Showcasing Canada’s innovation and tech ecosystem, and helping Canadian companies connect to talent and business growth supports with the rest of the world, are the primary goals for Magnet’s Executive Director, Mark Patterson, as he participates in Europe’s largest tech conference, Web Summit.
The conference, taking place this week in Portugal, is expected to draw more than 70,000 people from around the world including CEOs and founders of some of the world’s largest companies. The conference is an opportunity to network, meet potential investors, gain market intelligence and learn from the industry’s thought leaders.
Magnet was selected as one of Canada’s top technology companies to participate with Canada’s delegation to Web Summit. The delegation, supported by Global Affairs Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program and ITAC, consists of a strong contingent of Canada’s top tech companies in AI, web management, cyber and Canadian federal, provincial and municipal leaders at Web Summit. More than 300 Canadian companies, as well as federal, provincial and municipal governments are attending to showcase the calibre of Canadian talent on a global stage. There is a Canadian pavilion at the Summit to showcase Canadian technology and foster B2B meetings.
As Canada’s first providers of trade opportunity matching technology through Magnet Export Business Portal, while at the Web Summit, Magnet will act on behalf of its partners to connect people, businesses and organizations to opportunity, helping regions and communities to collaborate and grow.
Magnet Export Business Portal is a one-stop online resource for hundreds of trade opportunities and was developed to respond to challenges faced by SMEs trying to access trade opportunities, funding opportunities, information about inbound and outbound trade missions to connect to other businesses and general growth resources. The free online resource contains content and program information from several different business growth, trade and government partners including the Ontario Government, Global Affairs Canada, BDC, and Export Development Canada (EDC) — to make sure there is a pipeline of information available.
Magnet, co-founded by Ryerson University in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, is a digital social innovation platform that connects people, businesses and organizations to opportunity, helping regions and communities to collaborate and grow is also at the global conference to introduce its export business portal to companies.
Magnet’s job-matching technology connects people, businesses and organizations to opportunities and helps regions and communities to collaborate and work more productively for public good. This is done through a network of post-secondary institutions, not-for-profits, government, labour, and industry and community partners all working together. Using job-matching technology, Magnet is committed to addressing issues of unemployment and under-employment amongst youth, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and individuals facing barriers for employment. It allows one to privately and securely self-identify as a member of any equity group thereby promoting and supporting a bias-free recruitment process.