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Startup jobs of the week: Marketing Designer, Operations Associate, Senior DevOps Engineer

Every day, Canada’s tech startups post their latest and greatest job opportunities on Jobs.BetaKit, powered by Jobbio. From early-stage to Series B and beyond, Jobs.BetaKit helps startups from all over the country hire Canada’s top tech talent.

Each week, BetaKit will highlight a selection of the job roles posted to Jobs.BetaKit. If you’re a candidate looking for a position at a tech Canadian startup, survey the selection below or view all the posted positions here. For companies in need of top candidates, scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to get your roles posted to Jobs.BetaKit!

Jobs of the Week (June 14, 2019):
HiMama – Marketing Designer

Your key objectives will be to develop and execute HiMama’s visual brand including our website, marketing creative, and sales collateral. A successful candidate will have experience in website design, a passion for UI/UX, an understanding of how to design for conversion optimization and experience in marketing asset design.

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Ryerson University cybersecurity hub receives $30 million in public, private investments

Ryerson University has received $30 million in public and private investment to support a new national innovation hub for collaboration in cybersecurity, located in Brampton, Ont.

“Safeguarding Canadians’ digital privacy and security is essential to ensuring continued trust in the digital world.”

The hub is being called the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, and will offer over training programs in the field of cybersecurity, to meet the high demand for skilled workers in the sector. The centre will bring together researchers and industry players to develop preventative solutions to cyber-threats. The government said a cybersecurity business accelerator that will take in 60 companies to commercialize new technology.

The investment consists of $10 million from FedDev Ontario, $10 million from Rogers Communications, $5 million from Royal Bank of Canada, and $5 million from the City of Brampton.

“Safeguarding Canadians’ digital privacy and security is essential to ensuring continued trus..

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Government picks American-based Honeywell to test quantum encryption in space

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has signed a $30 million deal with American multinational Honeywell for the design and implementation of a quantum encryption satelitte mission in space.

Findings from the QEYSSat mission will be used to develop future operational systems and cybersecurity mechanisms for the government.

The aim of the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) mission is to validate quantum key distribution (QKD) in space. QKD is a type of technology that generates almost unbreakable encryption codes, and could potentially provide Canada with secure communications in the age of quantum computing. Under this new contract, Honeywell will manufacture, test, supply, and commission the QEYSSat satellite. The work is expected to extend until the end of 2022.

“The QEYSSat mission is another step forward in our government’s plan to foster a Canada where citizens have confidence that their data is safe and privacy is respected,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovat..

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Startupfest 2019 will feature over $1 million in prizes and opportunities

Startupfest will return to Montreal from July 9 to 12 for its ninth year, presenting five days of pitching, hacking, learning, and networking, featuring over $1 million in prizes this year.

Merle Finkelstein, mother of Shopify’s COO Harley Finkelstein, will judge the Grandmothers’ Pitch

The Investment Prizes are open to all startups in attendance, no pre-registration required. These prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges based on pitches and discussions onsite. In April, the organizers announced a new investment prize of $100,000 available to female-led startups in the form of a convertible note.

With the introduction of this second investment prize, one female founder could walk away with $200,000 in investment or two separate $100,000 prizes could be awarded to two separate founders. The prize is open to all startups attending Startupfest, and no pre-registration is required.

The Grandmothers’ Choice Award will see startups pitch their business ideas to a panel of cutthroa..

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College, SMB tech projects across Canada receiving $73 million from federal government

The federal government is investing $73 million to help 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps, and polytechnics across the country partner with local employers to facilitate research, development, and commercialization of new technologies.

“Researchers at colleges and polytechnics are well equipped to partner with industry to help boost Canadian innovation.”

Through this investment, students will develop over 100 projects with small- and medium-sized businesses to advance industry technology, such as Industry 4.0, information strategies, and data analytics, in sectors ranging from advanced manufacturing to agriculture. The announcement was made at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont., which will receive $2 million over five years to use smart manufacturing techniques such as VR, 3D printing, automation, and robotics to help local manufacturers.

“This federal government funding will support enhanced research partnerships involving Georgian and leading area employers and manufacturers that w..

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Microsoft Cloud Accelerator for women-led companies comes to Canada

Microsoft’s Cloud Accelerator Program, a six-month accelerator designed to help women-led companies scale through Microsoft’s cloud distribution channels, has announced it is coming to Canada.

“It’s critical to have a varied partner ecosystem and one that actively supports women entrepreneurs.”
– Charlotte Yarkoni

The expansion of this accelerator, run by Women in Cloud, an initiative supporting female tech entrepreneurs, will offer women-led technology companies access to the cloud, mentorship, networking communities and resources to bring their technology to market. The investment amount was not disclosed, but Microsoft said the investment would take place over the course of a few years and would be in the multi-millions.

“We’re excited to build on the program’s previous success,” Charlotte Yarkoni, corporate vice president of Cloud and AI at Microsoft, wrote in a company blog post. “To date, the Women in Cloud Accelerator has provided opportunities to 30 women-owned companies, ac..

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S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Weathering the downturn

The SaaS Weekly is a weekly newsletter covering major SaaS news from Canada and around the globe.

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Vidyard expands offering to bring personalized video to salespeople
The new expansion of the Kitchener-Waterloo company’s offering aims to make it easy for sales professionals to create personalized video.

Distru, a maker of supply chain software for the cannabis industry, has raised $3 million led by Felicis
Distru, a nearly three-year-old, Oakland-based startup whose platform aims to help track cannabis through its seed-to-sale process, has raised $3 million in seed funding.

How can SaaS companies weather the impending tech downturn?
Trying to grow faster and faster, outpacing your valuation and filling shoes that are too big feels precarious.

Intelex to be acquired by Industrial Scientific in massive $570 million USD deal
Toronto-based Intelex Technolo..

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Uber ATG reveals new self-driving vehicle

This week, Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) revealed its new self-driving vehicle, Volvo XC90, at its annual conference in Washington DC.

“We are one step closer to thousands of autonomous, drive-ready production cars in the coming years.”

Uber ATG has partnered with Volvo since September 2016 to develop several self-driving car prototypes. The car was unveiled at this year’s Uber Elevate Summit. It is the third vehicle the companies have developed in partnership. Uber said the XC90 luxury SUVs will be built by Volvo Cars in Sweden.

“Working in close partnership with companies like Volvo Cars is key to effectively building a safe and scalable self-driving network,” the company wrote in a blog post. “With the introduction of this vehicle into Uber ATG’s fleet, we are one step closer to thousands of autonomous, drive-ready production cars in the coming years.”

RELATED: U of T’s self-driving car dominates 2019 AutoDrive Challenge

The new XC90 has a steering and braking system ..

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Canadian Securities Administrators considering crypto “regulatory regime” by 2022

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) said it wants to adapt current securities regulations to specifically address crypto-assets in its 2019-2022 business plan.

The plan said technologies like blockchain could potentially “transform the landscape of the financial industry.”

The CSA said in its business plan it is considering developing a “regulatory regime” tailored toward crypto trading platforms that are subject to securities or derivatives regulation. The plan stems from a desire for the CSA to consider the implications of emerging technologies, including social media and innovations in distributed ledger technology (DLT) like blockchain.

“DLT has the potential to transform the landscape of the financial industry,” the CSA said in its plan. “Crypto-assets are probably the most well-known and widespread application of blockchain.”

The CSA’s plan to address crypto regulation involves first research to identify emerging regulatory issues, and potentially propose custodial r..

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GoFor, CybernetIQ take home $750,000 prize at AccelerateOTT Pitchfest

Invest Ottawa has announced the winners of AccelerateOTT Pitchfest, a pitch competition that aims to address key opportunities and challenges facing the startup and scale-up community.

“I think the ultimate investment committed to all six of these firms will go up substantially from here.”
– Nick Quain

GoFor Industries and CybernetIQ collectively secured $750,000 seed investments, backed by Panache Ventures, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, and Capital Angels Network. The winners were among six finalists seeded from 15 technology startups across Ottawa and Eastern Ontario that participated in two qualifying rounds over the last three months. The competition’s other finalists included Blackbox Global, GenM, Hoppier, and RVezy.

GoFor Industries, a tech startup that brings last minute, last mile delivery to the construction industry, received a total of $500,000, which included $400,000 from Panache Ventures, and $100,000 from the Capital Angels Network. CybernetIQ, a startup that off..

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SmartHalo crowdfunds an additional $1 million for smart biking device

Montreal-based SmartHalo, a smart biking device developer, has successfully crowdfunded $1 million for the second generation of its product on Kickstarter.

“It made sense to return to Kickstarter after the success of the first SmartHalo campaign.”
-Xavier Peich

SmartHalo2 is a connective device that allows riders to track cycling metrics, sync that data with fitness apps, and find new routes with navigation signals. It is water-resistant and comes fitted with an anti-theft alarm and a front light. Arguably its most recognizable new feature is PeekDisplay, which complements the product’s Halo display to provide more visible information to the rider.

“We see a huge opportunity in cycling. Not necessarily for sports, but for mobility,” said Xavier Peich, CEO and co-founder of SmartHalo. “Cities are investing in better infrastructure, while increasingly limiting car access and parking to downtown cores. This is a huge trend that is coming to Canada sooner than we think.”

SmartHalo, fo..

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Traction Guest raises $17 Million CAD Series A for cloud-based visitor management system

Vancouver-based Traction Guest, a cloud-based visitor management system, has raised $17 million CAD Series A funding round.

The round was led by Silicon Valley-based Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Salesforce Ventures and other private investors. Traction Guest said the funding will be used to expand its team, drive enterprise standardization, and capitalize on market demand for its product. It also noted that the Series A follows the company’s year-over-year rapid revenue and employee growth of over 200 percent.

“Traction Guest has developed a platform that is mission critical to the operations of global organizations.”

“We’re focused on taking visitor management beyond the lobby to create a connected, secure enterprise,” said Keith Metcalfe, CEO of Traction Guest. “Customers are choosing Traction Guest because of our unmatched customization, security and scalability. We’re committed to investing in the best technology and talent to build a platform that helps ..

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