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, ON – 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 Platformequipped with WaveLogiccoherent 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 http://canariesummit2014.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
(613) 943-5432