Desire2Learn Partners With University of Guelph On Research Project

The University of Guelph and Desire2Learn have already conducted a one-year pilot version of the research project before bringing other institutions in.

Kitchener education tech firm Desire2Learn will be coordinating with a consortium of post-secondary institutions, including the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and Mohawk College, to conduct a $6 million research project that promises to transform the nature of higher education. Since Desire2Learn launched its Integrated Learning Platform (ILP), which [...]

Sandvine soars on record first quarter

Celebrate good times. Shares of Sandvine (TSX:SVC) are up sharply today after the company reported record first quarter earnings.

Shares of Sandvine (TSX:SVC) are up sharply today after the company reported record first quarter earnings of $7.5-million on revenue of $31.5-million. The topline was a 26% improvement over last year’s Q1. CEO Dave Caputo said continued investment in innovation was the key to the company’s success. “We are pleased to have had a good [...]

BlackBerry’s Chen: “There are so many things that need to be fixed”

Chen: "I can assure you, for me, it's not a religion. It's business."

He may be promoting devices intended to connect people in the most modern ways possible, but when it comes to his customers it’s clear new BlackBerry boss John Chen likes the old fashioned, face to face approach. “I am living hotel to hotel to hotel, it is like packing and unpacking, packing and unpacking,” he [...]

More acquisitions likely on deck for Descartes, says Mackie’s Voci

Mackie Research Capital analyst Massimo Voci says the logistics market remains highly fragmented, and opportunistic acquisitions will continue to supplement Descartes' organic growth.

Expect more acquisitions in the near term from Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG), says Mackie Research Capital analyst Massimo Voci. On Tuesday, Descartes announced the $6.6-million acquisition of Computer Management USA, an American provider of security filing solutions and air cargo management solutions for airlines and their partners. “We’re pleased to welcome Computer Management and its [...]

Art Mesher joins board of Difference Capital

During Mesher's tenure with the company, Descartes Systems Group's market cap rose from under $100-million to nearly a billion

Difference Capital (TSX:DCF) today announced that former Descartes CEO Art Mesher will join its board. Cantech Letter caught up with Mesher this morning and asked for his thoughts on joining the publicly traded merchant bank. “I believe there is a strong need for a research driven merchant bank with advisory services focused on thematic investing [...]

Box lawsuit a positive but Open Text is fully valued, says Abernethy

Box co-founder Aaron Levie. On March 24th, the Los Altos, California-based company publicly filed for a $250 million IPO. Its SEC filing revealed that its losses are accelerating.

A victory for Open Text (TSX:OTC) in its lawsuit against Box would add more than two dollars a share in value to the Waterloo-based company, and it’s likely not the last time we’ll see it in the courtroom, says Cantor Fitzgerald Canada analyst Blair Abernethy. Yesterday, Open Text advised Box that it seeks preliminary and [...]

Is this the best sign yet that Google Fiber is coming to Canada?

Will these trucks become a fixture in the Kitchener-Waterloo area?

Could lightning fast internet be on its way to Canada? Last week, Google posted a position on its own jobs board that could be an indication that the search engine giant might be planning to launch Google Fiber in Canada. The job is “User Experience Researcher, Google Fiber” and the location is listed as “Waterloo-Kitchener, [...]

Waterloo’s PiinPoint heads to Y Combinator

Piinpoint founders Jim Robeson and Adam Saunders.

You know what they say about real estate. Location. Location. Location. And today, PiinPoint, the online platform dedicated to helping businesses locate their ideal brick-and-mortar location, is in Mountain View, California, presenting at Y Combinator’s Demo Day. Their software has been described as “Google Analytics for physical locations”. “We use big data and machine learning [...]

Is Canadian Tire Canada’s Most Innovative Retailer?

Last year, Canadian Tire’s chief technology officer Eugene Roman told the Wall Street Journal, "We believe if we change the shopping experience into an entertaining experience, an engaging experience, we will do better. It's ‘shopper-tainment’. And I believe it's the future of retail."

Typically, when you hear that a fusty old chain store is getting a makeover or is refreshing its brand, it’s the last, embarrassing gasp before an old, hopelessly out-of-it retailer disappears forever. Tim Horton’s fans are likely bracing themselves on hearing that the chain is planning a refresh, to help them attract the elusive Millennial [...]

Descartes gets price target raise to $21.50 by Global Maxfin’s Garcea

An expanding geographic footprint is among the factors that will secure the future of Descartes Systems Group, says Global Maxfin Capital analyst Ralph Garcea.

Recent acquisitions by Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) will drive its growth going forward, says Global Maxfin Capital’s Ralph Garcea. Yesterday, before market open, Descartes reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 results. For the year, the Waterloo-based company earned $9.6-million on revenue of $151.3-million, a topline that was up 19% over 2013. In the fourth [...]