TBD at 7:00 PM on December 3rd, 2013
Our annual “Bright Side of Winter in Stratford” holiday social. Book it in your calendar now:Tue.Dec.3rd,7-­‐9PM. More details to be announced shortly.


3rd Rail Society. 2nd Floor Via Rail Station. at 7:00 PM on November 5th, 2013
  Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology group, is hosting a series of cortical quick hits about the opportunities to leverage digital learning, from four distinct angles:   COMMERCIALIZATION: Laura Martin will present on how Axonify, a Kitchener tech startup, is gamifying the latest brain science to drive knowledge retention in the corporate context – www.axonify.com  DIGITAL GOOD: Susan Kurtz will be delivering a wrap-­‐up presentation ...



3rd Rail Society - Via Rail Train Station. at 7:00 PM on October 1st, 2013
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology group, is dedicating its October meeting to experiment with a group problem-­‐solving concept: “crowdsolving”™. Members and guests are invited to bring their favourite technology problem, need or peeve (or wish, idea or vision if you’re an optimist) so the great minds surrounding them can provide input, questions, leads and connections. And very likely a few breakthroughs. The format will be open to all, ...


Stratford Country Club at 12:00 AM on September 10th, 2013
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology group is launching the 2013/14 season with a special guest speaker who will introduce us to the quantum world that Einstein described as “spooky”. Friendly advice to get you started: Let go of what you know.    Martin Laforest, Senior Manager Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, will share how researchers at IQC are exploring and taming the quantum world to transform ...


TBD at 7:00 PM on June 4th, 2013
Brainchild to Business: How ideas for new technologies and businesses become going concerns, and the role of accelerator programs.


6 Wellington Street at 7:00 PM on May 7th, 2013
  Come out and join us for a discussion with Shane Pegg, Director of Strategic Initiatives of the new Stratford Accelerator Centre. The Stratford Accelerator Centre delivers to start-ups and early stage companies the Accelerator Program including the provision of comprehensive mentoring and the facilitation of potential grant funding. Established on the same principles anchoring the Waterloo Accelerator Centre, the Stratford Accelerator Centre accepts clients through a competitive application ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on April 2nd, 2013
Still a staple of Stratford’s economy, manufacturing has undergone dramatic change … to the point that local jobs are going begging. Experts tell us why.  


University of Waterloo Stratford Campus at 7:00 PM on March 5th, 2013
  UWATERLOO DIGITAL MEDIA GRADS SHOW & TELL AT AVONOVA Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is cohosting an event at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus showcasing the technologies and projects developed by this year’s class of Masters of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) students. NOTE: The meeting is being held at the Campus building on Tuesday, March 5th, 7-9PM. After some mingling and a few Avonova updates, Shane Pegg, ...


Factory 163 at 7:00 PM on February 5th, 2013
We re-visit the convergence of art media, new and traditional, with the various opportunities and temptations offered by digital technologies.  


N/A at 7:00 PM on January 8th, 2013
The January 8th Avonova event has been postponed until February 5th. 


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on December 4th, 2012
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is having their annual Christmas social on Tuesday, December 4th, 7-9PM, in the President’s Lounge at the Stratford Country Club. On the heels of last month’s knockout presentation on the surge of ICT curriculum and creativity at Stratford Central Secondary by Al Booker and students, hosted by the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, this month Mayor Dan Mathieson will be on hand for his annual report on the ...


University of Waterloo Stratford Campus at 7:00 PM on November 6th, 2012
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is going back to school with Central Secondary’s ICT program maven Al Booker, and some show & tell from some very talented digital media students. NOTE: The meeting is Tuesday, November 6th, 7-9PM, BUT THE VENUE HAS CHANGED for this meeting to the shiny new University of Waterloo | Stratford Campus building. The public is invited and admission is free. With the introduction of Central’s brand new, nowhere else ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on October 2nd, 2012
Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is pleased to host a discussion on startup businesses and technology commercialization with the new Accelerator Centre in Stratford. The meeting is Tuesday, October 2, 7-9PM, in the President’s Lounge at the Stratford Country Club. Admission is free, the bar isn’t, and the curious are welcome. Josh Wright of the about-to-be-launched Accelerator Centre at the University of Waterloo | Stratford Campus joins us to talk about how ideas ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on September 11th, 2012
Avonova is back for the 2012-13 season! Time to re-group and re-connect after a hot, never-quite-long-enough summer. We've had a great run of topics and events over the past two years, with some really great turnouts. And plans are coming together for Year 3, starting with an opportunity to provide feedback, input and fresh ideas of your own that we can build into our event planning. We're also introducing a couple of tweaks to the meeting format to mix things up and keep it lively. Win ...


TBA at 7:00 PM on June 5th, 2012
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TBA at 7:00 PM on May 1st, 2012
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President’s Lounge at the Stratford Country Club. at 7:00 PM on April 3rd, 2012
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is hosting what promises to be a perspective warping evening with Greg Dick, Director of Educational Outreach at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd, 7-9PM, in the President’s Lounge at the Stratford Country Club. The public is invited and admission is free. The Perimeter Institute, a favourite haunt of Stephen Hawking, is one of the world’s leading centres for ...


TBA at 7:00 PM on March 6th, 2012
Technologists from Stratford and area will be sharing their innovations with the group in a lab format.


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on February 7th, 2012
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Avonova is pleased to welcome Christine Tutssel as a guest speaker on the topic of “Qualify to Close” on Tuesday, February 7th. Christine has been successfully selling enterprise technology solutions for over 25 years, leading high powered teams for a large portion of her career.  Christine will share the formula to her success, quite simply – what works and what doesn’t. Christine Tutssel is the co-founder and VP of Sales of Waterloo tech startup 17muscles.  ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on January 10th, 2012
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Avonova will kick off 2012 with a panel discussion on social media and how best to integrate it into your strategy.  This month’s meeting will be hosted by University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus – 6 Wellington St. at Downie. Whether you’re an experienced “socmed” navigator, dabbling but not yet committed, or still wondering what all the fuss is about, you’ll gain valuable, practical and strategic insights for your online life – personal or ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on December 6th, 2011
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Avonova hosted a member social on Tuesday, December 6th.  In addition to some great food, good cheer and networking, we were joined by Ginny Dybenko, the new Executive Director of the UW/Stratford Campus and Mayor Dan Mathieson who  provided an update on what’s going on in and around Stratford.  


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on November 1st, 2011
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Join us for this month’s meeting where guest presenters will speak to the merits and challenges of establishing a technology business or career in Stratford (vs. other centres like Kitchener-Waterloo, London or Toronto.) What does Stratford offer that’s unique? What are its shortcomings? Are we being realistic? This session is expected to promote some lively discussion. Our panelists come at the tech-oriented business/career question from widely divergent perspectives: Gary ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on October 4th, 2011
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Avonova hosted a panel with 3 of Canada’s most inspirational technology business leaders who have been successful in turning an idea into a business and a business into a success.  Our panelists shared stories about challenges and rewards of their own ventures, as well as answered questions from the audience.  Speakers included Carol Leaman, CEO of 17muscles,  Randall Howard, Executive Chair at Verdexus portfolio investments and Kurtis McBride, co-founder and CEO of Miovision ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on September 13th, 2011
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Avonova launched the 2011/2012 season with Toronto-based futurist, e-commerce designer and social media thinker Thomas Purves, speaking on “What the Future Holds.” The meeting was held Tuesday, September 13th, 7-9PM in the President’s Lounge of the Stratford Country Club. Admission is free. Mr. Purves is a well-known conference speaker and organizer and national media pundit. He has been among the designers of numerous digital financial services such as Interac, TD’s ...


Stratford Country Club at 5:00 PM on September 12th, 2011
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Stratford is blessed with a mayor who has vision for the city’s digital future. Dan Mathieson comes to Avonova periodically to riff on the City’s strategy to re-position itself as a technology centre with an emphasis on digital media. His Worship usually comes with some late-breaking announcement in his back pocket, but perhaps more importantly you can tell he’s listening too.


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on September 11th, 2011
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What is PostRank? The social web connects people where they share, critique and interact with content and each other. PostRank is the largest aggregator of social engagement data in the industry. Our platform tracks where and how users engage, and what they pay attention to — in real-time. PostRank social engagement data measures actual user activity, the most accurate indicator of the relevance and influence of a site, story, or author. So what’s really happening on the ...


Stratford Country Club at 7:00 PM on September 10th, 2011
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Vision Statement, Mission Statement, Goals, and the Values we Embrace On November 15, 2005, the SPL Board approved a new Vision Statement for the Library as well a new Mission Statement and Values which we at the Library embrace.  They are as follows: Our Vision Through our response to their needs and the space we provide, every member of the public will recognize SPL as an essential resource for personal aspirations and community development. Our Mission The Stratford ...


Stratford Country Club at 3:20 PM on September 9th, 2011
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Another sign of the coming explosion in mobile data and browsing. Google, one of the web’s Big Three has acquired Waterloo, Ontario based Reqwireless. Reqwireless was best know for it’s WebViewer a Java ME browser that works like Opera Mini using a Web Service to transform desktop web content for handheld display. WebViewer worked quite well, loaded in only 51KB and was compatible with many more phones than Opera Mini currently is. WebViewer sold for $20 which included unlimited upgrades ...