Media Advisory - Ontario Research Network celebrates anniversary

    Special Guest - Hon. John Wilkinson, Ontario Minister of Research and

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - Minister of Research and Innovation John
Wilkinson is guest of honour as Ontario's research and education advanced
technology community gathers to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the
world-leading Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION).

    WHAT:     ORION@5 Anniversary Celebration

    WHO:      Hon. John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation
              Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean, Northern Ontario School of
              Maxim Jean-Louis, Chair, ORANO and President/CEO, Contact
              North/Contact Nord
              Phil Baker, President and CEO, ORION
              Andrew K. Bjerring, President and CEO, CANARIE Inc.
              Dr. Todd Sands, Chair, Regional Networks of Ontario

    WHY:      To celebrate ORION@5 and showcase advanced technologies that
              are driving research, education and innovation in Ontario,
              including innovative 3D interactive medical imaging, virtual
              learning, advanced distributed computing, and more.

    WHEN:     Monday, March 31st
              3:30 - 6:30 pm (official program begins at 5:15 pm)

    WHERE:    MaRS Collaboration Centre - Auditorium
              101 College Street, Toronto

    Photo Opportunities:

    The Hon. John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation, visiting
interactive displays and exhibits

    Exhibits and Demos:

    -   iAnatomy 3D medical imaging project - Northern Ontario School of
        Medicine/Stanford University
    -   SHARCNET distributed computing consortium - "Supercomputer-in-a-Box"
    -   LCD Intercase Project - University of Toronto Laboratory for
        Collaborative Diagnostics (LCD)
    -   Award-winning Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL) Project
    -   Loyalist College Second Life Virtual Campus
    -   University of Toronto Artificial Perception Lab
    -   FutureFlick Theatre and student digital short video contest winners
        and finalists
    -   EXTREME VR Science Fair participant (YSTOP Project), Haley Sanderson
        of Sudbury

    About ORION
    ORION is an ultra high-speed research and education optical network that
connects all of Ontario's universities, most colleges, several medical and
other public research facilities and several school boards to one another and
to the global grid of research and education networks. Stretching nearly 6,000
kilometres over 21 communities, ORION links over 1.3 millions students and
75,000 researchers, faculty and staff, as a vital platform supporting
scientific discovery and innovation. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Tamara Stoll, Communications
Officer, ORION, (416) 507-9860 ext. 224,

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