Malcolm Williamson from Acorn Partners has been a trusted advisor, valued contributor and not afraid to put boot to bottom when necessary. Getting this far would not have been possible without Malcolm. Many thanks as well to Peter Kemball and Andy Chen for stepping up and being my first founding partner. Thank you very much to Malcolm and Acorn Partners.
Rob Swayne from Gailforce Ventures has been a great resource in so many ways; his sound business advice, chartered accounting skills and voice of reason as the sober second thought have been much appreciated. Rob was instrumental in getting the business plan and financials in order. Thank you Rob.
Francis Moran from inmedia Public Relations stepped up and agreed to be my second founding partner. Francis is a great story teller, excellent writer and PR person extraordinaire. I am really looking forward to working with Francis in the upcoming year to promote TheCodeFactory. Thank you Francis.
James Smith and Michael Dunlevy from Labarge and Weinstein have also helped from the early days and right up to getting the lease reviewed. Great guys with a passion for start-ups; your assistance has proven incredibly valuable. Thank you James and Michael.
Peter Childs has helped with the project and was key in finding the location and addressing a number of outstanding issues with the space. Thank you Peter.
I really have the utmost respect for Carleton University. Both Tony Bailetti and Luc Lalande are excellent ambassadors and offered their time to sit down and exchange ideas with me on a number of occasions. Thank you very much.
Liz Miller from Turnbull Designs has been awesome showing great patience, taking the time to meet with me on a number of occasion and coming up with a great design for the space. Liz also introduced me to Dean Head who will be our general contractor for the project. Dean is well respected in the industry and has also shown great patience. Thank you to the design team.
Ken Brown from TD Bank has been great at helping me to navigate the Financing application process. Thank you Ken.
Last but certainly not least are our future TheCodeFactory members. Thanks to Hyatt, Brad, Steve and a number of others who have expressed tangible interest in being the first members of TheCodeFactory class of 2008.
Looking forward to a collaborative 2008, best wishes and prosperity for everyone in the New Year.