Michael Desnoyers - President and CEO of Etratech

20 Questions: Michael Desnoyers

Michael Desnoyers: President and CEO of Etratech, Burlington. 1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? I don’t know if he would qualify as a business mentor, but I would certainly consider Albert Einstein as a mentor in general. I have always been intrigued by his contribution to the…

Keanin Loomis
President & CEO - Hamilton chamber of commerce

Hamilton: As strong as its weakest link

The Chain of Office symbolizes the need for us to remain tightly bonded as a community By Keanin Loomis I love my job. Day-to-day, whether it’s helping a small business with a problem or executing a major production such as the Hamilton Economic Summit, the work we do at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce helps…

Jenn Hudder and Chris Farias

Holidays are a time to celebrate

Dusty suitcase unwraps treasury of past Christmas treats Chris Farias As you may have heard, KITESTRING is moving to a new location. The last month or so has been a hub-bub of cleaning and packing. In this flurry of office activity, someone in the team found some old forgotten Christmas ornaments in a back closet.…

VIZIYA: Hamilton firm’s way to manage company assets

  Large-scale companies spend billions of dollars on assets. The maintenance and management of these assets can, therefore, play a huge role in the success of a business. VIZIYA, a Hamilton-based company, provides a suite of products for maintenance organizations that can be used across multiple enterprise resource planning systems. VIZIYA was started in Hamilton,…

Kyle Kemper, Cavirtex's vice-president of business development, introduced six Bitcoin Teller Machines in Toronto in August.

Digital Currency – Bitcoin is alive in Hamilton

Currency allows users to send secure and anonymous payments Saira Peesker When Josh Agho, founder of Prepaid Bitcoin, explains his business to people, not everyone gets it right away. Agho’s company sells cards pre-loaded with bitcoins, a web-based currency, to consumers around the world. In other words, he sells a stateless currency that was created…

Kelly Reed, who runs a successful hockey school, goes through a drill at The Mohawk ice centre.

Former pro player turns energy to business

Kelly Reed always loved teaching skating, long before he turned pro. Lisa Grace Marr The Hamilton Spectator Reed played for the Burlington Cougars, University of New Brunswick, the Canadian National Team, then turned pro, playing in Europe for five years. He returned to Canada to settle down with his growing family, working a 9 to…

Chris Verticchio, Nick Montecchia and Michael Verticchio, left to right, of RZR skate blade manufacturer at the Hoolie Hockey Store.

A razor-sharp twist on hockey gear

  RZR Blades is a company a bit like Hamilton, built on steel and a love of hockey. Lisa Grace Marr The Hamilton Spectator It was started by two brothers and a friend who figured there was a market for hockey skate blades that could be custom designed and easily switched out for old blades.…

Wave vice-president Anthony Miele in one of the NHL-style dressing rooms.

Not your traditional hockey program

The vending machines at the front of the arena are the first indication that this is a different kind of hockey arena. Lisa Grace Marr The Hamilton Spectator One is full of hockey tape, mouth guards, skate laces and other items that might fall out of a hockey bag. Then there is another with granola…