Canada 3.0

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Canada 3.0 was a forum initially held in Stratford, Ontario, Canada on June 8–9, 2009. Over 1500 attendees gathered in Stratford to begin discussions on making Canada a world leader in the digital economy. Canada 3.0 brought together industry leaders, researchers and students to discuss digital media in Canada. The roster of speakers and stream leaders included representatives from industry, government and academia.

Digital momentum over the long haul: that's what Canada 3.0 is about.[1] The event itself provides a once-a-year opportunity for Canadians in digital media to come together to discuss the key issues and make the plans required to propel Canada to a leadership position in global digital media. But Canada 3.0 is greater than an event - it's a shared idea that requires the energy and passion of inventors, academia, entrepreneurs, industry, and government to become reality. The Canada 3.0 Community provides the repository for collecting and sharing the information, discussion, and outcomes of our collaborations.

Canada 3.0 is a joint effort of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) and the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. In 2008 it was recognized that Canada had existing expertise in many areas digital media. Though the industry was (and is) dispersed, our national know-how could be harnessed to create greater momentum for all areas of digital media. Canada 3.0 was born to start the discussion. To create critical connections and networks. And to determine - as a group - how to position Canada to advantage as we move from the 2.0 world of information sharing, collaboration, interoperability, and user-centred design to 3.0: the next stage of digital - whatever it may look like.

For both 2009 and 2010, sponsors have included: City of Stratford, Open Text, PricewaterhouseCoopers and RIM.[2]

Canada 3.0 2011 is enabled by Platinum sponsors: OpenText, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Research In Motion (RIM), and supported by The City of Stratford and University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.

For further information and details on registration, go to The site includes information on how to enter the ‘Canada: A Digital Nation 2017’ video contest. You can connect to Canada 3.0 for news and updates through LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Lanyrd and Twitter (the hashtag for Canada 3.0 is #can30).

Canada 3.0 2009[edit]

Canada 3.0 2009 was the launch of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus and the Canadian Digital Media Network.[3] There were four streams attendees could choose to participate in: building digital infrastructure, mobility and media, digital media research and commercialization and skills development.[4]

Speakers included: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry; RIM Co-Chief Executive Officer Mike Laziridis; and Chad Gaffield, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.[5]

Canada 3.0, 2010[edit]

The 2nd annual Canada 3.0 Forum took place May 10–11, 2010 in Stratford. The goal of Canada 3.0 2010, emceed by Global National’s Kevin Newman, was the Moon shot. The Moon shot states that Anyone can do anything online in Canada by 2017.[6] There were five streams of discussion: Revolutionizing - Focusing on Health ICT;[7] Learning - Finding and retaining talent and research opportunities;[8] Empowering - Focussing on networks, infrastructure and mobility; Creating - Concentrating on developing content and commercialization opportunities, and Changing - How digital rights, regulations and policies need to change in Canada.[9]

Keynote speakers for 2010 included: Federal Minister of Industry Tony Clement; Tony Chapman of Capital C; Joseph Iuso and Brian Crozier of UseMyServices; and Sarah Prevette of Sprouter.

Canada 3.0, 2011[edit]

In addition to the industry focus, Canada 3.0 also spans government and education, with the speaker roster including: - Anthony D. Williams, co-author of ‘MacroWikinomics’, ‘Rebooting Business and the World’, and ‘Wikinomics’; - Jeremy Gutsche, innovation expert, author of Exploiting Chaos, and host of Trend Hunter TV; - Dr. Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and winner of the Wired Magazine Rave Award; - Kunal Gupta, CEO of Polar Mobile, and a market leader in launching innovative mobile applications; - Soniya Monga, Global Marketing Solutions at LinkedIn Canada, Community Manager at and co-host of Perpetual Radio’s Social Media Show; - Paul Lepage, Sr. VP Telus Health and Financial Solutions in the Telus Health Solutions division.

Eight sector tracks will include more than 100 speakers and expert panelists, plus interactive discussions regarding the latest in digital media-driven productivity gains in education, health, media & entertainment, telecommunications & distribution, natural resources, public sector, research, and human resources. The site includes information on pitch off contest, Road to Banff 3.0 2011, the chance of a lifetime for 100 start ups interested in pitching, getting feedback and networking, as well as information on how to enter the ‘Canada: A Digital Nation 2017’ video contest.

In addition to the ‘main tent’ presentations and sector tracks, the forum also features an Interactive Showcase area which this year comprises more than 60 exhibitors spanning industry and academia with the connections between participants in the forum as one of the key benefit of the event.

Canada 3.0, 2012[edit]

Members of industry, government and academia gathered April 24–25, 2012 in Stratford for the fourth annual CDMN Canada 3.0 2012 digital media forum, to accelerate the Moonshot goal that anyone in Canada can do anything online by 2017. Fifty emerging companies competed in the Road to Banff Pitch-Off competition, hoping to earn the opportunity to participate in the Banff Venture Forum. Seventy partners and exhibitors took part in the Interactive Showcase. Close to 2,000 attendees participated in important dialogue with thought leaders in digital media, through keynote presentations and interactive breakout sessions. Over 100 volunteers helped to make the event a success. This year’s forum also included senior business, government and academic leaders from Brazil.

Attendees at the event, which focused on five key topics - connectivity, productivity, content, access to capital and talent - recognized that increased efforts are required to elevate Canada's position in the global digital economy. Recommendations were published in May 2012 in the Canada 3.0 2012 Report. Feedback is encouraged through the online community; users can login for free access to all archived presentations from the Forum, as well as additional exclusive content.

Canada 3.0, 2013[edit]

The conference will be held in Toronto for the first time ever in 2013. Taking place May 14 & 15, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CDMN is crowdsourcing input to help shape the conference, using the SoapBox platform.[10]


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