i-CANADA Chair To Tell Telecom Hall of Fame Luncheon: Become the Global Intelligent Nation
October 21, 2011

October 20, 2011 -- Lorne Abugov, President of Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame, said today that Canada should set a goal to become one of the most Intelligent Nations in the world -- a theme that will be explored on November 3rd by the Chair of i-CANADA at the 2nd annual Telecom Hall of Fame Lecture Luncheon at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

“We share a common vision with i-CANADA,” said Mr. Abugov, “since the Hall of Fame’s mission is to promote and safeguard the past, present and future excellence of Canadian telecommunications.  Bill Hutchison has had a stellar career as a key figure in the establishment of institutions at the forefront of innovation ranging from CANARIE to i-Waterfront.  We applaud the ambition of i-CANADA.”

“I look forward to developing the i-CANADA theme with the opinion-leaders working with Lorne’s organization,” said Mr. Hutchison.  “In my remarks at the Hall of Fame luncheon, I will explore the paths we can take to ensuring that Canadian communities are able to win the “Intelligent Community of the Year” Award from the Intelligent Community Forum in New York.

“I also look forward to Lorne’s participation at the upcoming i-CANADA conference:  “The New National Dream”.  The i-CANADA “New National Dream” event will be held November 16-17 in Windsor.  It features the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick and Chair of the i-CANADA Governor’s Council, the President of the National Research Council, and global leaders on Intelligent Nation practices.

The Telecom Hall of Fame Lecture Luncheon, held in conjunction with InSight Information and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), begins at 12 noon and is open to CATA members.  A $40 charge is payable at the door at the Ottawa Convention Centre.  Please RSVP to Lorne Abugov at: lorne.abugov@rogers.com or call 613-878-1532. 

The 2011 Telecom Laureate Awards Gala Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2011 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. For further informatioin and to purchase Gala tickets, please go on-line at this URL:
http://www.telecomhall.ca/index.php?page=158 or call 613-878-1532

About i-CANADA

i-CANADA is dedicated to the creation of smart communities across the country, in which Canadian communications are the rails of light carrying knowledge and ideas between the 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:

http://www.i-canada-network.ca

About Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Established May 30, 2005, Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to safeguard and promote the past, present and future excellence of Canadian telecommunications. The Hall of Fame fulfills its mission through the Telecom Laureate Program, the Education Program and the Outreach Program, which serve, respectively, to celebrate the historical legacy of success of Canadian telecommunications, promote current innovation leaders within the industry and encourage Canadian youth to consider the industry as a fulfilling career choice for the future.

http://www.telecomhall.ca