NatureFresh™ Farms Technology Strategy Garners National IT Award

Leamington, ON (January 31st, 2017) – As technology seems to evolve at the speed of sound, NatureFresh™ Farms continues to be at the forefront of the greenhouse vegetable industry by applying cutting edge technologies to it’s operations. In doing so, the company was recently named the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Ingenious Award Winner for Small/Medium Private (Non-ICT) Category for 2016.

“NatureFresh™ Farms is facing tough competition from other countries with much lower costs and much like the rest of the industry, tighter regulations for food safety & increase requirements for food quality”, said Ronan McGrath, Principal, Ronan McGrath & Associates, Selection Committee Member & Past President, ITAC. In order to compete economically, NatureFresh™ Farms invested in a complete rebuild of its information technology structure to be more operationally efficient. In doing so, the company saw an immediate impact across it’s operations.



2017 Futurpreneur Canada & BDC Women’s Campaign

There’s no glass ceiling for an entrepreneur. You find your path and accelerate. And there’s no need to “lean in”. After all, you’re too busy defining success on your own terms. Why not join the many women we’ve already helped launch, buy or grow a business?

Futurpreneur Canada and BDC just launched an exciting new marketing campaign to attract and support more women entrepreneurs. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Follow the campaign on social media and like, comment or share the posts
    • Twitter: @Futurpreneur and @BDC_CA
    • Facebook: /BDC and /Futurpreneur
    • Instagram: /BDC_CA and Futurpreneur
    • LinkedIn: Futurpreneur Canada and BDC
  • Join the Thunderclap campaign to share a special message through your Facebook and/or Twitter account on International Women’s Day (March 8th).
  • Visit the campaign page to start a business or share it with a friend!

Futurpreneur Canada is a non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources. They’re partnering with BDC to help women across the country achieve their dreams of owning a business.

Get started on your dream today!

Soleil Capital Corp. Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering

WEtech would like to congratulate our Mentor, Micheal Labiak, on the successful closing of Soleil Capital Corp. initial public offering. 

CALGARY, ALBERTA – January 26, 2017.  Soleil Capital Corp. (“Soleil” or the “Corporation“) (TSX Venture: SOLE.P) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its initial public offering (“Offering“) raising gross proceeds of $1,000,000 pursuant to a prospectus dated December 19, 2016 (the “Prospectus“).  An aggregate of 10,000,000 common shares in the capital of the Corporation (the “Shares“) were subscribed for at a price of $0.10 per Share.  The Corporation has received conditional listing approval from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange“) for its Shares and expects that trading will commence on January 30, 2017 under the stock symbol SOLE.P.

Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. (the “Agent“) acted as the sole lead agent for the Offering.  The Agent received a cash commission equal to 10% of the gross proceeds of the Offering and an option to purchase 100,000 Shares at a price of $0.10 per Share for a period of 24 months from the date of listing of the Shares on the Exchange.  The Agent also received a corporate finance fee of $10,000, plus taxes.

WEtech Mentor and Investor, Micheal Labiak.

Upon closing of the Offering and as disclosed in the Prospectus, Soleil granted 1,170,000 incentive stock options to its directors and officers which are exercisable within ten years from the date of the grant at an exercise price of $0.10 per Share.  Soleil also granted 70,000 charitable stock options to the Canadian Cancer Society.  As a result of the closing of its initial public offering, Soleil now has 12,400,000 Shares issued and outstanding (2,400,000 of which are subject to escrow restrictions).

About the Corporation

Soleil is a capital pool company (“CPC“) within the meaning of the policies of the Exchange that has not commenced commercial operations and has no assets other than cash.  The board of directors of Soleil consists of Michael Thomson, Michael Labiak, Richard Boadway and Rob Fong.  The officers of the Corporation are Michael Thomson and Keith Inman.  Except as specifically contemplated in the CPC policy, until the completion of its Qualifying Transaction, the Corporation will not carry on business, other than the identification and evaluation of companies, business or assets with a view to completing a proposed Qualifying Transaction.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Thomson, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Soleil at:

Telephone:         (604) 312-4777
Fax:                        (403) 303-2774

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains statements about Soleil’s expectations regarding the completion of the application for listing and the commencement of trading on the Exchange that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as final listing approval from the Exchange. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include failure to fulfill conditions of listing on the Exchange and inability to obtain required regulatory approvals. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and Soleil undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, except as required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy the common shares in the United States. The common shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption for the registration requirements of such Act.


27th Anniversary Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor Windsor Star announced the finalists for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. A very special congratulations to WEtech Alliance President & CEO Yvonne Pilon on being named a finalist for the Young Professional of the Year Award!

Award recipients announced in advance include:

Believe Windsor Essex Award

Rosati Group


Patti France, President, St. Clair College

The award winning recipients will not be announced until the night of the event, Academy Awards style.  The 2017 BEA Finalists include:

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists

Michael Patella
Gino Piccioni
Anne Waters

Professional of the Year Award Finalists

Sean P. McCann
Goran Todorovic
Holly Ward

Young Professional of the Year Award Finalists

Tanya Antoniw
Yvonne Pilon – WEtech Alliance President & CEO
Jennifer Wells

Small Company of the Year Award Finalists

Manifesto Studio
MARDA Management Inc.
Surveyors On Site

Mid-Size Company of the Year Finalists

Ives Insurance
Next Dimension Inc. – WEtech Alliance Client
Windsor Beauty Supply

Large Company of the Year Finalists

Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.
Red Sun Farms
Reliance Home Comfort

Innovation Award Finalists

AlphaKOR Group Inc. – WEtech Alliance Client
KeenTec NA Inc.
Powerball Technologies Inc. – WEtech Alliance Client

Tourism & Hospitality Award Finalists

Canadian Club Brand Centre
The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast
Windsor Eats

New Business of the Year Award Finalists

Abraham Orthodontics
Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering
Witeck Solutions – Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator tenant

Pillars of our Community Award Finalists

Carol Derbyshire
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
Transition to Betterness

The 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Caesars Windsor. The event allows the entire community to celebrate the achievements of our distinguished lineup of Windsor-Essex businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Award recipients will be announced during a gourmet dinner and show. Get your tickets HERE.

January 2017 at Hackforge!

2017 Resolution: Become a Hackforge Member!

Now is the perfect time to take your Hackforge love to the next level. Perks include access to Hackforge’s quiet, co-working space during the day, special member events, our new workshop space, discounts on electronic orders and O’Reilly, and voting privileges. Most importantly, you are helping keep Hackforge doing what we do!

Standard monthly membership
Standard yearly membership
Student monthly membership

2017 Resolution: Get More Involved 
Member Day: Two New Rooms!
Saturday, January 14: 1:00PM
Hackforge Members are invited to join us for a tour of our two new rooms! Let’s talk about a better workshop and classroom space, plus plans for 2017. Snacks provided!
For non-members, we will be showing off our new rooms once we get everything in place. Big thanks to our landlord/supporter, Mark Boscariol for the renovations in the basement.
Facebook Event
2017 Resolution: Learn Something New
Software Guild: Space Cadets and Entrepreneurs 
Wednesday, January 25: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Nerd-o-meter: Beginner/Intermediate

Through the magic of Space Cats and Pizza, we’ll be set on a marvellous journey exploring Javascript’s this keyword. We’ll be learning how to bend it to our every will, all the while avoiding its radioactive pitfalls. Space-cadets of all ranks are welcome to come aboard! Even the most experienced space surfer might pick up a few new cheesy curds of knowledge. We’ll be boarding soon, so don’t delay! Come join us on this epic journey through the space-time of this.

Looking to get your business or idea off the ground? Sara Alhasan from Ontario Centres of Excellence will be giving a short talk about their entrepreneurship programs, what they offer, and how to apply.
Facebook Event
2017 Resolution: Make New Friends 
Board Game Night
Tuesday, January 10: 6:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started.
We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
Facebook Event
2017 Resolution: Work on Your Project  
Open Coding Night
Wednesday, January 18: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding! Great event for beginners as well. Tutorials will be available and the event is facilitated a real life computer programmer.
Facebook Event

2017 Resolution: Read More
Book Club: Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem (2006)
Tuesday, January 31: 7:00PM
Liu Cixin’s science fiction novel The Three Body Problem was a smash hit bestseller in China, and has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. It’s a mind-bending tale of politics, aliens and gaming. Join us for a discussion of this Hugo Award winning novel.
Facebook Event

2017 Resolution: Step Up Your Game

Border City Data (NEW!)
Monday, January 23: 7:00PM 
Border City Data is a new interest group focused on data and databases. Our initial meeting will focus on a practical introduction to SQL. The Structured Query Language is one of the most common ways that users interact with databases, and it’s an essential skill for all kinds of professionals who work with data.
Facebook Event

2017 Resolution: Challenge Yourself

Winter Hackathon
Open to University of Windsor Undergraduate and Graduate students
Friday, January 27 to 29 2016

The University of Windsor’s Computer Science Department and Windsor Hackforge are teaming up for Winter Hackathon. Open to undergraduate and graduate students from the University, this weekend hackathon will test skills with creative challenges using data from the community and industry.
More Details Here
Register NOW as a participant, volunteer, or mentor
2017 Resolution: Work Together on Something Awesome! 
Order of the Indie Game Developers: Great Canadian Game Jam Brainstorm 
Monday, January 30: 7:00PM
A Game Jam is a group of people planning, designing, and creating one or more games. January’s meetup, we will be giving an introduction to Game Jams and host a brainstorming session to what one spread across 2017 would look like. We’re inviting video game developers, artists, writers, and fans to join in the process.
Facebook Event

Winter Hackathon 2017: University Computer Science Students to Take on Challenges from Community and Industry

Windsor, ON: The University of Windsor’s Computer Science Department and Hackforge are coming together to present Winter Hackathon on January 27 to 29, 2017. This new coding competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University, invites participants to take on challenges from the community and industry. Early registration is now open for the free weekend competition.

A hackathon is a popular type of computer programming competition that challenges participants to create or solve a problem within a set amount of time. This is a way for students to get experience outside of the classroom and show off their skills to the public and future employers. The challenges for this competition use open data to solve problems from community organizations and local companies.

“Coding events, such as the Winter Hackathon are great events for our students to demonstrate their technical skills tackling challenges offered by the industry and the community”, says Dr. Stephanos Mavromoustakos, Internship Advisor of the Master of Applied Computing program from the University of Windsor. “With these skills, students manage to get great positions in some of the best employers”. “We’re excited to see how students take on this local data,” says Hackforge Managing Director, Sarah Morris. “This is a great opportunity for real world problem solving through teamwork and creative coding.”

Registration is now open ( for students to reserve their spot in the competition. Mentors (graduates or professionals) are able to sign up. Volunteer positions are also available and high schools students are encouraged to participate in that capacity.

The Winter Hackathon is supported by EPICentre, WEtech Alliance, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.


Friday, January 27 @ EPICentre
o 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Opening ceremony, Talks, Announcement of Challenges
o 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner, Networking, and Team build-up
o 7:00 PM: Hackathon begins – Continue at Essex Bldg. Computer Science Rooms
Registration is open for the community to attend the launch

Saturday, January 28 @ Essex Bldg – Computer Science Rooms
o All day – Hacking day

Sunday, January 29 @ Odette Bldg Room 123
o 9:00 AM -10:00 AM – Breakfast
o 10:00 AM – Demos & Awards Ceremony
Registration is open for the community to attend the final demos!


Media Contact:

Sarah Morris

Hackforge Managing Director


Brave Control Solutions Named on CFE Media List of Systems Integrator Giants

Windsor, Ontario (December 15, 2016) – CFE Media has today ranked Brave Control Solutions No. 71 on their list of 2016 System Integrator Giants. The 100 system integrators distinguished by this award are recognized in the annual Global System Integrator Report and online at and The integrators are ranked according to total system integration revenue for the most recently completed fiscal year.

Brave Control Solutions made the 2016 Systems Integrator Giants list with a total system integration revenue of $4,800,499. This is their first year being included on the report.

“Brave is extremely proud to be named as one of CFE Media’s System Integrator Giants for 2016,” says owner Brent McPhail. “Manufacturing has never been more important and systems integrators play a key role in driving the future of innovation and change in the automation industry. This is our first year on this list and it is an honor to recognized along with some of the greatest and most influential systems integrators across the globe.”

About Brave Control Solutions Inc.

Brave Control Solutions Inc. is a solutions company that uses technology to automate processes. Our specialty is retrofitting existing mechanical machines with state of the art control systems that improve productivity. Founded in 2008, Brave has been consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada.

About CFE Media LLC

CFE Media provides engineers in manufacturing, commercial and industrial buildings and manufacturing control systems with the knowledge they need to improve their operational efficiency. CFE Media delivers the right information at the right time through a variety of platforms. CFE means “Content for Engineers”, and CFE Media means comprehensive, relevant content delivered to engineers around the world – on time, on their schedule. CFE is the platform for content, community and applications that engage engineers worldwide to share, learn and increase productivity across all engineering designs, systems, and plants.

Media Contact:

Brent McPhail, Owner, Brave Control Solutions Inc.
Office: 519-974-9955
Mobile: 519-996-0516

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