Mayor of Surrey Presents Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals
May 1, 2013

Mayor Dianne Watts of Surrey, B.C., presented Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medals to two outstanding citizens from British Columbia. John Demco received a Medal in recognition for his work in creating the "CA" designation for World Wide Web domain names; Rick Adams received a medal for his pioneering work in creating an open network model hub in Coquitlam.

"These two individuals have enabled us all to use communications networks more productively and more enjoyably," said Mayor Watts. "I speak not only for Surrey but for all communities that are dedicated to collaboration and innovation, when I congratulate John and Rick for their contributions to our lives."

The medals were presented on May 1, 2013 at the annual higher education IT conference in BC called "Plug in to Higher Education IT" organized by BCNET, a shared IT services consortium for higher education and research in B.C. BCNET's President and CEO President of BCNET Michael Hrybyk stated that he was delighted to have nominated the two candidates, through i-CANADA, for the medals, pointing out that "in BC, we continue to celebrate the skills needed to harness emerging technologies." Mr. Hrybyk received a Diamond Jubilee Medal last year.

Both Mayor Watts and Mr. Hrybyk are on the Governors Council of i-CANADA, a movement of Premiers, Mayors and CEO dedicated to encouraging the creation of "Intelligent Communities" across Canada. Both are speakers at an i-CANADA SUMMIT event in Toronto: "The Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities".

According to conference presenter Barry Gander, Co-Founder of i-CANADA, an Intelligent Community builds on high-speed networks to create the social inclusion, business edge, and environmental sustainability that characterize the "i-advantage": higher-paying jobs, social harmony, and advanced education.

John Demco

John Demco conceived the ".CA" top-level domain and is a Director of Webnames.ca. Up until 2006, he was the manager of Computing Facilities at the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia where John administered the .CA registry on a volunteer basis from 1987 to December 2000. John has served on the Board of BCNET and is a founding member of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Board of Directors. John was honoured with the 2006 Canadian New Media Lifetime Achievement award and along with Cybele Negris, Matthew Lane and Stephen Smith, a finalist for Ernst & Young's 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Information Technology in the Pacific Region.

Rick Adams

Rick has pioneered in providing one of the only dark optical fibre leasing companies in North America. QNet leases dark optical fibre connections primarily to telecom companies. State-of-the-art co-location facilities provide hubs for the optical fibre network, rack space (for electronics) and connections to Canada's three largest telecom companies for upstream access. Rick also manages the City of Coquitlam's Information and Communications Technology department, which provides services to approximately 600 staff in 15 different facilities. Rick is an active member of i-CANADA, the movement to create "Intelligent Communities" across the country.

Michael Hrybyk

Michael Hrybyk is the President and CEO of BCNET and has managed the organization since 1994. He pioneered the concept of transit exchanges as a method of linking research and education networks to their local communities as well as to national and international peers. Mr. Hrybyk was previously with the BCIT Technology Centre, where he served as the Director of the Group for Advanced Information Technology R&D (GAIT). Mr. Hrybyk has 25 years of experience with Internet networks, Unix systems, and software development. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and held the position of Manager of Computing Systems and Networks there.