CRIM unveils the program for the 2009 Crystal Ball Conference - More than twenty distinguished guest speakers will share their vision for the future of IT

    MONTREAL, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Yves Sanssouci, President and CEO of
Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM), is proud to announce the
program for the 2009 CRIM Crystal Ball Conference, which will be held March 31
and April 1, 2009 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. More than 1,000
decision-makers from the IT industry, the business world, and various
institutions and agencies are expected to attend this unique event in order to
exchange information with their peers.
    Under the honorary chairmanship of Ms. Karen Radford, President of TELUS
Québec, the two-day conference will host more than twenty well-known guest
speakers, who will speak to the heart of the four main topics for this year's
conference: Sustainable development and energy, IT innovation trends and
challenges, Distributed intelligence and knowledge management, and IT's impact
on personal, property, and information security.
    While focused on medium and long-term technologies of the future, these
presentations will offer possible solutions that are suited to the current
economic context. According to Mr. Sanssouci: "Considering the present
economic circumstances, it is more important than ever for CRIM to promote
discussion and opportunities to support the IT industry. The guest speakers
will address topics that testify to the continuous development of technology
in Québec and that confirm our knowledge and strength in the field of IT. The
following featured guest speakers will definitely address the current context
in their comments.

    Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service. Mr. Anderson will discuss
the role of technology firms in the next economic recovery. A renowned
economic forecaster, he has been an advisor to the Pentagon, and has been a
reference for President Obama's transition team in the area of school-related
IT projects.

    Peter Strom, President and CEO of March Networks. Mr. Storm will
demonstrate how information security in business networks, IT convergence, and
physical security will continue to be priorities for CIOs, even in the midst
of a recession. His multimedia presentation will feature current and future
applications of intelligent video analysis systems for governments, national
security, and the transportation sector.

    Carl Bond, CEO of Elytra and Director of Telecommunications and Security
at Dessau. Mr. Bond will suggest useful ways that managers can deal with
deficient security in their companies.

    Claude Villeneuve, Professor in the Basic Sciences Department at
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), and Director of the Eco-Advisory
Research Chair. Mr. Villeneuve will address the challenges facing ICT, energy,
and climate change from the perspective of sustainable development.

    Natalie Larivière, President of Transcontinental Media. Ms. Larivière
will show how a so-called "traditional" media company can make a successfully
transition to the digital age in an extremely competitive environment.

    The CRIM Crystal Ball Conference is intended to help executives to
understand the impact of new IT applications and to make better business
decisions by acquiring new knowledge and validating their visions and
    To register, or if you would like more information concerning the
program, please visit

    About CRIM

    CRIM (formerly Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal) is an
applied IT research centre that develops and transfers technology and
knowledge for the purpose of promoting and contributing to the
commercialization of products and services for private and public-sector
companies and organizations. CRIM undertakes a wide range of activities,
including planning, piloting, and implementing R&D projects with universities,
companies, and other research centres. It also provides specialized training
programs, conducts software testing and related projects, raises awareness of
information security issues, and organizes a variety of science and technology

For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Lapicerella, CRIM, (514) 840-1296,; Jean-Marc Simard, Simard Hamel Communications,
(514) 287-9811, extension 15,

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