AWARDED: rTraction Canada, 2016 Donald E. Morgan Award from the London Branch of the Canadian Institute of Management.
The London Roundhouse will be hosting this year’s Extra Life event on Nov. 5.
Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon in support of the Children’s Health Foundation as part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
On top of the typical workplace stressors (deadlines, more work than time, the excitement of growth, quarterly reports, etc.), working parents contend with things like phone calls from the school or an errand run at lunch to get supplies for a birthday party or bake sale. I know how this pressure feels directly (as a single parent) and indirectly as HR Lead here at rTraction Canada, Inc.: a company with our people’s best in mind.
David Billson, president and CEO of Ellipsis Digital in London, Ont., said the region’s technology and digital media sector “is starved for well-trained talent,” and companies are having trouble recruiting new employees.
“One of the hardest things for me as a business owner is to know that our unemployment rate is hovering around seven per cent in the region, when our local technology firms have between 400 to 1,000 open jobs,” said Billson. “Helping us to be able to fill our talent gap will aid in ensuring a bright future for our sector.”
Tech Alliance is partnering with Vancouver-based Lighthouse Labs (lighthouselabs.ca) to meet the growing demand for coders by offering a web development bootcamp this summer.
With the rapid expansion of London’s tech sector, some companies are struggling to fill positions.
“The shortage of talent is considered the primary reason for a lack of economic growth within regional technology companies. Programs that increase the technical capacity of our workforce are a welcome addition to our community,” said David Billson, chief executive of Ellipsis Digital.
Anti-poverty advocates working to dissect London’s poverty-related social issues are encouraged about a new partnership announced Dec. 12 between the London Poverty Research Centre and King’s University College...
Sylvester said King’s will provide the IT support necessary to establish the robust, publicly accessible online database of poverty research the centre touted as part of it’s original mandate when it was unveiled in April. Since then, the centre has launched a website at povertyresearch.ca and is working with local website design company rtraction on an updated version expected by spring 2015.
Best team submission ($1,250): Do it Yourself London by Gavin and Zoe Blair, Shannon Gallagher, Denise Spiessens and Shawn Adamsson.
Check out Fanshawe College business student, Michael Dales', blog post on how he's been spending his time at rTraction and what he is learning while he's here!
Our President and CEO, David Billson, sheds some light on the pitch process and how to connect with your prospect effectively, even if your forte isn't sales.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, where women are globally recognized and celebrated for their achievements. Although there are many successes that women have accomplished economically, politically and socially, we wanted to highlight a few particular individuals in the arts, culture and mental health space. This year’s IWD campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange, and it’s clear that the following women have made bold actions in their fields to foster inclusion and gender-balanced leadership.
I suspect that 2016 will be remembered as a year of significant change… for lots of reasons. We are no different. As I reflect on 2016, the first term that comes to mind is ‘change’. Change always presents businesses unique opportunities to adapt to better serve their customers. In our case, we changed in three significant ways:
We became a B-Corp.
We focused on our impact areas.
We saw a change in our ownership.
For four years, Engine SevenFour’s team has been working on specialized asset and rights management software for a large enterprise client. That project is coming to a successful conclusion towards the end of September, 2016.
On Thursday, June 23rd, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, came to the London Roundhouse to announce the findings and priorities of the Premier's Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel.
Recently, an article appeared in the London Free Press stating that businesses in London don’t want light rail. A few of us in the tech community wanted to state that clearly not all businesses are against light rail. As businesses in the technology sector (with over 1,000 open jobs currently), we know how important it is to be able to attract and retain talent.
Last week, we kicked off Explode Conference with a bunch of fellow sponsors and presenters at a rooftop shindig before taking in two days of presentations, one kick-ass party, and a bunch of inspiring new connections and conversations...
It's our belief that every member of our team has valuable leadership qualities and perspectives—and we know it takes exposure to different leaders and leadership styles to coax those qualities out of us...