Archive for the ‘Team’ Category

Communitech @20: Back where it all began

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Waterloo Region, September 29, 1993. It’s early morning when local entrepreneur Yvan Couture begins pitching an idea to a crowd gathered at the University of Waterloo’s William G. Davis Centre for the monthly meeting of the Computer Technology Network.

Couture, then founder, President and CEO of Taaz Corporation, a consulting firm serving the tech community in southwestern Ontario, is jazzed about the growth opportunities he’d seen industry associations provide to techies in places like Ottawa and Raleigh, North Carolina – peer-to-peer training, mentoring, conferences – and has built out a similar plan for Waterloo with the help of Ruth Songhurst, then president of Mortice Kern Systems (MKS), a local software firm.

Using appliqués on an overhead projector, he begins to tease out a vision for a member-funded organization that would “provide the vehicle for assisting the local technology sector to prosper and become the main driving force in the local economy, as well as enhancing Waterloo Region as a hotbed for world-class technology.”

The roomful of entrepreneurs is more interested in the free doughnuts and coffee than anything Couture has to say.

“It fell very flat,” Couture says with a laugh. “One of the key guys was adamant that there was no way that anybody would pay, so it kind of died. It didn’t go anywhere.”

Well, not yet.

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Primal CTO Ihab Ilyas Awarded Thomson Reuters-funded Research Chair

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Thomson Reuters and the University of Waterloo are joining forces to fuel breakthroughs in data science and develop the next generation of global entrepreneurial leaders. The wide-ranging collaboration is valued at over CAD $20 million over the next five years.

Their collaboration includes the establishment of the Thomson Reuters-funded Research Chair in Data Cleaning from Theory to Practice. The chair is initially held by Professor Ihab F. Ilyas from the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, whose research is investigating new methods for storing, cleaning, and curating data. In this role, Professor Ilyas will continue focusing on integrating and curating data in an effort to overcome the problem of data silos, and help businesses make better use of their data.

Read more at PR Newswire

Primal CEO Yvan Couture featured in Communitech's 15th anniversary video series

Friday, November 30th, 2012

As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations, Communitech decided to check in with a few key entrepreneurs from Waterloo Region’s world-class technology community, including our own CEO Yvan Couture.

In this video series, Yvan reflects on the genesis of Communitech and his role in growing Waterloo Region’s technology community.

Watch the video here.

Why a small Waterloo company needs a world-class Board of Directors

Friday, June 29th, 2012

You can’t do it alone! Starting and growing a company requires dedicated founders, strong internal leadership, and exceptional employees. But it doesn’t stop there. Having outside advisors and external board members brings vital experience, fresh perspectives, and guidance that’s critical to success.

At our Annual General Meeting in June, our shareholders re-elected our lead investor and external board member, Jim Estill, and welcomed three new external board members to our team: Dr. Savvas Chamberlain, Dr. Larry Cornett, and Dr. Paul Hofmann. They join our founder, Peter Sweeney, and myself on our Board of Directors. (more…)

A Movember to Remember

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Primal's Movember team

Primal’s Mo Bros for 2011.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

If you’d like to help out, please donate.

Innovation turns brain drain into brain gain

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Excerpt from The Waterloo Region Record, Technology Spotlight 2011

By Chuck Howitt, The Record
Tony Sarris and Nikhil Sriraman

Two years ago Tony Sarris was living the American dream. He was an engineering director for Unisys, a large U.S. information technology company with 37,000 employees worldwide. He lived in the west coast paradise of Laguna Beach, California. He made a comfortable salary.

Today, he works for a small Waterloo internet search company with 35 employees that few people have heard of. Goodbye surf, sand and sun. Hello grey skies, snow and cold winters. Has he lost his mind?

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