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Brian Hurley (CEO Purple Forge) talks about his journey from Engineer to Entrepreneur


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Learn how a successful engineer has been able to utilize his discipline, innovation and learning to create multiple high technology start up companies.

Date and Time

06 April 2016 - 18:00-21:00


Ottawa, Canada - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.
Contact David Mann +1 (613) 612 5561 for more information.

About this event

This event is provided by the IET Ottawa Network in conjunction with Algonquin College

This will be a three hour session organized into three sections. Introduction to the speaker and support for National Engineering Month in Canada. Second part is the speaker talking about his journey into building entrepreneurial ventures. This will be followed by the audience debating take-aways from this first part. After a short break the speaker will complete his presentation followed by Q&A.


Event is in Room T130

6.00 pm Opening comments
6.15 - 7.00 pm Opening presentation
7.00 - 7.15 pm   Take Away comment for students and interested attendees
7.15 - 7.40 pm Break and refreshments
7.40 - 8.20 pm Closing Presentation
8.20 - 8.50 pm Q&A
8.50 - 9.00 pm Closing comments and acknowledgement of speaker

Reasons to attend

  • Gain insights into building a technology start up
  • Understand how failure can be a great teacher
  • Learn about the excitement and ups and downs of creating new companies
  • Get insight into the key things needed to make success happen
  • Learn about the importance of customer engagement

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information


Brian Hurley is the President and CEO of Purple Forge.  He is an entrepreneurial leader with over 30 years of experience in building strong teams, innovative products and international businesses. He previously founded Liquid Computing in 2003 and as it’s CEO raised over $44 million in venture financing, built a world-class team, delivered an award winning product to market and won international sales.  He has built and led numerous successful business teams in Nortel, Bell-Northern Research and Microtel Pacific Research.  Brian is the author of the best selling book “A Small Business Guide to Doing Big Business on the Internet“.  He was the 2007 winner of the OCRI “Next Generation Executive” award.  Brian is a member of the GTEC SCOAP Honouree Selection Committee. He is a past member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce board of directors.  Brian graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Engineering.

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