New Canadian Technology Incubator Program

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New Canadian Technology Incubator Program

The New Canadian Technology Incubator Program is meant to bring additional learning and supports to immigrant entrepreneurs and newcomer Canadians who have a business idea or current business that is looking to better use and consider technology and innovation in their operation. Through a mix of presentations and resources on fundamentals, as well as speakers and guidance from business advisors about using and applying new technology, this program sets out to be a flexible way for you to grow your business outlook and your skills and familiarity with technology.

Each week there will be a 2-hour evening session for you to engage with covering the topics from the New Canadian Technology Incubator Program. You will also be asked to complete a 30-minute reflection assignment each week.

Every 2 weeks, you will be able to meet for 1-hour with your Tecconnect Business Advisor to review and progress through the program milestone completion challenges. These are the items you complete each week (so the advisors can go over with you at your check-ins).

Total Commitment for the New Canadian Technology Incubator Program:
• approx. 2.5 hours/week for 10 weeks and a 1:1 advisor appointment every 2 weeks (5 appointments)

The 2-hour evening sessions will be on Thursday’s from 6pm to 8pm and run from January 10th through March 14th, 2022.

Indigenous Technology Incubator Program

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The Indigenous Technology Incubator Program is meant to bring additional learning and supports to Indigenous entrepreneurs who have a business idea or current business that is looking to explore entrepreneurial fundamentals while learning how to better use and consider technology and innovation in their operation. Through a mix of presentations and resources to work through, as well as speakers and guidance from business advisors about using and applying new technology, this program sets out to be a flexible way for you to grow your business outlook and your skills and familiarity with technology concepts.

Each week there will be a two-hour evening session that is required to graduate from the Indigenous Technology Incubator Program. You will also be asked to complete a 30-minute reflection assignment each week.

Every 2 weeks, you will be able to meet for one-hour with your Tecconnect Business Advisor to review and progress through the program milestone completion challenges. These are the items you complete each week (so the advisors can go over with you at your check-ins).

Total Commitment for the Indigenous Technology Incubator Program:
• approx. 2.5 hours/week for 10 weeks and a 1:1 advisor appointment every 2 weeks (5 appointments)

The two-hour evening sessions will be on Tuesday’s from 6pm to 8pm and run from January 11th through March 15th, 2022.

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In this digital age, the ability to share attention-grabbing stories is no longer just a luxury: it is an absolute necessity. Mahfuz Chowdury shares practical ways to be heard, in a world dominated by social media networks, through the art and science of creative storytelling.

During this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to create attention-grabbing stories that are easy for your customers to consume
  • How to develop a consistent voice for your brand and implement it into your marketing strategy
  • How major companies use brand archetypes to gain a competitive advantage, and how you can do the same
  • How to connect with your audience through different mediums (and why context matters more than content)
  • The latest digital marketing trends that will allow you to stand out in a crowd

12th Annual Growing the North conference

The conference will be hosted over three half days, rather than two full days, to combat ‘virtual fatigue’ and allow greater flexibility for balancing work responsibilities. Pricing has also been reduced by half to reflect the digital format.

This year’s program features a wide range of topics with distinct speakers to touch on the various challenges experienced over the last year and to represent the region’s diverse economic base.

Topics covered this year are entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, resiliency, recovery, retail, energy, agriculture technology, tourism and economy.

After a challenging year and with the difficulties that continue to lie ahead, some much needed comedic relief has also been scheduled on the second day.

“The organizing partners strive to secure presenters from a variety of sectors while keeping the content engaging, relevant and thought-provoking every year. Our goal was to keep the format as close as possible to previous years, while ensuring attendees still have the networking opportunities they always look forward to,” commented Tanya Oliver, CEO, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers

  • Dan Lerner, author and instructor of one of the most popular undergraduate courses at NYU (The Science of Happiness);
  • Alfredo Tan, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Data and Partnership at Rogers Sports and Media, and former Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at Westjet;
  • The Debaters, from the hit CBC Radio comedy show, along with host Steve Patterson;
  • Dr. Jody Carrington, psychologist and best selling author, specializing in relationships and connection;
  • Craig Elias, entrepreneur and recently recognized by LinkedIn as Canada’s #1 B2B sales expert;
  • Janice Otremba, Best-Selling author and Certified Executive Coach, focused on leadership and team development;
  • Maggie Hanna, President of Innovation & Technology Scout at Energy Futures Lab and former resource explorer; and
  • Todd Hirsch, ATB Vice President and Chief Economist.
  • Organizers are also pleased to announce that Premier Jason Kenney and other members of his caucus have agreed to participate and share information on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

Partners

  • City of Grande Prairie
  • County of Grande Prairie No. 1
  • Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
  • Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Grande Prairie Regional College GPRC,
  • Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association
  • Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network, and
  • Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

Tecconnect’s four course package on Python presented by Dr. Muhammad Khan is FREE!

Learn Python’s applications relevant to your business, build your toolkit, and learn how to manage business data with this powerful programming language.

If you can’t make the Thursday evening session times, register anyways and they’ll send you the post-session recording!

This webinar is offered by Tecconnect, part of Economic Development Lethbridge, who is in turn a partner of RINSA, our Regional Innovation Network in Lethbridge.

Tecconnect offered and recorded this session in March. Their goal is to help people get familiar with some tools and best practices for remote working.

You can watch this recording at any time by clicking the link in the details section.

Tecconnect is part of Economic Development Lethbridge, who is in turn a partner of RINSA, our Regional Innovation Network in Lethbridge.