“Canada 3.0″ Rocks!

May 11, 2010  |  Social Media for Business

Let’s face it.  Canada is known for a lot of things.  The 2010 Winter Olympics,  moose, maple syrup, maple leaves,  toques, hockey, Tim Hortons coffee… You get the idea.  We’re hip.  We’re happening.  But there’s another thing we’re becoming known for in a very big way: Digital Technology.  And that is front and centre this week at the “Canada 3.0″ conference in Stratford, Ontario.  Yes, Stratford.  If you didn’t know it before, you do now.  Southwestern Ontario is continuing to build a reputation for itself as the centre of the digital universe in Canada.  From RIM to Google to the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, it is the place to be…  And people are sitting up and taking notice.  Why? Put your iPhone away for a minute, and I’ll tell you… (More…)

Global National anchor Kevin Newman was there yesterday – hosting the opening session and talking about Canada’s need to “catch up” with the rest of the world on the digital front.  Seems we’re in the middle of the pack instead of leading it.  He compared it to the so-called “Moon Shot” of the 1960’s.  In much in the same way US President Kennedy understood that his country was falling behind in the race to land on the moon, Canada, Newman says, understands that it must get its act together.  The goal?  To become a world leader in the digital economy.  The deadline?  By 2017, (this country’s 150th birthday), all Canadians should be able to conduct business online.  And that’s only the beginning.

Industry Minister Tony Clement was there, too.  He knows we need a strategy, and he’s asking for Canadians’ input on what the digital future should hold for this country.  The best and the brightest minds – along with yours and mine – have until July 9th to respond with opinions online.

Advertising guru Tony Chapman weighed in with his ideas…calling for Canada to become the “Launch Lab for the World” – merging private, public and academic sector expertise to become the global “expert” other countries turn to when launching their digital visions.

I could go on.  “Canada 3.0″ isn’t just another conference.  It’s an important conference for all of us… A chance for high-tech leaders and ordinary Canadians like you and me to mingle, listen, learn and brainstorm together.

The future is now.  And believe it or not, Southwestern Ontario is stepping into the spotlight as the “Silicon Valley” of Canada.  Take the 401 West.  You’ll be there before you know it.  Oh and by the way… You might not want to come home.  ;-)

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