector organizations, healthcare organizations, public agencies and Crown corporations. For more information, visit


Media Inquiries

Allan Kirkpatrick
Marketing Specialist
t. 709.579.6770 x. 272

Letter to NATI Members Regarding Provincial Political Leaders' Responses

06 October 2011

Good morning NATI members,

As we collectively mourn the loss of a true technology innovator, Steve Jobs, I humbly point your attention to the September 16 letter NATI submitted to the three political leaders regarding our province's policy position statements regarding areas of interest that affect the advanced technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The questions asked were as follows:

  1. What is your political party's position on the use of non-renewable resource benefits to help develop longer term socio-economic sustainability through the knowledge based economy?
  2. What is your political party's position on addressing the need for a cohesive government strategy that addresses an improvement to broadband accessibility throughout the province with a minimum acceptable bandwidth speed?
  3. What is your political party's strategy to ensure ICT services, where appropriate, are leveraged to the benefit of its stakeholders and in what other areas will technology play a role in effective government?

We thank all three political parties' for participating and have included each of their responses in this letter.

Unfortunately, the Board is disappointed that in the responses our concerns seem to have been associated back to a long list of past accomplishments or exhibited a lack of understanding of the sector as a whole. It was our hope that our policy position statements would encourage forward thinking that would be accompanied by tangible action items, timeframes to execute and measurable outcomes. This is not the case. It is our opinion that the party's responses demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the issues presented. Our offer to meet with each party prior to responding to our letter was declined by all three. We have some work cut out for us, no doubt.

NATI is committed to fostering stronger relationships with elected officials, providing direction and education on the role that technology products, infrastructure, and services play in shaping Newfoundland and Labrador as a player in a global knowledge based economy. Thought leadership in investing in technology before our nonrenewable oil reserves are depleted is required today. A clear and well defined strategy on our provincial broadband infrastructure is required today. A genuine interest in collaborating and partnering with local technology companies, that goes beyond networking, to deliver more e-government services is required today.

Our next step will be to request a meeting with the newly elected Premier within five business days of the election to formally present our vision and ask for support in building solutions that make sense to you and your organizations. Feedback can be sent to

Yours in technology,

Paul Dubé
Chair, NATI

Letter from Liberal Party  [PDF]
Letter from New Democratic Party [PDF]
Letter from Progressive Conservative Party [PDF]