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Growing the technology ecosystem along Ontario’s Innovation Corridor


Tech Data V.P. Sales, Brian Aebig presenting at the “Internet of Secure Things” event at 3Open Labs/ MEVIC June 7, 2018

3Open Labs and the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre (MEV Innovation Centre) announced a new strategic partnership with Tech Data, the world’s leading end-to-end distributor of technology products, services and solutions, to bring Tech Data’s global expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security and Internet of Things (IoT) to one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities.

The partnership will leverage Tech Data’s expertise and relationships in the Canadian IT community to further enhance the MEV Innovation Centre’s established position as a central hub for entrepreneurs, start-ups and local businesses in the region. Both organizations are dedicated to working together with 3Open Labs to provide thought leadership and solutions that will support an ecosystem where business challenges and needs are addressed for better business outcomes.

“The MEV Innovation Centre is a place for local entrepreneurs to network, collaborate, access 3Open Labs Open Innovation Programs that will help their businesses to thrive,” said Kevin Samra, manager, MEV Innovation Centre. “Partnering with Tech Data is a natural fit for the Centre. It will allow us to expand our current programming, attract new partnerships and grow a technology-intensive ecosystem driven by world-class experts to help our partners and local businesses advance in the marketplace.”

3Open Labs is developing a number of new offerings at the MEV Innovation Centre, including free events, workshops, specialized programming and conferences aimed at assisting businesses in building their Canadian networks and implementing technology services.

“Working with 3Open Labs provides us with the opportunity to help advance a thriving and technologically savvy community, while providing additional value to our channel partners across the region,” said Ed Galasso, general manager of Canada operations, Tech Data. “Tech Data will be able to provide guidance and thought leadership around digital transformation for the community, while introducing start-ups and established businesses to the value of next-generation solutions, creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and new business relationships.”

3Open Labs is a strategic partner focused on fostering collaboration through corporate engagement, open innovation programming and solidifying startup capabilities. The MEV Innovation Centre is a strategic initiative of Milton Economic Development. For more information about the MEV Innovation Centre and its partners, visit