And now for the feisty part. “The last question of the day” said host Ron Shuttleworth, “comes from none other than Art Mesher of Descartes Systems.” “I don’t really have a question” said Mesher, from the back of the room, “I have a series of statements…I think we have to stop worrying about all this stuff. We have to stop thinking that Canada is somehow an inferior place to do business, because it’s not, it’s a great place to do business. I have been here eight years and I have no intention of leaving anytime soon. Canada is great place to build a company. If you are trying to build a tech company, stop worrying about a ten percent difference in valuation or whatever and get to work. I’m not here to build something that is here for five years or ten years and fizzles out, I am here to build a company that my children and their children can point to with pride. And Canada is one of the best places in the world to do that.”
Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and contributing to publications such as Canadian Business and Business Insider.