Articles By Christine Wong

Forrester: Weak oil, ‘conservative’ C-suite to soften Canadian tech spending in 2017

Slumping energy prices and weak economic growth will continue to soften Canadian tech spending in 2017, according to Forrester Research Inc. At a conference held in Toronto on Thursday by travel and expense

Published on: September 23rd, 2016 Christine Wong

Delays and doubtful doctors a tough pill to swallow for wearable healthcare market

Despite millions of people slipping into wearable technology, many doctors aren't as comfortable with the devices in a healthcare setting. In a Toronto panel discussion hosted by We Are Wearables on Monday, experts from

Published on: September 14th, 2016 Christine Wong

Spur more startups in schools, Minister Bains told on innovation tour stop

Just days before students head back to class, Navdeep Bains sat down Wednesday for a lesson on how many Canadian schools are failing to foster innovation. The new federal minister of innovation, science,

Published on: September 1st, 2016 Christine Wong

How Michael Phelps’ shoes are the future of 3D-tech fashion

The customized kicks made for Olympic superstar Michael Phelps offer a glimpse into the future of personalized 3D apparel production. Under Armour used 3D technology to make the one-of-a-kind shoes (shown above) based

Published on: August 18th, 2016 Christine Wong

Toronto-based firm launches Venezuela’s ‘Uber’ without taxi tensions

As tensions simmer between Uber and cabbies up here in Canada, a Toronto startup is gaining traction for its taxi app in South America. Uber Technologies Inc. has faced accusations of unfairly competing

Published on: August 12th, 2016 Christine Wong

Is personalized money management the next fintech frontier?

Now that Canadian banks have gone mobile, personalized money management may be the next frontier they tackle in digital technology. Following his keynote at the Bank-IT conference in Toronto on Tuesday, consultant Tim

Published on: July 20th, 2016 Christine Wong

Online video marketing is ready for its closeup

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to video-based marketing, according to a panel of Canadian digital content innovators. The name of the game, they told a Toronto audience on Thursday, is not

Published on: July 18th, 2016 Christine Wong

Canadian startups help farmers dig deep into digital tech with drones, big data

Canada’s deep agricultural roots are yielding a bumper crop of startups bringing drones, big data, and the Internet of Things to farming. Fredericton, N.B. company Resson is leading the homegrown pack. It just

Published on: July 7th, 2016 Christine Wong

Are HR and fintech the next business frontiers for virtual reality?

Trading and training aren’t as cool as video gaming but they may become hot business markets for virtual reality (VR) technology. While video games still grab most of today’s VR headlines and users,

Published on: June 28th, 2016 Christine Wong

Big data tips from MLSE’s ‘analytics coach’

Jonathan Carrigan manages one of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s most important teams. Although properties owned by Canada’s largest sports conglomerate include the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC franchises, Carrigan oversees the company’s

Published on: June 14th, 2016 Christine Wong

The ABC’s of marketing to Generation X

They are squeezed by multiple responsibilities and pulled in many directions. In many ways, members of Generation X have been glossed over, as aging baby boomers and up-and-coming millennials grab most of the attention.

Published on: June 9th, 2016 Christine Wong

Go digital or die, Sephora’s expat CEO tells Canadian retailers

As someone who is waging a retail war in the United States, Calvin McDonald wants his fellow Canadians to show the same fighting spirit here north of the border. As president and CEO

Published on: June 1st, 2016 Christine Wong

Steve Nash and other Canadian disruptors on how to play hardball

They never saw Steve Nash coming. He grew up in Canada, not the United States. He played basketball at Santa Clara University, not at an Ivy League athletics powerhouse. He was – still is,

Published on: May 26th, 2016 Christine Wong

Bricks-and-mortar retail will die within a decade, says BuildDirect CEO

As a former contractor and the current CEO of BuildDirect, Jeff Booth knows a lot about renovations - but even he says bricks-and-mortar retailing has crumbled beyond repair. In an interview Tuesday with

Published on: May 17th, 2016 Christine Wong

Sharing economy: It’s a wild ride but it’s here to stay, says Zipcar co-founder

One of the sharing economy's global innovators came to Canada on Tuesday to proclaim that the trend is not only here to stay, but killing the traditional business model as we know it.

Published on: May 11th, 2016 Christine Wong