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A Year in Review

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thank you for making 2012 such a successful year for the technology sector in NL.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and much success in the New Year.

 

NATI'S 2012 IN REVIEW

The advanced technology sector in NL employs 3700 people in 170 companies, and produces revenues of $1.6B, representing 6% of the provincial GDP.

2012 has been a busy year here at NATI! Through our working partnerships with OceansAdvance, The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, The St. John's Board of Trade, The International Business Development Agreement ICT  group (IBDA), and the Association of Canadian Information Technology Professionals (CIPS), we continue to accelerate the business of technology.

This year NATI led two pan-Atlantic trade missions: The first to Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, the second toFuturecom in Brazil. NATI also represented the technology sector of NL at BIO Boston, the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the South Eastern United States-Canadian Provinces (SEUSS-CP) Alliance Conference, and Oceans 2012.

In March NATI hosted its annual industry conference, Solutions Summit 2012. An outstanding line up of speakers and an engaged audience of representatives from private sector, public sector, and students, made for an excellent event. 

NATI also chaired the committee responsible for the 2012 CIPS Women in Technology (WIT) conference. WIT 2012 was the biggest yet, with almost 400 girls in attendance and a Corner Brook location was added for the first time.

NATI serves as provincial ambassador for Startup Canada, and led the NL Startup tour in July. This included town hall sessions with local entrepreneurs, workshops with entrepreneurial minded students, and meetings with members of the entrepreneurial support community. The NATI Summer Barbecue kicked off the tour, and was a huge success with over 250 people in attendance.

This year NATI also brought in experts on topics such as proposal writing, business development in the tech sector, and mentorship, to work with member companies in these areas.

NATI's Business Development Coordinator, Natasha Hudson, was selected from a pool of over 70 applicants to participate in theTechWomen Canada program in Silicon Valley. Upon her return from the program she launched TechWomen NL, a working group for professional females in the tech sector.

NATI also hosted its annual Bio Partnering event, and is coordinating the NL portion of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada. 

NATI worked to better engage with the students of the province. Students were invited to attend the Solutions Summit conference, NATI spoke to career development classes, and partnerships were formed with several student groups including SIFE, MUNTech, and NL WebDevs.

NATI partners with ACOA to execute the Export Program and the Internship Program. NATI's Internship Program is the only of its kind in the province, and supports local companies in hiring recent post-secondary graduates to grow export activities.

NATI has worked hard to ensure that as the voice of the NL technology sector it has been heard loud and clear in 2012 through social media, a constantly updated website and events calendar, and weekly 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 it needs one. NATI staff volunteer with the IBDA ICT committee, the NL Business Coalition, the St. John's Board of Trade, CIPS, Startup Canada, and the Innovation Council. Additionally, Natasha Hudson was recently selected as a member of the international advisory council for Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), extending NATI's reach to an international level.

At the Annual General Meeting in May a new Board of Directors was elected. NATI was thrilled to welcome June Turpin, Mandy Woodland, and Terry Hussy to the Board. These new directors joined Gerard Duggan, Geoff Davis, Suzanne Kenney, Weston Raske, and Chris Spurvey to form the 2012-2013 Board of Directors.

The NATI Board has enhanced its engagement with Provincial Government stakeholders. This included working with the Department of Innovation, Business, and Rural Development to ensure NATI had input in strategic planning consultation for economic development in the technology sector, and working with OCIO to help inform the mandate and support for industry development. The Board has also led the creation of a communications strategy and media management process with help from Cape Consulting. Additionally, the Board has drafted an initial framework for a more formal Post- Secondary engagement initiative.

Going forward the NATI Board will be working towards an improved membership value strategy and membership recruiting, board member recruiting, closing out 2012 fiscal year and lending support to the Knowledge Summit scheduled for March 2103.

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 2013, NATI's 25th Anniversary year and what is sure to be another excellent year for the technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador!