OCRIRadio analyzes figures

Learn what’s behind Ottawa’s record-high tech employment numbers by tuning into OCRIRadio.com’s latest podcast, wherein OCRI boss Jeffrey Dale asserts that 81,910 is a number to build on, citing OCRI’s recent technology industry survey:
· At 1,819 strong, tech Ottawa has a record number of companies spread out over a record number of sectors.
OCRI.jpg· The resulting “portfolio diversification” did not exist in the ’90s when the region was largely telecom focused.
· A fire-hardened entrepreneurial class. 80% of high tech Ottawa is populated by companies with 50 people or less.
· These smaller, more nimble companies are more able to adjust to global competition, and consistently growing despite a VC financing drought.
The program also features interviews with Richard Meadows, managing partner of the CTI Life Sciences Fund Limited Partnership - Canada's newest venture capital firm specializing in life sciences investments; Ken Newport, co-founder and president of CroMedica Global Inc. and a local investor in life sciences companies; Jeff Westeinde, CEO of Ottawa’s Quantum Environmental Group, a waste management company; and Niall Wallace, CEO of Infonaut Inc., a map-based solutions company inspired by solving hospital logistics problems brought to light by the SARS crisis in Toronto. The interviews are the second in a two-part series recorded at BioNorth.

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