Archive for July, 2010

i-Canada momentum continues to grow

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

As CATA CEO John Reid recently remarked, we now have more than 300 i-Canada members and a further 140 signed Petitions from a broad cross section of the business, government and university communities. Now we would like you to go out to five of your peers and ask them to join the i-Canada Linkedin Group as part of our mobilization across Canada. Our target is 500 members by September 1st.

I will be taking part in a special one-hour Teleforum hosted by CATAAlliance and its partners. It takes place on Wednesday, July 28th at 11:00a.m. EST. For all the details, go to Ultra Broadband for Google-speed cities: New Technology Opportunities in Telecommunications, Health Care, Energy Conservation, Education and Services. I’ll be sharing the Teleforum podium with Ted Maulucci, Chief Information Officer of Tridel, and Rick Otway is Vice President of Central Canada Public Sector Operations for Cisco Canada. Looking forward to it, and hoping you can join us!

How Technology and Economic Development Intersect

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Good day from Reno, Nevada and the annual conference of the National Association of Counties. The county organizations play a bigger role in the US than in Canada, as they often run the cities (for example, LA County).

The focus of this year’s conference is the intersection of technology and economic development and a subtext is how to get a piece of the Obama $1 billion for community ultra broadband in the stimulus fund.

I am the keynote speaker to kick off the day. My focus of my talk is on economic development and the role of technology in economic development. I then sit on a panel in one of three breakout sessions and repeat the panel presentation three times so everyone can hear it. Never done that before … will need a couple of martinis to mend my voice at the end of the day!

National Association of CountiesClick here for more information on the National Association of Counties (NACO) and this conference.