Mediagrif CEO weighs in on the importance of tech jobs in Canada
Just how important are tech jobs in Canada? One man in particular, Mediagrif CEO Claude Roy, is weighing in on the issue. After attending the Euro Pacific Canada Digital Media and Technology Conference in Toronto, Roy isn’t only sharing his views, but also explaining the consequences of selling out to the United States.
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When it comes to the world of tech, Roy is no stranger. As the previous CEO of Logibec before the health care software company sold to OMERS Private Equity in 2010, Roy understands how important tech jobs—and jobs in general—really are for the Canadian community.
He previously commented to the cantech letter, stating, “I wish more people would think about that: If we keep selling our companies off to the U.S., where will our children work?
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Roy is proud to be in the tech industry; he’s also thrilled that all of the jobs he’s created or helped to establish have stayed in Canada—specifically, the Quebec area. For example, Mediagrif was first founded in 1996 and still resides in Quebec.
While selling a company off to the United States can often seem like a smart business move, as well as a great opportunity to make some money, it’s vital to take a look at the whole picture and not just the current situation.
As mentioned by Roy, it’s necessary to consider the next generation and ensure that quality jobs are available.
It should come as no great surprise that jobs in the tech world are not only popular, but a leading force in the working environment. Therefore, it’s important to establish a range of options and then keep those jobs in the country. After all, there is a growing need for tech-related jobs—this need doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Furthermore, if more jobs consistently become available—in or out of the tech industry—the economy stands the chance of only growing and becoming stronger. Roy seems to be completely on point with his assessment—tech jobs are what's current in, so keep them coming and keep them in Canada!
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.