Mayor Tony Van Bynen Joins i-Canada's Council of Governors
April 13, 2011

NEWMARKET, ON - Mayor Tony Van Bynen has accepted an invitation to join the i-Canada Council of Governors - a group of influential municipal, provincial and national leaders setting the vision and direction for boosting the Canadian economy through the use of high speed ultra fast networks. Chaired by Premier David Alward of New Brunswick, this group includes the Chair of i-Canada, Mr. Bill Hutchison (also Chair of the Toronto Waterfront Re-Development Foundation).

"Our vision is that Canada's networks are the rails of light carrying the engines of the Information Age," said Bill Hutchison. "Companies will grow and thrive in Canada because ultra-broadband provides an ecosystem of accelerated business and social innovation and growth. Newmarket has established a visionary and highly effective collaboration among its leading public sector organizations with the Shared Digital Infrastructure (SDI) project, and has a track record of excellence in deploying projects. We are pleased to add Mayor Van Bynen's participation and leadership to our Council."

"Newmarket has enormous opportunities to establish and grow a vibrant digital economy in our community," said Mayor Van Bynen. "Working with the i-Canada program has been instrumental in shaping our plans, and I look forward to expanding the dialogue with other leaders on the i-Canada Council of Governors. It will continue to raise the profile of our community and bring innovative ideas and new partnerships back to Newmarket".

"The Mayor's participation on the i-Canada Council of Governors continues the growing momentum in Newmarket for building a connected community," said Karen Dubeau, Chair of the SDI project and Vice President of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce. "The Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Regional Health Centre, the Newmarket Public Library, the Town of Newmarket and several local private sector companies have all recently signed the i-Canada Declaration, acknowledging the strategic importance of the Intelligent Community movement to our collective future prosperity".

Leading communities around the world have recognized wide-ranging benefits from investing in becoming Intelligent Communities, including economic growth, incoming investment, high value job creation and new dimensions in social prosperity.

About the Shared Digital Infrastructure (SDI) Initiative:

SDI is a collaborative effort between the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Regional Health Centre, the Town of Newmarket, Newmarket-Tay Hydro and the Newmarket Public Library. SDI was launched as a shared vision for an Intelligent, Connected Community, with organizations working together to pool resources on key projects. The initiative was successful in receiving 2.1 M in federal funding in 2009 for significant projects which were completed in March of 2010. SDI continues to build on that foundation and to engage with other key stakeholders.

About i-CANADA:

i-CANADA is dedicated to the creation of smart communities across the country, in which Canadian communications are the rails of light carrying knowledge and ideas between the shining communities of a global intelligent economy. Its goal is to work with at least 30 Canadian communities, rural and local, to transform them into Intelligent Communities. 'First the community, then the country', is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world's Intelligent Nations.

For More Information:

Karen Dubeau
Chair, SDI Initiative
Vice President, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
(905) 898-5900 x 227

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