Condemnation was swift for two London, Ont., school boards who pulled funding for a play about a gay teen fighting school administrators for the right to take his boyfriend to prom.
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.”
"Trudell Medical, Ellipsis Digital, Western Fair District, Downtown London and Goodwill Industries are some of the businesses and agencies the have committed to paying employees a living wage..."
"Besides being a tri-athlete, a yogi, a traveler, a writer, and a gamer, Rachel Berdan is also the Chief Marketing Officer of rTraction Canada, Inc. Rachel got into sales and marketing relatively slowly and somewhat by accident and today she is also VP of Sales for Ellipsis Digital, a division of rTraction Canada, Inc. located in London, Ontario. She loves working within an organization that encourages creativity, openness, entrepreneurial thinking, and attracts people who value those things. “I have fun, I am challenged, and I get to bring new ideas to life pretty regularly."
"Brett McKenzie is the Relationship Manager at Ellipsis Digital, located in London, Ontario. This job title encompasses various aspects such as sales, post-project support, technical support but mainly client relations and project management."
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.
London’s tech sector continues its exciting evolution with a strategic partnership between Engine SevenFour and FreePoint™ Technologies. Engine SevenFour (a division of rTraction Canada, Inc.) develops custom enterprise web applications, while FreePoint Technologies specifically creates productivity improvement software for manufacturing. Currently, more than two dozen plants across Ontario use FreePoint’s ShiftWorx, which connects manufacturing equipment with its operators, improving business efficiency.
To be fair, it wasn’t exactly a secret.
Regardless, I suspect we weren’t supposed to overhear it. “We’re a big fish in their little pond.” A comment made by our primary contact at our Big Fish client to a colleague in the halls. Our client knew what this meant - that we would service them to the moon and back - and we certainly did.
[#MeToo] has us talking about a broad spectrum of behaviour… this piece is not about trauma, but rather lies on the everyday sexism end of the spectrum where women are still regarded in the professional sphere as objects or potential dates before professionals whose accomplishments and expertise are positive contributions to their field.
I saw people with HUGE networks, and toyed with the idea of becoming a L.I.O.N., but realized that reaching out to ask for a connection didn’t feel comfortable (especially with all that advice about how asking for a connection without a personalized message was spammy) and I didn’t actually have that many requests to accept. It also didn’t feel like “me” for some reason, though I wasn’t sure why.
There are challenges with being a woman in a male-dominated industry that still require some attention. Networking, for one.
For as long as I’ve lived here, London Ontario has had an identity crisis. The departure of the finance and insurance industry in the 60s and the collapse of manufacturing in the early 2000s caused part of the problem. Every time London tries to craft a new identity, the world changes and that identity crumbles.
I believe I may have found the brand for the City, and want to put together a multi-media experience to tell our story.
It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. When I say “entrepreneur” I could just as easily mean a for profit business owner as a nonprofit leader, as the point here is entrepreneurial spirit vs. governance structure. I believe we’re just at the start of the sustainable business revolution, but I think there is more that we can — and must — do to accelerate that movement. Here’s why.
On December 30th we had the joy of sharing our love of Star Wars with a planned 600+ guests (to read the why please visit Sharing Star Wars). We were treated to a festive environment, with characters in costume greeting the kids to make the event extra-special.
The community fundraiser to support “Prom Queen” at The Grand Theatre was an outstanding success. We nearly doubled the goal of $30,000 - ultimately raising over $58,000. Many people cheered the success of the financial results of the campaign - but I’m afraid an important part of the narrative was missed.
This year, we’ve forgone some of the typical activities you’d see from a business around a holiday season. Instead, on December 30th, we’re taking 700 people to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We are inviting children from all different backgrounds (and their families) who may not have the means to experience the wonder and joy of the films as I did as a child. Here is the why.
This story may appear, at first glance, to be about me. It is actually about the team that I have built. Truly, it is a team of superheroes. I can credit one overarching skill that has brought me whatever success that I have had - my greatest skill is hiring good, smart people. To be clear, I don’t mean ‘good’ just from the technical skillset perspective; I mean ‘good’ in a far more impactful way -- I mean good-hearted.