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February 08, 2012 10:00 ET

University of Calgary: Announcing new research Centre for the Digital Economy

University of Calgary creates policy centre on economic, public and management issues surrounding the digital economy in Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2012) - The Haskayne School of Business and the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary are delighted to announce the new Centre for the Digital Economy (CDE@) sited at the University of Calgary's downtown campus.

The Centre has been created to become the policy centre on economic, public and management issues surrounding the digital economy in Canada. The ultimate purpose of the Centre is to facilitate and promote the development of objective and evidence-based knowledge that responds to, and anticipates, managerial and government policy decisions.

CDE Director, professor Jeffrey Church, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, commented that, "It is important for Canadians, as both consumers and producers in the digital economy, that there be a source of independent analysis that engages in the development and assessment of government policies and initiatives, informed by Canada's unique evolution and circumstances."

Advising and monitoring the Centre's outputs and activities, the members of the CDE@ Advisory Board represent a wide range of industry expertise.

Joining the Advisory Board on February 8, 2012, will be;

  • Dr. Leonard Waverman, Dean, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
  • Professor Jeffrey Church, Department of Economics, University of Calgary
  • Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla Firefox Corporation, Mountain View, California and HSB Alumnus
  • Professor Eli Noam, Director Columbia Center for Tele-Information, Columbia University Business School, New York
  • David Krause, Director, Economics Analysis, Bell Canada
  • Ken Engelhart, Senior Vice President, Regulatory, Rogers Communications.
  • Jean Brazeau, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Shaw Communications Inc.
  • Michael Hennessy, Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, TELUS

Dean Leonard Waverman, Haskayne School of Business, sees the creation of the Centre as another illustration of the important work taking place between the University and Canadian industry, "This is a further example of the ability of western Canada to establish thought leadership on issues of critical national importance. We are grateful to the founding donors for understanding the value of independent academic research that is translated into policy documents. The development of the Digital Economy is critical to Canadian productivity growth and well-being."

Researchers at CDE@ are already working towards presenting an average of six discussion papers per year, alongside plans to host live roundtable debates and online webinar sessions on key policy and research issues throughout the year.

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary, says the creation of the Centre for the Digital Economy aligns well with the University's renewed strategic direction, and its goals to more fully integrate with the community, to provide and to promote leadership, and to support research excellence. "There is tremendous potential in this collaboration with industry, working together to help shape the future of telecommunications, The Centre embodies all the elements of successful corporate partnerships, and supports our Eyes High vision of becoming one of the top five research institutions in Canada by 2016," she says.

The Centre for the Digital Economy was created through seed money provided by four leading telecommunications companies in Canada: Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications Inc., and TELUS.

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About Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

The Haskayne School of Business was founded at the University of Calgary in 1967, and was named in honour of Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA, in 2002. The business school has approximately 3300 full- and part-time students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and executive education programs, and stays connected with its 20,000 alumni in 60 countries worldwide.

The vision of the Haskayne School of Business is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence for business education, research, and community outreach, with a special emphasis on the distinct elements that define Calgary and Alberta: energy, entrepreneurship, and ethical leadership.

About the Department of Economics, University of Calgary

The mission of the Department is to advance knowledge in both theoretical and applied economics. The Department has a strong and growing reputation for applied and policy relevant research, which is solidly based in economic theory and strong empirical techniques and that encourages leadership in the area of economic policy. In the U15 group of research intensive Universities in Canada, the Department is currently ranked fifth based on its record of research.

As part of its mission, the Department is committed to strong graduate programs and the provision of high quality instruction in economic theory and applications at the undergraduate level. There are approximately 800 majors, 70 graduate students, and 10,000 course enrollees in economics at the University of Calgary.

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction - "Eyes High" - to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary. For more information, visit

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