[UW-News-Release] Canada 3.0 Forum to Shape the Country’s Digital Future

Michael Strickland mstrickl at uwaterloo.ca
Mon May 4 07:40:50 EDT 2009


Canada 3.0 Forum to Shape the Country’s Digital Future

Industry, government and academic leaders to explore digital media,  
trends -- define leadership strategy for Canada

STRATFORD, Ont. (Mon, May 4, 2009) -- Industry, government, education  
leaders and influencers will gather June 8 and 9 in Stratford,  
Ontario at the Canada 3.0 forum to map Canada’s digital future and  
create opportunities for new business and jobs. Hosted by the  
University of Waterloo Stratford Institute and the Canadian Digital  
Media Network (CDMN), the forum is the must-attend event for anyone  
interested in Canada’s place in the world’s digital economy.

“The advent of social media, the explosion of the Web as a forum for  
a wide range of rich content, and the growth in high-tech handheld  
devices to access this content anytime, anywhere are creating new  
demands and opportunities,” said David Johnston, President of the  
University of Waterloo and a speaker at the conference. “Educators,  
those that set public policy pertaining to digital media, and content  
developers all have a vested interest in ensuring Canada takes its  
place as a leader in digital media.”

The forum addresses four themes – content and entertainment,  
technology and business, government, and research and education --  
and will provide participants with opportunities to actively engage  
industry leaders and speakers. Some of the featured speakers are:

• Arlene Dickinson, CEO Venture Communications Ltd. and entrepreneur  
from CBC’s Dragons’ Den
• Lisa  de Wilde, CEO of TV Ontario (TVO)
• John Cassaday, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc.
• Gerry Remers, President and COO of Christie Digital Systems
• Paul Salvini, Chief Technology Officer and VP Canadian Operations  
at Side Effects Software
• Peter Bruce, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada
• Ron McKerlie, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government Services
• Chad Gaffield, President Social Sciences and Humanities Research  
Council of Canada
• Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art and Design  
(OCAD)

“Anyone who wants to be part of Canada’s digital future has a vested  
interest in being at this forum,” said Tom Jenkins, Executive  
Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at Open Text and a speaker at the  
event. “Canada has the opportunity to lead by enabling a groundswell  
of entrepreneurial businesses in the digital media space. Next- 
generation content and technology will claim Canada’s stake in the  
competitive digital economy.”

The Council of Canadian Academies has identified new media as having  
the greatest momentum and the highest growth prospects for Canada,  
second only to the oilsands. Worldwide, the digital media sector is  
one of the fastest-growing industries in the knowledge economy,  
projected to be valued at US$2.2 trillion over the next five years.

“Canada has the talent, expertise, and business environment to ensure  
that we lead in the digital economy,” said the Hon. Gary Goodyear,  
Minister of State for Science and Technology, who is participating in  
the forum. “There’s a digital revolution afoot and with the current  
economic shifts we’re seeing, it’s imperative that we support this  
growth that holds the promise of increased business opportunity and  
more jobs for Canadians.”

The federal government recently recognized this huge economic  
opportunity by investing $10.7-million in the CDMN, in part to  
establish UW’s Stratford Institute and to host critical opportunities  
like Canada 3.0.

"Innovative thinking is key to overcoming a challenging economy today  
and emerging as a successful player on the global digital media stage  
tomorrow," said Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation John  
Wilkinson, who will speak at the conferencce. "Bringing together  
leaders from diverse backgrounds will help jump-start the innovation  
process, and both help to grow existing companies faster while  
creating successful new ones. That's why a key part of Ontario's  
economic plan is supporting the ideas that will shape our future."

Canada’s digerati are invited to learn more and register for the  
conference at www.canada30.ca.

About Canada 3.0
Canada 3.0: Defining Canada's Digital Future is a forum organized by  
the Canadian Digital Media Network and the University of Waterloo's  
Stratford Institute. The network was established earlier this year  
with $10.7 million in federal funding to link Canada's digital media  
clusters from coast to coast, creating a digital convergence corridor  
and enabling collaboration between researchers, implementers and  
entrepreneurs. UW's Stratford Institute is a think-tank, integrator  
and training institute devoted to collaboration between digital  
media, international commerce and culture. The Stratford Institute  
was established with a $10 million investment from the Government of  
Ontario and a $10 million investment from the City of Stratford.

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Media Contacts

Shelley Grandy, Canada 3.0 media relations, 905-866-2656 or  
shelley at communitech.ca

Michael Strickland, University of Waterloo media relations,  
519-888-4777 or mstrickl at uwaterloo.ca

UW news release no. 39

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