Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson Joins i-Canada’s Council of Governors
April 20, 2011

STRATFORD, ON – Mayor Dan Mathieson has accepted an invitation to join the i-Canada Council of Governors.  i-CANADA is an initiative to raise Canada to Intelligent Nation status by stimulating the development of smart communities across the country.  Its Council of Governors is an influential group of municipal, provincial, corporate and national leaders setting the vision and direction for boosting the Canadian economy by building on a foundation of the most advanced information technologies and broadband communications.   Chaired by Premier David Alward of New Brunswick, this group   includes the Chair of i-Canada, Mr. Bill Hutchison (also Chair of Waterfront Toronto’s i-Waterfront Advisory Council), and Barry Gander, EVP of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).  Our vision is that Canada’s networks are the rails of light carrying the engines of the Information Age,” said Bill Hutchison.    “Companies will grow and thrive in Canada because ultra-broadband provides an ecosystem of accelerated business and social innovation and growth.  Stratford is developing the infrastructure that will continue to transform it into a knowledge-based economy.  We are delighted that Mayor Mathieson has agreed to lend his strength and leadership to our Council.”

Mayor Mathieson stated that “the city’s investments in broadband technology, particularly the wifi and fibre optic networks, are attractive to information technology companies.  We can also play to our strengths, using our exemplary theatrical base to create a borderless stage for Stratford’s productions.”

Mayor Mathieson pointed to the innovative way that the city has been able to create its networking infrastructure.  It created a data infrastructure company called Rhyzome Networks that is wholly owned by the city.  The company operates a 60km gigabit fibre optic grid and city wide 802.11N Wi-Fi wireless zones throughout Stratford and six other communities in southwest Ontario. “Rhyzome is critical to the City’s strategy to establish Stratford as a digital technology centre and an internationally recognized intelligent community,” said Mayor Mathieson.  “The company tagline is, “Connectivity for Communities”, reflecting the importance of broadband internet access for municipalities, businesses and residents.”

The city of Stratford – along with Windsor-Essex  --  is a Canadian city that has made the prestigious international list of the Intelligent Community Forum as one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the year.  

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 further information contact,
Barry Gander, EVP CATA