CanCon Podcast Ep. 41: Why Canadian entrepreneurs are so happy with the federal government (right now)

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Canada’s tech landscape is rapidly growing, and along with it, so does the demand for specialized tech talent. The new Canadian government released a plan proving to Canadian tech companies that it is tuned in to the needs of the tech community. The strategy, among other things, outlines a fast-track visa program that will allow “highly-skilled, low-risk workers” into Canada. The CanCon crew invites friend of the pod Chris Plunkett, Director of External Relations at Communitech, to talk about the logistics of implementing the new program.

Apple finally updated its Macbook Pro line of laptops after four long years. In an event one day prior, Microsoft introduced its Surface Studio. The CanCon team asks if Microsoft has managed to take Apple’s title as the king of (post) PC’s.

In an attempt to mimic Apple’s circa 1981 open letter to IBM, Slack wrote an open letter to Microsoft congratulating the company on Teams, Microsoft’s competitor to Slack. The CanCon crew speculates on whether the ad was a PR blunder or three flame emojis.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Gerrit De Vynck, Canadian tech reporter for Bloomberg, Patrick O’Rourke, Senior Editor for MobileSyrup, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – weighs in on the Mac vs PC debate and digs deep into the realities of the current government love-fest.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 41 (11/8/16)

Mac vs PC Redux
Surface Studio hands-on
Macbook Pro hands-on

Slack throws full-page shade
Slack’s open letter to Microsoft

Canada’s new fast-track work visa program (coming soon!)
Global Skills Strategy with fast track visas

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Naveed” by Our Lady Peace

PayPal ad music: Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA Attribution-Share Alike license.


Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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