10 Years On

Scanning OTTORLOOMAP%20168X33.jpg the Ontario Technology Corridor

Notes from the January 1999 edition of SCAN's forerunner Silicon Valley NORTH, occasionally updated . . . Lynda Leonard (left) joins ITAC in Toronto leonard%2C%20lynda%2075X93.jpgas VP Communications, still with the IT association today, now in Ottawa, now Senior VP . . . Nortel buys optical systems provider Cambrian Systems, Matthews%2C%20Terry%2075X93.jpgone of Terry Matthews' (right) Newbridge affiliate companies, for $300 million (some of which is deferred against certain financial targets to be met, which of course never are) . . . Matthews backfills by acquiring Ubiquity Software Corp. in Wales, where the native-born Welshman is gradually moving operations and fortune. He holds on to Ubiquity for almost a decade. It was unloaded to Avaya last year for more than $140 million. (Ian MacLaren, one of Sir Terry's favourite knights, resigned as Ubiquity CEO and now sits at the roundtable of the investment company that controls it all, Wesley Clover). . . Mortice Kern Systems Inc. (now just MKS) of Waterloo, reving at about $30 million a year in 1999, since doubled to about $60 million, signs a deal with Toshiba to market its Integrity Framework software, still the industry standard today for managing software applications across complex systems, in Japan. But Toshiba is no longer among 70 partners working with MKS globally . . .

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Companies in the Ontario Technology Corridor, almost 6,000 of them, spanning the software, photonics, wireless, cleantech, digital media, life sciences, and microelectronics sectors, employ more than 250,000 people. There are almost 30 universities and colleges along the Ottorloo corridor.

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