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2014 Year in Review

Sunday, July 22, 2018


2014 has been a busy year here at NATI! Through our working partnerships with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and our industry and organization partners, we continue to accelerate the business of technology.

This year NATI co-chaired the IBDA ICT committee and led a pan-Atlantic trade mission to theGame Developers Conference(GDC) in San Francisco. NATI also represented the province's technology sector in partnership with OceansAdvance at theOceans 2014 Conference, held in St. John's, NL for the first time ever in 2014. As well, NATI led a provincial ocean technology trade mission to theNavalshoreConference and Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In April, NATI brought Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, to St. John's to deliver an interactive session with Gartner VP of Research Chris Howard. An Atlantic Canada native, Chris delivered three tailored sessions to a packed room at the Sheraton Hotel.

In May, Innovation Week 2014took place in St. John's. The first event of its kind in Newfoundland & Labrador, Innovation Week saw over 1,500 people participate in seven events. Organizers included NATI, ADIANL, Genesis Centre, NEIA, CME NL, CNA & the Youth in Technology committee, Common Ground, OA, StartupNL, TEDxStJohns, IBRD and ACOA. Together, this group put together an amazing lineup of conferences and events featuring speakers, mentors and business leaders from across North America.

In 2014, NATI continued to support and work with entrepreneurs and the start-up community in the province by inviting them to attend our conferences and networking events, and by supporting a number of events designed for them, including Limitless Business Days and the Common Ground Fun-Raiser. In June, NATI CEO Ron Taylor attended the Startup Canada Awards in Toronto where leading entrepreneurs, communities and organizations were recognized for outstanding leadership in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

This year NATI engaged consultants to assist our members with hot topics such as human resources management, innovation commercialization and intellectual property protection, and continues to work with member companies to improve their knowledge and skills in these areas of business management and growth.

In 2014, NATI partnered with the Government of NL and the M5 Group of Companies to launch theOutSmart Program. This program enables five knowledge-based companies in NL to bring their marketing message to international markets and realize global export opportunities. This one year program is intended to develop tailored marketing platforms and complete online presence for each company, so they will be able to better execute targeted marketing programs into new export markets.

NATI continues to partner with ACOA in delivering theNATI-ACOAExport Programandthe NATI Internship Programswhich include theInternational Export Internshipand theCommercialization Officer Internship. NATI's Internship Programs are the only ones of their kind in the province, and support local companies in hiring recent post-secondary graduates to grow export activities and to encourage innovation commercialization.

NATI's Ocean Technology Commercial Initiative (OTCI) continues to support collaborative initiatives designed to augment the capabilities of our ocean technology sector, and NATI is once coordinating the NL portion of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge.

NATI hosted itsAnnual General Meetingin May and a new Board of Directors was elected. NATI was thrilled to welcome Peter Rawsthorne, Carol Ann Thomas and Sam Bromley to the Board. These new directors joined new Chair Mandy Woodland, Chris Spurvey, Chris Dillon, Brad Dobbin, June Turpin, Ajay Pande and Danny Penton to form the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

Throughout 2014 NATI hosted a number of networking events which were open to members, partners, and friends. The Summer BBQ at the Gypsy Tearoom Courtyard and Holiday Social at Basho reached capacity with over 150 people attending the Summer BBQ and over 100 people attending the Holiday Party.

NATI has worked hard to ensure that as the voice of the NL technology sector it has been heard loud and clear in 2014 through oursocial media channels, our constantly updatedwebsiteand events calendar, and ourweekly member newsletter. NATI represents the province's technology sector at outside events, and sits on various committees and boards to give the industry a voice where needed

It has been an incredibly successful year for NATI and for the technology industry as a whole. A special thank you goes out to all of our members, partners, and our Board of Directors for their continued commitment to ensuring the success of the sector.

We look forward to working with you all again in 2015, in what is sure to be another excellent year for the technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador!