Technology Alliance of Ontario Newsletter
Issue #2: January 2016
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Happy New Year!

Ya Ali Madad Members of the Technology Alliance of Ontario (TAO),
We are pleased to bring to our members the second issue of the Technology Alliance of Ontario (TAO) newsletter. 
TAO now has a website and Facebook page!  For TAO updates, registration and general technology information, please visit us at our website
Our facebook page has been created to keep members up to date with our newsletters, relevant and important industry articles, and facilitate engaging dialogue between members and promote the opportunity to network.  We ask that everyone join our facebook page and encourage other members of the community to join as well.  Like us on our Facebook page
We would like to thank all our members for following us and supporting TAO as we grow and develop as an alliance.  We have many exciting goals for 2016 and we hope you will come along for the ride. 
Happy reading! 
TAO Steering Committee 

Ya Ali Madad everyone and Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2016? Last year flew by …but not without some key milestones for our alliance.
If you recall, last year we added members to our steering committee, created a logo, a membership survey, a website, our Facebook page and of course launched this newsletter.  None of this could have been possible without the dedication, time and effort put forth by the team. You will get to know each of the team through our ‘spotlight’ series in this newsletter.
Here is what we are working on for 2016 over and above our overall objectives:

•          Host a TAO event that was postponed last year
•          Launch our Mentor/Mentee program
•          Increase our interaction between and among the membership
Please know that we are also looking for suggestions and feedback from each of you as to what content you would like to see on our Facebook page, our website, in future issues of this newsletter and our alliance in general.
As usual, I will leave you with a quote:
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." --Henry Ford
Here’s to the success of our alliance!
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Member Profiles

Jamaluddin Noori recently joined event planning sub-committee.  He has undergraduate degree in Management Information systems and Economics from Concordia University, Montreal and is currently working for Computershare at Toronto downtown office as Data Migration Specialist for Governance Services.  Jamal is father of two children, goes to Richmond Hill Jamatkhana and lives in Newmarket. Jamal believes being part of alliance is a way to stay connected, take real and meaningful action that benefit the individual and members of alliance and keep up with industry
Alykhan Punja is an Associate Director at Bell Canada with 10 years of experience in IT project delivery and has a background in IT Management. In his current role he is the program manager responsible for multi-million dollar hardware, software and mobile initiatives with a national telecommunication company.During his time off Alykhan enjoys playing golf, tennis and volleyball. Alykhan is excited to leverage his professional experience to give back to the community and work with the TAO focusing on event planning.
Alliances Canada is an arms-length institution part of The Economic Planning Board (EPB) set up to support the development of alliances in the Jamat across Canada.  Each region of Canada is supported by its own Alliance Facilitator from the national team.  Karim Mamdani is the Ontario Alliances Facilitator alongside Alnoor Nanji, the National Alliance Lead.  

Alliances Canada holds an annual conference commonly known as ACC, Alliance Conference of Canada.    Each year ACC brings together Ismaili business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and professionals both new and tenured to come together to connect, exchange ideas and gain insight on market and business trends.

The conference serves at the climate for professionals and entrepreneurs to form alliances, which serve as long term opportunities to gain access to broader markets, identify best practices in management, leverage global opportunities and resources, and collaborate to widen their social influence. ACC offers a unique opportunity to learn from and network with industry leaders, build strategic partnerships across industries and discover opportunities for expansion.

In its 4th year 2015, the event was held from April 17-19th at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver BC.  The conference was hosted by Riaz Meghji, the co-host on Breakfast Television Vancouver and featured speakers 

Lookout for updates
in our next newsletter and website on this year's conference being held in the Toronto area in the spring of 2016.

Jobs & Career News

Upcoming Job Fairs:

High-tech Start-ups, Who’s hiring

Technology Trends


21 DECEMBER 2015

Are you gearing up to get your IT career to the next level but you’re not too sure what tech skills to polish?

A survey conducted by professional networking site LinkedIn and CivicAction, a coalition of civic leaders in the Toronto region a while back, obtained “real-time” data on the region’s tech sector but also revealed the 11 technology skills that organizations are looking for in new hires.

The survey report titled Economic Graph Initiatives is already being used by NPower Canada an organization that provides IT training for the youth, to update its curriculum and Seneca College has begun short-term courses based on the findings.

With projections from the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) estimating that over 50,000 tech jobs will need to be hired for by 2019 and with 16 per cent of LinkedIn profiles in the region reporting they have technology skills, the research focused on understanding the Toronto region’s tech sector, what tech skills the region has and what it should develop.

The survey found that the following 11 skills were the top tech skills of most people recently hired for tech jobs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA):
1.     Mobile development
2.     Game development
3.     Perl/Python/Ruby
4.     User Interface Design
5.     Computer Graphics & animation
6.     Algorithm design
7.     C/C++
8.     Web programming
9.     Java development
10.  Microsoft Application Development
11.  Database management & software
Other key findings were:
  • Of the 1.9 million members in the GTA, 11 per cent or 214,000 are sharing that they have tech skills.
  • Toronto’s proportion of tech skilled members compares favorably to similar cities around the world (#5 after the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Seattle, Sydney, and Stockholm).
  • The majority of tech-skilled people are in companies that aren’t in the technology sector (only 31 per cent of tech-skilled people are in companies in the technology sector).
  • Tech skills are especially prominent among those who were recently hired in early-career roles: 1 in 4 who started a new early-career role in the last year had tech skills, and almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of these individuals found work outside the technology sector.
  • Compared to other cities around the world, the Toronto region has relatively high hiring rates in early career roles for individuals who have top tech skills. There are many opportunities for those starting their careers. Almost 11,000 companies currently have employees with tech skills in early-career roles.
LinkedIn Group


Karim Mamdani | Naila Hooda
Fiaaz Walji
Alykhan Punja | Jamaluddin Noori
Karim Virjee
Salim Nensi
Noor Jehan | Altaf Khoja | Rafique Daruwalla 

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