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September 19, 2012

Build-Up to i-CANADA SUMMIT Focuses on Use of Digital Infrastructure

i-CANADA SUMMIT: A Canada for the 21st Century
Sunday, October 21, 2012
SAT Multi-Media Centre, 1201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal

Ottawa, September 19, 2012  --    How to become a global-best information ecosystem capable of driving sustainable prosperity in the 21st Century is the goal of regional i-CANADA agendas, according to the organization’s Chair Bill Hutchison. The regional meetings will culminate in the greatest single meeting of Canadian and Global ‘digital impact’ leaders at the i-CANADA SUMMIT in Montreal on October 21, 2012. 

i-CANADA is the only Canadian movement that specializes in creating Intelligent Communities.  “We hold peer coaching sessions between Mayors who share their knowledge of success,” said Mr. Hutchison.  “At the grass-roots level, we work with social and business groups to help them exploiting new applications and information analysis tools.  This covers all fields: education, healthcare, public services and infrastructures such as transportation.

“We can get global leverage from using the tools and experiences of the i-CANADA leaders to help other areas,” said Mr. Hutchison.  Mr. Hutchison is currently in Russia helping to bring an Innovation Centre to life at Skolkovo, south of Moscow. 

 “The compulsion to become an “Intelligent Community” is gripping centres around the world.  We are very glad that we have had such great cooperation from regions in Canada; they are pulling together to create community-based models of effective use of information infrastructures.”

Regional Intelligent Community meetings are being held with i-CANADA partners in:

·         Banff, in alliance with Alberta’s high-speed network development champion Cybera, at the Summit “Leading In The Age of Big Data”, October 1-3, 2012.  See

·         Vancouver, with BCNET, the provider of advanced common networking services in B.C., at a special executive meeting on October 4th.

·         Atlantic Canada, in a webinar on October 5th uniting leaders in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in a meeting to determine a regional strategy for sharing best practices for the use of networking for community growth

At the i-CANADA SUMMIT the Alberta and BC Regional Meetings will be described by Robin Winsor, President, CYBERA, and Michael Hyrbyk, President, BCNET.

The keynote speaker will be the Chair of i-CANADA’s Governors Council, David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, who will describe how information infrastructures helped create a “millionaire’s ecosystem” in the province.  Other speakers from Atlantic Canada will include Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick, which has won the Top Seven Intelligent Community of the Year Award for two years.

Setting the stage for the conversations will be Peter Aceto, President and CEO, ING DIRECT, who will urge fellow CEOs to ‘seize the power’ of social media in order to lead the stimulation of the Canadian economy.

A panel aimed at community leaders will describe What It Takes To Win.  The panelists include Brenda Halloran, Mayor, Waterloo; Dan Mathieson, Mayor, Stratford; and Brad Woodside, Mayor, Fredericton 

Continuing the “winning” theme, the afternoon keynote is Mayor Ron Loveridge, Riverside, California, which won the 2012 ICF Most Intelligent Community of the Year Award from the Intelligent Community Forum in New York.

An investigation into The New Finance, Crowdfunding and PPPs discussion will be headed by  Cindy Gordon, President, Helix Commerce International with President Obama’s champion Sherwood Neiss, head of The Startup Exemption, and Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP.  The Need For Speed Chair Kristina Verner, Director, Intelligent Communities, i-Waterfront will preside over a leadership panel of Jim Roche, President and CEO, CANARIE;  Darin Graham, President and CEO, ORION; and David Weymouth, CEO, Optelian.

First Responders will describe a new high-speed Test Bed under Moderator Steve Palmer, Director, Science and Technology Transition Defence R&D Canada; his panelists are Michael Sullivan, Div. Chief Communications, Ottawa Fire Services, and Rick Turner, Government & Strategic Services, Alcatel-Lucent.

The Rush to “Open Data, Open Systems” will tap into one of the most important benefits of the digital age, with Berry Vrbanovic, Past-Chair, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and Fawn Annan, President, IT World Canada. 

The i-CANADA Governors Council will decide on a motion to create a national council for the targeted adoption of high-speed networks, and the allocation of public funding to support that adoption. 

“Canada is facing a massive global infrastructure challenge,” stated Mr. Hutchison.  “At the i-CANADA SUMMIT, our Governors Council will be considering our national decline in productivity and innovation, in light of our continuing drop in Internet rankings.  We no longer lead the pack; we have been overtaken by countries such as Romani and South Korea.  It is time we got back into the game.” 

The i-CANADA SUMMIT will close with a celebration for recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Awards, in a special ceremony spotlighting a never-before-seen merger of dance, art and technology, called “A Canada In Conversation”. 

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 York.

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