High-tech Leaders See Canada at Forefront of Digital Economy

    Upcoming Canada 3.0 forum to be a catalyst in digital media revolution

    STRATFORD, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - Canada is poised to be a global leader in
the digital economy based on a legacy of high-tech innovation, say company
executives participating in the upcoming Canada 3.0 forum.
    "We have huge momentum in Canada with companies like Research In Motion,
Open Text and Christie Digital Systems. There's no telling which start-up
company investing in digital media will turn out to be the next big Canadian
success story given the wealth of expertise and the collaborative environment
resident here," said Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy
Officer of Open Text.
    That's why Open Text with its partners at the University of Waterloo
Stratford Institute and the Canadian Digital Media Network are staging the
Canada 3.0 digital media forum in Stratford June 8 and 9, so that anyone
interested in shaping the future of Canada's digital media revolution can
participate. Led by companies like Open Text, RIM, Christie Digital Systems,
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.
    "The playing field is wide open for Canada to become a global leader in
digital media tools that enable applications from remote medical imaging to
simulated learning and training environments. These tools will help drive the
transition from traditional broadcast technologies to more immersive,
interactive and mobile platforms," said Gerry Remers, President and Chief
Operating Officer of Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc.
    The Council of Canadian Academies has identified new media as having the
greatest momentum and the highest growth potential for Canada, second only to
the oilsands. The digital media sector globally is one of the fastest-growing
industries in the knowledge economy, with a projected valuation of US$2.2
trillion over the next five years.
    "Ensuring there's room for the creativity and expertise of content
developers who will drive mobile video applications is important to the health
of the economy going forward," said Paul Salvini, Chief Technology Officer and
VP Canadian Operations at Side Effects Software. "Being at the forefront of
the digital media revolution is critical for Canada."
    The Canada 3.0 forum is expected to attract thought leaders from the
business, government, entertainment, and education sectors to collaborate and
set the next steps for Canada to participate and lead in the digital
revolution. Technology sector speakers Jenkins, Remers, and Salvini will be
joined by experts from the fields of content and entertainment, government,
and research and education. For complete information on the forum, go to

    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

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