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Top stories of the week
ApplyBoard announces leadership change, founding CEO replaced by brother
The company announced the move this week, confirming that Meti Basiri took over as CEO in August. Martin Basiri continues to be a member of ApplyBoard’s board of directors.
Shopify launches enterprise-grade commerce stack
Toymaker Mattel, the company behind brands such as Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, will be one of the first users of Commerce Components.
Bird Canada brings international counterpart Bird Global under merger umbrella
Bard Global originally announced its merger with Bard Canada in December 2022, describing its Canadian counterpart as its “most successful platform partner.”
Salesforce layoffs show Canadian employees caught in ongoing Big Tech cuts
The customer relationship management software company shared plans to lay off 10% of its workforce and reduce its real estate holdings in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.
Vector Institute Hires Veteran Executive Tony Gaffney to Lead AI Hub for Next Five Years
Tony Gaffney will replace Garth Gibson. Garth Gibson says he is stepping down after his five-year term as the Institute’s first president and CEO.
BetaKit recruits across Canada
Canadian startup record publishing is growing and needs your talent.
Editor, British Columbia (Jobbio / Gaulin Media)
Editor, Alberta (Jobbio / Gaulin Media)
Editor, Quebec (Jobbio / Gaulin Media)
Staff Writer 1 year contract (Jobbio / Gaulin Media)
Latest fundraising, acquisitions and layoffs
VAN – Metaverse Group Acquires CocoNFT (Read More)
WAT – Darwin AI – $8.1 million (read more)
HAM – Ackroo Acquires Simpliconnect (Read More)
TOR – Thomson Reuters Acquires SurePrep (Read More)
TOR – Ontario Government commits $19 million to seven regional tech hubs (read more)
TOR – Storytime Capital Closes $15M in First Fund (Read More)
TOR – Bliza Fires Nearly Half Staff, CEO Steps Down (Read More)
TOR – Vector Health Labs Acquires Get A-Head (Read More)
OTT – Federal Government commits $90 million to five Canadian tech hubs (read more)
MTL – NorthStar – $47 million (read more)
DAR – Ocean Supercluster donates $230,000 to new initiative (read more)
AI regulations are coming. What is the Canadian approach?
“It’s the heart of the bill, the heart of the law, but you’ll never know exactly what it applies to.”
Data governance and AI risk management expert Carole Piovesan joins us to discuss AI regulation, privacy, and the future of Bill C-27 before it’s before the Commission.
Will CHATGPT replace BETAKIT?
“We’re in a different place technically than we were a week ago. I think it’s a tough order to digest and figure out the implications.”
RBCx’s Anthony Mouchantaf, aka Tony Dagger, will be back in 2022 to answer your listeners’ questions about chatGPT, the impact of the Self-Certified Investor Pilot, working from home, and more.
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