This is Chatham-Kent’s third TeCK Night event, hosted by Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services and the Small Business Centre in partnership with WEtech Alliance, and it was a resounding success.

“I’m really glad I attended the event tonight. I made some good connections and the panel challenged my thoughts on platforms such as Twitter,” said Danielle Splatt, local business owner

With over 45 people in the room, local and regional technology leaders discussed the new media landscape and the integration with technology. They explored topics such as how social media is changing the way people engage with the media and customers; the growth of citizen journalism and blogging and the role of traditional media in new media landscape; how consumer expectations are shifting; and the challenges and opportunities of using modern media.

“It was great to see such an engaged group of people tonight, including numerous ‘aha!’ moments as people took mental notes and started to make connections between what they are doing now and where they need to be heading,” said Geoff Wright, Economic Development Officer with Economic Development Services at the Municipality. “The TeCK Nights are more than just Chatham-Kent leaders coming together to discuss technology, they are advancing the conversations around the outstanding local innovations that are happening right now in our own backyard.”

TeCK Night was moderated by Adam Castle, Director of Venture Services, WEtech Alliance and featured the following panelists:

  • Pat Whalen, Director, 42 North Integrated Marketing
  • Ben Srokosz, Owner/Partner, GATTA Creative
  • Duane Acorn, Manager - Media Strategy, Postmedia
  • Katie Stokes, Founder and Marketing and Content Specialist, Blab Media

“Moderating an event like this is made considerably easier when I get to work with companies as progressive as 42 North,” said Adam Castle. “This is my third time moderating the TeCK Night panel and it’s great to have such a positive vibe in the room.”

“I think the excitement surrounding the new media landscape will continue to develop with the support of WETech Alliance and the Small Business Centre,” said Pat Whalen, Director of 42 North Integrated Marketing. “42 North is proud to be a part of the community, provide the next level of marketing for clients locally and across the world.”

The event was open to business owners and the public and was live streamed through the Chatham-Kent Economic Development Facebook page. Follow them online for future notifications about similar events by visiting https://www.facebook.com/CKEDS/.

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Additional Details:

For More Information Contact:
Geoff Wright
Economic Development Officer
Economic Development Services, Community Development
Email: geoffw@chatham-kent.ca
Phone: 519-351-7700

Media Contact:
Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer
Economic Development Services, Community Development
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
315 King Street West
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
Email: andrewt@chatham-kent.ca
Phone: 519.352.8401 x2039
Fax: 519.436.3237