Entrepreneur pitches vision of connected province: i-CANADA & CATA Leadership and Vision
June 9, 2011

SAINT JOHN  - New Brunswick's cities can be transformed by tapping into the power of going mobile, an ICT entrepreneur told the Telegraph-Journal at an editorial board meeting.

"We're seeing a bit of a convergence going on between mobility, sustainability and green IT, said Gary Stairs, principal at Stellar Learning Strategies and newly appointed member of the Council of Governors with the i-Canada Alliance.

"It's not the big, honking, air-cooled refrigerated mainframe anymore. We're really carrying devices in our hands that are our offices," he said.

"If in a city like Boston you can have 400 firms in the mobile space, and more than 30,000 workers, why indeed can't we have that in New Brunswick?"

Late last month, Stairs pitched his proposal to some members of the provincial government with a vision that aims to build a connected New Brunswick that is intelligent, integrated, invested and interactive, with a vibrant culture of innovation, experimentation and considered risk-taking.

The proposed program, obtained by the Telegraph-Journal, is part of a larger national vision. i-Canada, which is associated with the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.

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