By Nathan Rudyk
Hey tech Ottawa, if you're looking for your number one reason to attend OCRI's Annual General Meeting May 5th, you've just found it. Carleton University's Tony Bailetti will be presented with the 2011 Ottawa Innovation Community award!
I was just exchanging emails with Tony last night, thanking him for his instrumental role in the creation of Coral CEA, an Open Innovation software developer ecosystem that within nine months of receiving funding from the Ontario government, has helped create 7 new Ontario companies and 34 new jobs in the field of Communications Enabled Applications (CEA) as well as a new online showcase of 22 new products, services and software development projects.
Tony, in his typical fashion, thanked me back for our team's help in profiling three Coral CEA Member companies – Videotelephony Inc., PatientWay Inc. and FreeBird Solutions Inc. – all of them with close ties to Carleton U.
Here are but a few of Tony's accomplishments listed in Carleton's press release that went out this morning:
Over the years, Bailetti has worked with technology entrepreneurs, Carleton faculty, students, staff and alumni, talented individuals, senior company managers, economic development organizations, service providers, non-profits and other academic institutions to:
- Deliver the highly successful Lead To Win (LTW) program. Alumni of the LTW 2002 program launched technology businesses that attracted over $90 million of venture capital. During 2009 and 2010, the program trained 276 founders of technology companies as well as helped launch 110 technology companies and grow 75 technology companies in the region. Both the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce have presented awards to LTW.
- Offer the Talent First project to accelerate the adoption of open source technology by Ontario companies and explore a new approach to develop and commercialize technology products, services and solutions that promote open source projects.
- Spin off companies that generate their revenue leveraging global open source projects and creating jobs.
- Develop skills in dozens of graduate and undergraduate students on how to make money by leveraging global open source projects.
- Deliver Carleton Entrepreneurs, a program that helps student entrepreneurs transform their ideas into compelling opportunities and successful ventures.
- Establish Coral CEA, a multi-million dollar project focused on providing Ontario with a leadership position in communications-enabled applications.
- Publish the Open Source Business Resource (OSBR.ca), a monthly online journal about innovative company issues that attracts thousands of visitors worldwide every month.
- Develop the Keystone-off-the-shelf (KOTS) platform to support Model C, a new approach to commercialize products and services of technology companies.
- Entice companies to set up R&D facilities in Ottawa and attract public and private funding to the region.
- Spin-off BigBlueButton as an open source project. Today, thanks to Blindside Networks, Carleton and open source developers worldwide, BigBlueButton is one of the two most used open source web conference systems in the world. The system supports 24 languages and has been deployed in many countries.
- Deliver conferences on issues relevant to the development and commercialization of products and services of local companies.
- Provide suitable jobs with technology companies to dozens of new immigrants and students.
- Increase the number of females in senior management positions of technology companies
- Promote the Ottawa region as a centre of innovation and entrepreneurialism
As Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte says, “Tony has taken Carleton’s innovative entrepreneurship and technology programs to the marketplace, joining brilliant colleagues and students with nascent companies and working with organizations in the community like OCRI. Tony is creative, energetic and committed to the success of his students, Ottawa and our country."
Exactly. Please come out May 5th to help honour Tony and celebrate OCRI's leadership of Ottawa's knowledge-based community. Tony's one of big reasons we all get to do what we love doing. Click here to register.