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The infraNET Project presents ...

The infraNET Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series

Electronic Commerce - A Strategy for Your Business?

Jagdeep Bachher

Co-founder and CEO
Avenir Internet Solutions Inc. (formerly

Thursday, June 25, 1998
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo


"Electronic commerce" is a global phenomenon that is revolutionizing business processes across every industry. The widespread use of this catch-phrase has created the general impression that electronic commerce comes in a box - "plug-n-play." In reality, using electronic commerce is the implementation of a strategic business solution, involving the products and services that enable the automation and management of the supply chain in a trading community.

As electronic commerce emerges as the way of doing business, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to seek electronic commerce solutions in order to maintain their existing market share and to expand their customer network. The presentation will cover electronic commerce as a strategy for business and describe specific case studies of solutions in the utility and reciprocal trade industry.


Jagdeep Bachher, the CEO of Avenir Internet Solutions Inc., has worked in software development, marketing and business development roles at Allied Signal Aerospace, GasTOPS Ltd., and Atlantis Aerospace. He is the Managing Partner of Investment Technology Network Inc. (ITN), an early stage venture capital fund; founder of Intracan Development Corp. of Canada, a consulting firm for early stage technology-based companies; and a member of Royal Bank of Canada's Young Entrepreneurs Advisory Council. With a B.A.Sc. and a M.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, he is completing his doctoral thesis on investment criteria of the world's leading venture capitalists.

Avenir Internet Solutions Inc.

Avenir, founded in June 1996, has established itself as a provider of electronic commerce solutions with the capability to conduct Internet Trading transactions. Avenir's technology enables business-to-business trading of goods and services using either cash or an alternative private label currency. Avenir is working in partnership with Entrade to become the standard platform for electronic commerce in the utility market, and has also partnered with ITEX corporation, the world's leading retail trade exchange.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo