Press Release: A Unique Partnership Connecting the World of AV and IT

ET Group and IT consulting firm Solulan have partnered to become the leading Lync integration specialists in Quebec. This unique partnership combines strong Audio Visual and Video Conferencing (AV/VC) capabilities with Microsoft Lync Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC&C) expertise to create a “one stop shop” for Lync deployments.

Creating the Workplace of Tomorrow

In order to have effective collaboration you must transform your workspace into a place where individuals can work, play and innovate.
The ET Group invites you to join us on March 20th when Stanford Design School Directors Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft host the 1st of Cisco’s web series entitled: Creating the Workspace of Tomorrow.

ET Group Welcomes The Intelligent Community Forum to Toronto

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is visiting Toronto, Ontario! Toronto is one of seven global finalists selected from twenty-one communities with a documented strategy for creating local prosperity and inclusion using broadband and IT. ET Group is honoured to represent Toronto in their candidacy for the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year Award. We are happy to announce that ET Group will be hosting the ICF delegation in our offices where we will showcase our Intelligent Justice solutions currently being rolled out across the province of Ontario.

The Evolution of Collaboration Technology

In the December 2012 issue of “IT in Canada” magazine, ET Group’s Paul Gragtmans discusses media escalation and how this technology can be effectively integrated. “In The Middle” starting on page 16 shares the benefits of collaboration technology beyond cost savings and how recent advances in video conferencing is closing the gap between technological promise and today’s capabilities.

ET Group Congratulates other Leaders Honoured as Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients

ican12Toronto, October 22, 2012. ET Group, leaders in collaborative workspaces and collaboration technology solutions, congratulates all of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, high technology industry winners. The award winners were announced September 10, 2012 as selected by The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and i-CANADA. Among this year’s award recipients, was Jim Gragtmans, Principal at ET Group. All award recipients were honoured last night at a special awards dinner in Montreal, Quebec.

“These leaders were selected because of the impact they made on society and business from the application of technology,” stated John Reid, President of CATA. “Many have been technology innovators as well as catalysts for national transformation.”

The recipients range from Mayors, Economic Development Officers, First Responders, financial experts and community planners, to a dance choreographer.

“I am extremely honored to be included on this exceptional list of 2012 winners,” said Jim Gragtmans, a Principal at ET Group. “Some of this year’s award recipients are world leaders in their areas of expertise. I want to congratulate my co-winners but also note that without leaders like these, we would not be as progressive in the area of technology as a nation.”

“Technology gives us opportunities; leaders give us benefits,” noted Barry Gander, Co-Founder of i-CANADA. The organization, dedicated to creating an Intelligent Nation by transforming communities at the grass-roots level, proudly nominated people from across Canada to receive Diamond Jubilee medals.

These Medals were awarded to 38 individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian life. “These individuals are held in high esteem by their endeavors and have strengthened a vital area of Canadian life,” said Mr. Reid.

Their work was honored at a Special Award Ceremony Dinner at the i-CANADA SUMMIT Conference in Montreal on October 21st, 2012. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Award recipients at the Dinner, a never-before-seen immersive media experience has been created called “A Canada In Conversation”. Dance, technology and music will be combined to visualize the flow of information between people, inside the impressive dome at SAT (Society for Arts and Technology) in Montreal.

One of Canada’s most renowned dance leaders, Bengt Jörgen, captured the meaning of the event: “The power of digital media can help dance ‘break its stillness’, and leap into our lives. Technology can be a projector and amplifier for the imagination.” Mr. Jörgen — himself a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal — heads Canada’s most active ballet company: Ballet Jörgen Canada.

The CATA/i-CANADA Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award recipients include:

Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director, Ballet Jörgen Canada; Bill Hutchison, President, Hutchison Management International; Brad Woodside, Mayor, Fredericton, NB; Brenda Halloran, Mayor, Waterloo; Brenda Pastorek, Chief Operating Officer, Northforge Innovations; Brian Bronfman, President, Brian Bronfman Family Foundation; Bill Moore, Deputy Chief, Halifax Regional Police; Carol Barrett, Program Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist, YWCA; Catherine Boivie, Founding President, CIO Association of Canada; Cindy Gordon, Founder and CEO of Helix Commerce International; Dan Mathieson, Mayor, Stratford ON; Darin Graham, President and CEO, ORION; David Jonah, President, Local In The Know; Eldon Amoroso, Senior Director, Support Services Division London Police Service; Fawn Annan, President and Group Publisher, ITWORLD CANADA ; Gary Stairs , President, Stellar Learning Strategies; Huguette Guilhaumon , Vice President, ScienceTech; James van Leeuwen , President, Ventus Development Services; Jason Powell, President, Digital Nova Scotia;Jim Gragtmans , President, ET Group; Jim Roche, President and CEO, CANARIE; John Campbell, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto; John Kelly, President, Enable Business Advisors; John Longbottom, Smarter Cities Leader, IBM; Karen Dubeau, Vice President, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce; Kristina Verner, Director, Intelligent Communities, Waterfront Toronto; Laurie Guthrie , Economic Development Officer, Fredericton;Michael Hrybyk , President, BCNET; Michael Sullivan, Division Chief Communications, Ottawa Fire Services, and Vice-Chair, Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group;Michael Webb , Vice President Technology, E-Comm 9-1-1; Monique Savoie, President, Founder and Artistic Director, Society for Arts and Technology; Nancy Flam, Project Director, BRNS Initiative, Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, NS;Pascal Rodier , Operations Manager, Sussex District, Ambulance New Brunswick; Peter Aceto, President and CEO, ING DIRECT; Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Smart + Connected Communities, CISCO ; Robin Winsor, President, CYBERA ;Steve Palmer , Director, Science and Technology Transition Defence R&D Canada; and Terry Dalton, President and CEO, Canadian Informatics Consultants.

About the i-CANADA National Summit

The i-CANADA National Summit is organized by the i-CANADA movement, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and it partners and will take place in Montreal on October 21st, 2012. The i-CANADA Summit participants includes Premiers, Mayors and CEOs, who will advise on the creation of super-regions across Canada, from round-ups of Regional meetings, and discuss the progress of programs devoted to championship cities, ultra-high-speed networking, urban innovation, new finance models through PPPs and Crowdfund investing, First Responders and LTE networks, and Open Data . A keynote speaker is Mayor Ron Loveridge from Riverside CA, winner of this year’s “Most Intelligent Community of the Year Award”, from the Intelligent Community Forum in New York.


A collaborative ecosystem designed by ET Group allows organizations to connect and innovate using emerging collaborative technology in audio visual communication including ground-breaking SMART Board technology. The outcome for company collaboration, locally or globally, is improved competitiveness and business results. ET Group consults on the integrated collaboration technology roadmap, assembles the collaboration and innovation strategy and implements conference room design including room set up, support and equipment purchases to ensure you meet your business goals.

The Toronto Construction Association partners with the ET Group to Launch TCA SMART Advantage

The Toronto Construction Association (TCA), a membership organization comprised of 2,200 local construction industry practitioners, announced today their strategic partnership to launch TCA Smart Advantage, a collaborative community for members of the TCA to work together more effectively.

ET Group and Mayhew Partner to Drive Greater Efficiencies and Enhance Workspace Strategy for Corporate Clients

March 22, 2012 (Toronto, Canada) – ET Group, pioneers in sound and vision communication and experts in collaboration technologies, and Mayhew, a premium interior design and workspace solutions provider, announce their strategic alliance in providing end-to-end solutions for their clients.

Should You Join Buying Groups?

The most recent ‘Commercial Integrator’ article discusses the benefits to both PSNI (Professional Systems Network International) and USAV. This mainly US based group, USAV Group, has had no specific plans to expand outside the US, however they have recently added ET Group as a member. The article then goes on to discuss it’s membership privileges and ET Groups Jim Gragtmans was quoted in the article.

More Than Video: The Evolving Reality of Collaboration Solutions

In the December 2011 issue of “IT in Canada” magazine there is a great article on page 16 titled “In The Middle” which discusses how Collaboration is moving from a fixed corporate IT approach to service delivery to a more fluid model encompassing many hot IT trends. Paul Gragtmans from ET Group along with others go through and answer some great questions on the evolution of Collaboration Solutions

ET Group Practices What They Preach With a Move to a New, Innovative Space Powered by Collaboration Technology and Audio Visual Solutions

January 5, 2012 (Toronto, Canada) – ET Group, pioneers in sound and vision communication and experts in audio visual collaboration technology solutions, announced today that they have relocated to a larger, more innovative space minutes from the core of downtown Toronto at 29 Booth Avenue. Significant growth in the last few years made the move necessary, both to accommodate the company’s practical needs and to showcase to clients its cutting edge collaboration technologies.