Public Safety


As recently announced in its Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada will provide $3 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, and allocate another 10 MHz of the 700 MHz spectrum as initial steps to establish a Public Safety Broadband Network: a high-speed mobile network dedicated to Canadian emergency management providers.

The CATAAlliance is proud of the advocacy role it has played in supporting the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) (founded and governed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada) in their own efforts to secure the establishment of a national Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) using a dedicated 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum.

CATAAlliance joins in the applause and support of the Government of Canada's decision (use this link to access joint media release issued by the National Chiefs Associations) but as many of the key stakeholders involved relate, there is much work left to be done and many more answers yet to be discovered.

Towards helping create on-going awareness around the challenges and opportunities involved in the development of this network, CITIG and the CATAAlliance are pleased to offer this Expert Speakers Series featuring recognized leaders offering their advice and observations towards advancing this mission-critical, national endeavour.

Bookmark this page and visit often as new interviews are added on an almost weekly basis.

To request an interview for yourself, offer a speaker referral, or for more information on how to actively support this campaign, please contact:

Eric Torunski, Executive Director, CITIG

Kevin Wennekes, Chief Business Officer, CATAAlliance

Canada's Public Safety Broadband Network - What Next?

Eric Torunski, Executive Director of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, and Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina

Ernest MacGillivray - PSBN Strategy & Guidance

Ernest MacGillivray, Alignment Champion, Public Safety, Province of New Brunswick

Pierre Poirier - Importance of a PSBN to Paramedics

Pierre Poirier, Executive Director of the Paramedic Association of Canada

Yasser Morgan - Public Safety Broadband Test Bed

University of Regina's Dr. Yasser Morgan, principle investigator for the Bridging Research and Interoperability Collaboration (BRIC) initiative

Prithu Prakash - PSBN Security and Operations - Championing BRIC

Prithu Prakash, Director Business Development, Public Safety & Security for General Dynamics Canada

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