Canada 3.0 Forum Highlights Canada's National Advantage in the Digital Economy



    STRATFORD, ON, June 10 /CNW/ - The Canada 3.0 forum concluded Tuesday
with the declaration that all Canadians should have the opportunity to
participate in a fully digital world and reap the economic benefits of
commercializing innovation.
    "We have the opportunity to lead the world in digital media and create a
national advantage by investing in innovation and turning that into
commercially viable content and technology," said Tom Jenkins, newly named
Chairman of the Canadian Digital Media Network's Advisory Board, and Executive
Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text.
    To be a leader in digital media all Canadians should be connected to
content and able to access that content on an equal level, organizers agreed.
Content needs to be respected and copyright and ownership protected, says Ian
Wilson, Strategic Advisor for the University of Waterloo Stratford Institute.
    "We need to connect Canadians to content on a fair and transparent
basis," said Wilson. "And every citizen in Canadian society regardless of
geography - whether in an urban area or not - should be able to connect to
Canadian content in an increasingly mobile world."
    Further, the forum concluded that to be successful in the digital
economy, new business models are needed that encourage national collaboration
and cooperation. The Canadian Digital Media Network is a first step toward
creating a fabric of collaboration across Canada linking research and
education facilities, industry, the government and stakeholders.
    "Canada 3.0 started the conversation between the creative people who
generate content, technologists who develop the means to share that content,
the educators who can provide the workforce to support that effort and the
government leaders who can create an environment for success," said Kevin
Tuer, Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network, "That
collaborative model needs to be extended on a national level."
    Tuer said the conversation will continue with the Canada 3.0 Web site
serving as a focal point at www.canada30.com. The Canada 3.0 forum was a
landmark event that attracted some 1500 people to hear an impressive lineup of
almost 70 speakers including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, CRTC Chairman
Konrad von Finckenstein, Minister of Industry Tony Clement, and Research in
Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. The program centered on five key areas
including: digital infrastructure; mobility and media; digital media research
and commercialization; talent attraction and retention; and enterprise
information management. As well, students and members of the regional
community were invited to experience a Community Digital Media Bootcamp
showcasing digital innovation.

    Canada 3.0 was organized by the University of Waterloo, Communitech, and
Open Text. It marked the launch of the UW Stratford Institute and of the
Canadian Digital Media Network. Led by companies like Open Text, RIM, Christie
Digital, Intel, and Agfa HealthCare, the new Canadian Digital Media Network is
designed to create momentum in Canada's digital economy through business
innovation and partnership with research communities - an investment that will
lead to more jobs and opportunities in digital media.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Shelley Grandy, Canada 3.0
media relations, (905) 866-2656 or shelley@communitech.ca; Michael Strickland,
University of Waterloo media relations, (519) 888-4777 or
mstrickl@uwaterloo.ca

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