Media Release

May 11, 2012

Intelligent Communities Conference a catalyst for innovation in York Region, Ontario

Business and bandwidth in the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario is the theme of a conference to be held May 23-24 in The Regional Municipality of York
NEWMARKET – Business community and technology leaders from across the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario will gather at the Business and Bandwidth Conference in The Regional Municipality of York on May 23 and 24 to discuss ultra high-speed broadband as a catalyst for innovation, research and development (R&D) and economic growth.
The conference brings together business community leaders, including IBM Canada which is headquartered in York Region, industry agencies such as the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network, as well as top academic institutions and government organizations from across Ontario.
Featuring iCanada’s national movement to create a nation of Intelligent Communities, this conference considers the opportunities and benefits of connectivity with high speed bandwidth and what we must do to achieve that. The iCanada Alliance, a program of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, is designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness.
“As Canada’s fastest-growing, large municipality and a leading North American technology hub, York Region is uniquely positioned to benefit from this Intelligent Community Conference,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Four of Canada’s top 10 corporate R&D spenders are headquartered in York Region; already there is a degree of intensity in innovation and development occurring within our local business community.”
York Region is home to major corporations such as IBM Canada, AMD, Alcatel Lucent, Apple, Avaya, Huawei, Oracle, Motorola Solutions, Redline Communications, Compugen, CGI, ADC and CA Technologies. With more than 3,500 Information & Communications Technology (ICT) companies, York Region has the highest per-capita concentration of ICT companies in Canada; and in terms of the total number of ICT companies in Canada, York Region is second only to the City of Toronto.
“High-speed broadband infrastructure has become an area of focus for innovative businesses in all areas of the economy, from information technology, financial services and precision manufacturing to life sciences,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. “York Region has significant business clusters in all these industries, which are uniquely positioned to work together, collaborate, form new partnerships and provide comprehensive solutions to complex problems that none of them on their own could contemplate.”
The Business and Bandwidth conference takes place at the Kingsbridge Conference Centre, Township of King, York Region. For more information on the event, please visit
The conference also features a StartUp Canada Town Hall event, part of a cross-Canada movement to enhance competitiveness and prosperity by supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs.
York Region is the sixth-largest municipality in Canada. With a GDP of $43 billion, York Region’s economy is larger than the economies of four Canadian provinces. York Region has the fastest growth rate among Canada’s 10 largest municipalities and one of the youngest, most educated work forces in the country.
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1238 • Cell: 905-251-6413 •
For more information, visit us at    Follow us on:   York Region   @YorkRegionGovt
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities and
provides services to 1.1 million residents and 28,000 businesses that employ 516,000 people

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

 For more information visit us at Follow us on : York Region   @YorkRegionGovt  
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