Media advisory - GTEC 2007 announces co-author of bestseller Wikinomics to Keynote - Don Tapscott's presentation to align with conference's Government 2.0 theme



    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - GTEC 2007 today announced that Mr. Don
Tapscott, co-author of bestselling book, "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration
Changes Everything", will keynote the afternoon session on the second day of
the conference this year.
    Mr. Tapscott's keynote address is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 from
1:45 to 2:30pm ET in the Confederation Ballroom I of the Westin Hotel, and is
entitled "Harnessing the Power of Mass Collaboration". The presentation will
focus how the corporation may be going through the biggest change in its short
history - 'The Enterprise 2.0', which aligns with GTEC's theme this year,
Government 2.0.
    As Tapscott explains, "True - social networking is exploding. Myspace is
growing at 300,000 new registrants per day and is on track to one billion
members. There is a new blog every second of the day. Facebook has signed up
85% of all college students. And Time Magazine chose YOU - the online
collaborator as The Person of the Year.
    That was so 2006! The smartest managers already know that so-called 'user
generated media' and 'social networking' are really just the tip of an
iceberg. Rather, nothing less than a new mode of production is in the making.
    Thanks to the internet and a new generation of users, companies are
beginning to conceive, design, develop, and distribute products and services
in profoundly new ways. The old notion that you have to attract, develop, and
retain the best and brightest inside your corporate boundaries is becoming
null. With costs of collaboration falling precipitously, companies can
increasingly source ideas, innovations, and uniquely qualified minds from a
vast global pool of talent."
    "The reality of Enterprise 2.0 has also come to Governments at all
levels, and Mr. Tapscott's keynote is a perfect complement to our theme this
year," said Kevin d'Entremont, Executive Director of GTEC 2007. "We are
excited to have Mr. Tapscott join us and provide some fascinating ideas and
challenge the audience look at collaboration in a whole new way."

    About Don Tapscott

    Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on business
strategy, is Chief Executive of international think tank New Paradigm. Founded
in 1993, New Paradigm produces groundbreaking research focused on the role of
technology in productivity and business design, effectiveness and
competitiveness. Tapscott recently completed a two-year, $8 million
investigation of how firms will innovate in the 21st century entitled "IT and
Competitive Advantage", funded by 30 global corporations. The project
continues in 2007; and "The Net Generation Strategic Investigation," focusing
on the impact of the Net Generation as consumers and employees. The global
phase of this program is now in progress.
    Tapscott is the author of 11 widely read books about information
technology in business and society, including Paradigm Shift, Growing Up
Digital and The Naked Corporation. His new book (January 2007), co-authored
with Anthony Williams, is Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes
Everything. Tapscott is also adjunct professor of management at the Joseph L.
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. His clients include top
executives of many of the world's largest corporations, and government leaders
from many countries. He holds a master's degree in Research Methodology and
two Doctor of Laws (Hon).

    About GTEC 2007

    Now in its 15th year, GTEC is recognized as Canada's most significant
forum on the use of technology to improve government services and operations.
The event features an annual Distinction Awards program and gala, a
comprehensive Professional Development Forum, and the GTEC Exhibition. The
conference program and extensive trade show are attended annually by an
estimated 7,000 professionals.




For further information:

For further information: For Media inquiries only: Kathryn Schwab, Media
and Analyst Relations, GTEC 2007, (613) 858-4407, kschwab@cmp.com

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