ORION President and CEO, Dr. Darin Graham to Address “The Need For Speed” at i-CANADA Summit: “Imagine Canada Solving Cancer” … high speed fibre optic networks could help
August 17, 2012

August 20, 2012, Ottawa  -  Dr. Graham will address “The Need For Speed” at the i-CANADA Summit in Montreal on October 21st, 2012.  The President and CEO of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), is uniquely positioned to shed light on Canadian ultra-broadband needs. ORION’s ultra high speed network  plays an important collaborative role at this critical time in Canada.  “ORION is a thought leader in Canada. We provide the world’s fastest research and education network to customers throughout Ontario and are a key part of Canada’s high speed computing future.”

Dr. Graham offered up an anecdote from a health high performance computing research workshop he attended recently.   He said the attendees at the workshop were amazed by the fact that various Canadian health research databases were not effectively connected in a way that data could be easily shared, making collaboration very difficult. “At the end of the day, some attendees said Canada “could solve cancer” what’s in the way is that we don’t have all the necessary infrastructure to share and collaborate and pass this data around,” he said.  “So imagine Canada solving cancer. This is what the digital economy could help do."

In a potentially disruptive sector development in 2010, Google announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.  Saying that Google has raised the bar, Graham commented that  “Google’s latest service offering  -  while still in pilot mode  -   makes it more imperative than ever that Canada have a plan in place to address a major re-configuration of the bandwidth landscape” .

The i-CANADA Summit will host fifty cities and towns in Canada that have participated in i-CANADA’s eight regional initiatives this year will be represented.  The meeting includes a special meeting of the i-CANADA Governors’ Council, Chaired by Premier Alward of New Brunswick.

“We have scheduled the Summit on October 21st in Montreal to capture a “once-in-26-year opportunity” by coinciding with the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), October 22-24, the Signature Event for the Global ICT Industry,” noted i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison.  “Together, the i-CANADA Summit and the WCIT event form the biggest ICT meeting in Canada. 

“i-CANADA envisions a nation of Intelligent Communities large and small, central and remote, all enjoying the economic development, job growth and social prosperity now available in the world’s leading Intelligent Communities or Smart Cities,” added Hutchison.   “ORION obviously plays a foundation role in making that possible. ORION breathes life into the Canadian dream, by connecting public and private organizations to an ultra-high-speed communications spinal cord. The challenge for Canada in these economic times is to get creative in providing infrastructure that can break the downward spiral of Canadian innovation and network.”

About the 
i-CANADA National Summit

The i-CANADA National Summit is organized by the i-CANADA movement, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and it partners and will take place in Montreal on October 21st, 2012.  Canada was selected by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) to host the WCIT 2012 Congress in Montreal, which follows the i-CANADA event. . The WITSA event is organized by WCIT2012 Montreal Inc.  For more about the i-CANADA conference and to register for the events, see: I-CANADA events

i-Canada is backed by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), a 30-year-old organization with more than 34,000 high-tech leaders, and other leading organizations. Their goal is to bring at least 30 Canadian communities into the top ranks of global Intelligent Communities, as defined by the Intelligent Community Forum in New Yorkwww.icanada.nu


ORION (the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network) is a high-speed fibre-optic network that connects research and education institutions in Ontario.  As Ontario’s backbone of innovation, Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is one of the largest Research and Education (R & E) networks in the world. We connect all of Ontario's universities, most colleges, several teaching hospitals, public research facilities, and a growing number of Ontario’s school boards to one another and to a global network of R&E connections. In addition to providing the world’s fastest R&E broadband connection – we are a research and innovation partner for our members. Through our technology and support, ORION constantly strives to keep Ontario on the leading edge of innovation.