Celebrating Communitech’s AGM, 20 years after it all began
The journey started two decades ago, and oh, the places Communitech has been since:
Investing its time, networking with experience and developing a tech ecosystem that has become a magnet for talent and a catalyst for ideas and innovation, growing from the initial 43 members in 1997 to 1,226 members today.
Those 20 years of tech culture development were celebrated Thursday night at Communitech’s annual general meeting, before some 250 alumni and partners at the Tannery Event Centre and Communitech’s Area 151.
Communitech Board Chair Steven Woods, senior engineering director for Google Canada, delivered the formal portion of the meeting in rapid-fire style, presenting the financial statements (overall revenue and expenses both rose about $4.2 million over Fiscal 2016); thanking outgoing board members John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures, and Olga Pawluczyk, President of imaging manufacturer P&P Optica, for their years of service to the board; welcoming the incoming directors; and closing the formal portion of the meeting in under three minutes.
Then it was the turn of Iain Klugman, President and CEO of Communitech Corp., to celebrate the 20-year journey. Key to that journey, he said, has been the talent, identified early on as the No. 1 issue going forward. Then, “we needed