President of Key Western Network Adds Momentum to i-CANADA Council of Governors
August 15, 2011

OTTAWA, ON –     Cybera President and CEO Robin Winsor has accepted an invitation to join the Council of Governors of i-CANADA. i-CANADA is an initiative to raise Canada to Intelligent Nation status by stimulating the development of smart communities across the country. Winsor, who has been active in driving cloud and open data adoption in Alberta, says the key to making Canada an Intelligent Nation is to provide the lowest cost of infrastructure.  

“Just calling for “innovation” is not the answer,” says Winsor. “The game-changer is the cost of the networking and computing power. We need to be concentrating on the cloud, open source, green computing, and ultra-broadband, to give us a sustainable advantage. Creating the lowest-cost computing in the world is key to bringing the innovation we need.” 

i-Canada’s Council of Governors, chaired by Premier of New Brunswick David Alward, is an influential group of municipal, provincial, corporate and national leaders. Together they are setting the vision and direction for boosting the Canadian economy by building on a foundation of the most advanced information technologies and broadband communications. 

“We are delighted that Robin Winsor has agreed to lend his strength and leadership to our Council,” said Bill Hutchison, Chair of i-CANADA. “Cybera is developing infrastructure that will transform the West into a knowledge-based economy – an ecosystem of accelerated business and social growth.”  

Both Hutchison and Winsor are technology leaders in their own right. Hutchison was a founder of the CANARIE network and the Precarn organization that supports pre-commercial leading-edge technologies. Winsor invented and developed the world’s first direct digital x-ray system and is a past winner of the Manning Innovation Award and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

Creating an Intelligent Nation requires national leadership, interest and support as well as local community motivation and effort,” said Hutchison. “The benefits being achieved by the world’s leading Intelligent Communities include economic growth, incoming investment, job creation and new dimensions in social prosperity.” 

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About Cybera

Cybera is a not-for-profit organization that works to spur and support innovation, for the economic benefit of Alberta, through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Cybera has offices in Calgary and Edmonton and collaborates with public and private sector partners to accelerate research and product development that meets the needs of today’s society. Through its access to computing infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure expertise, Cybera enables academic, industry, and government groups to innovate in priority areas, including health, energy, the environment, and emerging technologies. Cybera also operates CyberaNet, a high-speed, high-bandwidth advanced network in Alberta, and provides project management to WestGrid, a consortium that provides advanced computing resources in support of research across Canada.

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Amanda Debenham
Communications Officer

About Robin Winsor

Robin Winsor is President and CEO of Cybera, a not-for-profit organization that works to spur and support innovation, for the economic benefit of Alberta, through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Since joining Cybera in 2010, Winsor has preserved the organization’s commitment to research and development, while also increasing Cybera’s relevance and engagement with commercial enterprise. Currently, Winsor’s focus is to leverage province-wide infrastructure and expertise to make Alberta the destination of choice for forward-thinking companies. This includes a comprehensive approach towards establishing open-access and cloud-enabled infrastructure for the benefit of all Albertans. Winsor has a strong background in sectors such as oil and gas, seismic, geophysics, and medical science. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Geophysical Union as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Winsor studied geophysics and artificial intelligence at the University of Edinburgh.

 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. Please join the i-CANADA conversation at:


For further information contact:

Barry Gander