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Vision 20/20 - What's next for Canada's communications industries?

Canada Chapter event
tUESDAY 21 - wednesdaY 22 october 2014


The Canadian communications industries are being re-shaped by major changes in technology, industry structure, government and regulatory policy. Now that the federal government has released its long-awaited Digital Strategy and the CRTC's Let's Talk TV proceeding is well underway, the question is: what comes next?

The conference will bring together leading communications sector players to explore what the future will look like for Canadian consumers and providers of communications services and content. How will the environment change over the next few years? What will be the next big developments? How will the market transformations that are bringing new players to the table – from digital content producers to mobile payments providers – impact the future? What will the future hold for Canadian consumers, creators, distributors, suppliers, governments and regulators as we approach 2020?

Summary of the event:

IIC Canada held its annual conference in Ottawa on October 21st and 22nd at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The event drew approximately 200 Canadian and American participants from across the stakeholder spectrum (business, government, academia, civil society, consumer advocacy). CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais was in the chair for the day’s first panel exploring recent developments in communications at home and abroad, while following sessions explored current trends in technology adoption and usage, disruptive innovation and the runaway success of the Canadian video gaming industry, and trends in consumer behaviour that are driving technological change and new practices in business and regulation.

The evening reception for the first time showcased new Canadian technology start-ups and was widely attended by conference delegates and Ottawa stakeholders.

Day two began with a keynote address by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn who elaborated on the FCC’s digital deployment and adoption agenda, and the role of government in driving change in ways that benefit citizens and consumers. Panel discussions followed on the democratization of technology, and trends in privacy and surveillance practices. The day was cut short as Ottawa came under general lock-down in the wake of a shooting at the National War Memorial and subsequent attack on Parliament Hill.

As news spread that a Canadian soldier had been killed while standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, sombre delegates spent several hours together following the events, second by second, on traditional and new media – a real-time reminder of the transformative power of the media in times of crisis as well as in our daily working and personal lives. The IIC Canada Board of Directors thanks all involved for their calm resolve in the face of unfolding tragedy and uncertainty.

Those conference sessions that went ahead as planned will be broadcast nationally on the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) in coming weeks, and will be available on CPAC’s website archive permanently afterwards.

  • Monday, 26 October 2015

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