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Secure State Cyber has been specializing in information and cyber security since 2005.

“We provide comprehensive solutions for information and cybersecurity as well as individual services. We also have training, ready-made or tailored, digital or on-site, where we deliver the latest knowledge based on our experience in the field.” Click here for their website


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We are pleased to announce that Secure State Cyber has been named a Di Gasell by the Swedish financial daily newspaper, Dagens Industri. Di Gasell was established in 2000 and annually awards the fastest growing companies in Sweden. The purpose is to support and encourage Swedish business and entrepreneurs.“This is sensational…  Click here to read more


News Release, from IKEA Burlington.

ikea-logoOctober 17, 2016

News Release


IKEA Canada Commemorates 40 Years of Iconic Design in Canada with
IKEA Then & Now Exhibit
Burlington, ON – IKEA Canada is opening an exhibit in downtown Toronto to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Canada. Hosted at the Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, IKEA Then & Now will take visitors on a journey through the decades to demonstrate how IKEA has helped shape life at home in Canada. The exhibit is free to the public and will run from October 21st to 30th.

IKEA Then & Now tells the story of IKEA in Canada, featuring rooms displaying iconic IKEA furniture from the 1970’s to today, with a glimpse into the future. Inspired by the IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden, the exhibit also pays homage to the ancestry of IKEA home furnishings and its unique democratic design philosophy of creating products that help create a better everyday life through their form, function, quality, sustainability and affordable price.
“Canadians have welcomed IKEA into their homes for the past 40 years and we are delighted to have reached this anniversary together,” said Dave McCabe, Acting President, IKEA Canada. “The IKEA Then & Now exhibit offers visitors a chance to take a trip down memory lane, remembering how our homes have evolved over the last four decades. The exhibit also offers a behind the scenes look at the IKEA brand and business, which we are confident will continue to grow in Canada for the next 40 years and beyond.”
There will be many more things to experience at the exhibit, including a ball pit for both the young and young at heart. Visitors will also have the opportunity to be featured on the front cover of this year’s IKEA Catalogue. And, just for dropping by, visitors will have a chance to win a week-long dream trip for two to the design capital of the world, Stockholm, Sweden.

IKEA Then & Now runs from October 21st to 30th at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto.  Admission is free to the public. The hours of operation are as follows: Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm   Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm


IKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 375 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 884 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, an eCommerce virtual store, 6 Pick-up and order points in Quebec City and southern Ontario and two Collection Points in Halifax and Saskatoon. The company also recently announced plans to open stores in Halifax and Quebec City. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the website. Founded in 1943, IKEA’s business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit:


Alicia Carroll

Commercial Public Relations Manager

(416) 646-8182 ext. 2338

Member News from LeaderBoom: Business Forecasting 2016 and Beyond


Ann Marie The following news item might be of interest to members who are wrapping
up their business cycle Fiscal 2015, and planning Fiscal 2016. It was
published by B2B News Network where SCCC member Ann Marie MacDougall,
Founder and President of LeaderBoom Inc., was invited to provide her view
on the Canadian Economy in 2016, as it relates to Small Business Owners.  future-in-2016/

Also, Ann Marie has provided a link to an interesting summary of “5 Global
Trends Impacting 21st Century Leaders”, for members who might have
interest. Check


“LeaderBoom Inc. is a globally focused leadership development firm that provides integrated consulting, development and executive coaching. Our mission is to support high performing business cultures, teams, and individuals to encourage and reward innovation, collaboration and intrapreneurial thinking. Our programs are designed to accelerate business performance by expanding the capacity of leaders and teams to collaborate and actualize their performance potential.”

[Click here to read more about LeaderBoom…]






IKEA Canada Launches New 2016 Catalogue Celebrating the Little Moments Around the Kitchen

IKEA Catalouge 2016

IKEA Canada Launches New 2016 Catalogue Celebrating the Little Moments Around the Kitchen

IKEA Canada announced today that the new 2016 IKEA Catalogue, filled with new product offerings, home furnishing inspiration and smart solutions for every area of the home, will be mailed out to consumers within IKEA store markets starting Monday, August 10th. Themed “The Little Things that Matter,” the new Catalogue celebrates life in and around the kitchen and all the moments in-between, with a strong focus on growing, cooking, serving and storing food.

The Catalogue is designed to inspire readers with home furnishing knowledge, tips and ideas and tells the story of how little things can make a big difference in everyday life. It takes consumers through the kitchen, which was once primarily a place only for traditional cooking and has today taken on a multipurpose role as a place for many in-home activities. It’s a place to entertain family and friends, where children can tackle their homework and school projects; where hobbies come to life and where gatherings to celebrate life’s special moments take place.

There is a lot more to food than food itself. It is about being healthy, being together and creating everyday routines. The growing interest in food is more than just a trend, so to better understand global attitudes toward food, IKEA recently released its second annual Life at Home Report. The Report takes a deeper look into people’s everyday thoughts and habits in and around their kitchens and how those moments around food affect their well-being. Today, more and more people care about what they eat, how they eat it, where it comes from, and how they can minimize waste.

“Life at home is crucial for us at IKEA, and it’s often the little things that make all the difference. We know that our customers love to spend time in and around the kitchen and we hope to inspire them with our home furnishing knowledge and offer exciting solutions for all of the activities related to food – growing, cooking, serving and storing,” says Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada.

In addition to the printed Catalogue, the IKEA Catalogue App makes all the new inspiration and products move out of the Catalogue and into the home. With this year’s augmented reality feature, consumers can see how more than 400 products fit in their home and even take a tour in two IKEA Showroom settings with the new “Walk in the Room” feature. The app also offers more than 50 films, image galleries and 360-degree views. IKEA Canada also recently launched a fresh new version of their mobile shopping app, IKEA Store, which allows customers to access IKEA’s full product range, check product information and stock availability, as well as create shopping lists.

The 2016 IKEA Catalogue will be translated into 34 languages and distributed in 49 countries. It spans over 324 pages and 219 million copies will be printed on FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.

Jennifer Hughes Assistant to the Country Retail Manager & Internal Communications Specialist IKEA Canada 1065 Plains Road East Burlington ON L7T 4K1 Phone: 905.637.9440 ext. 6267 Fax: 905.637.0914

Long Live the Home.

Member News: IKEA Canada to plug-in electric vehicle charging stations nationwide

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Winter Promotions from Accenta (for SCCC members)

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Open House, with Renteknik and Sheridan College, October 4th


September 29, 2014 16:36 ET

Renteknik and Sheridan College Announce the Opening of Sheridan’s Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory (IESL) Open House October 4, 2014: Doors Open at 9am

BURLINGTON, ON–(Marketwired – September 29, 2014) – Sheridan’s Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory (IESL), Sheridan College’s most technologically advanced Energy Laboratory located at the Davis Campus in Brampton is opening its doors and its intellectual advances to other academic institutions and the rest of the Energy Management driven community. The Open House will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 at from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The Energy System Laboratory located at Sheridan College’s Davis Campus in Brampton is a “one of a kind” Lab. Not only is it now part of the College’s learning curriculum, it is also being integrated into applied research. “The overall concept of the Lab,” explains Renteknik’s COO Lars Sjoberg “is to integrate Renewable Energy Resources with a battery storage unit, a customized Energy Management System (EMS) and three (3) different Energy Loads within a ‘virtual micro-Grid’ including a Tim Horton’s Coffee Shop.” Sjoberg goes on to explain that the EMS uses a customized SCADA Energy Management Software to monitor and control the micro-Grid operation. This includes the Energy that is being produced by the Energy Resources and how the Energy is being distributed to the selected Loads.

Dr. Jonathan Kim, Principal Investigator at IESL and Sheridan Professor in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, emphasizes the importance of the Lab’s unique ability to embrace both educational and real life experiences. For Sheridan, according to Kim, “this Lab provides a tremendous hands-on learning environment for students.” As well, “it also provides great opportunities for our applied research activities, collaborating with industries.”

The Project is being carried out in Phases. The First Phase which is now complete includes Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic Panels. These Panels are currently installed on the Davis Campus C-wing building Roof. A centrally located System Operation Dashboard showing the energy production and related consumption within the “Virtual Grid” will be made available for public viewing in the near future with plans for integrating additional Energy Resources to include Wind, Micro Hydro and Fuel Cell technology.

Renteknik is looking forward to continuing to work with Sheridan College to create an environment that will enable students and researchers to create various theoretical simulations, conduct real time data analysis and evaluate effects of different energy management approaches related to distribution.

Sjoberg ends by saying, “We are looking at the big picture when it comes to the IESL. Not only will it provide education in the areas of Generation and Consumption, Electrical Quality and Green Resources, it will also help Sheridan develop energy saving strategies that can be implemented to support Sheridan’s Mission Zero Goal.” The Goal is targeting a 50% reduction of energy consumption in the existing College buildings from Sheridan’s 2010 baseline energy consumption by 2020.

For More Information:
The Event:
Renteknik Group:

Renteknik Group is a North American engineering firm focusing on consulting, energy optimization, energy conservation, and alternative energy sources representing global state of the art technologies.

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Contact Information

Terry Chalmers

Sweden is closer that you think! Visit Volvo Metro West, Midsommar Sale and get some amazing deals.

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Press Release: Atlas Copco Canada Inc. celebrates 65 year Anniversary

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May 5, 2014 – MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – On May 9, 2014 Atlas Copco Canada Inc. is celebrating 65 years as a Canadian leader in sales, service and marketing of air and gas compressors, portable compressors, generators, mining and rock excavation equipment, construction tools, pneumatic and electric power tools and assembly systems.

As stated by Louka Geladi, Vice President Holding, Atlas Copco Canada Inc.: “We are proud that Atlas Copco has been in intrinsic part of the Canadian market since its establishment in 1949. Our 750 employees and 200 distributors can feel great about their accomplishments in strengthening our customer focus and relations.”

With 33 locations across Canada, Atlas Copco Canada has developed a vast range of industrial products catering to several industries such as: Mining, Road Construction, Automotive, Manufacturing and Oil Sands.

Our success in business is backed up by a nationwide sales, distribution, service and maintenance network supporting our commitment to sustainable productivity while staying close to our customers.

Louka Geladi added: “We are convinced that our combination of product excellence and dedicated people will contribute in achieving our vision to become and remain First in Mind—First in Choice for the next 65 years.”

For further information please contact:

Louka Geladi, President

Atlas Copco Canada Inc.

Telephone: 289.562.6112



Danielle Dargis, Communication Coordinator

Atlas Copco Canada Inc.

Telephone: 819.769.1777


Volvo News Alert! Twenty years since Volvo made its debut in the BTCC with the 850 Estate

It is now 20 years since Volvo marked its return to the racetrack – with an estate! The venture would lead to many successful years in the BTCC – including an overall victory in 1998. “When I signed up for Volvo and TWR around Christmas 1993, I didn’t know about the estate plans,” says Rickard Rydell. “If I’d known, I would probably have hesitated. It was lucky I didn’t know!”

Volvo’s Back on Track project was tangibly launched in April 1994, when two liveried Volvo 850 estate cars rolled up to the start line on the Thruxton track in southern England. It was the start of the season of the most prestigious standard car series, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Alongside Tom Walkinshaw Racing – TWR – Volvo had initiated a major investment in the class, and the idea of using estate cars was a great success right from the outset. They attracted a great deal of attention and challenged Volvo’s image in a positive way, particularly in the UK. Volvo wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to combine practicality with pleasure!

Behind the wheel of one of the cars was 26-year-old Rickard Rydell who, despite his tender age, had a great deal of experience from karting, Formula 3000 and Formula 3. In the other car was his team-mate Jan Lammers, a 37-year-old Dutchman who had competed in various classes including Formula 1.

several volvo cars racing

“It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed,” says Rickard Rydell today. “It doesn’t feel like it. But now looking back it is clear that we were focusing on the right class at the right time.”

TWR, which had been Volvo’s main competitor in the European Championship series during the 1980s when the 240 Turbo was competing against the Rover SD1, had now been contracted for three years and was responsible for the technical development of the racing car. Volvo would be responsible for technical support, marketing and PR.

The decision to compete with two estate cars was taken several months before the start, but was kept secret until the last moment. When the news was released, many thought it was a joke. A large estate is not an ideal track car – with a lot of weight behind the rear axle and a higher centre of gravity, it is harder to get around the corners than a saloon.

“But the aerodynamics of the estate were slightly better than the saloon,” says Rickard Rydell. The deciding factor, however, was that the estate would attract more attention.

According to the FIA class 2 regulations, the competition cars had to be based on a production model. The appearance of the body could not be changed, although to make the races close and exciting, the cylinder volume was restricted to two litres, the maximum engine speed to 8,500 rpm and the minimum weight to 950 kg for front-wheel drive cars. Supercharging was not permitted in any form.

Volvo and TWR used their five-cylinder engine as a basis, which in the 850 Turbo had a 2.3 litre volume and produced 225 hp. In the racing version – with no turbo and with a 2 litre volume – it produced around 290 hp. The five speed manual transmission in the standard car was replaced with a six speed sequential transmission. Volvo was the first team to incorporate a catalytic converter in its cars – a feature that was soon to become mandatory according to regulations for the class.

“We hadn’t had time to test the car on the track before its launch at Thruxton on April4th,” says Rickard Rydell. “Jan Lammers and I had been able to drive a few hundred metres at the entrance to TWR’s development workshop, but that was all!”

Volvo race pic

From the outset, the first season was designated a trial year for the drivers, team and cars, and they didn’t expect to be near the front of the standings. As a result, they could also treat themselves to the PR stunt of driving an estate.

“The Volvo 850 estate was by far the largest car in the series,” explains Rickard Rydell. “Our competitors, who were taking part largely to strengthen their sporting image, were not pleased about having to compete with an estate. There were a few taunts from other drivers – but that was no problem. To wind them up, in one heat we drove with a large stuffed collie in the boot during the parade lap!”

When the series drew to a close after 21 heats, at Donington Park in September of 1994, they could look back over a very successful season from a public perspective – even though Volvo only finished in 14th place overall.

“We had learned an enormous amount during the season, and developed the car continually,” says Rickard Rydell. “Our best finish was fifth place at Oulton Park, although there were more column inches written about us than about any other team!”

As early as the following year, the results improved significantly, and Rickard Rydell came in third place overall in the championship, and repeated that success in 1996. However, they only drove the 850 estate during the first season, switching to the saloon model in subsequent years. Even though an estate body enjoys better natural downforce at the back than a saloon, the option of an additional spoiler at the rear was introduced in 1995. This was of no benefit on an estate, although on a saloon body it could make a significant difference. Volvo changed to the S40 in 1997, and Rickard pinched fourth place, before going on to win the entire series in 1998.

Volvo was definitely back on track!

Media Contact, Dustin Woods

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