i-CANADA BULLETIN February 13, 2012
February 14, 2012

i-CANADA BULLETIN February 13, 2012

Ø       IXP Teleforum Explores Municipal Connectivity Opportunities; Link to Recording

Ø       South West Ontario Puts Intelligent Communities on Agenda

Ø       Stratford Works on New Community Tool for Charity Hub

Ø       ORION joins i-CANADA

Ø       Save date for i-CANADA Summit: WCIT Meeting Oct 23-24, Montreal

Ø       Interest in Crowdsourcing Funding Task Force?

IXP TeleForum

Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) have been called ‘critical’ to the development of a robust telecom system  and will help spur the development of telecommunications across Canada, according to an expert panel at a recent i-CANADA TeleForum .  Bill St. Arnaud, one of the most prominent contributors to the evolution of communications in Canada, noted that IXPs allow smaller communities to be on a level playing field with larger centres.  Douglas Bower, Manager, E-Business, Entrepreneurship Branch, at Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation, said that the benefits include the catalyzing of economic growth, expansion of current companies in the region, and the provision of faster and more reliable services.  Rick Adams, Manager, ICT, for the City of Coquitlam, described his city’s evolution as a huge step forward, adding that for Canadians to get the speeds they need, IXPs are necessary.  A link to a recording of the session can be found at:  http://apps.calliflower.com/recording/download/21626?rec_key=632bdf1eaeda610f8abb5e5a20887b8e12367a22

South West Ontario Gears to Start Intelligent Communities Program

Ontario’s South West Economic Alliance is setting the tage for consideration of a major regional push into Intellgient Communities.  i-CANADA’s Development Program  is being tappped to help structure the approach.  The region offers unique challenges as a mixed environment of rural an durban areas.  Other i-CANADA initiatives are underway in communities such as Parry Sound, whole provinces like Nova Scotia, and indvidual companies like Tridel.  To talk about joining such a program, please connect with Barry Gander:  bgander@cata.ca

Stratford Works on New Community Charity Tool

The City of Stratford and Rhyzome Networks are partnering to support the development of a new online tool to help financially support community causes through an original series of co-branded videos, created by students in Stratford, aimed at building public awareness and finding practical solutions.  The originality comes from having sponsors make micro-donations to causes, for every time a video is watched.  Called “The Heart of Social Good”, the program takes advantage of the deep social reach and branding available for sponsors.  There are plans to roll it out nationally after the pilot in Stratford.  Companies wishing to inquire about branding opportunities should contact Emily Boucher at:  eboucher@cata.ca


Dr. Darin Graham, President and CEO of ORION, has just joined the i-CANADA Council of Governors.  ORION is one of the world’s largest Research and Education networks, connecting all of Ontario's universities, most colleges, several teaching hospitals, other public research facilities and a growing number of school boards to one another and to the global grid.  Joint i-CANADA-ORION programs are being developed; suggestions are welcome.

i-CANADA Summit: Save Date

 Following the success of its inaugural meeting in Windsor in November, i-CANADA is planning its next summit in Montreal on October 21st, a day before the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) summit.  The WCIT summit features 100 high-profile speakers and 3,000 delegates from more than 80 countries.  The i-CANADA summit will wrap together the Regional i-CANADA events from the West, Central Canada, Quebec and the Atlantic Region, in a celebration and deliberation on the progress of Canadian Intelligent Communities.

For views of the Presentations made in the Windsor Summit, please go to:

Crowdsourcing a Major Interest

CATA and i-CANADA have just launched a new campaign in support of changing Canadian securities laws to permit crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is the use of technology and social media to raise small amounts of money from large numbers of investors, usually on-line. It has already been effectively deployed in the not-for-profit sector. However, crowdfunding to finance a business is not permitted under Canada's existing securities laws.

The Teleforum (March 6th beginning at 11 am EST)  is being led by crowdsourcing founder Sherwood Neiss, President of The Startup Exemption.  Please reserve your spot today at this URL:

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