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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App To Launch In Canada Shortly

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a tracing app to be launched in Canada within weeks.

The app will let users know whether they have come into contact with covid19 cases around them. The app will be completely voluntary. It will be first launched in Ontario as a test drive.

No personal information will be collected and the app will adhere to all the Canadian privacy laws.

Canada has recently surpassed 100,000 Covid19 cases but the new cases are slowing down.

The app was developed by Shopify and BlackBerry volunteers and will integrate with publicly available health data to let users know of Covid19 cases around them.

Province of Alberta has already launched an app in that province called ABTraceTogether. It was downloaded more than 200,000 times.

Tech Salaries in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver Revealed (2018)

Randstad, the behemoth of a recruitment agency, has recently published list of technology / IT salaries across Canada.

The numbers are interesting to see as there is a big difference in remuneration between cities in Quebec such as Montreal where some salaries can be atrociously 30-50% less than Toronto , Vancouver, Calgary, Waterloo and Ottawa.

For example, if you look at entry level for C# in Montreal you would get $45k vs $65k in the rest of Canada. Or entry level iOS is $50k in Montreal, and $64k in Toronto or $65.5k in Calgary.

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If you are a bilingual tech support – you might want to consider Vancouver where Level 3 tech support can get $65.9k vs $52.6k in Montreal for example.

Or if you are a database admin, you might want to consider Calgary where they pay $122k vs $90k in Montreal.

But what happens if you love Montreal, joie de vivre and all the baguettes you can eat BUT do not want to get undercut on a salary? Then you need to be an UI UX developer where folks get a whooping $121k in Montreal vs $98k in Waterloo or $100k in Toronto OR AI (artificial intelligence) developer – Montreal gets $131k vs $120k in Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo.

Please note that when report talks about entry level that means 1 to 3 years’ experience (or just out of school); mid-level is 4 to 7 years of  experience; and senior level is 8+ years.

Without further ado see the cities and 2018 tech salaries in Canada associated with them as provided by Randstad.

Tech Salaries in Montreal for 2018

Tech Salaries in Ottawa for 2018

Tech Salaries in Toronto for 2018

Tech Salaries in Waterloo for 2018

Tech Salaries in Vancouver for 2018

Tech Salaries in Calgary for 2018

Calgary Alberta mcThings is Connecting Things to the Internet since 2014

mcThings is a full stack enabler in the IoT space. The platform that mcThings has developed solves the problem of collecting and sending vast amounts of sensor data to the cloud. The platform consists of three key technologies: ultra-low power hardware, mcOS and the mcCloud. The combination of these technologies allows customers to deploy and scale IoT solutions at a low cost and in as little as three months. The platform includes sensor modules with various connectivity configurations, gateways, software as well as Platform as a Services (PaaS) to manage all aspects of your project(s). Because of this easy implementation, no specialized staff is required for development allowing for a rapid ROI. Refer to the attached for further company detail.

McModule in a motion sensor
McModule in a motion sensor

Who started the company?
The company was started by Tom Groenland in 2014.
Do your team members have tech background? Seven of the 12 team members have a technical background and include firmware and software engineers.

How are you being financed?
Financing to date has come from family, friends and other angel investors. In addition, we have received government funding of approximately CAD $450,000 with respect to research and development activities. Strategic fund raising planned for mid-2017 in the range $5M- $10M.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?
The major challenge is the customer adoption rate – that is the time it takes for customers to understand the opportunities that IoT generally and our platform in particular offers, how it can be applied to their business and then to implement a solution.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?
Most employees have come from relationships with existing staff. This has been supplemented with the use of LinkedIn.

Who is your biggest competition?
Our major competitors are Electric Imp, Samsara, Particle IO and Helium

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues?
We are in various stages of proof of concept trials with several customers. We expect that most of these customers will move to large scale deployment of our devices resulting in the sale of between 10,000 to 100,000 devices per year and revenue of up to US $ 2.0 million per year and growing thereafter. Over the next three to five years we expect the revenue from our Platform as a Service offering to make up the majority of our revenues.

In what markets?
We expect most of our customers to be in the logistics and asset tracking / monitoring business – primarily mid-sized companies located in the US. Our secondary market is asset performance monitoring.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project?
The time to identify customers and bring them through the development cycle i.e. from the identification of the opportunity, completion of preliminary trials and then full scale implementation / deployment has generally taken longer than originally anticipated.

Video: mc-Things: Cochrane Town Company Overview

Innovate Calgary partners with Telus to advance tech startups

Innovate Calgary has launched TELUS Technology Accelerator (TTA), a six-month program beginning December 2016 that will showcase and grow Canadian technology startups primarily in four areas: seamless experience, data analytics, health and wellness, and “last 100 metres” technologies. This program aims to rapidly accelerate a startup’s technology, business model and investability.

Each participating startup is matched with mentors from both TELUS and Innovate Calgary. These mentors bring decades of business, technical, and entrepreneurial experience to the startups.

The conclusion of the program is an opportunity for participating startups to share the results of their work. Hosted at the TELUS building in downtown Calgary, startups are invited to demonstrate their products and accomplishments to a select group of TELUS leaders and community investors.

So far – 3 startups are participating: RallyEngine – RallyEngine is a nimble, mobile-focused content publishing platform for alerting groups, rallying teams, and informing communities., Physio4D – motion tracking system that enables clinicians to objectively assess joint mobility, MedDuck – works with its partners to improve health care outcomes through the appropriate use of nimble mobile application solutions.


Interested in qualifying? Make sure that you are

1. Incorporated in Canada

2. Working on your startup full-time

3. Revenue, or an identified path to revenue

4. Validated technology as determined by a customer demonstration, field trial etc.


Companies in any technology area that address any of the four priority areas are encouraged to apply:

Seamless Experience: Technologies that enable users to access and/or generate any content and/or information on any device, anywhere, anytime, for an integrated communications and entertainment experience.

Data Analytics: Services and applications that simplify the managing and securing of IoT devices, as well as any solutions that offer clear analysis of IoT-related data to TELUS and its customers, to enable improved and expedient business decision-making through data insights.

Health and Wellness: Initiatives that promote healthier lifestyles through technologies, such as ones based on network sensors and wearable devices that leverage network infrastructure and APIs to enable more efficient physician collaboration, or increasing patient awareness and self-monitoring as part of a holistic preventative healthcare plan.

Last 100m: Technologies that dramatically reduce the costs of building actual fiber connections to each building/home, while maintaining high levels of reliability and low operational costs in the long run even in the face of the severe northern climatic conditions.


Read more at www.innovatecalgary.com