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4 days ago

Am a Canadian working for a US southeast-based startup. Need a reminder about where to find tech, tech support and creative community event listings in the GTA. Looking for some events in January when I'll be in town. ... See MoreSee Less

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Startup here Toronto has a listing of a lot of the events and workshops happening every month. There’s also the monthly TechTO event.

Keep an eye out for Creative Mornings as well.

3 days ago

Any recommendations for group benefits specialists for a team of 5? TIA! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hubert Hutton

We love working with Chris Gory and IPFS. Makes it really simple.

Adam Singer

Happy to show you some options. I work with all the major carriers and can put together some quotes and option base on your custom needs. Feel free to message me if you would like to jump on a call.

Mas Chan

We are rolling out benefits plan now with David Bold at we picked a great plan from RWAM insurance administrators.

Jason Dea check out HoneyBee Benefits

Join a coworking space that participates in COHIP!! Ashley Proctor can help you find kne

Lee Belzberg at they can set you up with an HSA/PSA or more comprehensive plan. Very transparent and easy to work with

Adam Gilbert - Northstone Financial

Brett Okorofsky [email protected]

Hands down Yafa Sakkejha at Beneplan!! Feel free to DM me for more details

Get a few quotes. Ask yourself the question as to the motivation for providing benefits. Ask how the agent gets compensation. This will determine if you’re getting advice that’s in your best interest. Happy to chat anytime. DM me.

Hey Maria Ko! Looks like you already have a bunch of options, but I would highly recommend James Guest - he’s super knowledgeable and will take the time to understand the needs of your group, find the right option for you, and make sure you understand everything you need to along the way - [email protected]

Thanks so much everyone!

MB Secure Financial Mike Barrow is excellent. Creates tailored packages for the best rates.

My accountant, Irene May Lee, found some great options for me!

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3 days ago

Hey there! Does anyone have recommendations for a marketing agency that's particularly well-suited to prepare for a tradeshow in Europe? obvฤฑous. will be stepping up its game at Embedded World in Nuremberg. We're in Calgary, but proficiency > proximity, so any good Canadian agency is fine. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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Benjamin what kind of support are you looking for? Boulevard PR is a B2B tech PR agency, and we have one person on our team dedicated to events. We have managed Canadian client participation at events such as Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Depending on what you are looking for, we may be able to help you.

Hey Benjamin Hilborn I'd be delighted to chat. I run Stack Creative, and we can handle pretty much anything you can throw at us in the marketing space (although our sweet spot is the overlap between branding, digital and ad creative, all of which may have a particular role to play within trade show materials) Our site's at, and you can reach me at [email protected] :)

Deck Agency!

Slightly off topic but If you haven't already reached out to trade commissioners they can be a fantastic resource for international trade fairs. Happy to help.

Hannah at !

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6 days ago

Iโ€™m looking to set up a DTC business in the GTA. Are there recommendations on companies or courier services to use? The quotes from Canada Post for commercial customers seemed too high at ~$8.50 given our average package will be $24. Open to suggestions! ... See MoreSee Less

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When it comes to DTC, the advantage that Canada Post has is their infrastructure/core competency is to ship to both residential & business addresses. DHL is a decent courier option in lieu of Canada Post but, at the end of the day, their core competency is business. Depending on your delivery radius, there are a number of indy courier services however that brings in workflow/integration questions. Feel free to DM if you'd like as I've got experience in the DTC space. has cheaper rates

Speak to Paul Kalra - he has helped a few of my friends in the D2C (some members including here) with better rates.

Kristine Tran - We are a group of entrepreneurs who have combined our shipping volume together to drive savings. I just sent you a DM. We would love to have more entrepreneurs join.

Kristine Tran I’m an entrepreneur and investor of DTC brands and just launched a dedicated DTC fulfillment center a month ago.

+1 to Larry Lau. He’s a DTC guru and knows the space incredibly well!

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6 days ago

Who is heading down to Dreamforce next week?

I'll be there to cover all of the social good initiatives happening and would love to connect with other Canadians who will be in town!

Would also love any suggestions from people who have been in the past around how to navigate such a large event (and find some friendly Canadian faces!).
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I'll be there!

I’ll be there as well

Wear comfy shoes !

The “big” talks fill up fast - give yourself extra time for those. There is a great group called Startupsgiveback that have been working with Dreamforce in the past to collect the extra swag and distribute it to shelters and other centres - connect with them they are a great community.

I'll be there

I wrote this guide to surviving Dreamforce in 2014 and much of it still applies.

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6 days ago

Does anyone know of a good platform where I can barter services with other startups. Example I can help with operations in exchange for graphic design services?

As a new founder starting off this seems like a great service that I would use as I'm bootstrapping but can't find anything!

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I like to know that as well!..:)

Frederic Voyer

Great idea!

We can perhaps help each other out for those on the thread Ali Khandani Nolan Beanlands Tim H. Paarup Dridi. I'll start a group chat.

6 days ago

Anyone know a good react native developer available for contract or full time ? Not looking for agencies, only individuals - thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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We use Flutter. Does it have to be React?

I know a bunch. DM me?

1 week ago

May be a silly question but is there a directory anywhere of all or most of the more prominent VC's in Canada? ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you tried angel list search functionality which allow you to filter based on location / investment

People or funds? Probably a good first approximation for funds: Saul Colt ๐Ÿ’



Hi Saul, I work at the CVCA. Happy to share a list of investing member firms with you.

You can use to find source firms city, filter by role and gain insights on recent investment rounds in the news

Have you used crunchbase premium? You can really drill down, filtering by region/focus/stage and so much more!

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