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My colleague Lily Jamali is interviewing Canada's consul general in San Francisco this afternoon for Bloomberg TV Canada. I've heard some rumblings that the two-week visa process is not exactly well-tailored to small and lean startups. What would be the best way to articulate a critical question on how the visa program has been rolled out?
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Douglas Soltys👀

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Gerrit De Vynckokay good to know there's no problems 😂

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Danielle LovellSeems pretty straightforward, but it'll be interesting to see the mandatory and complementary labour market benefit activity requirements are applied. I'd say these (reasonably I think) requirements to focus on cdn/cdn PR skill enhancement in the company while bringing in foreign talent is reasonable, but the detail of what's required doesn't yet feel clear. Does starting mentorship coffee across the company count? Is it only cash? Etc etc. But it also seems that ESDC will walk folks through creating this plan, so perhaps this isn't so bad. Anyone here filed one yet?

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Was hoping we could crowdsource a list of the top tech/startup exec recruiting firms serving Canadian startups here?

[I'll start the list below within the comment section so as to not to unfairly single out/market anyone - I also welcome & bonus points for firms that are in tech games/entertainment/media!]
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Albert LaiStonewood Group, Boyden...

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Daneal CharneyAlready a list on startup north

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Erin BuryBoost Agents! Trina Boos

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Daxal DesaiArtemis in Kitchener

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Jeff WaldmanCulture & Company Inc.

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Kelly McGregorI haven't used them yet, but I've had someone recommend BrightLights brightlightsinc.com

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Bruce DorlandAlbert Lai not sure if I can add ourselves (Grossman Dorland Recruiting) but we do lots of exec recruiting for startups, scale-ups and large tech

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Keith IppelAmui and Blankslate are both work a look in Vancouver, especially with Amui's unique model. Look at at Talent Collective for candidate first approach.

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Tehsin BhayaniWould highly recommend Jared Saks & Ilan Saks @ Stacked HR. The team specializes in high growth-scaling tech startups across Canada & a lot in SF too. They have been great at Exec Searches including VP Eng, Dir Eng, CTO, CFO, VP HR, etc. Can intro to both or just contact Jared directly at [email protected] :)

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With all of the really great things going on in Toronto, it is often overlooked that this city is one of the largest hubs for commerce technology. I have been asked to pull together a list of Toronto companies that provide tech to brands and retailers to help them sell more.

I have started the list below. I most likely left out a ton of good friends but, I haven't had coffee today, so please forgive me if I totally forgot.

Criteria:

- Founded/headquartered in the GTA
- Brands and Retailers are the primary customer base. (There are many companies that CAN sell to Brands and Retailers but I am looking for companies that are focused solely on brands and retailers).
- Technology companies. Not service companies or anyone who is actually a brand or retailer.

Please feel free to add some more in the comments. Thanks for the help.

Hubba
Rubikloud
Exact Media Network
Sampler
Sample Source
Urbery
Vantage
Shoelace
Unata
Askuity
Hashtag Paid
ivvi
dubdub Stories
Stamp Content
Parsel
Cluep
Aislelabs
Statflo
GrowSumo
Groupby Inc.
Layer 6
My Lil' Healthmart
Stream Commerce
SweetIQ(recently acquired)
Turnstyle Solutions (recently acquired)

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Cory RosenfieldCool initiative. Don't forget some love for qoints :)

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Jaxson KhanBen, I still think you should include Shopify given how extensive they are and how much of the product/business is run from Toronto now.

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Alex De BoldBen Zifkin Our new master brand is live hatch.digital/

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Michael NusKinetic Commerce?

3 days ago   ·  2
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Justin HartzmanHow can you forget needls.com :) - We enable more selling exclusively.

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Leah Carrwww.adeptmind.ai/

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Bill SweetmanAuthenticWeb.com - they focus on brands and their namespace

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Hongwei LiuAny love for your friends in the Loo?

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Varun MathurThis list is for Bezos right -- select all, add all to cart and single click checkout ? :)

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Derek SzetoKinetic Commerce is another one... Chris W. Carder

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Mudit Singh RawatThanks for mentioning us! I was telling a CPG brand manager last week how Toronto is suddenly becoming a super hub for commerce and more companies need to pay attention and track toronto companies in this space.

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Jeremy OttoSolid list Ben. Would this vision extend to the not-for-profit sector? If so, Giving Gateway. :)

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Varun MathurAlso, Polar, Keyhole ..

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Will LamI'd throw in Taplytics :)

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Robert RubensteinAdd Horizn to the list

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Ben ZifkinAlso had Nulogy, Tealbook, EQWorks and flashstock on my list.

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Bryan LipovetskyGiftagram

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Mihnea GaleteanuPoints.com

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Bilal KhanWould add Tulip Retail (www.tulip.io) and Ali Asaria to this list. Their HQ is based in TO. Building an incredible company in retailtech.

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Michael SousaChecking in with Screenfluence (www.screenfluence.com)

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