April 29, 2008 10:18 ET

CANARIE and Industry Canada Look to the Future

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - David Steeves, Chair of the Board of Directors of CANARIE Inc., is pleased to announce the recent initiation of a strategic process to study the policy context for the organization's future mandate from the federal government for the period after 2012. The policy study will be undertaken by Hickling Arthurs Lowe (HAL) under contracts with both Industry Canada and CANARIE and will be overseen jointly by the two organizations.

In Budget 2007, the Government of Canada provided $120 Million to fund CANARIE for the period 2007-2012 in recognition of CANARIE's essential role in designing and managing Canada's advanced research and education network, a critical tool that helps to stimulate innovation and contribute to Canada's economic competitiveness.

The objective of the study by HAL is to look at options for how CANARIE could evolve over the long term in terms of mandate, funding and organizational models. The review will include an examination of international models for the support of advanced research infrastructure for e-science and related activities, which in some countries is called "cyberinfrastructure".

"CANARIE has an important role to play in shaping the future of Canada and our place in the global economy," said Mr. Steeves. "The staff and Board of CANARIE look forward to working with HAL and Industry Canada to ensure that the country continues to have the advanced network infrastructure essential to its future science and technology success. We encourage our stakeholders and partners to participate should they be contacted by HAL."

Andrew Bjerring, President and CEO of CANARIE, added, "For the past fifteen years CANARIE has been playing a leadership role in ensuring that Canada's research and education network infrastructure and the resources accessible through it are among the best in the world." He added, "This has required on-going transformation of the network, but also, more importantly, on-going transformation of the research activity itself."


CANARIE is a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation that facilitates the development, adoption and use of next generation networks and the advanced products, applications and services that run on them. It was created in 1993 by the private sector and academia under the leadership of the Government of Canada. It is supported by membership fees, with major funding of its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada through Industry Canada.

CANARIE acts as a catalyst and partner with governments, industry and the research community with several goals: to increase awareness of information technology and knowledge infrastructure; to ensure continuing promotion of Canadian technological excellence; and ultimately, to foster long-term productivity and improvement of living standards. Over the years, CANARIE has accelerated innovation across a broad range of research fields and industry sectors.

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