Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo

presents ...

A Smart Community Seminar

Getting Smarter -

Speed and Growth in the Internet Economy

John Sheridan

Vice-Chair, Bell Canada

Wednesday, March 29, 2000
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

About the Seminar

The promise of the Internet is driving change and offering huge opportunities for growth, but it is also penalizing anyone - companies, communities and individuals - that can’t move at net speed. John Sheridan, Vice-Chair, Bell Canada will discuss the values of speed and growth in the Internet economy and he will offer his perspective on how companies, communities and individuals can tap into these values. John will also share how Bell Canada is putting these values into action and ensuring its place as a leading Internet player.

John Sheridan

John Sheridan is Vice-Chair for Bell Canada. In this new role, John leads all Bell business units and under his leadership, Bell will pursue its focus in the wireless, data and IP areas. John Sheridan first joined Bell Canada in 1979 from the Conference Board of Canada and has since demonstrated his extensive expertise in Marketing, Sales and Customer Service Operations. From 1992 to 1996, he worked extensively in the UK cable/telephony industry as CEO of ENCOM Cable TV and Telecommunications Ltd. and COO of Bell Cablemedia plc. John currently serves as Chairman of Bell Distribution Inc., and as a director on the board of the University of Southern California Centre for Telecommunications Management. He is active in the Toronto community, serving on the Board of Governors of Ryerson Polytechnic University, Junior Achievement of Metropolitan Toronto and North York, and is a director of the Toronto Board of Trade and the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee. Mr. Sheridan is a Master’s Economics graduate of Queen’s University with undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Bell Canada

Bell Canada provides a full range of communications services to customers, including wired and wireless local and long distance telephone services, Internet access, high-speed data services and directories. Bell Canada, its telecom partners and subsidiaries provide services through 13.6 million access lines, including 11 million in Ontario and Quebec. Bell Canada also serves more than 2.3 million wireless customers through Bell Mobility. Bell Canada is 80% owned by BCE Inc. of Montreal and 20% owned by SBC Communications Inc. of San Antonio, Texas. Bell's Website is located at:

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Sponsorship

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: LivePage, MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.