Ottawa 2017 to manage volunteers with homegrown solution

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The Ottawa 2017 Bureau will look no further than a Kanata startup for its solution to managing the thousands of volunteers expected to lend their hands during the city’s year-long bash to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

InitLive co-founder Melissa Pinard

The organization announced Tuesday that it will use InitLive’s cloud- and smartphone-based application to plan, schedule and communicate with its volunteers throughout 2017.

“The planning of these landmark celebrations offers an excellent opportunity to work with leading local companies, such as InitLive, enabling us to highlight the expertise and creativity of Ottawa’s high-tech community while delivering a memorable year with lasting impacts for area businesses,” the bureau’s executive director Guy Laflamme said in a statement.

InitLive, whose clients include the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is no stranger to working on large-scale events.

“It is both an honour and a further testament to the power of our technology to have now been chosen to support such a prominent organization here in our hometown,” InitLive co-founder Melissa Pinard said in a statement.

Founded in 2013 by Ms. Pinard and her mother Debbie, InitLive makes software designed to reduce event setup time, keep planners and managers organized and streamline event-day communications to ensure safer, more enjoyable and successful events.

Organizations: World Economic Forum

Geographic location: Ottawa, Davos, Switzerland

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