CoursePeer’s social collaboration intranet solution successful in amplifying members’ and citizens’ collaboration and engagement
TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2014 — If you run a community-led group to discuss key issues facing over 1.4 million people, how do you help them to do the best collaboration possible? What’s the best way to capture and retain their feedback?
After seven years of successfully holding the Western Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Summit—an annual meeting co-chaired by the mayors and business leaders of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Oakville to discuss issues of significant importance to the Western GTA—the Summit’s task forces decided to further enhance their members’ means of collaboration and knowledge retention by adopting an innovative technology platform.
CoursePeer, a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation start-up providing learning and collaboration solutions for enterprise and government, began a successful implementation at the Summit in January 2014.
“I find the program very intuitive, accommodating and simple to use. There is a bit of a fraternity building among the regular users,” said Peter VanSickle, co-chair of Brampton and president of the Brampton Downtown Development Corporation.
CoursePeer’s platform allows users to collaboratively discuss various topics within the task forces by allowing users to share different content types, including documents and multimedia material.
“The next step of this partnership is implementing CoursePeer’s Fluxision, our collaborative intelligence and decision-making solution launching in the upcoming months,” said Hadi Aladdin, co-founder and CEO of CoursePeer.
The platform is soon to be offered for public citizen engagement with the Summit.
“CoursePeer holds promising impacts on the progress of governmental pronouncements,” said Brian Crombie, founder of the Western GTA Summit. “The new decision-making solution will support the Western GTA Summit’s goals of providing more means of citizen engagement that will empower the summit’s recommendations.”
CoursePeer is a graduate of the UTEST program, which provides nascent computer software companies emerging from the University of Toronto with start-up funding, mentoring, business strategy and office space.
“CoursePeer has been head-down for the past two years and the fruits of their labour are now emerging,” said Kurtis Scissons, co-director of the UTEST program. “They are another strong example from our first UTEST cohort of a team that has what it takes to execute on a business plan and, more importantly, continue to scale the company and expand their product lines.”
CoursePeer is a provider of learning, collaboration and decision-making solutions for enterprise, government and academia. Corporations use CoursePeer’s cloud solutions to offer employee training, certification, intranet, long-term advanced performance assessment and powerful knowledge capture and analysis tools.
About Western GTA Summit
The Western GTA Summit is a not-for-profit, community-led group that discusses key issues facing the over 1.4 million people living in the Western Greater Toronto Area. The Summit is built on three pillars of Live, Work and Thrive, and has representatives from Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton and Burlington.
Posted by Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications.