Innovation and superclusters
Oct18

Innovation and superclusters

I recently read a great book called “How to Fly a Horse”, written by the inventor of the “Internet of Things”, Kevin Ashton. Opening with an anecdote about the Wright brothers trying to figure out how to essentially “fly a horse”, it debunks our common beliefs about creativity and innovation. When reviewing some of the world’s greatest innovative breakthroughs,...

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Game Changer: Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC
Sep18

Game Changer: Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC

In June 2011, Jim Quick moved into his current position as the President and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), after spending a few years in the chemical industry. Making that transition to the aerospace industry, Jim quickly realized that “every day is different with new opportunities and challenges.” But not only that, “each day you get...

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Interview with Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
Aug29

Interview with Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard

From the June/July 2017 issue. In March 2017, Jeffery Hutchinson was appointed as the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, serving previously in the position of Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding from 2015 to 2017. Prior to this, Commissioner Hutchinson held the positions of Director General, National Strategies, and Director General, Integrated Business Management Services. Managing Editor of Vanguard,...

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The next big thing to watch out for in tech
Aug23

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The next big thing to watch out for in tech

It feels like every year some new wave in technology goes into vogue. When we started OMX, it was all about niche marketplaces – usually the “eBay of something obscure and specific”. When I was on CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den, it felt like every startup that pitched was the “Uber of something” such as food delivery, at home...

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Game Changer: Alex McPhail, President & CEO of EXA Consulting Limited
Jul27

Game Changer: Alex McPhail, President & CEO of EXA Consulting Limited

Many years before Alex McPhail joined EXA, he founded and then later sold a company that manufactured and sold remote sensing satellite receiver ground station control systems. “It was primarily through proposals that I won several international contracts in a market space dominated by large, multinational companies,” he said. It was then that he realized that he was on...

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Game Changer: Marc Bouvrette, President of Gap Wireless
Jul24

Game Changer: Marc Bouvrette, President of Gap Wireless

Here at Vanguard, we are excited to announce that we have selected the Game Changers for the August/September 2017 issue. The first Game Changer for this issue is Marc Bouvrette, President of Gap Wireless.  In his role, Bouvrette is responsible for supporting and managing the sales team, manage vendor relationships and contracts, and he also serves on the Board...

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