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Our Manufacturing Roots Run Deep

Before building a SR&ED and government funding consultation business, Sol Algranti, President and CEO of Northbridge Consultants, worked in the manufacturing industry for many years.

After finishing education in a high school for skilled trades, Sol began working in a large plastics manufacturing company where he gained practical knowledge of various plastic processes including injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion and co-extrusion. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering while working for an optical glass manufacturer, where he developed improved processes and designed pneumatically-controlled machines. After completing his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, Sol worked as the Chief of Planning/Scheduling in a large plastic pipe manufacturing company and started a metallurgy business, providing metal heat treatment services to manufacturing companies.

Sol applied his expertise to improve manufacturing methods, and to reduce costs as the process engineer for Westbend of Canada in Barrie, Ontario. Thereafter, Sol’s expertise in plastics earned him the position of Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Camco (Canadian Appliance Manufacturing Company), where he was responsible for all plastics processes and optimized operations in the large Hamilton, London and Montreal facilities during a major transition period. Sol then moved to a position at ABC group for MSB Plastics as the general manager for their struggling Toronto facility.   Sol worked 6 days per week to optimize operations and within two to three months, he had transformed it into a profitable operation.

In 1989, Sol negotiated a leveraged buyout to acquire Shirlon Plastics, an established Cambridge-based manufacturer of plastics products with a niche in the Canadian Recreational Vehicle (RV) industry. Less than a year later, the 1990 recession began and the RV industry was one of the hardest hit sectors, forcing many RV manufacturers to go out of business. On the brink of bankruptcy, Sol  worked relentlessly to expand his market base to the United States, and took huge financial risk to invest in the diversification of his product line. His efforts paid off and enabled Shirlon to not only survive the recession but to thrive afterwards.

Sol expanded his business through a diversification into gardening products, and through the acquisition of several companies including a large vacuum forming and sheet extrusion company, a plastics rotational moulding business, and a custom mould manufacturer.  He relied on intensive R&D to improve his product line, to increase market share, and to remain competitive, he began claiming for SR&ED tax credits. The funding he received from the SR&ED program was reinvested into the development of new products and new technologies. By 2007, Sol had 6 manufacturing companies in plastic products and tooling industries and continues today to be involved in manufacturing through his remaining plastics company, investments, and consulting practice.

Sol’s profound background in research and development in the manufacturing sector has provided Northbridge with a strong foundation in the SR&ED program. Moreover, Sol’s manufacturing heritage gives NorthBridge a unique understanding of the risks that manufacturers take when they invest in R&D and the overall challenges that manufacturing businesses face when trying to grow and remain competitive.

Proudly Sponsoring Vancouver Startup Week 2017

 

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NorthBridge Consultants is a proud sponsor of Vancouver Startup Week 2017, an engaging event that draws together the greater Vancouver innovation and technology community.

Launching in November 2014, Vancouver Startup Week is the first event of its kind in Canada to bring many different organizations together to host their own events, and has inspired other Canadian cities from coast to coast to host their own Startup Weeks.

This year, Vancouver Startup Week will feature an array of events including workshops, talks, lunch & learns, tech showcases, panel discussions, office visits, recruitment fairs, networking breakfasts, investor lunches, and much, much more.

NorthBridge will be attending various events throughout the week and are looking forward to seeing you there!

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The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: New Challenges & Opportunities

Due to its ability to substantially improve productivity and boost economic output, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is considered to be the next big technological revolution with the potential to increase economic growth rates by a weighted average of 1.7% and profitability rates by 38% across a variety of industries by 2035.

Read our latest Newsletter to explore the Canadian and global financial AI landscape and to learn more about how AI can maximize labor and capital capacity in almost every industry.

Based on a comparison of baseline growth in 2035 with an AI steady state scenario where AI has been absorbed into the economy

 

Elevate Toronto Tech Festival

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NorthBridge Consultants is excited to be attending the 3-day Elevate Toronto tech festival which will showcase the best in Canadian innovation.

Elevate Toronto is the city’s newest technology innovation festival and, this year, will focus on disruptive technologies that are expected to change the way we live and work.

With over 100 impressive keynote speakers and numerous opportunities for curated high-value networking, the festival will feature leaders in Artificial Intelligence, fintech & blockchain, and much more.

The festival is expected to draw over 5000 attendees including founders looking to scale up, investors searching for the next great start up, talent searching for the next big opportunity, and corporate innovators looking for professional development and networking.

Elevate Toronto is a non-profit organization, in partnership with the City of Toronto, and is led by TechToronto, MaRS, #movethedial, OneEleven, Cossette Communications and the Spotlight Awards.

The rapid speed of innovation and the development of disruptive technologies over the past few decades has radically transformed the way businesses, individuals, and machines operate and interact. Thus, disruptive technologies have deeply permeated global markets and industry applications. CEO and co-founder of Elevate Toronto, Razor Suleman, believes that “It’s our time” as “startups and corporate leaders are aligning with the government’s innovation agenda creating the perfect circumstances for accelerated growth.”

Festival Schedule:

September 12: Elevate Main Stage & Elevate Celebrate
September 13: Elevate Educate & King West Social
September 14: NewCo Toronto & Spotlight Awards; Timmy Awards

Get your Tickets today!

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NorthSpring Capital Partners Co-founder named GTAN’s Angel of the Year

Our warmest congratulations to Brian Hunter, co-founder of our sister company Northspring Capital Partners, for receiving the distinguished Golden Triangle Angel Network’s Angel of the Year award!

We extend our congratulations to Top Hat for receiving the prestigious Company of the Year award and to David Benton Leong, recipient of the Borges Community Builder of the Year award!

The Golden Triangle Angel Network held its 6th annual Pauli Awards on Tuesday June 20th night at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener, celebrating seven years of unprecedented success for it’s members and the community. The Pauli Awards recognize leading contributors of local tech investments and celebrate GTAN’s success including over $35M in capital committed by Angel investors, thereby infusing over $62M of capital into local, early-stage companies.

Brian has over 35 years of experience in providing debt and equity financing to private and publicly held businesses in Southern Ontario. Having began his career with Canada’s leading private merchant bank, Roynat Capital, Brian later became Director and District Manager of the Kitchener office and has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with long term capital needs.

In 2009 Brian and Sol Algranti co-founded NorthSpring Capital Partners, a private equity fund that is focused on contributing to the growth of the next generation of great Canadian companies by providing risk capital to both traditional industry companies, such as manufacturers and distributors, and early stage technology company startups. NorthSpring Capital Partners recently announced investments in five high growth companies located in the Toronto-Waterloo technology corridor.

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