The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo
A Smart Community Seminar
Connecting Canadians Through Smart Technologies
Information Highway Applications Branch
Tuesday, November 30, 1999
About the Seminar
The new Global, Knowledge-Based Economy (KBE)
Globalization and the "Information Revolution" are combining to restructure competitive advantage and trade growth. Technological improvements are breaking down barriers of time and distance and redefining the notion of competitiveness by placing importance on the quality of both skills and new ideas.
What does it take to succeed in the Global KBE?
To stay ahead we must place our efforts on developing information and computer technology skills and on making lifelong learning a reality.
Canada's approach to the KBE: The Connectedness Agenda
The Connectedness Agenda is a $240M, six-part strategy to make Canada the most connected country in the world by linking Canadians to the Information Highway and to each other. Through programs like SchoolNet, The Community Access program (CAP), and the Smart Communities Program, Canadians will have a national public access network to the tools and learning resources to be knowledge workers.
Doug Hull, Director General, Information Highway Applications Branch, Industry Canada, is responsible for implementing key elements of the Canada national access strategy, including the effort to link all schools, libraries and rural communities to the Internet by the year 2000. He also has responsibilities related to fostering the conversion of public services for electronic service delivery a nd for stimulating the emergence of world class telelearning and telehealth sectors in Canada. He is the recipient of four Government of Canada Merit Awards. He is a member of the Minister of Health’s Advisory Committee on the Health Information Highway (Ottawa).
Information Highway Applications Branch, Industry Canada is responsible for implementing Government of Canada’s Connectedness Strategy and contributes to federal strategy and policy making on high-speed networking, spectrum allocation, e-commerce, and information technology skills in training.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is sponsored by The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: INFORIUM, MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.