ExecTuesday is a networking/presentation evening we host on the second Tuesday of each month for senior members of our technology community. If you would like to be added to our invite list, please contact us. Regards, Terry Matthews.

One Voice for Tech in Ottawa

A Call for Greater Collaboration, United Leadership and Collective Action

In the ever-changing landscape of the tech industry, Ottawa has been both a witness to remarkable successes and a victim of disheartening losses. Since 2000, we have seen many publicly traded tech companies in the region acquired, privatized, or lost – almost 40 companies. This month’s speaker characterizes the effect as a “significant hollowing out,” and suggests this trend should raise questions about the state of local tech entrepreneurship, the city’s ability to retain existing companies (as they scale globally), and its capacity to attract new talent.

Over the years there has been an on-going discussion amongst many different voices on how Ottawa should be better unified in its voice for the tech sector. One such voice is Sacha Gera, CEO of JSI who is calling for greater collaboration, united leadership, and collective action to help Ottawa reclaim its former tech glory.

With multiple successful years of business and tech experience in both start-ups and multinationals, Sacha has held leadership roles at Ribbon Communications, IBM, Nortel, Kandy.io and most recently with Calian, a Kanata-based global success story. New in the role as leader of JSI, a leading provider of lawful intelligence and AI-enabled analytics solutions, Sacha has been rallying several important community leaders to examine the issues that have led to this concerning situation. From the state of downtown in the post-pandemic world, coupled with the lack of transborder and international connectivity to our airport – all are hampering the attractiveness of the National Capital Region to retain and attract talent.

Join us for what should be both a frank and inspiring discussion on how to harness our collective creativity, influence, and efforts to ensure we unify our voice for tech and drive a cohesive story to advocate for the growth and prosperity for our tech community in Ottawa.

Sacha Gera

Sacha Gera , CEO, JSI

In my view, if Canada is to be more than a branch economy in the tech sector, experienced C-Level Leaders – even those who are semi-retired – need to come together regularly to share their experiences, best practices, ideas and more. They need to share their network, and help identify business opportunities for our next generation of industry leaders and participants.
Terry Matthews
Terry Matthews