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Innovative York Region Tech Showcased to the World at CES & MWCA

Nathan Allen & Lisa Lai at CES 2018

Nathan Allen, Host for York Link interviews Lisa Lai from Richmond Hill headquartered Laipac Technology about the Look Watch; the company’s stand-alone smartwatch.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) are two of the largest technology conferences in the world. Looking to capitalize on the global popularity of these tech-centric conferences in person and online, we set out to showcase York Region-based tech companies exhibiting and promote the broader technology ecosystem of the region that is home to over 4,300 companies.

Piggy-backing off the success of the show’s hashtags #MWCA17 and #CES2018, the technology spotlight interviews have generated significant exposure for York Region technology companies and their innovative tech including: 

  • 85,500 views worldwide on Facebook
  • Over 433 hours of watch time
  • Hundreds of social engagements (likes, clicks, shares, comments, etc.)

Done on-site during Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 in San Francisco and CES 2018 in Las Vegas the showcase of innovative technology coming out of York Region was done through a series of live interviews on York Link’s Facebook and shared across our Twitter and LinkedIn.

At the conferences we setup within the Canada Pavilion supported by the Ontario Ministry of International Trade and over the course of a couple of days interviewed 10 York Region-based technology companies from Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Aurora.

York Region Fitlight Demo

Nathan Allen participates in an athletic hand-eye coordination fitness demo with Aurora, York Region based FitLight at CES 2018.

York Region MWCA

Gordon Scheel, Senior Business Advisor networking with tech professionals during the Ontario Pavilion Reception at MWCA 2017

The technology from these companies that has been developed and in some cases manufactured in York Region included, but is not limited to:

  • Standalone smart-watch phones
  • Cellular signal amplifiers
  • Athletic fitness training devices
  • Smart-home building solutions
  • Education software apps
  • IoT messaging-to-print devices

The exposure from participating in our interviews generated additional opportunities for some of these companies to speak with other media outlets.

CES 2018 and MWCA 2017 provided a great backdrop to showcase innovative technology from a few of the 4,300 plus tech companies in Toronto area’s York Region. It was a new experience for us and for many of the companies involved, but the initiative was met with great feedback and resoundingly positive results when it was all said and done.



Laipac Technology | Richmond Hill, York Region | Stand-alone Smart-Watch

Mircom Group of Companies | Vaughan, York Region | IoT Smart-home Building Solutions

FitLight | Aurora, York Region | Athletic Fitness Training Technology

Cubinote | Richmond Hill, York Region | IoT Messaging-to-Print Devices

Smoothtalker | Aurora, York Region | Cellular Boosting Technology

Matias | Aurora, York Region | Computer Keyboards

Ontario Ministry of International Trade | Toronto, Ontario



Laipac Technology | Richmond Hill, York Region | Stand-alone Smart-Watch

Acentury | Richmond Hill, York Region | Wireless Networks

Smoothtalker | Aurora, York Region | Cellular Boosting Technology

Cellbie | Richmond Hill, York Region | Wireless Device Resale App

Enghouse Networks | Markham, York Region | Communication Networks

Ecocarrier | Richmond Hill, York Region | Augmented Reality Mobile Apps

Ontario Ministry of International Trade | Toronto, Ontario

If you’re a company looking to expand into the Greater Toronto Area, let us know as our complimentary business services may be of value to your company. We can highlight among other advantages the benefits of being centrally located with an office presence in Toronto Area’s York Region; especially in the tech corridor stretching between Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan along Highway 7.

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Nathan Allen is a Communications Specialist with York Region’s Economic Strategy Team. He manages yorklink.ca and the associated social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube to promote the business community in Toronto Area’s York Region. Using his private- and public-sector experience in marketing for a variety of industry sectors he is consistently discovering new ways to share the message to assist York Region-based businesses with their talent attraction needs and promote business investment and expansion within the Region. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys to travel the world, not only to relax, but to experience how different countries, regions, and cities live and promote their own economic interests.


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