Tangerine CEO Peter Aceto Urges Canadians to Dream Big

A month ago, Techvibes managing editor Knowlton Thomas proclaimed that “Canada has a disease called risk aversion” in a story that suggests that “risk aversion has made our banking sector the envy of the world.”

Peter Aceto, CEO of Canadian online bank Tangerine quoted Thomas’ article in a keynote presentation to a room full of business leaders and students at a Maclean’s Magazine event in Toronto earlier this week. “As a banker, I can say that risk aversion is still such a hindrance to Canada. We need to find a way to support risk takers in our community,” he says.

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Canadian Startup Privacy Analytics Raises Round of Funding to Compete in Database Security Market

“There are vast amounts of health care data which are of very high value for areas including health research to find cures for diseases, for public health research that deals with outbreak detection, such as outbreaks of food borne illnesses and other preventative interventions such as cancer screening,” says Dr. Khaled El Emam, founder and CEO of Ottawa-based startup Privacy Analytics, which protects the privacy of personal data used for analysis and research in the health care industry.

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Justin Trudeau Talks Social Media and Politics with Facebook’s Jordan Banks

“Social media helps to get to know the real people you’re voting for,” said Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidate Justin Trudeau yesterday while chatting with Facebook Canada’s Managing Director Jordan Banks at an event in Toronto.

The “fireside chat” style conversation focused on the future of politics and the social web. Here are some of the highlights.

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Minitrade.ca Launches Kids Clothing Exchange Service

When former fashion design professional and mother-of-two Isabelle Doucet had her first child in 2008, she knew she wanted to make a change in her career. Meanwhile, as her children outgrew their clothes, she became overwhelmed with all of the extra clothing she had lying around the house.

Doucet looked online for a solution but could only find local exchanges on Facebook and via classified websites (like Craigslist) – where parents had to buy clothes in bulk (i.e. a box of clothes for $50).

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Canadian Startup Speakerfile Launches Dynamic Visual Search

Need a speaker for your next conference or media interview but don’t know where to look?

Last week, Toronto-based startup Speakerfile launched a new dynamic visual search solution that aims to make browsing for experts easy on its platform. The Canadian startup is an inbound marketing solution for organizations seeking to better promote their experts and thought leaders as speakers and media sources.

“We believe that the process of discovering and evaluating industry experts, especially in a given geographical region, is still a challenge. The Speakerfile dynamic visual search experience makes discovery and evaluation of experts easier than ever," said Peter Evans, founder and CEO.

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Kara Swisher: Entrepreneurs Must Do These Five Things to Stay Relevant

Whether you’re a Hollywood film producer, a newspaper editor or an entrepreneur, the key to success is to “deliver your product to consumers in a way that they want to receive it,” said Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of AllThingsD, at the Women in Film and Television luncheon yesterday in Toronto.

This means following emerging consumer and technology trends in order to avoid becoming irrelevant.

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