This morning 100 business leaders gathered to build relationships, create new opportunities and be inspired by one of Ottawa’s top CEO’s, Rich McBee of Mitel. The room was full of energy and optimism as we heard a story of how an Ottawa based business approaching its 45th anniversary has learned how to ‘win in the turns’ by innovating, accelerating and re-inventing at the right time. And the keys to longevity? Simple. Start Small. Think Big. Turn Fast. And Put Your People in the Driver’s Seat. It was great to learn how Mitel has grown to dominate its markets across the globe but the real beauty of the keynote was how Mitel’s strategies can apply to any business or organization. Rich began his presentation by stating his goal was for each of us to have one or two valuable take-away ideas. There were many! But these are my top;

    1. Planning for change will force you to innovate and allow you to be the first to market.

    2. Focusing on the customer experience will win the day.

    3. Collaboration and working within an ecosystem is the best way to compete.

    And finally, any success story is based in the people. You are looking for experts in their field, team players and passion. Make your top people visible and they will inspire the whole team.

    Today, we attracted a very diverse group of business people to spend some time networking and learning. We created a true sense of community and collaboration. It was a great example of why events are important. Thank you, Rich!


    See the Mitel PowerPoint presentation

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    Mitel is an original in Ottawa’s high-tech industry and is celebrating 45 years as an innovator and master of reinvention. Powering more than 2 billion connections every day, Mitel helps businesses connect, collaborate and take care of their customers. With over 2,500 channel partners and regional headquarters around the globe, they have a global reach, but also a local touch. Today, Mitel is a $1.3 billion global powerhouse and industry leader on a journey to be the world's top provider of unified communications and collaboration solutions.


    Altitude Gym Kanata

    Altitude Gym is a indoor rock climbing facility that opened its first location in a old church in Gatineau back in October of 2010. This gym offers all sorts of climbing experience for people of all ages and skill levels.

    Altitude Gym will cater to birthday parties, team building events and school outings. Recreational and competitive classes are also available.



    Kanata North BIA

    Success happens in Kanata North. The Kanata North Business Association is committed to representing and advocating for the best interests of the over 500 member companies located in the area. As a critical part of Ottawa's economic development future and a renowned hub of technology and innovation, the Kanata North business area is a robust and vital region that can foster even greater success for its constituent companies by having:

    • a strong voice with the City of Ottawa, the province and our partner organizations.
    • a vibrant eco-system to support growth and prosperity for all area businesses
    • Closer connections and collaboration among member businesses.
    • An integrated multi-partner promotions strategy to build awareness about Kanata North as a centre for innovation.
    • The right pieces in place to attract talent and new businesses to the area.



    Ottawa Citizen

    The Ottawa Citizen began as the Packet in 1945, and has continued as the first choice for news and information in Canada's capital for over 165 years. In a global, media-rich environment, eight out of then newspaper readers in Ottawa stay informed with the Citizen's in-depth analysis of local, national and international news and events. The Citizen is a trusted source for news and entertainment that helps make sense and meaning of a complex world.