Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo

presents ...

A Smart Community Seminar

"Will Exploding Bandwidth Satisfy Customers
or Blow up Communications Companies?"

John McLennan

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

AT&T Canada

Wednesday, November 15, 2000
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

About the Seminar

What are the opportunities and underlying challenges of wiring Canada with high-speed access? New applications are driving demand for lots of bandwidth. Customers want more and more bandwidth for less and less money. The underlying fundamental economics of the communications industry have changed radically. Big bandwidth pipes cost billions to build. Who will pay for expensive capital investment in high speed bandwidth? John McLennan, Vice-chairman & CEO of AT&T Canada, explores this business and public policy challenge.

About the Speaker

John McLennan joined AT&T Canada as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in May, 2000. Prior to this appointment, Mr. McLennan was President and founder of his own firm, Jenmark Consulting Inc., specializing in strategy, finance, and management of technology companies in Canada and the U.S., with a telecommunications focus. From 1994 to 1997, he was President and CEO of Bell Canada and President of Bell Ontario from 1993 to 1994. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. McLennan served as President and CEO of BCE Mobile Communications Inc. (BCE Mobile), and from 1993 to 1994 he was Chairman of the Board of BCE Mobile. Prior to his positions at Bell Canada, he was President and CEO at Cantel AT&T Wireless and an Executive VP of Mitel Communications Inc. Mr. McLennan is on the board of directors of Hummingbird Communications, E-Cruiter, Mobile Data Solutions Inc. (MDSI), Leitch Technology, and Amdocs Ltd. Mr. McLennan is Chancellor of the University College of Cape Breton and graduated from Clarkson University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial management.

AT&T Canada

Canada's largest facilities-based voice, data and Internet telecommunications provider, was created in June 1999 from the merger of AT&T Canada Long Distance Services, MetroNet Communications, Netcom Canada and ACC TelEnterprises. AT&T Canada brings together the country's largest competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), four of Canada's leading competitive Internet Service Providers (ISP), and Canada's pioneer in competitive long distance. (NASDAQ: ATTC) (former) web site:

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 (now part of Janna Systems), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

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