Cantech Letter Analyst Poll Picks end Q1 up 15%

Hat Trick: Early this year, Versant Partners Director of Research Tom Liston said investors should be watching SXC Health, CGI Group and Descartes Systems. All three posted strong double digit gains in the first quarter of 2012.

In Canada, tech analysts today are about as common as fifty goal scorers in the NHL; there just aren’t many left. Those that remain after a decade long resource boom, however, appear to know their stuff. In January, we asked some of the top tech analysts in the country; Sameet Kanade of Northern Securities, Tom […]

Who Might Buy Zenn Motors?

Toronto's Zenn no longer manufacturers electric cars, but their 10.7% interest in EEStor, a Texas company that claims to have developed a revolutionary new capacitor for electricity storage, may attract some A-List suitors.

On Wednesday, at its annual meeting, shareholders of Zenn Motor (TSXV:ZNN) agreed to renew their “poison pill” shareholder rights plan. It’s been a long time in limbo for Zenn shareholders, the re-upped plan was originally implemented in late 2008. In the meantime, shares of the company have fallen from $6.40 in mid-2009 to recent lows […]

Versant Partners Liston: Wi-LAN Knows Location Matters

Not here for the oranges: Versant Partners analyst Tom Liston says Wi-LAN has been particularly adept at using US "forum shopping" rules to maximize its chances in court. The Ottawa company opened an office in patent litigation friendly Florida in January.

In early January, Ottawa’s Wi-LAN (TSX:WIN) opened a US office in Florida. Those who think CEO Jim Skippen and crew are looking for some respite from the harsh Ottawa winters aren’t looking closely enough, says Versant Partners analyst Tom Liston. The Southern District of Florida, Liston points out, is a district that scores particularly well […]

Canada’s Five Most Interesting Tech CEOs

Under the guidance of Strath Goodship, broadcast technology player Miranda has grown from $129 million in revenue in fiscal 2008 to just under $182 million in fiscal 2011.

The list of legendary US tech CEOs could form a veritable Mount Rushmore of innovation. While names like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos and John Chambers would battle for space, what would Canada’s collection look like? The truth is, with the stepping down of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as as co-CEOs […]

Byron Capital’s Loe Bullish on Oncolytics Biotech

Oncolytics Biotech CEO Brad Thompson. Byron Capital analyst Douglas Loe has a $9 target on the company's stock.

Last month, Calgary’s Oncolytics Biotech (TSX:ONC) completed a bought deal financing, raising $21.3-million by selling 5.1 million shares at $4.20. The cash will help Oncolytics to fund its phase three trial for Reolysin, a treatment for head and neck cancers. The move increased the number of shares Oncolytics has outstanding to 76.3 million, but means […]

Lorex Technologies Hitting its Stride

Lorex's Live Connect lets users connect to their home security system using Skype.

Last week, Lorex Technologies (TSXV:LOC) reported its 2012 Q1 results. The Markham company posted a record quarter, with revenue climbing to $20.5-million, a 26% bump over the same period a year prior. Lorex CEO Ruben Klein said “Growth for the current quarter came from all business units across the board, as increasing demand and awareness […]

For Sale: Is Miranda Technologies Worth as much as Gennum or RuggedCom?

Miranda President and CEO Strath Goodship. After a short battle with dissident shareholders the company, which recently posted record numbers, will be put on the block.

Last week, Montreal broadcast technology player Miranda Technologies (TSX:MT) announced that, because it had received “a number of unsolicited expressions of interest regarding potential transactions and partnerships…” it would begin formal discussions with those yet-to-be-named parties. The language of Miranda’s press release is not unfamiliar to those who have invested in Canadian tech stocks of […]