September 15, 2014 10:30 ET

Leading Technology, Research and Policy Thinkers Converge at CANARIE National Summit

Focus on transformative technologies and how to position Canada for leadership in the global knowledge economy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 15, 2014) - CANARIE, a vital component of Canada's digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the final speaker lineup for its National Summit, being held in Toronto on September 17 and 18th.

The Summit will showcase a range of leading thinkers and visionaries from business and academia to share their thoughts on Canada's digital future. Speakers will address the opportunities generated from rapid advances in nanotechnologies, genomics, and quantum computing, and will challenge participants to think about how the players in Canada's innovation ecosystem can align to capitalize on them.

Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Marie D'Iorio, Executive Director, National Institute for Nanotechnologies

Professor Joseph Emerson, Institute for Quantum Computing

Andrew Fursman, Co-founder and CEO, 1QBit

Francis Ouellette, Associate Director, Informatics and Bio-computing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Matt Saunders, President, Ryerson Futures

Mark Stevenson, Author: An Optimist's Tour of the Future

Duncan Stewart, Director of Research in Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Deloitte Canada

"Given the pace of technological change today it is critical that different sectors unite to form an ecosystem that can provide all of the needed resources to ensure that Canada can compete and win in the global digital economy," says Rodney Wilson, Director for External Research at Ciena, the platinum sponsor of the Summit. "That is why it was so important to us at Ciena to be part this event, which provides an opportunity for this diverse group to come together and work to shape Canada's digital future."

Ciena and CANARIE have a longstanding relationship. In 2013, CANARIE deployed Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors to support its 100G upgrade and network expansion of a route connecting Montreal and New York.

In addition to the keynote speakers, panel sessions include The Technologies of Tomorrow, You Can Make the Leap from Campus to Commerce, and Collaboration: The Secret Sauce of Innovation.

The Summit has almost reached capacity, but limited seats are available. More information may be found at


CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada's research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE's roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada's high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada's National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today's digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

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