Christopher Kitzan, Director General of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

Today on the Lixar Podcast, we’re continuing our series on the strength of the Ottawa tech scene. In our last episode we talked to Grant Courville of Blackberry/QNX, who stressed the importance of building a local pool of tech talent and inspiring youth to become passionate about STEM fields. We have in our studio someone who does just that – Christopher Kitzen, the Director General of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Inspiring today’s youth is his focus every day – through the museums he directs, and through some exciting initiatives he’ll tell you about in this podcast. We’re going to talk about museum curation in the digital age, and how the approach to engage youth is becoming more inclusive and experiential.

Ottawa: Innovation Hub

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

In this engaging episode of the Lixar Podcast, we talk with Grant Courville, VP of Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX, BlackBerry. We chat about Ottawa’s reputation as a hub for innovation, how BlackBerry QNX is helping to drive that ingenuity, and the partners that make it all possible. We delve into some of the exciting Autonomous Vehicle work that’s going on in the Nation’s Capital, and where it could go in the future.

We also touch on the importance of attracting and retaining top talent, and fostering a passion for the sciences in today’s youth.

This episode is the first in a short series showcasing the strength of Ottawa’s science and tech scene. We want to highlight some of our partners and contemporaries in our own backyard – starting with our partners at BlackBerry QNX.

Lixar is a proudly Canadian company, with our headquarters based in Ottawa. Once nicknamed the silicon valley of the north, Ottawa is home to a bustling tech scene full of some of the world’s top talent.

Real-World AI at Microsoft’s Future Now

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

In this edition of the Lixar Podcast, we bring a Lixar expert into the studio to talk about an exciting event: Microsoft’s Future Now, taking place in Toronto on March 20th. We chat with Sherif Messiha, who gives insight on why the event is set to be one of the premier AI-focused events of the year. We talk real-world AI adoption, dig into some recent use-cases, and give you a little glimpse of what’s going on at the Lixar booth during the event.

Get Your Data House in Order

Lixar I.T. Podcast

In this Podcast, we’ll cover some key terms, the best approach, data storage, and more. If you’re looking at leveraging data for your organization, drop us a line at

Why The Data Plumbing Matters

Lixar I.T. Podcast

Data plumbing provides a way for your company to manage, process, and store data efficiently so that it can be easily accessed and used to improve your company’s processes and organization. By having a well structured plumbing system, your company can increase business efficiency and productivity, reduce costs, and provide actionable insights promptly, with data to back-up your decision-making.

Lixar Talks AI and the Government of Canada

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

This week we’re continuing our series on the hottest of topics – Artificial Intelligence. In this week’s episode, we have two Lixar experts coming in to discuss AI and the Government of Canada. We’ll chat about some of Lixar’s work in that sphere as well as well as how we could see widespread adoption of the technology.

Lixar Community Partner: Kids Help Phone

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

In this episode we take a look at another one of our Lixar Community Partners. The Kids Help Phone and Lixar have partnered for a number of years to help provide essential support for youth in crisis. The charitable organization provides free online and telephone counselling to kids in need via a toll-free number and a myriad of other services, and it’s one we’re very proud to support. We chat with Jessica Pancoe, Manager of Eastern Ontario, Community Fundraising and Corporate Development at Kids Help Phone. about the organization, some of the tech that goes into providing this service, and what you can do to get involved.

Ethical AI with John Weigelt, Microsoft

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

In this exciting episode of the Lixar Podcast, we sit down with John Weigelt, National Technology Officer and AI expert at Microsoft Canada. We’re joined by Jim Provost, lead data scientist at Lixar, to unpack what AI truly means for our society and how we can work together to see it used responsibly.

We tackle some misinformed speculation around AI, highlight what people need to pay attention to, lay out principles of ethical AI, and outline what people can do to participate in the conversation.