June 2, 2017

Help Define the Path Forward for Canada’s Public Safety Broadband Network: National Coalition Seeks Input for Advocacy at Workshop Event

eventWorkshop: Models for a National Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN)

Continuing their long-standing collaborative advocacy, the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) and  Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), are (in light of recent Federal Government consultations) holding a workshop comprised of first responder, industry, academic, and non-governmental organizations to reaffirm long-held recommendations related to the governance and operations models for a national Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN).

On June 22nd in Ottawa, members of both CITIG’s Board of Directors and CATAAlliance’s Public Safety Advisory Board (PSAB), along with special invited guests and speakers, will convene this workshop to review past policy recommendations and determine their relevancy and validity in relation to the current stakeholder engagement being conducted by Public Safety Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).

Watch as Eric Torunski, Executive Director, CITIG, and Kevin Wennekes, Chief Business Officer, CATAAlliance, discuss the plans and anticipated workshop outcomes:


“CITIG continues its commitment to ensure the needs, interests, and concerns of Canada’s first responders – the primary users of this network – are fully engaged in this consultative process,” says Mr. Torunski. “As we’ve advocated for from the beginning, governance of the 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum for public safety for broadband use must reside with public safety stakeholders and representatives of the first responder community must also be represented on the governing board. Our workshop will explore how these concerns are best addressed and arrive at policy recommendations for moving forward.”

Alliance is proud to a forefather in helping Public Safety Canada arrive at one of the first recommended governance models – the “Montreal Model” – named as a result of a significant, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional organized by CATAAlliance in that city at their request in 2012,” says Mr. Wennekes. “Understanding a good deal of time and change in government has transpired since then, we anticipate revision and enhancements are now required and look forward to bringing many of the same champions back together to respond and chart an action plan.”

The workshop will have speakers from FirstNet, the Broadband Research and Interoperability Centre (BRIC), CITIG Directors, and Defence Research and Development Canada, and will include an industry panel, use case study overviews, and break-out sessions looking at governance, funding and operational models.

While the workshop is full, options to participate through videoconference or by viewing a live stream broadcast are available for interested parties. To indicate your interest in participating using these virtual means, please contact Kevin Wennekes at kwennekes@cata.ca or by calling 613.769.8614.

For organizations or individuals who cannot participate on June 22 but would like to comment and contribute to consultations being planned by this coalition, please reach out to Kevin Wennekes at kwennekes@cata.ca or Eric Torunski at eric.torunski@citig.ca    

CATAAlliance and CITIG would like to thank its partners BlackBerry, General Dynamics Canada, and Motorola Canada, for their support of this initiative.

Related Links

Public Safety Broadband Network Task Force and Consultation Information: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/psbn-en.aspx

Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) – Governance and Implementation Models – Recent Tender issued to qualified supply arrangement holders: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-17-00780091

CATAAlliance Public Safety Advisory Board: http://www.cata.ca/Communities/PSAB/advisorybd.html

Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group: http://www.citig.ca/home.aspx

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