Canada 3.0 Forum to Shape the Country's Digital Future



    
    Industry, government and academic leaders to explore digital media,
    trends - define leadership strategy for Canada
    

    STRATFORD, ON, May 4 /CNW/ - Industry, government, education leaders and
influencers will gather June 8 and 9 in Stratford, Ontario at the Canada 3.0
forum to map Canada's digital future and create opportunities for new business
and jobs. Hosted by the University of Waterloo Stratford Institute and the
Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), the forum is the must-attend event for
anyone interested in Canada's place in the world's digital economy.
    "The advent of social media, the explosion of the Web as a forum for a
wide range of rich content, and the growth in high-tech handheld devices to
access this content anytime, anywhere are creating new demands and
opportunities," said David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo
and a speaker at the conference. "Educators, those that set public policy
pertaining to digital media, and content developers all have a vested interest
in ensuring Canada takes its place as a leader in digital media."
    The forum addresses four themes - content and entertainment, technology
and business, government, and research and education - and will provide
participants with opportunities to actively engage industry leaders and
speakers. Some of the featured speakers are:

    
    -   Arlene Dickinson, CEO Venture Communications Ltd. and entrepreneur
        from CBC's Dragons' Den
    -   Lisa de Wilde, CEO of TV Ontario (TVO)
    -   John Cassaday, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc.
    -   Gerry Remers, President and COO of Christie Digital Systems
    -   Paul Salvini, Chief Technology Officer and VP Canadian Operations at
        Side Effects Software
    -   Peter Bruce, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada
    -   Ron McKerlie, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government Services
    -   Chad Gaffield, President Social Sciences and Humanities Research
        Council of Canada
    -   Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art and Design
        (OCAD)
    

    "Anyone who wants to be part of Canada's digital future has a vested
interest in being at this forum," said Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and
Chief Strategy Officer at Open Text and a speaker at the event. "Canada has
the opportunity to lead by enabling a groundswell of entrepreneurial
businesses in the digital media space. Next-generation content and technology
will claim Canada's stake in the competitive digital economy."
    The Council of Canadian Academies has identified new media as having the
greatest momentum and the highest growth prospects for Canada, second only to
the oilsands. Worldwide, the digital media sector is one of the
fastest-growing industries in the knowledge economy, projected to be valued at
US$2.2 trillion over the next five years.
    "Canada has the talent, expertise, and business environment to ensure
that we lead in the digital economy," said the Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of
State for Science and Technology, who is participating in the forum. "There's
a digital revolution afoot and with the current economic shifts we're seeing,
it's imperative that we support this growth that holds the promise of
increased business opportunity and more jobs for Canadians."
    The federal government recently recognized this huge economic opportunity
by investing $10.7-million in the CDMN, in part to establish UW's Stratford
Institute and to host critical opportunities like Canada 3.0.
    "Innovative thinking is key to overcoming a challenging economy today and
emerging as a successful player on the global digital media stage tomorrow,"
said Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson, who will
speak at the conference. "Bringing together leaders from diverse backgrounds
will help jump-start the innovation process, and both help to grow existing
companies faster while creating successful new ones. That's why a key part of
Ontario's economic plan is supporting the ideas that will shape our future."
    Canada's digerati are invited to learn more and register for the
conference at www.canada30.ca.

    About Canada 3.0

    Canada 3.0: Defining Canada's Digital Future is a forum organized by the
Canadian Digital Media Network and the University of Waterloo's Stratford
Institute. The network was established earlier this year with $10.7 million in
federal funding to link Canada's digital media clusters from coast to coast,
creating a digital convergence corridor and enabling collaboration between
researchers, implementers and entrepreneurs. UW's Stratford Institute is a
think-tank, integrator and training institute devoted to collaboration between
digital media, international commerce and culture. The Stratford Institute was
established with a $10 million investment from the Government of Ontario and a
$10 million investment from the City of Stratford.





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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