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Mentorship Key to Bringing Public Cloud to Winnipeg

As grey skies once again become the norm, Pegboard Hosting is bringing a different kind of cloud to Winnipeg.

Canadian cloud providers are few and far between, explained Pegboard Hosting founder, Rob Keizer, who discovered this for himself while working for a medical startup a few years ago.

“In the course of their business, they had reason to acquire and store personal health information. There are legal requirements, and for good reasons, that this kind of data has to stay inside Canada… The main challenge I found was that there was a small number of providers offering cloud-based services [in Canada].”

To meet this need, Keizer created Pegboard Hosting as a Canadian-owned cloud hosting provider, located right here in Winnipeg. His experience in the startup and small business community – starting when he was a teenager providing IT services to a local ski hill – has heavily influenced the company.

“I’ve tailored the services offered by Pegboard to be what I would want in a cloud hosting provider – no bandwidth charges or limits, top of the line hardware, and a linear pricing scheme that doesn’t penalize customers for starting small.”

North Forge Technology Exchange has played a key role in the creation of the company, which is currently in private beta to iron out the bumps before it is fully launched. In particular, Keizer has found North Forge’s networking and mentorship opportunities useful in building the business.

“The one-on-one coaching and mentorship has really helped me focus on what’s important. Having someone you can trust, who has done similar things but isn’t directly involved with the business helps put things in perspective,” said Keizer, adding that it is the passion and drive that has drawn him into the startup life again and again.

“The startup community in the last few years has grown substantially, and that is at least in part due to the networking events that go on. It’s great getting together with so many people with the same passion for what they’re doing, and to be able to ask them about their solutions to similar challenges.”

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Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

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Wawanesa works exclusively with insurance brokers across Canada, offering home, auto, farm and commercial business products.

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Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

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For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

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