Research and business leaders gather in Toronto - look to innovation and "jobs of the future"

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Research and business leaders are gathering in
Toronto early next month to explore the impact and potential of
next-generation innovation and "jobs of the future" at the CANARIE and ORION
National Summit.
    Global innovation guru Dr. John Kao is among a prestigious roster of
distinguished leaders coming together at "Powering Innovation - a National
Summit" at the Metro Toronto Convention Center November 3 and 4.
    Kao, dubbed "a serial innovator" by The Economist, is a leading authority
on organizational transformation and digital media. Kao draws on his
experience teaching at Harvard Business School and his appointments at the MIT
Media Lab, Yale College, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
    Former University of Toronto President Robert Birgeneau, now Chancellor
of the University of California at Berkeley, returns to Toronto as opening
keynote to set the stage for the conference, and address the importance of
innovation and cross-border collaboration in research.
    The conference is hosted by ORION and CANARIE, Ontario's and Canada's
advanced research network organizations which link scientists, researchers and
innovators across the province, country and around the world. Cybera,
Alberta's Cyberinfrastructure for Innovation organization, is contributing
significantly to the planning and staging of the national Summit.
    The conference is expected to bring up to 250 delegates from
universities, colleges, research facilities, centres of excellence and other
organizations - including government and industry.
    "Developing innovative solutions for tomorrow's problems is an objective
around which we all can rally," says CANARIE President and C.E.O. Guy Bujold.
"Our conference program is designed to inspire the development and encourage
the use of network tools by Canada's researchers, educators and business
    "We have invited some of the brightest minds in the country to come to
the Summit and challenge them to take full advantage of new and emerging
e-science technologies that are driving innovation, scientific discovery and
jobs of the future, here and around the world," says ORION President/CEO Phil
    Other keynotes include the President of Internet2 Doug Van Houweling, the
President of the Ontario College of Art & Design Sara Diamond, host of CBC
Radio's Spark Nora Young, Delvinia Interactive's Adam Froman, and Ron Dembo,
President/CEO of Zerofootprint.
    Delegates will also engage with experts from e-science, virtual
organizations, network-enabled platforms, the greening of information
technology, visualization technologies, teaching and learning in a web 2.0
universe, and commercialization of innovation.
    The Summit also showcases advancements at the cutting edge of research,
from high-definition holographic printing, to IP-based television platforms,
to research collaborations using world-leading optical networks like CANARIE's
and ORION's that quickly transmit massive amounts of data in seconds across
Canada and around the world, allowing our researchers to participate fully in
international collaborations.
    The Summit will also give delegates a first look at national scientific
research projects that help position Canada among the world's leaders in many
fields, from global-scale high performance computing, to cancer research, to
climate change simulation.
    The summit is made possible by the generous contribution of our sponsors,
including gold sponsor Juniper Networks; silver sponsor SHARCNET; bronze
sponsors Bell, the Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning Program; Cogent
Communications, Colleges Ontario and IBM; and partner sponsors Atria Networks,
Auto 21, Cybera, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Ontario College of Art
& Design, Polycom, Tech Media Reports and Ryerson University.
    Learn more at

    About ORION
    The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is Ontario's
ultra high-speed research and education network which connects all of
Ontario's universities, most colleges, several medical and other public
research facilities and a growing number of school boards to one another and
to the global grid of research and education networks. Stretching 5,800
kilometres over 21 communities throughout Ontario, ORION connects over 1.3
million Ontario researchers, scientists, students, teachers and staff to
critical infrastructure for research, education and innovation. Learn more at

    About CANARIE Inc.
    CANARIE Inc., based in Ottawa, is Canada's advanced network organization.
It facilitates the development and use of its network as well as the advanced
products, applications and services that run on it. The CANARIE Network serves
universities, colleges, schools, government labs, research institutes,
hospitals and other organizations in a wide variety of fields in both the
public and private sectors. By promoting and participating in strategic
collaborations among key sectors, and by partnering with peer networks and
organizations around the world, CANARIE Inc. stimulates and supports research,
innovation and growth, bringing economic, social, and cultural benefits to
Canadians. The national organization was created in 1993 by the private sector
and academia under the leadership of the Government of Canada. CANARIE Inc. is
supported by membership fees, with major funding of its programs and
activities provided by the Government of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Tamara Stoll, Communications
Officer, ORION, (416) 507-9860 ext. 224,; Kim
Dingwall, Manager, Communications & Performance Measurement, CANARIE Inc.,
(613) 943-5377,

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