Posted on March 30th, 2013 by Avonova
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      March 25, 2013     Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is hosting a pair of presentations and a Q&A panel for a look at how Stratford’s traditional manufacturing base is being transformed by ICT … to the point that we now have a digitally-skilled labour shortage and one of Canada’s highest employment rates. NOTE: This month’s meeting is back at the Stratford Country Club, ...

Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Avonova
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2013 Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is staging a mixed media moment on the collaboration, collision and collusion between art and digital technology on Tuesday, February 5th, 7-9PM. NOTE: The medium for this month’s event is Stratford’s working creative space, Factory 163 at 163 King St., south parking lot entrance. After a bit of time to mingle and catch up with one another, Bob Telfer is presenting ...

Posted on January 8th, 2013 by Avonova
Call to artists! Avonova's February meeting will discuss the intersection of art and technology, but this time around, we want to see what artists that are working in digital media/transmedia are actually doing! Are you interested in showcasing your work in one of Stratford's most important cultural locations? If you're an artist working in digital media/transmedia, we'd love to hear from you and help showcase your work. Please send an email to info@avonova.ca or tweet us at ...

Posted on January 2nd, 2013 by Avonova
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is announcing its programming for the first half of 2013. The content ranges from the manufacturing revolution, to accelerating brainchildren, to cortex-crimping physics, to digital art forms. NOTE TO MEMBERS: The January meeting scheduled for Tue. Jan. 8th has been deferred to February. The normal first-Tuesday-of-the-month pattern resumes with the February 5th meeting. Here is the lineup for February through June ...

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
A new policy brief put out by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is worthing reading and has an interesting profile of Stratford.  Post your thoughts and comments below! Smart Cities of the Future  

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by
Stratford, ON (November 22, 2012) – The City of Stratford will hold an information session about Stratford’s Intelligent Community Awards campaign on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00PM, hosted by the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. The purpose of the evening session will be to outline the ICF Awards process and its relevance to Stratford’s emergence as a technology centre specializing in digital media. The public is invited. Doors open at 6:30PM and the meeting should ...

Posted on October 1st, 2012 by Avonova
  Call for Action: The Avonova Outreach Committee has continued working on this project throughout the summer.  We believe that the time taken to thoroughly plan this pilot and to recruit and enlist partner organizations will go a long way to ensure its success in the community. We now have working partnerships in place with the United Way Perth Huron, Stratford Public Library, Shelterlink, Rhyzome Networks, and the City of Stratford and have started raising the required funding ...

Posted on May 24th, 2012 by Avonova
PF Solutions is a Practice Firm located in Stratford, Ontario. Opened in September 2011, we work to provide a supportive and realistic business environment for participants to develop skills necessary for career success. Participants engage in project-based business activities that allow them to experience an authentic office environment while working towards their employment goals.              

Posted on May 11th, 2012 by Ted Boniface
Beyond The Curtain: How Digital Media is Reshaping Theatre is a report that outlines a vision for Canada’s performing arts community to embrace digital media and technology both on-stage and beyond the stage. This paper shares the results of an extensive feasibility and research study conducted between January and September 2011.  Beyond the Curtain was undertaken by Ballinran Productions Limited and Digital Wizards Inc. with the participation of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association ...

Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Bob Telfer
Taking Time Out to Reflect – Greg Dick of Perimeter Institute Talks to Stratford I’ve been admittedly lost in business over the last year. Heads down and going hard.  But an appreciation for balancing work and lifelong learning has been fired up within me starting a couple of weeks ago when I downloaded a kobo book on my tablet called Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny.  What’s really amped it up though was a recent talk given by Greg Dick ...

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Avonova
Our goal is to execute a Proof of Concept / Pilot  to deliver digital literacy to x amount of people to determine viability – how to act as a catalyst – to proof a sustainable model on how to rollout to the entire community- subsisting in a smart community. Read More

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by Avonova
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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.  Prior ...

Posted on November 30th, 2011 by Avonova
Stratford, ON – Avonova, Stratford’s technology association, is ringing in the holiday season with a meet-up featuring The-State-of-Things updates from Mayor Dan Mathieson and Ginny Dybenko, the newly arrived Executive Director of the University of Waterloo | Stratford Campus. Avonova members are encouraged to come out to chat with His Worship, Ms. Dybenko and their fellow geeky people. The meeting is Tuesday, December 6th, 7-9PM in the President’s Lounge of the Stratford ...

Posted on November 8th, 2011 by karensd
November 1, Stratford’s Avonova group hosted a panel discussing “Doing Tech in Stratford: Why or Why not?” The guest panelists spoke to the merits and challenges of establishing a technology business or career in Stratford, Ontario versus other centres like Kitchener-Waterloo, London or Toronto. Our panelists were: Gary Wreford, VP, Central Processing Technology, Scotiabank, heads the bank’s worldwide IT services from Stratford. Tim Ellis, Chief Operating Officer ...

Posted on September 6th, 2011 by Avonova
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Avonova, the local social network for Stratford’s emerging technology culture, is launching the 2011/12 season with Toronto-based futurist, ecommerce designer and social media thinker Thomas Purves, speaking on “What the Future Holds.” The meeting is 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 ...

Posted on March 31st, 2011 by Avonova
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Stratford was designated one of the world’s Top 7 Smart cities by the Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think-tank promoting the use of broadband for economic and community development. Avonova is pleased to be part of the story of Stratford’s reinvention as a smart city and technology centre focused on digital media. Read more on the Stratford Smart City Blog at www.stratfordsmartcity.ca

Posted on December 20th, 2010 by Avonova
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Stratford Named a Smart 21 City!