Media Release

May 16, 2012

Conference on high-speed broadband a catalyst for innovation, R&D and economic growth

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
Conference Agenda
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 high-speed broadband as a catalyst for innovation, research and development (R&D) and economic growth. At the end of the conference, Startup Canada will host a Town Hall to generate ideas about making Canada more entrepreneurial.
WHAT: Business and Bandwidth: Driving Innovation and Competitiveness in Central Ontario
StartUp Canada Town Hall
WHO: Speakers include leaders of business, industry agencies, top academic institutions and government organizations from across Ontario and Canada; see two-day conference agenda attached
WHEN: Business and Bandwidth Conference: May 23 and 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 StartUp Canada Town Hall: May 24, 5 - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute, Township of King, York Region
RSVP: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications,

This conference considers the opportunities and benefits of connectivity with high speed bandwidth and what we must do to expand high speed bandwidth to all parts of York Region’s business community, particularly in northern areas.
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. In terms of the total number of ICT companies in Canada, York Region is second only to the City of Toronto.
The Town Hall is part of StartUp Canada’s national tour, a cross-Canada movement to enhance competitiveness and prosperity by supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs. The tour’s two events in York Region earlier on May 24 are a Town Hall in Markham and a York Technology Alliance leadership awards luncheon.
The Business and Bandwidth Conference is sponsored by i-Canada Alliance, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation and The Regional Municipality of York. For more information on the event, please visit
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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 •

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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