Made In York Region 2019: The Future of Tech

September 20, 2019

Made in York Region: The Future of Tech 


Join ventureLAB on November 7, 2019, for the second annual Made In York Region: The Future of Tech event. Experience the innovative and technological prowess of York Region’s top tech companies as well as up-and comers. New this year, Made in York Region: The Future of Tech will feature a guided tour of two globally renowned tech companies in addition to showcasing over 30 start-up and scale-ups. This year’s event also features a pitch competition, an engaging panel, and keynote on the future of technology.

Made in York Region: the Future of Tech, is a showcase of ‘Made in York Region’ technologies, products, and solutions that are transforming experiences for Ontarians and Canadians. This event gives companies the opportunity to showcase their products to a large audience, including industry, investors, government, media, and more. 

2018’s inaugural event featured 30 exhibitors, attracted 250 attendees, with five panels and 18 speakers. This year, Made in York Region: The Future of Tech is presented by ventureLAB in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, highlighting the Region’s strengths, expertise, and success stories.


Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Main Venue: ventureLAB, 3600 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9Z7

Ticket Sale:


Event Agenda (Subject to change)


What can we expect at Made in York Region: The Future of Tech?


Guided Bus Tour of York Region – Tickets available now!

Attendees interested in experiencing the innovative and technological prowess of York Region’s top tech companies can register for the Guided Tour of York Region, where they will visit a tech company in Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. Each company will take guests on a walk-through of their facility, provide insight into the day-to-day operations of their organization, and open the floor for a question and answer period with their team. Tickets are available here.

    • ventureLAB (Markham): ventureLAB is a leading technology hub located in Markham in York Region, Canada’s second-largest tech cluster. Through its programs focused on capital, talent, technology, and customers, ventureLAB has supported over 2,000 tech companies and entrepreneurs, including 100 companies that have raised over $100 million and created 3,500 jobs. ventureLAB’s innovation hub is a 50,000 square foot facility that is home to over 45 tech companies and partners that employ over 300 people. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada.
    • Mircom (Vaughan): Mircom is a global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of intelligent building and life safety solutions. Mircom’s vision is to make buildings worldwide safer, smarter and more livable. We trace our beginnings back to the early 1960s, when our founder, Mr. Tony Falbo, started out manufacturing apartment intercoms and related systems in Toronto. His prior company quickly expanded to include fire detection and alarm systems and grew to become one of the largest fire safety manufacturers in Canada. This experience led Mr. Falbo to launch Mircom in 1991.
      Today, Mircom stands as one of the fastest-growing companies in the building solutions sector and the largest independent fire, life safety, and intelligent building system manufacturers in North America. Our product portfolio spans Fire Detection & Alarm, Communications, Mass Notification, Security, Building Automation and more. Reaching customers in over 100 countries worldwide, our unwavering commitment to North American manufacturing enables Mircom to offer customers the highest quality products with superior value across our vast range of solutions.
    • Stay tuned for the Richmond Hill Announcement


Guests will arrive at ventureLAB (3600 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9Z7) promptly at 8:00 am for registration and will board shuttles provided by the Regional Municipality of York to be taken to each venue.


Pitch Competition – Apply Today!

New this year, we will be launching a Pitch Competition as part of Made in York Region: The Future of Tech! Apply today for your chance to win a prize of $10,000+, pitch to an audience of 400+, including industry, investors, academia, government, and media, and receive access to ventureLAB pitch workshops and advisor services leading up to the event. 

Eligible Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a registered for-profit business in the Province of Ontario
  • Be an SME (with between 1-99 employees)
  • Be a tech or tech-focused company
  • Have a minimum viable product
  • Be able to participate in a Pitch Preparation Workshop on October 30th, 2019 or November 1st, 2019
  • Be located in York Region or willing to relocate to York Region
  • Submit a Financial projection for 2 years (available here)
  • Submit a Business Model Canvas (available here)
  • Create and submit a video pitch with your application

Ineligible Criteria

Applicants must not be:

  • A sole-proprietor

Ineligible Expenses

Applicants will not use the winnings for:

  • Salaries or payment to founders, or staff of the applicant
  • Services provided by ventureLAB
  • Travel, hospitality, incidentals or food expenses, e.g. meals, gratuities, home management, personal telephone calls
  • Capital Costs, e.g. land, building, vehicles
  • Costs related to proposal development (including related staffing costs)

Do you think you have what it takes to become the
Made in York Region: The Future of Tech Pitch Competition Champion?

Apply by October 17, 2019, to take part in the pitch competition!


Panel Discussion – Advancing Technology – What Comes First?

Open to guests attending Made in York Region: The Future of Tech, our panelists will be exploring ‘Advancing Technology – What Comes First?’ 

The future of tech is here. From AI to machine learning to autonomous vehicles, technology has vastly improved the way we live, work, and learn. So where do we go from here? This panel will explore foundational technologies: the underappreciated yet exceptionally important pieces of improving technology — the parts you cannot see, but need to power “simple” things like your smartphone, or more “advanced” things like driverless cars.


Lally Rementilla


A huge supporter of Canadian innovation and talent, as well as an experienced investor with a gender lens, Lally is the Canadian lead for The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture capital funds and institutions who are mobilizing $1 billion in investments into female-founded companies.  She also serves as an associate fellow with the Creative Destruction Lab – a program designed to accelerate the growth of massively scalable science-based ventures, with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation.  She also sits on the investment committees of Pique Ventures and Grand Challenges Canada.  She has sat on the board of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Canadian Women in Communications, Innoversity and Theatre Passe Muraille.

Mark Miller

Volaris Group & Trapeze Group

Mark Miller is the CEO of Volaris Group and Trapeze Group. In addition, Mark is the COO and a member of the board at Constellation Software Inc. – Volaris Group’s parent company. He began his career as a software developer and it was during that time that he co-founded Trapeze Group in 1995.

Mark has a passion for software technology and building innovative businesses that last forever. His goal is to help intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs surround themselves with a great team so that they can be leaders in their industries.

Mark Wood

Mircoart Services Inc.

Mark brings over 30 years’ experience in the electronic manufacturing world to his current role with one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies. Mark joined Microart Services Inc. 13 years ago and as the current CEO has led the annual double-digit growth through building effective relationships with customers and the Microart Team.
Mark has been able to blend the traditional value of the customer with new thinking and technology to ensure that Microart continues to build quality products that meet customer need. His ability and passion to share his experience and knowledge allows him to fully understand manufacturing from concept to completion making him a valued resource to customers at all stages of their product’s life.

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Founder Stories – Shifting Perspective: Building the Tech Titans of York Region

Open to guests attending Made in York Region: The Future of Tech, our founders will be shifting perspective and discussing their individual an organizational growth through the entrepreneurial process.

Technology is used to enhance the lives of those it touches, but not often do we consider where the idea behind a globally viable product comes from. This keynote panel highlights the story behind the company and provides an intimate opportunity with founders and CEOs to learn from their past experiences.


Jason Tham


Jason Tham is the co-founder, CEO and brand ambassador for Nulogy. He is focused on corporate development, executive leadership, and understanding the evolving landscape of Nulogy’s clients. He is also on Nulogy’s board and speaks throughout the industry on the agile supply chain. 

Jason draws from his experience in the continuous improvement and packaging groups at Kellogg’s highly automated production facility, and in R&D, manufacturing and quality at Magna International. Jason graduated with a BSc (Hons) with a Management Sciences option from the University of Waterloo.

Sanjay Malhotra

CTO & Co-Founder
Clearbridge Mobile

As CTO and Co-Founder of Clearbridge Mobile, Sanjay Malhotra has built an agile team of mobile experts who have created award-winning solutions for media, telecom, fintech, healthcare, mobile payments, and QSRs. With a wealth of enterprise consulting experience, Sanjay helps clients understand the positive impact of digital transformation, and the ways mobile technology can drive revenue and enhance existing enterprise infrastructure. In his role, Sanjay oversees the delivery team and provides technical leadership focused on driving innovation initiatives.
Recognized as a leading mobile technologist, Sanjay Malhotra has held multiple leadership positions in the technology industry for the last 20 years. Prior to co-founding Clearbridge Mobile, he provided enterprise consulting services to clients in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and UAE. Sanjay was also a frequent lecturer at Microsoft on SharePoint and holds a B.Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Final speaker to be announced soon!


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