Canada’s leaders in interactive learning, high-technology, partner for growth
April 8, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA) has signed an agreement with i-CANADA and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to promote the use of online and digital instruction to the Public, Private and Academic sectors.  I-CANADA is a national movement to create Intelligent Communities across the country; CATA is Canada’s largest high-tech alliance.

“Canada’s widely dispersed population has consistently driven a need to use innovative technologies for education,” said Claude Martel, Chairman, Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance.  “This need has reached critical mass in today’s totally-networked society:

·         There are now have two mobile devices for every person on the planet (Information and Communications Technology Council);

·         These users have downloaded 50 billion digital applications, at a growth rate that will double todays apps revenues within a year. 

·         Two-thirds of employees leverage mobility as a business tool; the same proportion of employers see mobility as a critical business enabler.”

“Access to educational tools, management and training, is a strong component of the mobile world,” stated Barry Gander, Co-Founder of i-CANADA and EVP at CATA.  “Online learning gives competitive benefits to any economy:  it is available 24/7; it provides lifelong learning; it develops workplace skills; it can be collaborative; it often uses entertainment to increase its impact, especially among youth; it supports remote learners in places such as Aboriginal communities; and it operates outside of classrooms.  It is made for today’s networked ecosystem, and a vital part of the planning for any Intelligent Community  -  the goal of i-CANDA/”

“Our sector is globally active and competitive,” added Gary Stairs, Principal and Founder of Red Hot Learning and Global Learning Strategies, and Vice President, i-CANADA.  “Globally the eLearning market is growing from $90-billion today to $166.5-billion in 2015 and $255 billion in 2017. That is a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 23% between 2012-17. That is impressive  --  that is the wave we want to ride.”

Alliance

The partnership between the organizations aims to ensure that technologies for education are viewed in a positive light and new modes of learning are readily adopted.  Goals include growth in demand among ‘qualified’ high-quality consumers; and expansion of participation among potential users.

In pursuit of this, both organizations are aligning calendars of events, activities and programs.

The first joint activity will be CeLEA’s AGM meeting in conjunction with in the i-CANADA SUMMIT, “The Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities” (June 3-4, 2013).  The SUMMIT is attended by Premiers, Mayors, Economic Development Officers, Academia, CIOs, international leaders, and invited industry and public service representatives.  To register for the i-CANADA SUMMIT, which includes CeLea participation in a panel in the Lac Carling 3.0 session on Mobile Trends and the Public Sector, visit:

http://cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Events_Calendar/cata_ec06031301.html

 

Public Service: Bullying Prevention

To help demonstrate the power of online learning to the public, CeLEA is joining i-CANADA and the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation in a new program aimed at Bullying Prevention.  CeLEA will demonstrate the benefits of online education to citizens at an emotional and fundamental level.  Recognizing that 84% of Canadians are worried about bullying, the Bullying Prevention Program aims to alleviate violence among youth, seniors, and others, by connecting the Best Practices of those who are reaching the victims, within and among the communities of Canada.

The program has both an online hub with a community-based feature activity.

CeLEA’s special skills in the area of online and cyber-education will be spotlighted, and CeLEA members will be considered for key speaking positions.

“We are delighted to add our strength to this high-tech alliance for the good of Canada and Canadians,” said Mr. Martel.  “If this is the new Age of Ideas, then CeLEA is a motor of change.”

 

About CeLEA

The Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance - CeLEA – was founded in December, 2002 as an industry-based organization with the primary objective of enabling Canadian companies to increase their share of revenues from the growing global eLearning market place.  Today CeLEA remains as the only national organization in Canada focused solely on the commercial eLearning sector.  CeLEA plays a key role in fostering communication between industry, government, and other stakeholders in the eLearning industry in Canada and abroad, with the ultimate goal of identifying and communicating business opportunities, and helping Canadian companies successfully compete for those opportunities.

For further information please visit:  http://www.celea-aceel.ca/

 

About i-CANADA

i-CANADA is a movement dedicated towards making all Canadian communities  --  large and small, urban and rural  --  into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement.  i-CANADA will provide Canadian communications with the rails of light that carry knowledge and ideas between them and shining communities of a global intelligent economy.  Its goal is to work with at least 30 Canadian communities, rural and local, to transform them into Intelligent Communities.  ‘First the community, then the country’, is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world’s Intelligent Nations.  For more information visit: www.icanada.nu