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Canada Roundtable on the Future of the Internet Economy
Ottawa, October 2, 2007

7:45 – 8:30
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:35

Richard Dicerni, Deputy Minister, Industry Canada

8:35 – 8:50
Setting the scene for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Conference: Convergence, Creativity and Confidence

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Canada's representative to the OECD's Business Industry Advisory Committee)

8:50 – 9:00
Overview of the Day

David Johnston, President, University of Waterloo

9:00 – 10:45
Fuelling Creativity: Innovation, Participation and Entrepreneurship

Broadband has enabled the Internet to stimulate creative destruction which has resulted in the restructuring of a wide range of industries, business models and changed the way individuals interact with one another and society as a whole. As an essential factor for economic growth, the Internet needs to be exploited and enhanced through its use by firms for innovation, through the evolution of digital content as a strategic activity and through the emergence of the participative web.

Lead Discussants:

  • Claude Galipeau, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, Alliance Atlantis
  • Pat Horgan, Vice President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations, IBM Canada
  • Art Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada
  • Bernard Courtois, President and CEO, Information Technology Association of Canada

Economic and social impacts of broadband, Capitalizing on Product and process innovation, Global value chains and its impact on the international sourcing of labour, The Participative Web, Leveraging digital content and services, and Enhancing innovation and entrepreneurial activity

Don MacLean, Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:30
Building Confidence: Security, Privacy and User empowerment

The efficiencies, convenience and vast potential for economic benefit, including innovation, are only possible if we have trust and confidence in the Internet as a safe, secure and reliable medium. Current threats are eroding trust and confidence, change usage patterns and constraining our ability to harness the full potential of the Internet. There is a need to empower users to make informed choices about who they do business with online and what information they provide to their transacting parties. There is also a need for corporations to protect their identities, reputations and assets. International co-operation and coordination is essential in building confidence in the Internet and effectively securing the array of its component networks and information systems.

Lead Discussants:

  • Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Nancy Hughes Anthony, President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association
  • Brian O'Higgins, Chief Technology Officer, Third Brigade
  • Tom Copeland, Chair, Canadian Association of Internet Providers

Promoting Network security and combating malicious attacks,
Identity Management, Strengthening cross border cooperation
Enhancing the culture of security, and Empowering consumers

Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

12:30 – 1:30
Networking Lunch

Benefiting from Convergence: Access, Mobility and Ubiquity

The Internet is fast becoming a multi-purpose network as a result of convergence of applications (data, voice, video and sensors), networks (wired and wireless) and devices. The industrial organization of the Internet access market and the content and applications market is also changing.

Lead Discussants:

  • Jordan Banks, Managing Director, eBay Canada
  • Lawson Hunter, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer, Bell Canada
  • Gary Maavara, Vice President and General Counsel, Corus Entertainment Inc.
  • Konrad von Finckenstein, Chairman, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The convergence of platforms and services, Changing regulatory paradigms, Internet Performance, Networks and sensor based technologies, and Access and Pricing Structure

Summary: Len Waverman, Professor, London Business School and incoming Dean, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

3:00 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:15
Canada's Priorities in an International Agenda