Innovators talk Sudbury’s technology future – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – October 2, 2018)

Gribbons had a more pragmatic approach. He explained the city should
be working with its strength in mining. Sudbury is known worldwide as
a hard rock mining centre with decades of experience in the basin.
“We have mining intelligence that you don’t see anywhere else in the
world,” he said. “So when you look to playing with your strengths,
you try find an unfair advantage. We have one in mining technology.”

Growing Sudbury’s technology sector means entrepreneurs must create marketable products and investors must be there to support their efforts. A Sept. 20 forum, hosted by Sudbury CodeOp, featured three different perspectives on doing business in Sudbury as an entrepreneur in the region’s technology sector.

A panel discussion featured Peter Dal Bianco, founder of Bianco’s Group of Companies; Michael Gribbons, vice-president of sales and marketing for Maestro Digital Mine and founder of Synergy Controls Corporation; and Kyle McCall, manager of the NORCAT Innovation Mill.

There was plenty of optimism expressed on the future of technology innovation in Sudbury, but the panellists said there’s very little knowledge of the sector outside the region.

“We are very young when you look at places like Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto,” said Dal Bianco. “We are just getting started.” Dal Bianco said the city’s burgeoning IT sector doesn’t get much play.

“The people involved know, but the people outside of it in the city don’t know, and outside of Sudbury, they really don’t know,” he said.

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