CANARIE’s call to stakeholders to demonstrate support for mandate renewal generates enthusiastic response

[Ottawa, Ontario 12 January 2012] CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced that a wide range of stakeholders have made their voices heard in support of continued funding for its mandate renewal.

CANARIE operates Canada’s ultra-high speed network, thousands of times faster than the Internet, which enables world-class research and discovery at universities, colleges, research hospitals, government labs and private sector research facilities across the country. CANARIE also funds the development of software to enable wider access to research data and tools.

CANARIE receives funding from the Government of Canada in five-year mandates, and its current mandate expires in March 2012.

“We are delighted with the show of support from our stakeholders, and I would like to thank each and every person who wrote a letter on our behalf,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “We hope that this will demonstrate that CANARIE is absolutely vital digital infrastructure that supports not only advanced research and discovery, but innovation in education and the ICT sector as well.”

In response to a request from CANARIE to send letters of support to key government decision-makers, CANARIE stakeholders, from university presidents, to high school teachers, to PhD students, have made their voices heard. A few excerpts:

“CANARIE delivers meaningful network cost savings to our national platform facilities and major international projects, such as SNOLAB, which is operated by a consortium of Canadian universities, including Queen’s.”
~ Dr. Daniel R. Woolf, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University

“CANARIE is a national treasure that fuels a knowledge-based economy integral to equipping researchers with the digital tools required for data-intensive, multidisciplinary, collaborative research.”
– Dr. B. Mario Pinto, Vice President, Research, Simon Fraser University

“CANARIE has been instrumental in allowing our development efforts to continue in these tight economic times. As a company that must compete globally against companies, like those in the US that have far more funding, CANARIE allows us to remain competitive and continue our product development without the need to raise millions of dollars in funding.”
~ Simon Gauvin, Founder and CEO, Agora Mobile Inc.

“CANARIE is recognized as a world leader in developing new network technologies. CANARIE, together with my team in Victoria and a number of industrial partners recently built and operated an ultra-high speed network between the International Super Computing Conference in Seattle and the University of Victoria. The demonstration project transferred almost 5 Petabytes of data in five days at rates of up to 186 Gigabits/second (likely 20,000 times faster than the connection on your desktop).”
~ Randall J. Sobie, Professor, University of Victoria

“During 2009-10, University College of the North increased its delivery of technology-mediated courses … and technology-enriched or “blended” courses … These distributed learning technologies are essential to ensure access to education throughout northern Manitoba.”
~ Konrad Jonasson, Interim President, University College of the North

“CANARIE is recognized internationally as an exemplary model of national research and innovation networking.”
Douglas R. Edmond, Director of Research, Planning and Systems Management, Winnipeg School Division

The mandate renewal section (www.canarie.ca/en/renewal) of the CANARIE website provides more detailed information on CANARIE’s renewal proposal, as well as information and tools for stakeholders wishing to send messages of support to government decision-makers involved in the renewal process.

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For more information, please contact: Wynn Anne Sibbald
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CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. For additional information, please visit: www.canarie.ca.

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