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MoMo Toronto – Meet the Carriers

Meet the Carriers

2010 marked the start of a new wave of competition in the Canadian market. Join us for a discussion on the state of the Canadian wireless industry. Meet the senior Executives of Canadian Mobile Operators and hear their views on where the market is today and where it is likely to go in the future. Panel discussion will be followed by Q + A’s.

Panel Moderator:
Jeff Mucci, Publisher, RCR Wireless

Alex Krstajic, CEO, Public Mobile
Anthony Lacavera, Chairman, Wind Mobile

Event schedule:
6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. ­ Networking with cash bar and snacks
6:50 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ­ Programming and Q and A
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ­ Networking resumes

Join us for the December 6th session at MaRS.

This session is FREE, but requires registration in advance.
Stay tuned for updates over the coming weeks leading up to this event.

MoMo Toronto November 1st with CBC

CBC – From Canadian Institutional Broadcaster to New Media/Mobile Powerhouse

It’s been an exciting year for CBC on the mobile front. Come hear hosts Perry Voulgaris and Richard Switzer talk about key projects the CBC has undertaken such as the 2010 World Cup and Hockey Night in Canada.

Join us for the November 1st session at MaRS.

When: Nov. 1st, 2010 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street – Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Presented by:

Miller Thomson



Generously supported by:


Brazil – Samba, Soccer and Mobile

Canada’s largest mobile industry networking group is back. MobileMonday Toronto @ MaRS returns on October 4th. Join us for this special event:

Brazil is an emerging economic powerhouse. With 175M+ mobile subscribers, it is a market that is ripe for new services and applications. The Fall launch of MobileMonday Toronto @ MaRS will feature a panel of Brazilian mobile executives who will share with the audience successful strategies for entering the market – from successes, challenges and best practices.

Panel to be moderated by:
Ronald Gruia – Principal Analyst, Program Leader – Emerging Telecoms for Frost & Sullivan

When: October 04, 2010 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street – Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Google Presents Insights on Mobile Devices

Today, we carry around in our pockets devices that easily outstrip the capabilities of a desktop computer at the time that Google was founded: 600Mhz CPUs, 256MB of RAM, and with graphics engines capable of rendering 7 million 3-D triangles per second.In addition to the powerful hardware, we’re seeing an active marketplace of very different, very polished smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone, consumer-oriented BlackBerrys, and Google’s own Android platform.

Across all these devices and operating systems, the common element is the desire of the users to search and browse the web, and reasonably standards-compliant browsers are in the market or being built for every significant device. The browser, coupled with increasingly powerful capabilities from the HTML5 draft specification, has become a great platform for delivering software to non-technical users who want their phones to “just work” with a minimum of difficulty.

We’ll explore what capabilities are commonplace and discuss where the boundaries are for building mobile web applications, with demos as motivational examples.


Alex Nicolaou
Alex Nicolaou joined Google in 2006, shortly after Google opened an office in Waterloo, Ontario, where he is involved in the development of mobile apps and ChromeOS products as an Engineering Manager. The mobile apps include Gmail, Buzz, and YouTube amongst others, while the ChromeOS effort is focused on building ChromeOS for ARM platforms.

Until 2006, Nicolaou was president and board member of aruna.ca Inc., a startup developing a unique RDBMS based on text-search algorithms and data structures. Prior to that, Nicolaou was part of LiquiMedia Inc., a startup developing a real time kernel extension and Java Virtual Machine. In 1996, Nicolaou and Jay Steele won the games category of the Java Cup Competition run by Sun Microsystems. In the early ’90s, Nicolaou was principal investigator for six algorithm patents. He holds an Honours BMath in Computer Science and Combinatorics and Optimization and a MMath in Computer Graphics, both from the University of Waterloo.

Punit Soni
Punit is the lead Product Manager responsible for Google’s Mobile Apps effort. He joined Google in 2007 and since then has launched two products in the News/Books domain, and most recently, Google Buzz for mobile. Before Google, he graduated from Wharton with an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial Management. He has had smaller stints at Wharton Ventures and at Intel Capital in their wireless group.

Before his MBA, he was managing and developing products in Cadence Design Systems and has years of experience in Semiconductor space. Punit has also worked in the ground floor of a very early stage startup which used electronic design algorithms in the space of enterprise software. Besides his business degree, he has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering.

When: Apr 5, 2010  6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Mobile Start-ups Pitch for $$$ to Venture Capital Dragons

Want to pitch? Follow the instructions below for a chance to be selected to pitch your idea for $$$.

Are you an individual or company with an interesting idea, intellectual property, service or application? If so, please submit your two-page extract to pitch@mobilemondaytoronto.com with the following information:

1. Executive Team Bio
2. Product / Service Overview
3. Business and Marketing Plan
4. $$$ desired (min $1M – $5M ) Recent Press / News (summary paragraph)
5. Confirmation that actively seeking funding
6. Initial confirmation that you will allow your presentation to be recorded (video/audio) and distributed by MobileMonday Toronto and MaRS to its channel and distribution partners

Submission Deadline: February 25

Note: You must be actively seeking funds and disclose this during your submission. If you are not actively in search of funding, your submission will be disqualified. Successful entrants will be contacted by MobileMonday Toronto to confirm their selection. Additional requirements include a PowerPoint presentation to be used during your pitch presentation which is limited to 5 minutes. Please also note that this entire event will be recorded and requires speaker sign-off for the distribution of your presentation and related video/audio.


Tom Purves
Thomas Purves is a Toronto based digital product designer, blogger and arm-chair tech pundit. Tom is a founding partner of the WirelessNorth.ca and StartupNorth.ca “media empire”. Tom is also a fixture and familiar event organizer within Toronto’s Democamp and startup community.

Tom is an outspoken advocate mobile innovation and competitiveness in Canada. His commentary and advocacy on issues surrounding the Canadian tech and wireless industries have appeared on television and in publications including: The National Post, The Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen, IT World Canada, SXSW magazine, Hamilton spectator among others.

Tom holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Queen’s university and an MBA in finance and strategy from the Rotman School of Management at UofT.

Venture Capital Panel Dragons

Edward G. Anderson, Managing General Partner, Ventures West Management Inc.
Mr. Anderson is the Managing General Partner of Ventures West Management Inc. a Canadian venture capital management firm. Founded in 1968, and having offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, Ventures West is Canada’s largest institutional venture fund management company with over $700 million of capital under management. The focus of Ventures West’s business is the management and investment of venture funds which are targeted at early stage technology companies. At Ventures West Mr. Anderson is responsible for the identification and evaluation of potential investment opportunities, the structuring and negotiating of investments and the post investment management of portfolio companies as well as the overall day to day management of Ventures West organization.

Mr. Anderson is well known in the venture capital and investment communities in Canada and internationally. Mr. Anderson is a past President and Director of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (the trade association representing the interests of Canada’s venture capital and private equity industries) and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies in Canada and the United States. Mr. Anderson is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Aureos Southern Africa Fund and the Aureos Western Africa Fund – two investment funds focusing on small and medium sized business investments in Africa – and also sits on the Investment Committee of Bank of Montreal Capital Corporation.

Mr. Anderson earned a BA (Economics) from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Matt Golden, Partner, BlackBerry Partners Fund
As a Partner in the BlackBerry Partners Fund, Matt Golden is responsible for investments in companies focused on breakthrough innovations in the mobile and smartphone ecosystem. With his extensive operational, investing and legal experience, Matt plays an integral role in supporting the overall growth of investment companies.

Prior to joining BlackBerry Partners Fund, Matt was a founding member of Tira Wireless, a mobile content deployment technology and services provider. During his time there as SVP Sales, Business and Corporate Development, Tira became a recognized industry leader, consistently delivering strong year over year revenue growth and receiving multiple awards.

Matt came to Tira from Brightspark Ventures LP, one of Canada’s leading early stage venture capital firms. As Director of New Ventures, he applied his entrepreneurial skills to building financial networks, raising capital, striking alliances and forming partnerships for the Brightspark group of companies.

Prior to Brightspark, Matt practiced law at Oslers, one of Canada’s premier law firms specializing in business technology, general corporate, financial services and mergers and acquisitions.

Matt is a frequent speaker at mobile and venture capital events, where he shares his expertise on mobile applications, content deployment, distribution and business development. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s LLB/MBA program.

Randall Howard, Founding General Partner, Verdexus
Randall Howard is an active technology investor, serial CEO and technology guru. A founding General Partner of VERDEXUS, Randall brings a global network based on deep executive experience particularly in the US, Europe and Canada to build world leading, high growth technology organizations. Using a Venture 2.0 fusion of investment, strategy and executive execution, VERDEXUS is focused on mobile and web based startups. Portfolio investments include:

* iotum whose Calliflower collaborative conferencing service was among first applications to use 3G voice and data capabilities. Randall is currently hands-on Chairman.
* Coreworx, a leading enterprise provider of project information control for megaprojects acquired by VERDEXUS in 2004. Randall served as CEO from 2004 to 2006, and on the Board until the August 2008 acquisition by Acorn Energy.

In 1984, he founded MKS (TSX: MKX) one of Canada’s leading enterprise software vendors and whose products optimize internal software development within large corporations. As Chairman and CEO he led growth to $45 million revenue and 375 employees worldwide, including seven acquisitions. Prior to that, Randall was a senior architect of Chicago-based Coherent.

Randall is a seasoned board member/advisor with current and past service to a large array of firms including Gore Mutual Insurance Company, Iotum, Coreworx, Necho Systems Corp, GoodContacts, Whitehill Technologies, Waterloo Maple Software, Arise Technologies and Nanodesign. He has been active in helping to strengthen business and investment ecosystems for technology by serving on boards of Golden Triangle AngelNet, Communitech, UniForum, Dean’s Advisory Council of Laurier Business School as well as being a member of the MaRS Wireless Mobile Advisory Panel.

Randall holds an Honors B.Math from University of Waterloo and was the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2005 recipient of the Impact Award from Communitech.

When: March 1, 2010  6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

Event Itinerary

6:00 pm Registration, Networking
7:00 pm Sponsor Mention
Introduction: Moderator and Venture Capital Panel
7:15pm     Five mobile companies pitch for five minutes
Q&A from the Venture Capital Panel
8:00 pm Moderator and Audience Q&A for Venture Capital Panel
8:45 Closing Remarks

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Wireless 2010: Predictions for the year ahead

Topic of discussion

Thoughts/Predictions of the wireless industry for 2010

* mobile devices
* applications
* storefronts
* social media
* market forces, government policy, capital markets, Canadian mobile industry, global environment


Michael Urlocker: Director, Equity Research Technology Hardware Analyst – GMP Securities L.P.

Michael Urlocker, joined GMP in November 2007 to cover the Technology sector. Michael has 15 years experience as a research analyst specializing in technology, telecommunications and related fields. He is the #3 ranked technology analyst in Brendan Woods’ latest survey. In 2001, he was ranked as the #1 telecom equipment analyst by Brendan Woods and was a key member of the UBS team that was ranked #2 in 2002 telecom equipment.  Prior to joining GMP, Michael founded a management consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy and disruptive innovation. Michael is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Engineering program and of Carleton University’s school of Journalism. Prior to joining the investment industry, Michael worked as a technology reporter at the Financial Post and as a foreign correspondent in India.

Krista Napier: Senior Analyst, Canadian Competitive Intelligence and Emerging Technology – IDC Canada

Krista brings to her role deep insight from her research into emerging Canadian ICT companies as the lead analyst for IDC Canada’s Technology Innovation Watch report series which highlights up and coming Canadian technology stars, and her support of IDC’s Canada’s Market Acceleration Program – an initiative designed to help emerging Canadian IT companies succeed in bringing their products and services to market.  Krista’s research in this area is sought after by investors, large and small technology companies, and government organizations looking to better understand these companies and trends and support the commercialization efforts of these innovative technology start-ups. As an industry speaker and media commentator, Krista is at the leading edge of the emerging Canadian ICT market.

As lead analyst for IDC Canada’s Competitive Intelligence practice, Krista works with the IDC Canada analyst team to deliver strategic and tactic insight into the changing competitive dynamics of the Canadian ICT sector.  Leveraging publicly available information and primary research vehicles such as IDC’s research panels and executive interviews, Krista monitors and analyzes current competitive trends to help clients secure competitive advantages in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Krista is completing an MBA part-time at the Schulich School of Business at York University, and holds an Honors of Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University where she graduated with distinction.

Ronald Gruia: Principal Analyst, Telecom – Frost & Sullivan

Ronald Gruia is the Program Leader and Principal Analyst for Emerging Telecom at Frost & Sullivan, where he covers topics such as NGN transitional technologies, 4G, IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystems), FMC, VoIP, Carrier Messaging/Value Added Services Platforms, IPTV, IP Centrex, Broadband Access, Triple Play Services, IP telephony, Enterprise Communications Systems and Unified Communications, among others. He has spoken at conferences such as Supercomm, VON, 3GSM, CTIA, Futurecom, VMA, TMIA, VMA, IMS Expo, IPComm, Fierce IPTV, Intel Communications Summit, VON Canada, IP World Canada and Comdex Canada.

Ronald also writes articles for various publications (such as IMS and NGN Magazine, VoIP Magazine, Telecommunications Magazine, Telemanagement and Processor Magazine), has appeared on Report on Business Television and BNN (Canada), TV Decision (Brazil) and Telecom TV (Spain), and is often quoted in publications including Business Week, Forbes, Wired, API, MarketWatch, Reuters, Network World, IT Business, IT World, San Jose Mercury News, National Post, Globe&Mail and CIO Magazine. He is an MIT graduate in Electrical Engineering, and has accumulated years of experience in the telecom industry (held several roles at Nortel Networks’ Enterprise Division, where he earned a U.S. patent).

Moderator: Jeff Mucci, RCR Wireless, Publisher

Jeff has served in executive leadership roles including Board Director, Chairman, CEO, President, SVP and General Manager within private equity sponsored and public technology companies. He has secured over $ 300 million in debt and equity from top tier financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Wachovia, CIT, Nautic Partners, and Spire Capital and been responsible for leading $100 million companies with over 450 employees. Specific companies include Clearwire Technologies, Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS) / RealCom Office Communications, ConnectSouth, Advance Radio Telecom (ART), Ucontrol and Xspedius.

Prior to founding Arden in 2006 as a platform to advise, operate and acquire middle market companies in the communications, media real estate and energy service sectors, Jeff served as President and COO of CCNG, Inc., a diversified investment & operating company with a portfolio of telecom, energy service and luxury golf development companies.

Before entering the technology industry in the early 90’s, Jeff developed or brokered over $50 million in commercial, industrial and investment real estate with The Linpro Company and CB Richard Ellis. Jeff graduated from Clemson University in 1985 with a BS in Financial Management and a real estate minor.

When: Feb 1, 2010  6:00 PM   to  9:00 PM
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Globalive One Year Update

On December 7th, Anthony Lacavera CEO of Globalive will join the MobileMonday Toronto community to give a one year update on launching a new, national wireless carrier in the Canadian market.  The session will include discussion around competition, Canadian policy, Canadian global competitiveness and the creation of jobs.

When: Dec 7, 2009  6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Mobile Video Content

Mobile is the new frontier for video and film content. With more than 500 million video-capable mobile devices globally, the mobile platform is now the largest video and film distribution platform since the television.

This MobileMonday session will explore mobile video and film content from the point of view of both creators and distributors, and will feature a sneak peak 30-minute screening of the world’s best mobile films, provided by MobiFest. An industry panel with audience Q & A will be part of the session. Meet the producers, directors and creators of this emerging content on November 2nd.

When: Nov 2, 2009
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Canadian Leadership in Mobile and Communications

The global landscape in communications has shifted rapidly over the last 10 years. With changes in technology, regulation and policy, and consumer behavior, opportunities and challenges have emerged for Canadian companies in the mobile industry.

The October 5th MobileMonday Toronto session will provide insights from successful Canadian leaders, as they share how Canada can be successful in creating global success stories.

In this session, we will discuss:

* the present state of Canadian tech companies and industry on the world stage
* success stories, experiences, reflections, advice
* what changes are required – industry, governmentt, capital, education

Moderator: Randall Howard

Panel Members:

* Robert Ferchat
* Karna Gupta

When: Oct 5, 2009 6 PM to 9 PM
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

2009 MobileMonday Marketing Awards

As more and more devices hit the street and thousands of applications proliferate, the race is on as brands use all sorts of creative ways to interact with consumers. Come join us for our first annual MobileMonday Toronto Marketing Awards where we will showcase some of the leading applications that have been launched in market.

Our audience will be treated to exciting demos that incorporate the latest technologies and marketing concepts as well as a discussion of key audience engagement measures that made these campaigns successful.

What we’ll cover in this session:

* What applications are most appealing to various audiences?
* New ways to increase viral performance of campaigns
* What creative concepts work best to drive brand interaction?

Award Submission Guidelines

Send us a brief 1-2 page overview of your campaign that details the following information:

* Name of Campaign plus name of Client & Industry sector
* Description of Business Objectives and Campaign measures
* Describe audience demographics
* Provide overview of campaign (where possible include creative i.e. screen shots etc.)
* Overview of technologies employed (i.e. applications and platforms used)
* Where possible discuss results of the campaign measured against client objectives (specific client data does not need to be disclosed)

Awards Judging Criteria

Our expert judging panel will evaluate submissions for the event and on-stage presentations using the following main criteria:

* Creative concepts
* Innovative use of technology
* Ability to meet business objectives

When: Sept 8, 2009
Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

This is a free event, but registration is required.

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