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.”
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.
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.
One of the main reasons we took the team to Leadercast 2016 was to learn from a variety of leadership perspectives. So how did this year fare?
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...
The only thing that is constant is change.” - Heraclitus
The rtraction brand was not supposed to live long. We inherited it from vtraction, one of our founding partners. It was a temporary company name put in place to give life to our startup. We started in 2001, after the dot-com bust, as tech companies were crumbling. At the time, survival was higher on our priority list. We figured we could always rebrand, right?
To B, as it turns out. We are excited to announce the addition of rTraction Canada Inc. to a growing and impressive list of Certified B Corporations (B Corps).